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

 


Proposed freshwater protections like election satire

3 September 2014 – Wellington

Forest & Bird media release for immediate use

Forest & Bird likens proposed freshwater protections to election satire

Forest & Bird says new rules proposed by the National Party on keeping stock out of waterways would double-up on an industry-wide accord that would come into effect a month before, requiring farmers to do exactly the same.

The Party’s freshwater policy, released today, states that dairy cattle will be banned from all waterways from July 2017. But the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord – which was signed by all New Zealand dairy companies, and so applies to all farmer suppliers – will have achieved its goal of keeping all dairy cattle out of the country’s waterways by the end of May 2017 – a month earlier.

Forest & Bird Group Manager Campaigns and Advocacy Kevin Hackwell says it appears almost as though the National Party is making an attempt at satire.

“Is the National Party trying to inject some humour into the election? Any regulation after the accord - that achieves the same goal - would clearly be pointless. We’ve all heard of light-touch regulation, but this is ridiculous.”

The National Party also says it will spend $100 million a year, for ten years, on buying and retiring farmland - in order to improve water quality.

“Given the very high price of farm land, this money won’t even touch the sides. The quality of New Zealand’s lowland lakes and rivers has plummeted because there are too many dairy cows on our farms. As a result, there is too much nitrogen, which comes from cattle urine, and too much fertiliser entering our waterways,” Kevin Hackwell says.

“The $100 million would be much better spent helping farmers reduce their environmental impacts, by employing farm advisors to help them adopt best practice.

“In addition, it is clear that certain parts of the country must never be converted to dairying. Throwing public money at buying bits of expensive land will not fix the problem,” Kevin Hackwell says.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

IGIS: Report On Release Of NZSIS Information To Cameron Slater

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, published her report on the inquiry into the release of NZSIS information to Mr Cameron Slater at a press conference in Wellington today...

The inquiry found the NZSIS released incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information in response to Mr Slater’s request, and provided some of the same incorrect information to the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office.

“These errors resulted in misplaced criticism of the then Leader of the Opposition, Hon Phil Goff MP. Mr Goff is owed a formal apology by the Service,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news