Environment Aotearoa: Government stocktake describes New Zealand environment on the brink – Charlie Mitchell, Stuff News

The ongoing destruction of native flora is a major environmental issue.

As of 2012, New Zealand had crossed a threshold in which 51 per cent of the country’s land cover had been modified, either through exotic grasses or urbanisation. There were now more exotic plant species than native ones, and stoats, possums and rats now cover 94 per cent of the country’s land area, virtually everywhere but the harshest environments.  Native forests once covered 80 per cent of New Zealand, but today they cover 26 per cent.

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