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


Kiwifruit Claim Applauds MPI For Foot & Mouth Success

Kiwifruit Claim Applauds MPI For Foot & Mouth Success

The Kiwifruit Claim has congratulated the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for intercepting yak meat carried by a passenger arriving from Mongolia which could have caused untold damage to the New Zealand economy.

However, it says it disagrees with MPI’s view that it owes no duty of care to New Zealanders when protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases like foot and mouth or Psa.

“Some Mongolian cattle are known to be infected with Foot and Mouth disease so, as MPI Auckland Airport manager Dave Sims has pointed out, the yak meat could have harboured disease that could have wrecked New Zealand’s agriculture-based economy,” a spokesman for the Kiwifruit Claim, Matthew Hooton, said today.

“MPI is rightfully taking the credit and should be congratulated for for keeping us safe at the border from this potential threat. Yet, in our case, MPI has told the High Court it cannot owe a duty of care to kiwifruit growers for what we allege was its negligence in letting Psa into New Zealand, which it’s own independent advisors said cost our country at least $885 million.”

The Kiwifruit Claim has brought class action litigation against the government for alleged negligence in failing to undertake its biosecurity duties, allowing Psa to enter New Zealand and devastating the the kiwifruit industry in 2010.

Further information on The Kiwifruit Claim can be found atwww.thekiwifruitclaim.org.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Less Than Stellar Choices

Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio - a role in which he has been invisible ever since – Bayly seems destined for a future as a trivia quiz question. That’s because as the National leadership contest comes down to a choice between Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon, the only decisions to be made on Tuesday are over who gets to be leader, and who gets the Finance job... More>>


Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>

RNZ: Judith Collins removed as National Party leader
Dr Shane Reti is interim leader of the National Party after Judith Collins lost a no-confidence vote. Simon Bridges was demoted and stripped of all portfolios over allegations of an inappropriate comment made five years ago at a party function. Judith Collins was voted out as National's leader today after the party was locked in a caucus for more than three hours... More>>

Government: Supporting New Zealanders To Recover From COVID-19 In The Community
The Government is increasing the support for New Zealanders who test positive for COVID-19 through the rollout of the COVID Care in the Community model and a $300 million funding boost to Pharmac to purchase new medicines to treat the virus, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>


National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>

Council For Civil Liberties: Disgraceful Government Secrecy On Vaccination Certificates As Legislation Rushed Through
On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being rushed through Parliament under urgency, the Minister has said it will not publish the relevant policy papers until ‘late January 2022... More>>

Government: Providing Business The Tools To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is building on measures to protect businesses and workers from COVID-19 as the country gets ready to transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on December 3, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels