Ban 1080 Party

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Ban 1080 Party
Leader Bill Wallace and Mike Downard
Founder Bill Wallace
Ideology Opposes the use of 1080 poison
MPs in the House of Representatives
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The Ban 1080 Party is a registered 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.[1][2][3] The party's co-leaders are Bill Wallace and Mike Downard.[4]


The Ban 1080 Party's stated policy is:

"to develop a pathway to a solution that includes the following elements:

  1. To immediately stop the Department of Conservation's indiscriminate aerial 1080 poison programme.
  2. To develop a science-based, measurable programme that includes
    • Species specific protection plans,
    • Targeted pest control, using people not poison,
    • Community conservation involvement.
  3. To protect all waterways by ensuring no future aerial poison drops."[5]

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.[6]


2014 general election[edit]

The Ban 1080 Party contested the 2014 election.[1] The party applied for registration with the Electoral Commission in mid-2014 and was approved on 8 August.[7][8] On 19 August 2014, the party announced a party list of nine candidates, of which five were also electorate candidates.[4]

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.

2017 general election[edit]

In the 2017 election the Ban 1080 party nominated nine list candidates, including three electorate candidates. Pete Salter contested West Coast-Tasman again.[9] 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.[10]

Electoral results[edit]

Election Candidates nominated Seats won Votes Vote share % Government
Electorate List
2014 5 9
0 / 121
4,368 0.21% Not In Parliament
2017 3 9
0 / 121
3,005 0.12% Not In Parliament

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ban 1080 party in push for election". Stuff. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  2. ^ "1080 battle gets political - National - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  3. ^ Mills, Laura. "1080 political party proposed | Greymouth Star". Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election". Ban 1080 Party. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Party Policy". Ban 1080. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Aerial 1080 drops need to stop". Ban 1080. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Application to Register Ban1080 Party". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Registration of Ban1080 and Logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "2017 General Election - Official Result". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 

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