Bad Wolf Productions

‘1080’ trailer now on YouTube!

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A small documentary team that consists of two student film makers from Otago University:

Pete Holmes: Mature student, making a significant career change after working mainly in the computing/finance business for the last 15 years. A Love of Wildlife encouraged working as a part time volunteer at Auckland zoo for 16 months and working on conservation projects on 2 Raleigh International expedition to Zimbabwe and China.

Steve Ting: 24 years old, originally from Hamilton and now living in Dunedin. An avid scientist with an an honors degree in Ecology and Marine Biology and schooled in photography by some of New Zealand’s most talented fine art photographers, Steve now lives a life of a science communicator in waiting.

Both are enrolled on the Film making stream of the Masters in Science Communication, and have already worked with clients on a couple of short films as part of the course.

They have just fnished working on their Masters thesis project – A documentary called ‘1080’ which focuses on the use of 1080 poison in New Zealand. DVD version is now available. Click on the link at the top of the page to order.

Pete and Steve can be contacted via e-mail at


10 Responses to Bad Wolf Productions

  1. Peter Anderson says:

    Hello Peter and Steve,
    Congratulations on achieving your Masters on a very contentious subject.
    1080? When I was young i was very anti 1080 because in those early days native birds would also die. This is because we did not have a good methodology bait disperal, we were using the wrong bait make up (texture) which released a lot of chaff that birds would pick up and baits were not dyed green. However, when I monitored bird populations that were not managed by 1080 control, birds such as robin, kakaiki, kaka, kokako, yellowhead,and kiwi continued to decline or became locally extinct. When these isolated areas were “treated” with 1080 poisoning, our counts showed an increase in bird numbers and recovery in health of the forest ecosytem. I have seen the proof myself (supported by analysis of many pre and post bird counts) and totaly agree that until we can get another cost effective alternative to 1080, we must keep using it or decline and extinction of our indigenous biota will continue – it is as simple as that. Being a former deer stalker, I now know that my fellow hunters are using the anti 1080 issue for selfish reasons – to preserve deer to hunt and not to see recovery and enhancement of our unique biodiversity and ecosystems.
    Kia ora,

  2. Rave says:

    My Uncle is a deer hunter fisherman and conservationist who sees(and hears) first hand the hellish damage and suffering this poison does, to claim he is trying to stop 1080 poison for selfish reasons is pure propaganda. 1080 kills native fish, birds, worms, bugs, bees, it was originally marketed in the UK as a pesticide for Christs sake!
    Oh well NZ can expect increasing cancer rates every year I suppose, its for the birds, we have to kill them to save them you see.”Recovery and enhancement of our unique biodiversity and ecosystems? Ha right by poisoning the food-chain from top to bottom with.
    Next time your eating Cockles or mussels or anything from a mudflat or river you might want to stop and think what the animal just ate.
    No that’s right only the government and its associated agency’s ever tell the truth everyone else is just a conspiracy theorist.
    Bubba gets what Bubba wants.

  3. Tamsin says:


    My stance on this is that there is no justification for blanket dropping a toxic poison such as this into an environment. I understand that the 1080 issue is ‘taught’ to scientists at University but it seems they are taught that it’s a necessary evil and with no viable alternatives. When students are learning lots of information, it’s hard to question everything. So I can understand why educated people believe 1080 is acceptable. However, if you haven’t already, please watch the ‘Poisoning Paradise’ DVD. It presents the other side of the 1080 argument with reputable scientists talking about their areas of expertise (insects, animal/human pathology). The DoC papers I’ve read which ‘show’ the benefits of 1080 in the environment are based on bad science with flawed study design and incorrect analysis. (By the way my background is in Clinical Trials for research and my degree is in molecular biology). Combined with leaked emails by DoC which indicate that non-target species (i.e. keas and native bats) are killed by the poison and lack of data about impacts on human health (especially at critical stages of development), it should bring the whole practise into question. And if the practise is in question, it should be stopped until independant studies are run which can prove unequovically that the poison is of benefit to the ENTIRE ecosystem. Please also keep in mind that the gestation period of rats is about a month and they have relatively large litters (10 or so babies) so which is going to bounce back quicker – the birds or the rats???

    As for the previous comment about hunters being anti-1080 for selfish reasons, should it not be their right to hunt for meat in their own environment, both reducing the area of what are considered to be pests and increasing the healthful activities of their family? Without a doubt, people (hunters or otherwise) should not have to worry that the meat they are eating (and this also applies to sheep or cows along the borders of the drops) might be contaminated by poison.


  4. I just like the approach you took with this subject. It is not every day that you just discover a subject so concise and enlightening.

  5. Dave M. says:

    All I’d like to know is:

    Who provided the funding for this DVD ????

    A nice straight unequivocal answer would be appreciated.


    • nomadpeter says:

      Hi Dave M
      We were given a very small budget by the University of Otago to make the film as part of our Masters in Science Communication course at Otago University. We used resources provided to us by the University. Thankfully all those who participated in the film, from both sides of the debate, were very helpful and gave up their valuable spare time. Without their help we could not have made this film.
      I was completely neutral when I started researching the film, havig only been in NZ for 4 years. Our aim was to produce what we believed to be a balanced viewpoint with no agenda. We intentionally do not end the film with a clear right/wrong message, but hoped to inform the general public more about the issue and to encourage them to go and find out more so that they can come to their own informed decision.

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