Heartland Tour turns through Bay of Plenty
ACT farmers visiting the Bay of Plenty are learning the
extent to which local
government costs are damaging Bay of Plenty farms and businesses, says ACT
rural spokesman Owen Jennings.
ACT's 'top four' farmers are
travelling by ute through both the North and
Islands over the next fortnight, taking the ACT message to rural communities.
The four, MP Owen
Jennings, and candidates Penny Webster, Gerry Eckhoff
Andy Davies held meetings in Turua, Thames, Waikino and Te Puke yesterday.
Today they are holding public meetings and farm meetings in Whakatane, Onepu,
Reparoa and Taupo.
Tour leader Owen Jennings
says ACT has fresh ideas about bringing
government costs under control.
"The ACT Party
wants to remove one tier of local government," Mr Jennings
"More local government simply means higher rates and more difficulties for
farmers' and businesses' legitimate development. The delays and frustrations
caused by the Resource Management Act and various councils' administration of
this Act are legion. ACT wants to reduce costs for rural businesses."
Jennings said his team of rural candidates had a clear
view of the impact
that regulations have on business, and would seek to reduce the number of
unnecessary laws and regulations.
The team makes up the top farmer
placings on ACT's party list. Mr Jennings,
the party's rural spokesman and a former national President of Federated
Farmers, is ranked 6, Ms Webster, a former Auckland chairman of Federated
Farmers is ranked number 8, Mr Eckhoff, a high country farmer and
conservationist, is number 9 and Mr Davies, a Cambridge farmer, is number 14.
ACT has the highest number of farmer candidates on its list out of all
"It's an indication of the
priority ACT places on the farming sector," Mr
Jennings said. "ACT recognises that restoring rural profitability is a major
concern for New Zealand."