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Whanganui District Councillors told of desperation for housing in submissions

Remember the Whanganui woman living in a tent? NZ has a housing crisis. Some 22% of the state housing stock I heard today (a public owned asset) sold by the National Govt … they largely sold these to developers. I hear of folk who were evicted or pressured out of their STATE homes, who are still homeless. There are more than 43K people homeless now, living in cars, garages, you name it. We all I’m sure want to help refugees but on that topic aside there appears to be more to the agenda than meets the eye. Shades of Denmark and all of that. Perhaps all of the millions pocketed by the currently well favored developers could be diverted to building more houses for both our homeless and the refugees? (And pigs might fly). Can you see the incongruity in it all? The sustainable crew who are all for equal rights if you read their plan, when it comes down to it they’d prefer you shared your garage or tent with the newcomers, not them. As we speak they swan around the planet in their private jets (attending climate conferences!!) whilst instructing us to curb our carbon footprint. (Let us know if you hear of empty state homes, bulldozed state homes, state home evictions or similar). EWR

 

Whanganui District Councillors told of desperation for housing in submissions

NZ Herald
Whanganui’s “desperate” housing shortage has been laid bare before councillors by those on the frontline.

A hearing on the Whanganui District Council’s draft Housing Strategy was held this week with 12 of the 38 submitters presenting to councillors.

READ MORE (you will have to sub to read the whole article, further related article below)

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=12254412&fbclid=IwAR0QSq0sT-FuE8Af0RS-kAW9dL6infwXW5mCt4Fk0VkJVp_FucdaLbLzSrM

 

Focus on housing squeeze, not refugees – Whanganui mayor

RadioNZ

A Whanganui migrant advocate has criticised an iwi leader for saying the city should house Māori before it takes on refugees – but others say he has a point about the city’s housing crisis.
Whanganui mayor Hamish McDouall said the city’s housing crisis needed to be addressed and refugees were not the cause. 

Whanganui was chosen as a refugee resettlement destination in February. About 30 refugees – or three to five families – are due to to arrive from April next year. Up to 110 refugees are expected every year thereafter.

Whanganui Tupoho iwi leader Ken Mair disrupted an Immigration New Zealand meeting in the city earlier this week.

READ MORE:

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/other/focus-on-housing-squeeze-not-refugees-whanganui-mayor/ar-AAF8yfo

Photo: Wikipedia

More on the disposal of 1080 in our landfills

The Whanganui item in this is the gob smacker. Unlined hole, old wetlands reserve turned landfill, undisclosed to public by all appearances, right dab next to a PRIMARY SCHOOL! How irresponsible is THAT? … EWR.

From NO to 1080 use in NZ FB page

1080 poison (Sodium Monofluoroacetate) is a hazardous chemical that is repeatedly dumped in New Zealand’s landfill sites (official and unofficial) without consideration for the potential harm. Contrary to some claims, 1080 does not easily breakdown into ‘harmless by-products’: one teaspoon of the poison can kill and harm as many as a hundred adults. It is highly lethal, stable in water, disperses readily through the environment, and in some conditions remains poisonous for months, if not years. For instance, in March 2000, 20 tonnes of mixed, unwanted 1080 poison baits, between 8-20 years old, were buried in West Coast farmland. When tested a few months later, the substance was still highly toxic.

Official Informatiom Act responses have revealed that for decades, Auckland, Canterbury, Winton, Whanganui and Marton landfills have all been recipients of tonnes of unwanted 1080 poison. This is because according the manufacturers, the cereal baits have a limited shelf-life (how convenient for their profit margins?). Apparently, depending upon storage environments, damp and mould can affect the palatability and structure of the poison baits, which can mean they are unstable, unsafe and unsuitable to be distributed aerially via the helicopter hoppers. To summarise some of our findings:

• In August 1996, over 12 tonnes of unwanted highly toxic 1080 poison baits were buried in a purpose-dug pit in a managed landfill site at Winton, central Southland. Weeks after the burial, toxic 1080 was still present in some of the groundwater samples (despite unreliable testing methodology).

• 66 tonnes of 1080 poison baits, originally intended for Makarora aerial pest control operation (2015) were unused because of the poor weather. The spoiled poison baits were sent to a Manawatu-Whanganui landfill site (Probably, Marton).

• A storage shed in Haast was swamped during recent flooding, and the rising river water damaged over 16 tonnes of toxic 1080 bait. This week, that poison has been buried at…you guessed it, Marton.

• In February 2018, 600kgs of 1080 poison baits was transported from the Whitianga storage site (within a residential area) to a North Auckland landfill.

• Also in 1996, in Whanganui (near the 1080 poison factory) 61 tonnes of 1080 poison cereal bait was buried in a shallow, unlined hole at the landfill site, now known as Balgownie Reserve. Tragically, this area was previously a precious wetland of historical and cultural significance. A primary school is situated next door.

There are many other stories waiting to be exposed. Meanwhile, none of New Zealand’s authorities adheres to international guidelines on toxic waste disposal, including the requirement to monitor community health in these areas. And concerns are repeatedly raised about potential harmful affects from the storage, disposal and aerial distribution of 1080 poison.

In the USA and in Europe, authorities are waking-up to their responsibilities to citizens. New funding is being provided to enable the costly clean-up of old toxic dump sites, and this involves specialists digging up the hazardous waste and disposing of it safely. Public health is a priority.

It’s bad enough to distribute tonnes of 1080 poison baits over thousands of hectares—66 tonnes of the poison baits could kill or seriously harm almost the whole population of New Zealand. It’s another thing however to dump this amount of lethally toxic substance into one shallow hole. What impact could a highly concentrated amount of this toxic chemical have on the health of nearby, unknowing, small communities?

When is the New Zealand Government going to face up to the magnitude of our ongoing soil and water contamination, stop the dumping of hazardous waste and start the crucial clean-up operations?

MANAWATU-WANGANUI LANDFILLS ARE FULL OF 1080 POISON

By Carol Sawyer

Horizons Regional Council have a long history of being lax about 1080 poison going into their region’s landfills it seems. I wrote the following in January 2017:

“George Robinson has worked in the pest control industry all his life. When he left the Manawatu/Wanganui (Horizons) Regional Council he had a gagging order put on him, but the time period is now up.

This is the story he told me:

They used to use (up to 2008-2009 that he knows of) 20% 1080 stock solution and dilute it to a field solution to put it on the green-dyed carrots, for rabbits. He said they had back packs and had it running down their arms, legs, backs….. They used to find dead birds everywhere, blackbirds especially. They were told it all dissolved in water and broke down.

They had a big holding tank and the stock solution could be held for up to 7 or 8 years before it was no good, but a man from a waste removal transport company would come along and pump out the holding tank. He would take it down to the Palmerston North landfill and spread it all over the ground, driving round in a circle. George says this guy was a straight-up sort of chap who was amazed that he was given permission to do it.”

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Also the 66 tonnes of 1080 poison baits, unused at Makarora, Mt Aspiring National Park, in 2015, ended up being trucked to a Manawatu-Wanganui region landfill according to an OIA response from DoC to Ray Thompson in February 2017 – an identical performance to the 16 tonne one in this recent RadioNZ report attached. 66 tonnes of 1080 baits contain enough pure 1080 to kill 1,414,286 x 70 kg people and poison another 1,414,286 people ( LD50 0.5 to 2 mg per kg bodywight, Negherbon )

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If I hadn’t been alerted to a rumour about JJ Nolan’s Haast (Okuru) flood-damaged storage shed, and if Joel Lund had not then gone from Wanaka to Haast and bravely taken photographs of same with a good zoom lens (because we could not be sure until then which building it was, and needed proof – the HazChem sign) and undergone on-site interrogation while he was about it (!), and if Richard Healey had not done terrific captions and graphics plotting the old water courses in the area, and also calculated the size of the storage shed from the photographs, and if Kathy White hadn’t nudged me into sending an OIA request to Worksafe (I hate doing OIAs) which confirmed that flood-damaged bait was disposed of, and if David Haynes had not followed up with a more specific OIA request to the EPA which confirmed quantity, destination and method of disposal, this RadioNZ story would never have emerged.*****

Story in more detail here: https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/2387188484894797

These stories are almost always a joint effort and this is the true power of the anti-1080 movement. So much unacceptable carelessness and dangerous practice is hidden from the public by the Dept of Conservation. It is, frankly, disgusting behaviour. But… it is getting harder and harder for them to hide the truth !!!

*****Footnote: Organisations like Worksafe, DoC, OSPRI, EPA consistently use the full legal limit of 20 working days before responding, and more and more frequently are claiming a need for extensions of time. The flood happened in mid-March and it has taken FOUR MONTHS to get even this small part of the story into the medis – such are the holdups imposed on obtaining information which it is our legal right to have.

 

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Claire OIA for whanganui

This is an excerpt from an OIA response from the Whanganui District Council.. You’ve got to wonder what substantial quantities implies in reference to the Palmerston disposals.. When Awapuni landfill stopped taking 1080, our government owned manufacturer applied for a consent to dispose of 80 tonnes of 1080 products in an unlined landfill in Whanganui.. right in-between a school, suburb and an industrial area. They waited months to sample the dump after it rained.. Not one soil test was taken. They submitted a few bait samples for testing that leach 1080. Finding lower amounts of 1080 in bait samples after rain isn’t proof of degradation.. it just proves 1080 leaches from baits.

(Info supplied by the No to 1080 facebook page)

The dumping of the Class 1A Ecotoxin 1080 in NZ landfills & DoC’s in-house studies justifying it

From the NO to 1080 use in NZ Facebook page

Regarding the toxic landfill sites, more from the Greymouth Star, 10 August 2000:

From the article (image below):

“Manager of the 1080 pellet producing factory, Bill Simmons, said dumping 1080 was accepted as normal practice and there was no cause for alarm about a 22 tonne dump at Chesterfield, North of Hokitika. In Wanganui, we dumped 58 tonnes in a landfill. We lifted the bait out of the ground for assessing and in six months it had degraded by half and in 12 months it was barely detectable.”

And yet, in the SAME article, (quote)

“Scientific evidence says WATER does DESTROY 1080 and residue lasts no longer than 24 hours and it does say that after 4 inches of rain the baits are safe.”

So which is it? Does the poison ‘disappear’ after 24 hours, or hang around for over a year?

And who did that testing?

You guessed it, the New Zealand Dept of Conservation – the same people advocating its use. The conflicts of interest and the inadequate and conflicting outcomes from testing has been ongoing for decades.

RELATED: NEARLY 70% OF DOC’S STUDIES JUSTIFYING AERIAL 1080 OPERATIONS WERE CONDUCTED IN-HOUSE

1080 poison does not ‘breakdown quickly into harmless salt’ as per the propaganda. It takes a long time to break down and the process kills micro organisms that are essential for the complex ecosystems of our environment.

There is no antidote to 1080 poison. It is a known hormone disruptor and a single teaspoon of the toxic chemical can kill many adults. The sub lethal impact on many species, including humans, is entirely unknown.

 

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SO WHICH IS IT? DOES THE POISON ‘DISAPPEAR’ AFTER 24 HOURS, OR HANG AROUND FOR OVER A YEAR?

Richard Healey says :

“Neither proposition is true. The science on this is pretty well established. Adding water to 1080 simply makes an aqueous solution. The lethality will not degrade… ever. The same can be said for contact with soils. What does eventually break down 1080 are microorganisms sometimes found in the environment.

Note the “sometimes”. In a set of laboratory experiments one researcher found that when he added 1080 to a mixture of soil and water (eight samples, from different sites around New Zealand) the lethality of the mixture gradually decayed over time. For three of the samples essentially no reduction in toxicity occurred. The breakdown rate was dramatically affected by sample temperature and slowed quickly as the temperature of the sample was reduced below 23 degrees.

1080 is biodegradable, given the presence of the right microorganisms, given the right temperature and given time. Remove any one of those three and it is a very persistent toxin indeed.

That’s precisely why DoC’s use of the phrase “biodegradable 1080“ is so dangerous, so irresponsible and so dishonest. Think of it as telling someone that it’s perfectly safe to jump out of an aeroplane – without first explaining that you should be wearing a parachute at the time.”

RELATED: OVER 5 YEARS NZ$3 MILLION HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY DOC ALONE TO THE EIGHT MAIN NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES – SO HOW INDEPENDENT IS THEIR RESEARCH?


If you are new to the 1080 poisoning program, here is a good article to start with …WHY ARE PEOPLE SO CONCERNED ABOUT 1080? 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. There are links also on our 1080 resources page to most of the groups, pages, sites etc that will provide you with further information.

Check out the 1080 pages at the main menu, particularly the sub tab, ‘suspected 1080 poisoning cases’. Finally, remember what the retired MD Charlie Baycroft said recently …‘if you die from 1080 poisoning, nobody will know  because the Ministry of Health is bullying NZ Doctors into not testing for 1080′. 

 

Whanganui, scene of recent 1080 protests, still awaits investigation of 1080 health concerns raised by a Doctor over one decade ago

Whanganui is the scene of health concerns regarding 1080 that were raised by the late Dr Peter Scanlon over a decade ago and which have never been fully investigated by the authorities. He said in a submission in 2010:

Given the “scientific ignorance” of those who proclaim human safety when doing aerial drops near water supplies in the West Coast, Whanganui, Coromandel, Levin, Hutt Valley and other regions of New Zealand and the real lack of safety data, especially for NZ’s most vulnerable human populations, our unborn, young and old and those with chronic illnesses, one really must question whether it is ethical to use such a poorly studied chemical from a human health risk perspective. The native flora & fauna are replaceable. TB ridden cows are replaceable but the future health of our children & our most vulnerable is not.

“I nga wa o mua” − The past informs the present. ” Foresight should be sought as hindsight is dearly bought”

Dr Peter Scanlon (Accident & Medical Practitioner)
M.B.ChB.. B.H B., P.G.DipCEM.. B.Sc.. F. AMPA


 

Thanks to Stewart Shand for the video

Environmentalists who protested recently against the slathering of the Class 1A Ecotoxin 1080 all over our once pristine environment (contaminating/poisoning our food, air & water) are not going away any time soon.

More than 200  gathered in Whanganui recently (1/5/19) to make known their concern for the welfare of both people and the environment. As you’ll see below in Carol Sawyer’s article, poison is big business and it’s expanding & set to be privatized.

Firstly though, Whanganui is a location of concern that the late Dr Peter Scanlon brought to the attention of NZ authorities regarding a cluster of health concerns following an aerial 1080 drop …

“A concerned Maori woman contacted me and presented to the Waitangi Tribunal evidence for the Whanganui Inquiry last year her concerns that 1080 may have been implicated in causing a cluster of miscarriages, stillbirths and congenital malformations to the children of pregnant Maori women following aerial drops and raised the question of bowel cancer in some adult Maori being possibly linked to environmental 1080 exposures through contaminated food and water sources. The current scientific gaps which the ERMA 2007 reassessment failed to address and assumptions based on out−dated or poorly studied science for human risk considerations cannot exclude the possibility of 1080 having such adverse health effects in Whanganui or other NZ rural communities The current medical system cannot easily investigate such concerns.”

Read more about Dr Scanlon’s concerns at this link:

IN 2009 TWO MIDWIVES URGED THEIR PREGNANT PATIENTS TO LEAVE TOWN BEFORE A 1080 DROP – HEAR THE LATE DR SCANLON SPEAK ON THE LACK OF RESEARCH ON THE POTENTIAL RISKS TO THE UNBORN

Most importantly, as he says in the video clip in that article:

“Where are the cancer causing or carcinogenicity studies? … there aren’t any;

Where are the reproductive studies, particularly focusing on female eggs? … there aren’t any; 

Where are the developmental studies, early exposure to brain, immune system? … there aren’t any;

Where are the long term chronic exposure studies looking at mitochondrial DNA content and mutation rates? there aren’t any.

There’s a lot of doubts about this substance, it’s dangerous.”

As far as I know there has yet been no investigation into Dr Scanlon’s concerns. We need to be asking ourselves, ‘why not?’ We need to be asking our authorities, why not? Why are they not sharing the same concerns this good Doctor voiced about the health of NZ citizens? About vulnerable pregnant women’s exposure to 1080 when it’s clear there have been NO LONG TERM STUDIES PROVING ITS SAFETY for them & their unborn?

In addition, as retired Doctor Charlie Baycroft has told us over and over, 1080 kills people, and if you die from 1080 poisoning, nobody will know because the authorities are bullying his profession not to test for it. Take note and peruse our Suspected Poisoning page.

Finally, Carol Sawyer’s article below outlines the history of  1080 suppliers in NZ & elsewhere


PROTEST OUTSIDE ORILLION (1080 BAIT FACTORY) IN WHANGANUI, 1st MAY, MAYDAY, 2019

By Carol Sawyer

Animal Control Products Ltd, Whanganui, trading as Orillion, is the state-owned enterprise (SOE) that manufactures 1080 baits for New Zealand.

Until mid-2018 this was the only place that manufactured 1080 baits in New Zealand. Now the NZ government is set to privatise everything, which is even worse news !

Mid-2018, Pest Control Research Ltd (PCR Ltd) in Rolleston near Christchurch, was given consent to manufacture 1080 baits. The first baits it produced were used to poison the Hope and Cascade River catchments in South Westland in August, 2018.

Now the Dept of Conservation’s “Battering the Birds” programme is using 50% baits from PCR Ltd and 50% from Orillion.

In March, 2019, ANOTHER factory, Invasive Pest Control / Connovation Ltd in Auckland, was granted consent to manufacture 1080 baits.

And so it grows…..


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ROLLESTON PEOPLE, ARE YOU AWARE OF THE RISKS OF TOXIC DUST DISPERSAL FROM YOUR LOCAL 1080 POISON FACTORY?

HOW THE NZ GOVT’S 1080 PESTICIDE COMPANY RE BRANDED ITSELF AND WHY

TWO MDS AND AN EXPERT ON MAORI MEDICINAL PLANTS DISCUSS THE TOXICITY OF 1080 IN OUR FOOD & OUR ENVIRONMENT

A RETIRED NZ MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO RECOMMENDED BEFORE & AFTER 1080 MEDICAL TESTING TO THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN THREATENED WITH PROSECUTION BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO DO AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY IN NZ TO SEE HOW 1080 POISON MAY BEHAVE IN OUR POPULATIONS LIVING WITHIN THE POISON AND DUST ZONES

PEST CONTROL IS BIG BUSINESS: 1080, THE CURIOUS TRAIL OF SOURCING, MANUFACTURE & INVESTMENT

 

A Whanganui woman has been camping by the river because she cannot find a rental property – neo lib isn’t working Roger Douglas

This was late January, a further article says someone is obtaining a caravan for her but they need somewhere to park it. Of course we can no longer park those just anywhere & in a camping facility, ‘sorry, not long term’. And Whanganui, like many other places in the clean & green (not) land of the ‘blessed’ (few) is experiencing a housing crisis … with 43K homeless in NZ as rental properties sell up like hot cakes. But well, it’s a case of ‘let them eat cake’ pretty much thanks to Roger Douglas & his great neo-lib experiment on the NZ public. And further thanks to Key for more latterly getting rid of so many of our state homes for the benefit of property developers. They should both be jailed for treason.

They’ve brought hard times for the majority & for the rest of their own ilk, they’re now profiteering like pigs into muck.

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Good homes for people, sold to property developers by the thousands thanks to the Key corporation

 
From the NZ Herald

As thousands of New Zealanders enjoy camping holidays this summer, one Whanganui woman is not enjoying the experience.

Helen (not her real name) says she has no alternative but to camp with her pets after losing her rented home late last year.

“I had been renting a cottage on a lifestyle block in Hunterville but the property was sold and the new owners wanted to renovate the dwelling.”

The 64-year-old has rescued many unloved pets during her lifetime and while most have been rehomed, some were living with her and have become her own loved pets.

“I have given away two cats and a couple of goats but I still have three cats, one medium-sized and one small dog and one goat.”

Danny the goat may yet be rehomed but Helen wants to keep him with her if she can because she has had him since he was a “runty little kid”.

“I consider them to be my family and I was upset when a WINZ case worker said I should ask the SPCA to take them.”

READ MORE

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12197323

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Photo: NZ Herald

 

In 2009 two midwives urged their pregnant patients to leave town before a 1080 drop – hear the late Dr Scanlon speak on the lack of research on the potential risks to the unborn

“It is astounding that no−one has done any research on the effects of sub−lethal doses of 1080 episodic exposures on developing human and non−human brains, given the fact, that 1080 is a known brain or central nervous system toxin!”
Dr Peter Scanlon

The article from mainstream in 2009 mentioned in the headline, rolls out the usual statements of ‘the benefits outweigh the risks’ or ‘there’s little evidence 1080 could harm pregnant women’, without producing a shred of data to prove these claims to the public. That could be because there really aren’t any according to the late Dr Peter Scanlon who asked the pertinent questions on 1080 research, or rather the lack thereof, quote:

“Where are the cancer causing or carcinogenicity studies? … there aren’t any;

Where are the reproductive studies, particularly focusing on female eggs? … there aren’t any;

Where are the developmental studies, early exposure to brain, immune system? … there aren’t any;

Where are the long term chronic exposure studies looking at mitochondrial DNA content and mutation rates? there aren’t any.

There’s a lot of doubts about this substance, it’s dangerous.”

Hear Dr Scanlon speak on the need for regulatory bodies to look at those age groups that are most vulnerable to chemical environmental exposure which can affect them in those growing periods.  The periods he says when there are critical windows of much harm being done in the womb, foetuses, embryos, newborns and how exposure here in this early time of life, can lead to great harm & susceptibility to disease years or decades later. Watch the GrafBoys’ video below. Dr Scanlon speaks in the first half of the video.

So the midwives’ precautionary warnings to their patients were well founded.

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screen shot from the GrafBoys’ video featuring Drs Scanlon & Sean Weaver

Further read Dr Scanlon’s letter of submission cautioning about the potential risks from 1080 to the unborn (my emphases added) and also the risks to food & water:

03/12/10
Dr Peter Scanlon,
2 Bremworth Ave,
Dinsdale,
Hamilton 3204

Dear Select Committee members,

I would suggest that you request scientifically referenced answers to some important questions in relation to the human safety of aerial 1080 (or sodium monofluoracetate/SMFA) drops in New Zealand or invoke the precautionary principle until such information is provided. With respect to potential human health risks the ERMA process was inadequate and often based on outdated and simplistic 19th and mid− 20th century level science involving animal studies that will not predict human risk, particularly in the most vulnerable populations. Any 19th or earlier century scientist could tell you what dose of 1080 would likely kill or be acutely toxic to human or non− human creatures. However no one can tell me or you for that matter, what sub−lethal dose will not have long−term negative health effects on the developing brain, immune, dental, endocrine and reproductive systems in embryos, newborns and young children using late 20th and early 21st century methods to access harm, especially changes to gene expression that may lead to disease later in life.

Early developmental exposures may lead to life−long problems and some may be analogous to the “leaky home” phenomena, where problems only manifest with time, hence long−term developmental studies are needed to exclude this possibility. I alerted ERMA of the 2007 International Conference on Fetal Programming and Developmental Toxicity which produced a very important statement (The Faroes Statement) for regulatory bodies to incorporate specific testing for early life environmental chemical exposures for risk assessment which was ignored. Could you please provide an impartial answer to a question posed by Independent MP Gordon Copeland in 2008 ” Does 1080 pose a risk to the health of unborn children?”

A concerned Māori woman contacted me and presented to the Waitangi Tribunal evidence for the Whanganui Inquiry last year her concerns that 1080 may have been implicated in causing a cluster of miscarriages, stillbirths and congenital malformations to the children of pregnant Māori women following aerial drops and raised the question of bowel cancer in some adult Māori being possibly linked to environmental 1080 exposures through contaminated food and water sources.

The current scientific gaps which the ERMA 2007 reassessment failed to address and assumptions based on outdated or poorly studied science for human risk considerations cannot exclude the possibility of 1080 having such adverse health effects in Whanganui or other NZ rural communities. The current medical system cannot easily investigate such concerns. In following an ERMA directive, recent NZ studies have found maximal levels of 1080 in puha & watercress to contain, respectively 15 and 63 parts per billion, and on the basis of these figures it has been calculated that a 70kg person would have to eat 9.3 tonnes of affected puha & 22 tonnes of affected watercress to have a 50% chance of dying from 1080 poisoning. Sadly that gives absolutely no safety reassurances for the many pregnant women or those with chronic medical conditions such as kidney, heart or liver disease, who enjoy such kai, or the common practice of Maori parents who mix mashed puha or watercress with pumpkin or kumara for the feeding of their infants. Non−toxic, low dose 1080 will not pose a risk for healthy adults but the current environmental food & water risks are in the ballpark levels that could especially harm our youngest & most vulnerable children. What 1080 amount will not affect their growing bodies, especially their developing brains? What level may cause a miscarriage? It is astounding that no−one has done any research on the effects of sub−lethal doses of 1080 episodic exposures on developing human and non−human brains, given the fact, that 1080 is a known brain or central nervous system toxin! And the brain function is intimately connected with immune and endocrine function. One Pirongia mother has raised this issue of developmental delay and other health issues in her children from possible low level water contamination during pregnancy in a well written ERMA submission. The studies for which the Ministry of Health based their provisional maximal acceptable levels of 1080 for drinking water ( 3.5 parts per billion) did not include neurotoxicity data, nor does Natalia Forunda’s University of Otago’s 2007 PhD
recommended level of 0.6 ( zero point six) parts per billion. I believe if developmental data, including fetal & young infant brain data were included, given the extreme vulnerability of this age group, that a much lower Maximal Acceptable Value for drinking water would be mandated. The limits of reported testing for 1080 is 0.1 ( zero point one) part per billion, so if one looked at the most vulnerable human groups, unborn and young children, levels under this, which the current test would record as zero, could still pose a human health risk. No aerial drops should occur near drinking water until this risk has been excluded and long−term neuro−developmental (i.e. behavior & brain function), immune, metabolic and reproductive outcomes for early life exposures have been scientifically accessed.
The finding of naturally occurring levels of SMFA being present in drinking tea at higher levels than the provisional maximal acceptable values for potable water, hence implying safety, is irrelevant for early unborn exposures. Some recent studies have linked tea− consumption during pregnancy to increased risks of brain tumours, leukaemia, dental fluorosis in the child as well as an increased risk of pre−eclampsia in the mother. Laboratory eel studies have shown 1080 levels of 17.4 parts per billion for those eels that consumed contaminated possum muscle and 30.6 parts per billion that ate contaminated possum gut. 1080 is slowly metabolized in eels. Are eels contaminating the food chain?
Will NIWA provide 1080 contaminant monitoring for local consumers of 1080 levels in eels after aerial drops and also measure other possible contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticide residues and toxins in them, that may have negative additive human health effects?
The ERMA scientific advisors decided that no studies were needed to be done to see if 1080 causes cancer on the basis that 1080 did not cause DNA mutations using traditional types of screening tests which are now being questioned in the cancer literature for their usefulness in predicting cancer risk given the rapid advances in the past few years in studying non−mutagenic causes of cancer. For instance, one of the energy−producing enzymes that 1080 inactivates, aconitase, has recently be found to have a role in regulating and protecting mitochondrial DNA from mutating. 1080 affects the sausage shaped cellular structures called mitochondria. Human cells contain 2 sources of DNA, namely nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. The possible effect of 1080 causing mitochondrial DNA mutations has simply not been accessed. Another enzyme that 1080 interferes with also has been linked with a certain type of cancer. Also, sub−lethal effects of 1080 impairing energy production needs to researched as defects in mitochondrial functioning has been recently found to play an important role in the initiation and/or progression of various types of cancer, including colorectal cancer Having recently met the daughter of one of the early 1080 aerial operation users and discovered her father died ” too early” with Bowel Cancer− the lack of any carcinogenicity studies in light of recent developments is simply inexcusable. Furthermore, damage to mitochondrial DNA has recently been shown to be involved in causing common diseases besides cancer such as heart disease, obesity & degenerative brain disorders, including dementia. Long−term studies on those working with this chemical or any individual with chronic medical conditions such as kidney impairment, diabetes, liver disease or heart disease that consumes possible 1080 contaminated foods should be accessed for progressive mitochondrial toxicity and for effects on mitochondrial DNA.
The 1080 chronic intoxication study of an occupationally exposed rabbiter −exposed over 10 years, was published in the NZ Medical Journal in 1977, and was ignored by ERMA mainly because the Christchurch doctors who trustingly sent a urine specimen to a certain Forest Research Institute scientist to measure the 1080 contained in it, who gave them a 1080 measurement in writing, later denied that he had in fact measured 1080. The more recent Sept 2009 NZ Medical Journal research on 1080 assessment of occupational exposures by Beasley and colleagues failed to even acknowledge or learn from this former paper yet they did admit how little they know about 1080 interactions with the human body. It was the similar structural toxicity appearances in the liver and kidney cells from the rabbiter’s specimen’s to morphological or structural states in 1080 experimental animals that lead Parkin and colleagues, to consider 1080 as the most likely cause of toxicity. They used electron microscopy performed on kidney biopsies taken from the rabbiter which showed changes that most likely represented degenerating mitochondria, hence the need to look for evidence of mitochondrial pathology such as tissue biopsies, or look for changes in mitochondrial DNA levels using techniques as have been used for monitoring HIV drug−induced mitochondrial toxicity, or check for mitochondrial DNA mutations and not just focus on 1080 level measurements. The reason New Zealand Medical Officers of Health report no concerns with 1080 is that they have failed to do the appropriate diagnostic investigations just mentioned, and the following adage applies to them−”If you don’t know what to look for, then you probably won’t find it”. 30 yrs later we still have no decent chronic toxicity human data or really understand the human kinetics of this chemical in healthy adults, let alone those with any concurrent chronic illnesses and most significantly Beasley and colleagues failed to do any measures of mitochondrial toxicity from this mitochondrial interfering toxin, hence we are none the wiser about its safety.
Given the “scientific ignorance” of those who proclaim human safety when doing aerial drops near water supplies in the West Coast, Whanganui, Coromandel, Levin, Hutt Valley and other regions of New Zealand and the real lack of safety data, especially for NZ’s most vulnerable human populations, our unborn, young and old and those with chronic illnesses, one really must question whether it is ethical to use such a poorly studied chemical from a human health risk perspective. The native flora and fauna are replaceable. TB ridden cows are replaceable but the future health of our children and our most vulnerable is not.

” I nga wa o mua” − The past informs the present.
” Foresight should be sought as hindsight is dearly bought”

Yours sincerely,
Dr Peter Scanlon (Accident & Medical Practitioner)
M.B.ChB.. B.H B., P.G.DipCEM.. B.Sc.. F. AMPA


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

TULL Chemical in the US that made 1080 has shut down … where will NZ source 1080 from now?

From Carol Sawyer

TULL CHEMICAL CO, OXFORD, ALABAMA, HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS ! SO…. WHERE WILL WE BE SOURCING OUR PURE 1080 FROM NOW?!!

The seedy little factory in Burton St, Oxford, Alabama – from whence New Zealand sourced its pure 1080 poison for so many years, has finally closed its doors!

Yet we are still, according to the NZ government, importing our pure 1080 from the USA. So, where are we getting it from ?

NO to 1080 Use in NZ reported on 16 August :

“Let’s be absolutely clear about the FACT that 1080 poison is NOT a ‘natural’ substance. This OIA dated last week from the New Zealand Government confirms that the SYNTHETIC poison 1080 is manufactured in the USA and imported into NZ. It is now processed into baits at the two factories: Wanganui and Rolleston.” – see attached.

In 2004, factory owner Charles Wigley said :

“… he makes as much as five tons of the poison annually, with most of it being exported to New Zealand. He said his only U.S. customer is the Department of Agriculture, which said it uses less than four tablespoons of Compound 1080 annually in sheep collars. The collars kill coyotes by poisoning them when they bite an animal’s throat.

The poison collars are used in nine states, but the government said they only kill a couple dozen coyotes annually. It was once used in California, but voters there in 1998 approved a ballot resolution banning the use of Compound 1080 and another poison, sodium cyanide.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/f4103ea0-4390-4c34-8929-…/…

In an article in ‘The Anniston Star’ by Zach Tyler, March 11, 2015, Wigley was reported as saying he thought he was the sole producer of 1080 used in pest control and that “New Zealand is, far and away, my largest customer”.

In another news article at that time, Tull Chemicals’ owner Charles Wigley said that NZ imported 90% of his product, Australia 7%, and Israel 3%. I can’t find the article, bother it, but those figures are embedded in my head ! (The factory was in the NZ news in 2015, because of the infant formula threat).

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SO HAS THE NZ GOVERNMENT TOLD THE TRUTH ?

Are we still importing pure 1080 from the USA ?

Have we simply got a massive stockpile here to use up until it is manufactured in NZ or replaced with another nasty poison ?

Is this the reason that the Rolleston factory, Pest Control Research Ltd, has finally been given consent to manufacture 1080 baits?

Will they be allowed to manufacture pure 1080 poison as well in the future?

Or will the government-owned factory “Animal Control Products’, trading as Orillion, start manufacturing pure 1080 poison again, as they did for some unknown reason from 1998 to 2002?

Photo : The old Tull Chemical factory in Oxford, Alabama

SOURCE

POSTSCRIPT

We have a postscript from a reader at Facebook:

“The West Coast Regional Council has admitted a secret $500,000 investment in a pest control company and new factory which is looking to manufacture 1080 poison at Rolleston, near Christchurch.
The council released a statement this morning after being outed by the Greymouth Star.
Once the factory is operational, the regional council will be involved in 1080 from manufacturing to consenting and even the application of the poison through another council-owned company.
Company Office records show the Rolleston partnership with Pest Control Research NZ Ltd was formed in May 2013. It has only two shareholders — Christchurch man Malcolm Thomas with 51 per cent, and the West Coast Regional Council with 49 per cent. This story came out in The Herald, October 2014.”

 

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How the NZ Govt’s 1080 pesticide company re branded itself and why

Orillion is the new name for the Govt/corporation owned factory in Whanganui that manufactures 1080, the poison that is distributed liberally over our land in an endeavour to make us pest free. Per annum they drop 4,000 kg, enough to kill 20 million people. This is 22,000 times more than the rest of the world drops in fact it is banned in most countries. No wonder they wanted to re brand it. People are waking up to its toxicity. They’ve been dropping 1080 for 60 years now so it seems to not be working.

TWO SCIENTISTS WHO REVIEWED MORE THAN 100 OF DOC’S SCIENTIFIC PAPERS SAY: “THERE’S NO CREDIBLE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SHOWING ANY SPECIES OF NATIVE BIRD BENEFITS FROM 1080 DROPS”

The new target is 2050 by which time we will supposedly be pest free. Supposedly. I suspect by 2050 we’ll be free of a lot more than pests.

WITH A LONG HISTORY OF POISONING KEA, DOC IS SET TO FINISH OFF WHAT REMAINS – DR JO POLLARD
WITH THE ANOMALIES NOTED IN KEA DEATHS, A SERIOUS UPGRADE IN MONITORING IS REQUIRED FOR US TO SEE THAT 1080 IS ACTUALLY DOING WHAT DOC SAYS IT DOES

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Local protesters raise awareness at the Govt owned factory ‘Orillion’ situated in Heads Rd Whanganui (PHOTO: Victoria Mitchell)

NZ’S 1080 SUPPLY IS MADE RIGHT HERE IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD – FYI

The old name of this establishment was Animal Control Products. However in 2016 or thereabouts, they enlisted a Massey University owned company in Wellington called Open Lab to re brand it. This does appear to coincide very much with the intensified awareness of the public to the darker side of this poison.

“Animal Control Products NZ develops products to control and eradicate pests. They wanted to reposition their status from being a negatively slanted ‘producer of poisons’ to instead emphasising the great achievements that their products have lead to.

Open Lab was entrusted with re-naming the company and developing a new brand strategy that would be reflected through a revitalised brand story and a modernised design aesthetic.”

You can read about the new slant at the following link:

http://www.openlab.ac.nz/our-work/orillion/

This is in no way a negative slant on Open Lab. They are just working for their dollars. Any design company could have done the task and the point here of course is to highlight the deliberate tactic of prettying up the poisoning program under a plethora of new and colorful rhetoric and images which of course is not new.

“The elected name, Orillion, means ‘the defensive part of a city wall’, and conveys their role as a safeguard of native species, the environment and community. The logo is based on the whauwhaupaku, or fivefinger; a fast-growing plant used to help forests regenerate.”

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Rebranding deadly poison with attractive & appealing brochures: Photo – openlab

It is a time worn tactic employed by governments since forever. The Crown is an expert at it. They re wrote our colonial histories in a similar  fashion to make them more palatable for succeeding generations. It is hoped says the website info, that the new branding will increase export sales.


POSTSCRIPT: From a FB member:

Did you know Company Office records show the Rolleston Partnership with Pest Control Research NZ Ltd was formed in May 2013.

It has only two shareholders- Christchurch man Malcolm Thomas with 51 per cent, and the West Coast Regional Council with 49 per cent.

Did you know ………”In New Zealand, the poison is manufactured into pellets by Animal Control Products Ltd (ACP), a Crown-owned company, which manufactures more than 90 per cent of the pesticides formulations containing 1080 used in New Zealand.”……….


For important details on 1080 that are generally left out of the mainstream dialogue I suggest you visit our 1080 pages at the main menu. There is much evidence there and many links to independent research illustrating that this product kills more than the pests we are told are targeted. If you hike, tramp, hunt or fish, you should also visit the page, Suspected 1080 Poisoning Cases. 

BANNED IN MOST COUNTRIES & CLASSIFIED BY WHO AS ‘HIGHLY HAZARDOUS’… 1080 IS A BROAD-SPECTRUM POISON THAT KILLS ALL OXYGEN-BREATHING ANIMALS AND ORGANISMS – DR MERIEL WATTS

Also, use ‘categories’ at the left of the page & search 1080. There are just too many references to include in this short article. Share the information with your loved ones. You should not for instance, be in or near a drop zone if pregnant.

Midwives warn of 1080 risk

More to come on that topic. Finally, watch out for your pets near any drop zone. Death by 1080 has been likened by a Veterinarian to two days of electrocution. Not a pretty sight and there is no antidote.

For those who are against the use of aerially dropped 1080 on our land (and waterways) there is a peaceful protest-hikoi making its way from the far North & the far South, to meet at Parliament on September 8th. Watch for its passage through your town/area & support their efforts in whatever way you can. Details can be found here.

For folk near Whanganui there is to be a peaceful protest there as well. Details below from Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation at Facebook.

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Header photo: Tim Benseman

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The growing momentum of the anti-1080 movement

Carol Sawyer recently posted on the growth stats of the Facebook groups opposed to the use of 1080 in NZ. All this, as the hikoi moves from the North & South of the country. Watch as they approach your area and support as you are able. See details below.

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The South Island Hikoi, moving North to Parliament

“Huge momentum has been gained in the anti-1080 movement over the last couple of months and I am finding it hard to keep up with emails and messages and responses to comments. There are only so many hours in a day.

I will get to most messages and emails eventually.

Example of growth :

The ‘Ban 1080 Party’ page now stands at 11,759 followers, (up from 10,616 in April this year).
‘No to 1080 Use in NZ’ now stands at 27,628 followers. (In the last 28 days the page reached 196.6 thousand people. From July 25 to July 31, followers increased by 571)
‘1080 Eyewitness’ now stands at 19,716 members (up 1000 members in the last few days!).
OPERATION BAN 1080 now stands at 36,534 members ! (It is the fastest growing group and has only been up and running for just over two weeks).

The Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation and supporters gather in Wellington on September 8th. Be there if you can!”

Photo Credit: from the Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation Facebook page


UPDATE ON THE HIKOI PROGRESS:

A Hikoi is a protest WALK, a long journey taking days or weeks.
It started seven weeks ago. North Island leader Emile Leaf started at Cape Reinga on 15 July. South Island leader Alan Gurden started at Bluff.
FINISHES at PARLIAMENT, Wellington on SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER.
TODAY THURSDAY 2nd of AUGUST. The North Island Hikoi is between Kaihere and Matamata. Weather fine & sunny.
The South Island Hikoi started from Waitaha Bridge this morning heading towards the township of Ross. It may get to Ruatapu.
On Friday 3 AUGUST we will be heading into Hokitika. Let us show Mayor Bruce Smith that 92 % of West Coasters do not want aerial 1080 poison.
Please join us at 12 noon at the clock tower. Bring a placard.

SUPPORTING EVENTS
NELSON CITY MONDAY 6 August. Support / strategy meeting @ Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar 113 Nile St. 12am – 2 pm. Please txt, PM or email Jim Hilton @ 027 8248 112 / jimehilton@gmail.com. (for catering purposes)

WANGANUI FRIDAY 10th August 10 am Otoko Marae, 2pm Te Ao Hou Marae (powhiri) 6pm Te Ao Hou Marae (Hui / Wananga)

WANGANUI SATURDAY 11 th August 9 am Meet at Pakaitore (Moutoa Gardens) Markets – DOC. Lunch Pakaitore.
1.30 pm Orillion Poison Factory 408 Heads Road Wanganui.
4 pm Te Ao Hou Marae (Dinner / Hui / Wananga)

This Hikoi is ORGANIC. IT WILL GROW naturally.
START TIME 7 AM DAILY.
Average 30 kilometres per day, Daily distances decided by weather, camping spots, health & safety, etc.
One rest day per week.
Join it wherever you can, for as long as you can.
Feel free to organise a satellite hikoi or support network in your area to support the main Hikoi.
Follow ” Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation” or “Kaitiaki of Aoteoroa” facebook pages and you will get an idea of when the walkers are close to you.
IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT EXACT TIMES AND PLACES.
Take photos and videos and SHARE them on Facebook pages, Facebook Community Groups and your local newspapers, TV stations, etc.
When you make posts on Facebook, Instagram etc be sure to hashtag#hikoiofapoisonednation #ban1080 # Kaitiaki of Aoteoroa. (get someone to show you how) and SHARE SHARE SHARE with your friends.
If you want to Donate online. BNZ acc.no 02-0844-0118658-000 Acc name A. Gurden & Mr E . Leaf There are always expenses.
Please text only to Emile 021 0237 7287 or Alan 022 4971 825.
Please respect other road users. This is a PEACEFUL PUBLIC PROTEST to STOP the use of DEADLY POISONS in New Zealand.