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

 


Two men sentenced for biosecurity breaches

Two men sentenced for biosecurity breaches

As the result of two successful prosecutions by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), two men have been sentenced for separate breaches to the Biosecurity Act after being caught with prohibited plant material.

In the first of two cases, Yaping Wang was intercepted on January 12 at Auckland Airport with a number of packets of seeds concealed in his jacket and luggage after arriving on a flight from China.

The court heard that Wang blamed his mother for the seeds and believed that she had packed them to ensure he had food on his journey. Judge McElrea was not impressed considering the seeds were wrapped up in 14 socks and buried at the bottom his luggage.

Last Friday 23 November, Mr Wang pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to possess unauthorised goods under section 154 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. He was convicted and fined $2,000, and ordered to pay Court costs of $132.89.

In the second case, Philip Chong was caught importing prohibited plant material after packages were intercepted by MPI staff at the international mail centre in Auckland under a false name. In March MPI investigators executed a search warrant at Chong’s address and seized a number of seeds as well as cuttings that had been planted in his garden.

On Monday 26 November, Mr Chong pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing unauthorised goods under section 154 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. He was convicted and sentenced to 200 hours community work for the plant-related charge and 80 hours for the seeds-related charge to be served concurrently.

Craig Hughes, Manager North Passenger and Mail, Border Clearance and Services, MPI says, “both of these cases are blatant breaches of the Biosecurity act and we are happy to see successful convictions for both men.”

“It is neither legal nor wise to import plant material into the country without approval and doing presents a very real threat to New Zealand’s biosecurity. These are two examples that show there is a significant price to pay for those who choose to ignore the rules that protect our country from exotic pests and diseases.”

Media contact:


--


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news