New Zealand cannot save the kiwi, kererū and thousands of other endangered species without gene editing, say experts.
And attempting to do so without the technology is likely to cost the country “a significant proportion of our national budget”.
New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis has been addressed by a new national Predator Free 2050 plan.
But a number of academics and researchers claim it wrongly rejects the “most promising” new technology in pest management – gene editing.
If the Government was serious, then of course it would include gene editing as a tool.