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


Bloody passenger sparks biosecurity alert

Bloody passenger sparks biosecurity alert

An air passenger ended up abandoning his blood-spattered clothes after a biosecurity alert at Wellington airport last month.

The kiwi passenger declared to Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity officials that he had cow’s blood on clothes and shoes in his baggage after arriving from Namibia.

He said he had killed a cow in Namibia to be fed to a lion, says Andrew Spelman, MPI’s Central and South Manager, Border Clearance Directorate.

“We weren’t going to let the soiled clothing into the country unless it was treated. The biosecurity risk of it containing a disease that could damage New Zealand’s primary industries was too great.”

The passenger gave MPI permission to throw out the clothing, but he wanted to keep his shoes, so had them treated.

Mr Spelman says the interception was very unusual. “The only other similar incident I know from the last few years is when a pig farmer arrived at Wellington with some blood on his jeans.”

MPI searched the passenger’s bags for other biosecurity risk items, but didn’t find anything else of concern.

“The good thing here is the passenger declared the biosecurity risk goods. He saved himself a hefty fine and did his bit for protecting New Zealand’s economy and natural environment.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news