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


Drop in kiwifruit spray complaints


Drop in kiwifruit spray complaints

For immediate release: Thursday 18 September 2003

Agrichemical spraying of kiwifruit with Hi-cane® generated fewer complaints in the Bay of Plenty this season but sprayers “still have work to do” to improve performance, says Environment Bay of Plenty.

Over winter, the regional council logged 20 calls on its pollution hotline compared to 39 the previous Hi-cane® season. However, a new kiwifruit industry spray hotline also handled six complaints.

Even taking that into account, the difference was noticeable, says environmental field officer Chris McKay. Agrichemical spray contractors, in particular, had taken more care to follow the rules of the Regional Air Plan.

“Most of the complaints were about orchardists who did their own spraying. Many had not told their neighbour they were spraying, as they are supposed to under the Air Plan.” Two or three calls related to spraydrift from Hi-cane.

By the end of the season, staff had handed out three infringement notices with an instant fine of $300 each. They are still investigating three other cases.

Environment Bay of Plenty and the kiwifruit industry are now working together to improve the use of agrichemical sprays on kiwifruit orchards in the region. The project team includes representatives from the regional council, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated, spray contractors and growers, and marketing company Zespri NZ Ltd.

Environment Bay of Plenty has also produced a booklet titled Application of Agrichemicals to help educate spray users. It explains the effects of spray drift, lists factors to consider when spraying, and details the responsibilities of applicators under the Bay of Plenty Regional Air Plan and GROWSAFE.

Principal compliance officer Andy Bruere says spraydrift is an ongoing issue in the region. “The wider impact of spraydrift should not be underestimated. Overseas markets are becoming more demanding about wanting socially and environmentally acceptable production practices. We need to make sure all agrichemicals are used correctly in an environmentally safe manner.”

Environment Bay of Plenty is responsible under the Resource Management Act for the control of spraying.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching.

"There needs to be better investment in education so every child can reach their potential and we have enough teachers for every class", said NZEI Te Riu Roa lead principal negotiator Louise Green. More>>


Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>


Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>


Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>


Gender Changes: Suggested Change To Birth, Deaths And Marriages Act Welcomed

The current process to change the sex ‘marker’ on a birth certificate is lengthy, expensive and requires medical evidence as well as the involvement of the Family Court... More>>





Featured InfoPages