Has Winston sold out NZ First to Federated Farmers?

The MP for Wogistan, Richard Prosser, has been running a lot of the Federated Farmers lines in the last few weeks.

We called him out for promoting the dodgy socialist dam.

Now he is running Federated Farmers lines on the RMA, a piece of legislation that may be screwed but it has been in place for over two decades and everyone knows the rules.

Political pressure is mounting on National MPs to make changes to the Resource Management Act following the prosecution of a Waikato farmer’s company. New Zealand First primary industries spokesman Richard Prosser labelled the decision to fine farmer Bas Nelis’ company $16,875 a “mad council decision”.

Nelis was nailed with the fine a week ago by the Environment Court for unlawful use of land and disturbing the river bed when he tried to carry out work to plant native trees.

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Nelis came under fire from the council after he used a digger to clear willow and privet from a gully system, so it could be replanted with native trees.   

The digger caused disturbance to the banks and discharged dirt into the stream, which was previously almost completely clogged by noxious plants.

Regional council chief executive Vaughan Payne said response to the case had been “pretty frustrating, from our perspective”.

“It’s disappointing to see political pressure being applied in a case that’s still before the courts.” While Nelis’ company, Hold the Gold, pleaded guilty and had been prosecuted, a case involving a contractor on the job is still in the court system.

 

Maybe in Wogistan you don’t have to follow rules if you don’t want to.

In New Zealand you do.

And Winston is smart enough to realise that prying money out of farmers is near impossible, and from Federated farmers it is a waste of time even trying.

Then again he has hired the ex Fed Farmers spin doctor to aid in his office.

 

– Fairfax

 


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  • Cadwallader

    The Libz repeatedly advocated “droning a state through the heart of the RMA. ” I fail to see why not to this day.

    • Mike Webber

      I agree, the RMA is probably the best bit of pure fascism in the world today and provides no enviromental protection at all.

  • Lance Ralph

    The RMA is a machine for arriving at the worst possible outcome. The machine is operated by power-crazed misanthropes.

  • Jimmie

    Nah, you’ve taken the wrong line on this one WO.

    This prosecution is the RMA equivalent of the 1km/hr speed limit tolerance debacle.

    Was this guy pouring industrial/animal waste directly into the stream?

    No he wasn’t.

    He was clearing noxious weeds from the river bank (Why hadn’t the Regional Council done this – this is their obligation.) so that he could riparian plant with native trees.

    This is what the greens have been harping on about for years as the answer for cleaning rivers up.

    So the WRC comes along and prosecutes him for being a careful and conscientious land owner.

    Why? What public interest is there in allowing noxious weeds to grow unchecked along river banks? And as for the line that dirt was discharged into the stream – this is nonsense. Metric tonnes of silt get discharged into streams every time it floods – I can’t imagine a few crumbs of topsoil would cause too much damage.

    This is seriously why the RMA is flawed and outdated – the greens and the bureaucrats are in control (out of control) and common sense is taking its last breath.

    • taurangaruru

      By all accounts he had spent a fortune over the years rehabilitating his property, & this is the reward. Bunch of puffed up bureaucrats throw the book at him. Like to see the same fines dished out to every urban householder each time their council discharges their sewage into the waterways.

    • stanman

      I TOTALLY AGREE
      This ridiculous fine does nothing.It is a complete joke.A complete and utter joke.
      Some pencil carrying clipboard operating prat lands this guy in court for doing the right thing..
      From now on all noxious weeds and blocked waterways on my boundary(river) will be reported to WRC and THEY will be held account for clearing it in a fashion that does not create ANY sediment discharge-good luck with that.
      Many good farmers will have seen this fine and the pathetic WRC approach and will now do nothing due to fear of the same happening to them.
      The RMA did nothing to help this landowner,the regional council claimed their hands were tied-just a pathetic turn of events from a gutless,spineless bureaucracy

    • cows4me

      Careful Jimmie you’ll ruin a good beat up.

  • Michelle

    So sad he was a nice guy trying to do his bit for the environment, someone trying to help the environment gets more than a criminal now how does that work?
    l can understand if they are putting effluent into a stream but improving the water quality?

    Here are a few others views on it

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Community/MessageBoard/Messages.aspx?id=1505482&topic=24

  • JimmyFreedom

    While this does sound ridiculous, I would be very careful to judge before hearing the other side of the story as I am sure there is more to it.
    It would not surprise me if the farmer was trying to claim some of the public river bed and by planting some trees thought that would be alright.

    • JimmyFreedom

      Willow is used for flood protection and is planted by the council.
      If natives were more effective at it, I’m sure the council would be using them already. Destroying this could be very annoying and costly for the council.

      • Backdoor

        If willow are so useful for flood protection why are Councils removing the willows they planted in the 1980’s? May I suggest they have found that willows contribute to flooding by blocking the waterways.

        • Michelle

          Oh yes willows are very good at blocking waterways
          As a teenager l spent days one summer holiday hauling a snig chain as we pulled out willow from the totally blocked creek they were all over the place,
          they just grow from any small twig and then lay all over the creek putting out more roots and are good at blocking up culverts as well

          • kehua

            You have got it one Michelle, biggest offender in the North Island was the Waikato Valley Authority, in the early 1970`s fenced off just about every natural waterway in the Central North Is and planted Poplars using PEP labour gangs, by the late 80`s they were reaching optimum age and falling across the very streams the were meant to protect. The timber had no value to compensate the cost of removal and there are several well documented riverblowouts that poured tons of pumice and rubble into Lakes and river systems.

        • JimmyFreedom

          Well obviously if they are in the waterway they are a flood problem but they still actively plant them along side waterways. Sure, in places they may need removing.

  • Vlad

    Have to be with Jimmie on this one.

    I have been following this story and the farmer who has copped the fine is a caring person who has put a lot of work into creating riparian barriers, looking after waterways and conserving areas of native bush.

    The problem appears to be Councils who apply the rigid letter of the RMA to demand fees for plans; fees for inspecting plans; fees for submitted changed plans; fees for inspecting works, and penalties when someone trips over a loophole.

    One well-based comment on this circumstance was the remark that it can cost more to pay the RMA/Council fees than it costs to fix the waterway.

    To add to this heresy, STUFF website often carries pretty good journalism down the bottom of their website under the Farming banner. Far be it from me to give the MSM a tick, but they seem to have a couple of real journalists who cover this round for Fairfax.

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