Leave well alone

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

I note the pub­lic no­tice con­cern­ing an aerial spray pro­gramme planned for midDe­cem­ber over 12 hectares [29.65 acres] of Whi­tireia Park where a fire in Fe­bru­ary 2010 has left gorse to grow in its wake.

While I am no in­dus­trial chemist and there­fore can­not com­ment on the ac­tual tox­i­c­ity of the her­bi­cide met­sul­furon, I am of a gen­er­a­tion that re­mem­bers the re­as­sur­ances given to the pub­lic about the safety of ear­lier her­bi­cide prod­ucts sprayed in huge quan­ti­ties around our coun­try­side and com­mu­ni­ties, and so I feel this ex­er­cise may put the health of oth­ers at risk for lit­tle or no good pur­pose.

With ex­pe­ri­ence of life in ru­ral ar­eas, I can say that there is likely no real need to spray the gorse, as just leav­ing it alone will pro­vide cover for na­tive species to re­gen­er­ate un­der­neath, and in time they will come to over­grow the gorse, which will suc­cumb nat­u­rally.

This ef­fect can be ob­served be­hind Els­don camp and in other lo­ca­tions around the Porirua re­gion. All that Mother Na­ture may need from our coun­cil in this in­stance is some faith in Fa­ther Time rather than hu­man in­ter­ven­tion with he­li­copters and her­bi­cides.

PETE CATE, Para­pa­raumu.

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