Topic: Environment

Ngāti Pahauwera hunters oppose planned 1080 drop

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

A planned aerial drop of the poison 1080 in the Mohaka Forest at the end of October has got Ngāti Pahauwera hunters seeing red.  Members of the Northern Hawke's Bay tribe say the poison would be detrimental to one of their main food sources. 

At the small Māori settlement of Kotemāori, the locals have got a message for OSPRI, the organisation which oversees 1080 distribution.

Rose Perrett (Ngāti Pahauwera) says, "Let's stop this poison, we don't want it around here!"

Local pighunter Mark Te Hau says, "That's our pātaka over there, that's our fridge, they take that away from us, we'll be left with nothing."

OSPRI says the steep terrain of the Mohaka Forest makes ground control almost impossible and that an aerial drop of 1080 is the most effective way to kill pests.

OSPRI's Alan Innes says, "I understand their concerns with 1080, hopefully we can alay some of those concerns with our discussion."

But locals disagree and say trapping will create employment.

Another local pighunter Guy King says, "We've never been given the opportunity to come up with another alternative.  What I'm offering is a long term solution where we can work at it year after year."

The 15,000ha forest was part of the tribe's settlement back in 2012.

Tommy Heta (Ngāti Pahauwera) says, "It's about the permission, we as an iwi are here, shouldn't we have a say in the matter before anything goes ahead."

Though OSPRI has met face-to-face with iwi members, they say they won't be budging on their anti-1080 stance.

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