Quite apart from the egregious lies in this article that come from DoC there is the bigger picture.
There is no money in the coffers for conservation,science or anything that is useful,partially because it is part of a right-wing, fascist ideology that hates nature or science,or the arts, or intellectuals but also for another reason.
Corporations are allowed to hide their income and not pay any tax (one corporation in the US not only didn't pay any tax but dot a TAX CREDIT).
If a government decided to demand taxes from these criminal behemoths the result would be instant capital flight or perhaps a coup.
The result is a fascist government that is trying to squeeze more and more from less and less while everything across the board breaks down.
Hence we see rubbish on tramping tracks, broken-down huts and unrepaired tracks. I have heard that one place I used to go into for tramps (at Otaki Forks in the Tararuas) is inaccessible due to a large slip.
We can't even go out for a drive in our car without having to deal with armies of orange cones and roadworks because roads are the only area where the government is investing in an attempt to keep alive the fiction an economy that is completely grinding to a halt is still functional.
We live in an era of global capitalism and its collapse. With a system of tax havens and the abiltiy of corporations to export its costs and dump them onto taxpayers, there is nothing that governments can do (even if they wanted to)
Funding cuts to DOC huts and tracks threaten clean green image
10 April, 2016