Protests target the use of 1080
Hundreds of Northlanders joined others around the country to protest the use of 1080.
Events were held in Whangārei, Kerikeri, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia on Saturday. In Whangārei, protesters gathered at Mander Park and waved signs and umbrellas with messages written on them at passing motorists.
More than 100 people marched through Kerikeri calling for an end to the use of aerial 1080.
They chanted “Ban 1080” and “Department of Conservation, destroying our nation” as they marched through the centre of town and back to the Domain for a haka at 1pm, timed to coincide with other mass haka around the country. Protesters scattered fake 1080, while one carried a giant green pellet to highlight his concerns.
Opposition to 1080 is largely based on claims it kills native animals and birds as well as pests, poisons domestic animals who ingest it and gets into waterways.
Counter-claims are that predator pest numbers are so high and the damage they’ve caused is so severe that without knocking them hard, some native forests would soon be beyond repair.
Protesters at Mander Park have a clear message for passing motorists on State highway 1.