[2 October/ New Zealand Herald]

A Department of Conservation Contractor’s car wheel flew off while he was driving due to the wheel nuts being loosened. The department believed this was part of anti-1080 protests and has reported three cases to the police where the wheel nuts were tampered. The department believes the vandalism was intended to disrupt aerial 1080 pest control operations and intimidate staff. Director-General Lou Sanson said although people have the right to lawful protest, the Department of Conservation will not tolerate anyone who puts their employees at risk. State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes said the behaviour came from a small group of people and is under police investigation.