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Baldock: Moth-spray health probe invisible

Baldock: Moth-spray health probe invisible

United Future's Larry Baldock today asked the Government to explain why there had been no apparent progress on the inquiry into the health effects of the ongoing Painted Apple Moth spray campaign in West Auckland.

"The spraying continues, and a lot of people in West Auckland are hugely concerned about the impact of the programme on their health, and yet nothing appears to be going on," Mr Baldock, the party's environment spokesman, said.

"There seems to be minimal official recognition that this spray programme is impacting on the lives of some 160,000 people, and those who have health concerns need to have their concerns taken on board promptly and respectfully.

"It would appear that neither criteria is being met at the moment," he said.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Baldock told Health Minister Annette King that the inquiry needed to include a clinical assessment of the effects of the spray, and not just the concerns of those in the spray zone.

He also asked if the Government would be funding health treatments, if problems were revealed to have been caused by the spray campaign.

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