Friday, 26 February 2016 12:28

Minister should ‘stand up for farmers’

The Primary Industries Minister needs to stand up for farmers during tough times rather than rolling over for banks.

Published in General News
Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:23

Beekeepers need one hive

Beekeepers need to endorse a proposal to combine two organisations into a single and effective industry body.

Published in General News
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 10:13

Name infected berries - O’Connor

The Ministry for Primary Industries must name the imported berry products linked to Hepatitis A and recall them, says Labour's Primary Industry spokesman Damien O'Connor.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:30

Sector lacking strategic direction

Labour spokesman on primary industries, Damien O’Connor says while the dairy developments at Taupo are impressive it’s important the Crown is not exposed to major debt such as that of Solid Energy.

Published in General News
Friday, 03 July 2015 00:24

You sure?

The hound reckons Labour’s agriculture spokesman Damien O’Connor may be treading on thin ice in calling for Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings to take a pay cut due to poor performance of the dairy co-op.

Published in The Hound

Spin and corporate drivel are not the way to connect with dairy farmers who are going through tough times.

Published in General News
Saturday, 20 June 2015 12:20

Farming in denial – O’Connor

Labour's Primary Industries spokesman Damien O’Connor claims there’s been a lot of misunderstanding about what is or is not in the Health and Safety Reform Bill and says that’s no one’s fault.

Published in General News
Friday, 22 May 2015 12:04


The Hound reckons West Coast MP and Labour’s primary industries spokesman Damian O’Connor made a complete idiot of himself over his ‘support’ during the recent Anzac rugby league test.

Published in The Hound
Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

Food safety ‘dumbed down’

The opposition claims that the Ministry for Primary Industries has ‘dumbed down’ the expertise needed to handle major food safety issues such as the recent 1080 threat.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:20

Short-term milk supply gain, long-term pain?

Fonterra is taking “desperate” and “idiotic” steps to maintain milk supply, says Labour primary industries spokesman Damien O’Connor.

Published in General News

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