Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Greens support chemical trespass ban

Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said the four and a half year delay in recognising the poisoning of a Northland farmer by chemical spray drift highlighted the extreme difficulty victims have in establishing their claim and obtaining redress.

"You do, in fact, need to rush outside as Laurie Newman did, and take plant samples and freeze them for analysis to have any hope of providing the necessary evidence of chemical trespass," she said.

The Chemical Panel of Occupational Safety and Health today ruled that exposure to the pesticide 2,4-D caused acute illness in Waitotara farmer Laurie Newman after two neighbouring farms were sprayed with the chemical by helicopter.

"For too long New Zealanders, particularly those in the agricultural sector, have been at risk from toxic and harmful sprays and pesticides drifting onto their lands," she said.

"It is a common problem and one which people are currently powerless to prevent. With New Zealand using huge amounts of toxic sprays and pesticides in agriculture there needs to be legal protection for those people who wish to keep their property and themselves free of these chemicals.

"The Greens would like to see the government pick up the Agricultural Chemical Trespass Bill, which would make any level of chemical trespass illegal, and pass it quickly into law," she said.

"As today's case shows one persons chemicals are making other people sick. This is unacceptable to the Greens who believe the firmest of messages must be sent to those whose own choices compromise the health of innocent people," she said.

"Last year I repeatedly challenged Environment Minister Simon Upton over draft government regulations which plan to legalise certain levels of spray drift under the HSNO Act. Those draft regulations are still under consideration.

"I am hoping I will not have to challenge the new government on this issue as well."

Ends Jeanette Fitzsimons MP: 04 470 6661, 025 586 068 Jonathan Hill (press secretary): 04 470 6719, 021 110 1133

Green MP Sue Kedgley will talk on chemical trespass during a speech on pesticides in The House tomorrow (Wednesday 15th) afternoon during the General Debate.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mediaworks: Three to be sold or closed

MediaWorks has today announced that it intends to sell MediaWorks TV as well as its Flower Street property which includes its television head office and studios.

The intention is for MediaWorks to sell the television side of the business while retaining ownership of radio and QMS. The Flower Street property will also be put up for sale with a lease back option for a buyer to continue to operate television from that location.

MediaWorks Chairman Jack Matthews said that MediaWorks is committed to continuing to grow its business in New Zealand while recognising that free-to-air television operates in a challenging environment. More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels