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To New Zealand Department of Conservation,
I am looking at DOCDM-25427-1080 Pesticide Review (iii) and it states 1080 has sublethal effects on reproduction and is classified as a teratogen. Couple that with a previous OIA where a DOC ranger says he has seen 1080 poo -heaps of it on the rocks, from Native Whio Blue ducks. Couple that with the one time you ever tested a Kiwi scat and it came back positive for 1080.
SO I want to know why you are feeding 1080 to our endangered native birds and then playing dumb in the newspapers saying basically Gee, we don't know why they are having breeding problems. Is there a government or bureaucratic directive to DOC to deny 1080 is a major problem for our native species because the folks who make 1080 at 408 Heads Road in Whanganui, are also the people who supply your department with most of its funding?

Can you please provide proof that the two native birds mentioned above are not effected by 1080 poisons teratogenic effects? Please provide evidence such as tracking gps waypoints, photographs and field notebook entries.

T. Benseman

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Amber,

We note that ERMA told you in Appendix B of the 1080 review 12 years ago that studies of the effects of 1080 on breeding capabilities would be highly desirable. 99% of kiwi have been killed now and you still have not done these studies.The NZ Conservation Trust states that 80 years ago we had 5 million kiwi. We now have just 50 thousand. 80 years ago most of the habitat loss had occurred. What changed was 1080 was introduced, causing the well documented rat and stoat plagues that LandCare found last for 5 years after a poison drop with a 6 fold rat increase. These plagues always follow "hit and run" style pest control. There is no getting away from the fact that you and DOC have caused the loss of 99% of our national birds thru your poisoning activities and its resulting plagues. It would have been prudent to study 1080 poisons effect on the breeding capabilities of our national bird once you had watched the first 50% die. The fact that you still have no data on it while there is clear evidence that Kiwi are eating 1080, leads me to the conclusion that you people are far beyond incompetent. DOC oversees 99% kill of kiwi. That's not conservation.

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