A fair point

March 8th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

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has accused Fonterra of dumping milk into the Manawatu River.

I was concerned when I read her press release so I contacted Fonterra to see what was going on. The odd thing is, the idea of calling Fonterra hadn’t occurred to Tariana. Nor does it seem she had spoken to Horizons Regional Council. In fact, as best as I can tell, she hadn’t done a thing to substantiate her claims before she issued her press release.

This is totally irresponsible from a Government Minister. …

If the claims are true, Fonterra absolutely should be held to account. But where are the facts and why on earth was her first action to issue a press release?

Iain is quite correct. No MP should make an unsubstantiated allegation such as this, let alone a Minister.

At least though Mrs Turia didn’t do it in the House, cowering under the protection of parliamentary privilege.

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11 Responses to “A fair point”

  1. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Did Lees-Galloway read Turia’s press release? It seems not.

    “Tariana Turia, MP for Te Tai Hauāuru is deeply concerned by rumours that Fonterra have been dumping milk into the Manawatu river.”

    “I have had a complaint to my office, that there has been an incident whereby Fonterra workers were dumping milk into the Manawatu River. We are currently going through a process of verifying the alleged details of the incident.”

    So she confirmed it was a rumour and was seeing if the details could be verified. Where’s the allegation? I do agree, however, that she could’ve waited until the complaint had been investigated before issuing a press release.

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  2. anonymouse (721 comments) says:

    Although to be fair, she didn’t actually accuse them of dumping milk into the river, she said there was a rumour

    “Tariana Turia, MP for Te Tai Hau?uru is deeply concerned by rumours that Fonterra have been dumping milk into the Manawatu river.”

    Granted, it is a half cocked press release and deserved a pinging, but Iain LG has also been known to jump at shadows and bash out missives on the closure of the Capital connection.

    http://iainleesgalloway.co.nz/2011/10/18/capital-connection-not-safe-after-all/

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  3. Richard Hurst (871 comments) says:

    Quick! board up the windows and get the childern inside- here comes a storm in a teacup!

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  4. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    Although to be fair, she didn’t actually accuse them of dumping milk into the river, she said there was a rumour

    Nope. It is not a reasonable expectation that a press release gets issued any time an MP hears a rumour.

    What the MP is doing is spreading the rumour, while at the same time boosting its credibility.

    It is stupidly irresponsible.

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  5. lilman (967 comments) says:

    KICK THE FARMERS IN THE ARSE !!!!!!!!!!
    Bloody polly using scare tactics to look like the face of conservertisim.
    Over this shit as Fonterra and other primary producers are all we have got holding this place in one piece.
    Never let facts get in the face of a chance to put the boot in.

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  6. lilman (967 comments) says:

    Comment on the continual denial of Maoridom on evil and sickening abuse,both sex and physical abuse before worring about a river
    But then I am a racist not a conservertor

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  7. Puzzled in Ekatahuna (346 comments) says:

    I was concerned when I read her press release so I contacted Fonterra to see what was going on. The odd thing is, the idea of calling Fonterra hadn’t occurred to Tariana.

    So Iain Lees-Galloway contacted Fonterra himself, but rather than mention the outcome of that, he is straight into bagging Tariana.
    So we still don’t know what Fonterra told him or what they may have actually done.
    Should the whole population perhaps ring Fonterra?

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  8. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    LiLman. don’t you know it’s fasihonable to jump on farmers. We are the scurge, polluters. evil capitalistic pigs, lefty haters but most importantly we are a useful wiping boys. I await Tariana’s press release sticking it to the city of PN for dumping sewrage in the Manawatu and that’s not a rumour.

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  9. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    So we still don’t know what Fonterra told him or what they may have actually done.

    If Fonterra admitted the rumour was true, the piece about the MP would have never been written. Duh.

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  10. Nigel (517 comments) says:

    10-20 years ago I’d definitely believe Fonterra would dump in the Manawatu, heck there were enough rumors about them dumping into the Mataura.

    But this is 2012 not 1996, times change & I would be really surprised if Fonterra dumped any quantity ( i.e. it was other than an accident ).

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  11. KevinH (1,236 comments) says:

    For those with short memories, there was a storm in the central north island last week. The following are extracts from the ODT:

    Almost 50,000 homes across the North Island suffered power cuts with 16,000 houses expected to be without power across Wanganui and Taranaki last night. Auckland suffered intermittent outages to about 4000 homes.

    Federated Farmers’ Taranaki dairy chairman Derek Gibson said the damage could be devastating for the region.

    “Without power you can’t milk and you can’t chill the milk,” Gibson said. Fonterra had told him some would not be collected, possibly leading to thousands of litres a day being dumped.

    Power lines were knocked down by trees, which also fell across roads. Heavy rain in Wanganui led to the sewage pump station discharging into the Whanganui River

    An extract from Stuff:

    Power lines were knocked down by trees, which also fell across roads. Heavy rain in Wanganui led to the sewage pump station discharging into the Whanganui River

    “We have been told there is a pipe that discharges milk into the river when there is a power issue.”

    Has Iain Lee-Galloway followed up on the allegations himself or is he shooting from the hip?

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