Last week people we know who live in the region picked up a “very gutted” walker (during the uninformed 1080 predrop) who said 5 choppers were dumping pellets on him along the coast line as he took his annual holidays out at the Kahurangi Light House. He has gone home to Wellington vowing not to come back to this area.
Yesterday when they were away from home they were alerted by a neighbour via txt that two 1080 trucks were heading to the Anatori to complete the kill over the Kahurangi National Park.
Our informants visited DOC and got the complete “run around” when questioning the information to the public procedures. One woman said “if they can meet the local newspaper deadline” the alerts to the drop would be listed there. Another said they leave a map in the front window of DOC and they don’t know from day to day when the drops are going to be because they are weather dependent. What? Do tourists have to visit the DOC office in Takaka every day to know if they (including tourists) and their animals can visit the region’s forest and coastal areas!? The Maps on the DOC website are just a general view NOT GIVING DATES. if you go to this link you will see that the date on this is 2016. We are now in 2017 and they are still using the same map! http://www.doc.govt.nz/pagefiles/163574/kahurangi-map-battle-for-ou…
No one in the Takaka DOC office seemed to know if there had been a notification our informants told us. They eventually found one in the local rag but were stunned at the apparent compartmentalization/ ignorance of the staff. The notification in the local paper DOES NOT HAVE DATES they said. After speaking to Manager Steven (no last name given) they were informed it was up to the people to check with DOC before walking any of their tracks! EXCUSE ME? You are laying poison that any child or dog could pick up and you don’t have to notify of dates? Just a general notification is acceptable?
People, this is very serious. You can see how our basic rights now have a clause added to them. Your government is poisoning willy nilly and this is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out if it is safe to move through our forests.
May I ask if the innumerable tourists who visit NZ are informed of this poison program and if it is now THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY to get information from a DOC Office (they have undoubtedly never heard of)? Going by Carol Sawyer’s recent article, most of them are totally oblivious to the 1080 drops and had no idea what was going on with SEVEN helicopters overhead.
This is appalling management of NZ’s taxpayers’ rights and resources. The Government MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE for putting citizens’ and tourists’ lives in danger. Tourism NZ should be alerting EVERY incoming visitor about these ‘clean green’ poison programs at the very least. The tourists that our informants have spoken to over these last months are absolutely horrified to hear of this program after walking our supposedly safe tracks. Many of them have vowed to go home to alert their traveling friends they said, to avoid New Zealand and under the circumstances, so they should. If our Government is not going to be forthcoming as to the nature of this program, then is it really up to the accommodation places, hosts of visitors and the locals to share this information?
The following are the ONLY ALERTS and please note the generalizations and even lack of dates on the newspaper notification.
This is apparently the only legally required notification of the drops in the window of DOC TAKAKA
…and this is the generalization that actually made the deadline of the Golden Bay Weekly – note the notification was 2016 and this still applies?
Acceptable? Wake up out of the haze and see what is being done folks.
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On 10 Feb we reported on the intended spread of 1080 over Kahurangi National Park in the South Island amid mainstream media silence. The Grey Star newspaper was the only newspaper we are aware of, to publish on it. We’ve encountered denials on various forums and alternative news sites this week, however reliable sources on the ground in the area confirmed for us on the 10th February of the pre-feed drop as actually happening. Mainstream, say locals, has been strangely silent on the event, although on the 15th February Stuff finally reported on the pre feed drop. This drop is the one that is poison free and accustoms the animals to eating the bait. The poisoned bait will follow.
We were also informed that locals, to their very great credit, declined accommodation for DOC workers doing the pre-feed drop, forgoing a sizeable sum of money. These people are putting their money where their mouth is. Amidst local rumors whether or not the drop was happening, on the night of the 14th two big hoppers were seen on the back of a truck heading south toward Anatori.
This morning (17th February) several trucks and other vehicles were seen returning from Turimawiwi area just north of Kahurangi Lighthouse. They were obviously part of the drop it was said, as evident by the equipment they had on board. They had picked up a tramper who had been down at the lighthouse and saw no less than five choppers spraying the area. The tramper had had to flee from his trip to the light house because 1080 pellets were being dropped both north and south of this favorite tramping spot. The tramper was on holiday from Wellington, and appalled to have seen no notification of the drop.
Pre-feed drop or not, there should have been some notification for the public.
This is UNACCEPTABLE!!
It appears that the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking accommodation for up to 30 people in the Kahurangi NP area for the first weekend of March.
A pertinent reminder here:
1080 is a broad-spectrum poison: it kills all oxygen-breathing animals and organisms
1080 is a broad-spectrum poison: it kills all oxygen-breathing animals and organisms. This alone is reason enough to cease dispersing it into the environment. It indiscriminately kills and contaminates everything from the insects that underpin the native fauna food chain to precious native birds, dogs and farm animals. Dr Meriel Watts, PANANZ
And in the meantime, the Otago Daily Times reported on the 16th February on the Makarora Valley 1080 operation near Wanaka with concerns about the presence of many tourists still in the bush.
There have been recent reports of 1080 pellets dropping randomly on the unsuspecting. Here is one. And another here.
Concern for trampers in pest operation
“The Department of Conservation has started its Battle for our Birds aerial pest control operation in the Makarora Valley near Wanaka but there are concerns about the apparent high numbers of trampers still in the area.
Doc Central Otago operations manager Mike Tubbs said the operation would begin today with a pre-feed of non-toxic cereal pellets dropped by helicopters over the Makarora valley and its tributaries, the Fish, Blue, Young, Cameron, Wilkin and Siberia Valleys.
Makarora Tourist Centre Director Rhondda Osmers said she wrote to Doc expressing her concerns about the number of vehicles parked in the trampers’ car park yesterday, at Makarora. READ MORE
As is the custom of sold-out NZ media, there’s been little if any mention of this intended drop of deadly 1080 tomorrow anywhere. The lure baits have already been dropped today (13th Feb 17) to get our wildlife eating and trusting, while tomorrow they will be munching on genuine deadly 1080, courtesy of Mt Hutt Helicopters. For more information on NZ’s shameful consumption of 1080 (largest consumer in the world) that is banned in most other countries visit our 1080 pages. Particularly, watch the Poisoning Paradise doco by NZ’s local Graf brothers, links are there on the page. (For other articles and links on 1080 and how effective it appears to have been in destroying our birdlife, our wild deer, unsuspecting pets and even farm animals, go here). It has even been dropped directly into our waterways.
NOTE: see further down for an update, the drop is to start on the 15th.
Remember too to name and shame the contractors who drop this poison. It has to stop.
Here is the information from the one newspaper that has published the info, greystar.co.nz :
Massive 1080 drop about to start
By Laura Mills
The largest 1080 poisoning operation in New Zealand conservation history is about to get under way in northern Buller and Tasman.
The Department of Conservation is planning to carry out aerial 1080 pest control over about 270,000 ha of the Kahurangi National Park this spring as part of its Battle for Our Birds predator control programme to protect native species from a plague of rats and stoats.
It was met with protests outside DOC’s Takaka office this week.
The cost of the aerial drop was about $4.3 million, DOC spokeswoman Fiona Oliphant said.
It is the largest area in DOC’s Battle for Our Birds predator control programme, and has been broken up into six operational blocks of between about 20,000 and 60,000ha.
The Kahurangi operation is one of 25 confirmed Battle for Our Birds operations using aerially-applied 1080 poison over about 680,000ha of conservation land to knock down rising predator numbers fuelled by the unusually heavy seeding in South Island beech forests.
Six operations have been completed. The largest operational block completed to date is 30,000ha at Waitutu forest, in Southland.
DOC Motueka conservation services manager Mark Townsend said it was estimated that without pest control, rat tracking levels would reach 100% in November in parts of Kahurangi National Park.
Rat tracking levels increased from 54% in May to 90% in August in the Fyfe River area, from 31% to 51% in the Cobb Valley, from 43% to 78% in the Waingaro River area, and from 34% to 63% in the Oparara Basin, at Karamea.
“We are particularly concerned to safeguard threatened populations of whio, great spotted kiwi, kea, kaka, rock wren, long-tailed bats and powelliphanta snails.”
The drop includes the Wangapeka-Upper Karamea. Aerial drops are planned over 45,000ha in the Fyfe, Owen, Wangapeka, Crow and upper Karamea catchments in south-eastern Kahurangi National Park. An aerial operation was last carried out in the Wangapeka catchment in 2011.
DOC said yesterday this was its largest poison operation and it was checking to see if it was larger than previous Animal Health Board poisonings.
Notification of commencement of aerial application of non toxic cereal prefeed pellets at Parapara
On behalf of OSPRI New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, Vector Control Services wish to advise that helicopters will begin the aerial application of non toxic cereal prefeed pellets to the Parapara treatment area as part of DOC’s 2016 “Battle for our Birds” beech mast response. The operation will commence from first light on 15 February 2017 If you have any queries please contact VCS on 03 768 9674.
Vector Control Services