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MEDIA RELEASE & ARTICLES
16-Feb-14
High Payout Risk for Some   by Bill Guest
While the press headlines ‘Fonterra farmers rejoice’ over the third increase this season in the milk price forecast to $8.30 a kilogram of milk solids, the increased payout forecast has caused some banks to put pressure on their farmer clients to put their farms up for sale, due to their high debt loadings.
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16-Feb-14
We are fragile - Neil Armstrong   by Bill Guest
With farmers suffering the driest droughts in 38 years throughout New Zealand, severe flooding in Australia, earthquakes and flooding in China, sub-zero temperatures in the United States, one could be forgiven in thinking that maybe the world is suffering from man-made actions that are causing severe climate changes. There are even proponents who state that the world weather patterns are controlled by nations that have the science to doso.
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09-Jan-13
Leading Environmental Activist’s Confession: I Was Wrong To Oppose GMO's   by Editor
Mark Lynas is a British author, journalist and environmental activist who was partly responsible for the worldwide condemnation of the use of genetically modified products in the mid-nineties has done a remarkable about face stating he got it totally wrong. Listen to his speech!
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07-Mar-12
Owen McShane Dies Suddenly   by Ian Walker
Owen McShane died suddenly yesterday morning. Owen had suffered from heart problems and had undergone a major heart operation some time ago and was in poor health but died suddenly. Owen was a great intellect and if his ideas had been accepted by mainstream New Zealand we all would have been better off both environmentally and economically. He will be missed
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17-Jul-11
Stop the Meddling and Start the Doing!   by Ian Walker
It seems no one in government is prepared to make hard decisions and lead. We have become a nation of planners and report writers rather than doers. Local government are required to prepare annual plans and go through a consultation process that is so resource hungry and time consuming that by the time it is completed its time to start the next one.
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23-Feb-10
Kaipara District Plan a mess   by Editor
Farmers of New Zealand along with our membership represent approximately 6,000 individuals opposed to a plan produced by Mayor Neil Tiller and his Council. We have called for a Commissioner to be appointed. The Kaipara District Council should be sacked for incompetence
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25-Jan-10
Brakes on Economy - Government   by Ian Walker
The only real enemy of inflation is productivity and this is one of the few tools in the cupboard that we seem reluctant to use. In fact we actively ensure the most productive are penalised. Our politicians, at both local and central level, are at pains to make a mess of things. They continue to act in ways that reduce or curb the individual’s ability to be bold. Apart from our elite athletes’, who we expect to win at the highest level, barriers are placed in front of our elite entrepreneurs and innovators.
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30-Jun-09
To Merge or Not to Merge   by David Barber*
To this day, we have yet to find a single merged municipality anywhere in Canada which outperformed its predecessors. And, from our discussions with those who have investigated mergers in the U.S., the experience has been much the same.
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15-Jun-09
Can we Afford to Close Down our Agricultural Enterprises?   by Owen McShane
We have a strange situation where councils set their cannons against rural residential subdivisions on the grounds that they remove farmland from productive use, but then support those same rural residential landowners when they move to close down some of the most productive agricultural activities in the country.
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15-Jun-09
The Political Outcomes of Large Amalgamations   by Editor
In Auckland the proposed Auckland Super-City was first driven by the political left, but has now been adopted by the centre right. It was not an issue driven by the people of Auckland.
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15-Jun-09
The Political Outcomes of Large Amalgamations   by Editor
In Auckland the proposed Auckland Super-City was first driven by the political left, but has now been adopted by the centre right. It was not an issue driven by the people of Auckland.
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15-Jun-09
A New Brand For New Zealand
There is a lot of nonsense talked about in the climate change debate. Not so much that we have added to atmospheric carbon because there is little doubt that globally we have. The real concerns are about the political response that has been less than objective. In a submission to the Select Committee considering Emission Trading the following was suggested.
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22-Jun-08
Rural Affairs Commissioner Needed   by Ian Walker
Politician’s talk about defending property rights and then weaken them. They promise to reduce compliance costs and red tape and immediately increase them. They support research and development but expect others to actually pay for it, and they promise investment in rural infrastructure but never get around to doing it.
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22-Jun-08
Emergency Helicopters Poorly Funded   by Ian Walker
When central government decided to downsize or remove rural hospitals emergency transport to distant hospitals was assured. The reality was very different.
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27-Mar-08
Government Provides RMA Hearings Commissioners Poor Advice   by Ian Walker
Over the next few months local government councillors will attend refresher courses aimed at improving their ability to make good decisions when hearing Resource Consent applications. Such a programme is welcomed because there continues to be a need for those hearing applications to operate in an objective and professional manner and in the past this has not always been the case.
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26-Mar-08
Climate Change Minister Grilled For Answers   by Ian Walker
The New Zealand government has stated climate change is real and must be addressed and is planning to spend billions towards carbon neutrality. But, have they done their homework? If it was your money would you invest in a scheme without serious due diligence? We have asked the questions that need to be asked.
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25-Mar-08
Déjà vu for sheep and beef farmers   by Ian Walker
Industry leaders go around in circles as the industry burns. We have heard it all before and the industry never seems to learn from its mistakes.
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