Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


DOW – Sort Deadly Legacy Now

DOW – Sort Deadly Legacy Now

Greenpeace today said DOW needs to be held accountable and accept full responsibility for the health effects it has caused to the Vietnam veterans and their children.

(1) The Dow-manufactured chemicals 2,4,5 T and 2,4 D were used as a chemical defoliant and hormonal spray throughout both Vietnam and New Zealand. New Zealand was the last place in the world to stop manufacturing 2,4,5-T – at the DOW plant in New Plymouth in 1987.

The report released today by the health select committee shows more evidence that DOW has created toxic disasters that not only plague the New Zealand public but have occurred on a global scale.

The company responsible for the manufacturing of the chemical Agent Orange, Dow Chemicals, has already paid out US$180 million to Vietnam veterans in the USA. It is currently under litigation by the Vietnamese who say that their land and people were so poisoned by Agent Orange that supplying it to the military amounted to war crimes by the chemical companies.

“DOW has caused irreversible damage by the use of the Agent Orange. The recent Paritutu scandal shows that more and more toxic disasters are coming to light in New Zealand. It’s time the companies responsible - and government - stop burying their heads in the sand and sort the problems out,” (1) said Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner Mere Takoko.

Greenpeace welcomes an investigation into our current health regime, which in its current state provides little acknowledgement that chemicals such as Agent Orange are the cause of many severe health effects.

“It’s abhorrent that it’s been over 30 years and still the Vietnam Vets and the residents of Paritutu are waiting for the Government and DOW to act. What’s it going to take for these polluting corporates to be held to account? The Government needs to stop down playing these toxic disasters and sort them out – now – not another 30 years down the track.” Said Ms Takoko.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election