The Labour Party have pledged $100M to start buying back New Zealand’s electricity generation assets.
The National Party will do this with the same money:
A re-elected National-led Government will spend $100 million over 10 years to buy and retire selected areas of farmland next to important waterways to create an environmental buffer that helps improve water quality.
National will also introduce a mandatory requirement to exclude dairy cattle from waterways.
Nationalâ€™s Environment Spokeswoman, Amy Adams, and Primary Industries spokesman Nathan Guy made the announcement at the Waituna Lagoon in Southland with Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key today.
â€śNew Zealandâ€™s freshwater makes us an incredibly lucky country. We have over 400,000 kilometres of rivers and more than 4,000 lakes,â€ť Ms Adams says.
â€śNew Zealandâ€™s water is among the very best in the world and we want to keep it that way. These are the next steps in our considered and sensible plan to continual improvements in freshwater quality.
â€śWe are particularly committed to improving the quality of our freshwater and have made a number of key decisions that previous governments have put in the too-hard basket.
â€śThis Government has introduced national standards for freshwater to safeguard it for future generations,â€ť Ms Adams says. â€śThat new framework will give communities around the country the tools to maintain and improve the quality of their lakes and rivers.
â€śTo continue this progress, the next National-led Government will invest $100 million over 10 years to further enhance the quality of freshwater through a targeted fund to buy and retire areas of farmland next to waterways.
â€śThis fund will give councils another option to help manage freshwater by enabling these sensitive areas to be retired for environmental purposes,â€ť says Ms Adams.
National will also introduce a requirement to exclude dairy cattle from waterways by 1 July 2017, and will work with industry to exclude other cattle from waterways over time on intensively farmed lowland properties, says Ms Adams.
Awesome. Â Clean waterways are great for many reasons, and not just so you can take a skinny dip. Â As policies go, I think this is a winner. Â But that’s just me, what do you think the next government should spend $100M on? Â Read more »