Two MDs and an expert on Maori Medicinal Plants Discuss the toxicity of 1080 in our Food & our Environment

An excellent and informative video where experts (two Medical Doctors & an expert in Rongoa – Maori medicinal plants) are discussing the effects of chemicals, particularly 1080 in our environment and its uptake by plants. As you will see there has been little research to cover many areas of risk. By the Graf Boys this is important information to have. Bearing in mind the authorities are telling us it’s safe as houses, educate yourself and make an informed decision yourself. Gone are the days of believing the official word … that word is now corporately controlled and profits a priority. These three men share some very interesting information. EWR

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Published on Jul 16, 2014

Dr Peter Scanlon and Dr Sean Weaver (Environmental studies – Victoria University) discuss the low-dose effects of 1080 poison. Jim Doherty discusses the effects of 1080 poison on rongoa plants (maori medicinal plants) …

If you are new to the 1080 poisoning program, here is a good article to start with …


A must watch also is Poisoning Paradise, the doco made by the GrafBoys (banned from screening on NZ TV, yet a 4x international award winner). Their website is Their doco is a very comprehensive overview with the independent science to illustrate the question marks that remain over the use of this poison. There are links also on our 1080 resources page to most of the groups, pages, sites etc that will provide you with further information.

Check out the 1080 pages at the main menu, particularly the sub tab, ‘suspected 1080 poisoning cases’. Finally, remember what the retired MD Charlie Baycroft said recently …‘if you die from 1080 poisoning, nobody will know  because the Ministry of Health is bullying NZ Doctors into not testing for 1080′. 

Note we don’t condone or advocate violence, & unlike those who support the use of 1080 poison we do not support cruelty to animals. Note it can take up to two days for animals to die an agonizing death from 1080. Now that is violence.

8 thoughts on “Two MDs and an expert on Maori Medicinal Plants Discuss the toxicity of 1080 in our Food & our Environment”

  1. Rongoa:

    The healing power of Rongoa Maori medicine is said to arise from its integrity; from using the correct tikanga (right way of doing things) and protocols, working with wairua (spirit) and connecting to the mauri (life force) of the plant, and even that of the planet (Mark, 2012). The loss of connection between Maori people and their land resulting from the impact of colonisation meant the breaking apart of Maori society. Rongoa Maori could no longer be taught in the same way without its cultural paradigm to support its practice. Furthermore, Western ways took precedence along with their introduced diseases and medicines. The resultant lack of interest in Rongoa saw its popularity dwindle away.

    Rongoa Maori is the traditional, indigenous healing art of the people of Aotearoa. It is said that the people brought their healing skills with them from Hawaiki. Although adapted to a new land, Rongoa may have origins from a healing lore that traces back to the dawn of mankind (Te Ara, 2012)

    Traditionally Rongoa Maori medicine was practiced by the tohunga (shaman), who would be chosen as a child and trained as an apprentice in herbal medicine, karakia (prayer), and healing touch. These young people would learn in a “boot camp” situation away from whanau (family) and under an established tohunga (McGowan, 2014). Rongoa Maori covers a range of healing modalities including rakau (native plant medicines), mirimiri and romiromi (bodywork, including massage and acupressure), tikanga, and karakia (McGowan 2014).

    Mauri is the key to Rongoa Maori and it is this life force that gives Rongoa its ability to heal. Like human beings, the land and plants have their own mauri (McGowan, 2014). The belief that physical things are affected by the laws of the spiritual world is why many Rongoa Maori healers say that it is possible to heal the land in the same way that it is possible to heal a person (Mark, 2012).

    There is no place for 1080 poison in Rongoa Maori. It is an insult to Papatuanuku and the ancestors of this place.

    An irony of Middle Earth, of Lord of the Rings is this Riddle from Tolkien:

    It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
    Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
    It lies behind stars and under hills,
    And empty holes it fills.
    It comes first and follows after,
    Ends life, kills laughter.
    Answer: Dark

    It could just as well be 1080

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    1. “many Rongoa Maori healers say that it is possible to heal the land in the same way that it is possible to heal a person” … I believe this. We and other indigenous peoples know how to look after the land … corporations have trashed it sadly. Love the application of the poem. Thanks Michelle 🙂


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