‘Mudtopia’ cancelled over biosecurity fears

Rotorua’s Mudtopia Festival will no longer be importing mud powder from South Korea.

Five tonnes of cosmetic mud powder was to have been imported for Mudtopia, which was inspired by South Korea’s Boryeong mud festival.

The $90,000 cost of the purchase was to come from the event’s budget, which includes funding from Rotorua Lakes Council, the government’s major events fund, sponsorship and ticket sales.

The Council said it had been working with the Ministry of Primary Industries to ensure there would be no biosecurity risk from the treated mud power.

But it has now decided not to import the product to alleviate public unease.

The kiwifruit protection advocacy group, Kiwifruit Claim had questioned the importation as South Korea has recently had an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.