Interviews and Stories on Film

Here are some of the stories that have been shared with us on film. We are connecting with people throughout the country who want to share their story with others and raise awareness. We are also connecting with people who have knowledge and experience with “non-toxic solutions” and are interested in sharing their knowledge. To register your interest in sharing your experience on film get in touch through our contact form.

Vicki Grieve shares her experience of having severe health problems triggered by toxic treated timber used in her new home. Vicki contracted a company to build her beautiful new tiny home with materials that appeared natural, but over a period of several weeks she began to experience an array of health problem. Unknown to her, the “natural timber” cladding used inside her new home was found to be highly toxic treated timber designed for outdoor use.
Michele Mitcalfe speaks, with Felicity Taylor, about being poisoned by aerial spray from a helicopter on a neighbouring property in in the Far North of New Zealand.
Nyree Porter Manuel discusses the concerns about the use of 1080 poison on the whenua.

Hana Blackmore speaks with Brendan Hoare about her experience on the frontlines of environmental and social activism in New Zealand and overseas. Her vast experience, particularly around the use of toxins and pesticides is invaluable.
Graeme Sturgeon speaks with Stephanie McKee about his life experience working for the Forest Service then the Department of Conservation. Later he was a tutor at Tai Rawhiti Polytech teaching trapping skills. Then he witnessed the demise of the trapping contracts and the growth of aerial poisoning, He discusses the different mindsets and knowledge of animal behaviour of trappers and poisoners.
The People’s Inquiry 2020-2021 – Nyree Porter Manuel, Northland, NZ. Experiences on the whenua.

John Levers experience with Hi-Cane poisoning. In August 2018, Hi-Cane drift from a neighbouring orchard went on to John’s property and poisoned his dogs. John has been working hard to get Hi-Cane reassessed. He shares his story…

Felicity Taylor speaks about being poisoned on the family farm, in Northland, New Zealand. The impact on her health was extreme and resulted in her going bald and rapidly losing weight. She shares the story of the day she was poisoned and her road to recovery.

PART 1 – With thorough scrutiny, Dr Wendy Pond lifts the lid on the NZ Department of Conservation’s selective and flawed public consultation methods. She also discusses the NZ Animal Welfare Act declares all animals sentient, yet makes an exception for some animals designated as “pests” who die in excrutiating agony from conservation poisons. She asks, what has happened? How can this be so in a parliamentary democracy?

PART 2 – Dr Wendy Pond lectured at Massey University, Albany, NZ in Maori and Pacific Islands Resource Management. For 10 years she took appeals to the Environment Court against Regional Councils for permitting inadequate resource consent conditions that did not protect ecosystems. Dr Pond has also worked for the Waitangi Tribunal preparing background material for the Flora and Fauna Wai 262 Claim. Here she discusses the closing of the door on public consultation about the poisoning of public conservation lands.

Dr Hugh Jellie has been a veterinarian working with herds in the New Zealand dairy farming sector. Now he has established Āta Regenerative, working with farmers, families, communities, organisations and local and central government to help them understand how they can apply regenerative principles to their own organisations to improve the health of their sectors.
This is the experience of the Brook Valley Community Group in Nelson and their attempts to stop the poisoning of the upper Brook Valley and to get accountability from local and national government agencies. What they experienced is a common theme and shows the highly eroded state of democracy in New Zealand, particularly when it comes to holding offending government agencies to account regarding the poisoning of public lands. Shared with The People’s Inquiry 2020 by Christopher St Johanser
Positive solutions to the New Zealand government’s aerial poisoning of wildlife. The New Zealand Gamekeepers and NZGK Possum Fibre creates an opportunity for livelihoods based on natural and ethical ecosystem management. This is part of The People’s Inquiry 2020 positive solutions interviews. We talk with New Zealanders who are working on innovative ways to solve the problem of toxic chemical and poison use in our environment.

A powerful way of sharing your experience…

He ora te whakapiri, he mate te whakatakariri.

There is strength in unity, defeat in anger.

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