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Stop the New Zealand government’s plan to seal Pike River mine!

From wsws.org

The Labour Party-led government is racing to shut down the underground investigation of Pike River coal mine. It aims to prevent the recovery of evidence that could lead to prosecutions of those responsible for the disaster which killed 29 workers in November 2010.

The Pike River Recovery Agency (PRRA), which has only explored the mine’s drift or entry tunnel, intends to pull workers and equipment out and start sealing the mine this week.

Nobody from Pike River Coal Ltd. has been prosecuted for the company’s egregious violations of workplace safety legislation, including grossly inadequate ventilation, which allowed methane gas to reach explosive levels. A 2012 royal commission of inquiry established that the company placed production ahead of workers’ safety and ignored numerous warnings of a catastrophe.




What is the New Zealand government trying to bury in Pike River mine?

Go to our Pike River Mine page to read an investigative report on the gross corruption behind this disaster.

Photo: wsws.org

An MD on 1080 – ‘It is accepted beyond all doubt that exposure to any toxic substance after conception is likely to harm foetal development’ a word of caution to Luggate residents, NZ

A word of caution here from the author of this post featuring an article by a NZ MD. It is cautioning pregnant mothers, and in particular at this point in time,  pregnant mothers who live in or near Luggate in NZ’s South Island. A while back we published information regarding two other medical professionals (midwives) warning pregnant mothers to leave town before a 1080 aerial drop, confirmed by the research of another NZ MD. (See that information at the end of the article).
See also related articles: 


I do not like the role of fearmonger, but I’d rather sound a word of caution than say nothing. What I do have to say to you is that, after five solid years of studying this whole 1080 poison mess, I know a lot more now than when I started. Therefore, one of the things I can say to you presently, with absolute certainty, is that if I was a pregnant woman, or planning for a family, I would be getting well away from Luggate for at least two weeks after the drop, and longer if I could manage it.

Luggate is less than 1 km from the 1080 drop zone and the prevailing winter katabatic winds will be coming over the town with their load of toxic dust. We all have different susceptibilities to poison – some hardy souls seem able to tolerate all manner of abuse. But what will happen to newly forming life is another matter entirely.

I understand there are at least six pregnant women in Luggate at the moment, and with a population of 324 ( according to current statistics ) quite probably more.

Here is an important piece of information from Dr. Baycroft

Carol Sawyer, Wanaka, May, 2019



by Dr, Charles Baycroft

The development of a human child is an extremely complicated and amazing sequence of events by which one cell becomes a fully formed human being.
This is achieved by rapid cell divisions and changes in the cells to create all the different tissues of the body and have them in the right place at the right time.
People have absolutely no appreciation of how miraculous this is and how it works so perfectly most of the time.
Sometimes it does not work properly.

Perhaps the most critical period is shortly after conception and for the 1 st 3 months. If the sequence of changes is not perfectly coordinated the foetus will be abnormal. If those problems occur in the 1 st 4 to 8 weeks the pregnancy will often terminate naturally. One should be pleased because what was developing would not be anything like a normal baby. Less serious impairments of the process result in babies with congenital abnormalities.

It is accepted beyond all doubt that exposure to any toxic substance after conception (even if pregnancy has not been confirmed) is likely to harm foetal development. The more toxic the substance the worse the harm will be. Look at the manufacturer’s warnings on all medications and other chemical products and you will find the warning.

Some medications have been considered to be relatively safe to use during pregnancy and later found to be extremely dangerous. Thalidomide was a good example.

If someone says that a toxic chemical, POISON, has NOT BEEN PROVEN to cause birth defects or abortions that Means NO STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE! This is presented by dishonest people as a suggestion that POISONS WILL NOT HARM A DEVELOPING BABY. These people are abusing science to tell lies. The research has not and will never be done because we already know that exposure to poisons will interfere with the development of the baby and cause abortions or birth defects.
Are you pregnant?
Any sexually active woman could be pregnant at any time unless proven otherwise. Contraception does fail.

The New Zealand government is knowingly and intentionally polluting our environment with 1080 and other lethal chemical weapons and exposing pregnant women to the associated
dangers. If you think that you have control over your body and the baby developing within your womb you are mistaken.
When you are told that this dangerous exposure will not cause abortions and birth defects, they are saying: “It probably will but the victims will not be able to prove it!”

If you are a sexually active woman, you are either pregnant or about to become pregnant unless proven otherwise.
If you are exposed to any amounts of toxic chemical substances (especially ones labelled as poisons) this will probably harm you and your developing baby because there is no evidence or proof that it will not.

The safe amount of toxic chemical poison, that one can risk exposure to in pregnancy, is ZERO. If you are in any doubt of this, please discuss it with your chosen Medical Professional and seek advice based on clinical trials of toxic chemical poisons in pregnancy.

Dr, Charlie Baycroft
BSc (Chemistry, Biology and Philosophy). MD, FRNZCGP, Dip MSM, QBE
(I am currently not paying for an annual practicing certificate because I have no need for such a piece of paper)

Photo: Supplied by Carol Sawyer, Room for an ‘alpine’ baby,

The other article mentioned earlier, included information from another MD the late Dr Peter Scanlon who also sounded this warning for pregnant mothers. I will quote what he said (including a link to the article):

“Where are the cancer causing or carcinogenicity studies? … there aren’t any;

Where are the reproductive studies, particularly focusing on female eggs? … there aren’t any;

Where are the developmental studies, early exposure to brain, immune system? … there aren’t any;

Where are the long term chronic exposure studies looking at mitochondrial DNA content and mutation rates? there aren’t any.

There’s a lot of doubts about this substance, it’s dangerous.”

You can read that article at this link.

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


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.

Check out the 1080 pages at the main menu, particularly the sub tab, ‘suspected 1080 poisoning cases’. Finally, remember what the retired MD Charles Baycroft said recently …‘if you die from 1080 poisoning, nobody will know  because the Ministry of Health is bullying NZ Doctors into not testing for 1080′. 



Upcoming aerial 1080 drop, Luggate – ‘unjustifiable & very dangerous to community’ – an ag-pilot speaks out


By Carol Sawyer


The immediate threat to Luggate township, (near Wanaka, Central Otago), is that the prevailing wind at this time of year comes straight down the valley to Luggate. See ag-pilot John Sarginson’s testimony here:

“‘The Pisa range to the Southwest of Luggate is known to generate Katabatic winds (downhill winds). Katabatic winds are very common on calm wind days typical of the days we have in Autumn, Winter and Spring, hence fog in the lower catchments. These winds start from high on the Pisa range and start flowing down the hillsides, gaining speed as the night approaches. They flow with strength well into the small hours of the night. Hence there is often no fog in these areas in the evenings.

It is very common for places like Luggate and Queensberry to experience long periods (> 10 hours) of quite strong Katabatic winds, say > than 15 knots (30 km/h) late evenings. The Katabatic winds are strongest when channelled by valleys. Luggate has four main valley systems that line these winds up for the Luggate township. The four valleys are Luggate Creek, Alice Burn, Tin Hut, and Dead Horse Creek. All four valley katabatic wind systems converge on the township of Luggate.

As a former accredited agricultural pilot with more than 6000 hours of flight time I would consider dispensing 1080 in the hills to the south of Luggate during these times of the year to be a very high risk to all. The baits may fall in no wind, but when the wind increases, maybe days later, some baits will fall further in scrub and others are blown across exposed areas causing toxic dust to become airborne again. Sublethal amounts of a harmful poison would be distributed onto roofs that collect drinking water and onto gardens that grow food.

No one can guarantee such drift of 1080 dust will not cause future health risks to our generation, or to generations of the future.

No one can guarantee that people won’t suffer increased illnesses or deficiencies.

No one can guarantee that people’s lives will not be shortened by 1080 toxic dust.

And worse still, no one can claim to detect acute 1080 poisoning in all instances, and sublethal poisoning is almost impossible to detect.

My past work has involved the application of many chemicals onto our land, including 1080 poison, and I still have a vested interest in aerial ag operations and wish to protect it. It is my view from the knowledge I have gained in industry, that sublethal 1080 poisoning is a very real and dangerous risk that should be avoided. Effects from sublethal 1080 poisoning can’t be detected or traced, symptoms mirror other serious illnesses, there is no known antidote, and again no one knows the extent of its real dangers.

John Sarginson, Thornbury, Southland, 28 May, 2019


Statements from the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) Review (2007) outlined the threat from toxic 1080 dust . See note 2 at end.

Also the NZ Journal of Ag Research has an interesting article on dust contamination. See note 3 at end.

A scoping study was done by the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR) which mentions the possibility of dust inhalation and dust deposition on food and crops and in drinking water. See note 4 at end.



In mid-May, 2019, I spoke to Eric Chagnon, operations manager OSPRI, Dunedin, who told me there has been no change in their information/justifications for the drop since last year. In other words the status quo remains the same as it was in June, 2018. Here are the findings at that time, as revealed in a response to an OIA request by Alan Galletly:

OSPRI’s findings:

260 possums tested – NONE with TB
130 ferrets tested ONE with TB in 2012
6 feral pigs tested – NONE with TB

See complete OIA response below. Note 1.



When Mt Roy, Wanaka, was due to be aerially 1080-poisoned, in early 2015, one of the justifications for it, received via OIA request, was that same ferret found at Luggate, 20 km away, in 2012.

Mt Roy never happened. The Alice Burn East drop at Luggate should not be happening either!



This drop is less than 1 km from the nearest homes in Luggate Village and the baits will be going directly into the Alice Burn and Luggate Creek, which flows through Luggate Village and through the Luggate Campground. Poisoned carcasses will also end up in the two waterways. ( Both the end of Atkins Rd and end of Kingan Rd, including the Camp Ground, are less than 1km away from the drop boundary.)



The land is NOT inaccessible for trapping… see photo… and this is borne out by the fact they trapped possums there for TB testing! There is no need to arerially and indiscriminately drop poison from helicopters onto this land. See photos.



Note 1:

Alan Galletly’s OIA request and OSPRI responses… 2018

Question: How close to the drop zone is the nearest infected herd?

Answer: Adjacent to the aerial control


Q :What monitoring of possums has been done in the drop zone? If so when was this done?

A: None

Not guilty!

Q : Have possums been caught in the drop zone. If so when

A: Yes: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016


Q: Were any possums tested for TB from the drop zone? What number were tested for TB? What was the results of those tests?

A: Yes: 260 tested , 0 positive for TB


Q: Have any ferrets been caught in the drop zone ? If so when.

A: Yes: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018


Q: Were any ferrets tested for TB from the drop zone? What number were tested for TB? What was the results of those tests?

A: Yes: 130: 1 positive for TB (2012)


Q: Have any feral pigs been caught in the drop zone? If so when?

A: Yes: 2014 and 2015


Q: Were any feral pigs tested for TB from the drop zone? What number of feral pigs were tested for TB? What were the results of those tests?

A: Yes; 6 tested; 0 positive for TB


Q: What percentage of the drop zone is Department Of Conservation estate. What is the total hectares of DOC estate in the drop zone if any?

A: Out of total consented area of 1,973 hectares:

292 ha DOC
1,681 ha private land


Q: Spending taxpayers money to solve a non-existent problem – bovine TB

What is the total OSPRI budget for the Luggate aerial drop and is it expected to exceed that budget ?

A: The Alice Burn East Aerial is not expected to exceed the budgeted amount of $194,640


Q: How close to the drop zone is the nearest infected herd?

A: Adjacent to the aerial control

Q: Finally I must remind you of your obligation to consult with the local community. To date you have failed dismally and the behaviour of OSPRI staff at the Wanaka event can best be described as childish and completely unacceptable for such an government appointed organization. You are obliged to address public concerns and you have failed to do so to date. I ask when are you going to do this in a public forum?

A: OSPRI considers that all statutory obligations for the operations concerned have been met. No further public forum is planned


Note 2: DUST

Statements from the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) Review (2007).

475 5 Agency App. E “The main conclusion that can be drawn..is that dust drift can occur over a considerable distance off-site (at least 1 km)”

475 3 Agency App. E “Three aerial operations using cereal baits were monitored for dust drift in 1997 and 1998..The maximum deposition of 1080 falling in dust [from cereal bait] was 25.2 μg/m²..residues in dust inside all treatment areas were significantly greater than outside at day 1, but not at day 5”

477 1 Agency App. E “[1080 concentration in dust, μg/m², inside treatment area] Day 1 3.81 , Day 5 0.1..outside treatment area (day 1) 0.2 at 200m, 0.06 at 1 km”

475 6 Agency App. E “The Agency is not aware of any other studies reporting on dust drift from aerial application of 1080..there is insufficient information to know whether other bait types or delivery buckets would create more or less dust”

476 2 Agency App. E “Trace levels (of 1080) were found in 11 plant samples [after 1080 cereal operations at Whitecliffs and Titirangi]..the maximum measured was 0.014 mg/kg..on day 1..it is unknown whether the residues in plants resulted from dust deposition or uptake from the soil, the authors attributed them to dust.”

13 1 Submitter 9143 “Observation on the day of the poison operation showed that the fine particles and dust were blown across the forest canopy from the helicopter bait bucket” (Meads report)

3 2 Submitter 9143 “181 mm of rain fell in the second fortnight after the poison operation. Thus an influx of 1080 may have washed from the tree tops to the ground” (Meads Report)


“The risk of drift of 1080 dust:

While the 1080 concentration found in the bait dust
was much greater inside than outside the treatment
areas, results were less clear for the soil, leaf litter,
and plant samples. In some of these cases, similar
concentrations of 1080 were found outside as inside
the treatment areas. These results indicate that bait
dust can drift outside the boundaries of a treated
area up to and possibly more than 1000 m. ”



Study by the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR):

“Dust drift may potentially arise from aerial application of 1080. This is because physical abrasion from transport, loading and aerial application of 1080 bait can generate dust particles that could drift over loading zone and application zone boundaries. Some of these particles could deposit on food or crops, or in water tanks used for drinking water. Other particles may be sufficiently fine to travel significant distances and be inhaled by people.”

In the end, I am told by a researcher, the study “…. was flawed though. For example control sample got contaminated (again) and they ‘couldn’t get hold of the distilled water for the collection points’. Not sure why as distilled water is widely available isn’t it!?! ”


Photos of Luggate: Tracey Morrow


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NZ Police prepare to re-open Pike River investigation

NOTE: see our Pike River pages for further information on the background to this disaster, particularly read the investigative report written … read the downloadable pdf ‘Murder at Pike River MIne?’ file by Dr Jacob Cohen.

From newshub.co.nz

Police are preparing to open a new investigation into the Pike River explosion – and are open to laying criminal charges.

Newshub has learned the country’s highest-ranking investigator, Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers, was in Greymouth last week.

In addition, Police Commissioner Mike Bush has secretly met with families for the first time since NZ Police closed the case in 2013.

The new investigation is reliant on access being gained to the mine’s access tunnel or drift.

Asst Cmmr Chambers, who is responsible for investigations, and Det Supt Peter Read attended the meeting with the Pike River Recovery Agency at the New Zealand Mines Rescue at Rapahoe, just outside Greymouth last week.

The pair with Pike River families representatives Bernie Monk and Anna Osborne.

Asst Cmmr Chambers also visited the Pike River Memorial, but not the mine itself.

“Police would have a dual role should re-entry to the drift be achieved,” a statement issued to Newshub read.