Uncovering Biodiversity at a 1080 Drop Zone ft. Michael Kay & Mike ILES (Official Trailer)

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WATCH: An official trailer teasing an upcoming release for a new mini-documentary based on the effects 1080 poison has on biodiversity in New Zealand.

Years of protests around the country have led to public outrage from the Government for not sticking to their promises on driving the development of new tech as quickly as possible uniquely NZ First claiming they’d put an end to 1080 drops. 1080 drops were trialed from 1954, and by 1957 they had become more widespread around the country.

“The Coalition Government is making great strides to find more effective predator control solutions that, in time, we hope to render 1080 redundant,” says Winston Peters

Rosalyn Te Heuheu commented on the NZ First website 12 months ago as of writing this article:
“Why has the use of 1080 not been stopped. It’s proven to be of no benefit and poisons every living creature it comes into contact with. Waiting for an alternative doesn’t make it any more beneficial. There is no benefit to using 1080 now and never was. What are you waiting for?”

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The protests range from small groups to larger groups opposing the 1080 poison drops. The protestors do not focus enough on the biodiversity that allows birdlife to strive and other insects to thrive off the natural environment, but, it hasn’t got far in terms of change. Ex NZ Outdoors Party Ōtaki Candidate Michael Kay & Ex NZ Outdoors Party Board member team up to investigate the affected biodiverse life inside a 1080 drop zone.

One of the first mini-documentary style premiers exclusive to thisquality showcases the Outdoors Party representing and pushing for a change by going to a drop zone to check on the insect life, soil quality, and density of birdlife up in the Tararuas. The operation is run by OSPRI at OSPRI’s Northern Tararua Operational Boundary & DOC (Department of Conservation) at DOC’s Tiakina Ngā Manu – Project Kākā Operational Boundary.


Upon announcing the release for the mini-documentary, the reach was over 4,400 people with over 800 engagements on the post.

The episode releasing on Wednesday, 24 June, shows Michael Kay & Mike ILES drive to the drop zone, only to arrive at a steel gate blocking the gravel road leading to a holiday park. Attached to the steel gate is a sign telling visitors about the upcoming ‘late winter’ aerial drop that is yet to have a planned date.

“This operation will begin in the first suitable weather window in late winter. We are consulting with iwi and stakeholders before details of the operation are finalized,” said OSPRI in a media release to thisquality.

The Proposed boundary for aerial control is still subject to consultation with no public announcement or plans for the public. Mike ILES and Michael Kay explore the drop zone for roughly 4 hours, proving 1080 poison pellets effects, not just the environment but insect life, soil quality, and birdlife, causing a massive impact from previous drops.

The Outdoors Party has always struggled to push for more attention towards 1080 the right way, instead of protest groups attempting to make a change at Parliaments Grounds. With no success rate, the Government ignores the petitions and concerns the people have, mainly because 1080 drops make authorities involved a lot of money. Questions never get answered by the Government or authorities and get shadowed in the past.

thisquality aims to provide informative stories and content that is for the people that want change. The relationship with Ōtaki Electorate Michael Kay and board member Mike ILES has improved the involvement in making a change for the media industry and the people of New Zealand.

Episode premiers on Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 exclusively at thisquality.com

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