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

 


“Dirty Dairying” Is Alive And Well


“Dirty Dairying” Is Alive And Well

Despite the TV ad campaign by the dairy industry saying that it wants to be loved and appreciated dirty dairying is alive and well says Fish & Game New Zealand.

“Fifty seven percent of dairy farmers taken in a recent sample in one of New Zealand’s most important dairying regions – the Waikato – have been found flouting rules regarding the spreading of effluent on land according to the local regional council,” says Bryce Johnson, Director of Fish & Game New Zealand.

The Environment Waikato audit also found that 16 percent of farmers were seriously non-compliant. This finding when extrapolated across the whole of the Waikato will mean that 720 of the 4500 Waikato dairy farms are seriously non compliant. According to reports EW is only prosecuting two or three dairy farmers a month, meaning that it would take 20 years to prosecute all offenders.

“This finding makes a farce of the ‘Dairying and Clean Streams Accord’”, says Mr Johnson.

“It is a clear case of failure by this Regional Council to protect the environment. It is a failure of the dairy industry to clean up its act. Instead of wasting money on expensive TV ad campaigns, and running public relations events to crow about their alleged success with the ‘Dairying and Clean streams Accord’, they should be spending money on stopping their poisoning of the environment with nitrate and bugs.”

“This appalling result shows that the soft pedalling approach of Regional Councils and dairy industry’s apologists, Federated Farmers, of using education with farmers ‘leading to voluntary change’ doesn’t work. It appears that some dairy farmers are still slow learners.”

“Regional Councils need to be taken to task for their failure in many cases to deal to the problem, and the dairy industry as well.”

“If anyone doesn’t think there is a problem I suggest they read the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s seminal report ‘Growing for Good’ released in November which irrefutably demonstrates the effect of nitrate poisoning is having on our environment.”

“The rest of New Zealand have a right to expect that a public asset - natural water - is clean and unpolluted and not abused by one commercial group who are allowed to get away with pollution by lax monitoring agencies.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news