There is so much evidence of harm from 1080 and brodifacom poisons. Unfortunately no competent and independent forum is available in NZ to connect the dots to stop the Ecocide.
DoC arranged for ERMA to review it’s 1080 use in 2007. Back then rats were barely mentioned and the only justification was killing possums. The ERMA report gave approval for 1080 use conditional on consultation, social licence on further research.1080-Communications-Guidelines
Since then government respect for the rule of law and for the public it is supposed to represent has gone backwards. So has sound policy and common sense.
Government has passed exemption regulations to exclude public consultation on an array of issues which affect community and environmental wellbeing. Former Minister for the Environment Nick Smith told his Cabinet colleagues he was intentionally nationalising decision making on the use of 1080 poison despite advice to him and his advisors that aerial use of 1080 poison could have significant adverse effects.
The former Minister also told them this raised no Bill of Rights or Human Rights issues. It appears that not one of his colleagues or advisors questioned this.
Its a similar story with the passing of regulations to smooth the way for new infrastructure for 5G based on the assumption that 5G can be assumed to be safe despite the WHO classifying it as a class 2B carcinogen inau 2011 and NZ exposure limits been thousands of times higher than those adopted by some other states.
We’ve also seen this recently with the unprincipled and reactive gun reforms which serve to disarm law abiding cirizens, reward the police for their own failings in approving a person who clearly was not fit and proper to have a gun licence and who is said to have not met the criteria, and compound the problems of illegal guns and lack of trust in government.to date many with an opposing view including the NZ Outdoors Party have been excluded from the select committee hearings.
In New Zealand we have no written constitution to restrain our government and no effective machinery of government to prevent abuse of power or to protect the public interest. Duties owed to tangata whenua are also typically overlooked.
I’ve given up waiting for a white knight to save us. We need to work out how to save ourselves and step up with vision and courage to create the place we want New Zealand to be.
I understand much about how NZ works and the fragility of how decisions are made here from studying science, public health and environmental management and law. Ive, worked in government, and for an array of different interests over the last 30 years or so to develop my business specialising in complex emerging issues.
I’ve learned that the way we respond to challenges and hard decisions determines if our world expands or contracts. Life can be tough, but we always have choices.
Sometimes we just need to think more creatively.
The International Tribunal of Natural Justice
Recently Alan Simmons and I travelled to Bali to give testimony to the International Tribunal of Natural Justice. While in Ubud I also spoke at the New Earth Festival and we met with the ITNJ commissioners, trustees, other witnesses, visionaries and leaders from around the world.
The ITNJ( International Tribunal of Natural Justice) is a peoples tribunal set up and run by people like us who want a better world. It is not a government entity or sanctioned by any government….as most governments are happy with, the status quo.The ITNJ raises awareness, generating people power for change.
Here is a short summary from Sacha Stone on the work of the ITNJ. He uses the NewZealand examples of using rescue helicopters to spread deadly 1080 poison baits and governments labeling activists and pacifists as “terrorists” to help explain the ITNJs important work in raising world attention about Genocide and Ecocide.
The ITNJ( International Tribunal of Natural Justice) is a peoples tribunal set up and run by people like us who want a better world. It is not a government entity or sanctioned by government….as they are mostly happy with, if not responsible for the status quo.
I invited the ITNJ to come to New Zealand to help us shine International spotlight on Ecocide by the aerial use of 1080 and brodifacoum poison baits.
The ITNJ have agreed to come here in March 2020 as part of the Festival of People Power in Tokaanu/ Turangi.
Some who feel threatened by change and/ or International exposure have spread nasty innuendo about the ITNJ claiming it is “fake”.
I’m not sure what they mean by “fake”, as it is what it is, and iris rapidly gaining respect for the work it has done collecting and sharing testimony, including my testimony,and others from NZ.
My testimony in Bali
Alan Simmons also gave testimony.
Others such as Mitai Paraone from Hokianga gave testimony by video link
If we want to progress this inquiry we need community support. We will need IT, recording, koha for the hosting marae and resources to host the Commissioners.
If others have a better idea about how to stop the Ecocide, please table it urgently, as I’ve given my testimony, I’m busy and would be delighted to hand this responsiblity over to good hands.
At the very least we need to support those who have the courage to make a stand, and if we don’t agree then either respect that we have different views or better still, please table a better alternative.
The Ecocide is devastating. People Power can stop it, but only if we unite.