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Letter to the editor – A right to know?

12 March 2015 3 comments


Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking


from: Frank Macskasy <>
to: Dominion Post <>
date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor


The Editor
Dominion Post

So let me see if I’ve got this straight…

When the so-called “agri-terrorist” threatened Fonterra with lacing baby formula powder with 1080, our trading partners were informed very smartly.

Meanwhile, New Zealand mums and dads were kept in the dark for nearly four months, with our esteemed Prime Minister, saying;

“I want to reassure parents that every step possible has been taken to respond to the threat, to ensure the ongoing safety of our food products.”


No, not every step. Parents were not informed at the beginning so they could take elementary precautions such as checking that containers had not been tampered with.

Far from being “open and transparent” as Key likes to describe his administration, this is one of the most secretive governments we have ever endured.

This time, though, he has gone too far.  Keeping something as potentially deadly as poison-laced baby powder a secret for four months was irresponsible.

We have lambasted closed societies such as the former Soviet Union for not disclosing critical problems as early as possible. We should expect no less from our own supposedly democratically elected government.


Parents have a right to know. Not just our trading partners.

-Frank Macskasy


[address and phone number supplied]



NZ Herald:  From parents to politicians, outrage at threat to baby formula





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Dunne’s Double Talk?

10 December 2011 3 comments



As a part of coalition negotiations with John Key, quasi-National MP,  Peter Dunne, says there is no conflict between his new  role as Associate Conservation Minister and being an opponent of the use of 1080 poison. In a Radio NZ report he stated that,

[I] would like to see 1080 banned altogether but only when there are effective alternatives, for example better trapping methods.” – Source

Really? Are you quite certain of that, Mr Dunne?

Because his United Future website states a quite different position,

““UnitedFuture is generally opposed to the aerial application of 1080 unless it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that the terrain in the treatment area is such that it would be impossible to carry out a successful ground baiting operation and it is far enough from population centres to present no danger to the public,” said Mr Dunne.” – Source


UnitedFuture believes that all New Zealanders have a birthright to enjoy our unique, diverse landscape. Our strong outdoor heritage is central to what it means to be a Kiwi.

Our key policies to achieve this are

…Curtailing the application of 1080 poison and replacing it with new and more environmentally friendly forms of pest-control.” – Source


Mr Dunne seems to be having a “bob each way” on this issue, depending on who his audience happens to be.  He appears to be attempting to pander to anti-1080 opponants (many of whom appear borderline hysterical or maniacal on this issue), whilst presenting himself as “moderate” to the general public.

The reality is that there is no real alternative to 1080 that is both economic to use and easy to disperse. Without 1080, this country’s bush would be quickly over-run with possum and rats,


Possums eat a huge amount of vegetation and are also known to eat chicks and eggs.


Peter Dunne most likely understands this – but is also looking over his shoulder at votes from the anti-1080 lobby group.  A classic case of a politician attempting to send different messages to different audiences.

This works… until the media puts a spotlight on such conflicting messages.

The hunters dislike 1080 as it impacts on their game-species (and hence why the hunting fraternity are so heavily involved in the anti-1080 lobby-group).

The real issue here is our choice,



Perhaps Peter Dunne should be more concerned with our endangered wildlife, rather than scoring votes from fringe lobby groups.


Additional Reading

DoC: 1080 questions and answers