Leave well alone
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.