Experts slam report clearing weedkiller with links to cancer

A New Zealand report on a controversial weed killer has been slammed by public health experts who say we're not taking the risk seriously.

The Environmental Protection Agency has deemed Roundup as safe, despite a warning from the international authority it could cause cancer.

The issue is the core ingredient glyphosate, which is in a wide range of weed killers, with the world health organisation's agency for cancer research saying it's a probable cause of cancer

Regulators here have rejected the international report, their own investigation found the risk of cancer was unlikely.

Critics acknowledge it's needed for farming, but their biggest concern is homes and public areas with glyphosate used widely in streets and public parks around the country despite councils like Auckland and Christchurch voluntarily phasing out its use.

"We're using it because we’ve always used it because we’re not listening to the evidence particularly the scientific evidence and the IARC report, and because we've got existing contracts in place but all of those things can be changed," Auckland Councillor Wayne Walker said.



Inside Parliament: How Plunket alienated so many parents with its restructure

Local groups and communities are upset as Plunket moves to restructure over $52 million worth of property and assets from community ownership to its national head office.

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The Inside Parliament team look at the root causes of this disconnect between Plunket and the parents that rely on its services.

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Cambridge mum claims she only fills up one wheelie bin of rubbish a year, what's her secret?

A Cambridge mother of two claims she has the secret to living a clean greeen lifestyle, saying her family puts out just one wheelie bin of rubbish a year.

Nic Turner is a self-described 'greenful coach' living a zero waste life that she has turned into a business. 

"People were noticing and they were asking questions about it and if I was engaging them in a way that didn't feel was overwhelming or guilting them into doing things they were really open to making change and that's what really inspired me to think there's a huge opportunity here."

Nic Turner spoke to TVNZ1's Seven Sharp about how she has turned her zero waste lifestyle into a business by showing others how to follow her example. 

"I've had amazing engagement, so any time I've offered them they've sold out really quickly and I think that's because one there's been a really exciting shift in awareness around this sort of space."

Jody Krishnan who walked through the Turner home says: "It's far exceeded my expectations every room we went into I was thinking oh my goodness that small change I could make."

Ms Turner jokes saying she feels pressure now to maintain just that 'one' bin of rubbish.

"I just get in and jump it down" she says. 

Nic Turner claims to only have one wheelie bin full of rubbish a year. Source: Seven Sharp