OPINION: Your old mate reckons recent ‘research’ carried out by consultants PWC – claiming that ‘actively managed carbon forestry’ creates 25% more local jobs than sheep and beef farming on low productivity land – is about as accurate as a bent rifle.
The 'lucky' farmer informed MBIE - three times by email - that under the Covid red settings the farm was closed to all visitors and attached relevant information from the Government's own websites, which advised minimal contact and Zoom meetings if possible.
After much to-ing and fro-ing, MBIE finally agreed to conduct the investigation by phone.
The bureaucrat conducting the audit was told that all farm staff had Federated Farmers' contracts.
He then asked "Who is Federated Farmers?"
The farmer was then told to email said contracts to MBIE, but with each of these at over 100 pages, and rural internet flaky at the best of times, they were finally advised to post the agreements to Wellington.