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Kiwi are dying in large numbers at Mt Bruce OIA reveals & evidence points to pesticides including 1080 in spite of claims to the contrary

More disturbing discoveries on the supposed effectiveness of the pest eradication programs our once clean green paradise has to offer … from the GrafBoys.

“Mt Bruce’s Pukaha claims great success in the recovery of re-introduced bird species like kiwi – but the dark truth is, that kiwi are dying in large numbers, and the decline is directly pointing to pesticides like the aerially spread 1080 poison, or their failure to kill targeted species.”

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Pukaha – Mt Bruce is a 942 hectare, un-fenced wildlife project situated in the Wairarapa Region of the North Island of New Zealand.

It claims great success in the recovery of re-introduced bird species like kiwi – but the dark truth is, that kiwi are dying in large numbers, and the decline is directly pointing to pesticides like the aerially spread 1080 poison, or their failure to kill targeted species.

This clip investigates the claims and catastrophes that are Mt Bruce …


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See the TheGrafBoys YT channel and website for more videos. Educate yourself on 1080 poisoning. See also http://1080science.co.nz/

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The Flood Danger of Edgecumbe That The Authorities Knew About in 1945

Last week saw devastating floods in the town of Edgecumbe in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by this carnage.  I was living in that region during the 2004 floods so saw the devastation then myself. Fortunately we lived on higher ground so were unaffected. 

Further down the page is a link to a Give a Little campaign for those affected recently.

It seems little known that back in 1945 plans for subdivision in Edgecumbe were declined by the Dept of Lands because the area would always be subject to flooding they said ….

“…the township of Edgecumbe will be subject always to serious and dangerous flood hazard”.

Read the article archived at the National Library NZ

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https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/BPB19450403.2.24

However opponents to that advice or ruling won the day as can be seen in the article and the town was built.

I’ve gathered together here a few articles on the topic and note the frequent reference to Edgecumbe being flood prone but nowhere can I see any reference to the advice of the Department of Lands back in 1945 to not build there. 

Thursday in pictures: Edgecumbe evacuated in ‘500-year event’

Everyone has been told to leave. People are being evacuated from the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe where the Rangitaiki River has breached, flowing into the township.

READ MORE (pictures of flooding included)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91275516/In-pictures-Edgecumbe-evacuated-in-500-year-event

Q&A: What is a one in 500-year flood, and does that really apply to Edgecumbe?

Edgecumbe’s flood has been identified as the greatest flood on record  – but is it truly “a 500-year flood”, as has been suggested?

Bay of Plenty Regional Council made the claim after the Rangitaiki River burst through stopbanks designed for a one-in-100 year flood event, gushing into hundreds of homes and forcing 1600 people to evacuate.

Though the weather has cleared, houses remain sodden and filled with mud, and some will be condemned due to structural damage. Residents will be allowed to return briefly to fetch necessities, but it could be up to 10 days before many occupants can go home to inspect the damage and find out what they’ve lost.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91369561/qa-what-is-a-one-in-500year-flood-and-does-that-really-apply-to-edgecumbe

Flood-ravaged Edgecumbe residents vent their fury at officials during fiery townhall meeting

Hundreds of displaced Edgecumbe residents stormed out of a public meeting as fraying tempers tipped over into anger on Saturday night.

Bleachers were packed with families, children, and elderly, many hugging and comforting each other as the meeting endured and officials appeared to fail to answer the more pressing questions.

The crowd frequently heckled the speakers, often appearing enraged.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91366235/floodravaged-edgecumbe-residents-vent-their-fury-at-officials-during-fiery-townhall-meeting

PM sees Edgecumbe flooding for himself

“We are on a path for solutions in the long term.

He says there are no funding issues related to national disaster recovery, despite New Zealand’s particularly bad decade.

“We don’t let funding get in the way of providing the support that’s needed by the households, the businesses, and the farms, to a reasonable level, to help them get them back on their feet.”

Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne says there will be a full investigation to why the flooding protection system didn’t work and what can be done in the future to prevent this from happening again.

Bill says given the destruction there is bound to be a lot of opinions but there needs to be a full understanding of a town that is on a flood plain.

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 http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/151336-pm-sees-edgecumbe-flooding-himself.html#sthash.JhMlsq5k.dpuf

Edgecumbe and the Bay of Plenty have shaky, flood-prone histories

Edgecumbe lies on a flood plain and an active seismic zone.

The township and the surrounding area has an unenviable history of natural disasters: quakes, floods, and debris flows.

Many parts of the plains are below sea level.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91283546/edgecumbe-and-the-bay-of-plenty-have-shaky-flood-prone-histories

Here is a link to the Give a Little page for help for families affected in this event…

Edgecumbe & Eastern Bay of Plenty (EBOP) Mayoral Flood Appeal

This Mayoral Flood Appeal fund has been launched to support families & individuals through the recovery phase following the 6/4 flood event.

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/ebopmayoralfund

Manawatu River – pollution concerns date back to 1890

A revisit of the Manawatu’s pollution. And it’s not getting any better! Considering we can now only swim in 40% of our rivers. The article is from 2009, from an interesting NZ site that gives us some insight into historical pollution of our once clean green paradise. Not pretty.  (Note: the link to the TV coverage is outdated so the content is no longer there).

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In light of recent media coverage concerning the polluted state of the Manawatu River [click here to view TV news coverage], it is insightful to look back at the river’s history. Even a casual perusal of Papers Past indicates that the vexed issue of pollution of the Manawatu is certainly not a new one.

An article in the Manawatu Herald of 30 May 1890 reports on a meeting held by representatives of local bodies alarmed about Palmerston North Borough Council’s decision to let a contract to discharge the town’s sewerage  into the river. The following are two excerpts:

“[Foxton Mayor] Mr Gower said : The business for this meeting to discuss is the fact that the Borough Council of Palmerston N. have let a contract to convey the sewage of that town into the Manawatu river. It will be for us to consider what steps shall be taken to…

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In 2007 Two Kiwi Schoolgirls exposed GlaxoSmithKline’s false vitamin C claims with hardly any found in their Ribena

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Four times the amount of Vit C as oranges? Two NZ school girls found it had almost none

Given Ribena’s advertising claims that “the blackcurrants in Ribena have four times the vitamin C of oranges”, they were astonished after discovering there was hardly any, and wrote to the manufacturers, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). When they got no response, they phoned the company, but were given short shrift. “They didn’t even really answer our questions. They just said it’s the blackcurrants that have it, then they hung up,” Jenny said.

Two New Zealand schoolgirls humbled one of the world’s biggest food and drugs companies after their school science experiment found that their ready-to-drink Ribena contained almost no trace of vitamin C.

Students Anna Devathasan and Jenny Suo tested the blackcurrant cordial against rival brands to test their hypothesis that cheaper brands were less healthy.

Instead, their tests found that the Ribena contained a tiny amount of vitamin C, while another brand’s orange juice drink contained almost four times more.

“We thought we were doing it wrong. We thought we must have made a mistake,” Anna told New Zealand’s Weekend Herald. The girls were both 14 and students at Pakuranga College in Auckland when they did the experiment in 2004.

 

Gardasil – What TV One news did NOT tell you

This article is from 2009! So seven years on things have not improved at all in light of recent reports. 

By J. James
infonews.co.nz

Death Rate continues to rise in both US and Europe

Last nights news on Gardasil – a Merck & Co vaccination for girls as young as 9 revealed the side affects of this vaccination for cervical cancer. The side affects they said were minor when studied seriously – sore arms, that’s to be expected the female spokesperson said. She obviously failed to do her research properly as thousands of women now suffer not from a sore arm, but from a paralysis of their arm and in some cases their legs as well.

TV One news also failed to mention the 15 deaths – in fact they never mentioned any deaths, not the 15 in America or the 2 in Europe, although they did mention the organisation that exposed the deaths focusing only side affects while omitting the deaths.

The European Medicines Agency posted a statement yesterday saying there have been two sudden and unexpected deaths in young women who had received the Merck HPV vaccine, which is marketed in Europe by Sanofi-Aventis. But the EMEA decided not to change the labeling info, given that 1.5 million women have already been vaccinated in Europe and because no causal relationship between the vaccine and the two fatalities has been found.

The spin merchants are quickly manipulating the situation. Merck has already been found guilty of killing hundreds with their Vioxx and Fosamax drugs see article here and reported side affects here
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Will Gardasil be the third given that the company boasted that Gardasil was almost side affect free ?

Death is an inconvenient obstacle to sales – don’t be fooled, a causal relationship can be found

TV one also failed to note that Merck’s shares had dropped 8% on Wall Street
and that there are now law suits pending over the paralyzing side affects attributed to Gardasil that TV One News chose to play down

TV One News did say however, that Gardasil would not be banned here unless the US banned it first – which begs the question – is NZ not able to make its own decisions based on the precautionary principal?

An abundance of first hand evidence is now available which disputes the safely of this vaccination – in light of this should NZ not err on the side of caution given that the research on the long term affects of this drug over time has never been done?

It is recommended that this vaccination NOT be given with other vaccinations – but that was never mentioned on TV one News either.

Questions arise such as – are we witness to our politicians representing a pharmaceutical interests over the better judgment of parents who have taken the time to get behind the hype, the fear and the politics  and who are now having to protect their young girls and soon, boys from a drug whose effects on reproductive health is not known

Given that this vaccination has resulted in still births and miscarriage are we willing to jeopardize young girls reproductive health in order to save them from something they may or may not get when they get older?

The risks of this Merck drug far outweighs any potential cancer risk – where are the voices protecting our young girls?

Clearly the MOH advocates are not, nor is the government acting in parents and chidlrens best interests –  and lets get real here – these are the same organizations that failed to act on the thalidomide scam the continuing Dow chemical scam the cervical cancer scam of the 80’s and the birth defects caused by Agent orange and more.

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https://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?l=1&t=0&id=23815


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For more info and links to docos see our Vaccine pages (remember the sub pages). Educate yourself and make informed decisions from all the data, not just what mainstream feed you. If you’re on Facebook follow us there or here at our site & keep yourself informed.

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Our Dying Seas and the fate of the Toheroa – NZ’s Canary in the Coal Mine


In light of the current die-off happening at Waitarere & Hokio in the Horowhenua this week, see what has been happening to our oceans & shellfish stock NZ wide. The demise of these bottom feeders are, like the canary in the coal mine, the early warning signs of worse to come if preventive measures are not taken. Preventive however is not on any corporate radar unfortunately & it may well be too late now going by the information in this article at seafriends.org.nz  

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Never before have so few people done so much harm to the environment,
and over such large areas and in such a short time period as here in New Zealand. – Dr Floor Anthoni

Some 40 years ago the toheroa was New Zealand’s most loved icon, not only unique to our country but also big, and one could catch and eat it. The toheroa (Paphies ventricosa) is a large clam that lives in wave-washed beaches along NZ’s west coast from Wellington to North Cape. In the late 1970s it became protected by a reduced harvest season of only two days per year. Then it became fully protected. It was expected that its populations would recover within a few years but they did not. Instead their numbers dwindled further until today, it remains economically extinct.

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On left the native toheroa (Paphies ventricosa) (1) in the act of digging, and next to it the much smaller but similarly shaped tuatua (Paphies subtriangulatum) (2) and the small tawera or morning star (Tawera spissa), each having  its place and depth on the beach. The toheroa is found from Ninety Mile beach down to Auckland, around Levin and a pocket in the very south of the South Island. It burrows at mid tide, the best place to be for abundant plankton. By comparison the tuatua is found between low and spring low tide. Tawera burrows well below low tide in calmer sandy bottoms. Both tuatua and toheroa are active burrowers, capable of keeping up with the turbulent sand under waves.  


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The scallop (Pecten novaezelandiae) is another NZ icon on the way out. Only twenty years ago, scallops were numerous and easy to gather but now entire scallop beds have disappeared (red marks on map) and some are not even recognizable. The shells have become small, stunted and empty of their delicious gonads (roe). The burrowed scallop photographed under water (picture below) has not reached legal size, even after ten years of growth. It takes normally 2-3 years to reach legal size. Its margins are stunted (blunted) and it has no content to eat.



New Zealanders did not realize that the toheroa was the first coal miner’s canary (whistle blower) to warn of something terrible happening to our seas. For if total protection could not save it, neither could marine reserves or any other fisheries regulation. It heralded the beginning of a new era, that of dying seas, culminating most likely in the extinction of Maui’s dolphin and the loss of most of our coastal fisheries.

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http://www.seafriends.org.nz/indepth/shellfish_collapse.htm#toheroa

In the U.S. … Military Planes Caught Dumping Mysterious Fibers … Similar Also Seen in Marton

18 Dec 2014  Here we have two women in the U.S. who reported today the sightings of long fibers falling from the sky. Their sightings are identical to fibers I saw on 1 May 2014 in Marton. (Video to come of that).

Published on Dec 17, 2014

Marie Snow and her friend Cori Gunnels knew they stumbled across something sinister when they saw what appeared to be 50 to 60-foot long “raindrops”, “solid” in nature, falling from the sky in clusters, after three military aircraft flew overhead.

https://www.intellihub.com/c-130-airc… http://www.kpho.com/story/27420731/my… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OShO4… The Royal Society, Admits to Ongoing Climate Engineering Experiments http://www.globalresearch.ca/elite-th… Weather wars: who should be allowed to engineer our climate? http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/6/518… geoengineering closer to fighting climate change http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/geoengin… Experiments designed to learn more about ways of geoengineering the climate should be allowed to proceed http://www.economist.com/news/leaders… Geo-engineering: Climate fixes ‘could harm billions’ http://www.bbc.com/news/science-envir… Follow Alex on TWITTER – https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEme… Infowars on G+ – https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ Marie & Cori’s FB Page:  Geoengineering – Fallout Evidence


Marton is in the lower, North Island of New Zealand. Recently there have been reported sightings of fibres falling in other parts of the country as well (Golden Bay & Taupo come to mind). This should be viewed in light of decades of covert geoengineering, and well documented COVERT biological & chemical warfare. The HR2977 document describes geoengineering trails (US Congress calls them ‘chemtrails’) as exotic weapons.

I first saw these on 1 May 2014 and thereafter on the next day, again on the 11th and have seen them regularly ever since, particularly on clear days. This may be because the sun then reflects on them in which case they could be there every day. Whilst observing them I saw two what looked like military aircraft fly over within minutes of each other. Later in the day there was heavy geoengineering over town and a further aircraft sighting which was a Hercules. It’s not uncommon to see military aircraft here as there is a Defense Base nearby. Go to envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com for further info on geoengineering in the Rangitikei. I’ve observed this activity for 2 and a half years now, both here and in Palmerston North. People observe them daily throughout NZ, including fibers or filaments. I have collected samples however laboratory testing is very expensive so cost prohibitive.
The HR2977 document describes geoengineering trails (US Congress calls them ‘chemtrails’) as exotic weapons.
Some people whose videos are uploaded on YT have had similar fibers or filaments tested by a laboratory. One common comment was ‘unknown, manmade plant life’.
Here are links to videos & websites:

NZ sites: northlandchemtrails.wordpress.com
thecontrail.com
U.S. Sites:
agriculturedefensecoalition.org/
coalitionagainstgeoengineering.org
geoengineeringwatch.org/

There are many more.
For the Rangitikei, NZ, visit envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com
globalskywatch.com/stories/my-chemtrail-story/chemtrail-information/plumes-change.html#.Uk5C8RDIvLY

UK Sites:
uk-skywatch.co.uk/

YT videos with filaments or fibers:
“unidentifiable, artificial/ man made form of plant life”!
Unknown Plant Life — tested by 3 labs
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HR2977
gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-10

lab results from Filaments tested in France
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youtube.com/watch?v=7lkAZTNwq40&list=PLpSLz5km1TegfA6JVeMEQR_Noj6Piqjsj&index=11
See links also under this video. There is also a FB page for this link: Geoengineering – Fallout Evidence … you will need to join however to view it …
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General info on Geoengineering & all of the above: agriculturedefensecoalition.org/ “unidentifiable, artificial/ man made form of plant life”! Unknown Plant Life — tested by 3 labs youtube.com/watch?v=vxR0uUOszoo&list=PLpSLz5km1Teh8UmyZcB_MtRr1o5bKZ0fE HR2977 gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-107hr2977ih/pdf/BILLS-107hr2977ih.pdf lab results from Filaments tested in France youtube.com/watch?v=uc3GShS56nI&list=UUR-xBXQ-n9bgmj4iWuSS6pA Documentaries to Watch: Why in the World are they Spraying? youtube.com/watch?v=mEfJO0-cTis&list=PLpSLz5km1TegNboJbv_bIcfP-Lst34tct What in the World are they Spraying? youtube.com/watch?v=93at-MTA3es&list=PLpSLz5km1TegNboJbv_bIcfP-Lst34tct Who in the World is Spraying? youtube.com/watch?v=A_7RRTcLdhs&list=PLpSLz5km1TegNboJbv_bIcfP-Lst34tct MUSIC: Saru G ‘Dark Shadows’ SoundCloud link: soundcloud.com/saru-g

Tributaries that flow into the Blue Pools & Lake Wanaka have been poisoned with 1080 – no signs out & horrified tourists oblivious to risks of swimming & ingesting the water

POISONING THE TOURISTS

By Carol Sawyer  23 February 2017

We did a great job of poisoning the tourists yesterday. The NZ Department of Conservation and HeliOtago are to be commended! ( Don’t get upset – I am being ironic)

At Makarora, Mt Aspiring National Park, an area of unsurpassed beauty on the eastern side of the Southern Alps, yesterday, 23 February, 2017, HeliOtago dropped 76 tonnes of one of the world’s deadliest poisons, Compound 1080, in a DoC “Battle for Our Birds” operation. 1080 has no antidote.

The Blue Pools Walk is a short walk accessed from the main highway, State Highway 6, and is extraordinarily popular with tourists who want a break and a cool bush-walk after driving over the Haast Pass from South Westland. They also often want a swim on a hot day, and I am told tour-bus drivers encourage them to swim and to jump off the bridge at the Blue Pools. Link: https://www.lakewanaka.co.nz/explore/blue-pools-track

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Loading zone for the 1080 operation on the (23rd Feb 2017)  Makarora, Mt Aspiring, National Park, NZ. HeliOtago is the helicopter contractor    Photo: Carol Sawyer

The loadout zone at Cameron Flat is seven minutes up the road from the little village of Makarora.

“Yesterday morning the river directly above the Blue Pools was poisoned, along with the rest of the area – Makarora, Wilkin, Young, Blue Valleys, and all the streams that flow into the Makarora River and also end up in Lake Wanaka.”

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1080 is a broad-spectrum poison: it kills all oxygen-breathing animals and organisms

By 10.00 am two security officers had cleared the track to the Blue Pools. One had no gloves on, so she just kicked the baits to the side of the track. The other had gloves so he picked them up and tossed them into the undergrowth. It wasn’t much of an effort. One tourist told me he had seen two baits on the track and another showed me film of baits at the side of the track.

“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

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Helicopter run directly over the edge of the bush and the Makarora River, Sth Island NZ Photo : Peter Hartley

A Makarora local, who was on the track at the time they were dropping the 1080 poison yesterday morning, told me the helicopter that went over his head zig-zagged above the Blue Pools, dropping 1080 poison, and the baits went into the water directly above the Blue Pools. The chopper also went along the edge of the Makarora River, along the bushline, dropping 1080 baits so they were flung out into the Makarora River too. None of the streams had designated buffer zones and so they were poisoned directly, BUT the Wilkin, Young and Makarora Rivers were supposed to have buffer zones. Therefore at least one, the designated bait-free zone around the Makarora River, was poisoned, even if unintentionally.

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The carpark at the Blue Pools walk, Makarora, NZ, 23 Feb 2017 where the 1080 drop occurred … tourists undeterred. Bait was clearly visible with minimal effort to make it safe. To a child it would have looked like a lolly scramble it was said.  Photo: Carol Sawyer

I spent most of yesterday afternoon at the entrance to the Blue Pools track. So did Shane Wilson and his father Ron. There was a constant stream of tourists. As they went in and as they came out we asked them if they knew about 1080 poison, and when the inevitable “No” was the reply, we handed them an explanatory ( and completely factual, and non-emotive ) flier, and then answered their many questions.

They were stunned – seriously ! There were no signs saying the poison had been dropped that morning. They didn’t understand that it was an aerial drop. They didn’t know what all the helicopters were doing.( There were seven helicopters swinging buckets and it sounded at times like I imagine the Vietnam War must have sounded ). They asked me : Is there a fire ? Are they mining ? Are they building something in the forest ?

One man, in appalled disbelief, came up to me and asked if he could show me film he had taken of a helicopter ” so close to people !” He had a young child on his shoulders. The helicopter was a speck on a ridge and THAT shocked him ? Those choppers had been swinging out so much closer to people than he had witnessed !

One young Swedish man was extremely distressed. He had swum in the water and was very upset when he found out about the poison. I said “Look you will be fine. You swam in it. You didn’t drink it”. Then he said he had been drinking it !

So had his girlfriend – from the Czech Republic.

I spoke to Indians, Brazilians, French, Germans, Scandinavians, Czechs, Danes, Dutch, most of whom understood English, or at least one of their number did and translated for the others, English, Americans, Australians, Canadians. ( Not, however, the Chinese. Malaysians, etc – I tried to talk to them but most didn’t speak English and went away as happily oblivious to poison as when they arrived !)

It was quite a business explaining why the government was dropping 1080 poison and why it was totally unnecessary but – when you tell people we drop 90% of the world’s supply and that it is killing EVERYTHING, not just the species they want to eradicate, and that stoats are not interested in 1080 baits ( when speaking to tourists ‘weasel’ seems to be an understood word, but ‘stoats’ not – so if you say ‘an animal like a weasel’, they mostly understand ), and that it is banned in many parts of the world, and that it is poisoning our land and we can no longer eat our wild food and that we have been dropping it for over 60 years and that we have had rats for 700 years and stoats for 150 and, and, and…..

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Shane Wilson‘s ‘1080 drum’ with a roadkill possum doe that he came across en route, on top – beautiful fur, freshly killed, and undamaged – a drawcard for curious tourists. I couldn’t stop stroking her. She was all warm in the sun. She had a lucky escape ! She wouldn’t have known a thing, not like the poor possies dying in Makarora in agony right now ! Photo: Carol Sawyer

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Shane Wilson’s Dad, Ron ( they had driven four hours from Otautau to be there, setting off at 1.30 am ), and Ray Thompson, ( who had driven for three hours from from Whataroa ). Some anti-1080 people show total passion and dedication.  Photo: Carol Sawyer

What surprised me was the intense interest. I was watchful for glazed-over eyes and polite departures but no… the questions poured in and so many people said ” What can we do to help ?!!” An Englishman, who sounded a bit like Prince Charles, was looking at the loadout zone and he said to me ” I hate this sort of thing ! ”

When I was asked how they could help, I said to people: “Take photos of those helicopters. Explain to your friends on social media. Write letters to major NZ newspapers, stating your shock and upset and disbelief at seeing what is happening in a land you regarded as clean and green and 100% pure. Don’t write to the NZ government – the letter will end up in the bin. A letter to a newspaper, from an international visitor”, I said, “is worth more than 100 letters from New Zealanders”

So many said ” But we thought you were clean, green… “

I told them about the film “Poisoning Paradise”. I told them to look it up on Google. I said it had won four international film festival awards and it has not been allowed to be shown on National TV in NZ.

I told them to go to the websites and Facebook pages on the flier I gave them.

I know some of them will – they were truly SHOCKED !

What is the matter with you, Maggie Barry and the Dept of Conservation? How dare you drop 1080 poison in our rivers and not tell tourists NOT to drink the water – only one hour later !!!!!!! NO signs, NO staff, NO care !

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 “Animal Control Products” ( recently given the more obscure name “Orillion” ), the NZ state-owned factory, has a 1080 warning label which states ” Avoid pollution of any water supply with pellets” and states that the pellets are harmful to aquatic organisms.

PHOTOS by Carol Sawyer & Peter Hartley

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NZ Professional Firefighters Union reveals Christchurch firefighter crews were stood down at nightfall, day one, while the Port Hills fires burned – an independent inquiry sought

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Christchurch Firefighters Frustrated and Bewildered

The New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union, representing all career front line firefighters can reveal that Christchurch Fire Service Crews (career firefighters) were stood down and told to return to Stations while the catastrophic Christchurch fires continued to burn – said Derek Best, Secretary of the Union.

The Union can reveal that Rural Fire Officials in charge of the incident stood down all career firefighters battling the blaze. The order to stand down was given at nightfall in day one; leaving career firefighters frustrated, bewildered and disappointed.

The fire was left to burn out of control and the frustrated firefighters could see the flames from their Stations. Ninety minutes later, the alarm was re-raised and Christchurch firefighters responded back to find the fire had gained significant momentum and was seriously threatening many properties.

As a result of returning to the locality from which they had been stood down from, they saved at least six houses from total destruction – said Derek Best.

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A further article from Stuff certainly confirms the need for an enquiry

Port Hills firefighter allegedly threatened with arrest for fighting blaze

Andy Nicholson says he was told he would be arrested if he didn’t stop fighting the fire on his rural Early Valley Road property.

Nicholson is part of a local fire brigade that was fighting the Port HIlls, Christchurch, fire on Monday night with a water tanker.

A video filmed by his 19-year-old son Robert shows him driving up to a neighbour’s house to try battle the blaze before realising the situation was too dangerous.

“The most important thing is to get to a fire early [but] by the time we got to Ken’s place this thing was astronomical. The fire had rocketed up to the edge [of the road]. It had engulfed everything.

READ MORE:
Analysis: What could have been done to stop the Port Hills blaze?
Devastation of the Port Hills fires from above
Firefighters were sent home early from Christchurch fire response

“We knew we couldn’t stop the fire so we got out of there.”

He went back to protect his own property, where there is now damage to his pasture and fences. Luckily his house and livestock made it through the fire unscathed.

But, he said, a policeman forced him to leave nevertheless, allegedly saying he would be arrested if he didn’t comply with the evacuation order.

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From TVNZ:

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Christchurch firefighters were told to “stand down” by Rural Fire officials and return to their stations on the first day fires started to engulf the Port Hills, the NZ Professional Firefighters Union says.

“The fire was left to burn out of control and the frustrated firefighters could see the flames from their stations,” Secretary Derek Best told 1 NEWS.

It wasn’t until 90 minutes later the alarm was raised to respond.

“As a result of returning to the locality from which they had been stood down from, they saved at least six houses from total destruction,” said the union. (TVNZ)

About 450 homes have been evacuated since the fires started burning on Monday, with eleven destroyed.

As a result of the stand down, the union says it is starting to question whether more houses could have been saved.

“The union and firefighters seriously question the tactical command decisions made and believes the tactics adopted were significantly flawed,” Mr Best said.

The union says there is an urgent need for a full and independent inquiry.

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This is not right at all. Sending firefighters away?  This is tragic. May justice be done, and a full and independent inquiry be conducted. What are the chances? We’ll see.

EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

NZ’s Biggest Whale Stranding Ever & the Information Mainstream Won’t Be Telling You

NZ has just seen the biggest whale stranding ever, located at Farewell Spit … 400 whales beached with 70% of those quickly lost. Tragic and heartbreaking news. Here is a mainstream media link to the event:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/89265113/Mass-whale-stranding-at-Farewell-Spit

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Local folk and DOC in their rescue mission at Farewell Spit NZ Feb 2017  Photo: thecontrail.com

We are generally told that these events are natural. In the above article at the link there is another article …  Why whales strand and how to help them. It cites the usual reason proffered; ‘whale strandings are natural occurrences’.

Media is predictably quick to eliminate man’s interference with the environment as being causal regarding any environmental damage. And if you’re familiar with this site you will know that this denial is not uncommon. Corporations whose focus is on greed and profits all vehemently deny that their practices cause damage. They are also well armed with a bevy of well paid lawyers to ‘legally’ destroy anybody who threatens those profits. People are targeted, assaulted and even lose their lives standing up to corporate profiteering.

That said, it is well to search for and consider the independent information on all events since corporations cannot be trusted to tell you the truth. They tell bold faced lies. If you doubt that watch ‘The Corporation’ doco found on the Corporations page.

The Threat of Underwater Noise Pollution to Marine Life, Particularly Seismic Testing

The following short video from oceancare.org explains concisely the threat of noise to marine life saying “underwater noise pollution is a serious threat…” (the phenomenon media doesn’t mention).

At 1.45 minutes the effect of sonar from military ships is explained and at 2.22 minutes, the effects of seismic exploration for oil and gas on marine life. As many Kiwis will know our oceans are now replete with activity from the latter, especially since our ‘esteemed’ and recently departed leader John Key signed away drilling rights to his corporate friends. Key and his corporation (aka known as the NZ Government) have no regard whatsoever for our natural environment. Corporations are about profits not people or environments. See more on Key below.

Underwater noise – the overlooked catastrophe
OceanCareOrg

Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011

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VIDEO INFORMATION: “Basically, John Key is killing whales and dolphins, and potentially ruining the seafood (crabs, crayfish etc) industry in the areas where this seismic survey technology is used.

the Media has not told you ANY of this…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflecti…

The main environmental concern for marine surveys is the potential of seismic sources to disturb animal life, especially cetaceans such as whales, porpoises, and dolphins. Surveys involve towing an array of 15-45 pneumatic air guns below the ocean surface behind the survey vessel and emit sound pulses of a “predominantly low frequency (10–300 Hz), high intensity (215-250 dB).

Seismic surveying can damage the reproductive processes, auditory functions and other damaging effects to highly lucrative marine species (lobster, crab) and it poses potentially fatal effects to marine mammals.

Seismic testing is not fully responsible for whales running ashore or becoming stranded, but there is evidence that it plays a major role. Studies of seismic effects on several whale species such as Gray, Bowhead, Blue, Humpback and Sperm whales indicated substantial effects in behavior, breathing, feeding and diving patterns.

http://newdawnmagazine.com.au/Article…
Beachings and Seismic Tests

On November 28, 2004, Reuters reported that during a three day span, 169 whales and dolphins beached themselves in Tasmania, an island off the southern coast of mainland Australia. The cause for these beachings is not known, but Bob Brown, a senator in the Australian parliament, said “sound bombing” or seismic tests of ocean floors to test for oil and gas had been recently carried out near the sites of the Tasmanian beachings.

According to Jim Cummings of the Acoustic Ecology Institute, seismic surveys utilising airguns have been taking place in mineral-rich areas of the world’s oceans since 1968. Among the areas that have experienced the most intense survey activity are the North Sea, the Beaufort Sea (off Alaska’s North Slope), and the Gulf of Mexico; areas around Australia and South America are also current hotspots of activity.

The impulses created by the release of air from arrays of up to 24 airguns create low frequency sound waves powerful enough to penetrate up to 40km below the seafloor. The “source level” of these sound waves is generally over 200dB (and often 230dB or more), roughly comparable to a sound of at least 140-170dB in air.

According to the Australian Conservation Foundation, these 200dB — 230dB shots from the airguns are fired every 10 seconds or so, from 10 metres below the surface, 24 hours a day, for 2 week periods of time, weather permitting.

These types of tests are known to affect whales and dolphins, whose acute hearing and use of sonar is very sensitive.

On December 24, 2004 there was a magnitude 8.1 earthquake more than 800 kilometres southeast of Tasmania near New Zealand, with a subsequent aftershock 6.1 a little later in the morning that same day.

Then on December 26 the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck leading to the devastating tsunami that killed more than 300,000 people.

On December 27, 20 whales beached themselves 180 kilometres west of Hobart on the southern island state of Tasmania.

http://www.energy-pedia.com/article.a…
As part of Budget 2009 a total of $20 million over three years will be allocated to the seismic data acquisition programme run by Crown Minerals, which is responsible for the administration and promotion of New Zealand’s oil and gas.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/…
http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/03/2…
http://en.mercopress.com/2011/03/14/f…
http://en.mercopress.com/2010/10/27/f…

LINKS TO THE OTHER THREE VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES can be found by locating the video at Youtube. The other videos will be there on the side bar to the right.

OTHER RELATED LINKS:

Call for mandatory autopsies on stranded whales

Call for autopsies on stranded whales; concern about seismic blasting

For more in depth information and interviews on seismic testing, the oil industry and the agenda of foreign oil companies here in our waters go here :  http://thecontrail.com/profiles/blogs/on-the-brink-radio-189-190-major-nz-whale-stranding-rose-paige?xg_source=activity

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