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TE URUROA FLAVELL. Maori Party co-leader. Labour’s unilateral decision to deny hapu, iwi and Maori of their rights and interests to water should be a stark reminder to our people that history will repeat itself under a Labour-led Govt.

DAVID PARKER. Labour water spokesperson. If the farmers are ... saying, “Look, we, having caused the problem, we’re not willing to make a contribution to that effort.” Really, what would that say about them as a sector?

ANDREW CURTIS. IrrigationNZ CEO. Labour is clear money from this tax will not be used to fund urban waterway improvements so will the tax result in improvements where they are most needed?



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Election 2017: A change of Government may not be what farmers and those involved in the primary production sector want to see, but John Key’s resignation as leader makes this election potentially the closest for years.

The Dairy Industry: Dairy prices are still very volatile, despite the rise in payout forecast for the year. Fonterra has done much to improve the way the industry operates, but placing so much of the nation’s future in the hands of one enterprise is seen as a risk.

Water Quality: Fonterra has been leading the way in getting farmers to improve water quality and fence waterways to stop stock from polluting them, But nitrate leaching into water is still a huge concern. Who will win the battle between farming needs and environmental damage?

Water Storage: Drought in recent years, with expectations of more to come in future has brought new focus on to the need to boost the nation’s water storage capacity. Will concerns about the environmental impact of large irrigation schemes handicap the development of future irrigation schemes?

Climate Change: The likelihood of more extreme weather events such as droughts and heavy rains will be the result of long-term climate change. Farmers, especially those on dry land and hill country properties, will have to change their farming practices to better retain the rain they receive and plant more trees. How quickly will change come?

Meat Industry: Farmers are starting to tell the meat companies change has to occur to save the industry. So far there’s been precious little action.

Wool: The wool industry is facing similar challenges to the meat industry – unstable prices from year to year and fickle customers. Can the industry break this boom and bust cycle and what strategies will they employ? Will technology be the key?

Global Market Access: The Government is looking to seal as many free trade agreements as possible with a view to helping exporters especially the farming sector, but the actual benefits in terms of boosting farmer profitability are yet to be realised. The TPP is effectively dead, and the age of Trump may create a more protectionist environment, which will be bad for NZ.

Research Investment: Science and research will boost productivity and returns. But will farmers be the real beneficiaries?

Regulatory Reform: The Government is continuing its programme to change the Resource Management Act in part to help make life easier for farmers. It has been a long and tortuous process, and legislation still has a way to go to get to a point where it will make a difference.


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21 August 2017

  • This Week... Rural regions have been roused from their electoral somnolence by Labour’s plan to hit farmers for water use. Farm lobbyists have sprung into action attacking the plan.
  • How Labour's plan will affect Maori voters could be crucial to the election result. If Labour is asserting Crown ownership, it could drive those iwi who have special interests in water toward the Maori Party.
  • IrrigationNZ is challenging Labour’s plan after an analysis of water quality data showed rivers in areas with irrigation are more swimmable than elsewhere. CEO Andrew Curtis says Labour is clear money from this tax will not be used to fund urban waterway improvements so will the tax result in improvements where they are most needed?
  • And Labour water spokesperson David Parker says critics who say the water tax will make produce prices prohibitively expensive are scaremongering. Parker insists all NZers have the birthright to swim in rivers without getting sick if they dive under the surface.

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