Sue Grey is trying to follow up DoC research on recommendations by Mike Meads related to the impact of 1080 on insects, bats, lizards and other invertebrates. The Department has not been cooperative.
1080 has a major effect on insect populations
Dr Mike Meads’ published research in 1994 when he was employed by the NZ government, indicating that 1080 poison has a significant impact on insects.
He emphasized that that more research was required to assess wider effects- presumably on the insects themselves and also as part of the food chain for native birds and other species.
In his report of June 1994 (DoC Report 1414) Dr Meads recommended:
“Investigations on the effects of this poison on non-target species has mostly been confined to its direct impact on birds, with little or no research on the effects on lizards, bats, or invertebrates.
Few studies have dealt with the direct impact of 1080 on native insects and other invertebrates, and there is no research on the effect of 1080 on populations or communities of invertebrate species….”
Requests for information
I recently sent an OIA request to Lou Sanson the CEO of DoC and to the Minister of Conservation asking: Please could you provide:
- copies of all research undertaken by or commissioned by DoC and/or MPI (or their predecessors) to follow up this recommendation by the government’s then expert Dr Meads and
2. copies of analysis of the impacts of poisoning of insects and invertebrates by 1080 on the food chain, native birds, wild foods, food products such as honey, and on NZ’s clean green reputation and reputation for food integrity, and accordingly impacts on food experts, tourism and the wider economy.
have been unable to find Dr Mead’s report or any research or analysis of this type I’ve requested on DoC or MPI’s website (other than the warnings associated with consuming trout that may have been exposed to 1080 within the previous week) .
If this information is available to the public and to researchers without waiting for the OIA process, please could you provide a link or links to help locate it.
Thank you for your help.
Sue Grey LLB(Hons), BSc, RSHDipPHI
(Mike Meads’ findings were clearly not popular with DoC and he was later drummed out of Landcare and discredited. His follow-up to his own earlier research in the Whitecliffs areas on the effect of 1080 on invertebrates was declared invalid and never published. See more detail in Fiona McQueen’s The Quiet Forest, chapter 4,)