Govt expected to announce sweetener for Taranaki

Taranaki could get a huge injection of cash for predator eradication.

The Government is expected to make an announcement in Taranaki on Wednesday morning.

If it goes ahead, Newshub understands it will be the first of many predator free projects aiming to eradicate pests in the regions.

The Government recently put an end-date on oil and gas exploration in the region.

In April, the Government announced the region would get $20 million from the Provincial Growth Fund, mostly to tourism enterprises.

In Budget 2018 the Department of Conservation got a total operational spend increase of $181.6 million over four years.

Four thousand of our native plants and animals species are threatened or at risk of extinction.