Thursday, 12 December 2019 08:45

Shot in the foot

Written by  Milking It

As many in the know predicted, the police have made a hash of the gun buy-back.

They admit that 35 people had their full details accessed, and “less than 500 people” have had their names and addresses accessed.

The breach occurred when an update to the database -- not authorised by police -- gave a group of gun dealers more access to the database than they were supposed to have.

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) advises gun owners who had used the site that they may need to increase their security.

Learning from Treasury’s abysmal handling of the Budget ‘leak’ earlier in the year, the police at least didn’t try to claim the firearms database had been hacked. 

Calls for Police Minister Stuart Nash to resign will be ignored, but perhaps he should start listening more closely to the gun community, including the Feds, to avoid making the buy-back fiasco any worse.

More like this

Farmers in the gun from new laws

Many farmers still don’t realise how they may be affected by the new gun laws, claims Ian Brabbs, president of the North Canterbury Deerstalkers Association.

Gun buy back a flop?

Farmers need access to centrefire, semi automatic rifles for killing pests, claims hunter Stewart Hydes.

Featured

Water reforms come at a cost

The government’s new freshwater laws, signed off this week, have the potential to create significant unnecessary costs for ratepayers, farmers and entire communities, Federated Farmers says.

2020 harvest yields up

Final harvest data for wheat, barley and oats (milling/malting and feed) in 2020 show yields were up 17% overall across the six crops.

 

Difficult but the right call

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says the joint decision three years ago to eradicate Mycoplamsa bovis was a difficult call.

Milking cluster milks runner-up award

DeLaval has come away with the runner up prize in this year’s Fieldays Online innovation competition with a new milking cluster that eliminates the need for conventional liner changes.

Glow worms to cows

Thomas Lundman's work focus has gone from tracking tiny critters in pitch black caves to looking after considerably larger animals in paddocks near Whakatane.

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

A ticking timebomb?

There could be another dairy health scare brewing in China and this one starts in our backyard.

Please explain

Does anyone in the Government understand the essential role St John Ambulance has in our society?

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter