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Kedgley Goes Too Far

Kedgley Goes Too Far

ACT New Zealand Family Spokesman Heather Roy today slammed Green MP Sue Kedgley for erecting a `Toxic Hazard' sign at Ben Burn Park adventure playground.

"I find it truly disturbing that Ms Kedgley has been permitted to place the sign at this playground - one which my own children use all the time," said Mrs Roy.

"This is an unwarranted scare mongering tactic. Ms Kedgley has had her photo opportunity but where is her scientific evidence? The truth is that she would like to ban every activity that has any type of risk associated with it.

"Playgrounds provide our children with a managed risk. If we do not provide this type of environment, they will find their own risks. Children are inquisitive by nature, and will seek out excitement where and when they can - often exposing themselves to unseen dangers. Playgrounds provide them with these opportunities in an enclosed and managed setting.

"Ms Kedgely is guilty of trying to prohibit everything enjoyable. She is against children playing in adventure playgrounds, against fast food. Perhaps she would rather see children watching TV, so as to eliminate all physical risk from their lives.

"I call on Ms Kedgely to produce evidence that CCA treated timber is dangerous in the doses that children would be exposed to it while playing at wooden playgrounds. Enquires through the regional Public Health service have revealed no reported cases of illness attributable to playgrounds. The danger of contracting salmonella from bird droppings on playground equipment is much greater than that of arsenic poisoning. The message here is that children should always wash their hands after playing.

"Life is a dangerous business. However, if we use our commonsense, we do not need to eliminate fun. I hope the Wellington City Council will remove the sign. If they don't by the weekend, I shall go to the park with my children and remove it for them," said Mrs Roy.

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