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


Dairy-led water accords do nothing to stop intensification

PR: Dairy-led water accords do nothing to stop intensification – freshwater campaigners

4pm Monday, September 2, 2019

Dairy industry-led water accords have done nothing to stop intensification over the last decades, which has led to the decline of the health of the country’s rivers and lakes, say freshwater campaigners. And there is no commitment from dairy leaders to stop further intensification.

Today’s announcement from dairy leaders on their Sustainable Dairy: Water Accord ignores the significant intensification of dairying that has occurred since the industry first put an accord in place.

“Since 2003, dairy leaders have been using voluntary accords to suggest they are caring for the country’s waterways while at the same time the use of nitrogen fertiliser and the number of cows have continued to climb, with the health of rivers and lakes and the public paying the price,” says Choose Clean Water campaign spokesperson Marnie Prickett.

The Dairy and Clean Streams accord was signed in 2003 and the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord began ten years later in 2013. Despite this, the pressure from intensive dairy on rivers, lakes and groundwater has increased.

Since 2003, nitrogen fertiliser use increased more than 30% from 323,000 tonnes to 429,000 tonnes, according to the latest Stats NZ data. Additionally, the latest Stats NZ data shows, cow numbers increased from 5.1 to 6.5 million from 2003 to 2017.

“Dairy industry leaders have failed to act responsibly to curb intensification. Despite warnings from many that the intensification of agriculture, particularly dairy, would have serious consequences for freshwater and for the country, dairy leaders have continued to encourage farmers to intensify and all New Zealanders have witnessed the consequences this has had for our rivers and lakes.”

“Dairy leaders fail to accept responsibility for the enormous impact intensive dairy farming has had on fresh water. They do not include any statistics on the state of waterways and ignore important information such the fact that the health of waterways, measured through biological indicators – the life that lives in rivers and streams – is declining at a majority of sites.”

“Where are the freshwater scientists celebrating the dairy industry’s influence on water quality? They can’t because intensive dairy has been a disaster for our rivers and lakes and its impacts remain high with no commitment from dairy leaders to stop further intensification.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation.

Presumably, the QC appointed to clarify what happened will eventually shed light on key issues. Such as: on what date prior to the publication of the original Spinoff article did the party hierarchy/PM’s office/PM’s press secretary realise they were dealing with a sexual assault allegation, and what did they do about it at that point? More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>


Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.


New Strategy: Suicide Prevention Office To Drive Prevention Action

The Government has announced a Suicide Prevention Office will be established to coordinate action already underway to reduce New Zealand’s historically high rate of suicide. More>>





InfoPages News Channels