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.
Where is DOC using 1080?
Find out where we plan to use 1080 and access our map. These are part of Tiakina Ngā Manu, our national programme of predator control operations, some of which use 1080.
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.
1080 and birdsEvidence shows 1080 benefits threatened native birds and outweighs any risk it can pose to them.
Improving how we use 1080We have worked to improve our use of 1080 to ensure we can protect native species safely and effectively.
Fake 1080 newsNo, these kiwi weren't killed by 1080. Find out about this popular viral hoax and other irresponsible fake news.
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.
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.
How to keep dogs, pets, and livestock safeYou can limit risks to non-target species including dogs, livestock, deer, pigs, fish and invertebrates.
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.