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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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