Brodifacoum Poisoning at Shakespear Park, Army Bay, Auckland.

Chemical Poisoning in New Zealand

The proposed poisoning of the Shakespear Park is just the worst thing for New Zealand Tourism. And what is worse, its the worst thing for our own health and our environment.

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.

Because this poison affected my health so badly, I had to vacate my house in Westmere over this, and my life was severely disrupted  in the attempt to avoid exposure to this poison, as were many other people’s  lives.

Well, I really feel for the people down the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland, where this Brodifacoum poison is going to be dropped.

I have just found the “Hearing Agenda – Shakespear Open Sanctuary – Auckland Council”, which is in the Orewa Library.

This hearing is dated 13 and 14 December, 2010.  It took place at the Council Chamber, Tasman/Pacific Building, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa, Hibiscus Coast.  It has some very interesting and alarming facts which I want to record here:

Some addresses which might be useful for anyone wanting to register a complaint about the Brodifacoum poisoning at Shakespear Park are:

Interesting to note that Auckland Council is such a big affair now that all councils in the region have been amalgamated:  This serves government better,  giving them more power, because they have only the one council to contend with now.

As we found, when dealing with the Auckland City Council and MAF  over the apple moth spray,  it is very difficult to get the Auckland Council to stop something like this Brodifacoum poisoning.

Friends of the Earth have made a submission opposing the drop of the cereal bait containing Brodifacoum. Friends of the Earth say “Over several decades FOE (NZ) has submitted evidence on Brodifacoum drops at both RMA hearings and also at Envirronment Court level.  In our view this one is probably one of the worst that we have encountered”.

Friends of the Earth (NZ) are at the Auckland Trades hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland. 1021.  Their P.O. Box is 5599, Wellesley St, Auckland.

But I see that the Council has done its work in getting plenty of their supporters along who supported the application for Brodifacoum to be dropped:  The New Zealand Defence Force is amongst these.  Their resource consent submission details are that “NZDF supports the application which is a critical component in establishing the Shakespear open Sanctuary” in order “to eradicate animal pests”.

Well, the effects of this poison cannot be estimated or understood until the event has happened.  And with repeated poisonings, the adverse effects will eventually be evident.  This means that THE POISON BRODIFACOUM WILL BE A RISK TO YOUR HEALTH, TO YOUR PET’S HEALTH, AND TO THE ANIMALS AND BIRDS WHO LIVE IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHAKESPEAR PARK.

The council have allowed for the possibility that people and other animals other than the ones they want to kill, will be affected.  Page 51 clause 18 says:  That the conditions of this consent may be reviewed by the Manager pursuant to Section 128 of the Resource Management Act 1991, by the giving of notice pursuant to Section 129 of the Act, in March 2011 and every year thereafter in order.

a)  To deal with any adverse effect on the enviroment which may arise or potentially arise from the exercise of this consent and which it is appropriate to deal with at a later stage.

Clause 15 says:  The Operational Management Plan shall include but not be limited to monitoring and implementing the following:

i)   The mortality of non-target treatened endemic species including freshwater fish, birds, reptiles within the operational area;

ii)  The density of brodifacoum on the ground in representative areas of land within a cross section of vegetation types present within the operational area;

iii)  The density of bait distribution using GPS data gathered from helicopter flights within the operational area;iv)  The level of brodifacoum residue in the tissue of stock reintroduced to SOS be scientifically tested by an appropriat agency on the first occasion that stock slaughtered for human consumption.

viii)  Test for the concentration of Brodifacoum in any marine mammal found dead on the Whangaparaoa peninsula beaches within three months after the final bait drop.

14: vi))  In the event of any accidental spill, due to human error or mechanical failure, of more than 50kg of bait onto land or the coastal marine area, the consent holder shall notify the Manager and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service……..This is very like being prepared for an oil spill in the ocean:  What can you do about it, really, once it has happened?

This is all very, very alarming.


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