Agriculture, Food Safety and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor has decided to keep the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) intact as one ministry, but it will reorganise it into four branches.
Sparks flew over mandarins and coffee at Parliament, as New Zealand’s food superpowers flexed their muscles. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Friday morning, including news from the first poll since the revelation of David Cunliffe's Donghua Liu letter and the details in the highly anticipated final report into the Tukituki irrigation scheme.
Todd McClay delayed plans to amend Child Support rules for a year after IRD said it couldn't handle the complex changes in time, retiring Air NZ deputy CEO Norm Thompson was appointed to the board of Tourism NZ, Tariana Turia announced plans to introduce plain packaging legislation next year, Steven Joyce announced changes at Callaghan Innovation and Craig Foss flagged new regulations for the Financial Markets Conduct Act.
A campaign led by farm debt mediator Janette Walker and supported by Labour Primary Industries spokesman Damien O'Connor for the Commerce Commission to take legal action against big banks over allegations of mis-selling of interest rate swaps contracts has finally borne fruit. They now hope the banks and farmers can agree settlements as happened in similar cases in Britain.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye released the first Government report on the Fonterra botulism scare, concluding the system for regulating dairy export food safety was fundamentally sound.
Parliament was forced into urgency to retrospectively allow 63 police officers to be legally sworn in again, delaying the third reading of the Telecommunications Interceptions bill. A Privileges Committee complaint against Nick Smith over the Ruataniwha dam was dismissed