Nursing tutor Denny McLeod, of Te Horo, says she’s appalled by the continuing slaughter of birds on the Kāpiti Expressway. — and says the Transport Agency’s reaction to an earlier KIN story is inadequate.
She says: “Since sending you my letter and challenge to NZTA to erect bird netting to the guardrail to stop the ducks crossing, there have been many more deaths, with bodies littered on the side of the motorway as well as in the middle of the road.
Denny says: “I don’t know which is worse: cruelty or indifference.
“How much energy does it take to speak up? We’ve just had the Kereru crowned “bird of the year” so my question is: would the indifference of the NZTA change if instead of ducklings being run over on the expressway, they were Kereru?
“Would more people speak up? Or is it going to take a human death in the attempt to avoid ducklings for NZTA to review their policy?”
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that NZTA have “worked tirelessly” in considering the wildlife
NZTA only going half the distance.
“But building wetlands and native bush either side of the expressway is only going half the distance –- as stated in my first article, animals will see the lovely bush and ponds on the other side of the road and just wander out.”
She says that although NZTA spokesman Chris Hunt states that ‘animals or birds on the expressway happens occasionally [in regards to loss]’, I would challenge him to do a regular drive up and down the expressway.
“Because I know for sure, from driving that stretch of road five days a week, that there are far more than “occasional” animal deaths.
“If NZTA really considers the problem, why don’t they build safe corridors or a large drain pipe under the expressway for them to use periodically? “