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

 


Zespri’s refusal to co-operate - Minister must take charge

Zespri’s refusal to co-operate means the Minister must take charge
Don Nicolson, ACT Primary Industries Spokesperson

6/01/2013

“Zespri’s refusal to co-operate with the New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) inquiry into the circumstances that led to Zespri’s prosecution for smuggling, as reported by NZKGI to its growers on the 20th December 2013, means the Minister must now act in the interests of NZ kiwifruit growers and finally agree to launch a Ministerial inquiry.” ACT New Zealand Primary Industry Spokesperson Don Nicolson said today

“The Minister has said that he was not going to call a government inquiry while the industry was doing its own inquiry into the China problems, but now that inquiry has come to a halt” Mr Nicolson said.

“New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) being unable to release a full report into the China prosecutions raises even more questions about their independence and ability to deliver much useful oversight, it also raises questions about the suitability of the legislation under which the kiwifruit industry operates.

“Zespri cites the investigation by the Serious Fraud Office as the reason for its refusal to co-operate with NZKGI. This should be raising alarm bells within the Ministry because it could indicate that Zespri does not want to incriminate itself. Why else would it not want full disclosure of the facts?

“ACT has always said that because the government mandates the industry structure it has a responsibility to ensure that the industry always acts with absolute integrity as well as for the best interests of New Zealand kiwifruit growers. Years of reported industry shenanigans and now Zespri’s refusal to co-operate with the industry and the industry’s inability to hold it to account indicate that Government legislation is working against the industry and the growers not for them.

“With the NZKGI failing to deliver anything meaningful the ball is clearly back in the Minister’s court and he must at last agree to launch an immediate Ministerial inquiry not only into Zespri but the whole Kiwifruit Industry, including the regulator Kiwifruit New Zealand and NZKGI as the recipient of the grower’s levies. With kiwifruit being a major contributor to our economy there is a lot at stake for the growers themselves and the economy, the Government should have acted earlier and demanded better of an industry and the regulations that seem so deficient. Why it doesn’t is of serious concern to ACT.” Mr Nicolson said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news