KAKA Launch Web site www.kaka1080.co.nz

Submitted by Paul Murray on Fri, 22/08/2008 - 12:48am

KAKA Press Release:

Karameans Advocating Kahurangi Action (KAKA) – a community group established in January 2008 to address local concern over the broad-scale, indiscriminate use of the poison sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) by the Department of Conservation and the Animal Health Board–has launched a website to share information on the 1080 issue and inform interested people of the groups activities.

The site www.kaka1080.co.nz contains accurate information such as: research documents, legal news and images relating to the use of 1080 in New Zealand. It will be regularly updated. Feedback from site visitors is welcomed by KAKA and will be used to further improve the site.

The website is an important element of KAKA’s ongoing campaign to ban the aerial distribution of 1080 and demand the implementation of viable alternatives to pest control. Alternatives that truly enable New Zealanders to promote our country’s Clean/Green/100% Pure image and agricultural products with confidence and pride.

KAKA Objectives:

In conjunction with like-minded groups and individuals across the West Coast (and New Zealand):

  • Disseminate valid reliable information on 1080 related issues.
  • Foster linkages and information sharing between anti-1080 groups.
  • Ensure that those responsible for pest-control activities are fully accountable.
  • Implement a politically based regional strategy to force an effective ban, no later than 2011, on 1080 air drops across the West Coast.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of effective alternative methods for pest and bovine tuberculosis control.
  • Ensure that the level of funding currently used by Councils, the AHB and DOC and others on pest control programs across the Coast continues to be available for implementing alternative (non-1080) pest control methods.
  • Ensure that any alternative programs maximise the employment of local residents in small communities.
  • Make a positive contribution towards a possible future national ban on 1080.
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