Green Party co-leader's 1080 comments put 'spoke in the wheel' of conversation effort - National

The National Party has criticised the Green Party for contradicting themselves over the use of 1080, after co-leader Marama Davdison said protesters had "valid concerns".

It came after 1080 protesters left dead birds and scattered fake 1080 on the steps of Parliament yesterday.  

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Workers picking up fake 1080 pellets left on the steps of Parliament. Source: 1 NEWS

National's conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie said Ms Davidson's comments "completely contradict" the sentiments Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. 

"Ms Sage has consistently argued that 1080 is the best tool for protecting New Zealand’s native species and the statement by Ms Davidson that protesters have valid concerns puts a spoke in the wheel of the Government’s conservation programme," Ms Dowie said. 

Ms Davidson told media yesterday the protesters had "valid concerns and I understand they are concerned about water and they're concerned about aerial drops".

"We need to keep having considered conversations about saving our forests, our birds and our native species. We need to have a community-led conversations about this."

Ms Dowie said Ms Davidson's comments "muddy the waters and undermine the efforts and hard work of Department of Conservation staff in protecting New Zealand’s species". 

Marama Davidson said New Zealand needs "community-led conversations" about the use of 1080. Source: 1 NEWS