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A former DoC Field Centre Manager speaks out: “Appalled” by DoC staff behaviour at Whitianga 1080 drop

By Carol Sawyer

PAUL THOMAS, FORMER DoC FIELD CENTRE MANAGER, REEFTON, IS APPALLED BY PRESENT-DAY DoC STAFF BEHAVIOUR

These two photos are of DoC-employed security ‘guards’ (thugs?) at the aerial 1080 operation near Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, October 2017.

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On the first photo, Paul Thomas comments :

“As a former manager of DoC I’m just appalled at the behaviour of staff. I find this behaviour abhorrent! It has NO fit in conservation!! Nor has 1080!! Conservation is about connecting people to manage what is precious to all of us! There is NO connection here, only failure!!”:

Of the second photo (header image) he says “The disconcerting and ugly face of DoC – a disgrace !!”

I have posted these comments up again with his permission. Intrigued, I asked Paul for his background. He says :

“I was Field Centre Manager in Reefton 1990 to 1998. Managing predominantly Victoria Conservation Park (NZ Largest) and part Lewis Pass National reserve! Before that I was a conservation officer based on Kawau Island – Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park. Before that a conservation officer at Waipoua Forest Sanctuary! My career started as a reserved ranger at Trounson Kauri Park 1987, just before DoC came along! Post 1998 I did some project management work for DoC in historic resource management ! Which I continue now in community based built heritage projects, I do the projects as a volunteer. I do though have a continued interest in the natural environment. I’m a Lincoln Parks and Recreation Management graduate.”

Thank you, Paul, for speaking out.

This Weekend Saw a Huge Turnout NZ Wide of People Protesting Against the Govt’s Extensive Use of 1080 – Go Kiwis! (updated photos)

For over 15 years the New Zealand Government has been systematically dropping massive amounts of food, laced with a cruel and universally toxic poison into its forest ecosystems. Enough poison every year to kill the entire population of NZ four times over. No other country is doing, or ever has done, anything remotely similar on such a scale.

1080 is an alias for Monofluoroacetate, a chemical. Monofluoroacetate was originally developed and marketed as an insecticide. READ MORE

This weekend peaceful protesters NZ wide took to the streets to let the Government know they are not impressed with this slathering of our paradise with toxic poison. They want it to STOP.


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The Possible Health Risks of 1080 Exposure: Two NZ Women blame a 1080 drop for their lingering illness

table-165692_1280“A year after 1080 poison rained from the sky as Reefton sisters were enjoying a picnic near Kokiri, both are still experiencing ill health and have lodged a claim with ACC.”
NZ Herald

NOTE: Liver, throat & thyroid problems, weight loss, a thinner optical nerve and ongoing nausea are just some of the health effects these women are experiencing.

Still the authorities minimize the risks with this poison. Some NZ Midwives back in 2008 were warning women to leave town prior to a 1080 drop saying, “Nobody can guarantee this substance does not cross the placental barrier.”  It is known from research that 1080 has caused deformities in animal fetuses. Not something any mother would want to risk surely, and yet we are seldom told these things. Instead we are told there is no proven link between 1080 and the said health problems. We have the same scenario with glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide ingredient that independent research indicates it is carcinogenic. As a consequence, instead of erring on the side of caution the powers that be insist it is all good. Carry on as usual. The way of corporations…EWR

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Following 1080 drops people have observed pellets on public walkways and seating

A year after 1080 poison rained from the sky as Reefton sisters were enjoying a picnic near Kokiri, both are still experiencing ill health and have lodged a claim with ACC.

The official public health report into the incident has still not been released.

Gwen Gardner and her sister Kathleen Bartlett were picnicking on Maori Gully Rd in June 2014 while checking out a property for sale, when a helicopter overhead opened a monsoon bucket and dropped poison pellets, some of which fell around their vehicle. The women were close by at the time.

They remained in the area for several hours as they did not think it could have been 1080, partly because they say a sign was outdated.

The sisters say they felt ill within 40 minutes of the aerial drop, but did not immediately associate it with 1080 poisoning. Medical tests undertaken afterwards by the locum Reefton GP showed Mrs Bartlett’s liver was not functioning as it should.

After a year, they are still experiencing ongoing health problems and have ACC assessing a claim from them – the first relating to 1080 in a decade.

They are still being monitored by the Reefton doctor.

Mrs Bartlett was recently referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist. She says he told her that her tongue was still swollen and her nose irritated, and she had “definitely been exposed to something”.

Blood tests on their livers and thyroids show they are still well outside the normal range. An optician has told Mrs Bartlett that her optical nerve is thinner.

Mrs Bartlett has gone from 73kg to 57kg, partly because of ongoing nausea and digestive problems.

As part of their ACC claim, the women had to undergo a lengthy assessment, carried out by an occupational therapist. Questions included their marital status, how many children they had, and their qualifications. Their application is still before ACC.

They are also asking why the Community and Public Health report has still not been released after so long.

Medical officer of health Cheryl Brunton said nobody was happy to see the report drag on, but it had to be done properly.

Most of it was completed, but a matter raised by the women themselves, not directly connected with Dr Brunton’s investigation, had “complicated” things.

Dr Brunton said she would be able to give Mrs Gardner and Mrs Bartlett an update shortly.

ACC cannot release private information, but said in these types of claims an occupational physician would undertake a comprehensive assessment of the client’s current medical conditions.

“From there it would likely proceed to an external toxicology panel to issue an opinion.”

SOURCE:  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11472942

LINKS:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/509006/Midwives-warn-of-1080-risk

http://1080science.co.nz/birth-defects/


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EWR