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The real story behind NZ’s use of 1080 is “a sinister tale of corruption and bureaucratic indifference” says a British film maker (2002)

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“Poison use a sinister tale” – The Press 2002

The following article appeared in the Christchurch Press in January 2002.
What’s intriguing is how the British team quickly identified indicators of an industry built on poison, and how their story echoes the voice of 1000’s of New Zealanders across the country – even after the ERMA reassessment of 1080 poison in 2007…Poison use ‘a sinister tale’.

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The Press
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January 29, 2002NELSON — A British filmmaker’s criticism of 1080 poison use in New Zealand has alarmed government departments.

Terry Brownbill, making a documentary to be screened in Europe, says the real story behind our use of 1080 is “a sinister tale of corruption and bureaucratic indifference”.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) says his allegations of public lies and alleged corruption are unfounded.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, worried about the documentary’s impact on meat- export markets, says concerns expressed by Brownbill about the possibility of 1080 residue entering food are invalid.

Last May Brownbill led a two- man film crew on a three-week tour of New Zealand, talking to opponents and supporters of aerial 1080 use. The resulting documentary is still being edited.

Brownbill says DOC and the Animal Health Board (AHB) were “empires built on poison” and British viewers of his documentary would be horrified by the poisoning of New Zealand “in the name of the Queen”.

Brownbill’s documentary was commissioned by Britain’s Sky TV.

Brownbill said the programme made it very clear New Zealand’s pure image was a sham.

“When the world gets to know the full horror of how New Zealand is carpet bombing millions of acres of farmland and native forest, there will be a backlash which could seriously affect agricultural exports and tourism,” he said.

“Both DOC and the AHB are empires built on poison.

“New Zealand seems far more concerned about losing its clean-green image than it does about protecting its people.”

Animal Health Board communications manager Nick Hancox said the board was more interested in achieving its aim of reducing TB in New Zealand than “empire building”. —NZPA

Supplied by New Zealand Press Association

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RELATED (scoop.co.nz):

0800 Free-call Number for Victims of 1080 Poison Operations

“Brownbill claimed to have found a “hot spot” of 9 people suffering with brain tumours, living around the small town of Kumara, on the West Coast. He went on to say that he believed the tumours were a result of an incident in which he said five tonnes of 1080 bait was buried near a stream in the area, and that no Medical Officer of Health went on to investigate this “hot-spot.” “
The Graf Boys

Clyde Graf
After finding it difficult to get help, from what they believe is 1080 poisoning, the owners of an iconic tourist business based on the west coast of the South Island have established a free-call number – 0800 BAN 1080 (0800 226 1080) – for people to share their experiences after aerial 1080 operations.

The concern about 1080 poisoning is not a new phenomenon. While filming on the West Coast in 2002, a British film crew led by Terry Brownbill, stated New Zealand’s use of 1080 poison “was a sinister tale of corruption and bureaucratic indifference.”

Brownbill claimed to have found a “hot spot” of 9 people suffering with brain tumours, living around the small town of Kumara, on the West Coast. He went on to say that he believed the tumours were a result of an incident in which he said five tonnes of 1080 bait was buried near a stream in the area, and that no Medical Officer of Health went on to investigate this “hot-spot.”

However, the Agriculture Minister at the time, Jim Sutton, said the “1080 documentary maker should put up or shut up,” and disputed the British journalist’s claims, inferring that “the risk of 1080 residues entering the food supply is very low.”

History shows that Mr Brownbill’s claims do have credibility. Hundreds of farm animals – including sheep, dry stock, cows, horses, and deer – have been poisoned in aerial operations across the country, since the British film crew left New Zealand. It would seem improbable that all of these animals had received a lethal dose, without any of their surviving paddock companions, not receiving sub-lethal doses. (Only about one animal is tested for 1080 residues in every 2 months, and is randomly chosen from anywhere in New Zealand. So the chances of actually striking an animal from where a drop has taken place within a few days of testing, is consequently, very low.)

There are plenty of cases of farm animal deaths following aerial poisoning operations, from Northland to Southland.

In one case, it was reported in the Wairarapa Times Age that 9 dairy cows were poisoned by 1080.
The processing plant spokesperson stated that “at the end of the day if contamination is suspected we’d like to hear about it”. The milk from the cows was subsequently processed into milk powder before the farmer had warned the processing plant that his cows had been poisoned.

In the documentary Poisoning Paradise, Taupo (Western Bays) farmer Lance Aldridge states that his neighbor had over 150 sheep poisoned in one operation, and that in other drops he has had deer and cattle poisoned, with test results showing 1080 residues in carcasses as much as 12 months after the poisoning operation took place. He states that he believes the animals were either poisoned by the 1080 remaining in the fields where the animals were grazing, or from streams feeding the farm, following another drop over 5 kilometres away.

The creators of the free-call number believe there is mis-trust and fear among communities, of not being taken seriously when contacting the authorities, especially when those they are encouraged to engage with are the very departments dropping the poisons.

In 2008 midwives from Karamea, also on the West Coast, warned several pregnant ladies to leave the district while an aerial 1080 drop was being conducted. The response to their warnings from authorities was astonishing and swift. The mid-wives were humiliated publicly. Not surprisingly, another drop is planned for the Karamea region this year.

In December 2008, the Ministry of Health published a statement including the following paragraphs:
“Studies show that 1080 can cause foetal skeletal malformation, cardiomyopathy/damage to heart muscle, and testicular effects/reduction in sperm count in animals.”

“To date, there are no known epidemiological studies that have been carried out in relation to 1080 and potential adverse health effects on humans.”
It’s not just health concerns that the 0800 number is setup for.
Many people, all across New Zealand have had their pets and live stock poisoned. “We’d like to hear from them too,” stated the 0800 free-call trust’s spokesperson.

The inconvenience and investigations that follow placing a complaint, discourage victims.To make a claim, and have that claim registered, and officially recorded, is a long and complex process. Hence the recent claim by the PCE that only 8 dogs have died from 1080 poison in the last 4 years. This is inaccurate.
One Taupo farmer alone has had 8 of his working dogs die after poisoning operations around the farm he manages. The killings are endless, right across our country.
Do the people of New Zealand have reason to be concerned? Yes they do.
Should the people of New Zealand rely on government departments, government organisations and industry supporters to provide them with robust research, and consumer confidence – when the pest control company that imports 1080 poison and produces the 1080 bait, is owned by our government, and when the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Agriculture represent 50% shareholdings in the company that imports the poison? No, they shouldn’t!
“If you have been a victim of 1080 poisoning, or you know of someone that has, please phone 0800 BAN 1080, and talk about it. If you believe you’ve been poisoned, you’ve had stock poisoned, your water-supply poisoned, or your pet poisoned – even if it’s historical – please call and let us know. It’s free, it’s independent, and it’s confidential. It’s time to start a credible record of the impact of poisoning operations.” Said Clyde Graf.

And one last thing – take advantage of the opportunity to watch Poisoning Paradise free, at the Green Unplugged Film Festival, and please spread this 0800 free-call phone number to your friends and family. The destructive use of 1080 poison can only be stopped, with your help.

ENDS.

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Australia unveils plan to become one of the world’s top 10 profiteers in blood money

We had Key keeping in step with the arms trade not so long ago. Keeping up with big brother Amerika (that country that has been at war 93% of the time – 222 out of 239 years – since 1776). Trying to anyway, in spite of all the opposition from people who don’t want war. They’ll also be in Royal company given the British Queen’s propensity for dabbling seriously in the trade. My Kiwi Veteran father used to say wars would never end because wars make money, he who lied about his age in order to join his four brothers and go fight for ‘King & country’ as was the lie spun to young cannon fodder back in the day. These advocates of war who profiteer from it should be sent to the front lines themselves, they and their children. Although now the brave soldiers are killing people including civilians from their armchairs with drone warfare.  We’ve come so far haven’t we? Killing’s become a very fine art indeed. I heard the other day there’s a Lockheed Martin Factory in the Wellington region now. Same corporation that has its fingers in the Rocket Pad pie up the East Coast. Key got us well into those corporate pockets.

Anyway Aus is set to excel at the weapons trade & become one of the world’s ‘top dogs’. Being top dog is really important in the fake corporate world of profits & faceless, mindless killers of all things beautiful. Well in my opinion anyway. They’re going to soon be the death of us all. And I make no apology for the header photo of the grieving civilian mother with her boy whose life has been snuffed out by this sickening trade. It is so wrong.

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Here is the article from the Guardian:

PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision says ‘whatever money we make from this dirty business will be blood money’

Australia is set to become one of the world’s largest arms exporters under a controversial Turnbull government plan.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has unveiled a new “defence export strategy” setting out the policy and strategy to make Australia one of the world’s top 10 weapons exporters within the next decade.

Hailing it a job-creating plan for local manufacturers, the Coalition says Australia only sells about $1.5bn to $2.5bn in “defence exports” a year and it wants the value of those exports to increase significantly.

It has identified a number of “priority markets”: the Middle East, the Indo-Pacific region, Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.

It will set up a new Defence Export Office to work hand in hand with Austrade and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability to coordinate the commonwealth’s whole-of-government export efforts and provide a focal point for more arms exports.

A $3.8bn Defence Export Facility, to be administered by the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, will provide the finance local companies need to help them sell their defence equipment overseas.

A new Australian Defence Export Advocate position, set up to support the Australian Defence Export Office, will provide industry with the constant high-level advocacy needed to promote Australian-made weapons overseas.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/28/australia-unveils-plan-to-become-one-of-worlds-top-10-arms-exporters?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Hungry Bees 1080 Poison Risk to NZ Honey Says DoC

Published on Nov 18, 2017

1080 poison is a broad-spectrum pesticide spread across New Zealand’s forests and waterways to kill possums and rats, but insects like bees are also falling to this in-discriminant mass-poisoning campaign.
See our 1080 pages at the main menu for further info and links to the Graf Boys’ sites and YT channel plus more info on 1080 use in NZ. 
Header Photo Credit: Carol Sawyer

1080 & Green honeycombs! … or ‘how to destroy our export base’

This information comes from Carol Sawyer regarding the effect 1080 is having on our bee population … it is not good. How can we possibly know the honey we are eating is not being affected? It’s long past time this heinous poisoning practice was stopped. Why is NZ still using it when most of the rest of the world has banned it? (See our 1080 pages & further links at the main menu).
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Header image: Kowhai-Swyncombe Rd, Kaikoura, 16 Oct, 2016 (Photo: Carol Sawyer)


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GREEN HONEYCOMBS !

8/05/2013
Hauraki Herald.
Letter to the Editor.

Dear Editor,

DOES ANYONE CARE FOR OUR OWN BEES

For without them we are lost.

Headlines… EU bans bee killing pesticides :

The EU has just placed a 2 year ban on bee-killing pesticides. (1080 is a broad spectrum pesticide –insecticide and it is fatal to bees and other insects) (Meads ) In 2008 we monitored and filmed the aftermath of the aerial 1080 drop in the Kauaeranga River. We noted that the poisoned pellets not only were present in the Kauaeranga River (Thames Water Supply) in quantity, but they had been sown right across a significant number of bee hives in the area. These cereal baits are made up of about 20% sugar so they were literally crawling with bees. This careless broadcasting of a deadly poison wrapped in an attractive food is an unsavoury practice in more ways than one.
Penny Fisher (Landcare Research) in a paper notes that in Dec 2002 Jan 2003 three honeycomb samples tested from the Taumaranui area after the Tongariro aerial drop were found to contain 1080 residues. This is dangerous practice and a sure way of destroying our export base when this poison is found in our products.
One of our organic bee keepers on the Northern tip of the Coromandel is faced with an immense problem from the 1080 aerial drop due this month. What does he do with his five hundred hives? If any of his hives are within 3 km of a 1080 drop his honey does not meet the organic qualities required for importation in many countries
Not only is this a logistics nightmare to move all the hives but his bees will probably go hungry because there is just not that many good places left on the Coromandel for bees. Many of the wild hives in our forest will not survive this attack on them by the Department Of Conservation.
Graeme and Julie ************
Whakatete Bay.

Graeme told me ( November, 2015 ) :

“This is a letter I got printed in the opinions column of the Local Newspaper.

After I had it printed I was rung by the President of the Bee Keepers Association. He asked me if I really had proof of 1080 being found in honeycomb samples tested. I pointed him in the right direction so he could study the Landcare papers for himself.

He was quite friendly after that and said that he had been contacted by a Coromandel Beekeeper who had complained that his Honeycomb had been stained green from the dye in the 1080 baits from a nearby 1080 drop.”

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“The oral LD50 in the honey bee is 0.8 ug/bee. Because no deaths occur within 2 hours after feeding, poisoned bees may make several foraging trips before dying.” ( Goodwin and Ten Houten, 1991 ) – and therefore take a lot of 1080 back to the hive first ! ( from “Sodium Monofluoroacetate ( 1080 ) Hazards to Fish, Wildlife and Invertebrates : A Synoptic Review”, Ronald Eisler, 1995, Page 16 ) Note – 1 ug is 1 microgram, or 1,000th of a mg or one millionth of a gram, or 1 billionth of a kg. So a honeybee can die from eating less than 1 billionth of a kg of 1080.

Carol Sawyer

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Photo: Carol Sawyer
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A Bee on a 1080 pellet (Photo: Lew Hore via Carol Sawyer)
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Does our Govt really want this?