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


Bill to protect Farmers passes first reading

New Zealand First is today welcoming the unanimous passage of the Farm Debt Mediation Bill through its first reading in Parliament.

The Bill was originally a New Zealand First Primary Industries Spokesperson Mark Patterson’s Member’s legislation introduced to Parliament last year, which aims to address the power imbalance between farmers and their creditors, ensuring options are explored for farmers in financial distress before banks can take enforcement action.

“The agricultural sector remains the backbone of the New Zealand economy. But the sector faces circumstances out of its control, such as weather events, biosecurity incursions and fluctuations in commodity markets. It is also facing high levels of debt, ballooning from around $11 billion to $63 billion in the past 20 years,” says Mr Patterson.

“This bill is about giving farmers a fair go. It applies not only to those farmers who have defaulted on payments, but also to farmers who have fallen below the required level of equity in their business. It will make sure all options are explored to turn around failing farm businesses.

“The Bill’s passage through first reading represents a major milestone. New Zealand First introduced this type of legislation to Parliament first in 1999, and then again in 2015 and 2018. The issue was also a priority for New Zealand First during coalition negotiations. We could not be more proud to have secured this for our farming community.

“New Zealand First looks forward to hearing from the farming community during the select committee process and to the Bill’s further progression through the House.” says Mr Patterson.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>


NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>



Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>


Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>


Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>


Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>


Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>





InfoPages News Channels