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

 


Ruataniwha final decision will take days to digest

Media Release


26 June 2014

Ruataniwha final decision will take days to digest

It will be at least several days before the Federation is in a position to comment on the final decision by the Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry.

“We jumped a high fence yesterday with the council vote, but until we digest the Board of Inquiry’s final decision, we don’t know if we’ve jumped the Board of Inquiry one,” says Will Foley, Federated Farmers Hawke’s Bay provincial president.

“I will be honest and say it will be days until we are in a position to make any comment.

“We are talking 17 volumes across 168.4MB of data. It’s like The Luminaries in scope and until we can look at the decision in its entirety, we cannot comment on the summary or individual parts. I am afraid this is one time where it will take time to read and digest.

“That said yesterday, Hawke’s Bay’s political leaders listened to the community’s voice expressed through consultation and a physical show of support for Ruataniwha

“I’d like to single out Councillor Beaven for praise. He showed true grit in breaking ranks with the minority of councillors opposing Ruataniwha. That took real guts and we won’t forget it or the way farmers and the community came together for Ruataniwha.

“The Tukituki Plan Change is, first and foremost, an environmental solution to help tackle nuisance algae found in the Tukituki during summer. You could say it is an environmental solution with incredibly strong economic benefits by way of storing rainwater.

“That’s why ratepayer investment is capped at $80 million out of the $275 million build cost. Farmers like me will need to put in upwards of $400 million more of our own money to build the on-farm infrastructure.

“The private dollar could take the lead here but the environment could also benefit.

“Members of Federated Farmers are absolutely committed to the environmental sustainability of our farms. We also want to see our children swimming in an algae-bloom free river and a water storage dam will contribute positively to both outcomes.

“But only if that dam stacks up as a commercial investment and that’s now the key here. I know investors are in the wings for Ruataniwha but their involvement hinges on the plan change being economically viable.

“If we don’t see movement towards that then we’ll lose not just the dam, but put the viability of farming on the fertile Ruataniwha plains in jeopardy.

“In the meantime, I am proud of the place I call home because the Bay has shown to New Zealand that it wants a strong future. Let’s hope those holding the pen agree,” Mr Foley concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: RBNZ Starts Talks On Tougher Rules For Property Speculators

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is stepping up preparations to restrict lending to residential property investors as it watches house prices, particularly in Auckland, continue to rise strongly. More>>

ALSO:

Research: ‘Ageing Well’ Science Challenge Launched

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, confirming initial funding of $14.6 million. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Govt Resisting Pressure To Pump More Cash Into Solid Energy

Prime Minister John Key says it is “not the government’s preferred option” to make a fresh capital injection into the troubled state-owned coal miner, Solid Energy, but dodged journalists’ questions at his weekly press conference on whether that might prove necessary... More>>

ALSO:

Lagest Ever Privacy Breach Award: NZCU Baywide Accepts “Severe” Censure In Cake Case

NZCU Baywide says that once it was found to have committed a breach of a former staff member’s privacy, it had attempted to resolve the matter... the censure and remedies for its actions taken almost three years ago are “severe” but accepted, and will hopefully draw a line under the matter. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: PayPal Stops Processing Mega Payments; NZX Listing Still On

PayPal has ceased processing payments for Mega, the file storage and encryption firm looking to join the New Zealand stock market via a reverse listing of TRS Investments, amid claims it is not a legitimate cloud storage service. More>>

ALSO:

Housing Policy: Auckland Densification As Popular As Ebola, English Says

Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Auckland’s housing were “about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola” would be. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news