Parliament

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

 

Anger in Canterbury – Owen Jennings

Thursday 21st Oct 1999
Owen Jennings
Media Release -- Other

Canterbury farmers today expressed their anger at the way environmental issues have been taken to the extreme by DOC and environmental interests, threatening the development of dam and irrigation systems on the Canterbury plains.

The ACT Heartland Tour today held a meeting with farmers who were involved in the development of the Opuha dam. The farmers said DOC rules requiring minimum flows in all tributaries would make it impossible to get such projects under way in the future.

"Water is vital for future of Canterbury plains," Heartland Tour leader Owen Jennings said. "It is essential that Canterbury farmers are able to capture winter and spring rainfall for irrigation in the summer.

"The Resource Management Act is a nightmare for Canterbury farmers wanting to irrigate their land. It does not improve environmental outcomes, but simply adds costs delays and frustration."

ACT's rural team said today that building new storage dams down the spine of the Southern Alps to contain the high flows over the winter and spring for use on the wider Canterbury plains was vital for the future of agriculture and horticulture in the South Island.

"ACT supports a radical reform of the Resource Management Act to remove the costs frustrations and delay that occurred in the building of the Opuha dam in South Canterbury," Mr Jennings said.

Mr Jennings, ACT's rural spokesman, is leading a team of ACT farmers on a two-week tour around rural areas, on a listening tour aimed at providing sound leadership for the rural sector. He is joined by ACT candidates Penny Webster, Gerry Eckhoff, Andy Davies, all farmers on the ACT party list. The ACT Party has 12 full-time and 8 part-time farmers standing for election, making ACT the party most attuned to the needs of the New Zealand farming sector.

Tomorrow the ACT team heads south for public and farm meetings in Weston, Palmerston, Outram and Dunedin.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election