News Hub Exclusive: 1080 dumpsite uncovered in Stewart Island national park

12/07/2018 Patrick Gower

A Newshub investigation has uncovered a dumpsite of the poison 1080 in a national park on Stewart Island.

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As much as 75 kilograms of the poison was dumped by a contractor working for the Department of Conservation (DoC), which has now called in police and other authorities.

The pristine New Zealand bush on the island is remote and unspoilt - but the dump had enough poison to kill potentially hundreds of animals.

DoC contracted out the job of disposing of the 1080 to Tony Leith - one of New Zealand's most experienced poison operators.

Isaac was a former worker on the 1080 operation. Workers like Isaac - who did not want his last name used - were meant to put the 1080 in bait bags then staple them up in trees.

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Did the guy dump it, because he did not want to set up the bait in the trees?

either way, i am glad it not been used, what a dreadful poison that can kill animals, and humans,why are they so obsessed with killing Possums? read up a little on them and I am not sure why they are so hated, this is what they eat: Omnivores galore. Their normal diet consists of carrion, rodents, insects, snails, slugs, birds, eggs, frogs, plants, fruits and grains. They also eat human food, table scraps, dog food and cat food. They have an unusually high need for calcium, which incites them to eat the skeletons of rodents and road kill they consume. They're the sanitation workers of the wild.

So why are they doing their best to exterminate them? link:

I think their is more to it than meets they eye...

It will be interesting to see if any more news is forthcoming. There's supposed to be an investigation. I heard the story on Radio NZ a couple of days ago BTW.

and only radio NZ has carried it since

Bet it goes down The Black Hole Of Nothingness that is at the bottom of MSM reporting. NAFU: Never Any Follow Up!


Second incident of 1080 dump found on Stewart Island

"Five minutes in to the hunt we came over a big log and there was a whole bag of pellets in a plastic bag," Mr Hicks said.   

He and a mate had left from a hut called Fred's hut when they found it.

"I would say about eight kilos worth of 1080."

Eight kilos of dry, highly toxic poison - enough to potentially kill hundreds of animals, or humans.

Mr Hicks said there were no words for it and it shouldn’t be done.

It was done by the same contractors who dumped as much as 75 kilograms of the poison in Rakiura national Park on Stewart island.

We uncovered with the help of former worker Isaac, who dumped it with boss Tony Leith.

Isaac spoke up after he saw a photo of a dead Kiwi on the Island, Which some have blamed on the poison.


Calls to prosecute contractor who dumped 75kg of 1080

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie said she was expecting a prosecution because the action was a serious breach of trust.

"I've contacted the director general of conservation. I've also drafted up letters to WorkSafe, who administer compliance with regards to hazardous substances," she said.

"I've written to the Department of Conservation and also to the [Southland Regional Council]. I'm expecting full investigations, I'm expecting a prosecution, and I'm expecting a review of procedures as to exactly how this happened."

The Department of Conservation (DOC) said a contractor left 75kg of 1080 in a remote backcountry block at Rakiura National Park during a four-month ground baiting operation, before it was removed yesterday.

The operation started in March and finished at the end of June.

Ms Dowie said she would like to know what prompted the contractor to dump the poison.

"What was this experienced guy thinking - did he think that he could get away with it?" she said.


DOC's acting deputy director general for operations Reg Kemper said the bags of possum cereal bait contained a small amount of 1080, which breaks down quickly, doesn't pose any risks to humans and no native animals would have been tempted to eat it.

cats pajamas Danielle just dropped this into the Predator Free thread

get your 1080 folks! made right here in clean green pristine new Zealand...ahhhhhh

I know its crazy right..1080..made here in pristine clean green NZ. People make a good living off this stuff  :-(

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


Invercargill MP condemns 1080 dump on Stewart Island


The truth about aerial-dropped 1080-poisoned food

A very worth while read here.Thanks Rose.

The truth about aerial-dropped 1080-poisoned food

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