Association of Scientists stands behind Dr Mike Joy

Press Release – New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is saddened by some of the recent media commentary on the actions of Dr Mike Joy, Massey University, in commenting in overseas media on the truth of the 100% Pure New Zealand brand.New Zealand Association of Scientists stands behind Dr Mike Joy.

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is saddened by some of the recent media commentary on the actions of Dr Mike Joy, Massey University, in commenting in overseas media on the truth of the 100% Pure New Zealand brand.

The New Zealand Herald editorial today [1] calls criticism of Dr Joy “well-warranted”. In the light of recent labelling of Dr Joy as a “traitor” [2], it seems that this statement could have been more carefully considered. The editorial states unambigiously that there is currently no great damage being done to New Zealand’s enviroment. This is manifestly incorrect, as NZAS President, Shaun Hendy points out: “On a per-capita basis we have one of the highest levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the world and data from NIWA’s National Rivers Water Quality Network shows that our water quality is declining, with the health of a large proportion of our lakes in danger from agricultural run-off”.

Of serious concern is the emphasis in the editorial on the ill-timed nature of Dr Joy’s remarks. The clear statement is that the potential damage to New Zealand’s reputation, and economic benefit of “big-spending American tourists” outweighs the need for truth in public debate. This is an issue that the Association takes very seriously, and emphatically refutes criticism of Dr Joy on this basis.

[1] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=1084987 1 [2] http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/7993009/Scientist-defends-statements

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3 comments:

  1. A McKellow, 26. November 2012, 21:53

    Indeed a pity when people put their heads in the sand.
    Not only do we drag our feet enviromentally but also with animal welfare.
    With big killers of stock in NZ being winter snow and malnutrition we try and present an erroneous image to the world.
    We do not even abide by the 5 freedoms enshrined in our legislation, and like the enviroment are willing to perpetuate a false image to the world……for what?
    Time to get our own house in order

    A McKellow BVSc BA Dip ACupuncture
    Veterinarian
    SPCA Mobile Clinic

     
  2. Rob Ord, 26. November 2012, 22:30

    As a former scientist turned population economist I too stand behind Mike Joy. Businesses not caring i can understand – at least they admit all they are interested in is the bottom line. But what is wrong with governments in parts of the world that still have resources? Do they have to soil their own backyard before it becomes obvious?

    We probably have 10 years to prevent the world turning to custard. Wanna watch and gasp? Do you want to do something about it.

    Rob Ord (author of “Numbers”)

     
  3. Eliot Masters, 28. November 2012, 3:45

    the erosion of the physical basis for the ’100% pure’ and ‘clean and green’ NZ national brand has been underway for some time (if it ever really existed)…

    [ see my MBA dissertation on the subject (2010), online at brand-aotearoa dot com ]

    Good to hear people voicing concern at the ongoing demise of the brand – even in simply stating the obvious to those who would most vociferously deny it (something like the ‘climate debate’)…