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Tuitahi Farms Ltd Nobbled

This story appeared on the Radio NZ Website this morning - nothing so far on any other media.

Anyone who imagines that I have overstated this problem in the past need only read how this local Company (No. 188640 - sole Director - George Andrew Malcolm MORRITT) has evaded its responsibilities over many years.

But of greater importance is the reference to aerial surveillance that was critical in WRC being able to nail these people, and secure the $47,000 fine - a drop in the bucket, but enough to get them moving towards compliance. The point is that is was only achieved by aerial surveillance - a practice now dropped because it was causing "stress, and possibly suicide" in the view of the Feds. The Council caved into the pressure that was brought to bear, and staff are now required to carry out their task with ground based inspections, with three days notice etc, etc. 

Expect prosecutions to dry up as this ineffective practice meanders on, and non-complying farmers are able to continue to pour their effluent into the Waihou and its tributaries.

And of further interest is the post this morning on Waleoil regarding Nick Smitrh's gross over-reaction to the criticism of the Fish and Game Council, and the President of the Assoc. of Freshwater Anglers - David Haynes. Threatening to sue is just plain stupid, as John Key suggested.

Cam Slater's comment that:

"Nick Smith needs to climb off his high horse, it went lame when Amy Adams launched her river poisoning standards…and start listening to people who are charged with looking after fisheries and game, instead of ignoring them and pandering to Federated Farmers."

is entirely appropriate, and lays the blame for this debacle exactly where it should lie - the Feds. Amy Adams is out of her depth, and representing the nabobs of rural Canterbury as she does makes her totally inappropriate for this portfolio.  




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Reader Comments (6)

This current mob seem to be much in the thrall of the squeaky wheel brigade. Quite out of step with public opinion on this matter and need to remember they are representing the wider community and not the narrow interest groups that some of them originated from.

That would be Stark and Husband I would be referring to who seem to be very susceptible to the whiners and malcontents

July 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Than you Jenny - along with virtually every other blogger, I reserve the right to remove abusive comments and yours fell into that category. For your information, I farmed for 15 years, and the facts are that Tuatahi Farms Ltd was found guilty, and fined $47,000 - what else do we need to know. If you have facts that may contribute to our knowledge, feel free to try again, but kindly keep the abuse to yourself.

August 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Whilst you may reserve the right to blog, people reserve the right to have truthful information applied , you personally seem to rough people up the wrong way and as a reader of localised events I am disappointed in your following. Without even giving the otherside to what actually happened. It's all about balance that's all.

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

As I said - you are welcome to provide comment regarding the 'otherside' - absent abuse.

August 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

It is not for me to provide the otherside. You are missing my point completely, all your blogs are about the partial view not the whole picture and that is where it is lacking. You call yourself a commentator of localised events but all I see from your posting is a one sided slant often in a negative way. I don't see how this amounts to abuse I am quite simply asking the question where is the test of the story?

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Clearly you have nothing to add in regard to Tuitahi Farms ltd - too bad!
For your information, blogs are expressions of opinion - you may not agree with them, and you may reply, or may simply avoid reading them.
It is not advisable to expect bloggers to express all sides of an issue. I along with most bloggers am unpaid, and simply express a point of view - read or ignore it - that is your option.
If you disagree then express a contrary view - always welcome as long as it free of abuse, and clearly outlines your argument.
You have failed on that score.
Comment on this post is now closed.

August 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

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