The native birdlife in the Mangapurua Valley is some of the best one goat hunter contracted to work there has ever seen - and it's about to get its regular dollop of protection.
The Department of Conservation has initiated an independent review of a 1080 drop in which cows were killed.
DoC says it is taking the "extraordinary step" to provide public confidence in its operations.
The Department of Conservation (DoC) is crediting predator control work for thriving numbers of two bat species and native birds in Fiordland National Park.
Summer monitoring has found numbers of the rare southern short-tailed bat are on the rise in its last remaining stronghold.
DoC says it shows a mix of trapping, ground-based pesticides and periodic aerial 1080 drops are working.
An aerial 1080 drop in the Kāpiti Coast foothills of the Tararua Ranges is planned for next February after being postponed in spring this year.
Poor weather prevented the possum control operation over 10,900 hectares of bush and forest between Akatarawa Road in Reikorangi and the Ōtaki River prior to the Christmas-New Year period, when the area is popular with recreational users.
Aerial predator control is under way for the southern boundary of the Hauraki District.
An area of 6300ha of public conservation land in the Otahu catchment near Whiritoa will have a 1080 operation.
Starting this month, the aerial pest control is part of the government's nationwide 'Battle for our Birds' 1080 operation.
Otahu is largely forested, and drained by the Otahu River and tributaries to the Otahu estuary, which covers about 110ha providing significant vegetation and wildlife habitat.
An aerial 1080 drop over 30,000 hectares in the Northern Ruahine Ranges will take place this Spring to battle an expected surge in predator numbers.
Every 2-6 years beech trees flower and produce massive quantities of seed, in an event known as a 'mast', and sampling by the Department of Conservation in February confirmed a mast was occurring in the Northern Ruahine Ranges this year.
The operation will begin after September 6, as weather permits, and will see cereal baits containing biodegradable sodium fluoroacetate, known as 1080, dropped over 30,000ha.
A group of South Island fishermen claim to have come into contact with aerially distributed 1080 bait pellets in early December while guiding a fishing party in the Mokihinui River valley.
An aerial 1080 operation on that day was being flown by helicopter contractors completing pest control work for the Department of Conservation’s Battle for our Birds programme and OSPRI’s TBfree programme.
The Department of Conservation has begun aerial 1080 drops in the Kahurangi National Park as part of its Battle for our Birds predator control programme.
The predator control is aimed at protecting populations of whio/blue duck, great spotted kiwi, kea, kaka, rock wren/tuke, Powelliphanta snails and long-tailed bats/pekapeka
A Far North community that pitched in to save an ancient forest from possums and rats now has a new enemy to contend with - kauri dieback.
Warawara Forest in north Hokianga has been bouncing back after a 1080 poison drop last spring and intensive trapping on surrounding farmland.
But scientists have now confirmed the presence of the kauri killing pathogen phytopthera agathidicida (PTA) around trees on private land in the Puapua area, just north west of the forest.
Two scheduled 1080 drops to combat bovine tuberculosis in southern Marlborough have been delayed.
The drops were planned to cover more than 25,000 hectares at Isolated Hill, near the Waima River, and at Kowhai-Swyncombe, near Kaikoura, and have been pushed back until late winter.
An aerial drop of toxic 1080 baits over about 3635ha at Isolated Hill was originally scheduled from May until June but will now take place in the next period of suitable fine weather, an OSPRI TBfree spokeswoman said.
The area has been pre-fed before the 1080 baits were due to be spread.