IntroductionNew Zealanders care about nature and it’s our job to protect it. 1080 is proven to work safely in reducing predators, and we need to use it to save our native wildlife and forests.
Monitoring shows aerial 1080 is an effective tool to protect our native species and restore our forests.
The biggest threat to our wildlife is introduced predators such as rats, stoats and possums. About 80% of our bird species are at risk of extinction.
So we face a choice: unchecked predators and silent forests, or pest control and the survival of our native species.
Why we use 1080When used according to the regulations, 1080 is a safe and effective way of controlling the predators that threaten the survival of many native species.
Proof 1080 is saving our speciesMost of our unique endemic species live in hard to reach places. 1080 is the best tool currently available for large scale predator control in these places.
1080, the environment and plants1080 is biodegradable, which means it breaks down naturally into basic, safe components that go back into the earth.
1080, water and aquatic lifeStudies confirm 1080 operations don't affect waterways or aquatic life and has never contaminated tap water in New Zealand.
How aerial 1080 operations are run
We work to make sure operations are well-organised, safe and necessary through careful assessment, safety planning and community engagement.
How we decide when to use 1080
If native species are in danger from predators, we identify effective methods to protect them using well-organised, safe and necessary approaches.
Why some people have concerns about 1080Despite extensive 1080 research and strict regulation, a minority of people still have concerns. We address the most common ones here.
Fake 1080 newsNo, these kiwi weren't killed by 1080. Find out about this popular viral hoax and other irresponsible fake news.
Science supports using 1080Independent experts, conservation agencies, community groups and scientists endorse the use of 1080.
What's in 1080 bait?The toxin in biodegradable 1080 bait makes up 0.15% of each pellet. The rest is cereal, sugar, flavour and dye. Deer repellant may also be added.
How 1080 is regulated1080 is a highly regulated predator control toxin. Several New Zealand government agencies have roles in making sure it is used safely and effectively.
1080 effects on livestock, game and fishInformation about the effects of 1080 on livestock, game and fish.
Official Information Act responses on 1080
The Official Information Act (OIA) allows anyone in New Zealand to ask for official information from the government. You can view DOC's OIA responses here, including those on 1080.