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More important info on Milford’s post-aerial 1080 drop water

WHAT’S IN THE WATER? MILFORD SOUND, FIORDLAND

NOTE: The NZ authorities do not practice the precautionary principle with the spreading of 1080 poison. In fact they are now legally allowed to drop it into your waterways without the previously required consents, even though the manufacturer’s warning says take care not to drop it into the waterways. Whilst they continue to claim it is harmless, there is much independent research that says otherwise. (See 1080science for further independent info). In light of that, in my opinion it is safer to follow the precautionary principle, that is, proceed as if there were a possible risk to your health rather than assume there is none. Since 1080 is a known teratogen I believe it is particularly important for pregnant mothers or even those who think they may be or who could be pregnant, to distance themselves from an area where 1080 is being distributed, particularly aerially because of the drift of the dust over long distances.  I believe these are the concerns being raised here, and particularly also with regard to warning tourists of the risks of drinking the water, who may not be able to read the signs (if there indeed are any). Finally, of particular concern is the topography of Milford Sound. When it rains at Milford Sound, “all of the steep landscape can be considered a streambed”.  EWR.


By Carol Sawyer

Bowen Falls, Milford Sound….. the water intake for supplying Milford Sound township, and all tourist boats and accommodation, is approx. 200m upstream of the Bowen Falls and approx. 100m below the 1080 poison bait drop zone, where 1080 poison baits were aerially dropped on 15 October, 2019.

See smallest map attached. The person who provided that map says:

“Blue (circle) is rough location of intake. Red is a big pipe running from intake into the hydro electric station. It creates the power. Also here is where the only filter for our drinking water is…it’s a UV filter. Then it is distributed to vessels and accommodations. Our drinking water is straight from the Bowen River valley. I have walked up the pipeline before… quite steep in places.”

The significance of all of this is that the aerial 1080 drop could possibly have contaminated the water supply. As well as that, poisoned carcasses will, as we know from experience in all aerial 1080 drops, end up in that waterway as well, also then being a source of contamination.

1)Bowen Falls – Photo Te Ara, Encyclopaedia of NZ
2)Water intake – approximate position provided.
3)Area around Milford Sound excluded from aerial 1080 poison… map provided by Dept of Conservation.

milford sound

 

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Polls show Kiwi opposition to 1080 poison has jumped to 85% since 2001

SURVEYS SHOW THE UNMISTAKABLE TREND!
32% KIWIS OPPOSED TO 1080 POISON IN 2001 
85% KIWIS OPPOSED TO 1080 POISON IN 2018

By Carol Sawyer

The opinion polls show what is happening. A ‘Marlborough Express’ poll in September, 2018, showed 85% of nearly 4,000 people want 1080 BANNED.

The comments poll on ‘The Project NZ’ also in September, revealed even higher figures against 1080.. almost 90%.

The protests on September 8th, 2018, nationwide, despite being made up of mainly rural dwellers, had over 5,000 people out in the streets, in 45 townships, towns and cities!

Watch the video!!!

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Here is the progression, according to surveys and polls:

In November, 2001, 32% were opposed to aerial 1080 poison.

In 2007, 43% were opposed and 12% were undecided.

In 2009, 43% were opposed and 14% undecided

In June 2016, a DoC survey of 4,200 people showed 61% were opposed to aerial poison.

In September, 2018, 85 % of 3,900 people in a ‘Marlborough Express’ survey wanted 1080 banned.

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On October 29, 2017, I wrote :

NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF NEW ZEALANDERS ARE NOT COMFORTABLE ABOUT AERIAL 1080 POISONING !

See page 8 of the 2016 DoC survey below. This was a survey of 4200 people, in June 2016 :

“The spread of poison bait and herbicides via aircraft are methods of pest control that the majority of the public do not feel comfortable using.”

This figure of 61de% of New Zealanders not happy with aerial poisoning is up from 43 % seven years previously. I suspect the figure will be a lot higher now.

Also, 72% of those surveyed do NOT see deer as a major conservation threat !

It makes the current spate of attacks on the credibility of anti-1080 people by DoC staff, and Director-General of Conservation Lou Sanson, more understandable. Opposition to their massive 1080 poisoning programme is becoming a very big worry for the authorities

https://www.doc.govt.nz/…/survey-of-new-zealanders-2016.pdf…

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Here is the relevant section from a Royal Society Journal with regard to figures in 2009, (43% opposed, 14% undecided).

That document’s link is below the excerpt, and is well worth a look. It is called “Opposition to aerial 1080 poisoning for control of invasive mammals in New Zealand: risk perceptions and agency responses”!!!

“Public concerns over risks and agency messages”

Within the last decade public opposition to the use of 1080 has risen. A national survey in November 2001 (UMR 2001 UMR 2001 . Omnibus results: favourability rating and support for 1080 use (November 2001) . UMR Research Limited , Auckland , , New Zealand . [Google Scholar]) found that 52% of the general public supported 1080 use while 32% were opposed. A UMR Omnibus survey in 2007 asked the question ‘Do you support or oppose the use of 1080 poison to control the impact of possums on native forests and birds, and to control the spread of tuberculosis?’ Only 45% of respondents supported use and 43% opposed, with 12% undecided (Harry Broad, pers. comm. 2009). When asked this question in April 2009, after the ERMA hearings, 43% supported its use, 43% opposed, and 14% were undecided (Harry Broad, pers. comm. 2009). Māori were much less supportive than non-Māori. Although the applicants had hoped that presenting new information on 1080 would reduce public concerns, the extensive ERMA re-assessment process had not done so. Public opinion on any given topic can be influenced by many factors, but ERMA had identified that users of 1080 were partly responsible due to poor communication and consultation practices.”

https://www.tandfonline.com/…/full/10…/03036758.2011.556130…

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“WILLIE NELSON TAKES US BACK TO THE START” – Video by The Graf Boys

In 2017 the NZ Govt effectively excluded the aerial distribution of poison bait, from the protection of the Resource Management Act – still trust them then with your safety?

Through its new rules the New Zealand Government has effectively excluded the spreading of Compound 1080 – a WHO class A1 eco-toxin – from environmental protection legislation, to increase its company profits … TV-Wild

Important information from TV-Wild by the Graf Brothers:

“New Zealand is known for its pure water, mountainous peaks and majestic scenery. Millions of tourists visit every year. They tramp the Great Walks and drink from the mountain streams – a land of milk and honey, 100% Pure! …” 

However…

“There is growing concern across New Zealand about the massive use of Compound 1080 poison. Government agencies currently spread 1080 poison bait aerially, across the forests and directly into the waterways – enough poison to kill over 60 million people every year. The poison kills 1000’s of deer, and 100’s of 1000’s of other animals, birds and insects, every year.” (Explore menu at the TV-Wild link for references)

READ MORE ON WATER

“There are three significant government agencies that aerially spread 1080 poison bait across land and water in New Zealand – The Department of ConservationTB Free & OSPRI, and regional councils.

Up until 2017, regional councils issued resource consent certificates to government agencies and contractors that permitted 1080 poison bait to be spread across land and directly into water. However, in 2017, the New Zealand Government changed legislation, and that legislation now permits poison bait to be aerially spread across land and directly into water, without the requirement for a resource consent certificate – effectively excluding the aerial distribution of poison bait, from the protection of the Resource Management Act.

The New Zealand Government owns Orillion, the 1080 poison factory that imports and manufactures 1080 poison, and brodifacoum cereal baits. The factory’s mission statement makes it clear that the company exists for profit.

Through its new rules the New Zealand Government has effectively excluded the spreading of Compound 1080 – a WHO class A1 eco-toxin – from environmental protection legislation, to increase its company profits. “

READ MORE:

https://www.tv-wild.com/hikoi


Follow links at the TV-Wild site for further info on 1080. Also see our 1080 & related resource sub pages for other links to information. The information your esteemed leaders are not providing you with. The independent research. Search categories here (left of page) for further articles on topic and/or use the search box. Especially you should visit our page on suspected 1080 poisoning of humans (and that’s not including the thousands of animals and birds not specifically targeted that die with each drop). Folk are commenting that the bush is quiet. The birds are disappearing.

Finally, consider how you can support the coming hikoi from far North & far South to parliament. All info at TV-Wild.

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