Ban 1080 Party
|Leader||Bill Wallace and Mike Downard|
|Ideology||Opposes the use of 1080 poison|
|MPs in the House of Representatives|
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.
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 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.
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.
|Election||Candidates nominated||Seats won||Votes||Vote share %||Government|
|2014||5||9||4,368||0.21%||Not In Parliament|
|2017||3||9||3,005||0.12%||Not In Parliament|