Thorough Bush, Thorough Brier, Over Sharekespeare Park And Beyond The Pale.

Shakespear Regional Park in the frame for poison drop

Residents on the Whangaparoa pennisular are cautioned  to take care after approval was granted for massive aerial drops of 16.5 tonnes of poison in the Shakespear regional park between June and October.

NZ Yahoo news picked up on the story saying

Residents north of Auckland are concerned about a poison drop they think may contaminate their water tanks.

Army Bay resident Reg Keyworth says an aerial drop of Brodifacoum Poison over Shakespeare Park is planned between the June 1 and the October 31.

He says he has been sent a brochure saying people should seek medical help if they accidentally eat the poison.

Mr Keyworth is concerned about the fact it is an aerial drop.

“There’s a lot of homes out here at Army Bay and anything can happen. A lot of us are on tank water out here because that’s our choice of lifestyle and it’s a pretty dangerous drug to have floating around,” he says.

The massive drop also alarmed local blogger merrilynhope.com

Chemical Poisoning in New Zealand

The proposed poisoning of the Shakespear Park is just the worst thing for New Zealand Tourism.

We, in New Zealand, pride ourselves on our ‘clean, green’ image.  But if the rest of the world knew how much toxic pesticide and herbicide goes on our soils here, they would be horrified, as many of us here already are.

Misleading Advertisements:  The Auckland Council are playing down their poisoning programme:  There have been advertisements in the Orewa-Auckland buses recently, which advertise the Shakespear Open Sanctuary as a haven which needs protection:  They go on to ask the public for donations to help keep the Shakespear Park in its pristine state, free of rodents, but say nothing in these bus advertisement about their intentions to aerial drop Brodifacoum poison in the very near future.

But Tourism is one thing – what about the effect on the people, the animals, plants, and general environment around Shakespear Park?  These aspects of the poisoning are of course far more important than any concerns about Tourism.

I mention Tourism first, because our money-oriented parliamentarians  might possibly take some notice of our objections if they think that Tourism in New Zealand might be affected by this aerial poisoning with Brodifacoum, at Shakespear Park.  Yes – that’s right – this post is advertising the worst features of New Zealand living. We want the world to know, because then you might stop this evil practice of poisoning our soils, regardless of people’s health, and regardless for the benefit of the environment at large.

The thing is that the proposed Brodifacoum ‘drop’ at Shakespear Park is something that we cannot seem to do a thing about it:  This poison is VERY TOXIC, and yet the powers of council have declared that we will be subjected to this poison anyway.
We had to suffer the SAME abuse by government when we were forcibly subjected to the ‘apple moth’ spray between 6 and 10 years ago.  This DID cause health problems to people, and this was  eventually proved by Victoria University Medical team.  However, we had to withstand the effects of the poisoning for several years before it was eventually proved that the poison WAS harmful.  Meanwhile, all the MAF promotions told us with their emphatic, full-page Herald advertising, that the apple moth spray was not harmful.  They were just riding out their time, until the day when some independent body proved that the stuff was, in fact, VERY  HARMFUL.  I suspect that they knew all the time, but they just did not care………The pine forests, owned by overseas interests, were under threat by the apple moth,  so they said, and so big industry interests took precedence over people’s health…ead more

Our readers will know that we’ve highlighted this inconsistency between NZ’s clean, green image and the country’s willingness to drop tonnes of pesticides and herbicides out of the sky over anything (and any one) unlucky enough to be in range. Just read any of our posts about Brodifacoum, 1080 or weed killer and you’ll get an idea of how damaging these practices are and of the harm they are causing to native wildlife.

An organisation called enufisenuf is drawing attention to the drop, saying

Resource Consent Application, to Aerial Drop 16.5 tonnes of Brodifacoum on Shakespeare Park Open Sanctuary, Whangaparaoa Peninsula. The application has been granted, with conditions.
Our next step is to lodge an appeal to the Environment Court, (see attachment). Your support is needed. We’ll keep you in touch.Looks like another one of those done deals.
I can say without reservation that if this was a true independent hearing, with all the damming evidence that was submitted, there would be no way that this appalling method of pest eradication would be granted. 

All of the “Recommended Conditions” have failed to take into account any of the environmental issue that were addressed by those in opposition to the proposed aerial application of brodifacoum, both on the land and in the sea. It is totally unacceptable and excessive to indiscriminately aerially drop between 8-10 million pellets of toxic bates on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, when there are clearly other safer options that should be explored and implemented.

All of the worldwide restrictions and health issues, from scientists including those from New Zealand, regarding the use of Brodifacoum are being totally ignored.
There is not enough is known about the short and long term ramifications of this type of rodent eradication programme, to humans, animals, birds and fish.
There has never been an in depth scientific study regarding these issues, including the effects this toxin has on the food chain.
Non of the issues that I and the other submitters brought to the commissioners attention were taken into consideration.

There is massive amount of scientific data showing that Brodifacoum is a highly lethal poison that should only be used in enclosed bait stations.
Brodifacoum is very persistent in the environment, in vertebrate tissues and poses a huge risk to non-target species.
Many species are at risk from both primary and secondary poisoning.
It is highly toxic to marine life, mammals and birds and is lethal to dogs. Has a poison transfer link between invertebrates and vertebrates and clearly enters the food chain.
It is toxic to all animal species as well humans, with carcinogenic factors, reproductive and developmental toxicity and neurotoxicity.
There is no scientific data anywhere that promotes the indiscriminate aerial use of this poison.

At the adjournment of the Shakespear Open Sanctuary hearing, (14th December), the commissioners requested the applicant supply, without prejudice, a set of suggested conditions to the committee secretary for distribution to those submitters who appeared at the hearing to speak.

This was my email reply:-

All of the “Recommended Conditions” have failed to take into account any of the environmental issue that were addressed by those in opposition to the proposed aerial application of brodifacoum, both on the land and in the sea.
I therefore have had no other option than to reject all the changes.
It is totally unacceptable and excessive to indiscriminately aerially drop between 8-10 million pellets of toxic bates on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, when there are clearly other safer options that should be explored and implemented.
I am concerned that the worldwide restrictions and health issues, from scientists including those from New Zealand, regarding the use of Brodifacoum are being totally ignored.
There is not enough is known about the short and long term ramifications of this type of rodent eradication programme, to humans, animals, birds and fish.
There has never been an in depth scientific study regarding these issues, including the effects this toxin has on the food chain.
Please address the issues that I and the other submitters have brought to your attention so that we can have a dialog that takes into consideration our concerns.
Yours sincerely
Paul Cohen

The site also says

The World Health Organisation (WHO), states, “Brodifacoum is toxic to aquatic wildlife. Avoid accidental contamination of water”. FACT. http://www.who.int/whopes/quality/en/Brodifacoum.pdf page 12. This is in direct opposition to authorities telling us that Brodifacoum does not affect marine life.

A Pet Food Processor writes, “We are not allowed to harvest rabbits from farms that have Brodifacoum spread for Possum control for three years, yet beef, lamb, venison and milk can be harvested next day for human consumption. It’s time New Zealanders opened their eyes,” (taken from Campbell Live website)

Question. Can we continually drop all these poisons into our ecosystem and expect to get away with it? Lets clean up this appalling relationship we have with poisons.

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