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


Labour heads for another biosecurity failure

Shane Ardern MP
National Party Biosecurity Spokesman

31 October 2006

Labour heads for another biosecurity failure

The possible Didymo outbreak in the Rangitikei River signals yet another failure by the Labour Government to control biosecurity risks, says National Party Biosecurity spokesman Shane Ardern.

"How much longer must New Zealand read headlines of biosecurity incursions spreading unchecked? We all hope that the report of Didymo in the Rangitikei River proves to be a false alarm.

"However, the lack of direction and commitment by Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton means that even if this is a false alarm, Didymo will eventually reach the North Island.

"People spread Didymo - a fact the Minister learnt the hard way when he did not take immediate action after its discovery in the South Island.

"The Minister has been negligent in setting up controls and programmes in the North Island and pathetically slow in protecting the Didymo-free areas.

"Official Government papers say Didymo's spread could cost New Zealand $285 million over eight years through its impact on fisheries, drinking water, agriculture, industry, tourism, recreation and biodiversity.

"The Minister is letting Biosecurity NZ down by not putting in place viable programmes to stop the spread of Didymo.

"He has once again shrugged his shoulders and accepted the inevitable spread of this algae into the North Island. National is sick of what is nothing more than token support from the Minister for proper controls."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>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


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