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Ban the persistent poison Endosulfan – Maori Party

Me panaia te paetini tairoa nei te Endosulfan – Ropu Maori

Tariana Turia, Mangai mo nga take taiao 23 Hongongoi 2008

Kua karanga te Ropu Maori kia kaua Nga Kaiwhakatupao Whakararu Taiao (ERMA) e whakaae ki te Endosulfan hei paetini whakamate ngärara, toke hoki i Aotearoa.

I tënei wa kei te whiriwhiri korero te ERMA mo tëtahi tono kia whakaäetia tonutia te Endosulfan. Kei te maputia nga hua whenua, hua räkau me nga putiputi, a, ka patua hoki nga toke i nga papa haupaoro, nga tauranga waka rererangi, me era atu papa otaota.

“Ko te mate ke, ka tairoa te paetini nei, ka pa ki nga manu kai i nga toke mate, ka papii ki roto i nga wai maori, tae noa ki nga moana, ki nga ika,” e ai ki a Tariana Turia. “Kei mate te mauri o te taiao.”

“Rima tekau ma rima nga whenua o te ao kua pana i tënei momo paetini. Na te tairoa, kua hamenetia ki te Whakakotahitanga o nga Whenua o te Ao kia panaia atu i te ao katoa,” hei tana.

“E kore te tangata whenua e tiaki i te taiao, mehemea ki te uru mai ënei momo kino huna, käore e taea te aukati. No reira ko te whakamahi i tënei paetini, he takahanga tënei i te mana o te tangata whenua, me nga tikanga tuku iho a nga tupuna.

“E ai ki te purongo rangahau ano a ERMA, käore a rätou whiringa korero me te tangata whenua, a, waihoki ra, käore pea tenei tono ki a rätou e hängai ana ki nga matapono o te Tiriti o Waitangi.

“Kaore mätou i rongo, kua whakaäe atu te tangata whenua ki tënei paetini. He kaha rawa mo te patu ngärara, he paetini ke e iti iho ana te kino ki te taiao, no reira kei te karanga mätou o te Ropu Maori kia kaua e whakaäetia,” hei ta Tariana Turia.

Ban the persistent poison Endosulfan – Maori Party

Hon Tariana Turia, Environment spokesperson 23 July 2008

The Maori Party has called on ERMA not to approve Endosulfan as a poison for insects and worms in New Zealand.

ERMA is currently considering an application to renew approval of endosulfan. It is sprayed on vegetables, fruit and flowers, and is also used to kill worms on golf courses, airports and other grassed areas.

“The problem is that this is a persistent poison, it affects birds that feed on poisoned worms, it gets into fresh waters systems, right to the sea, where it affects fish,” said Tariana Turia. “The whole environment is affected.”

“Fifty five countries have banned this poison. Because it is so persistent, it has been referred to the UN for a global ban under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

“Tangata whenua cannot protect their environment if this type of hidden poison gets into the ecosystem, there’s no way to keep it out. So using this kind of poison is an attack on the mana of tangata whenua, and the traditional values of guardianship,” she said.

“ERMA’s own research report says they have not consulted tangata whenua, and it appears that the application is not consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

“We have not heard of any tangata whenua group agreeing to this stuff. It’s too toxic for the job it does, there are other poisons that affect the environment less, so we call on ERMA to reject this application,” said Tariana Turia.


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