Time to force farmers that have stolen public land to restore it and hand it back

A regional council report details the widespread conversions, called agricultural encroachment, between 1990 and 2012.

The encroachments took place on the margins, or berm lands, of 24 of the region’s braided rivers – described by the report as “internationally and nationally significant”.

“They are a defining characteristic of the region’s landscape and… critical habitat for remaining indigenous biodiversity,” the report said.

The river banks were crucial to that ecosystem, and provided a natural floodplain, it said.

But in the 22 years from 1990, 11,630 hectares of that riparian zone was converted for intensive agricultural use.

I’m not too thrilled about this.  Apart from the obvious, it has created access issues for the public and it has removed large flood mitigation buffer zones.   Read more »

Rural Road Lice busted


What makes farmers so special? Isn’t that what banks are for?

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy will meet with drought-stricken farmers today, to announce an extension of support.

Despite recent rain, many farmers are still struggling and worried about coming conditions.

“The rain is great for boosting moral, it’s great for getting crops started, however it doesn’t take too many days of a warm, dry wind to get us back to ground zero,” says Federated Farmers Otago president Phill Hunt.

Farmers are now having to make some difficult decisions, he says.

“A number of farmers that I’ve spoken to are beginning to sell capital stock just in preparation of the coming winter. They’ve used their reserves over the last 12 months and realised now it’s too late to build anything up.”

Mr Hunt says if they don’t get more rain, the next few months will be particularly difficult. Read more »

Cry Baby of the Week


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I’ve been waiting all week in case a better one came up but this week’s cry baby really takes the cake.

A transgender shopper claims she was ridiculed by an assistant while trying on shorts at a department store in Auckland.

Mary Haddock-Staniland was at the Botany branch of Farmers with a friend yesterday. But while in a female changing room, she overheard a shop assistant ask colleagues if it was okay to let “half-man, half-woman” in.

Mrs Haddock-Staniland said the staff member was rude from the start, laughed at her and repeated her slurs to other customers.

“The way she singled me out made me feel as if I shouldn’t be there … I’m disgusted, I’m a strong transgender advocate in the community.”

Mary Haddock-Staniland is a cry baby.

She has chosen to live like that and her personal choices have put staff in places like Farmers in an invidious position. Presumably she is still physically a man, though we can’t possibly know from the breathless reporting of outrage. But Farmers staff are supposed to know this and let a man change in a female changing room? Try that at the swimming baths and see how you get on.   Read more »

As night follows day

As I portended in my article on the drought yesterday, the probability of the electricity generators threatening price increases and famers going on the bludge is more or less one.

Hydro lake levels are falling and wholesale power prices rising as drought threatens in parts of the country.

The country’s biggest hydro generator, Meridian, said its Lake Pukaki storage was just below average, at 94 per cent, and Lakes Manapouri and Te Anau were in the middle of the main normal range.

“We are comfortable with the current situation. As always, we are keeping a close eye on conditions,” a spokesman said.

Meridian’s operating report for December shows its inflows last month were 81 per cent of average.

In its main Waitaki catchment, storage dropped from 99 per cent of average to 91 per cent during the month. Inland eastern areas of the South Island have been particularly dry.

Mighty River Power said that while industry-wide national storage was 93 per cent of average, storage at Lake Taupo, which feeds its Waikato River network of stations, was above average.

Transpower has oversight of the electricity system and says that while there had been a fall in storage to below average in the South Island, the risk of shortages over the next eight to 10 weeks remains low.

Let’s recap:  wholesale prices are rising because of the drought, yet the lakes are all just a smidgen below average, and the big bosses are all ‘comfortable’.

With a lake at 9% under average, they are “predicting” big trouble 10 weeeks from now.  10 weeks, because two and a half months sounds too long, and that nearly takes us into April.

There is exactly zero need to put electricity prices up.

At the same time the climate alarmists are all moaning about the drought, but last week they were moaning about dairy prices slumping because of global warming.  What do you think will happen to dairy prices if the drought continues?


– Grant Bradley, NZ Herald

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 should pay the True Costs of Pollution


So far no farmer or farmer representative has been willing to provide an un-edit post on why farmers should be given a free right to pollute.

To give some economic context to the nitrogen health issue, a high producing Canterbury dairy farm under irrigation leaches 130 kilograms of nitrogen for every hectare, every year.   Read more »


Mayor Miccio is at it again.

It looks like the ratbag Mayor of Nelson, Aldo Miccio, is donkey deep in some murky dealings and it is causing an outcry amongst the locals.

Nelson property developers and owners have poured scorn on the city council’s plans to sell prime space for a large retail development.

Other organisations and individuals are outraged and astonished at plans to sell Wakatu Square car park land to an Auckland developer for a new Farmers retail store at a “bargain rate”. They appeared in force at a hearing in Nelson yesterday which was marked by legal threats and calls to explain the haste over the deal.

Meanwhile, retail chain Farmers is fighting to keep the city on side as it does not want to see its best opportunity for growth in Nelson drowned by public reaction.

The council announced last month the proposed sale of 3056 square metres of land in Wakatu Square for a retail development by Auckland based developer Windermere Holdings for a new Farmers store.

The council weighed up four options, but proposes one: Selling the public land to Windermere for a Farmers store, at a price of just over $2 million based on rateable value.  Read more »

Typical Bloody Farmers

They whinge that we are having a drought, now they are whinging that the rain is falling in the wrong place.

The heavy downpours which have brought flooding to parts of Auckland and Wellington have not hit farming areas most desperate for rain, Federated Farmers says.

The wild weather left more than 1000 homes without power in Auckland last night, and the deluge reportedly blew out manhole covers on some Wellington roads.

But Federated Farmers adverse events spokeswoman Katie Milne said while the rain had broken the drought in most parts of the country, the exceptions were the areas which had been affected the longest.  Read more »

National Giving a hand out to bludging Farmers

New Zealand’s biggest bludgers, farmers, are on the bludge again and David Carter’s final gift to them is a $80m free water bludge.

Today, Primary Industries Minister David Carter announced $80 million will be invested in a new Crown company to act as a bridging investor for regional water infrastructure development.

The company will be a minority investor in any development project and the Government expects to consider the first proposal within the next twelve months.

“New Zealand naturally has plenty of water – this is about managing the resources for the economy and the environment,” says Minister Carter.

“Reliable irrigation represents a major step in unlocking economic potential for New Zealand, having our tradable sectors growing strongly, and delivering on the Government’s economic growth goals.”

National is working hard to build an economy which is more competitive and productive. Find out more about our plan to build a stronger economy here.

Skeptics will wonder whether ROI will be considered when making investments, and if a loss is made who will be held responsible or if the government will just sweep losses under the carpet.

Funding farmers is a dumb thing for National to do because farmers aren’t swing voters, and after many decades of backing farmers New Zealand’s economy has gone consistently backwards.