Report on 1080 drop expected

Nelson Marlborough Public Health Services plans to complete a draft report into a botched 1080 poison drop in the Marlborough Sounds next month.

Environmental health and communicable disease manager Neil Silver said the draft, expected by December 9, would be given to the Ministry of Health.

A final version would be posted on the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board website.

The Department of Conservation dropped 1080 pellets on to a section of the Nydia Track which runs from Kaiuma near Havelock to Tennyson Inlet in Pelorus Sound on November 4, Marlborough Anniversary Day. This breached a Nelson Marlborough medical officer of health requirement that pellets not be dropped within 20 metres of the track. A bucket holding pellets also accidentally dropped from a helicopter into the bush. Marlborough Helicopters owner Owen Dodson said engineers had checked the hook system and the release mechanism had been replaced.

DOC conservation services manager Roy Grose has said DOC would also release its report into the 1080 drop early next month. The Civil Aviation Authority is carrying out its own investigation but findings will not be made public. Fairfax NZ