The power of one does count, we ask you to show your support for a Just and Fair outcome for all who have been victims of exposure to dioxin New Zealand.
"Let Us Spray"
Dioxinnz.com is campaigning for this to take place in New Zealand concerning victims of exposure to dioxin which was in 2,4,5t and 2,4D herbicides manufactured and sold in New Zealand.
TV3's Melanie Reid
TV3's Melanie Reid, the Investigative Reporter of the Year, presented a 90-minute documentary entitled A TV3 Special Investigation:
Let Us Spray on Monday 23rd October at 7pm.For the past year, Reid has been investigating New Zealand and dioxin - in particular the potentially lethal dioxin contained in the herbicide 245T.
For decades, many New Zealanders have been convinced that their illnesses and those of their children were caused by exposure to this dioxin. Of most concern are the people of Paritutu, the New Plymouth suburb where for several decades the agrichemical company, Ivon Watkins Dow (IWD) made 245T and 24D.
Reid examined the many reported cases of birth defects in New Plymouth and around the country and discovered a doubling of birth defects coincided with the country's maximum exposure to the 245T dioxin.
She has also discovered documents pointing towards what appears to have been an unhealthy relationship between New Zealand's regulatory authorities and IWD.
Years after IWD had acknowledged that the dioxin was "exceptionally toxic", years after the company said "it has tremendous potential for producing chloracne and systemic injury", New Zealand's authorities were telling us "there is no reason to believe that 245T is a cause of human birth defects, cancer or any other insidious effect on human health." And "in fact there is absolutely no evidence linking 245T with any human birth defect."
Let Us Spray
Toxin Avenger - SST on the money
A very good story in the Sunday Star Times last weekend (25 May) about the trials and tribulations endured by TV3 investigative reporter Melanie Reid in her battle to defend a documentary she made in 2006 about dioxin pollution in Paritutu, near New Plymouth. Read more
She sifted through four decades worth of archives and has some disturbing revelations.
She also found what she says appear to be flaws in important studies carried out for the Ministry of Health. She commissioned a forensic accountant to examine the data. What he found is revealed in this programme.
Aside of the reports, studies and data, Reid reports on the moving stories of families who believe their illnesses, in one case through four generations, are linked to agrichemicals.
One resident tells her she believes it is hard to prove the link with chemicals because the facts have been concealed. She says her own family is like a bunch of "mutants" who have been hidden.
These Paritutu people, many of whom worked in and around the IWD plant or were exposed through spraying, want answers and they want help. At the moment they say the Government's policy is simply "delay and deny until you die."