Sadly it looks like 2019 is going to be no different from last year regarding the anti-farming stance taken by fishing lobby Fish & Game – rightly dubbed Bitch & Complain by your canine crusader.
Meanwhile, at the same time as the political activists at Bitch & Complain were publicising their dodgy survey results, the fishing lobby was completely missing in action where it really counted.
The Hound, like most rational people in NZ’s primary and export sectors, was delighted to see the much maligned and denigrated trade agreement of the past few years – the CPTPP, formerly known as the TPP – come into force this month.
This old mutt was taken aback by a vitriolic opinion piece penned in a weakly (sic) rural publication late last year by a self-important commentator named Craig Wiggins.
This old mutt has been a long-time critic of the multi-national, tax-dodging, political activist group Greenpeace for its sustained and never-ending attacks on the New Zealand farming sector.
Your canine crusader hears that Fonterra’s current financial woes could see the dairy co-op dumping many of its key assets.
The Hound would love to be a fly on the wall at the next Fonterra board meeting, when re-elected director Leonie Guiney returns to the dairy co-op’s the top table.
Your old mate was always suspicious about the way the Provincial Growth Fund and the man in charge of it – Shane Jones – would administer it.
The Hound has been a long-and-strong critic of Fonterra’s shareholder council.
Your old mate notes that Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor was — like most of his coalition government colleagues — quick to crow about his successes after a year on the treasury benches.
Your old mate reckons former Silver Fern Farms sales manager Grant Howie has done a poacher-turned-gamekeeper conversion since he left the meat company to do business on his own account.
The Hound reckons former agriculture minister and speaker of the House David Carter is heeding calls for him to get out of the political game.
The Hound would like to know why Greenpeace activists who break the law never get punished.
Your canine crusader is usually not a fan of politicians showing as hypocrites.
Your old mate is unsurprised at how much arrogance is taking over Government MPs – after only one year in power.
Your canine crusader cannot believe how bad a job Fonterra’s public relations team does for the dairy co-op.
Your old mate realises he risks an outpouring of hatred and bile from the tin foil hat-wearing types who support the anti-1080 movement, but he reckons they have proven beyond a doubt that they are total nutjobs.
The Hound had to laugh on hearing that the sanctimonious, whining vegan cafe owner who refused to serve cow milk to customers has now closed his shop and will walk the length of New Zealand barefoot in protest.
A mate of the Hound who recently travelled to Ireland found that country’s airport biosecurity rather lax.
Speaking of M. bovis, the Hound understands the latest outburst by a farmer hit early on by the cattle disease has upset several people.
A mate of the Hound – a former technician and founder of an electronics business – reckons the NAIT system has many big flaws.
The Hound reckons the new Fonterra chair ‘Grumpy’ John Monaghan is proving more elusive than the Loch Ness Monster.
Your old mate notes his good friends at Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) have had yet another crack at the farming sector, this time over winter grazing.
The Hound is shocked and dismayed at the support by certain political figures for the draconian and totally unnecessary NAIT ‘search and surveillance’ regulations rushed into law by the Coalition Government.