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

 

Elect A Government That Allows Rural Growth - Feds

Countryside's Plea To Towns: Elect A Government That Allows Rural Growth

Federated Farmers today issued a plea to urban voters to elect a government with policies that would allow rural growth.

Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson said, "Rural New Zealand is dependent on urban voters to elect a government with policies that allowed rural areas to prosper".

"Rural New Zealand is saying to urban voters: Please elect a government that does not get in the way. We can provide jobs, growth and exports in an environmentally friendly manner if we are not burdened by costly government policies."

"The agricultural sector is the backbone of New Zealand's economy. The New Zealand agricultural sector accounts for around 15.2% of New Zealand's total GDP and employs 17.7% of the workforce, almost one in five workers. Our sector's exports make up almost 60% of New Zealand's merchandise exports."

"Agriculture provides a great many jobs and high levels of prosperity, but job growth and development is at the mercy of government policy and regulations."

"Urban voters will decide Saturday's election. Rural New Zealanders urge those voters to consider the impact of the various parties' policies on the economy."

"Rural New Zealand have serious concerns about plans to introduce new workplace legislation, and to scrap ACC reforms, reforms saving the meat and dairy industry an estimated $25m in costs. In other policy areas, plans to direct agriculture into one niche market or another will fail as spectacularly as the schemes of the early 80's."

"We need a government that understands the importance of the agricultural sector and has the economic and social policies that allows rural growth and development. Political power now rests with urban areas, so rural people are depending on urban voters to choose a sensible government that will not hinder the export sector."

"Ideology is all very well when drafting up election policies, but it is the pragmatic and practical effect on rural New Zealand that is concerning rural Kiwis."

"Some parties will take rural New Zealand backwards, overturning past reforms or implementing policies different to what farmers, or our international customers, demand."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Serious Fraud Office: Commences Enquiries Into Allegations Of COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Fraud
The Serious Fraud Office has commenced a number of enquiries into alleged abuse of the Government’s COVID-19 Wage Subsidy. Director Julie Read said the allegations relate to multiple complex cases of potential fraud that have been referred to the agency following extensive investigations ... More>>



Environment: Preliminary Environmental Data On New Zealand’s Air Quality Released Today

The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ have published the Our air 2021: preliminary data release today. We are currently working to revise the Our air 2021 report to incorporate analysis of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2021 air quality guidelines that were released on 23 September 2021... More>>


Statistics: Food Prices Rise For Sixth Consecutive Month
Food prices rose 0.5 percent in September 2021 compared with August 2021, mainly influenced by higher prices for grocery food and meat, poultry, and fish, Stats NZ said today. September’s movement is the sixth consecutive monthly rise. After adjusting for seasonality, prices rose 0.9 percent... More>>



Reserve Bank: Robust Balance Sheets Yield Faster Economic Recovery

Stronger balance sheets for households, businesses, financial institutions and the government going into the pandemic contributed towards maintaining a sound financial system and yielding a faster economic recovery than following previous deep recessions... More>>


Transpower: Releases Independent Report Into Events Of August 9
Transpower’s Chief Executive Alison Andrew has today released an independent report into the grid emergency of August 9 when insufficient generation was available to meet demand, leading to some customers being disconnected... More>>

Bayleys: Latest Lockdown Adds Further Fuel To Industrial Property Market

The recent construction shutdown resulting from Auckland’s Covid 19’s lockdown restrictions has put additional pressure on an industrial property market that is already struggling to keep pace with demand... More>>