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

 


Drought declaration needed, but tough times ahead

Damien
O’CONNOR
Spokesperson for Primary Industries

15 March 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Drought declaration needed, but tough times ahead

The declaration that the entire North Island is now a drought zone recognises the huge pressures facing individual farmers and the wider agricultural sector following the prolonged period of dry weather, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

“The announcement by the Minister today, prior to the 31 March, will allow farmers access to more flexible tax provisions relating to this financial year. It will ease the stress of potentially large tax bills at a time when they have huge costs of feed for their stock.

“It is also important that meat companies do all they can to facilitate the processing of stock in a fair way to ease the pressure on animal welfare and individual farm management.
“I know some farmers are having difficulty accessing processing space at meat works, but it is imperative the sector works together to maintain our reputation for the highest standards of animal welfare.

“Labour Leader David Shearer spent some time with farmers in the Wairarapa yesterday to see first-hand the conditions they are facing, while I have been speaking with farming leaders in the top of the South Island where conditions are dry but variable.

“This is a massively stressful time for farmers. They are struggling now and they will struggle in the months ahead.
“With that in mind it is important to ensure they – and their colleagues on the West Coast where drought is extremely unusual - are given the support they need to make right and timely decisions.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news