OIA request reveals 89 Dead Kiwi in 1080 treated Tongariro Forest – and not one was tested by DOC for 1080 poisoning – Press Release from Graf Brothers

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Following the recent shocking news about 1080 drops into the streams that flow into Lake Taupo, this info from an OIA request is very interesting.  Now would you not, with that many precious and rare native birds, be testing as to HOW they died? You surely would not just presume, pests? And would you not actually TEST for poison, any poison?

Not long ago we posted an article on DOC’s failure to show one endangered species in recovery, in spite of $3.5 BILLION being spent! That’s a large sum of money to just shrug your shoulders at. There needs to be some accountability. People are asking questions and rightly so.

These Kiwis were only the tagged ones too, so the numbers may well be just the tip of the iceberg!

An important note to the few who think this article is emotive and inflammatory … PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT THE LINK PROVIDED at the end. There are further details about the OIA request, analyses of the results and responses by DOC

Clearly folk have not read it in its entirety. And the point of my introductory remarks is that the dead birds were not tested by DOC for cause of death. Surely a logical thing to do, not just expect the public to assume/believe it wasn’t 1080?



“Surprisingly, given so much poison has been dropped across the forest, not a single kiwi from the 89 deaths has been tested for 1080 poison residues.”

89 Dead Kiwi – 1080 Clearly Not Working

Tuesday 4 October 2011, 3:50PM
By J. James 

This is an offical press release from the Graf Bothers 

“It has been revealed through an OIA request that tagged kiwi have been dying in large numbers in one of our most heavily 1080 treated forests.

Aerial 1080 drops first began in the Tongariro Forest in 1976 and have been followed with subsequent drops in parts of the forest in 1988, 1989, 1991, and over much of the forest in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2006. Another drop was carried out last week covering around 15,000 hectares.

It would be reasonable to assume, after so much 1080 poison has been spread across the forest, there could be no sign of a ferret or stoat for miles – surely?

Not so. In the last 5 years, revealed through the DoC OIA request, 89 tagged kiwi, of all ages, have died in the Tongariro forest. Keeping in mind that the tagged kiwi only represent a fraction of the wild population, the actual numbers, from a population perspective, may be enormous.

More concerning is what’s killing the birds. The assumed cause of death, in most cases … is predation by ferret. We are told by DoC kiwi can defend themselves from mustelid attacks, once they reach 1.5kg in weight. Yet, many of these birds are adults.

When discussing the use of 1080, the DoC use sentences like “overwhelmingly successful”, “very effective”, “rapid knockdown” to justify their poisoning campaigns.
“It’s the best tool we have for managing pests, and keeping predators at bay.” At least that’s what we’re lead to believe by The Department of Conservation, the PCE, and Forest and Bird.

But what’s really killing the birds? Surely not predators, going by what we’re told about the effectiveness of 1080 at eliminating them. If it is predators, it would also be reasonable to say that the use of 1080 poison clearly isn’t working. Surprisingly, given so much poison has been dropped across the forest, not a single kiwi from the 89 deaths has been tested for 1080 poison residues.

DoC say that the time-frames for the poison drops don’t line up with the likelihood that 1080 could be a cause of death. Given the amount of poison dropped in the forest over the last 35 years, all endemic species found dead within the poisoned boundaries should be tested for poison residues, simply to eliminate toxins as a cause of death. Surely?

More concerning is the fact that in the last 15 years, with tens of millions of hectares of habitat being poisoned, only 5 kiwi across all of New Zealand have been tested for 1080 poison residues. It should be noted that kiwi are known to eat 1080 cereal bait, and 1080 residues have been detected in kiwi droppings.

On top of the 7 poisoned kea three weeks ago, the 3 poisoned kaka earlier in the year, the loss of 11 kiwi at Mt Bruce, 21 ruru in the Waitutu, the poisoned fernbirds, robins, tomtits and others, it is becoming more clear that the experiments with 1080 poison across our forests, aren’t working.

After 35 years of poisoning campaigns, and desperately trying, there still isn’t a single, credible scientific research paper that demonstrates a net population benefit to any native species through the use of aerially applied 1080 poison. Not one! And yet the drops continue.

Responsible, ground control methods do work. 50,000 hectares of the northern Te Urewera National Park is managed by DoC, trappers and volunteers. No aerial 1080 poison is used. We need to encourage, and replicate these methods, and eliminate the future use of aerially applied poisons.

The Election is less than two months away. If you’d like to see an end to 1080 poison, and more responsible, sensible methods of pest control implemented, please consider giving your party vote to UnitedFuture – the only party in government to make the banning of 1080, policy.

on the 5th October DoC replied with a rebuttal to the claims of clyde graf

1080 kiwi claims extremely misleading

Wednesday, 5 October 2011, 12:46 pm
Press Release: Department of Conservation
1080 kiwi claims extremely misleading

The Department of Conservation is concerned factual information about kiwi deaths in the Tongariro Forest has been inaccurately portrayed by anti-1080 campaigners.

A media statement released yesterday by anti-1080 campaigner Clyde Graf linked biodegradable 1080 with the death of 89 kiwi in the Tongariro Forest Kiwi Sanctuary over the past five years.

The release, titled “89 Dead Kiwi – 1080 clearly not working” selectively quoted information provided by DOC and claimed that 1080 drops in the forest had failed to protect kiwi.

It also suggested the biodegradable toxin itself could be responsible for the kiwi deaths.

However DOC says the release fails to point out that 1080 – which breaks down naturally in soil within weeks – was last used in the forest sanctuary almost four months before the first recorded kiwi death.

“We know that kiwi are at very low risk from 1080. DOC has monitored more than 280 kiwi both through and after aerial 1080 operations – some for well over a year – and we have never lost a single bird to 1080.” said Dr. Avi Holzapfel, DOC’s Kiwi Recovery Group leader.

“Claiming that the data shows that 1080 does not control predators is equally misleading. Only about half the deaths could be linked to predation, and the majority of these were chicks killed by stoats in years when 1080 was not used”

“Mr Graf fails to point out that chick survival in this forest more than doubled in each of the two years after the last 1080 operation in 2006 when stoat numbers were very low, compared to years without 1080.”

“Rather than claiming that ongoing predation shows that our pest control is not working, Mr Graf should have put more focus on the fact that predator control at Tongariro has resulted in many more kiwi surviving than would have otherwise. Claiming that 1080 has failed because some kiwi are still being killed by predators is like saying that an emergency department in a hospital is failing because it can not save everyone.

Dr. Holzapfel acknowledges the impact ferrets have on adult birds, with more than 10 adult kiwi having been killed by these predators. “We are learning that ferrets in particular are a significant threat to adult kiwi, and we are adjusting our management to protect birds against this emerging threat. It demonstrates the many pressures kiwi are facing in the wild. But it is extremely misleading to suggest 1080 has somehow played a role in these deaths, ”

Mr Holzapfel said full details of all the information provided to Mr Graf on deaths in the kiwi sanctuary is available on DOC’s website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/1080kiwi

Further information about biodegradable 1080 and its use can also be found on DOC’s website or by visiting www.1080thefacts.co.nz

followed by more facts ……that show DoC really dont know and are misleading the public by continuing the she’ll be right approach

DoC 1080 Kiwi Analysis Misleading

Thursday, 6 October 2011, 2:01 pm
Press Release: The Graf Boys
Clyde Graf – The Graf Boys
Candidate for Coromandel – for UnitedFuture

DoC 1080 Kiwi Analysis Misleading

RE – In response to DoC’s “1080 kiwi claims extremely misleading”.

Firstly, I’d like to thank The Department of Conservation for the opportunity to raise further issues relating to the poor life expectancy for kiwi in the heavily 1080 poisoned Tongariro Forest.

DoC claim in their response…”we have never lost a single bird (kiwi) to 1080″. That’s an astounding statement! If DoC had have tested every kiwi that died within the poisoned area, they could make that claim. The fact is, from the information supplied, they haven’t tested a single bird for 1080 poison residues from within the Tongariro Forest. Therefore, the claim is redundant.

Given the absence of randomisation, replication, and controls in much of DoC research, it is difficult to come to any sound conclusion when referring to what the likely outcome would be if 1080 were not used. But taking into account the persistence of the department in defending it’s use of 1080, the data would likely be biased – hence the need for blinding.

In their response, DoC also claim … “Mr Graf fails to point out that chick survival in this forest more than doubled in each of the two years after the last 1080 operation in 2006 when stoat numbers were very low, compared with years without 1080”.

Once again, an astounding statement. Chick survival in the Tongariro Forest doesn’t look good, going by the information supplied by the DoC.

The following Information is contained in the DoC OIA …

Between September 2007 and March 2011 (about 4.5 years) 88 kiwi chicks were fitted with radio transmitters. Of these, only 5 are known to be alive – and of these, 3 were tagged within the last year.

So, only 2 kiwi chicks, from 85 (88, less the 3 fitted in the last 11 months) fitted with radio tags for a period of between 1 year and 4.5 years, are known to be still alive. That’s just over 2%.

If the 3 chicks that have been fitted in the last year are included, the percentage of known survivors from the original 88 is just over 5%. But this doesn’t mean these 5 birds are going to make it to adulthood. Chances are, they won’t.

Many birds are killed in the sub-adult age group. Of the 38 birds tagged between April 2006 and May 2010, 8 are known to be alive.

From July 2010, to July 2011, 25 sub-adult birds have been tagged. There has been a 1080 free period in the forest, since 2006 (up until a couple of weeks ago). Of these more recent 25 tagged birds, 22 were still alive as of the 31st of July 2011.

Of the 67 adult birds radio tagged, 24 are stated as being alive, as of July 2011.
19 are assumed to have been predated on, and 7 classed as “unknown” and “misadventure”. (Why were these birds not tested, to eliminate poison as a cause of death?). The remainder dropped their tracking equipment.

Kiwi can live for over 60 years. If so few kiwi chicks make it to adulthood in the Tongariro, and the tiny percentage that do are likely to be predated on, kiwi look like being extinct in the Tongariro forest within a generation.

It would seem the data is being selectively analysed by the DoC, and the public are being mis-informed. DoC are focusing on claiming they get a certain percentage of fledgling survival from many species of native birds, including kiwi. Fledgling success has nothing to do with population success. What good is it if a chick lives for a few months and dies, or is killed before reproducing?

If the data was analysed correctly, and looked at life-span, and not “fledgling success”, it would be determined that the use of 1080 for pest control, isn’t working. Not only is 1080 poisoning the entire ecosystem, it’s endangering the welfare of our native wildlife.

The information being fed to the public is that 1080 is helping kiwi survive, when in fact, there’s absolutely no evidence of that. New methodology is needed urgently – not more poison.

Conversely, we are informed that 5% of kiwi in untreated areas make it to adulthood. With targeted pest control, using trapping and non-persistent poisons, (not 1080) that figure could be raised substantially – if the use of 1080 was abandoned. Victor McClean, a kiwi recovery contractor on the Coromandel Peninsula, claims to get over 50% chick survival – without 1080 poison.

As a representative for UnitedFuture, I can say that I will be working hard to ensure that the UnitedFuture policy of banning 1080, is realised – and more responsible, sustainable pest control methods are employed.

Some facts on 1080 poison –

1080 is not only a primary (kills victim after ingesting the bait) killer, but also causes secondary poisoning. For example, if a kea eats a poisonous bait, as was the case 3 weeks ago, it will die. If a kea, the only carrion (dead flesh) eating parrot in the world, were to eat a 1080 poisoned possum carcass, it may also die from secondary poisoning.
Poisoned carcasses can kill for months, even years after primary poisoning occurs.

1080 is persistent, especially in winter. Baits can last for months in dry and cold areas – and in regard to how 1080 breaks down in soil – research is still being undertaken.

1080 is a broad spectrum insecticide, and many of our native birds are killed by eating poisoned insects. Kiwi are omnivores – meaning they eat insects, and other types of foods. The Tongariro food supply of many native species has been repeatedly poisoned over the last 35 years. It’s hardly any wonder kiwi aren’t doing well. We could safely assume many other native species are in the same boat.

We are yet to see the full impact that the poisoning of New Zealand forests is going to have.

The facts regarding 1080 use in New Zealand are available at www.thegrafboys.blogspot.com


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(it is important for further facts around the OIA to read the full article)

Here is an article reporting a whistle blower’s information around dead Kea that were tested for 1080 by DOC.  

What DOC doesn’t want you to know about 1080 (leaked report)


Shocking Revelations on 1080 from a Former Horizons Employee

Could this Healthy 23 Year Old’s Cardiac Arrest Have Been Caused by Exposure to 1080? … We Will Never Know Because Incredibly, the NZ Lab Lost Her Heart! 6/10/16
Note: this happened in 2006, the young woman died.
See the Suspected 1080 Poisoning page for further info on the foot dragging over testing for 1080 poisoning in humans. The huge growing concern among NZ folk now is the poisoning obviously of our wild food sources (witness the poisoning of the Putaruru family) and of humans. This product is being dropped directly into our water supplies. Search 1080 also in categories.

See our 1080 pages for more info & links, &/or search categories for further related articles (at left of any page).

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66 thoughts on “OIA request reveals 89 Dead Kiwi in 1080 treated Tongariro Forest – and not one was tested by DOC for 1080 poisoning – Press Release from Graf Brothers”

  1. I cannot understand why the Kiwi is being killed off in Tongariro Forest because in some parts of NZ they are doing all that can be done to protect them and give them a good environment to grow and multiply.
    What is going on?

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    1. Who checks the validity of statements like this? Where is the info received as a result of the OIA? Not enough proof in this article to support the claims … is it true?


      1. I doubt the Graf Brothers are into lying. Why would they waste their time? One of them is a District Councilor. Ask them at their YT channel. I’m sure they would supply the info for you Lovelee. In fact if you read the article properly & all the links there there is more info.

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  2. I know we need to control the pests but the price that’s been paid using 1080 is too high . Perhaps using bait stations and get the pest to a level where the numbers are except able and can co exist with native animals / birds / plants

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  3. From DoC’s point of view it would be in their best interest to conduct the tests for Compound 1080 (fluoroacetate) on the stomach contents and body tissues of these dead kiwis and demonstrate with actual toxicological EVIDENCE that 1080 was not a primary or contributing factor to the deaths of these kiwis.

    The question is, why didn’t they do it?


  4. WTF,these clowns boast how they can flick out 1080 from a helicopter and be within metres of the operational boundary,if a foot hunter leaves a carcass in a creek doc kicks up a stink…but its ok to drop 1080 where ever they want ,there is no accountability for stock losses ldog losses,las unto themselves,,this has t change,more and more scandals need to g on tv so NZ can see the truth behind the so called magic green dream!!!!

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  5. Why doesn’t someone just burn down the place that stores it. Just joking it just seems in this day and age they won’t do anything about it till someone dies why hasn’t someone contacted Eryn Brockervich she would jump at something like this. One question how much tax is the government getting from this.


    1. Thing is Doug, the Govt is involved in making it now. One DC in Sth Is has a factory somewhere (I would have to find the links but I know it is now more in house). And glad you are joking re burn it down 😉 as we don’t advocate violence to solve anything, we simply aim to expose corruption & lies & there’s plenty of that going on with the current corporate regime. Contacting Erin is a very good idea. Thanks for your comment. 🙂


      1. The Factory is in Rolleston and is partly funded by the Westland District Council. They have given a lot towards it , but the major shareholders are 1/2 1/2 Govt ministers in other words it is owned by the Govt. But there is a place out side Blenheim that stores 1080 ready for shipment elsewhere. We are working on where that is.


    2. Yesterday, 8th September, this post had 6.5K views, unprecedented for this site. This tells me people are concerned about 1080. (I also received a nasty email & FB message with threatening overtones from somebody).
      Please continue to share this info, and particularly, support the Graf Brothers & their videos on YT & their site. They are very actively involved. And write to the Govt and register you disapproval of this toxic method of eradication. We used to just trap pests in an ecologically friendly way. Thanks all for your comments 🙂

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    3. Why don’t they just fuck off with this shit who knows if it’s really workin on what it’s meant to be killing or maybe it is for the kiwi by looks of it .Do they just dump az they please who organises these drops and who approves it?

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  6. 3.5 billion in what time frame? How many trappers and traps would that buy/pay? How many jobs could we offer to some of our second chance learners who struggle with learning difficulties who would excel in this environment in our beautiful outdoors? (and what a quality lifestyle) and and and. I use to drive to paradise dart river in mnt aspiring every day. The amount of wild cats I saw was alarming. What the plan here?

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    1. I’m not a scientist but I do love the bush. There is a living to be made from possum fur already but very few do it. Paying them more, or a subsidy won’t get our unemployed off their arses and into the bush as it is not the glorious lifestyle you project, but it is generally wet, hard work unfortunately


  7. If anyone wants to confirm the statements made above all you need to do is walk into a block that has had a resent 1080 drop ,the silence is deafening you will know when you are there no birds calling at all, we all know that 1080 is not as cost affective as they claim with high unemployment we could go back to a culling program that would be selective in its results there are plenty of good hunters out there that have a deep love of the bush that would take on this role with great results given the chance ,why dont we try something that works for a change instead of burying our heads in the sand if you have not been into these areas and seen how bad this poison is dont bother putting pro poison comments up you dont gave that right

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  8. There should be a maf inspection towards 1080 poisoning that the infomation is clear and a full ortopsy that these animals have 1080 poisoning .its then when you have the mandate .arnt we ment to protect our native bird s not poison them its a shocking solution this type of eradication scares our children and makes many people angre because off its cruelty and slow killing death that the animals suffer a long slow painful death once they consume fluro acid …not a good out come in that aspect …

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  9. An important note to the few who think this article is emotive and inflammatory … PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT THE LINK PROVIDED at the end. There are further details about the OIA request, analyses of the results and responses by DOC.

    Clearly folk have not read it in its entirety. And the point of my introductory remarks is that the dead birds were not tested by DOC for cause of death. Surely a logical thing to do, not just expect the public to assume/believe it wasn’t 1080?


    1. How do u know they haven’t tested the dead kiwi and are just keeping quite about what they have found nothing those corrupt bastards do would surprise me

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    2. It IS emotive and inflammatory when it’s headed by a photo that bears no resemblance to the article, and it would be more honest to state “an average of 18 dead tagged kiwi per year in the last 5 years” than to plant “89” in the clip.

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      1. No resemblance Geoff? Ah… the poison of choice is 1080 that is pictured there. And yes I suppose saying 18 a year softens the blow a bit doesn’t it? Rather than saying 89 all up. Whatever way you spin it they still didn’t bother to test for 1080. And they could’ve actually proved their own theories correct. Wonder why they didn’t? Guess they didn’t expect anybody would be requesting an OI did they?


      2. Maggie Barry should of stuck to gardens and flowers stupid bloody mole come on wins ton Go labour see where they stand faggots are all gone thank god well some of them.


    1. Great isn’t it Anonymous! And not re hashed, it’s new news. Stuff they didn’t think to tell us praps? That amid all the controversy over the fact NZ uses a poison banned in most other places on the planet, they didn’t think to autopsy the 89 Kiwi for THAT poison. And let’s not forget this one … https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/the-stock-deaths-from-1080-poison-how-doc-is-hiding-them-in-the-paper-work-still-trust-them/


  10. Regardless of what killed the kiwi the whole argument can be boiled down with math…
    $3.5b spent on 1080
    •DOC can’t point to one species in recovery
    •Dead kiwi are from 1080 (then 1080 isn’t working)
    •Dead kiwi are from predation (then 1080 isn’t working).
    •We are dropping enough every year to kill 22m people yet apparently rodents and possums are still present in huge numbers (then 1080 isn’t working).
    I’m sorry but I can’t see any result other than 1080 isn’t working.
    Let’s try another 3.5b worth of poison on our lands just to be sure since we are using the fire and hope method rather than scientific evidence based research.
    I have more native bird song in my five trees in residential Auckland than there were in the video clip from Clive Graf with a councillor in a bush block controlled with 1080.
    That’s just disgusting.

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  11. So an OIA request found someone official had recorded cause of death – guess that was outsourced by DOC to another party then
    Let’s do another survey. How many of the readers of this article are hunters.


  12. I believe 1080 was originally invented as an insecticide, and then considered too toxic to actually use.
    Guess what a lot of our birds eat???

    How can a government department in charge of conservation, of protecting and nuturing our environment, not just bird life, actually have any mandate to be able to use 1080, especially on this scale???

    How could we trust a body that claims it will eradicate the targeted pests?
    This is a comment that astounds me with its ignorance and stupidity.
    Anyone with any knowledge of nature would find that farcical.

    How can a body charged with protecting our flora and fauna have the legal ability to be able to destroy vast numbers of our native birds and protected species as a “by-kill”, while poisoning the whole of our environment??

    Please remember that Atrizine, Simozine, DDT, Dealdrin, PCP’s etc. etc. we’re all considered safe, while 1080 is now recognised world wide as being virtually too toxic to use!

    Is DOC the fox in charge of the chicken coop???
    Is our form of democratic government failing the people of NZ?? 40000 people homeless in a land of milk and honey???

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    1. When is Doc and the Regional Council going to take responsibility?
      There’s too much publicity to turn a blind eye! This needs to be publicised on national television. When is this even going to happen? It’s a joke!

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      1. we don’t dig dirt here Amy in order to detract from the real issue. Dissing the messenger is a time worn tactic that won’t work here. The issue is … 89 Kiwi were lost by DoC who didn’t even bother to test for 1080 to see if their conservation methods are working. That they didn’t test is proof enough IMO that they don’t want to know.


  13. You get big fines if you kill 1kiwi yous kill 89 or more an you get nothing I don’t get it so if you work for the government it’s all good but if you don’t it’s all good what about poisoning our water ways dropping the stuff straight in the water ways if it’s not that the poison animals are dying in it an left to rot use need to find a different an safer way maybe drop the safe by foot away from our water ways at least or just putting a bounty on water Eva your trying to get rid of the stuff is killing everything in its path buff said mate

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