Parliament

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

 

Moth Programme Falling To Pieces As Head Resigns

9 May 2002

Green Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said the unexpected resignation of the head of the Painted Apple Moth spray programme in Auckland showed the operation was in crisis.

Mr Ewen-Street has this morning written to the Chair of the Primary Production Select Committee Damian O'Connor calling for an urgent public inquiry into MAF's handling of the entire incursion.

"This is an extraordinary time for the leader of this programme to resign. We are in the middle of a highly controversial aerial spraying programme and officials are advising that this programme be expanded to involve fixed wing spraying of most of Auckland," said Mr Ewen-Street.

"Dr Ruth Frampton's handling of this incursion has also been controversial and she must give us a better explanation for why she is choosing to step aside at this crucial time."

Mr Ewen-Street said he suspected the fight against the Painted Apple Moth had all but been lost and a thorough inquiry into MAF's handling of the incursion was now essential.

"I fear we may now have to learn to live with this pest which could cost this country's horticulture and forestry industries many tens of millions of dollars.

"Last year the MAF appointed Community Advisory Group called for Dr Frampton to resign, saying the Painted Apple Moth incursion and attempts to control it were a fiasco.

"Recent developments which have culminated in Dr Frampton's resignation today further support this view and the people of Auckland deserve a full explanation of what is going on.

"An inquiry is essential so we can learn from the mistakes of this programme and ensure they are not repeated when we have another biosecurity breach. We cannot have a repeat performance," said Mr Ewen-Street.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why France Could Become Our Closest Ally In Europe

As PM Jacinda Ardern returns from a triumphant tour to Britain and the capitals of Europe, her officials have probably begun to assess what the more substantive gains from the trip might have been. Most of the chatter has been about potential trade deals – so lets just assume for the moment that bilateral trade deals between big and small countries are a good thing, despite the perils they pose to the smaller party. Currently, Britain is so involved with its Brexit nightmare that there seems little prospect of any substantive early progress on an FTA with Britain. In any case, New Zealand should be wary of being the first cab off that particular rank. ... More>>

 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages