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


Sutton Needs To Consider All Options

22 April 2002

"Jim Sutton should not rush into a knee-jerk reaction and ban feral venison exports without proper consideration of the ramifications of such a move," says National's Agriculture spokesman Gavan Herlihy.

Mr Herlihy's comments follow reports that the Agriculture Minister is looking at imposing a ban on all wild deer meat exports from this country. This follows reports that MAF withdrew export certification for some feral venison, after deer poachers were arrested with meat that may have been contaminated with poison.

"Nothing is more important or sacred to New Zealand's agricultural export industry than our integrity and reputation for producing high-quality, safe food and everything must be done to protect this.

"However, the Minister must not let the actions of a handful of rouge poachers put an entire industry at risk. This decision cannot be made lightly as the livelihoods of many hundreds of people involved in the commercial feral venison industry would be ruined if a ban on wild deer meat exports were imposed."

Mr Herlihy believes the issue should more about the credibility of the export certification process for feral venison rather than the integrity of the whole industry.

He is also critical about how some media - particularly television - depicted this story and MAF's role in this.

"Overseas customers could have easily inferred from the TV news coverage of this story that contaminated New Zealand feral venison had been unearthed in the marketplace - when this was clearly not the case.

"Jim Sutton will be more aware than most about the importance of New Zealand agricultural produce's reputation and how it is portrayed in overseas markets. He must ensure that MAF officials are more careful about the way they deal with media over certain issues and not get involved in sensationalism.

"Such a misleading impression puts an unnecessary slur on our products and the unwelcome international spotlight on the integrity of all New Zealand's agricultural exports. MAF should more careful in the future," Gavan Herlihy concluded.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels