ACT wants politicians to stop meddling in private property Press Release, Don Nicolson
“With the news about a pending sale of privately owned Lochinver Station to Shanghai Pengxin once again stirring anti-foreigner feeling, politicians must show respect for private property”, ACT’s Primary industry spokesman Don Nicolson says.
With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next parliament.
“If Dr Smith is sincere about his recollection of a discussion with Mr Johnston recently, then it is clear he needs the legislative privilege of Fish and Game reviewed,” says Mr Nicolson.
The recent Bay Of Plenty Times report, 'New Fraud Crisis for Zespri' shows why ACT has remained so staunch about the need to have a Ministerial inquiry launched into the behaviour of the state-sanctioned kiwifruit marketing monopoly Zespri, says ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson.
The article, which explores invoicing irregularities in Zespri’s Taiwan market, highlights serious problems within Zespri - problems which were initially brought to the Government's attention by ACT some 18 months ago.
Revelations in today’s edition of The National Business Review that appear to show Zespri gave false evidence to Chinese courts about their import practices requires action from the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.
“It is not good enough to leave these matters to a New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) inquiry as the Minister proposes to do” Mr Nicolson said.
“That is an inadequate response to what appears to have been occurring.
News that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating Zespri raises serious questions about the company’s operations and the Government’s refusal to look into it, ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.
“The SFO is responsible for investigating serious and complex fraud. While the purpose of the SFO’s investigation is unknown, that it is investigating at all is an indictment on the Minister for Primary Industries’ decision not to initiate his own inquiry," Mr Nicolson said.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is looking for excuses to justify his inaction amid growing calls by kiwifruit growers that the industry needs an independent inquiry, ACT New Zealand Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.
“Initially the Minister said he wouldn’t initiate an inquiry because Zespri was before the Courts on a charge of smuggling.
“Now that Zespri has been found guilty, he is using the excuse that an internal inquiry is already taking place and there is no need for the Government to step in.
ACT New Zealand Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson today congratulated the Minister for Primary Industries for fixing the problem with his Ministry’s customs certificates in China and called on him to take a similar personal interest into the alleged wrong doing by Zespri.
“The Minister has assured us that the export meat problem has been fixed and the certification problem will not affect other food exporters,” Mr Nicolson said.
“He was right to put it on the officials responsible for food safety in the Ministry - they did a poor job for New Zealand.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy can no longer keep his head in the sand over Zespri’s role in the customs fraud allegations in China after damning internal documents were revealed today by the Sunday Star Times, ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.