Cheap farms for sale, and not a Chinese buyer in sight

Farmers from southern provinces are moving to Northland to take advantage of the comparatively cheap dairy farms on offer there, according to real estate agency Bayleys.

In the past 18 months, $20 million of Northland dairy farms had been sold to Waikato, King Country, Taranaki, Canterbury, and Westland farmers moving into the province, and the trend was accelerating, Bayleys’ Northland rural manager Tony Grindle said.

Grindle said dairy farming in Northland was undergoing the biggest shake-up in more than 50 years thanks to interest shown from outside the province by both corporates and families.

Isn’t it strange that New Zealanders are buying New Zealand farms?  I thought we were being priced out of our own market by overseas buyers?

Another NZ First/Green/Labour election myth busted.   Read more »

David Cunliffe’s ongoing lies and deception


Yesterday David Cunliffe spent an hour on NewstalkZB with Tim Fookes.

I listened so you didn’t have to. It was dreadful but the amount of times David Cunliffe ‘mis-spoke’ or deliberately lied was incredible.

Take his claims on capital gains tax and his attack on farming.

David Cunliffe attacks farmers and lies about CGT David Cunliffe NewstalkZB. "David Cunliffe attacks farmers and lies about CGT"

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Two wrongs don’t make a right, clean up all our water

One excuse that bludging ratbag farmers use for allowing their cows to shit in the rivers and waterways is that towns are discharging effluent too and so therefore under the kindergarten logic they use they should be allowed to continue to pollute our waterways.

Here is one such example.

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Bludging farmers behind New Zealand’s top public concern

Rachel Young reports

Water issues are top of Kiwi minds when asked what the most important problem facing the country’s environment is.

The triennial Public Perceptions of New Zealand’s Environment: 2013 survey found water-related issues were perceived to be the most important problem facing the environment.

Respondents indicated that growth in production and consumption, as well as an intensification of activities including farming and forestry were putting increasing pressure on the environment.

Rivers, lakes, and groundwater were the worst-managed environments mainly because of negative perceptions concerning the management of farm effluent and runoff.

Until farming shoulders the true operating cost, and stops handing it off to the rest of us as a time bomb to be dealt with later, they are essentially corporate welfare recipients.   Read more »

Hosking on Goff’s idiot bill

Mike Hosking is brutal on Monday mornings, today he gave Phil Goff a good hard kicking.

So what does Phil Goff’s Rural Land Sales Bill really mean if you own rural land? It means you’re in trouble.

Phil doesn’t seem to understand the global economy. Phil is trading on xenophobia. Because it’s not really about foreign ownership, it’s about Asian ownership. they just don’t say that because that might be racist.

The real foreign land owners in this country ironically aren’t Asian. They’re Brits and Australians. But they don’t look so different so they don’t attract attention.

But back to the farmer who owns the land…where’s his investment? In his business, it’s his income, his retirement, his legacy, all he has in the world is in his land. If he’s a dairy farmer, he makes a fortune for the country, and he does that by making products better than anyone else and allowing him to sell that product to the world for high prices.

He is a player in the global market. Ironic then that if he ever came to sell that land, the land that made the country so much money, that he would be restricted as to who he sold it to.

And what’s he supposed to do under Phil’s law when he puts his farm on the market, and he wants $3 million for it, and no one locally wants to buy it, and the person who does want to buy it is from Gosford in New South Wales, or Natucket in America? Or, god forbid, Shanghai in China?

Is his farm worth the $3 million the foreigners are prepared to pay, or nothing he’s been offered locally. The moment you make the local market the only market is the moment you watch the value of that farm plummet. And when it plummets, the ability to borrow and work that land diminishes with it.

How Phil doesn’t see that is beyond me. But he doesn’t, and the fact he doesn’t should be a warning to us all.  Read more »

Seeing as there are lots of farming questions lately

Questions for Farmers, Ctd


Farmers always get sooky when they are called bludging ratbags for wanting a free right to pollute, and not to pay the full cost their business incurs. I want to explore why this is, and give farmers a chance to defend their bludging.

One of the most perplexing parts of this bludging is the “Two wrong make a Right” bludge. Farmers always come back with town sewerage pollutes waterways too – and that means they should be allowed to pollute.  Read more »


Questions for Farmers?


This website and my views are staunchly right-wing. The media loves to use that term thinking it is an insult…it isn’t.

I believe in free markets, that subsidies are evil, and that costs should fall on the costs of businesses that incur them.

Yet every time a post about bludging farming ratbags who want to get huge hand outs or make a private profit by socialising the costs the commenter’s in this blog start making all sorts of attacks on me and people who promote legitimate right-wing, free market thinking.  Read more »


A pretty average editorial

Given the Southland Times broke the Israeli non-spy story after the Christchurch earthquake, that turned out to be just freaked out students wanting to get home fast , you can say it is one of the less high-brow among our nose-diving fourth estate.  There wasn’t much mention of the damage this accusative did to our ‘100% Pure Brand’ in Israel, or among Israeli Americans.

Now we all know that Fairfax, like the Horrid, only employs ’decent journalists, trained and skilled’.  Well today’s “A pretty average editorial” shows some true ‘genius’. There’s unintended irony for you.

“A pretty average editorial” gets the Campbell Jive violins out right at the start:

“The average New Zealand business with a turnover greater than $700,000 a year spends 21 per cent of it on wages. The dairy industry, just 7 per cent.”

You can see where this is heading.  Those nasty dairy farmers need to employ a lot more people so they can have shit productivity as, I don’t know , a provincial newspaper based in Southland:  Read more »

A good point

Ele Ludemann raises a good point at Homepaddock.

Why is the state still farming?

The nationwide drought has reduced Landcorp’s earnings by $12.3 million.

The company would break even for the year, though a change in the weather could alter that, chief executive Chris Kelly said yesterday.

However, the Government’s expectation of a year-end dividend would not be met. . . .

Landcorp is an SOE with about $1.6 billion of assets yet won’t be paying a dividend.

Why is the state still farming?

The company shouldn’t be sold as a whole but it should gradually sell its 122 farms and free up the capital for use in other assets which are core government business.  Read more »