Tagged: 1080

Book review: Protecting Paradise - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Oct 21, 2016

A new book on the history and science of 1080 in New Zealand goes beyond simply relaying facts and instead delves deep into science denial and the psyche of those who favour conspiracy over science. Protecting Paradise: 1080 and the fight to save New Zealand’s wildlife, written by Dave Hansford and published by Potton & Burton, covers the … Read More

Predator free NZ: Can we do it? - News

John Kerr Jul 26, 2016

The New Zealand Government has just unveiled ‘the world’s most ambitious conservation project’: eliminating introduced predators such as rats, possums and stoats by 2050. But is it a realistic goal? The Prime Minister John Key announced the target yesterday , starting off with with a new $28 million joint venture, Predator Free New Zealand Limited, which will sponsor community partnerships and pest … Read More

Shifting pest control to our backyards - Guest Work

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 11, 2016

It was a photo op that no media could turn up. Pictures of adorably fluffy kōkako chicks hatched this season in the Hunua Ranges thanks to a 1080 blitz on predators. The news stories followed a report released by the Auckland Council following last year’s 1080 operation in the ranges near Auckland. The 1150-hectare Kōkako Management Area was set up … Read More

The 1080 debate - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 08, 2011

This morning on TV1’s Breakfast show there was a discussion of a recently released report on the use of 1080, including the suggestion that its use be increased. Corin Dann spoke to Environment Commissioner Dr Jan Wright, who authored the report and anti-1080 campaigner, Clyde Graf. Dr Wright gave a very reasoned explanation of the report explaining, that while the … Read More

Local documentaries: NZ bats, Dunedin stadium and 1080 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 25, 2010

Tomorrow the local television channel, Channel 9, features two documentaries that might interest local readers. One covers the use of 1080 to control pests, the other the covered stadium under construction. Let me first start with a short documentary that I encountered while researching for this post, which show great footage of New Zealand bats and … Read More

Environmental Issues Deserve Better Treatment by our Media - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 30, 2009

By Vicki Hyde, chair of NZ Skeptics Inc and editor of Scitechdaily.com It was appalling to see the Herald on Sunday swallow the claims that you can detect poisons in Haruaki Gulf marine life via a discredited electro-acupuncture technique (Sept 27). Their story ran under the heading “Samples positive for poison”*, citing campaigner Sarah Silverstar. Marine birds, oysters and dog … Read More

Skeptics hammer 1080 documentary - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Sep 28, 2009

The Skeptics Society conference held in Wellington over the weekend was a fascinating affair that left me pleasantly surprised. I had feared a series of slightly smug, self-serving lectures lambasting religion and anything else not explained conclusively by scientific fact. What I experienced was a room full of incredibly intelligent and open-minded people discussing some of the big … Read More