A predator-free New Zealand by 2050 is likely to cost trillions, not millions as the government claims, says New Zealand First.
“The National government’s promise to make New Zealand predator-free for the bargain price of $28 million is nothing but greenwashing,” says Conservation Spokesperson Clayton Mitchell.
“Zealandia, a predator free plant and bird sanctuary in Wellington, cost $17 million to set up with an operating cost of $867,000.
“Using these figures as a yardstick, the cost of keeping the entire country predator free and maintaining it would see a capital expenditure cost of $1.67 trillion and an operating cost of $91 billion per annum – as New Zealand is 98,000 times larger than Zealandia.
“The operating cost alone would be 40% of New Zealand’s GDP.
This may be the stupidest release put out by NZ First since they complained about the Reserve Bank being owned by foreigners.
@VernonSmall When you find “The operating cost alone would be 40% of New Zealand’s GDP”, it’s time to rethink how you did the calculation…
— Donal Curtin (@donal_curtin) August 22, 2016
They really are the Donald Trump party. Their level of stupidity has hit a new low.