A pig of a day in Parliament Islands’ swine in the gun

Friday June 07, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
Piglets on the island of Mangaia, and (inset) a sign at Atiu Airport. 19060655 Piglets on the island of Mangaia, and (inset) a sign at Atiu Airport. 19060655

Parliament has been asked to supply the outer islands with ammunition – to take care of their pig problem. Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tuavera said growers on the Pa Enua were having their crops destroyed.

 

After a police crackdown on firearms, the farmers complained that they had no ammunition to keep these pigs away from their farms.

Prime Minister Henry Puna agreed there was a problem, and said police would be asked to consider ammo supplies as a stopgap measure.  But longer term, some growers on the outer islands had received grants allowing them to fence their plantations, he said.

Tuavera showed off a sign posted at Atiu Airport.

Titled “Voluntary Security Check”, it reads: “Would passengers please hand their AK47s, bazookas, grenades, explosives and nukes to the pilot on boarding the aircraft”. It is signed by the airport management.           

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