The discovery of black widow spiders in imported grapes highlights once again the Government’s lax attitude to biosecurity risks, Labour’s Primary Industries and Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“MPI officials are trying to talk down the find, saying the spiders don’t pose a danger to the horticultural industry.
Climate Change Minister Tim Groser must immediately set a clear carbon budget if he wants to have any chance of meeting the emission reductions he has announced, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.
“National’s dirty little secret is that they have no workable plan to reduce emissions, despite setting target after target. Even the unambitious goals Tim Groser announced yesterday will be difficult to reach under the current approach.
The Ruataniwha dam project is turning into a huge white elephant as the economics fail to stack up, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“Ruataniwha simply doesn’t make economic sense when you look at other major irrigation schemes around the country. In today’s prices the Opuha dam in Canterbury cost less than $60 million for 70 million cubic metres of usable water. In contrast Ruataniwha will cost $275 million for 90 million cubic metres of water.
Nick Smith must explain how he is going to prevent contamination of New Zealand’s ground and water with liquid and hazardous waste after scrapping the only monitoring scheme and offering no replacement, says Labour’s Environment Spokesperson Megan Woods.
“From today, New Zealand has no way to monitor and track hazardous waste to stop contamination. Yesterday, Nick Smith scrapped the existing WasteTRACK scheme and is offering no replacement.
People dealing with the aftermath of the Dunedin floods will be supported by the boost from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson who have put their weight behind the Dunedin Flood Appeal in a video released this afternoon, Clare Curran, Labour Dunedin South MP says.
“It is brilliant that South Dunedin’s favourite son has shown his support for those affected by the floods. Brendon has never forgotten where he came from, and recording this video is a real shot in the arm for those picking up the pieces from the floods.
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran is urging people to get behind a plea that has gone out today for donations to help uninsured residents who lost their homes and possessions in last week’s floods.
“The worst affected suburbs are some of New Zealand’s most densely populated and disadvantaged areas. The elderly, people with disabilities and families with young children on low incomes are disproportionately affected by the extreme flood event.