When I last visited a forest frequented by orange-fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka, there was quiet optimism.
The first western Fiordland 1080 project will start mid-next year in the hope of bringing the stoat-ridden area's kiwi back from the brink.
Auckland Council’s Hunua Project team has received one report of a dog death, following a walk in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park this past weekend.
DoC has confirmed to Newshub there was no 1080 poison in the dead birds left by protesters on the steps of Parliament several weeks ago.
Northland regional councillor Mike Finlayson demonstrated his belief that 1080 does not poison water in graphic fashion last week when he, a member of the council's biosecurity team and about a dozen 1080 opponents went into Russell State Forest following the aerial application of 1080 earlier in the week.
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.
I have to admit to a few doubts.
In a recent press release about the planned 1080 drop in the Hunua Ranges I ended with the statement, "I would be happy to drink the water from the reservoirs downstream of the 1080 operation."
A Newshub article on the dumping of 1080 poison in a national park was inaccurate and unbalanced, the Media Council has found.
The article - published on July 12 - reported poison dumped in a Stewart Island swamp by a Department of Conservation contractor had the potential to kill hundreds of animals.
Damon Rusden recognises some of the issues raised by those against the poison 1080, but argues most fears are misplaced, debunked and more at home in the fake news movement.