Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


1080 has no impact on morepork

Media release

24 July 2014

1080 has no impact on morepork

A joint project between TBfree New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) showed no effect on native ruru (morepork) following an aerial pest control operation in Southland this winter.

The operation, using aerially applied 1080 bait, aimed to control bovine tuberculosis (TB) infected possums in the Hokonui Hills. It also provided an opportunity to radio tag and monitor the survival rate of 26 ruru during and after the operation.

“Of the 26 ruru radio-tagged, two birds removed their transmitters so were not able to be monitored. However, the other 24 birds were found safe and healthy when the post operational monitoring was completed,” said Brent Rohloff, OSPRI New Zealand Southern South Island Programme Manager.

OSPRI manages the TBfree New Zealand programme and is proud to be collaborating with DOC in its Battle for our Birds campaign.

TBfree New Zealand is undertaking pest control across some 300,000 hectares of the country where this year’s significant beech mast event is occurring. This includes the Kahurangi National Park, where there is a high population of TB-infected possums.

Ros Cole, Conservation Services Manager for DOC Southland, said TBfree New Zealand’s operations tie in well with the Department’s Battle for Our Birds campaign in Kahurangi.

“Between us, DOC and TBfree New Zealand have been able to cover a larger area to better protect natural values. This is particularly the case in Kahurangi. The TB control programme can suppress infected possum numbers and DOC gets the best possible outcome for native wildlife,” said Ms Cole.

Some of New Zealand’s most threatened birds such as mohua (yellow head) and whio (blue duck) will benefit from the pest control operations being carried out by DOC and TBfree New Zealand.

“Monitoring of native wildlife survival rates following pest control shows that a wide range of native wildlife and their habitats benefit from the knock back of introduced predators like possums, rats and stoats,” said Ms Cole.

-ends-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience.

“Labour has many new and highly capable MPs who will have the opportunity to prove their ability. At the same time our senior hands will be on deck to take the fight to the National-led Government and support our upcoming stars,” Andrew Little says.

“I am pleased to announce Annette King will be my deputy for the coming year. In recent weeks she has shown how crucial her wisdom and strength is to Labour. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:


Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news