Federated Farmers 42 page election manifesto is certainly comprehensive.
I looked at the first 16 pages a couple of posts back and pages 17 – 24 in the last post.
Page 25 continues with a list of what it wants local and central government to do:
Local government should:
* Take better account of inter-generational equity through prudent use of debt . .
* make greater use of uniform annual charges.
* Make greater use of targetted rates to ensure that there is a better link between the funding of services and a resident’s acces to an benefit from such services.
* Provide ratepayers with itemised tates assessments.
*Report financial information consistently to enable comparisons.
*Participate in performance benchmarking.
Central government should:
* Enable councils to move away from having to fully-fund depreciation.
*Provide more revenue from petrol taxes and road user charges to ensure that local roads (like state highways) are funded according to road use rather than property value.
Given how little use some country roads get this might mean very little funding for them.
* Commit funds to councils if it is imposing increased roles, responsiblities and costs on them.
* Commit one cent of the 12.5 cents of GST as a general revenue share for local government to recognise new legislation obligations.
* Remove all rating exmpetions on land, including Department of Conservation land.
* Issue a clear policy direction that central government retains all responsbilitiy for income redistribution and that this is not a role for councils.
Rates have increased far more than the rate of inflation and one of the reasons for this is the imposition of extra responsbilities by central government without any extra funding.
The policy then moves on to pest management and asks for:
* Management plan to deal with bee pests not currently in New Zealand.
* The removal of restrictions on management of Canada Geese.
* Action plan to make New Zealand TB free and reduce rabbit population.
* The continued use of 1080 poison and public information campaign spearheaded by government.
* Research into alternatives to 1080 to ensure the msot effective tool is being used.
* Remove all rating exemptions on land, including Department of Conservation land, to fully fund pest management at a regional level.
I don’t think any party is prepared to remove the rating exemptions on government land so an alternative would be central government funding for pest management in lieu of rates.
* A Regulatory Responsibility bill to be introduced and passed in the next parliament.
* An independent agency, modelled on the Toronto Red Tape Commission, to revisit all primary legislation, statutory instruments and by-laws for unnecessary compliance cost implications.
I’d add unnecessary rules and laws, especially those eneacted nationally to solve a local problem, to the last point.
* A staged uplift in science and research from 1.2% of GDP to 3% of GDP by 2029.
* A focussing of research funds into the primary sectors which underpin the New Zealand economy.
* Flexibility for Crown research Institutions to reward the best scientists commensurate with their abilities.
* A ring fencing of investment to prevent its access by social scientists and related practitioners.
If we want to retain our place as one of the world leaders in agriculture adequately funded research is essential.
* Full market compensation for landowners if land use is restricted under the RMA.
* Compulsory consultation with affected landowners.
* Clear policy direction for the Department of Conservation in respect of its advocacy role.
* The streamlining of resource consents and the plan processes to minimise activities that need consents and to clamp down on vexatious submitters.
* Long-term economic viability enabled by using transferable development rights, trade offs and creative subdivision policies.
*The changing nature of landscapes acknowledged by reworking the Act’s
emphasis on the protection of amenity.
The theory behind the RMA is good but it needs an overhaul to ensure it works more fairly, effectively and less expensively.