Name them, shame them and prosecute them

An Auckland company has spilled a 1000 litres of dye causing the damage shown below, including dead fish and eels.

The “Auckland Council wouldn’t identify the company.” If it was a farm that had spilled effluent Lefty Len would have then named and shamed publicly, Campbell Live & the NZ Herald would be encouraging a boycott of all Fonterra products regardless of whether it was a Fonterra supplier or not.

Not to mention that smug faced little hypocrite weasel Gareth Hughes would be harping on about it too. Thats if he’s in the country still.


The dye escaped from a bulk container in the industrial area beside Auckland Airport and flowed into the stormwater system yesterday.

It then entered the Oruarangi Stream before flowing into the Manukau Harbour between Oruarangi Rd and Puketutu Island.

Te Werena Taua, spokesman for the Makarau Marae and Tainui hapu Te Kawerau a Maki, said they first noticed the spill yesterday morning.

”It’s turned both sides of the whole creek, right out into the harbour, purple. It’s horrific given that we have been part of the clean-up of the creek for a number of years,” he said.

Iwi were now concerned about the long-term effects the dye could have.

”Our kids come down here and they play. They fish everyday and we don’t know if the fish are going to be edible and how the discharge is going to effect the whole place,” Taua said.

trayNeighbouring vineyard Villa Maria Estate was quick to inform Auckland Council and their neighbours of the spill when they noticed the wine-coloured river.

”And also let them know it wasn’t us,” executive director Fabian Yukich said.

”But we were very concerned.”

Auckland Council said it was too early to say whether there would be any long-term effects from yesterday’s spill.

”We’re working with the company responsible for the leak to determine what went wrong,” a council spokeswoman said.

The council wouldn’t identify the company, but said the dye was used in the printing process to colour things such as food trays used in the agricultural indutry for fruit.

There are enough clues in the story though to make some educated guessed as to who it may be. We know it isn’t Villa Maria. We also know the “dye was used in the printing process to colour things such as food trays used in the agricultural indutry for fruit.”

It was in or around this creek system:


The council should name them, shame them and prosecute them.



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  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    Well there is only one agricultural packaging company there that I can see.

    • Whafe

      My office is very close by, and agree Euan, only the one ag packaging company…..

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        Could you abbreviate that a little more for the readers Whafe?

        • Whafe

          Just trying to get my ducks in a line, it is around 400 M’s from the office from where I am…

          • le sphincter

            Oppenheimer New Zealand Limited develop, import and distribute innovative packaging products to the food industry throughout New Zealand.

            We supply high quality packaging products from leading brands around the world. We can offer packaging solutions including clips and machinery, fibrous and cellulose casings, casings, speciality films, vacuum packaging, and bonewrap. We also supply quality ingredients.

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  • Gareth Hughes won’t utter a word because no Maui dolphins were harmed, and it didn’t involve tracking.

    Doubtless though he will still have his hand out for travel, perks and a salary from “the Crown” despite having said last night that it was “galling” to take an oath of alliegence to the Monarchy; who does he think “the Crown” is?

  • Bob

    The title to the Oruarangi Stream is actually owned by Watercare. (It was blocked off when the treatment ponds were constructed in the 1960s).

    Its Lefty Len that owns this mess.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Have dealt with many manufacturers. They are required to have a bunded area around all potential spill sites, large enough to contain all the potential spill material. A trade waist containment method (usually a large tank) that is emptied by a contractor for disposal. Many have their storm water drains installed with pumps, so should this occur they can pump the contaminated storm water to trade waste.
    So what happened here? Did they not have these back up methods, or did they fail?

    • Time For Accountability

      Clearly a failure of Lens consent process.
      Strip him of the ability to issue consents like Christchurch.

    • Patrick

      Or maybe someone tipped the contents down the stormwater drain i.e. not an accidental spill at all.

  • johnbronkhorst

    In Wellington, the council has detectors in the storm water drains around the industrial sites. They, I believe, can set off alarms that warn immediately of any spill! What happened here?

    • AngryTory

      Wellington is even more commie than Len’s Auckland. Big surprise.

      • Polish Pride

        why because they have plans in place to ensure waterways don’t get fucked up!?!
        Sounds like good old Redbaiter under a new pseudonym, have I got that right?

      • johnbronkhorst

        I agree today under celia.
        But this has been the case for more than 10 years, way before dear old celia.

        • pukakidon

          I think that she must have caught that mad cow disease in old blighty before she decided to come over her to stuff our country with her watermelon bullshit ideas.

      • pukakidon

        Are you mad?

  • cows4me

    The only thing missing is the “dad fish” :-) but fancy pollution coming from an urban area, wonders will never cease. Should have photo shopped a few cows taking a shit in the river, that would work them into a frenzy.

    • Patrick

      Up until recent years the whole of the Manukau Harbour was a cesspit from the industrial waste dumped by industries particularly in South Auckland, nowadays the mud & silt is slowly disappearing, you can see your feet when you wade in the water & the fish are returning. I can remember as a kid how clear the water was, hopefully it will repair itself.

    • johnbronkhorst

      “The only thing missing is the “dad fish” :-) “….So you have to catch them to get them to pay roe support?

  • Whafe

    Have been for a stroll. Have to say, there is for sure a Purple Waterway… Have shot a few pics off to Cam, his blog, will allow Cam to decide what next….
    There is no Lyin Len action around the area. No council vehicles at all, they may still be asleep however…

    • cows4me

      Should have taken a dip, that would make for a good photo.

      • Whafe

        Yeah, I used to swim in the sheep drench trough constantly in summer on the farm, it may well be why I am nutz ;)

        • johnbronkhorst

          No worms or ticks then?

  • Richard McGrath

    It looks pretty.

  • AngryTory

    The council should name them, shame them and prosecute them.

    More anti-business – open communist – rhetoric from Whaleoil.

    • Polish Pride

      Oh so in the name of being pro business we should just let business lay waste to all waterways and while we are at it any other part of our environment they want to destroy because doing so is pro business and not allowing them to do so, so that all kiwis can enjoy our natural resources is Communism in your world Redbaiter have I got that right!?!

    • johnbronkhorst

      Don’t be an idiot…It is no different to being a considerate neighbour……you don’t dump your garbage over their fence do you? What would happen if you did?
      Action and consequence!!!

    • Right, pouring poisonous chemicals onto the waterways is so cool. What a cock.

      Take a look at the environmental damage the communists did in Europe you idiot.

  • dyannt

    Many years ago, I did a tour of a printing works when they were printing the cover of the Auckland White pages. That year it was predominantly purple. The chemical smell was overpowering. It trigged an asthma attack and I had a migraine headache for about 3 days. I wouldn’t go anywhere near purple dye even if you paid me to.

  • AI Auckland

    Agree – Name them, shame them, even shut them down. Why is Auckland protecting its businesses over its people and environment?

    • cows4me

      They were probably dying Lenny’s robes, purple is the colour of kings isn’t it?

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    We could take a leaf out of the Chinese book in dealing with these people. Deterrents work well on white collar middle trash business bullshitters. It is a great shame they weren’t utilised when all those finance companies were proven to have mulcted their cotton-buds. Are Doug Graham and Bill Jeffries locked up yet?

  • Tom

    I’m really surprised IWI are concerned about it given the fact they can’t milk it for money.

  • AI Auckland

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