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


Not I, said Port Whangarei – then who?

Primary Industries Spokesperson
10 February 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Not I, said Port Whangarei – then who?

Investigations into how a single fruit fly arrived in Whangarei must continue after the local port ruled out being the source, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

“New Zealand cannot afford to let its guard down despite no further fruit flies being found in Whangarei.

“An infestation of Queensland fruit flies would have a devastating effect on our horticulture industry. They are the horticulture equivalent of foot and mouth disease.

“The Whangarei ports today said it didn’t arrive via its facilities because no produce is imported on its docks.

“We still don’t know how the fly got here. It is important we know so we can protect our valuable industries from the decimation these flies have caused on Australian crops.

“Other routes into the country such as recreational yachts must be considered.

“New Zealand has been let off with a warning. Next time we won’t be so lucky.

“This Government has run our biosecurity services into the ground. Our biosecurity resources are spread so thin, officers would be seriously stretched by a large-scale infestation,” Damien O’Connor says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news