KAKA Press Release:
Westland District Council Decision to Exclude Water Catchment Areas from Future Aerial 1080 Drops
Karameans Advocating Kahurangi Action (KAKA), a community group established in January 2008 to campaign against the broad-scale, indiscriminate aerial use of 1080 by the Department of Conservation and the Animal Health Board, applauds the decision by the Westland District Council to exclude all water catchment areas from future aerial 1080 operations. The initiative by the council reflects the overwhelming opposition on the West Coast to the use of 1080 by the AHB and DOC and KAKA hopes the Buller District Council, the West Coast Regional Council and other regional councils nation-wide will follow suit.
KAKA congratulates WDC Mayor Maureen Pugh on the courage shown by her council in making this decision for her constituents, for the environment and for the future of the West Coast. KAKA hopes that the AHB and DOC will now make genuine attempts to use alternatives to aerial 1080, such as trapping and pest-specific baiting and spend more of their large budgets on research into genuinely Clean/Green/100%Pure pest-control solutions so that New Zealanders can promote our country as a destination for international tourists and our agricultural exports with confidence and pride.