TVone news, tonight - www.tvone.co.nz -, presented a story that (apparently) proved the deadly pesticide 1080 causes a New Zealand native vine, Rata, to flower. This was propaganda at its best! What a load of non-sense! Firstly, the area that was shown - on the side of the road - did not require aerial 1080 poison! It could have been managed in a way that doesn't destroy the native wildlife - namely, man on the ground, trapping. Secondly, there is no evidence 1080 helps Rata, in any way. Possum control may, but that does not mean aerial 1080 is the method. Steve Graf has just filmed a great display of Rata in the Te Urewra National Park. Guess what? It's never had 1080 anywhere near the area he filmed. And, to add - there are certainly possums present. He also filmed Mistletoe, another possum favourite - and a reason for the use of aerial 1080, according to DoC - in perfect flower. Steve also has photos, from a book, that shows magnificent Rata flowering in the Otira region - in the 1960's - when there were plenty of possums!
So what's happening, why are DoC so desperate to deceive the public? It's simple really - the government owns the factory that imports 1080. It is set in stone, the 1080 policy - that any government funded study on 1080 must show benefit. Of course, not one ever has. Expect this non-sense from DoC to continue, as long as they remain a bureaucracy, and the 1080 factory remains in governemnet hands.