Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Fonterra should make a commitment to Takaka now

23 June 2005

Fonterra should make a commitment to Takaka now

Fonterra has a responsibility to farmers' communities, so it should be immediately announcing that it will rebuild its Takaka dairy factory, says Green Rural Affairs Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street.

The dairy giant's Takaka plant was destroyed by fire two nights ago.

"Fonterra has a community responsibility which extends beyond the economic," says Mr Ewen-Street.

"It may be the cheapest option financially not to rebuild, but as a Cooperative, Fonterra has an interdependent relationship with its dairy farmers and local community. The dairy factory is Takaka's biggest employer, so even suggesting that they may expand their Richmond plant instead is creating uncertainty and stress for Golden Bay farmers and the whole community 'over the hill'.

"There is no railway access out of the Bay and the cost of trucking liquid milk over the difficult Takaka Hill will only increase in the future as the price of oil increases.

"The smart thing to do is to use energy now to rebuild while its still relatively cheap, rather than later to transport unprocessed product as it becomes more expensive. It's a case of adding value as close to the source of production as possible.

"And the right thing to do is to stand by Golden Bay," said Mr Ewen-Street.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages