19 January 2015
An aerial drop of 1080 poison could have killed a flock of endangered birds in a South Island national park, says NZ First.
None of the 26 rock wren monitored by Department of Conservation in the Kahurangi National Park have been seen since the aerial drops began in September as part of a $10 million operation across the country.
NZ First's outdoor recreation spokesman Richard Prosser says 1080 appears to be killing the birds it's meant to be protecting.
He's calling for an immediate moratorium on the poison which is used to kill possums, rats, stoats and other animals that threaten our native birds.
"I absolutely agree we need to eliminate predators of our native wildlife, but not at the expense of them," he said.