Nicola Toki: troughing with the enemy

A few days ago I posted a story about Nicola Toki and the rank hypocrisy of militant conservationists. Seems apparent that I’m not the only one that detests this bullshit, as a reader emailed Cam the day after:


Why are farmer levies from the Animal Health Board funding treehuggers like Toki, who then slag off farmers or campaign against farming?

Is this not the same Toki who is employed as a ‘Pest Control Education and Advocacy at the AHB?’

She seems keen to take the farmer’s coin to pay for her log burner, much of that coming from dairy her mates at Hook & Bullet (Fish & Game) & Forest & Bird detest.

So I got digging since I couldn’t recall off the top of my head whether or not Toki who says “some of my dearest friends are farmers”  to see what I could come up with:



Now I don’t have a problem with her standing up for what she believes in, good on her. The trouble with that is she sells herself out to trough off those she campaigns against like a cattle tick on a cows arse. You would think out of principle that she wouldn’t work for the Animal Health Board, after all it’s tainted money right? One thing that should be noted is that all the tweets with the exception of the top one (and unsure about the second one) were before she started working stuck her nose in the AHB trough last October. Her criticism of farmers since then has been highly sanitized.

Here are the organisations and companies that fund and assist the Animal Health Board:

  • DairyNZ: DairyNZ is our principal industry funder. It contributes $15.5 million a year from the Milksolids Levy, and a further $8.5 million from its share of the cattle slaughter levy.
  • beef + lamb NZ: The beef sector provides $19 million p.a. from the cattle slaughter levy.
  • Deer Industry New Zealand and NZDFA: The deer sector contributes $1.5 million p.a. from its levies on venison and velvet.
  • Federated Farmers: Federated Farmers is a strategy partner.
  • NZ Government:The government provides approximately $30 million annual funding.
  • Local Government: Regional councils provide a further $6 million.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been directly involved with the dairy farming sector, but having farming in my blood I can sympathize with the reader as to why he might be just a little pissed off about this. Fair enough that she wants clean rivers, but to be bitching about:

  • herbicides (necessary for weed control Nicola, unless of course greenies want to volunteer to remove everything by tool and hand)
  • pesticides, (actually herbicides ARE  pesticides Nicola, Pest Control Education and Advocacy you say? at least I’m qualified )
  • Fertilizers (grows the grass where your wages come from Nicola)
  • income and tax avoidance (wtf does that have to do with water quality?)
  •  highly intensive farming (again, that is where your wages come from)
  • seats on local councils (must be a conspiracy in there somewhere?)
  • high irrigation usage (well yes, alot of farming operations rely on it Nicola)

For someone that just wants clean rivers, she sure has an axe to grind with farmers. Those people that are funding her job. So far Gareth Morgan seems to be the only conservationist that plays nicely on both sides of the fence without being a total hypocrite about it. Toki was bouncing with joy when Gareth started his anti cat campaign, but strangely silent when he blogged about mining which contained this statement:

So how unique is the Denniston Plateau compared to the rest of New Zealand? Those who make claims of the plateau being “priceless” or “irreplaceable” either have no skin in the game (nothing to lose) or find making trade-offs intellectually impossible, so simply advocate abolition of extraction.

Easy for outsiders to oppose something in principle and not get sullied with the choices faced in the real world by those who have to actually go without as a consequence. We suggest they will need to keep chaining themselves to trees to make their point. When they come down they may find that everyone else has left the country in search of a job. – source

Brilliant stuff from Morgan, who doesn’t seem to have his head buried firmly in the sand in all matters environmental.

I hope our resident farmer cows4me doesn’t read this post, keyboards will be sacrificed.

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