Morrinsville farmers to protest the Traitor in their midst

Waikato farming leaders are rallying their rural reserves for a protest against what they call “continued attacks” on rural New Zealand in Labour leader Jacinda Ardern’s home town of Morrinsville.

The protest on September 18 is being organised by Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president Andrew McGiven and Morrinsville farmer Lloyd Downing.

McGiven said farmers were tired at being made a scapegoat by politicians looking to score political points in the leadup to the election.

You’d be forgiven for thinking Farmers were the root of all of New Zealand’s evil.  The Labour party left no stone unturned to turn the country’s primary sector into the bogey man.  

“It’s a good reason to hold it in Morrinsville because it’s systematic of a rural service town. If there’s a downturn in the primary sector, towns like Morrinsville will follow in three or four months.”

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Every dollar that was earned inside the farmgate lifted to about $8 once it was exported and it was towns such as Morrinsville that would suffer if these proposed taxes went ahead, he said.

“What I want it to be is a show of unity and support for farmers for all of those issues. The problems we are facing as a rural community are a whole of community problem, not just farmers. We’re asking farmers to show up in force.”

Morrinsville farmer Lloyd Downing said farmers and farming communities were not punching bags for urban politicians.

“The lack of fairness, and consistency in some of the proposed policies, and the laying of blame solely at the feet of rural New Zealand for all of our environmental challenges is what is frustrating farmers – particularly when it is well known that the most polluted waterways are in urban catchments.

Nothing like having your own home town’s future looking like crap because you want to be Prime Minister at any cost.

There’s a week and a bit to go.  The gloss may finally be coming off that smile.


– Stuff


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