The Green Party wants to impose a tax on irrigation water and use it to pay for cleaning waterways:
“The Green Party will also put a charge on the use of water for irrigation in order to drive more efficient use of our precious freshwater resources,” said Dr Norman.
“The OECD, New Zealand Treasury and the Ministry for the Environment have all recommended water charging, yet National is sitting on its hands.
“According to Lincoln University’s Public Perceptions of New Zealand’s Environment 2010 study, New Zealanders, including farmers, are strongly supportive of commercial users being charged for the water they use.
“That’s because freshwaters is a common good, and the use of it for private profit should result in a direct benefit to both the environment and wider community.
Why only farmers then, why not all commercial users which would include power companies, food processors, restaurants and hair dressers?
“We will ring fence the money generated by the irrigation charge for water pollution clean-up initiatives.
Dr Norman said that his policies reward good farmers that are doing the right things, whereas National’s policies incentivise poor practice. . .
He’s wrong there.
The Green Party would tax all irrigators and use the money to clean up after the minority who don’t protect and enhance waterways.
There is no incentive for poor practice now and very expensive penalties for anyone who breaches conditions set by regional councils.
This is just another tax by another left-wing party that wants to fund its promises to spend more with other people’s money.