Again so many thanks to everyone who has donated to this cause. I just wanted to bring you up to date with progress on possible actions.
We have undertaken a series of OIA requests and follow up requests to ensure we have access to all relevant information and to help Sue to assess possible actions. From this have identified over 10 possible legal challenges involving apparent criminal or civil breaches of statutory obligations by DoC, OSPRI and/or poison contractors.
We have chosen two priority actions which we are developing a case for now. These need to be done soon as they have a statutory limit on bringing criminal proceedings. In both cases the Department of Conservation have delayed providing the information required as evidence to satisfy a court. The OIA act says they are to provide information as soon as practicable but no later than 20 working days. Instead of providing the information promptly and diligently as the law expects, Docs; employees have waited for close to the 20 working day deadline and then advised they are extending another 30 days.
This is clearly unsatisfactory and contrary to the public interest so I have personally laid a complaint with the Ombudsman as it appears to be a deliberate attempt to run us out of time and could amount to perverting the course of justice.
In the meantime the Pihanga drop along the Northern side of the Tongariro National Park was stopped by a combination of community efforts and legal action using the Maori Lake Taupo Settlement legislation. An injunction was also submitted to the Maori Land Court to stop the 1080 operation over the Maori owned forests. This was not heard, apparently due to the operation being "called off" BUT then suddenly the 1080 was dropped a few days later without warning. We are therefore considering proceedings as Ospri and Epro made misrepresentations and then went ahead knowing an injunction was before the court.
This shows the level of deceit and underhanded tactics being used as last ditch efforts to justify poison drops to control TB, even in areas where there are few if any
Both Sue Grey and myself flew to Ubud, Bali (at our own expense) and gave testimony to the International Tribunal of Natural Justice at its latest seatings into Ecocide and Weaponisation of the Ionosphere. They were unbelieving that clean green New Zealand was aerially spreading deadly poison doing and it is likely they will hold a hearing here in NZ later this year or early 2020. Video of our testimony will be available soon.
Sue also spoke at the related Health Symposium.
To date we have not paid out any of the funds raised except $200.00 for filing fees for the injunction.
Tracy Livingston has been added as a trustee to oversee the fund.
Again many thanks to everyone.