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


Foot and Mouth Border Protection Package Welcomed

12 March 2001
PR 36/2001

Foot and Mouth Border Protection Package Welcomed

Federated Farmers' President Alistair Polson has welcomed Cabinets' extra measures tightening New Zealand's border controls in the wake of the foot and mouth outbreak in the United Kingdom.

"The new measures will greatly improve the detection rates. Finally, MAF will have the capacity to x-ray and search all baggage from incoming passengers. We have been calling for new x-ray machines so that all luggage can be checked and are relieved that the Government has raised the level of protection provided at the front line of border control".

"Experience shows that x-ray machines present little disruption to incoming passengers. We anticipate that the airports and tourism industry will fully cooperate to accommodate the new machines as they also realise the value of maintaining New Zealand's biosecurity status."

"While supporting the measures", said Mr Polson, "we can't afford to relax. An education campaign for inbound travellers remains a high priority particularly in the period leading up to when the new measures will actually be in place."

Mr Polson said that it was important the country realised that the $4.6 million cost of the new measures is not great when considered against the impacts a foot and mouth outbreak would have on the whole economy.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages