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


Government Moves to Allow the Importation of Manure

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First Leader

Member of Parliament for Northland
29 MARCH 2017

Government Moves to Allow the Importation of Manure

New Zealand First says the Prime Minister must rein-in Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who has his officials developing an Import Health Standard for animal manure.

“Few things this National government does surprises me anymore, but allowing in European animal manure to grow mushrooms really does beat all,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“We’re not short of what comes out the back of farm animals and if this wasn’t so short-sighted and stupid it would almost be comedic. Our farmers are under siege from all and sundry on the question of animal excreta. They are trying to deal with it so why on earth import more of it from offshore?

“Minister Guy says the risk of exposing Kiwi farmers and growers to an outbreak of something economically crippling, like foot and mouth disease, is low. So why further raise the risk of an already leaky biosecurity system.

“The imported wastes of farm animals is as high a risk as you could possibly imagine.

“We’re doing this because a misguided Mr Guy believes: ‘as a country that operates under basic fair trading principles, the local production of any substance does not preclude the importation of similar substances which produce higher quality mushrooms with substantially better yields’.

“In short, this minister is arguing that another country’s farm animal scatology grows mushrooms faster than ours. That’s so ridiculous that the prime minister needs to get a handle on this minister and fast.

“You’d also expect in this era of user-pays that the importer would be footing the bill for this work. Unbelievably MPI is treating this as a high priority so taxpayers are paying for bureaucrats to develop. That is a wasteful scandal.

“Officials were even sent to a manure production plant in the Netherlands while more information was gathered and the "risk assessment" revisited. What hidden influences came to bear for this taxpayer-funded tour to Europe to take place?

“It’s time for farmers to tell Mr Guy and Mr English that this idea is just scatology,” says Mr Peters.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Legal Issues: Gordon Campbell On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

Yesterday’s interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public.

Apoparently, the fuel industry is an oligopoly where the Big Three (BP, Mobil and Z) that import 90% of this country’s fuel also control the supply, pricing, profit margins etc etc, from wharf to petrol pump, thereby all but throttling genuine competition at every stage along the way. More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

PM's Post-Cab: Bad Mail

Cabinet was updated on the process around prisoners sending mail, following the accused Christchurch gunman sending letters that "should have been stopped". All mail of "high concern prisoners" will now be checked by a specialist team and a changes to the legal criteria for witholding mail are expecting to go to a cabinet committee in this parliamentary session. More>>




InfoPages News Channels