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


Environment Leaders Join Sustainable Farming Fund

Farm Environment Leaders Join MAF Sustainable Farming Fund Committees

Industry recognition of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards continues to grow, with a number of former competition entrants selected for the MAF Sustainable Farming Fund committee.

David Natzke, General Manager of the New Zealand Farm Environment Awards Trust (NZFEA), says the trust was delighted to again be invited to nominate representatives to join the committee that will oversee allocation of SFF funding grants for 2008/09.

All five names submitted by NZFEA were accepted.

The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) provides up to $9.5 million in grants for projects that “contribute to the on-going economic, environmental, and social wellbeing of the country’s primary producers”.

Mr Natzke says the people nominated by NZFEA have all been through the Ballance Farm Environment Awards process and are innovative farmers who have proved that good environmental management makes good business sense.

“They are top farmers with much to offer, and I know they will make a hugely valuable contribution to the committee.”

The Chairman of the NZFEA Trust, Jim Cotman commented that this has been part of an ongoing working relationship with the MAF Sustainable Farming Team and it provides real rigour to the SFF programme. Jim Cotman was amongst representatives selected.

Mr Natzke says the appointments reflect recognition of the achievements made by the Ballance Farm Environment Awards in promoting environmental sustainability.

He says organisations such as MAF clearly value the credibility, professionalism and independence of the awards programme that currently runs in eight regions throughout the country.

In future NZFEA plans to extend the awards programme to more regions while also forming partnerships with other key industry organisations.

“The aim of the awards is to promote sustainable profitable farmers who are leaders in environmental sustainability and provide opportunities for these people to become involved in work that will ultimately benefit New Zealand agriculture and the country as a whole.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog