Tuesday, 31 October 2017 07:55

New minister to ring changes

A top priority for the new Minister for Agriculture Damien O’Connor will be appointing a primary industry council and a chief agricultural advisor to government.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 13:36

O’Connor to head agriculture

Labour’s West Coast MP, Damien O’Connor is the new Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities.

Published in General News
Friday, 20 October 2017 14:18

Water tax ‘won’t be effective’

Irrigators say they are looking forward to continuing to develop a constructive and productive working relationship with the new government.

Published in General News
Friday, 20 October 2017 12:08

Winston’s decision: what farmers think

The internet is awash with farmers furious at Winston Peters’ decision to back a New Zealand First/Labour coalition.

Published in General News
Friday, 20 October 2017 10:06

Is proposed water tax history?

A farmer leader wants the incoming government to can Labour’s proposed water tax.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 08:55

Farmers have heads in sand - Labour

The farming sector has its head in the sand if it doesn’t realise water is a huge issue waiting to be tackled, says Labour’s primary industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:55

Political consensus vital for TPP talks

The government and the Labour Party should reach a bipartisan consensus on how to roll out the current Trans Pacific Partnership process, says trade expert Stephen Jacobi.

Published in General News
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 07:55

O’Connor defends proposed water tax

The farming sector has its head in the sand if it doesn’t realise water is a huge issue waiting to be tackled, says Labour’s primary industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor.

Published in General News
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 07:55

Irrigators question water tax

The good work farmers are already doing to minimise the environmental impact of irrigation could stop if they had to pay water royalties, says Irrigation New Zealand chair Nicky Hyslop.

Published in General News
Friday, 18 August 2017 12:55

Another revenue ploy — Editorial

Call it what you like -- water tax, royalty on water use or a water use charge -- it’s an unfair proposal, another ploy by the Government to charge its coffers at the expense of the country’s hardworking farmers.

Published in Opinion
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