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

 


"Check, Clean, Dry" campaign re-inforced

Hon Jim Anderton

Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Forestry Associate Minister of Health Associate Minister for Tertiary Education

Progressive Leader

3 December 2007 Media Statement

"Check, Clean, Dry" campaign re-inforced

The success of last summer's "Check, Clean, Dry" campaign can be attributed to the hard work and co-ordinated activity of the programme's contributing agencies, Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton said today.

New research, conducted by The Nielsen Company, indicates increasing numbers of New Zealand fresh waterway users are checking, cleaning and drying their equipment to slow the spread of didymo and any other aquatic pests.

Jim Anderton said this showed the work MAF Biosecurity New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, regional councils, Fish and Game New Zealand, and the many clubs and organisations involved with freshwater recreation had been doing had been successful in getting people to take up check, clean, dry behaviour.

The research involved interviews with one-thousand five hundred freshwater users who enter multiple freshwater ways more than four times per year. Three-quarters of users surveyed said they had taken different actions when using freshwater recreational areas to help slow the spread of didymo - a substantial increase from 29% just one year ago*.

The research showed 64% report always making an effort to check, clean, dry with a further 25% saying they make an effort some of the time.

However, the research also revealed that North Islanders (65%) perceive didymo as less of a serious threat to their region than those living in the South Island (85%). Differing rates of compliance between the two islands (North 55%, South 82%) seem to mirror the differing sense of threat.

Jim Anderton said live didymo had not yet been found in the North Island and many may consider it to be a 'South Island problem'.

"However, the recent scare in the North Island has highlighted the need for people to start checking, cleaning and drying now to best manage the pest should it arrive.

"MAF Biosecurity New Zealand and its partner organisations will continue to target high-risk activities over the upcoming summer months."

He said there had been huge buy-in of the personal responsibility message and massive support at a community level, in the South Island and on the North Island's Central Volcanic Plateau.

"Those communities know what is at stake and are to be congratulated for their efforts. It is their work that has played a major role in slowing the spread of didymo and stopping its entry into the North Island," Jim Anderton said.

*Note: Differing methodologies (2007 online, 2006 telephone) Differing sample selection (2007 targeted sampling to obtain predominately high-risk fresh waterway users, 2006 random sample included anyone who uses fresh waterways).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news