Here we have an alternative to 1080 but the greens reject it???
Despite concerns raised by some MPs, including the Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard, that Ms Sage was directing her department to avoid research into the role of genetic modification in pest control, she said it was not on the table.
"Well we haven't reformed the legislation since the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. The law is the law," she said.
The National Party's conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie criticised the government for failing to invest in research into what she called "biotechnology".
"That's the only that we can achieve predator-free 2050.
"[For example], creating sterility in possums and that can be done through genome investigations."
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said in a statement that the funding signalled a necessary shift away from the use of 1080.
He said his party maintained its opposition to 1080 and with adequate resources, research and development into alternatives, it could be replaced.