Out­rage around coun­cil weed­killer pre-con­cert

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - SI­MON SMITH

Anti-spray ac­tivists are livid at Auck­land Coun­cil con­trac­tors for spray­ing a con­tro­ver­sial weed­killer the day be­fore a con­cert.

Glyphosate was sprayed on the park at Ar­mour Bay beach in West Auck­land the day be­fore a Mu­sic in Parks event on Fe­bru­ary 25.

A World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion re­port from 2015 clas­si­fied glyphosate as ‘‘prob­a­bly car­cino­genic’’, it also said there was ’’strong ev­i­dence for geno­tox­i­c­ity’’.

But, New Zealand’s En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Author­ity re­viewed the use of glyphosate in the wake of the WHO re­port, con­clud­ing in Au­gust 2016 that the chem­i­cal was ‘‘un­likely to be geno­toxic or car­cino­genic in hu­mans’’.

Beatrice Pritchard at­tended the Mu­sic in Parks event and said she was hor­ri­fied to see dogs, bare­foot chil­dren and bare­foot dancers step­ping re­peat­edly on the sprayed ar­eas.

Auck­land Coun­cil man­ager of health and safety Mike Tucker said con­trols were in place to safe­guard peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment.

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