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Kathy White: 1080 – The Unintended Consequences for Water, Wildlife and Us

Published on May 5, 2019

Kathy White, a Waikato Regional Councillor (in NZ), shares her excellent presentation
1080 – The Unintended Consequences for Water, Wildlife and Us
with the FLORA & FAUNA Aotearoa Sustainable Conservation Conference attendees, about the use of 1080 and pest control, health effects and more.

The FLORA & FAUNA Aotearoa Sustainable Conservation Conference – Shifting from Poison to Ecology – was held in Auckland, New Zealand, April 2019.

Caution: video contains some graphic images, of dead animals, relating to the use of 1080 and other poisons in NZ.

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Solving homelessness in Auckland – tiny houses & their communities

From Re: on Facebook

Awesome solution to being homeless … the tiny houses with their little communities.
Be aware also though, we are being forced down this track by a corporate elite that has sold off our state homes for decades now … land banking them even … while people sleep in sheds, garages, tents & their cars. We have 43K homeless people & climbing, and this elite have no intention of properly fixing this anomaly … they are complicit in the Agenda 2030 plans to herd us all into the smart (not) cities they have planned. (See our Agenda 21/30 pages).

“Michelle may live in a tiny house, but she moved there to fulfill a big dream” 🏡🙏

 

In Sept 2018, 19 Doctors who were neither conspiracy theorists nor violent activists, expressed concern about the depositing of 1080 into Auckland’s water supply

People who are against excessive use of poisons in our environment are neither violent, extreme activists nor conspiracy theorists as the media would have you believe. To confirm this you simply must read the independent information. To begin with at least, here is a list of 19 Doctors … why would they spend their valuable time warning both yourself & the authorities about the perceived  dangers of 1080 in your water supply? 

In efforts to prevent the last Hunua Ranges drop this was taken to court by Sue Grey, lawyer where it was noted that DoC’s lawyers asked the judge that their scientist NOT be cross examined. The lawyers were granted their request & the drop went ahead. See the Court approval here.

BELOW IS THE LETTER PREPARED BY DOCTORS WHO WERE CONCERNED ABOUT 1080 POISON BEING DEPOSITED IN DRINKING WATER

Open letter to the Government, Friday, 21st September 2018.

As doctors, we are extremely concerned about the health risk of depositing poisoned bait over 22,500 hectares of the Hunua water catchment area. Specifically, we are concerned about Sodium Fluoroacetate (SMFA / 1080), a known deadly poison which is known to cause sub-lethal effects on reproduction and is classified as a teratogen, having potential to contaminate the Auckland water supply.

There is no effective antidote for 1080 poisoning in humans.

We are extremely concerned that public officials are not adopting a far more precautionary approach to the safety of the Auckland water catchment, especially when the effects of 1080, a highly soluble poison, is not quantifiably able to be tested on how it affects the health of humans.

Studies show that 1080 affects the reproductive organs, the cardiac system, and respiratory system in mammals. There is no safe minimal level known and water testing and sampling after aerial 1080 application cannot prudently protect the public from risk of exposure from this poison.

As doctors, we are responsible for the health of individuals and communities. Therefore, we ask the government to immediately stop the usage of sodium fluoroacetate which has potential to contaminate the New Zealand water supply.

Signed,

Dr Ulrich Doering MBChB, Dipl O+G, FRNZCGP

Dr Roger Leitch MBChB, FRNZCGP

Dr Mogens Poppe FRNZCGP FRACGP

Dr Janine Budden MBChB, FRNZCGP

Dr Caroline Wheeler MBChB

Dr Ron Goedeke

Dr Tessa Jones MBChB, Dipl Obs, FRNZCGP, FACNEM, FAARM

Dr. Charles M. Baycroft BSc; MD. FRNZCGP, Dip MSM, QBE.

Dr Donald Palmer MBChB, Dipl O+G, FRNZCGP

Dr Jocelyn Lydford MD

Dr Kamal Karl MBBS, FRNZCGP, FACNEM, FNZCAM, FACCS

Dr Avani Karl

Dr Rick Coleman MB ChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Dr Helen Proctor

Dr Richard Drexel

Dr Tim Ewer, MB ChB, MMedSci, MRCP, FRACP, FRNZCGP, Dip Occ Med

Dr Tracey Chandler BSc (Hons), MB ChB, FRNZCGP, MNZSCM, PGDipSEM, Cert Dermoscopy

Dr Janine Budden MBCHB, MRCGP, FRNZCGP, CertNutrMed, DipObs

Michael E Godfrey MB.BS. FACNEM


RELATED: 

“NZ’S PREDATOR FREE 2050 PROGRAM .. NOT .. WELL INFORMED BY SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR CONSERVATION BEST PRACTICE” SAY TWO CONSERVATION ACADEMICS


If you are new to the 1080 poisoning program here is a good article to start with …

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO CONCERNED ABOUT 1080?

A must watch also is Poisoning Paradise, the doco made by the GrafBoys (banned from screening on NZ TV, yet a 4x international award winner). Their website is tv-wild.com. Their doco is a very comprehensive overview with the independent science to illustrate the question marks that remain over the use of this poison. There are links also on our 1080 resources page to most of the groups, pages, sites etc that will provide you with further information to make your own informed decision on this matter.

If you are pro poisoning of the environment, EnvirowatchRangitikei is not the place to espouse your opinions. Mainstream would be the place to air those. This is a venue for sharing the independent science you won’t of course find there.

We don’t endorse violence in our efforts to inform the public & hopefully persuade our government to desist from using  excessive amounts of poisons for pest control.

 

DOCTORS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT 1080 POISON BEING DEPOSITED IN DRINKING WATER

By J. James
infonews.co.nz

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE*

THE INCREDIBLE LETTER BELOW HAS BEEN PREPARED BY DOCTORS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT 1080 POISON BEING DEPOSITED IN DRINKING WATER

Open letter to the Government, Friday, 21st September 2018.

As doctors, we are extremely concerned about the health risk of depositing poisoned bait over 22,500 hectares of the Hunua water catchment area. Specifically, we are concerned about Sodium Fluoroacetate (SMFA / 1080), a known deadly poison which is known to cause sub-lethal effects on reproduction and is classified as a teratogen, having potential to contaminate the Auckland water supply.

There is no effective antidote for 1080 poisoning in humans.

We are extremely concerned that public officials are not adopting a far more precautionary approach to the safety of the Auckland water catchment, especially when the effects of 1080, a highly soluble poison, is not quantifiably able to be tested on how it affects the health of humans.

Studies show that 1080 affects the reproductive organs, the cardiac system, and respiratory system in mammals. There is no safe minimal level known and water testing and sampling after aerial 1080 application cannot prudently protect the public from risk of exposure from this poison.

As doctors, we are responsible for the health of individuals and communities. Therefore, we ask the government to immediately stop the usage of sodium fluoroacetate which has potential to contaminate the New Zealand water supply.

Signed,

Dr Ulrich Doering MBChB, Dipl O+G, FRNZCGP

Dr Roger Leitch MBChB, FRNZCGP

Dr Mogens Poppe FRNZCGP FRACGP

Dr Caroline Wheeler MBChB, BSc, Dip O+G

READ MORE

https://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=117067&fbclid=IwAR1HCNvUU14Sp1PMncDjJQCv9qTeDVjn7DjnRAxkxbwElOPb7eeoWoAc9_4

PHOTO CREDIT: Wikipedia

Environment Court orders halt to Auckland Council’s 1080 drop in Hunua Ranges

[NZ Herald] A trust opposing Auckland Council’s 1080 poison drop in the Hunua Ranges has won a court injunction temporarily suspending the operation.

The council had already begun covering the bush with non-toxic pre-drop pellets, to be followed up with 1080 within seven to 10 days, despite being aware of the application to the Court from the Friends of Sherwood Trust.

Judge Jeff Smith said the pre-feed drop had commenced just prior to a telephone conference.

“The Council proceeded with the drop in the knowledge of this application and therefore at its own peril in the event that the interim orders are granted for the long term.”

READ MORE

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12122012&ref=NZH_fb

HEAR ALSO AN INTERVIEW BY RADIO NZ with LAWYER SUE GREY

https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018661838/anti-1080-lobbyists-halt-hunua-pest-control

 

The peaceful hikoi against 1080 is met with a 40-50 strong Police presence & a lawyer giving legal advice says she was assaulted

“A large group of anti-1080 protesters were partaking in a hikoi to Parliament when they were met with an “enormous police presence”, according to lawyer Sue Grey who was among those protesting.”

Sue said she was later assaulted whilst giving legal advice to arrestees.

“Ms Grey estimated there were between 40 and 50 police officers blocking the road from Onepoto Domain as the group were preparing to cross the Harbour Bridge.

“The whole thing just turned ugly in moments from the police conduct,” she said. “It was just unbelievable; it was like walking into a nightmare. They were extremely firm and in some cases physically assaulting people. It was a very frightening scene that I’ve never come across before.” ”  newshub.co.nz

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A large Police presence     Photo: News Hub

Remember folk, your government (that is how a corporation & owns the factory that produces 1080) has allowed the rules to be changed to allow the dropping of 1080 into your waterways. I mention corporation because a corporation* cannot & does not  place the interests of you the people above those of the corporation.

“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.” 
SOURCE:  https://www.tv-wild.com/hikoi

It was landing there anyway prior to this change (see here also), however it has now been made legal.

This should be concerning you.

The people on the hikoi have noted this change of tack & are saying in effect, ‘enough is enough’. We do not want our whenua, our land and our water, poisoned with impunity. Listen below here to more of that detail around why.


For further articles here on 1080, go to ‘categories’ (left of news page). Also, visit the 1080 pages for links to other independent info. In particular, see the page titled, ‘Suspected 1080 Poisoning Cases’. There is documented there the history of the Putaruru family who fell ill recently & the ensuing cover up on suspected 1080 poisoning following their hospitalization after consumption of wild pork. See also the case of the young hiker in the South Island who died & whose Doctor suspected 1080 poisoning. Her heart sent for testing, was lost by the authorities! Another cover up.

For on-the-ground coverage, see the many social media groups providing day by day updates, particularly the Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation, Operation Ban 1080, 1080 Eyewitness and No to 1080 Use in NZ groups on Facebook. There is a complete list of the many groups, resources, sites etc relating to 1080 at this link. Note: you will read the independent info & research at these links. It is somewhat different to the official mantra of the alleged safety of 1080 poison.

You can read the News Hub article at the link below:

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/07/anti-1080-protesters-arrested-following-confrontation-with-police-in-auckland.html


 

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE AERIAL SPREADING OF 1080

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_78808/petition-of-josephine-violet-stop-aerial-release-of-1080


 

Finally, a must watch for detailed info on 1080, is the 4x international award winning film by the Graf brothers. (This is their website, you will also find them on Youtube).

 

Published on Dec 3, 2013

This New Zealand film has won 4 international environmental awards – but here in NZ, TV channels refuse to play it. Why? Because if they did, there would be outrage and riots over New Zealand’s use of aerially applied 1080 poison. See for yourself …


Photos: News Hub (header image, Emille Leaf, hikoi organizer, arrested).
*THE CORPORATION is a Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behavior towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary. If you like this film, please share it with your friends and support the makers by purchasing a full quality DVD at either of the two links below: http://www.hellocoolworldstore.com/ho… http://www.amazon.com/The-Corporation… Official Website: http://www.thecorporation.com

 

Auckland Council names 25 blocks with cladding cores like Grenfell Tower

We followed the Grenfell Tower disaster (crime) for a time & have revisited it again recently with the anniversary this month. Many of those people are still not rehoused from that shameful gentrification debacle. If you visit the blogs of the Grenfell Action Group you’ll see as is common with these corporate coverups, a long standing battle with landlords/Councils etc over the lack of safety & the fire risk in that tower before & immediately prior to the disaster. I believe also from many reports on the ground that the numbers of fatalaties were also vastly under stated. People were also advised (as is apparently customary) to remain in their apartments, thereby more fatalities occurred. What a crime. Human life – the shameful ‘throw away’ mentality of those who ride on the backs of the poor. The cladding was the cheaper option … it saved money & lost lives. As for NZ, remember the CTV building in the Christchurch earthquake? Nobody has been held accountable for the many lives lost in that building and should have been. And we have similar inflammable fire risk cladding on our buildings? No worries, they have got that all covered we’re told….


From the NZ Herald

Owners of the buildings have been told about the claddings but McCormick stressed the buildings were not necessarily dangerous to occupy because they had extensive fire protection measures such as sprinklers, alarms and escape routes.

Auckland Council has just released a list of 25 buildings with exterior aluminium composite claddings like the Grenfell Tower in London, where a fire last year killed more than 70 people.

But the council stressed the Auckland buildings with the flammable polyethylene cores in their claddings are not necessarily dangerous because they have other means of fire protection.

The huge Waitakere Stadium at Henderson, certain Auckland Hospital buildings in Grafton, Spark’s four-building campus in Victoria St, large residential blocks in the Viaduct and CBD, the huge PwC building on the city’s waterfront, TVNZ’s headquarters on Victoria St, Auckland University’s Owen Glenn Building and many apartment blocks appear on the list.

After a Herald official information request, the council named 116 buildings it said “appear to utilise ACP cladding to some extent”.

“In some cases the cladding material has a modified fire resistant core. Far fewer cases have cladding with a combustible polyethylene core,” said council building consents general manager Ian McCormick.

“The extent and use of ACP on the buildings varies considerably from the full facade, to decorative features only and many buildings examined did not contain ACP at all,” he said.

Owners of the buildings have been told about the claddings but McCormick stressed the buildings were not necessarily dangerous to occupy because they had extensive fire protection measures such as sprinklers, alarms and escape routes.

READ MORE

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?

c_id=3&objectid=12068992&ref=NZH_fb

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Protesting for justice over the Grenfell Tower crime

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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei marks the 40th anniversary of the Bastion Point eviction

And the land grabs continue….if you’re not up to speed with the shameful Bastion Point story here is a NZ OnScreen documentary … information you won’t have learned at school:

Bastion Point – The Untold Story


Further you can read more at the waitangitribunal website:

The loss of the Orakei block


Also, from ngatiwhatuaorakei’s website (go there for pertinent commemoration info):

BASTION POINT OCCUPATION TO BE COMMEMORATED ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Forty years ago, after 506 days of occupation, protesters faced off with members of the police, armed forces and the government over plans to build luxury housing on Ngāti Whātua ancestral land at Takaparawhau/Bastion Point, resulting in 222 arrests.
 
On Friday 25 May, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will mark the 40th anniversary of what has been called a defining moment in New Zealand history.
READ MORE

And from Scoop:

“Forty years ago, after 506 days of occupation, protesters faced off with members of the police, armed forces and the government over plans to build luxury housing on Ngāti Whātua ancestral land at Takaparawhau/Bastion Point, resulting in 222 arrests.”

On Friday 25 May, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will mark the 40th anniversary of what has been called a defining moment in New Zealand history.

This year, the commemoration honours those who took part in the occupation; providing an opportunity to further reflect on the efforts of those who strove for Treaty settlement and a better future for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

The stand at Bastion Point is a prevailing benchmark for protest in Aotearoa, which led to the first successful retrospective claim hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal. It is a move that Joe Hawke, leader of the 1977 protest, has never regretted.

“I went onto the Point, not to invite an arrest, but to arrest a wrong, and 40 years on, all of Ngāti Whātua are benefiting from that stand”, he said.

Joe will be part of the events planned for Friday 25 May that commemorate that struggle, foster reconciliation and re-affirm Ngāti Whātua’s footprint on the land in Auckland.

 

READ MORE:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1805/S00099/bastion-point-occupation-to-be-commemorated.htm

Help ‘Anti-corruption whistle-blower’ Penny Bright save her home by midnight 20 April! (DONATIONS PAGE NOW CLOSED)

To help stop the forced rating sale of my home by raising and holding $20,000 Auckland Council outstanding rates ‘in escrow’ with solicitor.

DONATE HERE

LINK TO VINNY EASTWOOD’S FB PAGE LIVE (until midnight 20th April)

I have until 24 April 2018, to get Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town to withdraw from the Auckland High Court, the forced Rating Sale proceedings against my home, or it will be sold.

Time is short.

This is only the second time ever that Auckland Council have applied for a forced Rating Sale against a freehold property.

In my opinion, I am being unfairly persecuted and prosecuted as an ‘Anti-corruption whistle-blower’, for my persistent and consistent efforts to help get full transparency and accountability in the spending of public monies on private sector consultants and contractors.

The amount I owe in outstanding rates, (excluding legal fees and penalties) is $20,000.

Altogether, I am seeking $21,000 on this Give A Little Page, $20,000 to cover outstanding rates (excluding legal fees and penalties), and $1000 to cover the Give A Little 5% service fee.

$21,000 is 2100 x $10

1050 x $20

525 x $40

420 x $50

210 x $100

105 x $200

42 x $500

21 x $1000

(The reason why I have set up this Give A Little page is because a number of people have asked me to do so, because they support my work and want to financially assist.

It has always been my intention to pay outstanding rates, but because I was broke, I would have been able to apply for rates postponement.

However, after an eleven year battle, it has never been my intention to apply for rates postponement, until the ‘job was finished’ and the following details of awarded contracts were available for public scrutiny.)

If I can raise this outstanding $20,000 rates money, and have it sitting ‘in escrow’ (in trust) in the HENDERSON REEVES CONNELL RISHWORTH TRUST ACCOUNT that will help apply more pressure for these forced Rating Sale proceedings to be withdrawn, and for the following details of awarded contracts to be published on the websites of Auckland Council and Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), so they are available for public scrutiny:

* The unique contract number.

* The name of the consultant /contractor.

* A brief description of the scope of the contract.

* Contract start and finish dates.

* The exact dollar value of each and every contract, including those sub-contracted.

* How the contract was awarded, by direct appointment or public tender.

The close off day for this Give A Little Page will be 12pm Friday 20 April 2018.

As soon as the $21,000 is raised – I will close this page.

BACKGROUND:

Since 2007, I have disputed and refused to pay first Auckland City Council, then Auckland Council rates, because of the lack of transparency in Council spending on private sector consultants and contractors – their continuing failure to fully comply with the NZ Public Records Act 2005, section 17:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345729.html

17 Requirement to create and maintain records

(1) Every public office and local authority must create and maintain full and accurate records of its affairs, in accordance with normal, prudent business practice, including the records of any matter that is contracted out to an independent contractor.

….

Back in 2010, while I was disputing and refusing to pay Auckland City Council rates, I received a ‘Good Citizen’s Award from the Auckland City Council Eden/Albert Community Board, for fighting to help stop water privatisation and for more transparency in Council contracting.

However, under Auckland Council, my ‘reward’ (not that I choose to do this for ‘reward’) – is to force the sale of my freehold home?

I’ve now attended seven International Anti-Corruption Conferences, and was last year invited to, and attended the 2017 World Justice Project International Rule of Law Forum at The Hague, so I have developed a good understanding of the corruption risks in contracting out public services to private sector consultants and contractors, and I have offered to help Auckland Council and CCOs to finish the job and fully and accurately ‘open the books’.

New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’, according to the 2017 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’, so arguably we should be the most transparent. But we don’t know exactly where billion$ of dollars are now being spent on the contracting out of so many Council services that used to be provided ‘in house’ by directly employed staff under the ‘public service’ not commercialised/ privatised model.

DONATE HERE

MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE HERE.

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-anti-corruption-campaigner

and

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-is-new-zealand-really-one-of-the-least-corrupt-countries-in-the-world

OTHER ACTION:

A petition to Mayor Phil Goff to ‘Halt the forced sale of Penny Bright’s house’

www.toko.org.nz/petitions/halt-the-forced-sale-of-penny-bright-s-house

Funds raised will go towards the $20,000 in outstanding Auckland Council rates to be paid once ‘the books are open’. In any event monies collected for outstanding Auckland Council Rates, will be paid by the 20th April 2019 – it will be held in escrow till this time. In the meantime I will continue to work with Auckland Council and CCOs to help ensure the above mentioned details of awarded contracts are available for public scrutiny.

Important notice re TPPA ‘consultation’ meetings by MFAT

If you want to slide something under the public radar, do it just before Christmas, a time worn tactic. Important info here on meetings being conducted around NZ on TPPA which by my recollection was a no go for the new government/corporation that let’s face it isn’t really new… please share this info from It’s Our Future       EnvirowatchRangitikei

Our Government and MFAT may think that trying to keep Auckland’s meeting under wraps, and only visiting a small amount of cities is transparent consultation, we don’t.

Kia ora koutou

This week David Parker and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) are leading a series of meetings around the country to discuss the TPPA. The meetings  kicked off in Dunedin last night, Auckland tonight, Tauranga tomorrow and Hamilton on Thursday see here for more details.

In collaboration with The Daily Blog, It’s Our Future is able to livestream tonight’s Auckland meeting. The meeting starts at 6pm and runs through until 7.30pm. The Daily Blog will be hosting the livestream which you will be able to find here.

Please share the link out through your networks. Our Government and MFAT may think that trying to keep Auckland’s meeting under wraps, and only visiting a small amount of cities is transparent consultation, we don’t. But we think a livestream of the meeting adds a bit more transparency to the process.

Nga mihi nui

Chantelle Campbell
It’s Our Future Co-coordinator