Parliament

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

 

NZ says Japan has opportunity to explain

19 July 2001 Media Statement

NZ says Japan has opportunity to explain its tactics at IWC meeting

Prime Minister Helen Clark says Japan has the opportunity at next week's International Whaling Commission meeting to explain the relationship between Japan's development aid to small countries and the link which that appears to have to voting behaviour at the Commission.

"A very senior Japanese fisheries official, Mr Komatsu, has publicly admitted that Japan uses ODA money to influence other countries on whaling issues.

"In an interview on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme today, Mr Komatsu again argued that Japan Fisheries Agency's aid tactics were legitimate in promoting its case to maintain whaling.

"I am sure that many countries will share New Zealand's concerns about Mr Komatsu's statement. Development aid should not be used as an inducement to join up to the IWC, nor to vote in a certain way once there.

"The IWC has always been an organisation on whose integrity we can rely. All members must uphold that integrity.

"The IWC meeting offers Japan an ideal opportunity to explain Mr Komatsu's statements.

"New Zealand will push strongly at the IWC meeting for the creation of South Pacific and South Atlantic whale sanctuaries. We would be appalled if the fate of these great mammals were to be determined by a few pieces of silver," Helen Clark said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>

 

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels