ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Too many spending farmers’ cash

Farmers need a single voice in Wellington.

The business sector has Business NZ as the one authoritative voice for the sector. Primary and secondary teachers have a single voice as do doctors, manual workers and public servants.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: We have good cause for optimism

We've done it. 

After 75 days of lockdown, 28 in severe isolation, we’re back to normal. It is a massive achievement supported by many factors.

For a start, our political leadership was sound and our bureaucracy up front and credible. 

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Robertson gets it right for sector

Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard made the point he didn’t envy being in Grant Robertson’s shoes on Budget day. I agree.

Hoggard’s wish list was for long-term solutions not short-term fixes and better broadband and provincial infrastructure. There was also the hoary chestnut of water storage.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: It’s time to do more home work

We had a virtual Anzac service at Tinui this year. It mirrored our usual service and was complete with local school children reading the names of the fallen, a vocalist, piper, guest speaker and a bugler.

Wairarapa television organised the broadcast, which was courtesy of locally based Labour list MP Kieran McAnulty’s Parliamentary Zoom service.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Everyone is on the right track

When you read this it will only be a few days before, hopefully, we move downwards from level four.

In our area of the country people have played by the rules. There’s been little traffic on the road and few have needed to drive into Masterton and risk the supermarket.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: No sign of squeaky voice yet

We've had a good week. It’s rained, the grass is growing, the garden is productive and we’ve spoken to heaps of people even though we haven’t physically seen them.

I’ve appreciated the calls from the RSA asking how I am. I’m fine and thanks for the contact.