KAKA Press Release: AHB Accountabilty
The Animal Health Board (AHB) has rejected requests for compensation from tourism operators and pregnant women who will be adversely affected by the ongoing AHB 1080 programme. In rejecting those claims, the AHB stated that they are legally unable to offer compensation to businesses or individuals affected by its activities with one exception--cattle slaughtered because they are Tb positive or cannot be moved as a result of livestock movement restrictions. The AHB communications Manager also stated, "human health is not the domain of the Animal Health Board."
Also, in response to a serious submission to the Ombudsman about the activities of the AHB made by community group Karameans Advocating Kahurangi Action (KAKA), John Haynes of the Office of the Ombudsman stated recently, "The Animal Health Board is an incorporated society and is not answerable to anyone."
These responses by the AHB and the Ombudsman raise the serious issue of the accountability of the AHB for its actions. KAKA and others are now wondering whether the AHB is essentially an unrestrained, feral quango that is not accountable to the New Zealand public. Is the AHB in fact accountable to any organisation or individual? If so, the public would be interested to know what regulatory bodies, government ministers or other individuals control and monitor the activities of the AHB.
Is anyone accountable for the activities of the AHB?