8 MAY 2016
NZ First Backs Ground Control of Pests – Not $20m Extra for Aerial 1080 Drops
The decision to launch the largest pest control operation ever in New Zealand is an irresponsible use of taxpayers’
money, says New Zealand First Outdoor Recreation Spokesperson Richard Prosser.
“Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says $20.7 million extra will go into poisoning with aerial 1080. She claims there
is expected to be a massive increase in pest numbers. This is ludicrous.
“The number of rats, stoats and possums is not, and will not be, at biblical proportions as she claims.
“The most sensible thing is to fully resource ground control.
“Ground control targets the right species and creates jobs in the regions.”