THIS WEBSITE PRESENTS INFORMATION RECORDED BY NEW ZEALAND DOCUMENTARY MAKERS THE GRAF BOYS
DO YOU DRINK WATER
FROM FOREST STREAMS?
New Zealand is known for its pure water, mountainous peaks and majestic scenery. Millions of tourists visit every year. They tramp the Great Walks and drink from the mountain streams - a land of milk and honey, 100% Pure! ...
Much of the spring water begins its journey in the wilderness areas - the mountains and the forests. This water makes its way into lakes, flows and filters into aquifers, erupts from the springs, and what isn't extracted is eventually salinated when it meets the ocean. In Māori culture, "many tribes directly or indirectly consider water as the source or foundation of all life."
There is growing concern across New Zealand about the massive use of Compound 1080 poison. Government agencies currently spread 1080 poison baitaerially, across the forests and directly into the waterways - enough poison to kill over 60 million people every year. The poison kills 1000's of deer, and 100's of 1000's of other animals, birds and insects, every year. (Explore menu for references)
More concerning though, is that the Government has committed to increasing its use of aerially applied 1080 poison through the Predator Free NZ - 2050 plan. However, in an experimental predator-free project called Pukaha - Mt Bruce - which is just 940 hectares in size - large numbers of kiwi are continuing to die, and despite three consecutive aerial 1080 poison drops in the last three years undertaken to "save" them. By comparison, New Zealand is 27 million hectares in size. If it is so difficult to manage 940 hectares, how can 27 million hectares be effectively eradicated of targeted species?