1080 use closely watched — EPA
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.