[17 August/The Country]

The NAIT Amendment Bill introduced by the Government last Thursday, and passed under urgency makes rushed changes to the Act which should concern farmers according to National Agriculture Spokesperson, Nathan Guy. The Bill changes the NAIT Act to allow for warrantless inspections of farms, clarifies animal movement requirements, and makes it an offence not to record animal movements. Mr Guy said he was annoyed the bill didn’t go to a select committee and was instead rushed through all stages of Parliament. Both DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand were in support of the changes. Mr Guy noted he wasn’t sure they had read the details of the Bill. The National Party agreed there needed to be changes to NAIT, however thought the changes went too far.