The Court of Appeal ruled public officials may have been negligent, but they had statutory immunity from liability. Kiwifruit growers said they felt aggrieved by that verdict and took the case to the Supreme Court. In a judgement released yesterday, the Supreme Court has said the growers, who are backed by a specialist litigation funder, can lodge their appeal.
Spokesman John Cameron stated the group was very pleased with this outcome; the group's legal team would now be going through the conditions of the appeal and preparing its submission.
Vine killing disease PSA arrived in New Zealand in 2010 and brought with it losses of an estimated $900 million. A segment of growers have claimed the predecessor of the Ministry of Primary Industries were negligent and responsible for the disease's entry a decade ago. The High Court partially backed their claim but that decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal in April.