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GOVERNMENT SETTLE KIWIFRUIT NEGLIGENCE CASE
13 February 2021
Today, twelve years after PSA first devastated the kiwifruit industry, the Government has finally agreed to compensate the Kiwifruit Claim growers who suffered significant losses as a result of MPI’s negligence when they allowed the deadly PSA disease into New Zealand.
Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron said the $40m settlement concludes what has been a very long, hard, and stressful fight for the kiwifruit growers who are part of the claim.
“This settlement provides some compensation to growers whose livelihoods were devasted by the biosecurity incursion, and very importantly we also achieved what we set out to do which was to hold the Government accountable for its negligent actions which caused the PSA outbreak.
KIWIFRUIT GROWERS APPEAL AFTER GOVERNMENT CONFIRMED AS CULPRIT BEHIND RELEASE OF DEVASTATING VIRUS
8 May 2020
Kiwifruit growers, whose livelihoods were decimated when the Government let the deadly PSA disease into New Zealand in 2009, have today started the appeal process in the Supreme Court to hold the Government to account for their negligence.
John Cameron, Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, believes they have a strong case for appealing the Court of Appeal decision which found that even though the Government was in fact responsible for PSA coming into New Zealand, they’re not liable for the huge losses caused by their negligence, because they’re the Government.
“In 2018, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in a media interview ‘I think we have to front up when the Government gets thing wrong’.”
“There is absolutely no doubt the Government got it wrong and was responsible for the devastation of the kiwifruit industry when they allowed PSA into New Zealand. Both the High Court and Court of Appeal have confirmed this, yet the Government continue to fail to front up and take responsibility.”
KIWIFRUIT GROWERS AGGRIEVED BY PSA OUTBREAK DECISION
9 April 2020
Kiwifruit growers are aggrieved by today’s Court of Appeal decision that finds the Government was responsible for the 2009 PSA outbreak that devastated the industry but is not liable for the losses. The Kiwifruit Claim have confirmed they will appeal the decision in the Supreme Court.
“The Court of Appeal held that MPI was negligent in allowing a high-risk shipment of pollen anthers infected with PSA from China into New Zealand. But they found the Government does not owe a duty of care to ordinary New Zealanders and can’t be held liable for its actions, simply because it’s the Government,” said John Cameron, Kiwifruit Claim Chairman.
KIWIFRUIT CASE BACK IN COURT OVER GOVERNMENT’S NEGLIGENCE
10 March 2019
The Government’s negligent actions in allowing the deadly Psa disease into New Zealand will again be under close scrutiny as the kiwifruit case heads to the Court of Appeal this week.
Nine years after the Psa outbreak which decimated the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, the Government has appealed the decision that found MPI negligent over the biosecurity incursion which devastated the lives of many kiwifruit growers.
A cross-appeal has been filed today by the Kiwifruit Claim over the landmark decision which found MPI completely failed to do its job and was negligent in letting PSA into New Zealand.
Kiwifruit Claim Chairman John Cameron is calling on the Government to accept the comprehensive High Court decision which found that MPI was responsible for the PSA outbreak, and says that growers have been left with no choice but to cross-appeal after the Crown decided to appeal following its loss.
“We were gutted with the Government’s move to appeal, it was devastating to growers.
A landmark decision released by the High Court today has found that the Ministry of Primary Industries (formally MAF) was negligent in allowing the deadly PSA disease into New Zealand in 2009, which devastated the kiwifruit industry.
Kiwifruit Claim Chairman John Cameron said that it was also hugely significant for the kiwifruit industry and other primary industries that the Court also established that MPI owed a duty of care to kiwifruit growers when carrying out its biosecurity functions.
KIWIFRUIT CLAIM AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT WRAPS UP IN HIGH COURT
27 October 2017
The landmark case brought by the Kiwifruit Claim against the Government for the Psa-V incursion that devastated the kiwifruit industry in 2010, is now being wrapped up in the Wellington High Court after a twelve-week trial.
John Cameron, Chairman of the Kiwifruit Claim Committee representing 212 kiwifruit growers, says he has no doubt the evidence provided over the last 12 weeks strongly supports the plaintiffs’ allegations that MPI was negligent and breached its duty of care by allowing kiwifruit pollen into New Zealand.
CROWN’S BIOSECURITY NEGLIGENCE INSURER - DETAILS OF POLICY REQUIRED TO BE DISCLOSED
13 October 2017
It has been revealed that MPI has a significant insurance policy to cover it for negligence in performing its biosecurity role.
A ruling by the High Court is requiring the Crown to release details of its substantial liability insurance cover relating to the case being bought by kiwifruit growers against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the 2010 PSA outbreak.
PSA is an ongoing threat to the viability of the kiwifruit industry, and could flare up again as the disease evolves and becomes immune to current pest management practices, said Kiwifruit Claim Chairman John Cameron.
“What many don’t realise, is that this thing could well decimated us again. We still have PSA on our vines. Once PSA arrived here, no one was ever going to be able to completely get rid of it.”
The High Court in Wellington has heard evidence from pollen importers, Kiwi Pollen, who imported the shipment of anthers and plant material that is the subject of the trial seeking to hold the Government to account for the losses incurred during the PSA incursion.
The Kiwifruit Claim is very appreciative of Kiwi Pollen giving evidence on what happened to the shipment from Shaanxi Province in China once it was given biosecurity clearance to enter New Zealand, Kiwifruit Claim spokesman John Cameron said today.
Kiwifruit claim chairman, John Cameron said today that it’s just not worth the risk to any of our primary industries for MPI to approve an import of $95,000 of mud from South Korea, which may-be contaminated with Foot and Mouth disease, for the Rotorua Mud Festival.
“Our primary industries are worth billions to our economy every year.
“Any outbreak of any diseases could cost people their livelihoods, their farms and jobs and would be devastating to the entire New Zealand economy. Has MPI learnt nothing from the PSA outbreak in New Zealand seven years ago?” he said.
Despite what people might believe, some kiwifruit growers are a long way from recovering from the 2010 Psa-V outbreak which devastated the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, Te Puke kiwifruit grower Alistair Reese said today.
“It really concerns me that a lot of the commentary about the kiwifruit industry is that Sun Gold (“G3”) has been the ‘saviour’ post PSA, and that the industry is now doing very well because of the new varieties.
KIWIFRUIT CLAIM AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT HEADS TO HIGH COURT
25 June 2017
Seven years after the devastating PSA-V outbreak which decimated the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, 212 kiwifruit claimants will finally get their day in the High Court in August.
The PSA outbreak devastated the kiwifruit industry, and the Kiwifruit Claim seeks to hold the Government and the Ministry of Primary Industries (“MPI”) to account for the significant losses suffered by growers.
Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron, says that growers’ lives and livelihoods were ripped apart by PSA, and for many the impact is ongoing.