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

 


Suspected rural arson ‘reckless and dangerous’

Federated Farmers is calling on all farmers to be extra vigilant with an outbreak of suspected arson in Mid-Canterbury.

“If this is arson, then the perpetrators are foolish in the extreme and should face the full weight of the law if they are caught,” says David Clark, Federated Farmers Mid-Canterbury Grain and Seed chairperson.

“Not only is it wanton destruction of feed and shelter that our animals will need, but someone could be die as a consequence. If there is a road accident or a house fire, then our rural fire fighters will be in the wrong place needlessly fighting deliberately lit fires.

“Conditions are such that a fire can quickly spread so farmers are encouraged to organise their own fire suppression equipment. A ute or trailer fitted with one or two 1,000 litre totes and a pump means you may be able to extinguish a fire before it takes hold.

“We are also calling on all farmers to be extra vigilant of suspicious vehicles and activity, especially at dusk and at night.

“If possible, please take down a description and number plate and ring it through to the Police if you hear of fire in the vicinity.

“Given it is suspected arson there is a risk of copycats. Federated Farmers is recommending that farmers relocate bales of hay away from roads and access points. At least that will make it more difficult for an arsonist to do damage.

“Federated Farmers reminds farmers that the burning of stubble and agricultural residues at night contravenes the code of conduct that we have with Ashburton District Council.

“If this is arson, we do not understand how someone could derive pleasure from such a reckless and dangerous act. If you know or suspect someone is a firebug, then please let the Police know because they are putting lives at risk.

“In the meantime, farmers need to be the eyes and ears of the emergency services,” Mr Clark concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news