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The 1080 Option

Here is part one of my draft on the influence of 1080 on New Zealand land.

1 Indigenous rights to be heard

One people.

I do not ascribe to Aotearoa as the domain of any one ethnicity. It is the domain of all ethnicities. There is the right of mana whenua to share in the decision-making processes as provided under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. But there is also the right of all indigenous people to have their views expressed. By indigenous, I refer to all people who were born and live in Aotearoa. ‘We, the people,” are all people under one nation. [b][i]One people[/i][/b]. Not any one group and certainly not any one person or group of people more important than any other. The issues surrounding 1080 are an issue for and with respect, to all. Otherwise, the wellbeing of all people, all flora and all fauna rest with a few. And that, is unacceptable.

In this letter, I am an advocate of concern that we, as [b][i]One people[/i][/b], are not binding together to resolve workable methods to control the ravenous infestation destroying the taonga of New Zealand. The native species of plant, bird, fish and insect.

I strongly wish to see kuamatua from each district; councillors from each district; a public advocate from each district; a scientific group including specialists in each significant branch of native wildlife, a department of conservation group and government representatives in the same meeting processes. And at those meetings, a detail map of the North Island, the South Island and all satellite islands for discussion. The chairperson of which should be one who is not liened to one side or the other.

To that end, the best resolve for each district brought to the table and ratified into working policies. Whether traps, baits, 1080, fencing, a combination or other measures; the procedure adopted for one area may not be the procedure in other areas; but the business of wholesale 1080 immediately ceased (except where by defined area agreed) and the business of restoring New Zealand native wildlife by ratified, policied methods, adopted.

If you kill off an entire area by 1080 then replant with human-artificially-raised wildlife… is it still, ‘native’ no matter how glorious the bird-song?

Department of Conservation should not need a watch-dog to provide the best service for New Zealand. They need an associate who speaks as One people, authorised by New Zealand Government, to confirm policies by area.

I do understand those who advocate as mana whenua, want to be the leading voice. But I do not believe it entire as there is a multi-culturism in Aotearoa and multi-facets (e.g. scientific) which needs to be heard also. In my resolve, the call for ‘One people,’ inclusive of mana whenua, predictably, is all encompassing in how this would best go ahead.

I see no problem with a temporary national ban if in result there is this coalition of parties to establish a going forward plan. I do see a problem with D.O.C. Continuing a blanket coverage of 1080 drops throughout the land under their care without regard to the voice of the people.
Environmentalist and indigenous rights advocate, Tina Ngata, mentioned, “mana whenua have as much of a say as anyone else when it comes to the decision-making around their treasures.” I believe she is absolutely right. She goes on to say, “Nobody should be cutting mana whenua out of the decision-making process around how to care for our taonga, that’s a right secured by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.” Almost right. The guardianship of New Zealand’s taonga rests in the future, with our mokopuna (children and grand-children.) And that mokopuna will be One people.

New Zealand is losing its native species which is a great loss to the future. I believe, also a disservice to our past. New Zealand would become barren of native mana. And we would rob our descendents of the right to be part of that. Supplanting introduced species and failing to resolve invasive species, is not acceptable.

Neither is the sheer, blind, indiscriminate wholesale use of 1080 without proper, scientific and ethical discussion inclusive of all parties.

Kia Kaha Aoetaroa.

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Earth Log

10:03 AM 26/MAR19
A severe storm regarded as an ‘atmospheric river’ is about to hit New Zealand. Please check with emergency authorities for pending conditions in your area. Super heavy rains and freezing winds are set to hit the South Island.

18:11 PM 26MAR19

A west coast bridge has washed away as rivers reach record levels and raised water levels to new heights.

Haast, a popular south island town, has had a 100 year flood alert with some areas facing around 800mm of rainfall.

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CANDO Teams

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This is a wonderful place where paying it forward with a lot of aroha / love exists. What is the CANDO Team, you ask? It’s the CAN DO team.

Home help, budgeting, government agency advocacy, womens’ health, mens’ health, emotional, physical encouragement from healing minds. Whether you are life experienced or qualified, a techie, a nurse; perhaps a home parent; ex-teacher; justice and rehab skilled; healer ; specialists; ordinarialist! Whatever your walk in life; you can be part of the CAN DO team.

The CANDO Team has an overall Team Leader appointed by the Administration group. The will work with activity coordinators and with the wider administration team to resource asset for your member lead activities.

What activities, you ask? If it’s legal and helps, it’s a suitable activity. This is a vast topic. But to give some ideas… just a sample…

home help – with post-critical care adjustments; care packs to emergency workers in crisis areas; development of forum held forms and booklets in print and/or online covering all aspects of life and living (e.g. budgeting, WINZ / ACC how-to’s, basic health; lifeskills.) Or very basic activities like how to cook something, fix something… how to meditate, how to relax, what to do next week… or maybe they want to CANDO a cruise. You see, there is a lot an agile CANDO team can do. It’s an open book. How this forms is driven by member led activities and your imagination. It’s fun, it’s with a lot of love and empathy that the CANDO team work.

Can you CANDO? I know I can.

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ROK – team activity based on pure kindness.


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Who are the ROK team? Its the Random Act of Kindness team. And it’s something everyone can help with, near and far. It’s fun, its rewarding and Aroha / Love is abundant here.

This model is centred around a missing element – kindness. And the greater the mass of people in the activities, the greater humanity will benefit.

We’ve all grown up around financial models. Budgets, forecasts, profits and losses. But those models do not fix a broken heart, or a stroke victims struggles.

Imagine the ROK team pick on a retirement area one Saturday morning and all the members in the area come along with their lawn mowers set on the same level. At 8:30 AM they all start up and we mass mow an entire street.

Or imagine you see a neighbour who’s home from spending time in critical care, or looking after their loved one. To find the group have made home-baking; or we’ve paid their transport / phone costs; or cared for their garden; or finished their exterior painting; or tidied their drive; or made an offer to provide future transport; or gone shopping for them. Or brought them a (donated) wheelchair. You name it.

All the team have to do is put a card in the box which says, You’ve been blessed by the ROK team from www… (or as they decide is right.)

This is the ROK team vision… to do Random acts Of Kindness… near and far. With our blessing. The team will have an overall team leader; and sub activities by an activity coordinator. The activities can be anything that is kind (of course, legal, but fun too!) and can be small scale, national, or even international. The team driven activities are supported to and from our loving administration team and funds generated by the wider forum network.

It’s going to be a great year getting this together. I hope you have the heart to be part!

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