Why we need irrigation and water storage – Nathan Guy:
Water is one of New Zealand’s greatest natural and renewable assets. Many New Zealanders probably don’t fully appreciate how it powers our economy through the primary sector, giving us a standard of living many other countries can only envy.
For farmers and growers the importance of water is obvious, especially in the many areas that have suffered through droughts in recent years. You only need to look at Hawke’s Bay where the tap is close to being turned off for new resource consent applications for commercial use.
The impact of climate change is likely to make dry spells even more frequent in the future. This is why irrigation and water storage is so important, and why as a Government we are proud to be a strong supporter and investor. So far we have allocated nearly $280 million towards these schemes around the country. . .
Federated Farmers is disappointed, but not surprised, to learn of three new finds of stock with Mycoplasma bovis.
The affected properties confirmed by the Ministry for Primary Industries today are all linked to Van Leeuwen Group farms where the cattle disease was first identified last month.
“This latest identification is obviously disappointing but it was anticipated as the animals were traced back to the origin of the initial outbreak,” says Federated Farmers biosecurity spokesperson Guy Wigley. . .
Farmers, schools and hapu join forces to save Kaipara Harbour – Lois Williams:
The project is part of a larger campaign to stop silt build-up on the seabed, and reverse the damage caused over the years by deforestation and the failure until recently to fence off cattle from waterways.
The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group, made up of councils, landowners, Crown agencies such as NIWA and iwi, has been working for a decade to protect the harbour, which drains half of Northland.
Its chairman, Willie Wright of Te Uri o Hau, said two million trees had been planted in the massive catchment, stretching from Hokianga to Whangarei down to the Waitakere Ranges. . .
Even Labour doesn’t know it’s tax policy – Rodney Hide:
Starter for 10 – What’s Labour’s tax policy?
Don’t know? Don’t feel bad – neither does Labour. Or it is just not telling.
It has said it will tax water. But Labour isn’t calling it a tax – it’s calling it a “royalty”.
The royalty will apply to commercial consumption, the rate will be “proportionate and fair” and will be set after consultation post-election.
We don’t know what the price of a cabbage, or anything else, will be because we don’t know the rate and exactly what the royalty is to apply to.
What is and isn’t “commercial consumption” also isn’t clear. . .
Inghams Group Limited Australia and New Zealand’s leading integrated poultry producer, has been recognised for its outstanding water management by a global leader in sustainable water use.
Ingham’s Te Aroha primary processing plant is the first New Zealand site to achieve certification from the international Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and only the seventh site in the world to be certified. . .
Plant milk a ‘threat’ to IQ of unborn children – Sarah-Kate Templeton:
The fashion for alternatives to cow’s milk, such as soya, almond and coconut drinks, is putting women at risk of giving birth to children with low IQs, a professor will warn at a conference next month.
Researchers at Surrey University have found that plant-based milks, which also include oat, rice and hazelnut drinks, have about only 3% of the concentrations of iodine that are in cow’s milk. . .