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


Anderton targets farmers with communication

12 June 2006

Anderton targets farmers with communication

A newsletter called the Primary News – from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, is being delivered to all farms and rural properties over the next few days. The newsletter from Jim Anderton is the first in a series being planned to communicate directly to the Minister's new primary industries' constituency.

"It is important that I am talking directly to the farming community and that they know where to find me. I am continuing to meet representatives of the primary sector and industry organizations, in my office in Wellington and on my weekly regional and sector visits meeting people on their own turf. The Primary News is another way of keeping everyone in the loop," Jim Anderton said in Wellington today.

"A partnership approach is the way to get things done. I am committed to lifting the game of the land-based industries, both in terms of economic productivity and environmental performance. There are some tough issues facing the primary industries sector and we need to be working on them together, as co-operatively as possible, to build a sustainable economy with science and innovation as key shapers.

"As Associate Minister of Tertiary Education I am working to ensure that all parts of the primary sectors have access to the skills workforce they need. This is not easy after several decades of neglect by previous governments who thought industries would miraculously provide for their own training needs. But I am optimistic we will be able, over time, to rebuild our workforce capacity in our most crucial sectors.

"There are many challenges on the horizon, particularly in areas of competition and trade barriers. We also face some major environmental challenges around water, soil and climate change which threaten the long-term viability of some of our production systems. On my watch, the Labour-Progressive government stands ready to work in partnership to find solutions that help our most important industries do what they do best.

"I remain incredibly optimistic about the New Zealand economy, largely because of our world-class primary industries. New Zealand needs the primary industries to be successful in order to continue our first world economic status – but there are challenges – no question - and these are the issues we need to keep in touch on," Jim Anderton said today.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news