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Election 2017 – SMC science Q&A with political parties

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 24th, 2017.

The Science Media Centre put questions on key science-related issues to the political parties ahead of the General Election scheduled to be held on September 23. This is the fourth time the SMC has canvassed political parties on their science-related policies; you can access previous election Q&As on our website – 2008, 2011, 2014. Click […]

Native birds in dire straits – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on May 31st, 2017.

A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment highlights the desperate situation for many native birds, despite concerted conservation efforts. While Dr Jan Wright applauds the Predator Free 2050 goal, she says a plan of action is urgently required. Among her other recommendations, she suggests a Nature Border Levy to fund conservation and […]

New 1080 regulations – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 27th, 2017.

New regulations under the Resource Management Act will bring the control of 1080 under national, rather than regional, control. Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced the changes on Sunday, following consultation last year. He said the new approach would standardise the rules for using poisons like 1080, “rather than the current system of different rules […]

Biggest ever 1080 drop to counter pest plague – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 10th, 2016.

More than 800,000 hectares of land across the country will be the target of the largest ever pest control operation in New Zealand’s history. The Battle for our Birds 2016 programme will kick off this winter, aiming to knock back a burgeoning pest population boosted by heavy forest seeding, or mast. Rat and stoat numbers […]

BRIEFING: 1080 & predator control – where to from here?

John Kerr posted in on November 16th, 2015.

The predator control poison 1080 is not without controversy — but it’s the best thing we’ve got, say scientists meeting at a national conference this week. Ecologists and researchers from across the country are meeting this week to share their latest findings at the New Zealand Ecological Society 2015 Conference, which includes a symposium dedicated […]

The toxicology of 1080 – Ian Shaw

John Kerr posted in on March 13th, 2015.

Writing in the Press, Prof Ian Shaw clearly lays out the toxicology of 1080, the pest control poison that is making headlines after an unknown person threatened to use it to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand. An excerpt (read in full here): How toxic is 1080? Professor Ian Shaw explores why and how 1080 […]

National concern over 1080 threat

John Kerr posted in on March 11th, 2015.

A criminal threat to contaminate infant formula powder with the pesticide 1080 has been made public by authorities, who remain adamant that New Zealand milk is safe. The threat was made public at a press conference yesterday where police and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) outlined an extortion attempt aiming to stop the use […]

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NZ birds and 1080 – 3rd Degree

Laura Goodall posted in on December 5th, 2014.

The media attention is back on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) biggest ever aerial 1080 drop in an effort to battle rats and stoats, a major threat to New Zealand’s native bird species. In the latest episode of TV3’s current affairs show 3rd Degree, Samantha Hayes speaks to the DOC’s Graeme Elliot and Landcare Research’s Dr Janine Duckworth to find […]

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Increased DOC predator control in the news

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2014.

The media attention is back on pests such as rats and stoats as the Department of Conservation (DOC) gears up for one the largest predator control operations ever attempted in New Zealand. Aerial 1080 drops will be getting underway in Kahurangi National Park later this month, as part of a national effort to combat soaring […]

BRIEFING: Predator plague, beech mast and 1080

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 9th, 2014.

The largest 1080 predator control operation ever attempted in New Zealand will be carried out in Kahurangi National Park later this month, as part of a national effort to combat soaring rat and stoat numbers in the conservation estate. This year’s large beech flowering and mast seeding event has created a huge increase in food […]

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