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


Greens seriously concerned with MAF's explanations

15 March 2002

Greens seriously concerned with MAF's PAM explanations

Green Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said he was not satisfied with or reassured by MAFs explanations about their handling of the painted apple moth incursion in West Auckland.

MAF were called to Parliament yesterday to brief the Primary Production Select Committee on the controversial handling of the outbreak. The briefing was initiated by Mr Ewen-Street.

"The Greens have long been concerned at MAF's handling of this outbreak and their answers to my questions in select committee yesterday did nothing to allay those concerns," he said.

"In particular I am alarmed by MAF's slow response to the PAM incursion. The first painted apple moth was found in May 1999 yet the first traps for delimiting the area of the incursion were not set until December 2000."

Mr Ewen-Street said MAF's efforts to develop a pheromone control for the moth failed to use the team that successfully developed a pheromone for the White Spotted Tussock Moth, for no apparent reason.

Mr Ewen-Street said while the Greens believe spraying could have been avoided if MAF had acted quicker, even once the decision to spray had been made things moved far too slowly.

"The recommendation to start aerial spraying was made in May 2001, but the spray was not ordered until September 2001 and actual spraying did not commence until Jan 2002. There was no education program about the painted apple moth caterpillar until late 2001 and no billboards until Oct 2001."

Mr Ewen-Street said there was a real chance that the painted apple moth may now not be able to be eradicated.

"I have suspected that this whole affair has been mishandled from the start. Yesterday's answers from MAF have confirmed my suspicions," he said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news