Hollywood performance by MPIs Acting DG

New Zealand’s reputation has taken a hit. Now the blame game will gather steam.

MPI was quick out of the blocks yesterday taking credit for doing a sterling job while sheeting blame back onto Fonterra. Its acting Director General Scott Gallacher must be thinking after this performance he’s surely in line for the top job, and that he can finally ditch the ‘acting’ bit from the title.


(see from 3:43 http://www.primetv.co.nz/Default.aspx?alias=www.primetv.co.nz/news)

The only slight problem is that he’s taken responsibility for all of government response saying “what has been paramount for us and all of my colleagues across government since the 2 August is to respond to the information that we’re given and to verify it” 

Right’o then Scottie boy, good to see you’re taking responsibility for the Crown Research Institute AgResearch as well, particularly as it was their scientists’ findings that led to the issue being raised with MPI in the first place and subsequently cost the country’s exporters millions in lost revenue.

It will be good to see your response to questions about AgResearch’s role and whether they’ve achieved the following:


No doubt you’ll also be making sure AgResearch is living up to this Operating Principle:


As you’re taking responsibility for “my colleagues” you’ll also be keen to get on top of another simmering issue at AgResearch where 26% of staff believes there’s harassment and bullying going on in the work place.

If you want to lose the ‘acting’ title…


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  • Kurrunulla

    And hot on the heels of this Mr Gallacher has to guide the SNA 1 decisions through to the ‘acting’ Minister of Fisheries Mr Key. Too big too soon, too MPI.

  • cows4me

    Seems a lot have jumped the gun and finger pointing is rife. Unfortunately as usual the innocent party in all this, the farmers, will be paying the price.

  • unitedtribes

    Both Fonterra and Agg research are saying that the test process they (Ag Research) used was OK. If that is the case then one wonders if the product was contaminated at Ag Research

  • Greg Davis

    OK. We may be getting somewhere. This was yet another example that the government is NOT helpful in the marketplace. This was a government fuck up. Now, easy now, THINK GCSB! How’s that gonna work huh?????

    • FredFrog

      So you’re suggesting AgResearch *AND* the GCSB get privatised?