The Trashing Of The West Coast By Conservation

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Press Release.
NZ Outdoors Party.
27th April 2019

The Trashing Of The West Coast By Conservation

The Department of Conservation are hiding behind a brave face after the revelation that two of eleven radio monitored kea were killed during this month’s 1080 drop in the Whataroa valley in South Westland.

Alan Simmons, co-leader and President of the NZ Outdoors Party, said “That is a shocking figure. This valley had a thriving kea population  estimated to be around a hundred before the aerial poisoning. If the monitored kea are representative,  around thirty of our endangered kea could have been killed.

The dead kea that were recovered were adult breeding females. These birds are long living – with a similar lifespan to humans – and slow breeding, so losses like this devastate the kea population and are completely unsustainable” he said.

Alan,  author of “Born To The Outdoors” recalled the days before 1080 when kea were a pest in the high country whilst rats plagued back country huts. 1080 has killed an average of over 12% monitored kea and sometimes half the monitored population. Now kea are endangered and on the brink of becoming extinct.  Loss of habitat is a serious enough threat without our government recklessly poisoning our iconic birds in the name of conservation.

“I urge the government to act responsibly and place an immediate moratorium on any further aerial 1080 operations in kea habitat” says Alan. “They are supposed to protect kea for future generations. Their strategy has failed. They must now be honest, admit this and take immediate steps to stop further massacres of kea before they are all gone.”

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Contact Alan Simmons for further information.
07 386 7576 or 0274 980 304

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Alan Simmons

Alan Simmons

President & Co-Leader Alan has dedicated a lifetime of involvement in outdoors political issues. He’s sat on a number of national body executives, boards, NGO and management groups, including the NZ Professional Hunting Guides Association, Electricorp Environmental Management Board, NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers and the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association. Many will know him through his website, the hugely popular New Zealand FishnHunt forum.

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