Golden Bay locals decline accommodation for 1080 workers amid relative media silence still – Kahurangi National Park update

On 10 Feb we reported on the intended spread of 1080 over Kahurangi National Park in the South Island amid mainstream media silence. The Grey Star newspaper was the only newspaper we are aware of, to publish on it. We’ve encountered denials on various forums and alternative news sites this week, however reliable sources on the ground in the area confirmed for us on the 10th February of the pre-feed drop as actually happening. Mainstream, say locals, has been strangely silent on the event, although on the 15th February Stuff finally reported on the pre feed drop. This drop is the one that is poison free and accustoms the animals to eating the bait. The poisoned bait will follow.

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A pre-feed drop accustoms the animals to eating the bait before the 1080 poisoned drop occurs

We were also informed that locals, to their very great credit, declined accommodation for DOC workers doing the pre-feed drop, forgoing a sizeable sum of money. These people are putting their money where their mouth is.  Amidst local rumors whether or not the drop was happening, on the night of the 14th two big hoppers were seen on the back of a truck heading south toward Anatori.

This morning (17th February) several trucks and other vehicles were seen returning from Turimawiwi area just north of Kahurangi Lighthouse. They were obviously part of the drop it was said, as evident by the equipment they had on board. They had picked up a tramper who had been down at the lighthouse and saw no less than five choppers spraying the area. The tramper had had to flee from his trip to the light house because 1080 pellets were being dropped both north and south of this favorite tramping spot.  The tramper was on holiday from Wellington, and appalled to have seen no notification of the drop.

Pre-feed drop or not, there should have been some notification for the public.

This is UNACCEPTABLE!!

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It appears that the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking accommodation for up to 30 people in the Kahurangi NP area for the first weekend of March.


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1080 kills all oxygen-breathing animals and organisms

A pertinent reminder here:

1080 is a broad-spectrum poison: it kills all oxygen-breathing animals and organisms

1080 is a broad-spectrum poison: it kills all oxygen-breathing animals and organisms. This alone is reason enough to cease dispersing it into the environment. It indiscriminately kills and contaminates everything from the insects that underpin the native fauna food chain to precious native birds, dogs and farm animals.
Dr Meriel Watts, PANANZ

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Deer, farm animals and pets are all victims of 1080 poison, it is not selective in its kill range

And in the meantime, the Otago Daily Times reported on the 16th February on the Makarora Valley 1080 operation near Wanaka with concerns about the presence of many tourists still in the bush.

There have been recent reports of 1080 pellets dropping randomly on the unsuspecting. Here is one. And another here.

Concern for trampers in pest operation

“The Department of Conservation has started its Battle for our Birds aerial pest control operation in the Makarora Valley near Wanaka but there are concerns about the apparent high numbers of trampers still in the area.

Doc Central Otago operations manager Mike Tubbs said the operation would begin today with a pre-feed of non-toxic cereal pellets dropped by helicopters over the Makarora valley and its tributaries, the Fish, Blue, Young, Cameron, Wilkin and Siberia Valleys.

Makarora Tourist Centre Director Rhondda Osmers said she wrote to Doc expressing her concerns about the number of vehicles parked in the trampers’ car park yesterday, at Makarora.   READ MORE


See the TheGrafBoys YT channel and website for more videos. Educate yourself on 1080 poisoning. See also http://1080science.co.nz/

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Header Photo Credit (Kahurangi National Park) with thanks: Wikimedia Commons

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12 thoughts on “Golden Bay locals decline accommodation for 1080 workers amid relative media silence still – Kahurangi National Park update”

  1. It’s time ordinary NZers stood up and got counted…DOC is spending millions of tax-payer $$$s on this animal slaughter. The bird life will take years to recover…if ever. Time to take action. Stand United In Front Of Them.

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  2. WE MUST ALSO KEEP OUR EYES ON FUKUSHIMA, THE NUCLEAR PLANT IS LEAKING DEADLY RADIATION IN THE PACIFIC. THE STAR FISH ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE, BY PULLING THEMSELVES A PART. MANY HUMAN BABIES IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE USA ARE BORN WITHOUT MOUTHS, AND ORGANS FROM THE INSIDE OUT. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE COLUMBIA RIVER IS CONTAMINATED. MANY MORE THINGS ARE TO EVOLVE FROM FUKUSHIMA. THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED DO NOT COMPREHEND, HOW DELICATE THIS ECOSYSTEM IS AND THAT OUR LIVES DO DEPEND ON THE AFFAIRS OF THE ECOSYSTEM.

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  3. I am not an expert but when there is clearly evidence of reduced bird calling activity in the bush days after 1080 poison why must this wholesale slaughter go on.

    I have many possum hunting friends and first hand they have told me where there has been poison dropped the sound of birds is starkly obvious.

    Possum fur collected for blending with merino wool fetches very good prices, a kilo of plucked possum fur I understand can fetch $120. Mates of mine can easily kill 25-30 possums in one night without even trying hard. Possum hunters are creating a living and doing good for our ecosystem and clean green waterways why not train more hunters with a worthwhile skill and the government (DOC) should invest and pay hunters well for possum extraction in hard to access areas

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    1. Exactly Malcolm. In my childhood many rural folk trapped possums for the money (fur) & the meat. We even ate them … taste a lot like chicken from my recollection. The poisoning is insanity. And what you say about the quiet. The Graf brothers have done videos comparing 1080’d with non, a definite difference. Silence.https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/is-1080-saving-or-destroying-our-bird-life-hear-for-yourself-the-poisoned-vs-non-poisoned-forests/

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  4. Why haven’t doc and ospri discovered that after 60+ years of dropping this deadly man made highly toxic poison with no antidote that there are more rats and stoats and very few birds left after every drop. Wake up It is not working and has never benifited any native bird. Areas that are trapped have many more birds than any poisoned areas.

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    1. Hi Andrew, I think you will find it will hit the economy. Every single traveler that I speak to has become quiet knowledgeable about these drops and the young people have social media – they are horrified and not in a hurry to return.

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  5. DOC “call it the battle for the birds” Then why within weeks is the bush and tussocks so quiet in bird life compared to pre poison. They are misleading the people. They also don’t tell us that pests recover faster than bird life so they have to poison again and again.

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