OPINION: Back in the early '90s, I felt privileged to be invited to visit the Republic of Nauru. With a total land area of 25 square kilometres and a population around 8,000 at the time, it was - and still is - one of the remotest and smallest nations on the earth.
OPINION: One of the most recognised lines from the classic TV show Hill Street Blues was the send out by Sgt Stan Jablonski - "Let's do it to them, before they do it to us".
OPINION: This old mutt is getting somewhat tired of multi-national, tax-dodging, fund-raising group Greenpeace always given front and centre mainstream media space to coment (i.e. bag) NZ agriculture.
OPINION: A mate of yours truly is questioning exactly why the Māori ag sector have been given special budget funding by the Government to ramp up their efforts to reduce agricultural emissions.
OPINION: A mate of your canine crusader's - and a Silver Fern Farms supplier and shareholder - is less than impressed that his meat company is holding a series of upcoming 'farmer forums', where woke, anti-farming commentator Rod Oram will be the MC.
OPINION: The Hound reckons the Government's unpopular and controversial Three Waters reforms is creating plenty of jobs - for bureaucrats and contractors - but not for the local communities who are having their water assets stolen 'co-governed' and controlled by four new mega water entities.
OPINION: I felt great about turning 50.
The 2021 NZ Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) Farm Manager of the Year Christopher Vila spoke at the 2022 awards night held recently in Christchurch. Here's his speech...
OPINION: The last minute decision by Health Minister Andrew Little to give the rural community some status in the new health reforms bill - Pae Ora Healthy Futures, is a victory, but there never should have been a fight over this.
OPINION: The US infant formula crisis may be coming to an end.
OPINION: Do calm cows produce more milk?
OPINION: Australia's new Labor Government has recorded its first backdown, just two weeks into office.
OPINION: Hats off to the agriculture industry for some consensus on the He Waka Eke Noa report released last week.
OPINION: Having attended the webinars, meetings and reading the information, I am none the wiser as to why the world's most emissions efficient farmers are being taxed for emissions and by how much.
OPINION: Local Government NZ (LGNZ) has long advocated for privately owned rural water supplies to stay in community ownership - as part of the Three Waters Reform.
OPINION: The Government's claim it is investing over $1 billion of new money into the primary sector is a masterclass of smoke and mirrors.
OPINION: A recent report on rural water schemes – commissioned by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) – will do little to quell users’ concerns about the Government’s contentious 3 Waters reforms.
OPINION: This old mutt reckons it doesn’t take long for farmer directors to get their noses well and truly in the trough when they get elected to levy organisation boards.
OPINION: Your old mate's editor was contacted by Ashburton-based farmer co-op Ruralco in relation to this old mutt's recent column about the difficulty in signing up to the organisation.
OPINION: The Hound note that part-time ag minister, part-time trade minister and full-time handbag carrier for Jacinda, Damien O'Connor, did a bit of virtue signalling during an APEC trade ministers' meeting held in Bangkok last month.
OPINION: As recently reported by your canine crusader, the Government appears to be full steam ahead with its theft reforms of the country's 3 Waters network.
In the lead-up to the 2021 levy votes, the New Zealand Winegrowers board received feedback from some members that while they broadly supported New Zealand Winegrower (NZW) and its activities, they were concerned about specific issues around the levies and respresentation on the board.
OPINION: We are a far cry from the old days where what happened within the farm boundary was only the farmer’s business.
OPINION: Given what's happening around the world, New Zealand dairy farmers are on to a pretty good thing with its internationally envied farming system.