Parliament

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

 

Close the gate before the algae bolts - Greens

31 October 2006

Close the gate before the algae bolts - Greens

The North Island's Rangitikei River should be immediately closed until it is confirmed whether or not it has been contaminated with the didymo algae, the Green Party says.

Biosecurity Spokesperson Metiria Turei says Biosecurity New Zealand should err on the side of caution to prevent any further chance of this pest spreading.

"There's no point closing the gate after the algae has bolted.

"Didymo has proven that it is able to spread very quickly so we must not sit on our hands awaiting the results of tests. The Rangitikei must be closed as a precautionary measure. If it is turns out that the algae found is in fact didymo then we may well have prevented it spreading further.

"This scare is a timely reminder that with summer approaching we should be upping the ante against this invader. It has already made itself at home in many South Island rivers and with more boaties and fishers out and about in the warmer weather tougher measures should be put in place.

"The current 'spot checks' of fishing gear and boats at Picton could still be allowing this pest to cross the Cook Strait. This measure should be increased over summer to ensure that all that type of equipment is scrutinised and cleaned if necessary.

"Until a more permanent solution is found, the only defence we have is to contain this pest to prevent any further damage to our environment," Mrs Turei says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election