Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Painted Apple Moth Community Advisory Group

24 April 2002

Last night Hana Blackmore, on behalf of the Society Targeting the Overuse of Pesticides, and Kubi Witten-Hannah, Chair of the PAMCAG presented a deputation to the Auckland City Council in regard to the campaign to eradicate the painted apple moth. Members of the Council responded positively to the option 5 presented by the PAMCAG although because it was not an agenda item Council could not pass a resolution on the subject.

Option 5 is a safe and effective plan for the eradication of the moth developed in response to MAF's four options, which propose an aerial spray campaign over up to 50000 hectares of the greater Auckland region. "If MAF cannot carry out a safe and effective operation over 500 hectares what chance have we that they will succeed over 50000?" asked Mr. Witten-Hannah.

Option 5 involves an intensified ground based operation that would attack the infestation from the outside in, rather than focusing on the centre of the infestation while the moth continues to spread. Waitakere City Council has endorsed Option 5 and all other affected councils should be fully consulted and have the opportunity to follow the Waitakere example.

"I was shocked to hear that only two Auckland City councilors had heard MAF's full briefing and that they were pushed to make an immediate choice of option without full consultation," Mr. Witten-Hannah said. "When MAF presented the options to the community advisory group we were assured that they would meet with us again to discuss the results of the current 500 hectare operation before presenting their paper to cabinet. Now it seems they are proceeding with haste and without discussion with us. They appear to have made up their minds and we do not know what their decision is."

MAF has given no explanation for the sudden haste or the back down from their promise to have further consultation with the Community Advisory Group. The CAG has organised a public meeting for April 29th to discuss the options. The meeting will go ahead despite MAF's refusal to attend because, a MAF spokesperson said, it is too late for public opinion to influence their decision.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election