Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Federated Farmers thanks the Justice Minister Andrew Little

Federated Farmers thanks the Justice Minister Andrew Little over his quick moves to protect farmers from livestock rustlers.

The introduction of a supplementary order paper (SOP) on the Crimes Amendment Bill is a win for all farmers, says rural security spokesperson Miles Anderson.

The two new offences of theft of livestock or other animal, and unlawful entry to land used for agricultural purposes, will give power back to farmers, the police and the judiciary when it comes to dealing with offenders, he says.

"The credit for this work goes to many.

"First of all, a thank you to my predecessor Rick Powdrell. A huge amount of work from Rick went into getting rustlers viewed as a serious threat to rural communities. And to National’s Ian McKelvie and Labour’s Kieran McAnulty - thank you for listening to your constituents. Full marks to Parliament and the Primary Production Committee."

Miles says what was originally proposed through the Livestock Rustling Amendment Bill had not gone far enough to discourage livestock theft.

"This SOP now delivers on what we asked for."

The cost of livestock theft to the farming community is incredibly daunting and can kill a business.

Rustling ranges from the basic opportunist to highly organised professional operations. Farmers currently feel powerless to counter livestock theft. Now that the legislation is coming into force to effectively punish these criminals, it would be good to see the rural police resources to back it, says Miles.

"And to the farming public. We need to get our reporting up on stock rustling, so the police can act. I understand it can be daunting to report criminals, especially when it comes to organised crime, but please note the police have several ways you can log a concern including anonymously. As with all rural crime, if you see something, say something."

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Stats NZ: Largest Drop In Terms Of Trade In A Decade As Dairy Export Prices Sour

Lower export prices for dairy, meat, and logs in the September 2020 quarter led to the biggest drop in terms of trade since June 2009, Stats NZ said today. Export prices fell in the September 2020 quarter, down 8.3 percent from its highest ever ... More>>


Stats NZ: Election Boosts October Job Numbers

Job numbers were boosted by general election staff in October 2020, along with rises in the manufacturing, retail, and hospitality industries, Stats NZ said today. Filled jobs rose by 27,667 to 2.2 million in October 2020 compared with September, after ... More>>

Government: New Year Border Exception For Seasonal Workers In The Horticulture And Wine Industries

2000 additional RSE workers to enter New Zealand early next year employers must pay these workers at least $22.10 an hour employers will cover costs of managed isolation for the RSE workers RSE workers will be paid the equivalent of 30 hours work a week ... More>>


Media: Discovery, Inc. Completes Acquisition Of New Zealand’s Mediaworks TV Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand, December 1, 2020 - Discovery, Inc. (“Discovery”), the global leader in real-life entertainment, has completed its acquisition of New Zealand’s leading independent free-to-air commercial broadcaster, MediaWorks TV Ltd, now operating ... More>>

Department Of Conservation: Big Year Underway At Albatross Colony

Familiar faces are returning for the new season of Royal Cam, with a big breeding year underway for the toroa/northern royal albatross colony on Otago’s windswept Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. More than 120 albatrosses, a taonga species, have returned ... More>>

Real Estate: ASB Survey Reveals Majority Of Kiwis Expect House Prices To Keep Climbing


House price expectations are soaring as New Zealand’s housing market shifts up a gear. But stretched affordability is putting a dent in perceptions of whether it’s a good time to buy. While Kiwis reveal they do expect interest rates to fall further. ... More>>

Stats NZ: Births And Deaths: Year Ended September 2020

Births and deaths releases provide statistics on the number of births and deaths registered in New Zealand, and selected fertility and mortality rates. Key facts For the year ended September 2020: 57,753 live births and 32,670 deaths ... More>>