Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Farmer Goodwill Meets Needs of Recreation Users

Farmer Goodwill is meeting the Needs of Recreational Users

There is little evidence that there is a problem with current land access provisions with over 40% of New Zealand readily available for public access and recreation.

In a submission to the Land Access Review Group Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) National Board member John Aspinall said that the massive increase in outdoor recreation and rural tourism has been helped by farmers allowing access to their land.

"It is also clear that farmers hold the right to manage access to their property as a fundamental principle of land ownership, said Mr Aspinall.

"Farmers must retain the right to manage who comes onto their land, for how long and for what reason. At the end of the day a farm is a business and we do not allow the public to wander at will through factories or office blocks.

"Public access has major implications for farm management in terms of security of property, the health and safety of the land owners, their staff and visitors, environmental, animal welfare and fire risks and disruption to their normal farm activity.

"The need to educate visitors on their responsibilities is highlighted by examples from the Federated Farmer's survey of land owners of gates being left open resulting in animal deaths and injuries, mis-mothered lambs and cows being given access to trees which could have caused spontaneous abortions.

"The survey indicates that farmers are generally very generous with access to their properties. This is surprising given examples of a hunter's dog killing 46 in lamb ewes, landowners having to rescue trespassers in the middle of the night, trespassers growing marijuana and shots fired at farm houses.

"It is vital that this review builds on the goodwill which currently exists at local level between landowners and recreational users. A prescriptive legal approach risks less access not more.

"Access to private land is a privilege not a right and more emphasis needs to be placed on educating recreational users on the responsibilities that come with the privilege of accessing private land."

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news