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Environment and the Arts


New Zealand First plans to halt all 1080 usage and replace with trapping. This is estimated to cost the taxpayer an additional $129m each year, which includes deducting the savings from stopping 1080 drops.

The Green Party has proposed a new tourist levy, of which 75% will go towards Predator Free New Zealand funding (expected to raise $58m per annum). 

United Future proposes a Freshwater Research Fund of $10m per year.

National has committed an additional $2.8m to Predator Free New Zealand and $44m in new grants to clean up New Zealand rivers.

The Labour Party’s proposed water tax lacks specific detail as of yet to be completely sure as to its economic magnitude. However, based on a tax of 2 cents per 1000 litres, the estimated revenue will be approximately $100 million per year.

Art, Culture and Heritage

New Zealand First plan to reintroduce a non-commercial public sector TV channel at a cost of $45m over three years.

The Green Party will increase Radio New Zealand funding by $3.2m per year, and open a ‘Public Interest Journalism Fund’ costing $3m per year.

The National Party will spend $1.1m on a Stewart Island Heritage Centre.


The Green Party have committed $19m per year, or 25% of the proposed tourism levy, to go towards tourism facilities grant fund.

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