Private 1080 Operations Draws Fire

Halt regional funding for poisoning

By Reihana Robinson, Upper Coromandel Landcare Assocation

Loading 1080 onto trucks in Whitianga

A Coromandel conservation group is calling for a halt to regional funding of toxin use on private land for wild animal control.

The Upper Coromandel Landcare Assocation (UCLA) is asking Waikato Regional Council (WRC), to suspend any further cash grants to “community” groups for placement of toxin 1080 and anticoagulant rat poisons on private properties on the peninsula.

UCLA cited a $41,000 grant to the Moehau Environment Group (MEG), a local contractor to WRC, for placement this summer of the poisons in bait stations on hundreds of hectares in Port Charles in an operation opposed by many landowners in the small community.

Inhumane and dangerous

The Kochumman family probably poisoned by 1080 contaminated pork

In addition to concerns over secondary poisoning of protected native species and inhumane controls generally, local residents have objected to extreme danger from toxic animal carcasses on neighbouring properties, as well as poisons entering the food chain.

A recent memorandum from the Department of Conservation confirmed that 1080 resides in the environment and food chain after placement. The toxin has been implicated in the near-fatal poisoning of three Waikato residents after they ate wild pork.

There are safe, affordable, and acceptable alternatives to use of residual toxins, including trapping and hunting. The $41,000 MEG grant, much of which covered 1080 poisoning on the property of the group’s own coordinator and her neighbour, is a dangerous, irresponsible, and wasteful use of regional rates dollars.

Limits on what people should be able to do

  • Locals cannot walk dogs safely along the main road.
  • Children cannot safely explore up the Tangiaro Valley.
  • Families can not harvest nutritional wild food.
  • Unsuspecting landowners may wind up with hazardous toxins on their own properties.

And as for our tourism-based economy, visitors are being greeted with kilometres of skull-and-crossbone warning signs instead of the pristine bush they expected.

We are not talking conservation estate or protection of crown land. This is public funding of dangerous poisons on private properties within metres of property lines and roads, with toxins potentially migrating onto other people’s land.

Waikato Regional Council wasting money

UCLA notes that hundreds of thousands of ratepayer dollars are being directed by the regional council this term to so-called “community groups” for possum, rat, and mustelid control with little or no accountability and without wider community support.

It’s easy for council staff to farm out control work with a few big cheques to a few eco-contractors.  But unfortunately, it is harmful not only to the environment, but to ratepayers and residents, and to regional council’s own relations with the wider community.

CONTACT: Reihana Robinson/ (027) 694-0000 / <>



To Gregory D.

DOC and OSPRI have had a policy of not allowing the raw possum and rat monitoring data to be made available to the NZ Public. Recently, after many years of concerted pressure, DOC and OSPRI have released some of the raw rat and possum monitoring data.

The data clearly shows that aerial 1080 has not been killing the numbers of rats and possums claimed and that the timing of monitoring has been manipulated to show an underestimation of the surviving rat and possum populations.

Further to this, when I asked where the raw data, that was supplied to scientists for some of the DOC commissioned reports that showed a positive outcome for aerial 1080 possum kills, I was told that the data had been lost or destroyed.

The simple fact is that DOC and OSPRI have always known that aerial 1080 has not been killing the numbers of rats and possums claimed and, therefore, all the other negative arguments actually cease to be relevant as the 1080 should never have been dropped, to kill the target animals, in the first place.

Contrary to DOC and OSPRI public statements, ground control contractors are achieving the wild animal control results claimed for, and not achieved by, 1080 and if the targets were lifted to the levels of wild animal control that is actually being achieved by 1080, the cost of ground control would be reduced substantially.

Here’s another question for Gregory D.
“What animals/predators are a problem of the Coromandel?”
Neil Hayes QSM CEnv

Surely Gregory D is well ware that between 7o% & 90% of all Government financed “research” is seriously flawed and fictitious – and simply confirms what their employer wishes to hear – with ‘research’ promoting the use of 1080 being by far the worst/best example!
Neil Hayes QSM CEnv

The use of ratepayer money to poison a private property would surely be an improper use of local body funds. Ratepayers should look into taking an action against the council officers, or councillors, responsible.

Public records show that over 10,000 domestic animals have died from 1080 poisoning over the past 15-years!
Research on the worlds two rarest species of NZ’s endemic frogs shows that they are now close to extinction – poisoned by 1080. And that the whole population of Kea is heading down the same track.
Please read Professor Waldman’s research on our endemic frogs!
Whio numbers in areas where 1080 had been dropped have also plummeted, because 1080 eliminates all their invertebrate food supply!
Please view some of this information on the Internet and try to learn something about the disastrous impact of 1080 on our endemic wildlife!

Gregory D obviously hasn’t done much research into one of the top ten super toxins in the world. Lew

How can the people of New Zealand be told in good faith by our government departments that 1080 poison is biodegradable with the intention to minimise any risks, that 1080 poison can not enter the human food chain, that 1080 poison are dropped to target certain mammals when it is a non-specific species poison, to have poisoned carcasses in our waterways which people drink from when they are out tramping/biking or that it is safe in public drinking water (the waterways in the bush that supplies Auckland’s drinking water for example are due a 1080 helicopter drop in a few months time). Hence no need for any hospitals, the National Poison Centre or other medical centres to have a protocol of how to deal with people that may have been exposed to either through inhaling dust or eating asymptomatic poisoned wild game.

Because it hasn’t entered their mind that compound 1080 is poisonous to people as well as other mammals.

Gregory d you unfortunately show everyone else what you are (take that any way you like) However I challenge you to supply this comment line with ONE scientific peer reviewed paper/experiment that proves 1080 is good for the environment and vertibrate/invertibrate populations. The pro poisoners always state read the hundreds of scientific papers that show how safe 1080 is so go ahead supply just ONE PAPER! I have challenged a lot of your type with this over the last 10 years and to date never had a reply! So put up or shut up me ol’ mate!

I’ll give you a piece of info Lloyd:

Parfitt, R.L., Eason, C.T., Morgan, A.J., Wright, G.R. and Burke, C.M. 1994. The fate of
sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) in soil and water. In: A.A. Seawright and C.T. Eason (eds).
Proceedings of the Science Workshop in 1080. Miscellaneous Series 28. The Royal Society of
New Zealand, Wellington.

Research Article at New Zealand Journal of Ecology : Benefits of aerial 1080 possum control to tree fuchsia in the Tararua Range, Wellington.

Researsh Article at Jouranl “Biological Conservation”: Successful recovery of North Island kokako Callaeas cinerea wilsoni populations, by adaptive management

And a little bit more to open yours eyes

“…..The use of VTAs, particularly aerial application of 1080, is often controversial among groups who believe that the risks of VTA use outweigh the benefits. In response to these concerns, in 2007, the EPA conducted a reassessment of the use of 1080 that approved the continued use of 1080 while imposing more stringent controls”.

The EPA reassessment decision is available at:

Appendix A of the 1080 reassessment decision applies solely to 1080 and formulated substances containing 1080. Note that the Hazardous Substances (Sodium Fluoroacetate) Transfer Notice 2005 has been superseded by the 1080 Reassessment Decision and the current controls are prescribed in Appendix A.

More info see:

Evaluating the use of 1080: Predators, poisons and silent forests

Is it enough for you?

23 tonnes of 1080 baits lying in the middle of Whitianga town for over four months. And none of the emergency services were advised. 23 tonnes of 1080 baits is enough to kill 200,000 people. Were a fire to have broken out during those four months not only would the firemen all have lost their lives but all those living down-wind on the day of the fire.
When the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima the expected death toll was 200,000.

Underpinning the government’s policy of widespread aerial use of 1080 poison are a couple of inaccuracies (lies to you and I). ‘Biodegradeable 1080 disappears and is safe to use’ is one of those whoppers. Another is the one that goes ‘Aerial-1080 is targeted at predator pests’. Oh yeah, sweet cereal bait for predators. Right.

Lie number one is debunked here with another, closer look at “biodegradeable 1080” It’s time science caught up on the 1080 programme.

Is fluoroacetate (the active part of 1080) a forever poison?

“My post mortem examination of the foxhound showed one peculiarity only to be noticed weeks later. The concrete near the drain where I carry out such work is always washed down immediately afterwards. This time, the blood stains did not wash away, and six months later the tell-tale spots are still obvious.” FDT Good, The Smarden 1080/1081 Poisoning, Kent 1963.

Decontamination of Water, EPA USA, May 2014 literature review. “SFA was shown to adsorb onto the pipe material coupons. Persistence and flushing evaluation suggested that decontamination with flowing water (1.5-2.0 fps) for SFA on concrete was not effective. Hyperchlorination (25-50 mg/L) with no flow was not effective in decontaminating SFA on concrete.”

Won’t ever go away….

“They say nothing lasts forever. Nothing, that is, except a group of toxic chemicals that may be associated with testicular cancer, kidney cancer, high cholesterol and suppression of vaccine effectiveness in children. They are now in nearly all of our bodies, are found in the air and water around the globe, and they never go away. They are “Forever Chemicals.”

“…characterized by a fluorine-carbon backbone. And the F-C bond, the Forever-Chemical bond, is quite amazing, representing one of the strongest bonds in all of organic chemistry.”

(The Washington Post, 2 January 2018, Joseph G. Allen)

And as for Lie No. 2…..

All this 1080 nonsense has nothing whatever to do with predator control – it is all about money laundering and the use of 1080 is now totally out of control!
1080 has no impact at all on major predators – feral cats, ferrets, stoats, weasels and has only a temporary impact on rats.
1080’s major impact is on our endemic insect eating birds – including Whio – and on our once lucrative tourist attraction: trout fishing!
1080 is also known to have eliminated somewhere between 10,000 & 20,000 domestic animals.
Until we have a Government that supports our environment; together with Regional, District, City Councils’, the Dept of Conservation and the Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand will soon be the sewer of the South Pacific and the ultimate example of incompetence & insanity!
Neil Hayes QSM CEnv

It is a complete rubbish!!! There is not a single concrete scientific-based fact, only idle illiterate speculations in the article written by this illiterate author tormented by idleness apparently.

By investing in 1080 operations New Zealanders are contributing to the survival and regeneration of the unique native New Zealand forest, birds and insect species, many of whom are now threatened by extinction!!!

Where DOC uses 1080, benefits have accrued. Many examples of it exist so far.
For example, the success of blue duck (whio) and kiwi breeding in the Tongariro Forest.

The difference that 1080 is making to the survival of NZ native blue ducks is demonstrated in records of blue duck numbers where 1080 was applied.
On the Whanganui River where there was no 1080 application, chick survival to fledging was just 30 percent. On the Mangatepopo River, where 1080 was applied on one side of river, chick survival to fledging was 36 percent. Compare this to the Whakapapa River, where both sides of the river were treated with 1080, and chick survival was exceptional with fledging at 88 percent.

Biodegradable 1080 naturally breaks down in the environment and does not leave residues in water, soil, plants or animals or build up in the food chain.

So stop pulling my leg Reihana.

Reihana has spelt out the gross misuse of public money not only by government but councils such as Waikato, not forgetting the danger to public and their dogs and the poisoning of the ecosystem. It is unbelievable that bureaucrats can without conscience spend millions of public money to damage the ecosystem. For instance OSPRI (TB Free NZ) knows NZ is well under the international yardstick for being recognised as TB-free. DOC knows too but blithely blesses the 1080 drops. – Tony Orman

Do you have any evidences of the …”danger 1080 to public and the poisoning of the ecosystem” Tony?
Any research, articles of the real scientists in medical/biological journals?

The supporters like you tell about “….Independent research has gathered overwhelming evidence of harm to some native species” …….”danger 1080 to public and the poisoning of the ecosystem” but unfortunately without any references.

And do you know why they are not referenced? The reason is they do not exist at all! A couple of dead dogs that eat every “sh.t” are not evidence of the 1080 danger.