Parliament

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

 

Spot The Hypocrisy, Mr Acland

Spot The Hypocrisy, Mr Acland
Gerry Eckhoff
Monday 20 Oct 2003

ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today said the criticism of the tenure review process enabling farmers who have given up vast areas of land in return for a freehold title, is reprehensible.

“The reported concerns expressed by John Acland – a former Meat Board chairman and farmer – is especially worrying as he enjoys an obvious relationship with the Labour Government through his appointment as Chair of the Land Access Ministerial Reference Group’s report on public access,” Mr Eckhoff said.

“It seems Mr Acland now believes he should comment on landscape values. The irony of his reported comments are obvious to those who know the McKenzie Country, where Mr Acland wishes to retain existing natural resources and values, compared to his own extensive farming operation in the magnificent Peel Forest area.

“The huge modification of the natural environment taken place in Mr Acland’s region, has altered that landscape forever. Exotic forestry, dairying, sheep and beef farming have removed virtually all traces of the ‘natural environment,’ but have added enormously to the wealth of all New Zealanders.

“Concession from the Department of Conservation for white water rafting will also enable that region to benefit from the use of its natural resources and rightly so. Why shouldn’t the people of the McKenzie Country benefit from their region’s assets Mr Acland?” Mr Eckhoff said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Fair Pay Agreements Should Be Embraced

Are Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) truly the work of the devil? Given the vehement response to them last week by (a) employer groups and (b) by their parliamentary friends on the extreme right, you could be forgiven for thinking these FPA things will mean curtains for commerce as we’ve known it for the past 30 years. Believe me, they won’t. Less excitable types will regard FPAs as heralding only a mild shift towards a more centralised form of bargaining over wages and conditions, much akin to what other successful economies (eg Germany) have recognised for decades... More>>

 

Government: Further Action Against Gang Crime

The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their ... More>>

ALSO:

Maori Party: Whakatōhea High Court Decision

“We applaud the Whakatōhea High Court case that has now set a precedent for Māori rights and interest in their foreshore and seabed. It’s an outstanding decision because the Court recognises all reclaimed lands with significant and boating traffic” ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Speech To Lower North Island Regional Conference

Good morning, delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge National Party President Peter Goodfellow, my fellow board members, my lower North Island colleagues and all of ... More>>

PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:

PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels