DOC disappointed after falcon shot on Hastings farm - 'Euthanasia was the most humane option'

The Department of Conservation is disappointed after a ranger was called to pick up a falcon after it was shot from a Hawke's Bay farm.

The karearea/New Zealand falcon, a threatened bird, was seriously injured when it was retrieved from Maraekakaho, Hastings last month.

The bird was taken to a Taradale vet with a broken leg, and was later sent to Massey University to be euthanised.

Massey pathologist Stuart Hunter said the young karearea was healthy and in good condition when she was shot in the lower left leg.

"The swelling and haemorrhage that accompanied the wound indicate the bird was alive when shot," Mr Hunter said.

"This kind of fracture is very difficult to repair and euthanasia was the most humane option."

The Department of Conservation Hawke's Bay Operatoins Manager, Connie Norgate, said the death of the young bird was unnecessary.

"At no stage should people shoot these birds," Ms Norgate said.

"People should make sure they are aware of what animals they can hunt and learn to recognise them to avoid mistakenly hunting protected species."

The karearea, the country's only falcon, has an estimated population of less than 8000 birds.

The karearea/New Zealand falcon is a bird of prey with an estimated population of 8000. Source: Department of Conservation

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told parliament yesterday afternoon she had a more personal reason to create long-term change following the announcement of Budget 2018.

The Prime Minister said the government has been concerned with "too much short-term thinking", leading to the country's current issues with housing, the environment and healthcare.

"Today, we shift the focus of government from electoral cycles to generational ones," Ms Ardern said yesterday, following Finance Minister Grant Robertson's delivery of the Labour-led Government's first Budget. 

"Now, you could say I have a rather more personal reason for doing that, because in 15 or 20 or 30 years time, I want my child to look back on the history books and judge me and this government favourably - rather than deciding to change their name."

It was a moment that left boistrous colleagues laughing with delight. 

She continued: "If we're not here for kids - or for the future of the country they live in - then why are we here?"

Ms Ardern is due to give birth to her first child in a month. 


'What the hell is going on here?' - National leader says Winston Peters one reason for 'flabby' spending

Opposition leader Simon Bridges described the government's Budget decisions as "flabby spending", influenced by promises to New Zealand First. 

The National Party leader yesterday said Budget 2018 was a "very surprising Budget". 

"People would have expected, given the rhetoric, that this government would be putting a lot more into health and education.

"They just haven't."

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Health was given $4 billion and education was allocated $1.6b in operating funds, $590m for early childhood and $284 to Learning Support.  

Mr Bridges said when in opposition, the government made promises in health and education, and he could understand why some people in those sectors may be disappointed.

"They're awash with cash, they've just got billions and billion of dollars from a strong economy, higher revenues that they thought, good books anyway, more tax, more borrowing. 

"Then you say, what the hell is going on here?" 

He said one of the reasons was "Winston". 

Mr Bridges said the $1b for foreign affairs and $3b over three years for the Provincial Growth Fund was "flabby spending". 

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He said there were arguments why the almost $1b into foreign affairs was beneficial, however, "when you're not doing the cheaper GP visits, when you're not doing the full police numbers you promised, when you're not funding mental health that you promised, it's kind of a strange priority". 

"There's been money there, but they've put many billions into other things. Diplomats, free fees, winter energy payment."

"It's big, it's flabby spending and it's very different from what we would have done, where it would have been targeted."

Mr Bridges said he did not see anything in Budget 2018 "that adds the cream". 

He said it could be considered a wasted opportunity.

"Perhaps that's the label of this Budget, 'The Budget of Wasted Opportunities'." 

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The National leader called Budget 2018 "flabby spending". Source: 1 NEWS