Ban 1080 Party
|Leader||Bill Wallace and Mike Downard|
|Ideology||Opposes the use of 1080 poison|
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The Ban 1080 Party is an unregistered political party in New Zealand. The party was founded in 2014 by Bill Wallace. It opposes the use of 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate), which is widely used in New Zealand for controlling mammalian pests such as possums and rats.The party's co-leaders are Bill Wallace and Mike Downard.
A political party is an organized group of people, with broadly common views, who come together to contest elections and hold power in the government. The party agrees on some proposed policies and programmes, with a view to promoting the collective good or furthering their supporters' interests.
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
Sodium fluoroacetate is the organofluorine chemical compound with the formula FCH2CO2Na. This colourless salt has a taste similar to that of sodium chloride and is used as a metabolic poison. Sodium fluoroacetate is a synthetic chemical compound, and does not occur naturally. Potassium fluoroacetate is a different compound, and does occur naturally as an anti-herbivore metabolite in various plants. Like sodium fluoroacetate, potassium fluoroacetate can also be produced synthetically. Both are derivatives of fluoroacetic acid, a carboxylic acid. The more common fluorinated acetic acid (trifluoroacetic acid) and its derivatives are far less toxic.
The party's registration was cancelled on 28 February 2018.
The Ban 1080 Party's stated policy is "to develop a pathway to a solution that includes the following elements:
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.
The Ban 1080 Party contested the 2014 election.The party applied for registration with the Electoral Commission in mid-2014 and was approved on 8 August. On 19 August 2014, the party announced a party list of nine candidates, of which five were also electorate candidates.
The Electoral Commission is an independent Crown entity set up by the New Zealand Parliament. It is responsible for the administration of parliamentary elections and referenda, promoting compliance with electoral laws, servicing the work of the Representation Commission, and the provision of advice, reports and public education on electoral matters. The Commission also assists electoral agencies of other countries on a reciprocal basis with their electoral events.
The party received 0.21% of the party vote, 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 West Coast-Tasman. He received 2,318 electoral votes, which was 6.5% of electoral votes cast and placed him fourth.
West Coast-Tasman is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. Since its formation for the 1996 election, it has been held by Damien O'Connor of the Labour Party apart from one parliamentary term, when National's Chris Auchinvole was the representative from 2008 to 2011.
In the 2017 election the Ban 1080 party nominated nine list candidates, including three electorate candidates. Pete Salter contested West Coast-Tasman again.The Ban 1080 Party gained only 0.1% of the party vote (3,005) and failed to win any seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives.
The New Zealand House of Representatives is a component of the New Zealand Parliament, along with the Sovereign. The House passes all laws, provides ministers to form a Cabinet, and supervises the work of the Government. It is also responsible for adopting the state's budgets and approving the state's accounts.
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