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Action Orange Pictures Flood In

Action Orange Pictures Flood In

Many farmers throughout New Zealand are closing their gates and tying orange ribbons to protest the government's access reforms, judging from the scores of Action Orange pictures sent to Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

Members of Federated Farmers and other supporters of the campaign have been sending photos from all over New Zealand, including Bluff, the Chatham Islands, and 90-mile beach in the Far North.

"It's clear that a significant number of farmers are backing Action Orange, which aims to convince the government to allow farmers to retain the right to manage who enters private land," said John Aspinall, the federation's land access spokesman.

Farmers have closed their gates to public access for one week, June 16-23, and tied an orange ribbon or something else orange to the gate as a visible show of solidarity for the campaign.

"Members and non-members are showing their support by sending the photos to Federated Farmers. Some are also sending them to their local MP, and Prime Minister Helen Clark.

"Federated Farmers has received photos of closed and padlocked beribboned gates, a Fish and Game sign with an orange ribbon attached to it, the Southland 'mafia' transporting an orange coffin in a sports car, pallbearers carrying an orange coffin along a beach, people with orange hair and wearing orange wigs, and beaming children standing beside their closed gate. We have also received many written and verbal messages of support."

To see a selection of some of the photos, go to

Meanwhile four petition 'road trains' are making their way to Wellington from four corners of New Zealand. You can see where the road trains are today by looking at

The road trains converge in Wellington on Thursday, June 23, when a petition will be presented at Parliament. A media advisory on Thursday's activities will be sent on Wednesday, June 22.

To read why farmers oppose the access reforms, go to

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