What the news item doesn't state is that the Blue Pools were recently included in an aerial 1080 poison operation. The poison drop was undertaken in February 2017, and tourists were everywhere. What many of the tourists didn't know was that the poisonous bait was dropped all around them, and directly into the water of which they were drinking. Many deer were poisoned, and their toxic carcasses were left to decompose where they fell, including in and near  the waterways.  The video clip below  documents the incident and includes interviews with shocked tourists ...    
In July 2017 Tourism New Zealand released a new promotional video. In the news story below, the reporter is raising the issue of a lady in the video clip drinking directly from what appears to be the Blue Pools, at the Makarora River, Mt Aspiring National Park ...

Are our government agencies misleading New Zealanders and the World in a similar way by aerially spreading compound 1080 poison across its forests and waterways - while claiming to be "Clean and Green" and "100% Pure"? Should we be practicing what we preach in New Zealand, and walk the talk when it comes to branding? Are consumers paying for the story behind the brand, just as much as the product?

The Ministry for Primary Industries was recently asked if bottled water was required to be tested for chemicals and bacteria. In its response it states that businesses are required to meet E coli thresholds but no mention is made of a requirement to test for chemicals or pesticides - or to parts per trillion - especially when so mush poison is being spread across the forests and mountain ranges.

In a recent court case the judge summarised by saying that the defendant had taken advantage of New Zealand's Clean   & Green image. The judge called it "blatant fabrication and lies" ... and added that the defendants needed to be held accountable for their "blatantly misleading and knowingly untruthful promotion"...

Bottled water is often sourced from springs and aquifers - and springs and aquifers accumulate water  that has traveled from 1080 poisoned forests. Poison bait is spread across the majority  of New Zealand forests and often  directly into all waterways within those forests.  Poisoned animal carcasses decompose where they fall - be that on land or in water.
 
Should New Zealand's water be treated as sacred? In Māori culture, many tribes directly or indirectly consider water as the source or foundation of all life. Are government agencies violating Maori culture and human rights with their aerial poisoning operations? 
 
Exporting bottled water is a growing industry. Billions of litres are extracted every year ... 
The Department of Conservation stated in a letter to the Waikato Regional Council's CEO, that for the previous five years to 2015, 64% of the Department's possum control operations were carried out aerially (across land and water). That is a clear contradiction to what the Waikato Times printed in 2013  - that just 5 to 7% is aerially poisoned. The 64% percentage has increased since the Battle for the Birds campaign was launched in 2015. In addition, TBFree NZ aerially poisons 100's of thousands of hectares every year ...     
Wouldn't it be great to see New Zealand the way it's portrayed - the way it once was - with poison-free rivers and healthy, poison-free forests ... Click here to help out. Contact the Minister for Conservation, the Minister for the Environment,  and the Minister for Tourism  with any questions you may have about the Government's use of 1080 poison.
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