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Spray Group Pressure Local Labour MP

Spray Group Pressure Local Labour MP

A group opposed to the aerial spray program, placed pressure today on local Labour MP Lynne Pillay, as the MAF-led aerial spray campaign continues to cause ill health and nuisance to Waitakere and Auckland citizens.

The anti spray lobby have had a frustrating and largely unconcerned response from Labour MPs. “Letters to the local newspaper and published comments from these MPs have been dismissive of the community experience and concerns expressed”.

A scheduled meeting this morning (18/1) between anti spray campaigner Tim Tipene and officials from the office of Waitakere MP Lynne Pillay, was cancelled by her office at the last minute. Supporters of Mr Tipene planned to add their voice of concern at the meeting.

“We are disappointed that the appointment was cancelled and encourage all those living in the area to add their voice of concern by letting their local MP know that aerial spraying must stop now” says Tim Tipene.

Not deterred by the cancelled appointment, a group of about 50 protesters walked along the streets by Ms Pillay’s office in Glen Eden today, handing out flyers and petition cards, arguing for the use and development of the sensible and safe alternatives to the hazardous aerial spraying.

"Safe eradication is extremely important", says fellow anti spray campaigner Rachel Wapenaar. "The spray campaign is clearly not working, and growing numbers of residents are feeling the effects from this spray, it is time for MAF to accept this, & begin work on the viable alternatives to aerial spraying".

Disappointed at Ms Pillay's "no show", the residents left a strong message in the form of leaflets, petition card & placards cello taped along the length of her office window.

The alternative options have been explored and endorsed by Waitakere City Council, the Community Advisory Group and prominent entomologist Dr Peter Madison and scientist Dr John Clearwater.

“Labour MPs should be embarrassed by the findings of the Auditor General’s Report on Biosecurity which highlighted the failure of the Painted Apple Moth campaign including comment on the lack of community consultation and involvement.

The local MPs need to start representing their local constituents, instead of the interests of big business and the protection of the chemical company. The contents of the spray have still not been release by the government who claim that it is a commercial secret.

MPs can act now by asking Cabinet to stop the aerial spraying and go with the CAG option” says Mr Tipene.

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