Poisonous protests in Nelson

Poisonous politics seems to be a thing in Nelson.

Yesterday on Stuff: Three arrests as Brook Sanctuary poison drop in Nelson turns nasty

A controversial poison drop in Nelson has turned nasty, with three arrests and a helicopter’s fuel supply sabotaged.

Sabotaging a helicopter is very nasty, and potentially (human) life threatening.

Two helicopters and 75 people are involved in the first of three planned drops at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, near Nelson. They are spreading bait laced with brodifacoum, a common rodent poison that is toxic to humans and animals. The operation aims to eradicate all rodents from within a 14-kilometre pest-proof fence that was completed last year at the 691-hectare sanctuary, to allow for the reintroduction of native wildlife.

Wildlife sanctuaries tend to be quite popular and are viewed positively, as is eradicating introduced pests.

Today from Stuff: Pair rub poison in face of Nelson MP Nick Smith, threaten family

Nelson MP and Environment Minister Nick Smith says he has laid a complaint with police after rat poison was rubbed in his face and his family was threatened.

Smith said he was not harmed by the incident, which happened about 11am on Saturday at the Nelson Market.

“It was blue rat poison,” he said. “I went and had a shower afterwards.”

The incident came as the first of three planned drops of bait laced with brodifacoum got under way at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, near Nelson.

Smith said a man and a woman protesting over the operation threw poison at him.

“The situation became quite frightening when it escalated from verbal abuse and throwing rat poison at myself and volunteers to physical shoving and rubbing rat poison over my face and clothes,” he said.

It was at that point, police were called and the pair walked away “but continued threats to poison myself and my family”.

“I’m quite tolerant of peaceful protest but this has gone too far and I have lodged a formal complaint with police,” Smith said. “The incident was disappointing because people are generally respectful at the Nelson Market even when they disagree with Government policy or my views.”

“You get a bit of lip; that goes with the turf but this went too far,” he said.

Throwing poison and threatening MPs and their families is extreme protest that warrants severe penalties and deterrence.

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27 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  September 3, 2017

    I hope charges (serious charges) are laid against these nutters. A bit of prison time might be in order here.

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  2. Brown

     /  September 3, 2017

    Green voters? Peaceful types, love and tolerance and all that stuff?

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    • Gezza

       /  September 3, 2017

      Quite possibly, but you can’t possibly know that for certain so on behalf of the Godly I would caution against bearing false witness & slandering others. Biblical references supplied on request.

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  3. John Schmidt

     /  September 3, 2017

    This is in the same league as the nutter who tried it on with Fonterra.
    Jail time is in order here as to actually wipe rat poison on someone and threaten the lives of family and friends has certianly crossed the line. You may not agree with Nick Smith but that does not give you righhts above the law. Hope the Police are taking this very seriously and that serious charges are soon laid with arrests and no bail.
    Society has had enough of nutters imposing their views on the vast majority by such means, this must stop right now with a serious bit of jail time.

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    • Gezza

       /  September 3, 2017

      Agreed. At the very least a fast prosecution, heavily publicised would be in order.

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  4. duperez

     /  September 3, 2017

    Was it rat poison? Who said?

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    • Gezza

       /  September 3, 2017

      Nick did, according to what PG quotes from stuff.co above. I would imagine as EM he’s reasonably familiar with the avaiable products. He said “it was blue rat poison”. What colour’s yours?

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      • duperez

         /  September 3, 2017

        Someone in the house does a lot of stuff with art. We have blue in tubes, in bottles, in cans. We have blue powder and blue chalk. Any blue rat poison I’ve seen was blue.

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        • Gezza

           /  September 3, 2017

          My mind’s boggling a bit now. I’m hanging on to reality by a bare thread at the best of times quite often, tbh. What are you trying to get across here dupers – do you think Nick Smith might be lying, or mistaken, or what?

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      • Brown

         /  September 4, 2017

        Green.

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  5. What kind of rat poison do you “smear” on ? Mines all pellets.

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  6. No, I have rat poison in pellet form. No way could you “smear” it on someones face. However the lure that is used prior to poisoning is a blue paste. It,s not poisoness.
    Maybe a storm in a teacup again from National to pull votes back from Greens again.

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    • Gezza

       /  September 4, 2017

      When the two slackass, monosyllabic, surly, lazy young kiwi plumbing apprentices took 3 weeks instead of the one it should have taken to remake our downtstairs bathroom into a walk-in shower & didn’t bother to seal up the drain outlets properly with mortar or cement, a river-rat got in & could be heard gnawing away at the pipes or some bloody thing in the wall of the upstairs bathroom. The bait used by the pest controller, from memory was indeed green in colour, but it was large blocks.

      No doubt the mystery of the blue rat-bait for smearing will soon be revealed as citizen investigators dig into the whole dirty business.

      It would certainly be an unusual person who would normally get rid of rats by picking them up & smearing them with poison.

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    • Gezza

       /  September 4, 2017

      PS: Although it pains me to say this, your spelling of the word poisonous, which cannot be blamed on an autocorrect function, does suggest our education system definitely needs improvement.

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      • Well it must have been the education system from + 60 years ago and I am a working superannuate who usually doesn,t spell check everything I write because I am on the hoof all the time. I will try and do better next time Sir!

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  7. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  September 4, 2017

    Poisonous rat powder – colour blue (or green if you have visual peculiarities)
    http://sc01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1tGc2NVXXXXaAXFXXq6xXFXXXu/0-005-brodifacoum-rat-poison-kill-powder.jpgw2

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  8. Louisa Suzanna Young

     /  September 4, 2017

    Sorry but all this above is utterly one sided. According to reports a fuel tank sitting on a truck had a hole drilled into it and fuel leaked – now if this is true would’n’t the whole truck go up in flames – drill/petrol. Also 2 security men all night guarding the poison truck and fuel container. The 20 officials from very early on. Impossible. Also the rat poison incident had many witnesses and video footage and nothing to do with group. You know there are other people with grievances – we have people angry on the proposed roadway Nick has passed taking away all rights to people in opposing, like he did with the brodifacoum drop. We do not condone at BVCG any illegal activity. We had every right to protest the poisoning of public land, water, animals, birds which we did peacifully. Who would think that the police would protect the poisoners, but they did and it is disgraceful. We still have an Appeal court hearing, which the judges said we have a good argument for. The stay unfortunately was not granted.

    This is a whole community divided due to the illegal practices going on in our community and Government.

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    • Maggy Wassilieff

       /  September 4, 2017

      The whole point is that Smith said a man and a woman protesting over the operation threw poison at him.

      Mr Smith identified the couple as a pair who had been protesting about the poison drop at Brook Valley; they hadn’t been protesting to him about some road.

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  9. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  September 4, 2017

    Nick Smith reconfirms that it was the poison drop that motivated the protesters who smeared rat bait over him.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/96466175/poison-drop-motivated-rat-bait-attack-says-smith

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    • Corky

       /  September 4, 2017

      I’m sure there’d be more than a few National Party members who wished the poison would have worked. Politics and blogging..dirty businesses, especially if you don’t talk yourself up..lol.

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