A well-known conservation campaigner at Otaki says duck-shooters are ruining the environment in a rare wetland near the Otaki township.
And she says the duck-shooting-opening-day in Te Hapua Road is ‘a cacophony of barking dogs, neighing horses, squawking pukekos and shot gun explosions.’
Ms Housiaux adds: “That’s only the surface — ducks drop onto surrounding properties – some maimed and flailing; and all birdlife makes an exodus of flight and fear.
“The first weekend of duck shooting, is frenetically embraced by ‘commando-looking’ fancy-dress individuals – cartridge belts strung over them and blowing duck calling whistles.
“They sit in the dark in camouflaged mai-mais waiting for the dawn assault,” she says.
“The ducks don’t have calendars for this onslaught, which can only be described as wetland terrorism.”
“The Te Hapua Wetland – is one of the 3% of coastal wetlands remaining in New Zealand.
“Several properties share part of it. Ninety percent of owners have placed QEII Open Space Covenants on their portion.
“All have embraced wetland restoration to encourage the conservation of the species of wildlife reliant on wetland habitats for survival – some species are endangered.”
Ms Housiauz ‘appalled’
She concludes: “I am appalled at this antithesis of to the majority aims of conserving and protecting our unique ecosystem.
“Duck shooting is cruel and totally inappropriate in the Te Hapua environment — and should in fact be banned throughout New Zealand.”