Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points

Press Release – Environmental Defence Society

Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points Nature would have legal status under a government with the Greens at its heart, day two of the Environmental Defence Societys Tipping Points conference heard. Read more »

Collaboration essential for sustainable dairy farming

Press Release – Fortuna Group

If a future in sustainable farming is to be achieved in the coming years, companies in both the private and public sector need to be working both faster and more collaboratively, says dairy farm investment company Fortuna Group. Read more »

NZ Beverage Council responds to Labour’s water policy

Press Release – NZ Beverage Council

New Zealands water bottlers are open to discussions about charging for commercial water use but these discussions must be based on fact. Read more »

Labour’s water policy: wrong solution to the wrong problem

Press Release – Massey University

A Massey University agribusiness expert says Labours newly-announced water policy is problematic on several fronts. There are better ways to make New Zealands waterways cleaner, without punishing specific sectors and damaging property rights, says senior … Read more »

Day One from EDS Conference Tipping Points

Press Release – Environmental Defence Society

It was freshwater policies at 10 paces on the first day of the Environmental Defence Societys Tipping Points conference yesterday, with both National and Labour releasing their policies. Read more »

National’s inaction on water helps Labour whack farmers

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Nationals weakness and inaction on water has allowed Labour to fill a political void, whacking farmers and growers while theyre at it, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Read more »

Irrigation Could Boost Regional Economy by Millions

Press Release – Northland Regional Council

A newly-released scoping study has shown investing in major irrigation projects in the Kaipara and mid-North could create hundreds of jobs and boost the regional economy by tens of millions annually. Read more »

New Campaign for Iconic Canterbury Institution Winnie Bagoes

Press Release – Winnie Bagoes

10th of August 2017 – Iconic Canterbury institution Winnie Bagoes is today launching the first video in a series to celebrate its unique kiwi pizza. Read more »

Farmers to Labour: “Tell Us Your Numbers”

Speech – Federated Farmers

Labour yesterday announced proposals for a tax on water for large commercial users, including farmers who rely on irrigation water, but in the absence of detail some eye-watering numbers in the billions of dollars have been floated. Read more »

Nick Smith tweaks freshwater swimming standards

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 9 (BusinessDesk) – Environment Minister Nick Smith has tweaked the government’s freshwater swimming standards in his latest bid to overcome criticisms that standards announced earlier this year were not only too complex, but also weakened earlier … Read more »

Wrightson’s first water services loss in five years

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 9 (BusinessDesk) – PGG Wrightson recorded the first loss from its water services business in five years after taking a write-down of about $1 million on its irrigation products, says Kar Yue Yeo, an analyst at First NZ Capital. Read more »

Speech: Smith – EDS annual conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Nick Smith Minister for Building and Construction Minister for the Environment 9 August 2017 Speech Read more »

Govt sets out path to better freshwater

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Governments new National Policy Statement (NPS) on Freshwater Management will deliver cleaner lakes and rivers with ambitious new targets for improving their recreational and ecological health, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. Read more »

One Plan change ‘moving in the right direction’

Press Release – Federated Farmers

— Farmers inside the Horizons Regional Council boundaries are breathing a sigh of relief that options for a change to One Plan are to be investigated. Read more »

Intensive farming bad news for native bees

Press Release – University of Auckland

Scientists have produced the first evidence that, the more farming intensifies in New Zealand, the less our native bees like it. Scientists have produced the first evidence that, the more farming intensifies in New Zealand, the less our native bees … Read more »

Labour’s Rip Off Water Policy Mindless

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Labours Rip Off Water Policy Mindless Its not easy to repeatedly be the subject of the adage imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters. Weve … Read more »

First female president of Agcarm

Press Release – Agcarm

Agcarm, the industry association which represents crop protection, animal health and rural supplier businesses, has appointed its first female president. Dr Pauline Calvert heads the production animal business for MSD Animal Heath in New Zealand … Read more »

Second extra tax would hit regions hard

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

Second extra tax would hit regions hard The Labour Partys proposed water tax would hit regional economies hard by picking on farmers, horticulturalists and wine growers, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce says. Regions like Bay of Plenty, Hawkes … Read more »

Labour’s water tax policy to hit consumers and the East Coast

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

Reacting to todays announcement of Labours freshwater policy, Irrigation New Zealand CEO Andrew Curtis said: ‘Labour’s water tax would affect every New Zealander. Read more »

Farmers’ fears far from allayed on water tax

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Pledges from Labour to consult on a “proportionate and fair” royalty for irrigation water have eased the concerns of farmers – but only by a tiny margin. Read more »

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