[7 August/NZ Herald]

A cross-appeal has been filed by the Kiwifruit Claim over the decision that found the Ministry for Primary Industries was negligent by letting Psa into New Zealand. Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron, wanted the Government to accept the decision. He added growers were left with no choice but to cross-appeal after the Crown decided to appeal its loss. The cross-appeal challenged the decision that the Government did not owe a duty of care to Seeka. It would seek to re-confirm that MPI was negligent when they failed to inspect a shipment of plant material from China that was infected with Psa. Mr Cameron noted they had offered to settle this case, but the Government declined. The Ministry for Primary Industries said its appeal aimed to clarify the scope for government regulators to be sued in negligence.