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

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Harmful Digital Communication Bill Passes: Focus Must Be On Education

InternetNZ acknowledges the passage of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill into law this afternoon, and says that the sooner the education efforts at the heart of the legislation start, the better... More>>

ALSO:

3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza Blockade: Māori TV Crew Returning Safely From Israel

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. More>>

ALSO:

Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

ALSO:

Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council

In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: State Houses Could Sell To Overseas Groups

Bill English’s admission that he would sell hundreds of New Zealand’s state houses to the Australians is the latest lurch in the Government’s stumbling, half-baked housing policy, Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

AND:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news