With nine terms in Parliament under Trevor Mallard’s belt, critics might say he is a political dinosaur. But no-one could say his latest idea is old-school thinking.
With “the science of de-extinction advancing quickly”, as he put it, the Hutt South MP has laid down a challenge for Lower Hutt and for scientists: Let’s work towards the possibility of moa one day striding again through the bush of Rimutaka Forest Park.
While admitting it sounded “a bit Jurassic Park”, Mallard said scientists had been making progress on techniques for using recovered DNA from extinct animals to reconstruct new life.
Fifty to 100 years from now, Wainuiomata could again be home to the moa, which would make an enormous difference to the environment, community and economy, he said.
And people say Labour doesn’t have an economic development plan. They do. it’s bringing back the moa. And to be fair it is more credible than most of their other policies.