The Coromandel Peninsula is being subject to yet more aerial drops of Class A1 ecotoxin Sodium mono fluoroacetate ie 1080. Moehau mountain was covered with it in 2013, 2017 and now DoC is planning a drop anytime from July 2021 – November.
Under an Official Information Act query it has been establised that DoC is doing this without having done any species monitoring to establish the need for more aerial toxins. In other words, it is just a four year cycle of poisoning that has been institutionalised. Most landowners in the watersheds surrounding Moehau mountain are opposed to this indiscriminate aerial dispersal of 1080 for many sound reasons.
The other area planned for a 1080 drop is Papakai.
The Department of Conservation states on their website:
“The aerial 1080 operations we have recommended will only go ahead subject to consultation. We will continue to monitor rats and stoats and also only proceed if they reach levels that threaten wildlife.“