Minister has run-in with 1080 protesters

Men in HAZMAT outfits pick up 1080 look-alike pallets Photo: RNZ/ Gia Garrick

Protesters have biffed fake 1080 pallets all over Parliament's steps and scattered dead birds, as their campaign to ban the poison continues.

A large and loud protest on the weekend has continued this week in Wellington with chalk drawings all over Parliament's entranceways today.

It escalated this afternoon with men in HAZMAT outfits having to pick up the 1080 look-alike pallets, which were strewn over the steps on the forecourt.

Alan Gurdon and his fellow protester ate some of the pallets to prove they were fake.

"We wouldn't throw 1080 around and endanger the public like our Government does. So we put fake 1080 on the steps, and dead bodies that have been killed, dead birds and mice that have been killed by 1080, brought here from the West Coast to present to these politicians," he said.

Mr Gurdon said he had lost three dogs to the 1080 poison, he had been poisoned twice, his wife had been poisoned and his son was poisoned in the womb because 1080 got into the water they drank as a result of a Government-ordered 1080 drop.

He wanted 1080 banned for good.

The Environment Minister David Parker went out to see what was going on, running into the protesters.

He tried to explain himself and the uses and benefits of 1080 poisons, before acknowledging it was unlikely he'd have any luck convincing them of anything today.

"There is a disagreement between you and other people who have a different view of the science..." he began.

"Everyone's entitled to their view, but what's wrong with hearing the truth?" retorted Mr Gurdon.

"If what you do is so morally, ethically and legally right, what are you people scared of? Come on!"

This was happening at the same time the rest of Parliament's politicians were running the media gauntlet ahead of Question Time.

The Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson told reporters the ban-1080 protesters have valid concerns.

"They're concerned about water and they're concerned about aerial drops. We need to keep having considered conversations about saving our forests, our birds and our native species.

"It's not the strategy or tactics I'd use, but they are trying to be heard and we need to keep listening."

National Party leader Simon Bridges said protesting is incredibly important, but it needs to be done lawfully.

"I think things that involve acts of throwing, of possible violence, leaving things that have to be cleaned up... that probably over-steps the mark."

Mr Parker said he will now be getting the poisoned animals - including a kereru - tested, to see if they did die from ingesting 1080 on the West Coast.

"I think people should comply with the law, we've had to have people out here in protective gear because they weren't sure whether it was fake or not," he said.

1 Comment

Gurdon is delusional

Posted on 13-09-2018 11:19 | By Bay Citizen

Clearly Mr Gurdon has not been "poisoned by 1080". He is still here. Seriously though, his claims are obviously nonsense. It is all but impossible to be poisoned in such a way because of how 1080 dilutes very rapidly in streams. I think it is he who refuses to listen to the truth. As for losing his dogs to 1080, that is feasible, but I would question the responsibility of someone who lets their dogs roam uncontrolled and unmuzzled in the bush.

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