Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Birdbrain Logic Laughable

24 February 2005

Birdbrain Logic Laughable

High Country farmers are deeply disappointed that Forest and Bird is using selective facts to attack the amount of rent paid for leasehold farm land, said John Aspinall, a National Board member of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc).

Forest and Bird should be reminded that nearly all High Country farmers pay substantially more than the ridiculously laughable example of $20 a week to lease a High Country run.

"Seven High Country properties recently reviewed are paying an average $25,290 a year or $500 a week -- much more than Forest and Bird's claim.

"For many people $500 a week is a reasonably large amount to lease bare, often remote land without modifications and improvements such as grass, homes, and fences.

"The lease is for the land in its least productive state and the lessee pays all rates, insurance, weed and pest control, hazard, fire, and erosion control, for maintenance of waterways, and provision of utilities (electricity, sewerage, water, and telephone).

"Unlike household tenancy agreements, a pastoral lease does not cover rates, insurance, repairs and maintenance," Mr Aspinall said.

"The lease is for pastoral farming only. Any other commercial activity requires the government's consent and payment of an additional rental.

"Forest and Bird is being mischievous in picking on High Country farmers who pay the least rent. Yes, some rents paid by a small number of High Country farmers are very low -- but these are for run-off blocks of very limited grazing value. To suggest that a few farmers are getting wealthy by using this land is a gross inaccuracy.

"Forest and Bird is overstepping its boundaries in commenting without justification or relevance on rents paid by High Country farmers. It would be wise to keep its uninformed views to itself rather than pick on farming families facing the long-term stress of tenure review."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election