Parliament

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

 

Funding for Asian Gypsy Moth eradication approved

Funding for Asian Gypsy Moth eradication approved

Cabinet has approved funding for the eradication operation against the Asian Gypsy Moth incursion in Hamilton, Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton said today.

Mr Sutton said the Labour-led Government was committed to maintaining tough levels of biosecurity, and had a strong preference for eradicating pests when incursions did happen.

Key factors in the decision were the potential damage the moth posed to New Zealand's urban landscape, natural environment, forest industries, and human health.

Mr Sutton said the Asian Gypsy Moth was one of the most serious moth threats to New Zealand's trees, both native and commercial forests.

"Only one moth has been found so far, but the circumstances of that find mean that we must act."

Mr Sutton said DNA testing showed that the moth was of Japanese origin. The conclusion of the experts is that the egg mass ended up in Hamilton and hatched last spring. Any moths from this egg mass could have mated and, if not treated immediately, would spread quickly.

"The clear probability is that even a single moth catch indicates the presence of a viable population, but at numbers that make another catch from the same generation unlikely. The Asian Gypsy Moth female can fly a considerable distance, but there is only one generation per year. This means we probably have one chance only to keep New Zealand free of one of the world's most feared forest pests.

"This is a big problem for us. We cannot sit back and wait for more moths to be found because by then it might be too late. The moth might have spread too far. We have learnt from other recent moth incursions that it is better to carry out aerial spraying quickly, rather than to mess about with other methods that experience proves not to be effective against moth spread."

Mr Sutton said part of the funding approved by Cabinet would be used to provide health services to any people who felt themselves affected by the spray used.

"The spray will be the same used in the painted apple moth and white-spotted tussock moth programmes, and is used by many other countries in their programmes against moth spread. Health authorities here have been consulted on its use."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages