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


Drug flood threat lurks in Chinese trade deal

2 October 2008

Drug flood threat lurks in Chinese trade deal: Greens

New Zealand's burgeoning methamphetamine problem could worsen as more precursor ingredients enter the country because of our preferential trade deal with China, says the Green Party.

Green MP Metiria Turei says the trade agreement - that came into force yesterday - means a greater volume of Chinese imports and fast tracking of goods at the border. She fears more drug consignments would inevitably filter through our increasingly porous borders.

"Experts estimate 99 percent of the precursor ingredients for methamphetamine are illegally imported from China. This controversial trade deal with our main drug importer brings grave risks that New Zealand's meth problem can only get worse.

"Contac NT capsules, that can be bought over the counter in China, are the main ingredient for methamphetamine manufacturing here in New Zealand. An influx of such precursor drugs would only spell trouble. Communities all over New Zealand already have enough problems with meth use."

Increased volumes of Chinese imports plus fast tracking provisions of goods at the New Zealand border that are part of the trade agreement (requiring most goods to be released within 48 hours of arrival at our border) means a rise in drug concealments is highly likely, Mrs Turei says.

"About one million containers enter and leave New Zealand each year and customs officers can't inspect every one. Methamphetamine abuse is a serious issue for communities throughout New Zealand and I fear we are opening the floodgates for yet more drug imports. The highest priority is stopping importation and providing health and social support for users of the drug.

"Customs officers freely admit they don't catch all drug imports and I have grave fears that our trade deal with China may end up being a good deal for drug dealers."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election