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.