My experience of 1080 poison

by Stewart Shand via Carol Sawyer


Back in the mid 1990s I was awarded an eradication contract with a forestry administration company in the Wairarapa. My job was to eradicate anything that had four legs, a tail, and a head from 6000 hectares of farm land. This farm land was bought by an overseas investor and was being planted in pines. The original contract ran for two years until the pines had established themselves.

In the contract I could remove from the property any, if not all the dead animals I wanted. This arrangement would give me a fairly good income from possum fur on top of the contract fee. So I thought.

To do the job efficiently I split things up into categories and times. For instance sheep and cattle in daylight. Possums at night. Rabbits and hares at night. Deer at night. Goats in daylight. Pigs in daylight and night. Traps and cyanide laid in daylight, and so on. Then the days and nights were split to target specific animals. If I was targeting rabbits and hares on a particular night, all the deer, sheep, etc were left alone. OK, I did take out the odd deer, pig and possum. No two consecutive nights had the same target.

For those wondering how I can see things at night, not very many nights are pitch black and you do get used to it over time. Also I used to have a small hand torch strapped to my shoulder to help when I was rolling a smoke. The kill light was a million candlepower handheld spotlight hooked into the motorbike. Also a 500 candlepower battery-run backpack spotlight for when I had to leave the bike.

As with most people working days or night shift I had my break times. These break times coincided with me reaching particular parts of the farm. These places were sheltered spots and mostly near native bush. A couple were right on the boundary with a conservation property. Another spot was beside an area of manuka that had been crush-rolled so they could plant in amongst it. It was in these areas when you switched off the lights and engine of the four wheeler that you could lay back on the ground and appreciate the noises made by the night life. Kiwis calling, nightingales flitting around, moreporks calling. The odd hedgehog coming in to see what you have for smoko.

Then the night up by the crushed manuka, two little moreporks landing on the front carrier of the bike with their big eyes sort of asking what’s for dinner. Parent sitting on the fence watching both myself and them.

The next night I returned at about the same time, this time with cut up rabbit. I waited around for a while and they didn’t turn up so I left pieces of rabbit on the ground and on the fence posts. Two nights later I was back in the area and with a bit of possum was going to leave them a feed. The lights picked them up sitting on the fence as I was going down the track. To keep a long story short, over time I could get fairly close to them but not quite hand feed them.

Meanwhile back in the other spots the night life could get rowdy on occasions. I used to take out the odd person with me for a hunt and they loved sitting in these places listening. A lot of them never realised just how much night life was in the bush.

Well all this changed the day the council twats turned up. 


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Comment by Danielle on January 10, 2018 at 13:53

You're so welcome Annemieke. Was actually Rose who inspired me to do the site, I figured if she could so could I  Same with the others here who have sites, Martin, WakeupKiwi, Doreen, Ev (RIP), Wolfe ... the ones I know & no doubt there are more. And yep, exactly re NZ focus. Just to wake folk up to what's really happening in our world. Would like to spend more time here but other commitments prevent me just at the moment. Nice to meet you anyway (& others here too I've not met before, Aroha) & thanks for the compliments. 

Comment by Annemieke de Jong on January 9, 2018 at 20:22

Thank you Danielle, I appreciate your explanation and the time taken! I'm amazed at the content of your website and also the - so much to take in and explore!! Great to have NZ focus as well amongst the worldly happenings.....

Comment by Danielle on January 9, 2018 at 11:44

Have you seen the Graf Boys' video they made way back called Poisoning Paradise Rhonda? Most kiwis are unaware of what's really going on here. I just re watched last night actually. The evidence against 1080 is damning, and DoC's research is paper thin or non existent. Our govt won't allow it to be screened so one thing folk can do on this is spread the video far & wide. Here's a link to it

Comment by Rhonda Reichel on January 9, 2018 at 10:50

Disgusting cruelty....and why kill every living thing on that land just to plant pine trees?

Comment by Danielle on January 9, 2018 at 8:18

Thanks George

Comment by George W. Reichel on January 9, 2018 at 1:46

You're a kind person Danielle.

Comment by Danielle on January 8, 2018 at 17:25

Identifying is not easy Annemieke. Since neo lib economics late 80s here we have a nasty underworld controlling things. The Councils are Agenda 2030 driven & it is they I referred to regarding hired thugs. In my district has happened to two people for exposing water pollution (the sustainable lip service... discharging sewage into the waterways). I know of one who has had personal threats also. Two actually. If you look at my site I've documented just some of that that comes to light on the Local Govt watch pages. See Horowhenua pages.

I could say lots more, people write to my site & tell me stuff. The Police are corrupt & different now. Had an ex detective write to me who said i can share his story. Just haven't had time yet. FB is another place you will see this coming out. Peoples stories. There is a lawyer on there exposing the corruption of the court system. Then there's the current obvious cover up with 1080 as mentioned. The woman in 2006 whose heart the NZ lab conveniently lost who her doc suspected had died of 1080 poisoning. The list goes on.

And children killing themselves, referring to the bullying culture Aroha talks about. There are cases of young children here primary age who have committed suicide because of being bullied at school. I dont' think it's being taken seriously. I'm also very suspicious of the 'safe schools' programs in light of what's happening in australia with theirs. Started up with the help of a man who thinks sex with kids is ok, calls it inter generational sex.

Have a look at the Opal file Annemieke. That tells a bit of our history & where the corruption came in.

And yep Marian totally agree on the Greens. They make all the right noises but as to 1080 nothing. The story does speak volumes & it's heart rending.

Comment by Marian on January 8, 2018 at 16:33

The hypocrisy of the Greens is so nonsensical when it comes to the carnage caused by 1080.

This is a very candid and honest story by Stewart Shand..." straight from the horse's mouth " and it speaks volumes.

Comment by Annemieke de Jong on January 8, 2018 at 15:05

Can we identify who the dangerous people are? Is this our Deep State? I follow what is happening in the US but it is not so easy to get information on NZ behind the scenes politics.... Hence they are getting away with a lot..... I didn't know people had been beaten up by hired thugs for exposing corruption? Can you expand on what you mean by little kids killing themselves? I thought the corruption at Pike River Mine was bad enough, that was a complete coverup but now you are talking about a whole new level of corruption......

Comment by Danielle on January 8, 2018 at 14:01

Agree Graeme they are dangerous people. Wisdom required. As you say much money involved. People getting beaten up, or disappeared now. The protester at Whitianga who was assaulted now is being charged with assault. The whole system is corrupted from within. Still I agree too Aroha. Bullying in every level. The schools the most heart rending. and yes, right the way up to the (so called) top echelon. We've had people in our district beaten up by hired thugs for exposing corruption. So definitely timely for a bit of education at all levels on how to handle it. Specially when little kids are killing themselves. REal sad.

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