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


Keeping pests and diseases out wherever possible

Pork Industry Board says Biosecurity must focus on keeping pests and diseases out wherever possible

The New Zealand Pork Industry Board believes that the side effects of the Government’s aerial spraying programme adds further support to its position that effective biosecurity needs to focus on keeping pests and diseases out wherever possible.

“There’s a fundamental message to be learnt from the side effects of the painted apple moth spraying programme” says Sam McIvor, New Zealand Pork Industry Board CEO. “That is, keep pests and diseases out wherever possible. Unfortunately some pests will get through our border undetected, like the painted apple moth. But in other cases New Zealand can and should set standards to keep pests and diseases out. The pork industry is most concerned currently about a MAF proposal that would knowingly allow the introduction into New Zealand of the PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) virus in imported pig meat. This simply doesn’t make sense when New Zealand is one of the very few countries in the world which is free of this devastating pig disease which is recognized as the number one enemy of the pig industry worldwide.”

Sam McIvor says he hopes that the concern expressed in the independent review of MAF’s handling of the painted apple moth spraying programme reinforces to MAF how critical it is that MAF sets border standards to maintain New Zealand’s human, plant and animal health status. “Let’s make sure we minimise the need for costly, difficult and contentious eradication programmes”, he says.


© 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