Don’t poi­son

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Why is DOC or­gan­is­ing an ae­rial drop of 1080 in the Manawatu¯ Gorge in Novem­berDe­cem­ber 2018?

As a reg­u­lar walker and a keen pho­tog­ra­pher of the Manawatu¯ Gorge Track and sur­round­ing bush for around 20 years, I am chal­leng­ing the rea­sons to 1080 the area.

There is no ev­i­dence of for­est de­fo­li­a­tion, and there are plenty of birds which do fluc­tu­ate with the food avail­able at the time. For ex­am­ple; there are more kereru¯ when the nı¯kau are in berry, and more tu¯ ı¯ when the rata are in flower. There are also a num­ber of ruru and fan­tails which DOC should know de­pend on na­tive in­sects to ex­ist.

The Gorge Track has been trapped, mon­i­tored and bait sta­tioned for around 20 years and is con­sid­ered a safe fam­ily walk, where dogs are taken on a leash.. There is very lit­tle sign of pos­sums in the area and I’ve never seen a rat in the day or

night, and do not for­get that most of the streams flow into the Manawatu¯ River where bait can eas­ily be taken and af­fect the river life as well.

I have nu­mer­ous pho­to­graphs of birds, in­sects and the beau­ti­ful tawa and nı¯kau for­est of the Gorge Area and am to­tally un­aware of any rea­son that this area should be in­dis­crim­i­nately poi­soned at the will of some de­part­ment that has this no­tion they are sav­ing our en­vi­ron­ment, when they are ac­tu­ally killing all the life that makes our Gorge Track the in­ter­est­ing walk that it is.

I’m not speak­ing for the run­ners with ra­dio plugs in their ears. I’m speak­ing for the wildlife and tree lovers who ap­pre­ci­ate the Red Ad­mi­rals on the hebes and the fan­tails flit­ting above look­ing for in­sects, and the kereru¯ on the nı¯kau. There are also na­tive snails, lizards and we¯ ta¯ on the for­est floors, so don’t poi­son our Manawatu¯ Gorge Area, it has life in bal­ance al­ready. MARY LEWIS


DA reader says there are more kereru¯ in the Manawatu¯ Gorge when the n¯ıkau are in berry.

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