Marfell toxic tip site gets all-clear

27/08/2009 Independent experts who cleared Marfell Park for dioxins have also warned the district council against repeating its mistake elsewhere. Contaminated sites specialist Graeme Proffitt yesterday released his report on the park a former city tip and said there was… Continue Reading

Greens demand closure of park

30/06/2009 Marfell Park must be closed immediately to ensure the safety of the community, says the Green Party’s spokesperson, Catherine Delahunty. “The park must be closed to the public and fenced off immediately. “A wait-and-see approach is just too dangerous,”… Continue Reading

Marfell fruit trees may get the chop

20/06/2009 A New Plymouth man is poised to chop down his fruit trees after dioxin was uncovered in the park next door. Construction engineer, Tony Cooper, who owns a house on Endeavour St at the base of Marfell Park, is… Continue Reading

Smith attacks park response

18/06/2009 Environment Minister Nick Smith has criticised the Taranaki Regional Council for a lack of openness over the Marfell dioxin contamination. He says the council could have been more open with the public after toxic chemicals were found in drums… Continue Reading

Toxins removed from Taranaki park

Jun 18, 2009 Taranaki Regional Council says it has removed drum remnants and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals, including dioxin, from a New Plymouth park. Broken-down drums containing chemicals were found last month near a children’s playground at Marfell Park,… Continue Reading

Expert called in to examine Marfell Park

16/06/2009 New Zealand’s foremost expert in the investigation and clean-up of contaminated sites has been called in to check out Marfell Park after the shock discovery of dioxins. Environmental consultant Graeme Proffitt has been asked to lead a sampling and… Continue Reading

Ratepayers landed with clean-up bill

15/07/2009 New Plymouth district ratepayers will be left with the bulk of the bill for the Marfell Park chemical clean-up despite a Government payout. Environment Minister Nick Smith said yesterday nearly $25,000 would be made available from the Contaminated Sites… Continue Reading

Young calls for new toxic dump inquiry

11/06/2009 Another investigation is needed into possible chemical dumps across New Plymouth, MP Jonathan Young says. The discovery of toxic agrichemicals at Marfell Park has raised concerns that other sites, previously tested and found negative for dioxins in 2001, might… Continue Reading

Playground contamination shows register needed

10 Jun 2009 The Green Party is calling for a national register of contaminated sites in the wake of the alarming discovery of extremely high levels of dioxin under a children’s playground in Taranaki. “We are very concerned at the… Continue Reading