Posts tagged "Labour"

Fuel tax to increase healthy food prices

[28 June/Rural News] The Regional Fuel Tax introduced by Labour this week has caused confusion in the horticulture sector. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said the tax did not have an exemption system for off-road behind the farm gate vehicles and machinery. He added 441 fruit and vegetable growers in Auckland would be...

Rural med school pledge at risk

[6 March/Rural News] The withholding of $4.5 million that was pledged to help set up a Waikato rural medical school was prompted by short-sightedness and political game-playing by the new government. Philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn pledged the gift for a Waikato medical school with the primary focus of community healthcare in high need communities. Mr...

MPI escapes the knife

[19 December/Rural News] Labour has reviewed its initial plan to split the Ministry for Primary Industries into a series of separate agencies for Fisheries, Forestry, Biosecurity and Food Safety instead looking to undertake a reorganisation to create a series of portfolio entities for these activities under the MPI umbrella. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, notes that...

Government starts down pathway to net pathway to net zero emissions by 2050

[19 December/NZ Herald] The Labour led collation government has confirmed that a new climate change law will be implemented in 2018 that will bind governments to carbon targets and set New Zealand on a path to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Prime Minister Ardern announced a public consultation process to kick off in...

Farmers want say in government’s tax review

[24 November/ Radio NZ] Former Labour Finance Minister, Michael Cullen would chair from February 2018, with the group is calling for someone with an agri-sector background to join him. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard said the tax working group needed someone that understood the industry to ensure farmer representation, especially if issues such as...

New Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor warns of threat to primary industries

[30 October/Stuff] New Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor warns that an environmental and sustainability clean-up of our rural sector is necessary to maintain our presence in high-value markets and that disruption is upon us. Mr O’Connor, who is the Labour electorate MP for West Coast-Tasman, said his big push for the first term of the new...

MPI split won’t affect ‘done and dusted’ salmon farms, says NZKS

[29 October/Stuff] New Zealand King Salmon Chief Executive Grant Rosewarne confirmed the new Labour-led government and subsequent disbanding of the Ministry of Primary Industries would not affect the planned reallocation of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. The proposal, announced last January, sought to move six salmon farms from low flow to high flow sites...

Climate change action a winner in coalition deal

[24 October/New Zealand Herald] A deal just signed between Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First confirm climate change policy will play a role in our government moving forward. The parties have agreed to introduce a new Zero Carbon Act and launch a new independent Climate Commission. There remained a question mark over whether agriculture...

Labour’s proposed water tax on farmers to be scrapped

[20 October/New Zealand Herald] Speaking on Morning Report this morning, Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern signalled that Labour would scrap its proposed water tax on farmers as part of its agreement with New Zealand First. She said that the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters felt very strong on the irrigation tax and that the new...

National’s ‘boldest-ever’ trade policy just a wishlist: Labour

[22 August/NZ Herald] National has released its trade policy in advance of the election, which it claims will unlock potential in markets with 2.5 billion people. Trade Minister, Todd McClay, said the package was the boldest ever trade push in the country’s history and contrasts starkly with Labour’s recent opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership....

Majority of NZers support charging for water – survey

[16 August/Radio New Zealand Country] An online survey run by Water New Zealand and attracting 5,000 respondents suggests that 77% of people believe that agriculture and horticulture should be charged for water. The survey found that 89% of people believed that water bottlers should pay a charge for water while 59% believe all water users...

Taxing farmers ‘into oblivion’ will only set the environment back, says Stephen Joyce

[13 August/Stuff News] Discussing Labour’s proposal to introduce a new water tax, Finance Minister Stephen Joyce said on TVNZ’s Q&A programme that he could see water quality going backwards under Labour’s plans as farmers would be too broke to invest in the environment. Labour’s royalty fee on water bottlers and farmers using irrigation water will...

Farmer hits out at both National and Labour water policies as bad for farming

[10 August/ Stuff] Canterbury Farmer John Ridgen said National’s water policy is as much of a threat to his business as Labour’s and would be lost without use of water from the Central Plains Water (CPW) scheme. Mr Ridgen said if water charges or other constraints became too onerous, he would have to convert to...

Doctors need connection to rural areas – Clark

[10 August/ NZ Herald] Labour’s Health Spokesperson David Clark says more effort should be made to encourage medical professionals to work in rural areas. Mr Clark said it was not uncommon for rural areas to struggle to find GPs, and nearly half the GP workforce is due to retire in the next ten years, so...

ExportNZ sounds warning over Labour, Greens, NZ First coalition government

 [7 July/ National Business Review] ExportNZ is concerned that New Zealand’s trade landscape will deteriorate if New Zealand First, Labour and the Greens form a coalition government after the election. Ms Beard said uncertainty regarding NZ’s trade future became apparent after Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Labour has argued it is...

Dairy farms targeted in labour infringements probe

[17 September/ Dairy News] Labour Inspectorate Regional Manager, Natalie Gardiner said dairy farmers who failed to keep written employment agreements or time records could expect to receive a sharp shock as the Labour Inspectorate launched a nationwide investigation into compliance in the industry. Six farmers had already received infringement notices of $1,000 or $2,000 for...

MPs break ranks on TPP

[28 January/ NZ Herald] Labour MP’s, Phil Goff and David Shearer have declared their support for the Trans Pacific Partnership, and could cross the floor of parliament to vote in favour of the deal. Former Labour Prime Minister, Helen Clark has also backed the deal. Labour has joined the campaign to oppose the deal on...

Watchdog told to stand up to big business

[5 December/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] ANZ reached an $18.5 million settlement on December 3 with the Commerce Commission and the Financial Markets Authority over the sale of complex swap loans to farmers between 2005 and 2009. The average payout to farmers of approximately $100,000 each is short of the losses suffered by some farmers....

Countdown happy at being exonerated under Commerce Commission inquiry

[20 November 2014/ National Business Review] Progressive Enterprises Managing Director, Dave Chambers said he felt exonerated by the outcome of a Commerce Commission inquiry into anti-competitive behaviour by Countdown, which was initiated by former Labour Party MP, Shane Jones who accused the chain of bullying behaviour against New Zealand suppliers. However, the Commerce Commission warned...

Need for independent food safety agency: O’Connor

[17 October/ Rural News Group] The Labour Party Food Safety spokesperson, Damian O’Connor said that the Ministry for Primary Industries’ release of ESR’s initial reports regarding the source of the stomach bug which affected 127 people was too late, and that it should have been released as soon has it had carried out the investigation....

Labour upset Govt funding Fed Farmers

[7 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Labour Party primary industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor, said that the farming lobby group Federated Farmers, which attacked the Labour and Green party policies in the run up to the elections, received over $200,000 of Government funding over the past few years, and compared it to a political bribe. Mr...

Fears many AgResearch staff leaving

[25 July/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Labour MP for Dunedin North, David Clark said that he believes AgResearch has lost over 10 percent of its workforce since the announcement of its controversial Future Footprint restructuring plans, and said that the percentage could be as high as 20. He highlighted that based on feedback he has...

All colours green at conference

[7 July/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Prime Minister John Key, Labour Party leader David Cunliffe, Green Party leader Russel Norman and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters all acknowledged that agriculture was the backbone of the New Zealand economy, but it’s future is dependent on good animal welfare and the environmental performance of the industry, at...

All party colours flying at Fieldays

[14 June/ NZ Farmer] The 2014 Fieldays was attended by the spectrum of political parties intending to win the rural vote in the upcoming election. The Prime Minister, John Key attended the opening day of the event and mingled with the crowd. Labour party leader, David Cunliffe said that it was not necessary to have...