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New Zealand Kills Another German National

Posted by te2ataria on August 7, 2009

Jen Richardon, 34, may have been a victim of foul play

Mr Richardon, a German national, was killed in an apparent hit and run crash at Leeston, 45km southwest of Christchurch yesterday.

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Jens Richardson (center), who was killed in a hit and run crash at 19:30, 6th August 2009, was probably a victim of foul play.

Mr Richardon held a B.Agr.Sci. (Hons) degree and was a doctoral student, as well as an Associate Chaplain.  He spoke German, English and French.

Mr Richardon was also a member of New Zealand Grasslands Association and Koanga Gardens, and listed agriculture, organic farming, poultry breeding, cattle, sheep and goat breeding, Enderby Island Rabbits, gardening, theology, pasture development and composition of seed mixtures, and  vegetable seed production among his interests.

Jen Richardon was the 1,585th foreigner to be killed in New Zealand sine January 1, 2000.

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This blog is the only news medium in New Zealand to print a photo of the victim, thereby identifying him as a human being.

 

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Dolphins and penguins are dying too!

Posted by te2ataria on August 7, 2009

sent by a reader

The Deadly, Toxic-Algae-Green New Zealand

First read:

Dogs in Rigor Mortis and Dead Pilchards…

Health authorities now say toxic algae may be the most likely cause of death and illness in dogs walking on the Auckland beaches; they had initially suspected malicious poisoning, and for good reasons too. Murdering people and animals by poisoning them with powerful poisons such as 1080, Brodifacoum [dubbed “bloody-f*ck-em”] and the likes, are all too common everyday occurrences in New Zealand.

It has since been revealed that dead dolphins and penguins have also been found on Auckland beaches. See excerpts from a new story breaking out:

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Scientists are trying to find out whether there is a link between dog deaths on the beaches and dying dolphins, penguins and pilchards. Photo /Greg Bowker. Image may be subject to copyright.

Toxic algae prime killing suspect

A spokeswoman for the Auckland Regional Public Health Service said officials believed a dog-poisoner was at work when they first heard reports of sick dogs, two months ago on Kohimarama beach. The dogs had been seen eating something above the high-tide mark so natural toxins seemed unlikely, she said.

Reports of sick dogs in Blockhouse Bay parks last year turned out to be deliberate poisoning with laced sausages.

A dog-poisoner was again suspected when two dogs were reported dead at Narrow Neck beach, said medical officer of health Denise Barnfather.

It was not until health officials heard of sick dogs at Waiheke and Browns Bay and deaths of other wildlife, on Monday, that they suspected something was in the seawater.

About the same time, the Department of Conservation connected the dog deaths to increasing numbers of dead penguins in the past week.

Scientists are trying to find the link, if any, between the dog deaths and unusually high numbers of dead dolphins, penguins and pilchards in the Hauraki Gulf.

Andy James, who lives locally, had “reported to the Department of Conservation of seeing up to 40 dead little blue penguins in the past two weeks on beaches north of Auckland at Mangawhai, Pakiri, and Te Arai.” Nzherald said.

Russell resident Alan Wilkinson found five dead little blue penguins at Brick Bay and nearby Tapeka Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Another reader reported seeing eight large jellyfish, possibly Lion’s Manes – a large pink-red creature whose venom can affect the respiratory system – at Takapuna yesterday.

However, Michael Beasley, from the National Poisons Centre, said jellyfish stings would be unlikely to cause the kind of symptoms reported in the ill dogs. The medical toxicologist suggested algal poisoning was more likely, although he stressed he was not an expert in the area.

He listed several symptoms of algal poisoning matching those of the dead and ill dogs. People and dogs can become ill if they eat shellfish or other marine animals that feed on toxic algae.

Shellfish can accumulate much toxins , without being harmed, and pass it on up the food chain. Victims’ symptoms may include weakness, paralysis of limbs, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, possibly seizures and death.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is believed to be treating toxic algae as the most likely cause of the dog deaths, although a spokeswoman stressed that the only cause ruled out was 1080 or Brodifacoum poisoning.

Meanwhile the Ministry completed the third of three drops of the rat poison Brodifacoum on Rangitoto and Motutapu islands yesterday, Nzh said.

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