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Author: John Veysey

History of poisoning on the Coromandel Part Two

An explanation team was set up – an ever-expanding staff of scientists charged with finding the best way to spread 1080. They were based at “Landcare”. Later university professors jumped on the bandwagon and 1080 “experts” emerged from all of our universities. Their first challenge was to find an explanation for the dead native birds which was given to Eric Spurr. Eric did some “research”. His research showed that the poison would kill a lot of possums and rats which meant that the surviving birds would not be hassled by rats or possums come next breeding season so they would breed up so much...

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History of poisoning on the Coromandel: Issue One

They imported the 1080 poison and made 1080-baits for spreading wherever they could find a “pest” to poison. The rabbit was the first victim and the 1080 bait factory got underway. The government made the baits and controlled their distribution through the rabbit boards and then regional councils. When the rabbits could absorb no more 1080, new “pests” were sought. That next “pest”, the one to really get this business off the ground, was the possum. The possum had first been imported to provide NZ with a fur industry but the government showed no interest in fur. The possums were left to their...

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How can poisoning be conservation?

Both the Robinsons and I are much buoyed up by all that Dal Minogue (previous Letters To editor The Informer, 30 April) has said we have achieved. It is good to be reminded that our efforts have not been entirely wasted. As a result, I thought I would begin with this: People who are involved in the wild animal poisoning business equate ‘poisoning’ with the word ‘conservation.’ Because I am against the use of poison to control wild animals those involved with poisoning label me as ‘anti-conservation’. Spreading poison is their form of “conservation” – in DOC’s case, spreading poison is practically...

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MORE POETRY FROM JOHN (received before dal minogue’s sent in his poetic response)

Who’s crying? Who’s given up on the fray and who’s been brought down and who’s making nonsense of the world today? Lies been raining down upon us. Life’s value has took a dive. But for those of you who see a dismal future, just remember you’re still alive. You’re still alive, you’re still alive; if you were not still alive, you could not be crying. Why aren’t YOU crying? What can’t you cry? Oh, I see, you cried a river and the river run dry. Who’s still crying? Who gave up just today? And who realises you can’t run away? No, you can’t run away, no you can’t run away and you can’t run...

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Tairua to North Shore and back on a single charge

As I sat there I watched the electric trains on the line beside the motorway whizzing past and thought about Trevor Ammundsen’s opinion piece about rail in The Informer the week before and how 19th century irrelevant and dirty-word socialist the said railways were. Surrounded by diesel trucks chugging at idle or spurting black smoke when the line moved a few metres, bumper to bumper cars and vans with engines running while stationary, I reflected on Alistair Brickell’s Guest Editorial in the same issue of The Informer attacking electric cars. I noted  his seriously dubious ‘facts’ and the inference...

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System required for the public voice to be heard and heeded

The idea of democracy being effected through a system of representatives working within the confines of NZ’s parliamentary system is no longer credible. Democracy is “a system of government by the whole population”. The present level of public unrest is proof that government by the people is not happening. The representative idea was not criticised while things were just tootling along as they were in the ’60’s and ’70’s when we had plenty of space for businesses and inflation to expand without hindrance. The people voted once every three years and then forgot about all that political stuff...

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TEGG – HAS HAD HIS OPPORTUNITY

Both Tegg and Minogue have had their opportunity to represent us ratepayers as councillors, a representation which they both stubbornly failed to do. Instead, they both absorbed the propaganda of the time and  they both continue to persist with such. We get plenty of their propaganda from mainstream media. Their stuff is not opinion. They have no original thought to propound. Sorry.

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Fear need not rule

Her department’s staff had caused offence not only by uncontrolled poisoning but by its failure to seek landowner consent before trespassing on their private properties. This trespassing was legal they said. Its legitimacy did not reduce the level of offence taken. DOC staff knew they faced a growing wave of opposition every time they left the office. Brigitte felt it strongly. The Thames office became fortified against intrusion. Visitors were treated as potential attackers. For her public appearances Brigitte was accompanied by two strapping body-guards. Large teams of security guards were...

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Widening divide between government and the people

As the number of offensive operations escalates so the voice of disapproval gets louder but is still not listened to. Our system of government allows the circumnavigation of any discussion with the public. Instead, government staff find themselves locked away in fortified offices, visitors are treated like attackers and any discussion with the public is impossible; because the employees in government departments work from a premise that what they are doing is in the best interests of the people and the environment and that those who complain “just don’t get it”. ‘These complainers...

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