Our 2016 1080 Research and Monitoring Programmes

With TBfree's aerial 1080 operation scheduled to begin in September 2016, our Taiao team are developing a number of different monitoring programmes to be undertaken by Ngāti Rangi in conjunction with Massey University, Ernslaw One, the Department of Conservation and TBfree. Through this page you will be able to keep up-to-date with all the latest news about our monitoring mahi and learn more about our 1080 field work and research which is going to be undertaken prior to the first drop, immediately after and long-term.


While there is a large amount of information and research into the effects of 1080, little is specific to our unique rohe and it's flora and fauna. In accepting TBfree's proposal, Ngāti Rangi added eight provisions many which are around giving iwi the ability to not only gain more research but as tangata whenua, design and undertake it themselves.

If you would like to learn more about Ngāti Rangi's eight provisions please CLICK HERE

As part of this Monitoring and Research Project we worked with Ruapehu Recruitment to hire six casual field workers and we are also planning several Community Monitoring Field Trips.

Hear more about our Monitoring mahi from our Taiao head Dave Milner

Like to see some of the mahi we've been undertaking since the drop happened in November?


Ngahere (land, animal and cultural) Monitoring - Pre drop, Post drop and Long-term

Covering the area from Karioi to Horopito, 26 sites have been identified to house 200-metre long monitoring transect lines. Once the lines have been measured out bird call recorders and tracking tunnels will be added along the line along with the installation of weta galleries installed on suitable trees, pitfall traps, seed fall traps and a malaise trap. These are going to be used to not only assess pest numbers but also bird activity, weta and invertebrate numbers, insect numbers and seed fall qualities.

Currently three visits are planned for each site to collect data pre the October 2016 drop, post drop and longer-term. These will be weather dependant and identified once the drop date has been confirmed by TBfree.

Post Drop the second half of our Monitoring Programme began with

a team flying out

Along with the scientific data that's being collected we have a number of

whānau who are part of our Cultural Monitoring programme

To read more about out 1080 Community Monitoring Hīkoi please click HERE

If you would like to carry out Community Monitoring in your own area of the rohe download a Survey Form HERE 

Pānui - 1080 Community Monitoring Hīkoi #2 - Post Drop 19 November - POSTPONED till the New Year

Pānui - 1080 Community Monitoring Hīkoi #1 - Pre Drop 1 October - COMPLETED


Wai (water and cultural) Monitoring - Pre drop, Post drop and Long-term

Having completed our Pre-Drop monitoring, our first outing Post will be conducted eight hours after the Drop. This is based on research methodologies from Landcareʻs "Guideline for Sampling and Testing of Water associated with Monitoring of Aerial 1080 Baiting Operations (3rd edition)" If you would like to read more from this research please CLICK HERE

Here more from Holly about our Wai Monitoring Programme

Pre & Post the 1080 Drop

Significant Species (pig and deer) - Pre drop, Post drop and Long-term