The Greens say we need to wean ourselves off nitrogen to save our waterways, and propose a levy on farmers to make it happen – but can it work here when it has failed elsewhere? Lynn Grieveson reports.
In today's email we detail how Ministry of Health CEO Cai Chuah ignored his own MInister's advice.
Years of collaboration between dairy farmers, environmentalists and Environment Canterbury aimed at improving water quality has collapsed into a court battle, Lynn Grieveson reports.
The regions have flexed their muscles and forced the Government to row back on its immigration policy. But how hard will it row, and who will be the winners and losers?
Sparks flew over mandarins and coffee at Parliament, as New Zealand’s food superpowers flexed their muscles. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Advances in technology and research will mean New Zealand can "have its cake and eat it too" when it comes to dairy cattle numbers, says DairyNZ CEO Tim Mackle - but unlike Federated Farmers, DairyNZ does not think a shift to keeping cows indoors is one of those new techniques.
Eloise Gibson looks under the bonnet of the Waikato Regional Council's Plan Change 1 to explain what it means for farmers and the quality of water in our longest river. She finds plenty that is worrying the players on all sides of the debate about dairying and nitrogen leaching into our waterways.
Good morning all.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Tuesday, including the latest big new Government spending dangled in front of Northland voters, a call from Federated Farmers to consider a moratorium on dairy conversions and fresh talk of restrictions on interest-only loans to landlords.
Prime Minister John Key has accused Labour and New Zealand First of being inconsistent in their opposition to land sales to overseas buyers as the debate over the sale of Lochinver Station intensifies to Crafar Farm proportions.