Battle for Our Birds Matukituki 2017

20 Sept 2017

Aerial 1080 operations in the Matukituki Valley.



DOC is currently preparing for aerial 1080 operations in the Matukituki Valley taking place this spring. . This work is part of Battle for Our Birds which aims to save New Zealand’s wildlife from a surge in the numbers of introduced predators –


Attached is a factsheet for the operation that provides further information, maps and important safety precautions. Amongst other bullet points, they have noted that:

  • The operation will start anytime from Sunday 1st October. Two days are required for the operation. The first will be for the sowing of non-toxic ‘pre-feed’ pellets, followed by toxic bait pellets about a week later. It is important to have at least 48 hours of dry weather after each drop;
  • The aerial 1080 control will impact on hunting in the Matukituki Valley. If hunting these valleys afterwards the standard safety precautions apply.
  • Businesses are reminded to keep up to date with DOC’s pesticide summaries at


The contact person in DOC is Paul Hondelink, ph 03 443 9738.  

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