Na­tional Park 1080 drop puz­zles lo­cal res­i­dents

Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

‘‘To erad­i­cate bovine tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, we need to keep pos­sums be­low 2 per cent for ap­prox­i­mately ten years.’’

Con­fu­sion over the nam­ing of the Nga­mutu 1080 aerial pro­gramme raised a few eye­brows at the Na­tional Park Com­mu­nity Board.

The drop, sched­uled to take place in early June, was ques­tioned by chair Jenni Pendle­ton – who had no idea where Nga­mutu was.

‘‘I asked sev­eral peo­ple if they knew where Nga­mutu was and noone knew,’’ Pendle­ton said.

‘‘I sug­gested it was sub­ter­fu­sion and quite frankly, when I first looked at it, I thought it must have come to me by mis­take.’’

Ospri op­er­a­tions co­or­di­na­tor Debbie Viner said the name was taken from a peak within the area.

‘‘We come up with a name that is known within the area.

‘‘We could have called it Erua but the op­er­a­tion en­com­passes more than that.’’

The pos­sum con­trol op­er­a­tion will cov­ers 16,000 hectares.

Viner said this will be the first time the Erua For­est has had 1080.

‘‘To erad­i­cate bovine tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, we need to keep pos­sums be­low 2 per cent for ap­prox­i­mately ten years.’’

Viner said they met with lo­cal iwi and will con­tin­u­ously work with them through the process.

* Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion night: Wed­nes­day May 24, Na­tional Park School hall, 4pm-7pm

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