Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw are giving themselves most of their first term of Parliament to try to build a Climate Commission and a Zero Carbon Act with bi-partisan support. National is open to it. Bernard Hickey reports.Read More
New Zealand might be close to “peak cow”, the new Agriculture Minister says.
Damien O’Connor tells Newsroom dairying in this country has a “very positive future”, but “we may have got close to the maximum number of cows”.Read More
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.
I have been coping with a major dose of what I will call "the layman's dilemma" - who do I believe? In the last few months a number of reports have collided on my desk. They say different things about the same general topic – soil health, soil productivity and land degradation.Read More
Political strategist Mark Blacham argues that agriculture may well be the focus of political polarisation under the new government. He asks: Is there a chance that the new Parliament will end the urban-rural divide depicted in politics and media?Read More
The votes are in and the dust is settling from a dramatic election campaign that see-sawed back and forth. After storming back in the final fortnight National won on the night and notwithstanding the 384,000 special votes still to be counted, it will be the biggest party by a comfortable margin.Read More
One fallout from politicians on the election campaign trail kicking agriculture around as a political football is that lots of city folk have been left with the belief that the rural environment is in a sorry state.Read More
The election campaign might be over but some of the important issues raised are not going to go away unless we as a nation address them.
Debates of importance are debates worth having and they include concerns raised by the public about this country's farming practices.Read More
"Federated Farmers is ready to work with any government. We are an advocacy organisation for farmers, it is our job to work with all government, and opposition, representatives," Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says.Read More
Who among us was not transfixed, if that is the appropriate word, by the pre-election spectacle of Waikato farmers assembling in the hometown of the Labour leader for a bout of Jacinda Ardern-bashing?Read More