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


Cullen to meet Federated Farmers

11 December 2003 Media Statement

Cullen to meet Federated Farmers

Finance Minister Michael Cullen will meet Federated Farmers tomorrow to discuss their concerns relating to the foreshore and seabed.

Dr Cullen agreed to the meeting after Federated Farmers approached his office this morning. It was the first time they had approached him directly.

“My door has always been open. All they ever had to do was ask,” he said.

He was responding to claims from the federation’s President, Tom Lambie, that the federation was being shut out from the consultations and that Maori were being given preferential treatment.

“I resent the inference. We have met with Maori because Maori are vitally interested in this issue. But we have also met with other interested parties including the ports, local government, recreational, environmental and conservation groups.

“I am informed that Federated Farmers made an approach to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet seeking a briefing but they only contacted them yesterday and seem to have gone to the media almost immediately afterwards.

“It is hard to escape the idea that they are playing games but I will meet with them out of respect for their membership.

“During the round of public consultations following the release of the discussion document in August, Federated Farmers sought at late notice to have government Ministers attend a series of meetings they were organising around the country for their members.

“Every effort was made to accommodate their demands and we had no complaint from them at the time.

“Once again, we will make every effort to accommodate them,” Dr Cullen said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Tourism’s Endless Sense Of Grievance

Sad that a once in a century pandemic should have come along before the government had a clearly thought out plan for rescuing all the firms and saving all the jobs in the tourism sector. Sad that the government now looks like it was making up the criteria for support as it went along. But guess what? To some extent, they were. Possibly because in the modern era, a pandemic had never before caused international travel to evaporate almost overnight... More>>


PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>


PM Statement: Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review

Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin. This week is the Māori ... More>>


Greens: $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming

The Green Party has released its Farming for the Future Plan, including a $297m fund to support farmers and growers to transition to climate-friendly practices. The plan will: · Improve how we look after our land and water, with a levy on the ... More>>


National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>

Police: Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber, Auckland City Police: Police have made six arrests as part of an operation investigating historical offending at Dilworth School. Auckland City Criminal Investigation Branch have been investigating since a complaint ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels