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As outraged forestry workers are exposed to deadly aerially dropped 1080 poison pellets, Epro operator advises they are safe to eat!

Note, whilst the NZ news media publishes this ridiculous advice, your authorities mandated to protect you from the poisons have absolved themselves from all responsibility with a disclaimer in their documentation … should you happen to touch any poisoned game in your travels (more to come on that). First it’s safe, then it isn’t. Just whom do we believe these days? Maybe start with the data sheet?   sds1080pellets


“May be fatal if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin”

Read Herald’s article below (emphases are mine)…

From nzherald.co.nz

Poison Drop Outrages Forestry Workers

A group of forestry workers were upset earlier this month after a helicopter dropped 1080 poison baits in the Waimarino Forest where they were eating their lunch.
The drop, by Taupo company Epro Ltd, was intended to stay at least 100m from the three gangs working in the forest.
The men’s boss, Ray Flavell, said the helicopter may have been in the wrong place.
None of the baits touched the workers.

However Epro operations director Ian Roberts said if they had touched or even eaten one of the baits it would not have harmed them.

“There’s only 800g of poison per tonne of bait. I weigh 75kg and I would have to eat 20 to 22 baits in order to have a 50 percent chance of being killed.”
The baits were made from carrot pieces of approximately 7g each, dyed green. One or two of them was enough to kill a possum.
Forestry worker Terrence Mcleod said he and two others were eating their lunch in a clearing about 5km from the Pipiriki Rd at about 12.30pm on October 1 when a helicopter flew across about 150m overhead. One of the men, John Ratima, took photos of it.
The men had been told the aerial operation was happening, but Mr Mcleod said they didn’t know when.
“It was quite shocking. We were disappointed that they didn’t have any thought for us.” Mr Flavell said he had told the men the operation was happening that day.
The group kept working until 4pm and then knocked off and had a good wash. They wondered if they should also have a medical check for any ill effects from the poison.
Mr Roberts said there was no need for this. He said his company had given Mr Flavell information packs to hand out to his workers, packs which would have allayed their fears.
Mr Flavell said he had never received any information packs. The manager of the forest on behalf of Winstone Pulp International, Keith Wood, said the baits were dropped over 3800ha of forest.
The timing was chosen because it was hoped the baits would kill not only possums but rats and mice and the stoats that fed on them.
A good stoat kill would give any kiwi chicks hatched in the forest a six-month opportunity to grow big enough to defend themselves and greatly improve their chances of survival.
The baits were screened to remove smaller pieces which might be eaten by birds.
“There shouldn’t have been any people working under the actual drop. It would have been dangerous, and certainly not the intention of the operation,” Mr Wood said.
Winstones had already apologised to the men, Mr Mcleod said yesterday. 1080 was a necessary evil, in Mr Wood’s opinion.
“It’s still one of the more practical and cost efficient means of dealing with possum control. Because of the terrain that we are working in the use of ground-based trapping and poisoning is difficult.”
Keeping people safe while using the toxin was “a balancing act”, he said.
The Epro operations director Ian Roberts said the baits were distributed at a rate of one every eight to 10 square metres or 2kg to 5kg per hectare.
They were treated with a deer repellent substance so deer would not be killed.
“Little pigs about the size of a cat can be killed. But the big ones, about 40kg to 50kg, detect the presence of poison and they vomit it up.”
Dogs could be killed, however, by eating poisoned possums. For a human adult even eating one bait (though it would be foolish) would have no ill effects.
However 1080 continued to be an emotional issue, Mr Roberts said, especially for hunters angry about the deaths of their dogs or their game animals.



And this is not a one off occurrence going by other conversations I’ve read in social media. Dropping baits where they shouldn’t be dropped is not an uncommon occurrence & frequently people are taken by surprise as these forestry workers were. And so continues Waikato Regional Councilor Kathy White, commenting on the above article:

“And less than an hour from me, in ANOTHER block of forest north of Taupo, exactly the same thing happened this week with the same pest contractor. Baits were dropped while forestry workers were on the job. Some of the workers didn’t know what the bits of carrot were, and hadn’t been warned about the dangers of taking bits of 1080 bait home in the tread of their boots to their kids and pets. What are the requirements in terms of informed consent to working in the middle of a 1080 drop? I hope the foreman of the site has reported this recent debacle to Worksafe and to HScompliance@epa.govt.nz”


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If you are new to NZ’s 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.

Check out also 1080science.co.nz for the independent science.

A bungled 2009 aerial 1080 drop in Turangi killed 4 horses

A former Taupo Mayor brought this to light & is featured in another article exposing the gravy train that 1080 aerial drops are. From that article:

[Mayor] Cooper’s council has passed a resolution – six for and four against – to advocate for the abolition of aerial 1080 poisoning and to seek alternative possum eradication methods. The Westland District Council has passed a similar resolution and the mayor of Kaikoura has called for a 1080 ban, as a groundswell of opposition to the deadly poison, banned in most countries, builds.

A 1080 “gravy train” keeps the aerial drops going, Cooper claims. There is too much money being made for them to be abolished, he says, conspiratorially. He talks of closed-door deals, conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency from the agencies involved. “I think it’s a bit like something died in the back paddock and hasn’t been buried.”

Cooper points to multimillion-dollar contracts awarded to a local firm, Epro Ltd, to spread 1080 from the air. Its director and co-owner, Roger Lorigan, used to work at Environment Waikato, which issues resource consents for 1080 work, in its pest management unit. A former colleague, Kevin Christie, also has his own firm, Ecofx based in Otorohanga, which has also won big contracts.  READ MORE

Four horses die in Turangi, poisoned with 1080 in a bungled drop by Epro


A fourth horse has died and three others remain extremely sick after what Turangi residents claim is a bungled 1080 poison aerial drop and they want someone to take responsibility.

Horse owner Noel Fox said that on November 6, 1080 poison bait was dropped over paddocks near Rangipo Prison on which he grazes 11 horses. He had been told earlier that the area was out of the drop zone.

Mr Fox said that on the day of the drop he was at the paddock to get two horses for his children to ride at pony club the next day.

An Epro worker stopped to ask if he had heard there had been an error with the 1080 drop and that poison had been dropped close to the paddock boundary.

“It was the first I heard of it,” Mr Fox said.

Epro was contracted by Environment Waikato to do the 1080 poison drop.

Mr Fox said one of the horses started showing signs of being unwell at pony club and died on Saturday, November 10. The other horse also showed signs of having eaten the 1080 poison, but was not as badly affected.

Two other horses remain ill and it is not clear if the three animals will fully recover.

Two of the sick horses were due to go into training for Polocrosse and the Pony Club Mounted Games but will now be turned out for the season.

Mr Fox said only after his horse showed symptoms of poisoning did he look on Wednesday, November 7 in the paddock and find 1080 poison pellets. “It was very upsetting for the kids.”

Three other horses in the area died, on November 8, after the same 1080 drop.

On Friday, angry horse owners met to discuss concerns about what they say is buck-passing by Epro and EW.

In a statement the group said it was “absolutely appalled” at information contained in a media release sent out by EW.

Group members said they were not well informed about the 1080 drop by Epro.

“We, the owners, would like to know the names of the persons whom Epro say they had contacted prior to the poison drop. Certainly none of the horse or land owners-administrators have been contacted.

“To blame the horse owners for their own horses dying is an absolute insult. We are lost for words for being accused of killing our own horses.”

Epro managing director Roger Lorigan said there had been a “breakdown in communication” internally among his workers.

“More communication should have been there.”

Mr Lorigan said there was a lot more to the story than had been reported and he looked forward to the EW review so Epro could “move forward”.

EW biosecurity group manager John Simmons said EW had “strict procedures in place for 1080 use and we have an extremely good record of using it safely”.

“We were in contact with some of the horse owners when the incident was first reported to us but this is the first we have heard of these additional allegations.

“We take these reports very seriously and will be inviting the horse owners to tell us about this new information so it can be included as part of the review that’s under way.

“Until we have established all the facts it would unhelpful to comment further.”



Photo: Clyde Graf, video screenshot (note: not a horse from the article)

For further articles on 1080 use categories at left of the news page.

If you are new to the 1080 poisoning program, a must watch 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.

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