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


MAF lets in wolf, loses more than 3 little pigs

MAF lets in wolf, loses more than three little pigs

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) announced today that the porcine infection post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS), discovered in September, was unable to be contained. MAF was concentrating its efforts on preventing spread to the South Island.

Green MP Ian Ewen-Street said the announcement by MAF meant the Ministry effectively was "throwing its hands up in the air and saying 'too hard'.

"MAF has given up too early, PMWS is going to have a significant detrimental on individual pig farmers and every effort needs to be made to eradicate this disease," said Biosecurity Spokesperson Mr Ewen-Street.

MAF director of animal biosecurity Derek Belton said this morning that: "This is a technical decision, not a commercial one, we don't have the tools to deal with it ... We don't know how PMWS gets into the pig population and there is no test to show if pigs will develop it."

This admission shows there are alarming holes in MAF's armoury in the battle against biohazards, said Mr. Ewen-Street. "MAF needs more tools, and more research on how PMWS spreads, and an effective test to identify carriers. Limiting the movement of animals to the region they are raised in would also increase the chance of containment. At the very least we need to know how and when PWMS came into the country."

The decision on PMWS is similar to that made last year to simply accept the spread of the varroa bee mite as inevitable, said Mr Ewen-Street. "Beekeepers are justifiably still bitter about that refusal to fight, and MAF should have learnt from the experience.

"Much more needs to be done to stop these sorts of threats at source, instead of just giving up."

"Surely it is much better to try and fail, than not to try at all - biosecurity regimes need to be built with more than straw or sticks."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election