Protests tar­get the use of 1080

Whangarei Report - - NEWS / OPINION -

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.

PHOTO / TA­NIA WHYTE

Pro­test­ers at Man­der Park have a clear mes­sage for pass­ing mo­torists on State high­way 1.

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