Ban 1080 Party

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Ban 1080 Party
LeaderBill Wallace and Mike Downard
FounderBill Wallace
Dissolved2018;2 years ago (2018) [1]
Ideology Opposes the use of 1080 poison
MPs in the House of Representatives
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The Ban 1080 Party is a political party in New Zealand that opposes the use of sodium fluoroacetate (1080) poison, which is widely used in New Zealand for controlling mammalian pests such as possums and rats. [2] [3] [4] The party was founded in 2014 by Bill Wallace and its co-leaders are Bill Wallace and Mike Downard. [5] The party was registered by the Electoral Commission in 2014 [6] and deregistered at the party's request in February 2018. [7]



The Ban 1080 Party's stated policy is "to develop a pathway to a solution that includes the following elements:

  1. To immediately stop the Department of Conservation's controlled aerial 1080 poison programme.
  2. To develop a science-based, measurable programme that includes
    • Species specific protection plans,
    • Targeted pest control, using people not poison,
    • Community conservation involvement.
  3. To protect all waterways by ensuring no future aerial poison drops." [8]

The party considers that the Department of Conservation "has an important task in working to protect and preserve our natural environment", but believes that aerial 1080 drops harm native species and are ineffective at controlling rat and stoat populations. [9]


2014 general election

Wallace founded the party in 2014. [2] It applied for registration with the Electoral Commission in mid-2014 [10] and was approved on 8 August. [6] On 19 August 2014, the party announced a party list of nine candidates for the 2014 general election, of which five were also electorate candidates. [5]

The party received 0.21% of the party vote (4,368), below the 5% threshold, and did not win any electorates, so did not win any seats in Parliament. Of the electoral candidates, the most successful was Pete Salter, who stood in the West Coast-Tasman electorate. He received 2,318 electoral votes, which was 6.5% of electoral votes cast and placed him fourth.

2017 general election

The party nominated nine list candidates, including three electorate candidates, for the 2017 general election. Salter ran for the West Coast-Tasman seat again. [11] The party gained only 0.12% of the party vote (3,005) and failed to win any seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives. [12] The party was deregistered at its own request on 28 February 2018. [7]

Electoral results

ElectionCandidates nominatedSeats wonVotesVote share %Government
2014 59
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4,3680.21%Not in Parliament
2017 39
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3,0050.12%Not in Parliament

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