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The peaceful anti 1080 protest Saturday 8th Sept: find a venue near you

Updated here when information becomes available:
THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2018.

The NORTH ISLAND HIKOI was at FOXTON about 2pm yesterday walking South toward LEVIN and PARAPARAUMU.
Dan Lane and Emille’s daughter Te Ora are now with the Hikoi.

The SOUTH ISLAND HIKOI departs PICTON today.
Alan Gurden will be having a rest day with his family in Wellington.
Meet Alan again at the INTERISLAND FERRY TERMINAL at 10 am on Saturday for his final walk to Parliament.

“Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation” is a PEACEFUL PUBLIC PROTEST march from Bluff and Cape Rienga.
It FINISHES at PARLIAMENT, Wellington on SATURDAY 8 SEPT. (See simultaneous events around country below)

In WELLINGTON the SOUTH ISLAND HIKOI will start from the INTERISLANDER FERRY TERMINAL at 10am, walk silently along the footpath and meet the NORTH ISLAND HIKOI at the RAILWAY STATION. They will then walk to PARLIAMENT for the main Peaceful Public Protest 12.30pm – 3pm (with speakers). Afterwards people may gather on the Wellington WATERFRONT near TE PAPA Museum.
Some people may choose to stay in Wellington until Tuesday 11 September when MP’s will be present to hear the outcome of negotiations IF we do not get the answer we want from from Government on Saturday.

BRING YOUR WHANAU – it is the kids we are doing this for!
You could WEAR BLACK to show your grief for the victims of this poison.
You could bring A WHITE CROSS in memory of the wildlife, farm animals, pets and people killed or maimed by1080 poison.
You could wear a CHEMICAL HAZARD SUIT AND MASK to show the danger of this poison (good for anonymity too, if you are shy to protest).
You could bring PLACARDS and BANNERS. No swear words please –
Have respect for our children.
Some placards will be available for people who can’t bring one.
You could wear a NAME TAG. There will be people you will never get a chance to meet again.
You could bring laptops/tablets to show pictures of death caused by 1080 to unbelievers.
Please THINK AHEAD. WARM CLOTHES, RAINCOATS, UMBRELLAS, WATER , FOOD, PHONE, CAMERA.
We are expecting a big crowd.

SUPPORTING EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY:
SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 In alphabetical order.

AUCKLAND, (AOTEA SQUARE) 1pm- 3pm (Wear Black)

AUCKLAND (MANUREWA), Montford Park, Weymouth 2pm

BLENHEIM SEYMOUR SQUARE at 11.45 am.

CHRISTCHURCH (CNR COLUMBO AND MILTON STREETS) 12-3pm
Route provided at location. Silent Protest, hazard suits and anonymous masks provided if you do not have them).

CHRISTCHURCH, (EASTSIDE), 250 Pages Rd 10-11am.

CHRISTCHURCH (RANGIORA) 32 River Rd, 10-11am

CHRISTCHURCH (ROLLESTON) at Pest Control Research (PCR) 1080 poison factory 8 Centrum Lane 9am-11am then move to SH1 and to city for the main event. (bring your own disposable white chemical hazard suit and mask if you can, some provided)

EKETAHUNA, Meet at the Big Kiwi, 12.30pm

DUNEDIN, John Wickliffe House, 265 Princess St,1-3pm

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER, outside DOC Office, 12pm

HAMILTON, Norris Ward Park 12pm

INVERCARGILL, Wachner Pl, 12pm

KATIKATI, Memorial Hall, 2pm

KAWAKAWA, War Memorial Park on HW entrance to Kawakawa. Family friendly peaceful bbq protest 12.30-3.30pm

KERI KERI, Domain 10am-2pm for chat, speakers, sharing ideas and march. Shared bbq lunch.

MOTUEKA, Starting from Memorial Park, Pah St along Main St to DOC office, High St, 2-3pm

MOSSBURN Outside the Stag, 11.00 am – 2.00 pm.

NEW PLYMOUTH, Taranaki District Council, 12-3pm

OPOTIKI, 10-11am Outside DOC office on Bridge St.

QUEENSTOWN, Memorial Gates,corner of Marine Parade and Church St, 12.30

ROTORUA, Lakefront, 12.30 – 3pm

STRATFORD, Memorial Hall carpark, 11am

TAIRUA, outside Community Hall, 10.30am-12pm

TAUMARUNUI, Hakiaha St by Police Station near Morero Marae, 10am

TAURANGA, Mount Maunganui, Mt Drury, 2pm

TAUPO, Lake 12.30

TIMARU, District Council Building, 2 King George Pl, 2pm

TOKOROA, outside info Centre on Main Rd, 12.30-3pm

TURANGI, Bridgelodge carpark by coffee cart to farewell convoy, 7.30am

WAIHI, ? ,2pm

WELLINGTON, 10 am from Interislander ferry terminal – walking the footpath silently to Parliament. Start time there at 12.30pm for guest speakers etc

WELLSFORD Community Centre 10am

WHAKATANE, Walking from info centre, along Strand to Council, Boon St etc back to Gap then driving to HUB Shopping Centre grassy area. 10.30am-12.30pm

WHANGANUI, River Markets, 11am

WHANGAREI, Mander Park, Western Hills Dr, 12-2pm

SUPPORTING EVENTS after 8 SEPTEMBER

HAMILTON SUNDAY 23 September 2018 1.30 pm.
Bikers against 1080 Protest Ride. Gate 1 Carpark at Hamilton Gardens.
Supported by the Bush Bashers

EVENTS ALREADY HELD: in alphabetical order.

CHRISTCHURCH SQUARE SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER. 2PM TILL 4PM
D-beAtmAstAblAstA’s #BAN1080 BUSK-A-THON!
This is a musical event to draw attention and inform the chch public of the detrimental affect 63years of govt, doc poisoning our wildfood and waterways with 1080 poisons and it’s torturous affect on our ecosystem that is being turned into a toxic wasteland for our future generations!
We must stop these Terrorists!!! Please come and be informed of the truth.! Raising funds for travel to Wellington Sept8 #Ban1080 Rahui Hikoi!Private · Hosted by Gary Gurden and Sharn Nu’u

MOTUEKA About 30 people marched up the main street from 12- 2pm.

NAPIER A protest was held outside the DoC office Friday 24 August.

NELSON CITY SATURDAY 25 AUGUST A SILENT PROTEST of 120 people dressed in White greeted the Hikoi on the CATHEDERAL STEPS.
Support meetings were held on Monday 6 August and Friday 17 August.

RICHMOND (Nelson) About 30 people marched from Three Brothers Corner to the Tasman District Council office on Friday 24 August.

PICTON The Hikoi greeted Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage at the ENDEAVOUR CENTRE on Thursday 30 August 2pm.

TE PUKE protest

TOKAANU/TURANGI protest

ROTORUA SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 11am till 2 pm.
Starts at the Lake front, then march down Tutanekai St to the corner of Fenton/Amohau Sts, then back to the Lake Front.

WAITOMO, 31 August, Brown Town, Stop the Drop Fundraiser at Riverside Lodge.

WANGANUI hosted a well supported two day event held in on the 10 -11 th of August including a Peaceful Public Protest (PPP) at the Wanganui Poison Factory now called Orillion.
Orillion was until recently called Animal Control Products (ACP) a New Zealand State Owned Enterprise (SOE) and before that simply “The Wanganui Poison Factory” set up by the NZ Government in the 1950’s.

A Hikoi is a protest WALK, a long journey taking days, weeks or months.
This Hikoi started on 15 June so it is now in it’s 11th week.
North Island leader Emile Leaf started at Cape Reinga
South Island leader Alan Gurden started at Bluff.
This Hikoi is ORGANIC. IT WILL GROW naturally.
START TIME 9.30 – 10 am AM DAILY.
Average 30 kilometres per day, Daily distances decided by weather, camping spots, health & safety, etc
Join it wherever you can, for as long as you can.
Feel free to organise a satellite hikoi or support network in your area to support the main Hikoi.
Follow ” Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation” or “Kaitiaki of Aoteoroa” facebook pages and you will get an idea of when the walkers are close to you.
IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT EXACT TIMES AND PLACES.

Take photos and videos and SHARE them on Facebook pages, Facebook Community Groups and your local newspapers, TV stations, etc.
When you make posts on Facebook, Instagram etc be sure to hashtag#hikoiofapoisonednation #ban1080 #KaitiakiOfAoteoroa. (get someone to show you how) and SHARE SHARE SHARE with your friends.

If you want to DONATE online. BNZ acc.no 02-0844-0118658-000
Acc name A. Gurden & Mr E . Leaf There are always expenses.
Please text only to leaders Emille Leaf 021 0237 7287 or Alan Gurden 022 4971 825.
Please respect other road users.
This is a PEACEFUL PUBLIC PROTEST to STOP the use of DEADLY POISONS in New Zealand.

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Correspondence from OSPRI on their deliberate release of TB infected possums

OSPRI RESPONSE TO RECENT QUESTIONING RE CLARENCE RESERVE, MARLBOROUGH, IN RELATION TO AERIAL 1080 POISONING

Carol Sawyer writes: “This correspondence was sent to me by a Facebook friend last night and I felt it was worth posting in its entirety. It includes, for example, such questions as whether any rat and/or possum population assessment was carried out on the Clarence Reserve – either before or after the Oct 2016 aerial 1080 poison drop.

Nick Hancox, OSPRI Policy Advisor, is clearly rattled by reference to their release of deliberately Tb-infected possums.
He says below (6 July, 2017) “In closing I ask you to note that the deliberate release of TB-infected possums (for research purposes) was into a small area of the Orongorongo Valley, where TB in possums was already chronic and at high prevalence. The experimental release was immaterial in regard to disease risk and prevalence in the area. Unfortunately this matter has been the subject of a number of ill-founded and frankly mischievous pubic statements and claims.”

He appears to be denying the same thing was done at Muzzle Station in the Clarence Reserve. Well it was!

So I have also included earlier correspondence I had myself with OSPRI (April 2016) re deliberately infected possums released on Muzzle Station. Muzzle Station leases about 8,000 ha of the Clarence Reserve.”

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RE DELIBERATELY INFECTING POSSUMS WITH TB (Carol’s correspondence referred to above)

I had a phone conversation in April, 2016, with Phillip Dawson, Operations Extension Officer for OSPRI NZ Ltd in Hamilton and he sent me this email

“Hello,

Links below might help to explain the release of TB infected animals for research, as we discussed over the phone.

Release of tb possum in Orongorongo valley https://www.tbfree.org.nz/research-work-vital-to-achieving-…

Muzzle station research https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/…/how-does-chronic-tb-af…

Not sure of how many more of these might have been done but all would have been under a controlled conditions where TB animals can be traced and removed and where TB is already in wildlife in the area.

Regards, Phil”

I asked Phil if he thought they would kill all the remaining possums with the 1080 drop and he said they would kill 90% of the possums and eventually do two more drops and get the rest!

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RECENT CORRESPONDENCE WITH OSPRI :

Information request to TBfree

Sent: Monday, 3 April 2017 6:03:33 p.m.
Subject: TBfree Contact Us Form

Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Conservation Park, including the hunting area known as Clarence Reserve, near Kaikoura, South Island was subjected to aerial 1080 poisoning on the 16 Oct 2016 as part of the agency TB Free’s ‘pesticide control’.
An OIA response from TBFree informed me that the rationale for the operation was because 10 pigs over 2 years were found with TB and that there had been ‘an assumption’ (scientific knowledge unknown) that possum were therefore carrying it too.
Recent OIA results from DoC’s aerial 1080 poison drop at Makarora Valley, South Island revealed that no possum count had been undertaken at all and that rat population assessments revealed very low levels of rats.

With this in mind, I am interested to know the following:
Whether any rat and/or possum population assessment was carried out at Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Conservation Park – either before or after the Oct 2016 aerial 1080 poison drop. Please provide detailed methodology and results of these assessments (if they exist).
I understand that there is a current proposal for a further 44,000 hectares adjacent to the Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Conservation Park to be aerial 1080 poisoned later in 2017 – The Clarence River reserve. Can you explain why this proposal does not currently appear on DoC Pesticide Summary Interactive map? Can you clarify where such information might be readily available to the public and tourists translations if required?
Finally, can you please provide full details of the rationale for this proposed 1080 poison operation at Clarence Reserve and whether this is at all connected to the 10 wild pigs contained in the previous rationale? Again, I need measurement and assessment (methodology, results) of rats and possum populations within this specific area within the last 5 years (if this exists).

For the purposes of this OIA I confirm I am an NZ resident.

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On 4/05/2017, at 11:10, Nick Hancox ( Nick.Hancox@tbfree.org.nz ) wrote:

Dear ………….

I reply to your emailed information request of 3 April 2017 (copied below) as follows:

TBfree NZ completed aerial 1080 baiting for possum control over part of Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Conservation Park on 16 October 2016, as part of our Kowhai Swyncombe operation.

Prior to that operation, possum density within the target area had been estimated (in 2014) using Bite Mark Index methodology. This returned a mean Bite Mark Index (BMI) of 12%. Details of the methodology are available at http://www.npca.org.nz/…/a1_possum%20monitoring_2015-nov_lr….

Post-operational monitoring of possum density has not been carried out for the Kowhai-Swyncombe operation. It is our normal practice to monitor possum densities no earlier than 2-3 years after aerial control operations. This later monitoring is more useful, in that it provides an indication of any population recovery and thus allows us to begin the process of monitoring the need for further control work.

Information provided to you on 13 March 2017 (as attached) on findings of TB infected pigs was in relation to TBfree’s planned 2017 Clarence Reserve operation. This operation was originally planned to commence from 1 July 2017. However we are currently negotiating timing of the operation with affected landowners, which is likely to result in a later start date for this operation, possibly in November.

We have no possum monitoring results from the Clarence Reserve operational area. Possum numbers are assumed to be high enough to warrant control, because of the lack of previous possum control in the area. As previously advised to you, the history of TB in both livestock and wild pigs from the area is strongly indicative of TB infection in possums.

We do not monitor rat populations associated with TB possum control operations unless this is specifically required by the Department of Conservation.

DOC Pesticide Summary information for the Clarence Reserve Operation will appear after DOC has been formally notified of a detailed operational plan. This requires consent and boundary agreements to be finalised with affected and neighbouring landowners. Negotiations towards this are still in progress, so the Pesticide Summary may not appear for another month or more. Formal prior notification of the operation – as required under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act – involves a number of steps, including:

· Written notification and visits to all land occupiers within and adjacent to the control area

· Written notice to known likely users of the area, such as hunting and outdoors groups and clubs, concession holders and guides

· A public meeting in Kaikoura which will be advertised

· Notices in local newspapers

· Signposting at all likely access points

Attached for your information is a factsheet for the Clarence Reserve Operation, which will be distributed as part of the above notification. The factsheet for last year’s Kowhai-Swyncombe operation is also attached.

Yours sincerely

Nick Hancox

NICK HANCOX

SENIOR OPERATIONAL POLICY ADVISOR

OSPRI New Zealand Limited

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Hello again Nick.

Can you please inform me as to why the Clarence River area cattle herd apparently historically displaying bTb has not been culled? Whilst travelling in this area last month, it was obvious that cattle were being walked down public highways through traffic and other contamination risks.

It seems blatantly obvious to me that with no possum assessment or monitoring done and no changes to the way cattle are transported through the area, and no culling of infected herds, that the situation will remain the same.

This cycle of aerial poisoning without scientific rationale – especially when elsewhere possum are being deliberately infected with Tb and released into the environment – is unsustainable and the Directors of Ospri & Doc will now become accountable.

Your response?

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From: Nick Hancox <Nick.Hancox@tbfree.org.nz>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 at 13:59

Dear……

Without knowing exactly which cattle were being moved where, it is difficult for me to comment. However when cattle are driven along roads, this is usually to move them from one paddock to another within their home farm. This in itself would not create risk of infection spreading to other cattle herds, and in the Clarence Reserve locality, wildlife TB will be also be present, so local droving of cattle along roads would not create any additional disease transmission risks. There are strict controls on movement of cattle from infected herds to live sale or to other herds, and in most cases movement direct to slaughter is the only realistic option. Transmission of TB from cattle to humans (other than by drinking unpastuerised milk from a cow with advanced tuberculous mastitis, or through close and confined contact such as in a milking shed) is extremely unlikely.

TB-infected herds are subject to regular TB tests and all test-positive animals are culled. This usually sufficient to eradicate TB from herds after a few whole-herd tests, unless the herd is exposed to re-infection from wildlife. In the latter case a regular test and slaughter regime can at least keep infection within the herd down to a level where continuing to maintain the herd is feasible and economic.

Whole herd slaughter is an option in some cases but it makes little sense where re-infection from wildlife is likely, as any replacement herd would soon become infected as well.

You can find details of herd testing and movement control policies in our National Operational Plan at http://www.tbfree.org.nz/national-operational-plan.aspx

In closing I ask you to note that the deliberate release of TB-infected possums (for research purposes) was into a small area of the Orongorongo Valley, where TB in possums was already chronic and at high prevalence. The experimental release was immaterial in regard to disease risk and prevalence in the area. Unfortunately this matter has been the subject of a number of ill-founded and frankly mischievous pubic statements and claims.

Yours sincerely

Nick

NICK HANCOX

SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR

OSPRI New Zealand Limited

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Photos

1 ) (Header) Possum being deliberately injected with Tb before release into wild – Landcare Research photo
2 ) Mustering on Muzzle Station – Musters oldest team member, Rick Denton – Photo RadioNZ
3) Hereford cattle crossing the Clarence River on Muzzle Station – Photo “Stuff”

SOURCE

The cat’s out of the bag in NZ with 1080 – from a BSc

Published on Nov 5, 2017

Jim Hilton talks about the poison industry in NZ. Please share these interviews if possible on facebook, google, email etc. Lets get the word out. Here is the quick link for it: https://m.bvcg.cf/InterviewsP3 BVCG Facebook Group: http://m.bvcg.cf/bvcgfacebook

With a long history of poisoning Kea, DoC is set to finish off what remains – Dr Jo Pollard

DoC SET TO POISON OFF REMAINING KEA

by Dr Jo Pollard (BSc (Hons, PhD))

Posted to Facebook by Carol Sawyer

“The species is now on the brink of extinction” Dr Jo Pollard

“The New Zealand Government’s Department of Conservation (DoC) is embarking on its largest aerial poisoning programme ever this year and endangered kea (Nestor notabilis), NZ’s mountain parrot, are almost certain to die.

DoC has a very long history of poisoning kea. Aerial poisoning with food baits laced with sodium monofluoroacetate (“1080”) was found to be killing kea more than 50 years ago and the species is now on the brink of extinction. Although the government has made no attempt to formally assess numbers, some estimates in 1986 and 1992 were already as low as 1000 birds. There may be very few kea left. Complete absences are being reported in areas of human activity (tramping huts, ski fields, car parks) where they have traditionally gathered.

In DoC studies over the last decade, an average of 12% of marked kea have been reported dead immediately after aerial 1080 poisoning, with a range up to 78%. Now that DoC are embarking on even more intensive, more extensive 1080 poisoning, there seems to be little hope for the species’ survival in the wild.

How is it that a government department charged with conserving species can cause this carnage?

New Zealand’s conservation management has reached a critically low point where science and ecology have been abandoned in favour of feverish poisoning of “pest” species. Tellingly, DoC recently described itself as a “pest control agency”.

According to DoC, it is pests that are endangering kea, therefore the outcome of poisoning will be beneficial. There are serious flaws with this idea.

Firstly, aerial baiting with 1080 poison is very poor at controlling pests, including mice, rats and stoats. Mouse numbers rise almost immediately afterwards; it is thought mice may be able to detect the toxin in food baits and that they flourish because competing species are poisoned off. Rat numbers are usually (not always) low immediately after poisoning, but they breed and re-invade rapidly and within months are typically far more numerous than before, often reaching plague levels. Stoats are sometimes killed, sometimes not (they have to eat poisoned prey to die, because they do not eat the cereal baits), but survivors and invaders can flourish post-poisoning as numbers of their main prey species, rats and mice, escalate. Surviving stoats are also known to turn to eating native birds after poisoning, when rat numbers have suddenly plummeted.

DoC’s answer to this problem is to now increase the frequency and intensity of poisoning. It is planning to spread double the number of baits, then if there are surviving rats, repeat the double-sowing. However that strategy does not help with the problem of non-acceptance of poisoned baits by mice. Whether rat and stoat numbers will be better controlled is unknown. In previous DoC operations, and in other pest populations (flies, laboratory rats and rabbits) repeated 1080 poisoning has become increasingly less effective because pests have developed behavioural and/or genetic resistance. One thing is for sure- kea and other rare native species will be severely at risk.

Secondly, there is no scientific evidence that mammalian pests are the main cause of the kea’s demise as is being claimed by DoC. Its own studies and ornithological studies had previously concluded (in the 1960s, 1990s and last decade) that although living in the company of stoats, kea were “relatively immune” to predation.

In the last few years DoC has made an intensive effort to prove that stoats are a major predator of kea. The evidence that its much-vaunted, very expensive 1080 poisoning programmes are killing kea has been very inconvenient and it has done its best to create the illusion that 1080 actually helps kea.

But DoC’s recent documents show only spurious, indefensible figures based on “seed rain” and contortions of historic data. Hundreds of hours of camera surveillance inside and outside kea nests have produced very little evidence of predation: at the Kea Konvention in April this year we were repeatedly shown a photograph of a stoat that was “about to get” a nesting kea, and a video that failed to run. Even if DoC’s surveillance had shown lots of predation, nest monitoring in itself is known to attract predators and cause adults to abandon chicks so such “evidence” would be hopelessly biased.

So kea are set to disappear, and DoC is set to blame pests, rather than 1080 poisoning, for their demise. The public will be none the wiser unless they are interested and motivated enough to question DoC’s propaganda.

The plight of kea should cause alarm for anyone concerned about the fate of New Zealand’s ecological heritage. Not only birds, but all air-breathing organisms including bacteria, fungi, plants and invertebrates are affected by 1080 (it interferes with the Krebs cycle used in respiration).

The toxin has a marked ability to spread: in cereal dust and fragments created during aerial spreading, in poisoned animals, baits carried by animals, urine, faeces, carcasses and water. On DoC’s own admission, reliable data on poisoning death rates exist only for six endemic birds. Of those, two (fern birds Megalurus punctatus and kea) have been found to be poisoned in large numbers. What is happening to the rest of New Zealand’s endemic species?

For the scientific basis of this article and more information on kea please see http://1080science.co.nz/scientific-reviews-of-1080/

Dr Jo Pollard (BSc (Hons), PhD) is an independent scientist, with particular interests in animal welfare, NZ’s ecology, and scientific integrity.