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


1080 reassessment needs time

Wednesday, 25 October 2006

1080 reassessment needs time

United Future MP Gordon Copeland has expressed satisfaction that the Environmental Risk Management Authority's reassessment of 1080 poison will finally get underway in November.

But he's called for an extension to the length of the submission process to give the New Zealand public a greater chance to have their say on the controversial and potentially dangerous poison.

"United Future has over a long period of time lobbied the Government to comprehensively reassess the effects of 1080 and the way it is used in New Zealand, particularly through aerial application," said Mr Copeland.

"While I am very pleased that the reassessment is going ahead I am concerned that the public submission period is too short for many people to get a fair opportunity to have their say."

According to ERMA public notification occurs on 2 November and submissions close 30 working days later on 14 December 2006.

"I would like to see the submission period extended through the Christmas holiday season so that people who are usually busy leading up until Christmas will have adequate time and opportunity to put together a worthwhile submission.

"It is my understanding that the Director-General of ERMA has the ability to extend the length of the submission process past its present 30 working day timeframe.

"I believe that the intense public interest surrounding 1080 use in New Zealand more than justifies the extension of the submission process.

"We only want to do this once, so we might as well do it right.

"I hope that all interested parties will be given enough time to make a worthwhile contribution through their submissions so that we can gather all the necessary information to make an educated and scientific assessment of 1080's environmental, ecological and health effects," concluded Mr Copeland.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Emissions Reduction Plan Non-Event

Clearly, the attempt to take the politics out of climate change has itself been a political decision, and one meant to remove much of the heat from the global warming issue before next year’s election. What we got from yesterday’s $2.9 billion Emissions Reduction Plan was a largely aspirational multi-party commitment to the direction of policy on climate change...


Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>




InfoPages News Channels