We get told there is a 1080 pellet which is totally safe and vitally needed.
This same 1080 pellet is deadly to pests and harmless to everything else.
You hear about it all the time. The Commissioner for the Environment wrote about it and Clare Dudley (Hauraki Herald, October 20) read about it in the latest Listener.
But this is not the 1080 we have been getting on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The 1080 being spread on the Coromandel is highly dangerous and, with so many voices telling us it is harmless, it has become vital that genuine environmentalists like Geoff Robinson (Hauraki Herald October 6) take the trouble to remind us of the very real dangers we face from the recent 1080 drops in our area.
It is not just the danger of the poison itself but the very casual and indifferent way that DOC staff administer the pellets which is of major concern.
DOC and regional council have sought to include big areas of private land in their 2017 1080 drop zones.
Environment groups, Moehau Environment Group (MEG) and Mahakirau Forest Estate Society Incorporated (MFESI), have been used to introduce the use of 1080 and other rat poisons on landowners comprising more than 4000 hectares of private land.
After months of protest from all those landowners who did not wish to have their lands poisoned, both these poisoning operations on private lands have been suspended.
As a result of this mismanagement many extra tonnes of poison was manufactured and delivered to our environment which will not now be used in this operation.
None of this poison will ever be returned to the factory.
Veysey, Coromandel John
adaptation programme, with a focus on urban communities subject to sea level rise’’.
This is great news for local towns such as Thames, Whitianga, Tairua and Te Puru which are some of the most at-risk places in New Zealand from sea level rise.
Another policy commits the government to provide a fund to help councils ‘‘research into and mitigate the effects of extreme weather events caused by climate change’’ – something Mayor Sandra Goudie has been asking for.
We now have an opportunity to obtain significant expertise and funding from Wellington for climate change/sea level rise research and adaption planning.
Other low-lying towns and cities such as Dunedin, Napier and Christchurch have confronted their challenges and have reached out for help.
Now, our council community and local MP must be willing and ready to stand up and ask for that assistance.
We must ensure that our atrisk communities have their voices heard in Wellington.
We hear a lot about the risks to low lying South Dunedin, but our level of risk is just as great, and possibly even more serious.
It will be a travesty if we don’t seize this opportunity.
Denis Tegg, Thames