1080 Drops for Inland Kapiti

Poisoning plan — Operational Solutions for Primary Industries explains

Issued by chief executive, Michelle Edge

The model for the mainland: Kapiti Island (Photo: Chris Keating)

Kāpiti [Island] is a predator-free sanctuary where birds can survive and breed untroubled by introduced possums, rats and stoats.

Their sustaining habitat of native bush offers food, safe nesting and shelter, undamaged by pests.

That balanced biodiversity is still a dream on the mainland, but in the first months of 2018, it will come significantly closer after a TBfree aerial 1080 possum control operation knocks down possums and rats across a large chunk of TB vector risk area – 11,000 hectares of bush and forest along the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, between the Akatarawa Road in the south and the Otaki River in the north.

The project area is just north of the settlement of Reikorangi, and some of the area for treatment is within view of Waikanae and the Kapiti Expressway.

The beautiful Reikorangi Valley

The operation, designed in consultation with local communities and landowners, aims to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) into the neighbouring farms and lifestyle blocks around Reikorangi, and reduce the risk of TB infection being maintained by possums. Native flora and fauna, including the birds that come and go from Kapiti, will benefit from the possum control operation.

The rugged nature of the terrain and in the inaccessibility of the block makes aerial control the preferred method for this operation, although ground-based methods of possum control using traps and poisons will be used on flatter land near areas of population and recreational parks.

Tracks and signage

The area does include popular walking and tramping trails such as the Mangaone Walkway, Kapakapanui Track and Hut, Waiotauru and Parata tracks.

Signage at all public access points to tracks and huts would be installed to alert hunters, hikers, mountain bikers and people with dogs.

Free dog muzzles would be available.

The exact date for the poisoning in February is still to be decided.

Hi Michelle Edge (OSPRI) and the anti-1080 people that have replied,

Kapiti Island had possums eradicated only because the final method used was traps (not poison of any sort). There were two goes, with trappers getting very near eradication and then the government refusing to fund the final eradication until over a decade later. The final solution was to blast Kapiti Island with poison and then use trappers to mop up the surviving possums.

The dumb thing is that trappers could have done the job, without poison bombing, as was proved, over a decade before the aerial poison operation, and after the aerial poison operation as trappers WERE NEEDED to clean up the last possums on Kapiti Island after DOC had aerially bombed their poisons.

Michelle Edge….I would encourage you to talk to Nick Hancox before you go about putting out press releases. I say this as Nick Hancox has a very good knowledge of the possum control that has happened in the Kapiti/Horowhenua/Wairarapa/Tararua area. Nick Hancox knows that you are being paid to get the media to print stuff that both you and him know are not true.

I know this as I have received possum population monitoring data, from both OSPRI and DOC, that records possum control results that do not match your, and historically, Nick Hancox’s claims.

I will go one step further and point out that AHB had the first, official, scientific report commissioned in 2001 that showed that aerial 1080 was not killing the numbers of possums that AHB was claiming. There were other reports, written about the failure of aerial 1080 to control possums, going back as far as the early 1980’s that state the same problems then as the scientists have continued to state in 2001, and ever since, in numerous reports that AHB/TBFree/OSPRI have commissioned.

Please accept my humble apologies if you are submitting information, for publication, that you believe to be true and that your superiors know to be not true. The fault can only lie with people, working for OSPRI, that are using people, like you, to disseminate untruthful information to the NZ Public and the Members of Parliament that are writing out the aerial 1080 cheques.

Cheers….And a Happy New Year to you all…Marty Foote.

Sue this is utter bull and you know it! I have been involved in fighting this terrible killer (1080) for over 25 years and the testing regime has been fiddled right from the start! Taking water samples after 24 hours flushing, taking samples way downstream after a lot of mixing and plant uptake, not following protocol temperature wise, removing baits from streams after finding high 1080 levels and still getting high readings (Pine Bay-Nydia Bay Pelorus Sound : source: Actual person whom did water sampling and Napier Court Case), Testers instructed on results needed otherwise no pay (captured scientists) and it goes on! Stop repeating the lies DOC, Ospri etc have told you and stop being so bloody gullible! Lloyd Hanson Blenheim

Given that this is the school holidays and many people are travelling through or staying in the area, as indeed I had planned to, Tbfree are even more irresponsible than usual.

There is no Tb in NZ by World Standards, there is not an issue in wild places with Tb but perfectly controllable on some farms, very few I might add. Tb testing is antiquated and never been updated to PCR testing. It is inaccurate and misleading.

Tb can be cooked out of meat whereas to cook 1080 poison out of meat would require it to be incinerated.
1080 has no antidote, is colourless , odourless and tasteless and is known to migrate out of the “operation” area. It kills cruelly, over a relatively long time, and should not be used near or over public or private water supplies or recreational areas or where town or people are living down stream. Out of our air, out of our water and off our land! Ban1080 now.

NZ Vets and most dairy farmers would disagree with your views on bovine TB, Mary. But I just want to talk about 1080 and water.

I’ll quote some facts for you (from http://www.1080facts.co.nz/1080-and-water.html)
“Water is routinely monitored after aerial application of 1080 in New Zealand and water samples are collected immediately after application when there is the highest possibility of detecting contamination.

Of 2442 water samples tested by Landcare Research between 1990 and May 2010
* 96.5% had no detectable 1080
* Of all the samples taken over 20 years only 6 were equal to, or above the Ministry of Health level for drinking water and none of these came from drinking water supplies.

“Of 592 samples taken from human or stock drinking supplies, only four contained detectable 1080 residues at 0.1ppb (1 sample) and 0.2 ppb (3 samples) – all well below the Ministry of Health level of 2 ppb.”

I’ll be visiting Kapakapanui and having a drink from the Ngatiawa Stream a couple of days after the drop.

It’s wasteful and destructive – and dishonest – by OSPRI. They know NZ is well under the international TB-free guideline of 0.1% infection on cattle at slaughter. NZ is way, way below this.
The dishonesty lies in bureaucrats whose motivation is solely focused on self interest in maintaining their salaries.
It is a corrupt gravy train.
-Tony Orman