[24 July/NZ Herald]

The Ministry for Primary Industries is appealing the decision in favour of growers over the introduction of the Psa bacterial disease to New Zealand. The appeal seeks to clarify the scope for government regulators to be sued in negligence. The MPI said the court’s findings traversed events from 12 years ago which pre dated the establishment of the Ministry. It added that New Zealand enjoyed a high level of freedom from most pests and diseases as a result of diligent work by the MPI. It noted no system in the world could prevent every pest incursion from happening. The ministry considered the court findings had the potential to significantly impact its biosecurity operations. It said it took biosecurity responsibilities seriously. The High Court last month partially upheld the claim brought by Strathboss Kiwifruit Ltd.