This is an article from Fishing and Outdoors that exposes the finer details around the assault of Graeme Sturgeon who came to observe the unloading of 1080 in the CBD of Whitianga. This is the March 2018 issue published on Mar 3, 2018. For our coverage of this issue as it unfolded go here and here
Thanks to reader manukapath for this link. Have a read of the background info at fyi.org.nz, but do also scroll right down to the last entry on Feb 24th (still unanswered) by S.C. McKee, a scathing commentary on what DoC should be doing and isn’t. Questions DoC is not answering adequately. For further background on … Continue reading DoC are dragging their feet over OIA requests about the secret storage of 1080 at Whitianga
FROM AN OBSERVER AT THE TRIAL: WAYNE WILLIAMS WAS AT THE COURT IN THAMES FOR THE WHOLE TRIAL – THIS IS HIS VERSION OF THE PROCEEDINGS “Right from the opening statements the prosecution was painting a picture of Graeme Sturgeon as a real hell-raising rebel. Twisting facts, pressuring for mistakes. It’s pretty obvious in the … Continue reading Further insights from an observer on the Sturgeon trial in Whitianga
Note: Scroll down at the link to February 14, 15, 16 and 18 to see the earlier articles to this series. From Kapiti Independent News This whole raruraru (trouble) in Whitianga and beyond, demonstrates that the Department of Conservation is dysfunctional, and treats local residents and local government alike with arrogance. The public experiences the … Continue reading Dysfunctional DoC & 1080: Disturbances in Whitianga: Breaches And Aggression (Kapiti Independent News)
Great news that this case has been thrown out. Fairly quiet from mainstream on that yesterday. An article link from this morning (21 Feb) has been published by Stuff.co.nz (see below). Here are the updates as published at Facebook thanks to Carol Sawyer. (Go here for our previous coverage of Graeme’s story). THAMES, COROMANDEL – … Continue reading Graeme Sturgeon Whitianga update: charged with assault, the case dismissed with relative media silence
By Carol Sawyer PAUL THOMAS, FORMER DoC FIELD CENTRE MANAGER, REEFTON, IS APPALLED BY PRESENT-DAY DoC STAFF BEHAVIOUR These two photos are of DoC-employed security ‘guards’ (thugs?) at the aerial 1080 operation near Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, October 2017. On the first photo, Paul Thomas comments : “As a former manager of DoC I’m just appalled at … Continue reading A former DoC Field Centre Manager speaks out: “Appalled” by DoC staff behaviour at Whitianga 1080 drop
DoC ‘SECURITY GUARDS’ NOT FROM A REGISTERED SECURITY FIRM, IT SEEMS. JUST THUGS ? From Carol Sawyer The security guard who was witnessed assaulting Graeme Sturgeon is the director of a security firm that was registered 8 weeks after the incident. Graeme Sturgeon, as most readers will know by now, was assaulted in the public … Continue reading Further anomalies on the 1080 related Whitianga assault of Graeme Sturgeon
We the undersigned petition the Mayor, Chief Executive, and elected councillors of Thames Coromandel District Council to undertake a full and independent enquiry into the storage of 1080 in the Whitianga CBD at 20 Joan Gaskell Drive, behind Department of Conservation offices. We further petition Council to protect the health and safety of ratepayers by … Continue reading Petition For Inquiry into the storage of bulk 1080 in the Whitianga Central Business District – please read & consider signing – it could be your district next
Brilliant video here of the recent Whitianga 1080 protest. Listen to the lyrics, “we live together & everybody lives downstream”. We are all in the world together & what we do affects others. Currently we are all downstream from this poisoning of everything & powerless to stop it. Those signs read, ‘please stop poisoning our water’. … Continue reading They call you a ‘radical’ & an ‘activist’ if you want your drinking water CLEAN! … “We live together & everybody lives downstream” (Whitianga)
COROMANDEL AERIAL 1080 POISON OPERATION – POISON STORED BY DoC IN WHITIANGA CBD By Carol Sawyer The 1080 poison for this operation had apparently been stored in the DoC office in the CENTRE OF TOWN, 20 Joan Gaskell Road, for approximately six weeks, unbeknown to the Mayor of Thames, Coromandel District Council, maybe also unknown … Continue reading DoC Caught Breaking Their Own Rules – Storing 1080 in Whitianga’s CBD, Adjacent to Food Outlets
The Whanganui item in this is the gob smacker. Unlined hole, old wetlands reserve turned landfill, undisclosed to public by all appearances, right dab next to a PRIMARY SCHOOL! How irresponsible is THAT? … EWR. From NO to 1080 use in NZ FB page 1080 poison (Sodium Monofluoroacetate) is a hazardous chemical that is repeatedly dumped … Continue reading More on the disposal of 1080 in our landfills
So this assault in 2018 was unprovoked, had two witnesses, all on camera, was dismissed by the judge & the person assaulted is left with some $24K in costs. Do you think ‘they’ might be sending environmentalists a message here? Remember how in another Court scenario regarding the 1080 drop around Auckland’s Hunua Ranges water … Continue reading In 2018 one of DoC’s security guards is caught on camera assaulting an environmentalist
WHEN IS NEW ZEALAND GOING TO TAKE TOXIC 1080 BAIT STORAGE SERIOUSLY? By Carol Sawyer With the recent revelations that a 1080 storage shed at Haast, South Westland, was invaded by floodwaters last month, it is surely well past time to look at this lax situation. LEVIN, HOROWHENUA : In Levin, in January, 2018, a … Continue reading When are NZ authorities going to take toxic 1080 bait storage seriously?
So, last weekend came the revelation that DoC hired a firm to spy on certain environmentalists like the Marlborough deerstalkers, Stop Poisoning Coromandel Peninsula, Brook Valley Community group, the Stop 1080 Now Facebook group and the Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch. See the article: DOC’s chats with Thompson & Clark reveal anti-1080 surveillance Note the ‘anti’ … Continue reading DoC’s been paying $4K per month of your tax dollars for spying on environmentalists
With the ranks of those who oppose the aerial spreading of 1080 swelling exponentially, you may well be asking, why are folk so concerned about this poison? (Note, If you are new to 1080 poison read here for an overview). I’ve been following this issue for at least three years now & this widespread aerial distribution of … Continue reading Why are people so concerned about 1080?
Thanks to Carol Sawyer & Australian visitor, Mark Slater for this compilation of facts about the apparent carelessness around the spread, storage & care of poison in our bush by NZ’s Department of Conservation. This article is about Pindone being left lying around, however the before & after storage & care of 1080 pellets after … Continue reading Poison just lying around in the bush alarms overseas visitor – in same area the pig that poisoned the Putararu family came from
Graeme Sturgeon, a man who was assaulted, then himself charged with assault, and the case subsequently dismissed, is now faced with costs of $22K. For more background on the story go to this link. EnvirowatchRangitikei STATE CORRUPTION – WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN GRAEME’S PLACE ? MEMORANDUM IN RESPECT OF GRAEME STURGEON AND REMEDIES AGAINST … Continue reading A court case for alleged assault is dismissed by the judge yet incurs a cost of $22K+ to the victim – a very clear message here regarding any opposition to 1080
Becoming a familiar story isn’t it? (They legally have around 21 days to come up with the requested info). Recently we saw they’d declined to notify the public of the presence of 1080 in storage which they should be doing (remember Whitianga?). Or if it is burnt which they also recently declined to do in … Continue reading Official Information requested by Horizons from NZ Defence Force about an environmental hazard at Ohakea Air Base was not disclosed for more than a year later
‘Highly toxic’ according to the manufacturer’s 1080 data sheet which also warns: Do not burn the product as highly toxic hydrogen fluoride gas may be released. The Horowhenua DC didn’t even know there had been a fire until one week later. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES: The pellets have a low flammability risk unless pre-heated, however the … Continue reading A Horowhenua fire in January destroyed a Horizons storage depot containing ‘highly toxic’ 1080 pesticide
Folk will recall the recent incident at Whitianga with the unloading of 1080 by DoC in the CBD, totally against the rules of storage of poisons. And Graeme Sturgeon who went to the public location and was assaulted whilst still in his car, with two reliable eye witnesses to the attack. If you visit the … Continue reading Unbelievably, the victim of an unprovoked assault (two reliable eye witnesses) who was concerned about 1080 storage in a CBD has been charged with assault!
In light of the recent incident over storage of 1080 in the Whitianga CBD and associated assault on a senior person, (an author and conservationist) in a public car park, this reflects further on the public safety issues surrounding these scenarios. Educate yourself on 1080 (the independent research) and the very real issues of concern … Continue reading DoC’s storage of 1080 raised concerns back in 2014 at Port Nelson
INCLUDES DR. WENDY POND’S WITNESS STATEMENT TO DoC ASSAULT ON GRAEME STURGEON, COROMANDEL From Carol Sawyer Author and conservationist, Graeme Sturgeon, was assaulted, his clothing ripped, his face left bloodied, and his car doorhandle broken, by DoC employees on 17 October 2017. “…the driver’s door was opened, he was hauled out, and punched in the … Continue reading A senior author & conservationist is assaulted by DoC employees in a public car park say two eye witnesses (includes Police Statement)
RESOURCE LIST FOR THOSE OPPOSED TO 1080 POISON CAROL SAWYER·SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017·READING TIME: 9 MINUTES Here is a list of anti-1080 Facebook groups, websites, and films /youtube videos ( direct links), songs, books, etc. If I have missed any I’m sorry and if you message me, assuming it fits, I will add. Some FB … Continue reading 1080 Resources/Links