1080 use closely watched — EPA

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In its 2016 Re­port re­leased last week, on the aerial use of 1080 the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (EPA) ac­knowl­edges pub­lic con­cern about its use, and says it is one of the most closely mon­i­tored and con­trolled haz­ardous sub­stances in New Zealand.

But it ac­knowl­edges that there are lim­i­ta­tions to cur­rent erad­i­ca­tion meth­ods, par­tic­u­larly their in­abil­ity to tar­get spe­cific preda­tors, which might re­sult in un­de­sir­able ef­fects on non­tar­get species.

It re­peats the then Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for the En­vi­ron­ment’s rec­om­men­da­tion in May that Govern­ment en­gage with all New Zealan­ders on the po­ten­tial uses of ge­netic tech­niques to con­trol preda­tors.

The re­port also notes that in 2016: ■ 1080 was dis­trib­uted over more than one mil­lion hectares. This was a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease on the 375,000ha in 2015, and was the re­sult of the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion’s Bat­tle of the Birds pro­gramme to con­trol an ex­pected ro­dent and stoat plague, a re­sult of cli­matic con­di­tions caus­ing ex­cess seeds and flow­ers feed­ing preda­tors and na­tive species. ■ Op­er­a­tions fo­cused on pro­tect­ing sig­nif­i­cant ecosys­tems, in­dige­nous species and their habi­tats, in­clud­ing atrisk pop­u­la­tions of birds such as the mo­hua, whio, kea, kaka, rock wren, bush robin, ri­fle­man, more­pork and kiwi. ■ Nearly 50 per cent of aerial op­er­a­tion plans were amended fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with iwi. ■ No ev­i­dence was found of ad­verse ef­fects on the pub­lic’s or op­er­a­tors’ health fol­low­ing 13 in­ci­dents and two com­plaints which were all breaches of Haz­ardous Sub­stances and New Or­gan­isms (HSNO) reg­u­la­tions.

The EPA has con­trols in place to en­sure the safe use of 1080 in New Zealand.

“The New Zealand pub­lic can be con­fi­dent EPA will con­tinue to ex­er­cise its leg­isla­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in re­spect of the aerial use of 1080 com­pe­tently and in the best in­ter­ests of New Zealan­ders, the New Zealand en­vi­ron­ment and the New Zealand econ­omy,” the re­port states. ■ Anti-1080 cam­paigner Rei­hana Robin­son says:

“The EPA re­port is another weak at­tempt to jus­tify what the agency it­self ad­mits is a fail­ing pol­icy that ac­tu­ally has ma­jor ad­verse ef­fects on a broad range of non-tar­get species, in­clud­ing many en­dan­gered na­tives, while mak­ing the pest prob­lem worse by caus­ing new rat plagues with each 1080 drop.

“Hav­ing failed to re­duce pos­sum num­bers or achieve ecosys­tem gains, the poi­son in­dus­try has sim­ply tripled the drops of eco­toxin with a pre­dictable in­crease in ac­ci­dents and un­in­tended col­lat­eral dam­age. It is no sur­prise that op­po­si­tion to the govern­ment’s los­ing 1080 strat­egy has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. Whether it’s the grisly and grue­some deaths of hun­dreds of deer, ac­ci­den­tal poi­son rain­ing on tram­pers, toxin pel­lets dropped into pub­lic drink­ing wa­ter sup­plies, or the hor­ri­bly in­hu­mane death throes of mil­lions of tomtits, ruru, hawks, robins, pos­sums, pigs and count­less other smaller species, New Zealan­ders are say­ing the 1080 mad­ness has to stop.” Alien Weaponry, Benny Tipene, Cym­bol, Gen­eral Lee, L.A. Women, Melodownz — Wave­front 2017 hosts this con­cert in Whanga­mata to cel­e­brate the end of one year and to wel­come in the new.

A full out­door stage will be erected at Wil­liamson Park and there will be a state of the art sound and light­ing sys­tem to de­liver a pre­mium con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence.

The New Year’s Eve fes­ti­val marks a wel­come back to con­cert events in Whanga­mata. The or­gan­is­ers aim to make this an an­nual event.

The venue will be fenced, se­cure, tick­eted and al­co­hol-free. The in­ten­tion is to pro­vide pre­mium en­ter­tain­ment for a wide au­di­ence in a safe en­vi­ron­ment at a rea­son­able ticket price.

Tick­ets are on sale now for $25 from eventfinda.co.nz plus any ap­pli­ca­ble trans­ac­tion fees.

Kids un­der five will be free ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or adult guardian. Fam­ily pack­age tick­ets for fam­i­lies of five or more which must in­clude one par­ent only avail­able through eventfinda.co.nz. Lim­ited gate sales will be $30 so buy early.

No al­co­hol is to be brought in to the venue. No food, bot­tles or glass are al­lowed, nor are weapons, gang patches or an­i­mals. No skate­boards, no fire­works.

This is an al­co­hol-free event — in­tox­i­cated peo­ple will not be al­lowed in. No pass outs.

A wide va­ri­ety of food and bev­er­ages will be avail­able on site. There will be no ATM so en­sure you have cash if you want to pur­chase. Food and bev­er­age out­lets ac­cept cash, EFT­POS and credit cards.

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