New Zealand spends about $11 million each year on wilding conifer control nationwide. This includes around $5 million by central government agencies, more than $1.2 million by regional councils, and a similar contribution by landowners and communities.
In May 2016, the government pledged an extra $16 million over four years (2016–2019) for the first phase of a National Wilding Conifer Control Programme. The Programme is based on recommendations in the New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Strategy, and focuses on containing and removing scattered wilding conifers to prevent further spread and to protect farmland, biodiversity, iconic landscapes and sensitive water catchments. Programme funding also helps facilitate collaboration and coordination between interested groups.
Phase one of the Programme aims to control the most spread-prone species in areas where this is most cost effective:
The Programme has treated over 500,000 hectares of scattered infestation (around a third of our estimated national total), and over 40,000 hectares of dense and intermediate infestation (about 20 percent of the national total). We’ve also searched over a million hectares for any remote, outlier trees.
Find out more in the Programme's latest Annual Report.
The linked maps below show where wilding conifers are spreading, and where the National Conifer Control Programme is currently operating.
View a map of the North Island control areas [PDF, 2.1 MB]
View a map of the South Island control areas [PDF, 1.5 MB]