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Press Release From Featherston 1080 Group

31/6/02
Press Release From Featherston 1080 Group.

STOP the DROP was the message to DOC. A large, quiet well organised group of 93 people gave up their Sunday afternoon to stand in the rain to protest the aerial dropping of 1080 into the Waiohine and Mt Hector water catchment zone. The drop zone also covers three huts in the Cone ridge over the Southern crossing. Featherston people have been fighting the dropping of 1080 in their water catchment area for ten years. A viable alternative, trapping, has been recommended however the Wellington Regional Council and SWDC has still to act on this recomendation.

"1080 is highly toxic and takes at least 80 days to breakdown in low temperatures. This means that families wanting to tramp through the region will be at risk from the contaminated area". says spokesperson Claire Bleakley. "Many families use the breaks to tramp through the forest parks up to the snow which is why the Medical officer of Health has made dropping 1080 illegal during the school holidays. We would consider joining our action with Upper Hutts injunction if the drop is not withdrawn".

Lester Phelps of the Upper Hutt Stop 1080 Campaign Leader of Outdoor Recreation NZ Party and vice chair of 1080 Action Upper Hutt said although they had organized themselves into a united and cohesive group, written to DOC, the regional and local councils, the Medical Officer of Health, and the newspapers they have been forced to take legal action over the aerial drops. He stated " Do whatever you can but above all do not stop".

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