Parliament

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

 

New Zealand Farm Ownership Set to Become a Pipe Dream

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
18 January 2013

NEW ZEALAND FARM OWNERSHIP SET TO BECOME A PIPE DREAM

Expansion plans by the new Chinese owners of the former Crafar farms is a step towards smashing the dream of young New Zealanders owning their own farms.

The intention of Shanghai Pengxin Group to expand its operations is clearly spelt out in its advertisement for a general manager based in Taupo or Rotorua.

The manager will advise Pengxin on buying more prime New Zealand farms, managing live animal exports to China, and sourcing raw milk from other farms for plants to manufacture products exclusively for the Chinese market.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says allowing New Zealand farmland to be owned and used by foreigners to produce food exclusively for their domestic market is outrageous.

“More New Zealand farmland is being sold from under our feet to the highest foreign bidder.

“The trend will accelerate as overseas interests strive to meet their expanding food demands by using New Zealand as their own private food producing Mecca.

“All the profits from production through to final sale will head offshore with New Zealanders left with nothing but crumbs.”

That, Mr Peters says, is economic lunacy against New Zealand’s national interest.

“International corporations and governments can afford to pay inflated prices for our farms which will make it virtually impossible for young Kiwis to buy their own farms.

“It is the beginning of the end of the New Zealand farm ownership era. New Zealanders are facing a future where they will be tenants in their land.

“This must be stopped so the dream of farm ownership remains realistic for future generations of New Zealanders,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

Attached: Link to the advertisement - http://www.farmersweeklyjobs.co.nz/index.php?cmd=list_job&job_id=4435


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The
America’s Cup

The fact New Zealand now reigns supreme once again in the most sophisticated contest in the world’s most elite sport – yacht racing – can’t help but reflect the trajectory the country has been on since the 1980s...

Elite sport used to feel more like a collective, shared experience. It was our team, composed of people who lived and worked like us. Now, not so much. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election