Friday, 07 September 2018 08:55

Nats hold firm on water

Written by 
Simon Bridges. Simon Bridges.

National's position has not changed on a water tax or levy, says Opposition Leader Simon Bridges. 

“National will not introduce a tax or royalty on commercial water users – outside of a possible levy on water bottlers who export water,” he says.

Rural News queried if the party’s position on a wider water tax had changed after he told a radio show he was open to a water tax on bottled water.

“Charging for water bottlers who export is a hard issue,” he told Rural News

“In Government, we were working our way through it. Our water technical advisory group included the issues around export water in their considerations – that was due to report back November last year.

“National’s view is we are open to charging water bottlers who export, but the policy needs to be developed carefully to ensure it is consistent, fair and workable. Water policy can’t be done in isolation – it needs to be considered alongside other big users such as soft drink manufacturers, beer production, and major users like irrigation and hydro generation.   

“It also is tied up with the complex issue of iwi rights and interest in fresh water. This is a complicated issue which needs to be appropriately considered.”

Bridges had earlier told The AM Show if you put a price on water there will be a variety of interest groups, including iwi, taking you to court. 

 

More like this

Nats launch primary sector policies

A newly elected National government would offer special work visas for primary sector workers, instantly deport visitors breeching biosecurity laws and set up mobile health clinics for remote rural regions.

Nats stunned by methane target

National's climate change spokesman Todd Muller says the proposed target for methane reduction puts the New Zealand agricultural sector at “real risk”.

Science-based carbon legislation needed

National has five ‘bottom lines’ for the Zero Carbon Bill likely to come before Parliament in the next month or two, says primary industries spokesman Nathan Guy.

Nats promise to fight for farmers

National's climate change spokesman Todd Muller has told farmers he will fight to ensure they are only asked to do what is technologically doable as the country grapples with mitigating climate change.

 
 

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Death by trees

OPINION: Your canine crusader finds it ironic that the pompously self-proclaimed ‘champion’ of the provinces and ‘first citizen’ of regional…

All sizzle

OPINION: Remember when Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, about a year ago, launched his new baby the Primary Sector Council (PSC)…

» Connect with Rural News