NZ Farmer - Reaction to environment plans announced in Speech from the Throne

NZ Farmer - Reaction to environment plans announced in Speech from the Throne

South Island industries are urging the new Government to hear them out before finalising environmental policies they fear could cost the economy dearly.

In her speech at the opening of Parliament, Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy said there would be legally binding carbon emission targets, no new taxpayer money for irrigation, a shift towards "sustainable" farming such as forestry, and no new mines on conservation land.

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Newsroom - Why farmers are breathing a sigh of relief

Newsroom - Why farmers are breathing a sigh of relief

Farmers are first and foremost businesspeople who like certainty - something which was in woefully short supply in this election campaign, writes Canterbury dairy farmer Craig Hickman

I imagine there was a collective sigh of relief from farmers up and down the country at about 11pm on Saturday night. I imagine this because that was my reaction, and I milk 1000 cows on the outskirts of Ashburton on an irrigated farm. The relief was tinged with shock at the loss of the Māori Party, who was the only other party in consideration for my vote, and disappointment that New Zealand First would once again hold the balance of power.

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NZ Farmer - Federated Farmers voice concerns over Labour water levy but expect the party to be 'pragmatic'

NZ Farmer - Federated Farmers voice concerns over Labour water levy but expect the party to be 'pragmatic'

South Canterbury Federated Farmers president Mark Adams said he believed some of the promises coming out from political parties were "not as informed as they could have been", and he expected if Labour did get into power they would be more "pragmatic" about water rules. 

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