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South Island Tour and poisons

I was fortunate to be able to travel from Christchurch south to Invercargill west to Haast, north to Arthurs Pass and east back to Christchurch between 4 June and 11 June.
 |  Malcolm Campbell  | 

Malcolm Campbell at home on his Waihi farm.

Having resided in the Waikato Region all of my life, I was able to compare the South Island land areas to that of the Waikato.   It is patently obvious that all Councils, both regional and district, believe that all problems can be solved by first, Council Control and secondly, by treating every problem with poison.

The May 30th Southland Express, Page 3, features a display by Environment Southland quote: “World Environment Day will be held on 5 June, with one of the key themes being land restoration. Restoring land can produce a range of benefits such as improving soil fertility, supporting water quality, biodiversity and ecosystem health, which provides a good habitat for native plants, fish and micro- organisms.”

However, reality is somewhat different. It is no longer necessary to wash the bugs off the windscreen of the car, there are now no frogs, where there were once millions; no pied stilts, the whitebait are struggling, even the duck population is in decline.

This demonstrates the decline of water quality. Plainly obvious was poisoning of the road verges all brown and dead, like the creatures that were so abundant on farmlands, before chemicals poisons were used.

Further north from Haast were more irate people, who did not want their water supply chlorinated, but again council knows best and the water is chlorinated. Do any of these council employees ever do any research?

Evidence from trials in the United States showed that fish can actually live in raw sewage, provided there is sufficient dissolved oxygen in the sewage. But as soon as chemicals are introduced, the fish are in serious trouble and the research specifically mentions chlorine as being fatal to fish.

A number of herbicides commonly used in New Zealand warn that they are not to be used in the aquatic environment and glyphosate is banned in thirty countries, but council knows best and are apparently unable to read the labels on the containers.

The shear arrogance of the councils is shown on page 21 of the same paper where it states, quote: If national regulations change or are repealed, the Local Southland Plan will still apply. The Waikato Region receives two truck and trailer loads of poison concentrate annually, fifty tonnes sloshed into the environment. (Figures obtained under the official information act).

Understandably, there are no bugs or wildlife in the Waikato either and even one once popular trout fishing stream no longer has any trout.

Why-o-why are they poisoning the land and water we rely on for life?

Albert Einstein said. ‘You cannot expect the people who created the problem to solve the problem.’