Payments to Hapu for accepting 1080 poisoning of Raukumara

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From: T. Benseman

Dear department of conservation,

regarding the $2Million per hapu being paid to the 12 te whanau a apanui hapu for the acceptance of spreading 1080 poison into Raukumara waterways and lands every 3 years as per the recent launch of Raukumara Pae Maunga Restoration Project, please provide a summary of negotiations on how this figure was reached. How far down into the hapu did consultations go? To every adult member? What amount is being offered or has been paid to Ngati Porou hapu for their consent?

Is there any requirement to negotiate in good faith a similar payment to families, taxpayers and ratepayers in general who have been paying for the upkeep of roads surrounding/entering the Raukumara, huts, helicopter surveys etc for the last hundred years or so? Is there to be a payment offered to traditional use practitioners who have used the Raukumara as a place to gather Rongoa and kai and water for drinking considering the 1080 poison warning labels state Do Not eat animals from this area and do not allow the toxin to enter any waterway, but your helicopters will spread it into the waterways anyway as you do with other operations. A payment so that these people who have practised gathering of organic kai/meat can have funds to do non toxic animal control on the areas of Raukumara which they have traditional use rights in?

What number of staff are based in the Opotiki and Gisborne offices supporting the Raukumara and how much do they cost tax payers each year in total, around to the nearest 100k, for the past 10 years or whatever your system can go back to.

Thanking you,

T. Benseman

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