Serious health questions hang over the herbicide Glyphosate (an active ingredient in Round-Up) leading to many other Councils overseas restricting or banning its use. Yet, Auckland Council has increased its use, despite strong local opposition.

Over 20 years of grassroots opposition has been ignored and we are left with an unsympathetic council body, who not only care little for our health and our environment – but also for our democracy.

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In an Open Letter signed by 65 Auckland citizens on 2nd June, 2016 we demand that Glyphosate use be immediately ceased on our roads and parks and that Auckland Councillors, Local Board Members, the Mayor of Auckland and all prospective Council and Mayoral candidates standing in the 2016 election respond to this letter stating their ethical and political positions regarding chemical vegetation control so that this may be a matter of public record.

We have presented dozens of petitions, made thousands of submissions, worked hard with local councils to make our concerns heard – and we remain cut off from decision-making.Democratic process has failed us at the greatest cost; our health. So, if these demands are not met, we the undersigned reserve the right to defend our city, our people and our environment with all non-violent means necessary to stop the use of glyphosate on our streets and parks.

This letter is open to everyone to sign. Add your voice:

Our Letter

Open Letter to all Auckland Councilors, Local Board Members, Mayor Len Brown and all prospective Council and Mayoral candidates standing in the 2016 Auckland Council Election:

We, the undersigned,
1) Demand that Auckland Council and all Council Controlled Organisations immediately cease the use of the chemical glyphosate for vegetation control purposes, in order to protect the health and safety of workers, the general public, the health of other species, the natural environment and future generations. There are significant international concerns about the safety of glyphosate and under the precautionary principle Council has a duty to cease its use. Scientific uncertainty is not a reason to continue with a potentially harmful activity until the extent of harm becomes clearer. On the contrary, it is a reason to be cautious.

2) Demand that Council fast track the implementation of the Weed Management Policy 2013 and that full regional funding be reinstated for alternative, healthy and environmentally safe methods of vegetation control. Not only to those areas of Auckland that have historically managed without chemical treatments, but the entire region which falls under Councils’ remit.

We care about this deeply and therefore need to be informed where our representatives stand on this issue of chemical vegetation control and of their intentions, when in office. So additionally, we;

3) Demand that all current Auckland Councilors, Local Board Members, the Mayor of Auckland and all prospective Council and Mayoral candidates standing in the 2016 election respond to this letter stating their ethical and political positions regarding chemical vegetation control so that this may be a matter of public record. This response should include what steps have been taken to consult with their communities on this matter and what the results of those consultations were, as well as what future consultation they intend to take.

4) We demand that they state what policy they would support or implement, if elected to Council as a representative of their community. Would they:

 • Immediately implement non-chemical vegetation control, or
 • Retain current levels of chemical vegetation control, or
 • Increase the use of chemical vegetation control

If the demands detailed above are not met, we the undersigned reserve the right to defend our city, our people and our environment with all non-violent means necessary to stop the use of glyphosate on our streets and parks.

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