Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Parrot to have cracker Kiwi experience.

22 November 2005

Parrot to have cracker Kiwi experience.

A Grey African parrot will be allowed to enjoy its kiwi experience and remain on board its vessel for the duration of its stay, Biosecurity New Zealand announced today.

The Grey African parrot is bound for New Zealand on a vessel due to arrive in Auckland, but its arrival, like all other vessels with animals on board, needed to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, Biosecurity New Zealand Animal Imports team manager Gillian Mylrea says.

“It’s an interesting tale, but there are serious implications. We needed to be satisfied that the bird did not pose an undue risk of introducing bird or other diseases to New Zealand. We are satisfied that any risk that might exist can be adequately managed. The people involved have co-operated to the fullest extent possible,” says Dr Mylrea.

“New Zealand has no import health standards for parrots, even if it’s in transit. That hasn’t stopped parrots before, but they have all stayed on board at the port of first arrival. This situation is a bit different - we understand the vessel intends to visit elsewhere in New Zealand while it is here – that was the issue we needed to tidy up.

“There’s nothing unusual about it, other than that the risk environment, and particularly awareness global awareness of avian influenza has changed. This is the first parrot we have had arrive on a vessel since the Americas Cup. We have to assess it and determine appropriate conditions so New Zealand would not be exposed to any risks.

The options considered included placing the parrot in quarantine in Auckland Airport, leaving the parrot on board at its first port of call, or leaving the bird on board with certain conditions. This is what will happen. The conditions include:

1. The parrot is to remain in its cage, indoors on the vessel while it is in New Zealand. The parrot will not be eligible for biosecurity clearance into New Zealand and will not cross the border.

2. The vessel is to remain at Princess Wharf until the bird has been tested negative for a variety of bird diseases. Until results are available, the bird will be inspected on a daily basis by a MAF Biosecurity Inspector. If the parrot tests positive it must leave New Zealand immediately.

3. All costs of testing and inspection will be at the parrot owner’s expense.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

FMA: Cigna Admits Making False And Misleading Representations
Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Limited has admitted to making false and/or misleading representations to customers in proceedings brought by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) – Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko... More>>


Statistics: Retail Card Spending Down 0.2 Percent In July
Retail card spending fell $11 million (0.2 percent) between June 2022 and July 2022, when adjusted for seasonal effects, Stats NZ said today... More>>




Barfoot & Thompson: Auckland Rental Prices Inch Up Again, But Upward Trend Could Ease In Coming Months

Data from nearly 16,000 rental properties managed by real estate agency Barfoot & Thompson shows Auckland’s average weekly rent rose by $6.12 (or 1 percent) during the second quarter... More>>




ASB: Full Year Results: Building Resilience Today And For Our Future

In its 175th year, ASB has reported a cash net profit after tax of $1,418 million for the 12 months to 30 June 2022, an increase of $122 million or 9% on the prior year... More>>


Commerce Commission: Draft Determination On News Publishers’ Association’s Collective Bargaining Application
The Commerce Commission (Commission) has reached a preliminary view that it should allow the News Publishers’ Association of New Zealand (NPA) to collectively negotiate with Meta and Google... More>>


Heartland: Retirees Facing Pressure From Higher Cost Of Living And Increasing Debt In Retirement

Heartland has seen a significant increase in Reverse Mortgages being used to repay debt. Among the most affected by the increasing living costs are retirees, many of whom are trying to get by on NZ Super alone... More>>