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1080 Poison Drop Leaves Two Sick

1080 Poison Drop Leaves Two Sick

Poison Drop
Two Reefton women who were caught in the bush as 1080 poison rained from the sky last summer are now both reporting ill health. An official investigation into the incident has been reopened. Sisters Gwen Gardner and Kathleen Bartlett were on Maori Gully Road, near Kokiri, having a picnic after checking out a property for sale, when a helicopter with a monsoon bucket flew overhead and dropped poisoned pellets around their vehicle. They were close by at the time. The sisters say they felt ill within 40 minutes of the drop, but did not associate it with 1080 poisoning. They remained in the area for several hours as they did not think it could have been 1080, partly because they say a sign was outdated, and the helicopter was following the line of a creek. However, medical tests...