DOC cowardly cover-ups exposed re:clandestine 1080 loading in Whitianga’s CBD

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

DoC are dragging their feet over OIA requests about the secret storage of 1080 at Whitianga

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

Further insights from an observer on the Sturgeon trial in 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

Dysfunctional DoC & 1080: Disturbances in Whitianga: Breaches And Aggression (Kapiti Independent News)

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)

Graeme Sturgeon Whitianga update: charged with assault, the case dismissed with relative media silence

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

A former DoC Field Centre Manager speaks out: “Appalled” by DoC staff behaviour at Whitianga 1080 drop

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

Further anomalies on the 1080 related Whitianga assault of Graeme Sturgeon

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

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

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

They call you a ‘radical’ & an ‘activist’ if you want your drinking water CLEAN! … “We live together & everybody lives downstream” (Whitianga)

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)

DoC Caught Breaking Their Own Rules – Storing 1080 in Whitianga’s CBD, Adjacent to Food Outlets

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