Censored from NZ Television – Ivon Watkins Dow’s release of deadly 245T from 1962-81 in New Plymouth

“Also disturbing are the birth defects documented by a local midwife, and the fact that Ivon Watkins Dow continued to manufacture 2-4-5-T in New Zealand until 1987, making us the last country in the world to manufacture the dangerous substance.”
The Green Party NZ

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Published on Apr 8, 2013

The TV 3 Exposé, initially broadcast then censored from NZ TV. A must see for any member of the public, this doco covers the exposure of the Paritutu and New Zealand community at large to the chemical 2-4-5-T, manufactured at Ivon Watkins Dow in New Plymouth between 1962-1981, and the disastrous effects it had on those exposed.


Further coverage was made by the Investigate magazine:

THE POISONING OF NEW ZEALAND

From Investigate

THE ‘ERIN BROKOVICH’-STYLE SCANDAL IN NEW ZEALAND’S BACKYARD

Outbreaks of rare diseases and tumours are appearing in clusters around New Zealand, close to chemical factories. Why doesn’t the Government want to investigate? Simon Jones discovers what the authorities don’t want you to know:

Walk down any street in New Plymouth and you will probably hear a mixture of coughing and spluttering. Look inside any school and there appears to be more special needs children than is the norm for a city the size of New Plymouth. It’s often been said that everyone knows someone with a serious disease, whether it be cancer or multiple sclerosis.

Bad luck? Possibly, but for the last 15 years a group of residents have turned scientists to uncover what they say is a national health scandal – and one which, despite the government and media’s persistent attempts to ignore, won’t go away.

They may sound like conspiracy theorists in overdrive – and there is little in the way of official evidence and health statistics to back up what they say. But here is the frightening thing: If, in this real-life game of Fact or Fiction?, only 10 percent of what the residents say is true, we have a huge health scandal on our hands – the magnitude and implications of which are unimaginable.

The story centres around one of the city’s major employers, the Ivon Watkins Dow Plant.

Since the early 1960s, and up until 1987, it manufactured the 2,4,5T herbicide – which contains the deadly dioxin also used to form Agent Orange – a weapon of huge destruction in the Vietnam War.

In New Zealand and around the world 2,4,5T is used to kill scrub, gorse and blackberry. In Vietnam, with concentrations of dioxin much higher, it had the same effect – to the extent where it devastated the country’s crops and caused major health problems amongst veterans, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, while creating learning difficulties amongst the vets’ children.

READ MORE


DIOXIN

Paritutu Original Dioxin Study. Peer reviews show the original study to be valid. 26 January, 2007   [Image credit at link]


MORE ON IVON WATKINS DOW:

MP’s Agent Orange claim triggers inquiry 10/01/05
Officials will investigate a Government minister’s reported claim that Ivon Watkins Dow exported the components of the defoliant Agent Orange for use in the Vietnam War.

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From the Green Party NZ:

Dioxin disaster

TV3’s Melanie Reid has spent the last year investigating dioxin contamination from the herbicide 2-4-5-T, especially in the New Plymouth suburb of Paritutu, where Ivon Watkins Dow manufactured the chemical for more than 20 years. The result, a 90-min documentary called Let us Spray went to air last night. If you missed it, you can watch it online here. (Video displayed above).

The documentary is extremely disturbing. Most notably, a forensic accountant hired by TV3 went through an earlier Ministry of Health report into dioxin contamination in New Plymouth and found that ill-defined parameters, muddled reporting of facts and inconsistencies in drawing conclusions masked the true extent of the dioxin contamination problem.  READ MORE

Read more on chemicals and how they poison us on our ‘chemicals’ pages.

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9 thoughts on “Censored from NZ Television – Ivon Watkins Dow’s release of deadly 245T from 1962-81 in New Plymouth”

  1. I lived on Rangitaki Drive in the early 80s, mowed the lawns at Steel and Tube with no catcher for 2 years as an after school job and to this day can still remember the taste of the chemicals in the air in the area. My cousin Jeff Oneil worked in the lab and died in the last 5 years from a brain tumour. I also remember the leaking drums in the chemical dump on the cliffs above back beach , around the area that they built the tank farm. Those chemicals leaked into the creek that ran along the gully at the back of our house and leached through the soil on the eroding cliff edge down on to the beach. It was common knowledge that the dump was there and that it was leaking. I remember it vividly. There were always mutterings amongst the locals but nobody would listen. Nothing has changed.

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    1. The place must have been so toxic Nix. It’s astounding hearing these stories. Do you ever recall being talked to about safety issues? protection even? Would be so good to have a census/survey of sorts of all the folks who’ve lived there over the years. One young woman has shared elsewhere that she scars from the effects of the chemicals during her mother’s pregnancy.

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  2. hi Tim i used to live right next to that plant on Marama Cresent at night time when it was raining they use to burn off chemicals so no one could smell it but you could still smell it

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  3. 1939 Germans invaded Poland at that time a young Polish Chemistry graduate was pressed into going back to Germany and working for the Germans and on developing 245T. It was referred to as “Weedkiller” by the Germans and was used as part of the “final solution” to kill Jews. In fact it was replaced by the Chemical “Zyklon B” not because Zyklon B was better killing jews but it was faster. 245T was considered better but took longer. Near the end of the war the scientists went on the run, no one wanted to be picked up by the Russians so they looked for the Americans. After being taken to the States and debriefed the one who told me this was sent to NZ to continue developing 245T. And did he what… tons and tons of the shit… too much and by-product. In fact…Vietnam was an opportunity to get rid of the massive surplus of this deadly chemical so it was rebranded as “defoliant” and “agent orange” and dumped on Vietnam. There is high level cover up, I believe the Americans are War criminals and IWD and NZ are complicit. But no one can do a thing about it until the whole story is known.. evidence has been destroyed trails covered. If we had not heard this ourselves from the mouth of the head Chemist then we would not believe it ourselves. This is not a conspiracy theory this is a case where the truth is stranger that fiction. Our farmers were effected from gorse spraying and farm use/ experiments down Manaia way right around our Maunga and across the country, it was even sold in small bottles for domestic use.. our soldiers effected from Vietnam dumping.. it is dorment in our soil til tilled.. it is in our food chain…it billowed over New Plymouth.. It poisoned Vietnam.. It was used as a biological weapon..dig deeper NZ you definitly won’t like what you find. I am a local I have no reason to make this shit up.. its just so unreal that this happened here.

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    1. I think people are waking up David thanks to social media. ANd the soldiers, yes I’ve met them one in particular whose child had serious issues he belived because of his service in Vietnam. Shameful. What you say is reinforced by the way they dragged their feet about even admitting it. 2006 I believe it was here. Folks can search ‘Operation Paperclip’ for data on the post war experiments you cite. Thanks for the info David. THe whole thing’s shocking.

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  4. When we made the documentary film ‘Rubber Gloves Or Green Fingers’ for TVNZ the management were pressured by various producer boards not to broadcast it. As a result muppets like Andrew Shaw did everything they could to prevent it ever being shown. They were just another corporate cog helping to suppress information about the dangers of pesticides.

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    1. Hi Tim. Thanks for that information. Is that doco available? I haven’t seen it. Definitely not surprising given the use of them here is very accepted by those in charge who decline to examine the independent research into pesticides. Laughable isn’t it they call us clean & green?

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