Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader
New Zealand First applauds the announcement of a $19.5m Provincial Growth Fund investment to develop innovative predator control approaches that do not use 1080 poison.
“This funding signals a necessary and significant shift away from the use of 1080 in New Zealand without compromising our pest control requirements,” said New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters.
“New Zealand First has maintained its opposition to 1080 and that with adequate resources, research and development into alternatives, we can replace it.”
The announcement, made today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage, will stimulate the development of more effective traps, lures, remote sensing, and surveillance and data management technologies.
“This is in addition to research into alternatives to 1080 through National Science Challenges already committed to in the Coalition Agreement, which New Zealand First secured in the coalition negotiations.
“The Coalition Government is making great strides to find more effective predator control solutions that, in time, we hope to render 1080 redundant,” says Mr Peters.