New Zealand: Pineapple invasion perplexes Papamoa

About a dozen pineapples washed up on the beach of Papamoa, a suburb of Tauranga, yesterday. Papamoa locals have been left scratching their heads. The tropical fruits were scattered along the shoreline near Karewa Parade.

Local resident Chase Schiphorst told how the pineapples spread across a 30m stretch of the beach. Mr Schiphorst said it was possible a container ship or barge had dropped them, but after hearing that cocaine had been hidden inside fresh pineapples in Europe, he wondered whether there was a bigger story at play.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said it did not believe the pineapples were likely to present a biosecurity risk as they have to be treated for pests and insects before being exported to New Zealand.

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