DOU­BLY DAN­GER­OUS

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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

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