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Importation being questioned
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If I wanted to, I could have brought
PKE, put it into a container and
brought it back to New Zealand.''
It also showed there were
opportunities to buy cheaper PKE
from a plant with unsanitary
facilities and bring it back, he said.
Do you know where your PKE
comes from? Because the MPI
categorically doesn't know where it's
come from,'' Clark said.
They can't do because the
industry is simply not set up for it to
know where all PKE comes from.''
The MPI was taking the report
seriously and was visiting Malaysia
this month to see the PKE processing
facilities for themselves, Goodhew
If there were plants selling PKE
through a commodity trader, then
how could the MPI be sure it knew
the origin of this PKE if it entered
That's the question I'm going to
be asking,'' Goodhew said.
The MPI had also conducted
audits of PKE processing and storage
facilities in 2006 and 2009.
At this time there was no evidence
to suggest risk for PKE.
I want to know that you're not
right and the [MPI] are, for
everyone's sake,'' she told Mr Clark.
Clark said he hoped the MPI
officials had the tenacity to go
investigating beyond their official''
capacity as he and MacKinnon did.
The MPI maintained the
biosecurity risk was negligible
because of the heat treatment
process required when PKE was
This process meant PKE was
heated to 85 degrees for five minutes
prior to it being shipped.
Clark's report questioned what
happened to the PKE after that
He argued that treatment occurred
too early in the supply chain and the
storage and handling of PKE prior to
its shipment provided a high risk of
Federated Farmers was not calling
for PKE imports to be banned, he
One of his recommendations was
the requirement of site-specific
import permits where individual
mills were certified for direct export
to New Zealand and were
New Zealand's primary industry
needed to decide whether it should
take a lesson from the destruction
PSA caused to kiwifruit.
Kiwifruit growers were told that
imported pollen was safe.
I'm sure that the benefit of
imported pollen has long been
forgotten by those facing a
mortgagee sale,'' he said.
to reviving dry land
NEW GROWTH: A University of Canterbury research project is testing
methods to encourage native tree growth in areas where dryland
ecosystems are under threat.
By CATE BROUGHTON
A BRAZILIAN student
researching threatened eco-
systems in North Canterbury
and the Mackenzie Basin says
farmers have a lot to gain from
protecting and growing native
University of Canterbury
researcher Anna Rodrigues
came to New Zealand more than
a year ago to finish her PhD.
Like Brazil, she said many of
the original ecosystems had
been destroyed and the
challenge was to protect what
Only 30 per cent of the South
Island's original dryland eco-
systems remain, of which only 2
per cent are legally protected.
Over the past 700 years the
Mackenzie Basin dryland
ecosystems had been degraded
by human activities including
burning, grazing and invasive
plants, she said.
In some coastal areas of Brazil
only 4 per cent of native
ecosystems remain, with far-
But encouraging native forest
regeneration would improve soil
quality and give provide new
opportunities for tourism
businesses she said.
We have to involve the whole
community in these projects as
this affects their lives directly,
either financially or in terms of
health and wellbeing.
Her research, supervised by
forestry professor David Norton,
aims to test conditions required
to re-establish the original
The North Canterbury areas
in the research project are The
Willows Reserve, by the Wai-
makariri River and Waipara's
Tiromoana Bush (Kate Valley).
They were all once farms but
for various reasons had been
abandoned, Ms Rodrigues said.
Different methods to
encourage native tree growth
were being tested and included
applying herbicide, cultivating,
mulching, irrigating (in the
Mackenzie Basin area), fencing
and shade cloth.
She began the planting in
December last year and will
continue testing different
conditions for another year. At
this stage, it was too early to
report any findings.
Guest speaker: Dawn
Sangster and friend on
her Ranfurly property.
inspiration are all on
the table for an Agri-
Trust (AWDT) function
in Ashburton on
Lindy Nelson said the
and business skills in
Guest speaker for the
evening, Alliance Group director and Maniototo
farmer Dawn Sangster, will talk about how the
AWDT's Escalator programme provided her a
platform to go from a grass roots farmer to the
Mrs Nelson said during the past three years,
more than 150 women from dairy, sheep and beef
and agri-business sectors had taken part in the
Escalator and First Steps programmes run by
AWDT's two programmes to develop their skills
Uptake of our programmes by Canterbury
women has been very strong and we are excited to
now be bringing a critical mass of women together
to connect with each other and inspire and support
others,'' she said.
Some of the graduates from the 10-month
Escalator programme and those from the two First
Steps programmes held so far in Ashburton are
looking forward to meeting each other and other
women who are interested in exploring for
themselves where to from here'. We'll introduce
our two programmes and share the experiences of
some AWDT graduates who have gone on to
contribute to their industry and communities at
To register email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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