BLOG: Fonterra’s ten cents worth

Added payment for extra effort or better product qualities is nothing exceptional, unless you are a farmer co-operative. Fonterra has proposed paying up to 10c/kg milksolids to farmers who achieve standards for on-farm sustainability, environmental improvements, animal welfare, staff relationships and being an engaged co-op member.

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.

PULPIT: He Waka Eke Noa partners progress

I took the job of independent chairman of the He Waka Eke Noa steering group because I believe we have the chance to lead the world in the way we face up to climate change and create a sustainable future for New Zealand food and fibre production.