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1080 rules taken away from regions

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/02/2017

The government is taking control of the use of poisons to kill pests as it tries to make New Zealand free of predators by 2050.

New regulations have been approved under the Resource Management Act that provide a national approach to the use of poisons like 1080 and brodifacoum, Environment Dr Nick Smith said on Sunday.

"This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons, rather than the current system of different rules in different regions.

This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used.

The proposal was consulted on last year, with 70 per cent of submissions favouring the change. The new national regulations come into effect on April 1.

"It is expected to save $11 million over the next 20 years, enabling more pests to be controlled and more species saved," Dr Smith said.

United Future leader Peter Dunne said the taking over of control of 1080 decisions by the government was another step towards disempowering regions on environmental management issues, just like its RMA changes.

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