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


Sutton personal attacks on protestors insensitive

Sutton's personal attacks on protestors "insensitive": Greens

Jim Sutton's personal criticisms of painted apple moth aerial spray protestors were insensitive Green Party Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said today.

The Biosecurity Minister issued a press release last night saying: "Some activists against eradicating the moth are personalising this and encouraging people to act irresponsibly in an effort to get up my nose. This is pathetic."

Mr Sutton also warned protestors that if they succeeded in "their perverse aims" of blocking the next aerial spray round with helium balloons near the flight path and tarpaulins over vegetation - they could be subjected to spraying every year.

Mr Ewen-Street said today he was dismayed the Minister could be so insensitive to the health and peace of mind of West Auckland residents. "People opposed to the spraying have the right to express their health concerns without being labelled 'pathetic' by a Minister of the Crown," he said.

Mr Ewen-Street said that 8000 of the 160,000 people being sprayed would have an allergic reaction to Btk (the active ingredient in the spray) - based on Mr Sutton's estimate last night that 5 per cent of the population were allergic.

"That's 8000 too many," Mr Ewen-Street said, "but even that is an under-estimation of the health concerns, as Btk makes up only 3 per cent of the spray. Many more people may have reactions to the chemical cocktail that makes up the other 97 per cent. But residents can't have this investigated, as the Minister wrongly refuses to reveal the contents - arguing that intellectual property rights outweigh the public's right to know. No wonder West Aucklanders are protesting."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Juggling Covid, And France’s Trump-like Populist

It is the age-old Covid problem. How to balance the needs for firms (and schools) to re-open against the need to protect public health. In the past, the balance has been struck by insisting that the best public health outcomes also deliver the best economic (and educational) outcomes. While that may still be objectively true, it is no longer a politically tenable position... More>>

Covid-19 & Education: NCEA And NZ Scholarship Exams To Proceed

NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams will proceed, including in areas where Alert Level 3 has been in place, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have been working together to ensure exams can be managed in a safe way, so students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned... More>>


Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


National: Launches Back In Business Plan

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins has today launched National’s detailed plan to save livelihoods and unleash our economy in the face of the huge damage being wrought by the extended Covid lockdown... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels