OPINION: From my quotes file, here is one that I have rather sadly seen lived out up close and personal, too many times to recall.
OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s is very suspicious about the motives around professional political muck-raker and “third party campaign” strategist Simon Lusk’s plans to take a private prosecution to force the Alliance Group to pay back all the Covid wage subsidy it claimed earlier in the year.
OPINION: Your canine crusader understands that the farmer’s favourite politician – Environment Minister David Parker – not content with implementing his impractical and unworkable winter grazing and low slope rules in the recent freshwater reforms, now has his grubby little mitts all over water issues in the Otago region.
OPINION: This old mutt understands that former Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings has landed himself a new gig back in his native Netherlands.
OPINION: Your old mate hears plenty of ill-informed comment from farming critics and other anti-farming types in this country about how farmers are always getting handouts or somehow bludging off the state.
OPINION: Almost invariably every general election is described as the most important one ever. The fact is every election is important!
OPINION: The COVID-19 lockdown brought a brutal clarity to New Zealand’s economy and laid bare the importance of our primary sector.
OPINION: This is a call to action to all farmers who have worked on through Covid-19 difficulties, supporting the economy and contributing to recovery.
OPINION: This old mutt hears that there is some discontent in the wool sector at the tactics being used by the meat industry to rejuvenate wool’s prospects.
OPINION: Your canine crusader, like many in the rural sector, was deeply distressed to hear the tragic news that a livestock ship carrying cattle from NZ to China had sunk off the coast of Japan after hitting a typhoon.
OPINION: Your old mate notes that Conservation Minister and Green MP Eugene Sage was waxing lyrically about the recent legal protection of 11,800 hectares of new conservation land in the Mackenzie Basin.
OPINION: The Hound – like most in the rural sector would have – shuddered when the Green Party revealed it would like to hold the agriculture portfolio if it gets into government after the election.
OPINION: In recent years, New Zealand’s farmers have found themselves subject to increasingly strict rules and regulations.
Farmers’ Chaplain, Colin Miller on who he's voting for.
OPINION: The decision by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to impose an immediate halt to live animal exports in the wake the sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1 off the coast of Japan is a sensible move.
National's long-held position in Port Waikato is under threat from a new party, according to John Jackson.
OPINION: Environment minister David Parker has had a long and tempestuous relationship with the farming sector.
Tertiary Education Commission chief executive, Tim Fowler, once worked on a dairy farm as a teenager ‘townie’ and appreciates how accommodating his boss was at that time.
The right to elect should include the right to eject, explains Jordan Williams, executive director of the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
OPINION: Investing in environmental improvement makes a lot more sense than paying for bureaucratic processes that are perceived to add no value.
OPINION: Your canine crusader was aghast to read that the prices of zucchini and cucumbers rose more than 30% in July – because imports from Australia continuing to be banned due to a plant virus.
OPINION: This old mutt had to have a giggle at the dig Feds recently made at the Green Party in the run up to this year’s election.
OPINION: Your old mate reckons if you ever needed proof of just how little influence Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has, just look at his inability to get a dispensation for much needed overseas machinery operators for agricultural contractors for this season.
OPINION: The Hound was not surprised, but disappointed, to see that some lefty-liberal judge has ruled in favour of multi-national, tax dodging, professional fundraising organisation Greenpeace being reinstated as a charity.