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


Mussel farmers burdened with uncertainty and costs

The ACT Heartland Tour begins its second week with farmer meetings in the top of the South Island today.

Following a meeting with Havelock mussel farmers this morning, tour leader and ACT rural spokesman Owen Jennings said the biggest problems facing Havelock mussel farmers are uncertainty over Maori claims for the foreshore and seabed, and the costs of compliance with the Resource Management Act.

He promised ACT would deliver a more certain investment environment for inshore fisheries.

"Inshore fisheries have the capacity to be major export earners and promoters of jobs," Mr Jennings said. "But they are being held back because of uncertainty, which is hampering investment."

Mr Jennings said mussel farmers were also forced to go through a complex rigmarole to get licensed and re-licensed, under the Fisheries Act and Resource Management Act.

He said ACT in government would seriously reduce such compliance nightmares.

Mr Jennings is joined on the Heartland Tour by ACT farmer candidates Penny Webster, Gerry Eckhoff, Andy Davies and Graham Hewett. Last week the Tour traversed rural communities in the North Island. This week the tour will visit many rural communities in the South Island. Today's schedule includes farmer meetings in Havelock, Seddon, Ward, Clarence and Kaikoura.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news