Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Jim Sutton At Dairy Launch

Speech Notes 19 September 2001

MARKET FOCUSED launch, Wellington

Ladies and Gentlemen: it gives me pleasure to be here today. I believe the environmental sustainability of the dairy industry is critically important.

Dairying must be one of the most dynamic industries in New Zealand. Farm conversions are happening throughout New Zealand ? particularly in Otago, Southland, Canterbury, and the Hawkes Bay.

These non-traditional dairying areas are becoming increasingly important.

Milk flows have increased, with co-operatives and the Dairy Board reporting record product shipments. Farmers' incomes are up, prices are high, and new value-added products are being developed.

But the spread of intensive dairy farming has led to increased attention on the effects of that farming on the environment. The effects on water are among the most keenly felt.

Water as a resource is often controversial. The east coasts of both islands are finding it increasingly important, particularly as land use changes.

It's not something the industry can ignore.

In New Zealand, we have moved past the thinking of "whatever is good for industry, is good for New Zealand". In agriculture, it used to be that the aim was to make two blades of grass grow where only one grew before, to get two animals grazing where only one grazed before.

Nowadays, the focus is on sustainability ? environmental, social, and economic.

This is a priority for all of us, and something we will be judged on, both here and overseas.

Increasingly, consumers in foreign markets and their regulators will be assessing our use of chemicals, runoffs into waterways, and the pollution of our streams, rivers, and lakes.

These resources are also used by other people ? whether for recreational use or otherwise.

Farming and other rural industry must not damage others' use of the waterways, particularly when those uses were happening a long time before dairy farming. While farmers might not always agree with such groups' spokespeople, recreational users have rights too. I do however offer the critics of the dairy industry a friendly word of advice: just make sure your own backyard can withstand scrutiny, before pointing the finger of righteousness into the backyards of others.

And there is a national interest: what benefit is there to the country in allowing Lake Taupo to lose its extraordinary clarity, undermining the quality of its scenic attractions, famous fishing, and other tourist experiences?

This issue of water usage and the pollution of waterways by dairying is not being ignored. It's one I believe we need to tackle together.

I commend the team that has put MARKET FOCUSED together.

Funded 40 per cent by the Ministry for the Environment ? thank you to my colleague Marian Hobbs here tonight ? and 60 per cent by the dairy industry, MARKET FOCUSED provides an industry standard environmental management system which farmers can use to achieve environmental guidelines.

In the past few weeks, I've had dairy farmers ask me whether "this environment stuff" was important. I assured them, and I can assure you all again tonight, that yes, it is important. Sustainable land use I have often likened to a three-legged stool. Each leg is vital. One is financial ? the profitability of land-based businesses. Another is social ? the maintenance of healthy rural communities. The third is environmental.

This work kit can help farmers to meet their obligations to maintain environmental sustainability. It's an extremely positive development. I welcome the move by industry, regional councils, and government agencies to tackle this issue, and wish you every success.

Thank you.

Office of Hon Jim Sutton

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Who Decides On The Priority List For Vaccines

During the past week, the nation has gone through a range of mixed feelings about south Auckland. Understandably, there’s been a hankering in some quarters to punish a few of the rule breakers who plunged all of Auckland back into lockdown…Yet alongside that impulse there also been compassion for the way that poverty and overcrowding make south Aucklanders extremely vulnerable to the spread of the virus... More>>


 




Government: PHARMAC Review Announced

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Main Benefits To Increase In Line With Wages

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>

ALSO:


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels