Greens wonky maths

We all want clean rivers, no argument there, but the Green’s plan for charging is fiscally unsustainable:

Alexandra-based Ibbotson Cooney accountant George Collier said the Greens’ policy was “crazy”, while Central Otago Mayor and irrigation scheme manager Tony Lepper described it as “a joke”.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman launched the three-part policy, aimed at cleaning up the country’s rivers and lakes, on Sunday.

A “fair charge” for irrigation water would cut the overuse of water, he said.

A charge of 10c per 1000 litres would raise $370 million-$570 million a year, which would be used to support river clean-up projects.

Mr Lepper is manager of the Earnscleugh Irrigation Scheme, one of about a dozen irrigation schemes in Central Otago.

The Earnscleugh scheme supplies 110 landowners and covers 1100ha. Irrigators are charged about $51 per hectare a year.

“With the addition of other small charges, our income is $65,000 per annum, and with this we run a fantastic co-operative irrigation scheme that is of tremendous benefit to the Central Otago economy,” he said.

“Under the Greens’ new policy and proposed rate of 10c per 1000 litres, we would have to fund an additional $1.76 million a year, from our landowners.

“You do not have to be a genius to work out what this would do to the viability of our local horticulture and farming businesses.”

Mr Collier said a charge for irrigation water would effectively shut down irrigation schemes except for the odd dairy operation.

“Boosting the unemployment rate would be one significant end result of that particular policy.”

So most horticulture and farming businesses except for the ones that the Green’s are really after would disappear. The Green’s hate dairying and yet their policy is only affordable by dairy farmers to the exclusion of all others. Way to go Greens!

I think the Greens actually want all farms to go out of business. It is part of their great leap backwards plan for society.


Ralston should hire a hot german fraulein

Natural Dairy got the flick from the OIO and the minister in charge, but at the same time as Winston, and all the pinkos were frothing about Chinese investment in farms the Germans bought the farm/s. Well not the Crafar farms but certainly a whole lot of farms.

German investors have splashed out more than $100 million in a month buying thousands of hectares of dairying land in the South Island.

The Overseas Investment Office published its decisions yesterday on the sale of sensitive farmland during December. In the middle of the same month that it approved 3314 hectares of dairy and dairy-conversion land for sale to German buyers, the office was directed by Finance Minister Bill English to start using two new tests with “high relative importance”.

However, the tests took effect only from January 13, and would not have affected many of the latest sales because they involved blocks of less than 1720ha.

Together, the assets amount to just under half the size and value of the 16 Crafar farms in the North Island, which are under offer from a Shanghai conglomerate.

It seems that we have institutional racism when it comes to overseas investment and hysterical sensationalist reporting by the MSM to go with it. Chinese money isn’t good enough but Kraut loot is just fine.

Bill Ralston should get a hot german fraulein to front Natural Dairy and break down the purchases into smaller lots, then there should be no problem whatsoever.

In the meantime could we please have some sensible discussion over investment by foreign nationals without resort to xenophobic tosh.

Tigerpig calls voter a Dick

Tigerpig is the gift that keeps on giving. Since the Labour blog has been established he has constantly let constituents get the better of him and loosed off insults that one wouldn’t expect from a former minister of the crown let alone a MP.

This of course doesn’t mean that Tigerpig should stop blogging, far from it, I want him to blog more. It is just that Tigerpig needs to understand that for MPs, no matter how egregious the ragging s/he receives, that there is a differing standard for MPs than general members of the public. That means you shouldn’t assume that the commenter is stupid, ill-informed and call them a dick.

In his post about nationalising privately owned farms he abuses a commenter by calling him a dick.

For the benefit of Tigerpig I will let him know that on matters rural Adolf is one of the better informed, indeed his livelihood requires constant contact with rural folk in all areas of farming. He would certainly know more about it than Tigerpig.

That makes Tigerpig the Dick, not Adolf.

UPDATE: Adolf has called me and said I can described him as a Rural Valuer of 40 years experience in NZ and Australia and has for the past 20 years also been involved in assisting farmers raise finance for farming ventures right across the North Island. He says Tigerpig can advise him on rural valuations just so long as Adolf can give Tiggerpig advice on ex-marital affairs.

Trevor Mallard calls voter a dick

Trevor Mallard calls voter a dick