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


'Dirty' minority in Waikato flout good practice

25 October 2006

'Dirty' minority in Waikato flout good farming practice

Green Party Agriculture Spokesperson Sue Bradford is very concerned at news that one in four farms monitored during a recent Environment Waikato helicopter flyover were found to be breaching dairy effluent rules and allowing effluent to be released into drains and waterways.

Environment Waikato have indicated that they will issue infringement notices and prosecutions under the Resource Management Act to the offending farms, but Ms Bradford says she has little confidence that the matter will be adequately dealt with.

"This is not a new problem. More than a year ago, in April 2005, another Environment Waikato audit found that over half of the farms surveyed were flouting some effluent rules, and 16 percent were seriously non-compliant. Action was promised at the time, but given this recent result, it seems that nothing has changed. A significant minority of farmers are not taking their responsibilities seriously.

"This should be of concern to Federated Farmers.

"It is particularly unfair to those farmers who are complying with the Clean Streams Accord, as they are being put at a comparative disadvantage by others who are breaking the rules.

"Clearly there needs to be stricter enforcement and tougher penalties for not dealing with effluent correctly. In the long term, it is in farmers' interests to lift their game in this area, as it is their own future livelihood that is being threatened by the environmental destruction that incorrect disposal of effluent causes," Ms Bradford says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election