PULPIT: When the council prosecutes ...

If you haven’t been subject to one you are likely to know someone who has and, despite good intentions, it might be only a matter of time before your farming operation is feeling the heat of a council prosecution.

PULPIT: Dirty birds are fouling waterways

New Zealand’s waterways are mostly pretty good in terms of being safe to swim in. 

Certainly, I know of no deaths or even serious illness directly or indirectly attributed to swimming in a NZ river because of contamination from industrial, agricultural or municipal causes. 

PULPIT: No wonder farmers are punch-drunk

One of farming’s great challenges is that so much of your success is dictated by factors beyond your direct control, whether that be international commodity markets, weather, processing company performance or regulation.

PULPIT: I’m listening on freshwater

In the past few weeks I’ve attended meetings about the Government’s freshwater proposals and visited farms around the country.

PULPIT: Tree problems will last centuries

In the 1960s the old Patangata County Council, now the eastern portion of Central Hawke’s Bay District, embarked on an ill-considered scheme to plant the road verges in radiata pines.

PULPIT: Govt spurs hate-a-farmer mania

When I was on Federated Farmers board a few years ago I did a presentation to the council where I described farmers as being like possums in the headlights of an oncoming truck.

PULPIT: Food producers vital to NZ

New Zealand has always had poor native biodiversity. 

What a contrast to Africa with 1150 species of mammals, 68 species of snakes, 431 species of birds and 1279 species of freshwater fish.