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Ban 1080 election candidates announced

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The Ban 1080 political party has announced nine candidates for this year’s General Election, backed by rural New Zealanders opposed to the indiscriminate killing and chemical contamination caused by aerial 1080 poison drops.

The party was formed this year in response to the Department of Conservation’s (DoC) continual aerial distribution of the poison Sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), which rural New Zealanders attest is contaminating waterways and cruelly killing their livestock, dogs, and the native birds it is supposed to be protecting.

Party co-leader Bill Wallace says the rising anger in provincial New Zealand has reached a tipping point.

"There is huge angst about 1080 poison in rural areas amongst farmers and other Kiwis who use public land for their recreation," Wallace says. "Aerial 1080 application is a scatter gun approach that is not working. 1080 does not choose which animals it harms; as well as pests, 1080 kills native birds like robins, tits, ruru (morepork), kea and livestock, all of which eat the poison.

"There are also deadly secondary effects as it travels down the food chain - pets and working dogs die from eating poisoned animals," he says. "Aerial drops are banned in other countries for a very good reason.

"DoC is making out that the opposition to 1080 is at the margins. This is absolutely not true. In fact two polls over the last 10 years have shown 43% of those asked were opposed to 1080, but DoC has not listened to why there is such a lot of opposition.

"The rural community is fed up because the many petitions and letters to Parliament and DoC over the years from various groups have reached deaf ears time and time again," he says. "With the country about to be bombarded with the largest 1080 poison drop in its history, the creation of a political party to take this issue to the polls has become an urgent matter.

"Within a very short time the Ban 1080 party has attracted well over 1300 members and nine passionate and knowledgeable candidates from around the country, who if elected, would work with the elected Government to ensure the right decisions for New Zealand’s conservation were made.

"The protection and growth of our native bird population is very important to the Ban 1080 party, but 1080 is not the answer," he says. "Our party’s policy is to develop a pathway to a solution that includes the following elements:

1. To immediately stop DoC’s indiscriminate aerial 1080 poison programme.

2. To develop a science-based, measurable programme that includes:

- Species specific protection plans, - Targeted pest control, using people not poison, - Community conservation involvement.

3. To protect all waterways by ensuring no future aerial poison drops.

The Ban 1080 Party candidate list (ranked) is as follows:

1. Mike Downard. Co-leader. Candidate for Coromandel electorate.

2. Bill Wallace. Co-leader. List MP. 3. Peter Salter. Candidate for West Coast - Tasman electorate. 4. James Veint. Candidate for Clutha - Southland electorate. 5. Glen Tomlinson. Candidate for Kaikoura electorate. 6. Patricia Cheel. Candidate for East Coast Bays electorate. 7. Mike McClunie. List MP. 8. Andy Blick. List MP. 9. John Burrill. List MP.

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