Recall National’s current Agriculture Minister David Carter’s words, back in 2004: [Winston] Peters last night vigorously denied claims made on TV One that the meal, at Kermadec Restaurant in Auckland’s Viaduct Basin and paid for by co-owner Peter Simunovich, might imply “corruption”. “I think the allegations are serious. If in any way he was collecting favours, it’s close to corruption,” Carter told the Herald. “At the very least it’s stupid.”
It was great to attend a fantastic rally in Parliament yesterday, organised by James Barber and some local animal welfare activists, to protest the continuing use of sow crates in New Zealand.
The Pork Industry Board is a statutory agency. Yet it seems to assume it is a law unto itself, with powers even greater than the Police or the SIS. Agriculture Minister David Carter is either unable or unwilling to make it accountable. Surely it is time for an inquiry into the Board’s attempts on behalf of rogue farmers to subvert the requirement for piggery owners to maintain humane conditions for their animals.
Yesterday Sue Kedgley asked Agriculture Minister David Carter some questions in Parliament about allegations that the Pork Industry Board was deliberately attempting to evade the Official Information Act with respect to information about animal welfare in piggeries. Sue’s question followed a leaked email from the Pork Industry Board: