Smith Puts Shot Across The Bows of Waikato Healthy Rivers Plan
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 4:35PM
Bill Barclay

David Seymour is determined to go into bat for the embattled Waikato farmers who consider that the WRC WSaikato River Plans are a threat fo their livlihood. 

He asked what could be described as a 'patsy' yesterday of Nick Smith and obtained the following answer that seemed to satisfy him that the door was till open for another Smith 'intervention' on the E Can scale. This is exactly what is threatened through the arrangement entered into with the Maori Party yesterday - a sad day for democratic process, not that that will be concerning farming interests one iota. 

Here is the Q & A:

David Seymour: Will the Minister rule in or out invoking section 142 of the Resource Management Act and appointing a board of inquiry for the Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai, in light of complaints from farmers in the area that it will put them out of business?

Hon Dr Nick Smith: The process under the Resource Management Act, where I as Minister can call in a planned change, is only time limited to a period prior to the notification. The notification of the planned changes on the Waikato River that are publicly available for submissions right now has passed that point where I could intervene, but it would be unusual for the Government to step in and, effectively, take over a regional council's most important function of water quality. We did choose to do so in Canterbury; I am reluctant to do so in the Waikato

Yes, I think you can take that as an implied threat. 


Update on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 4:51PM by Registered CommenterBill Barclay

This was followed by a further report to the WRC on the costs of implementing the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora - it seems that Mr Payne is taking a a hard line at last, and that both farmers and Fonterra will need to become very serious about implementation rather than running off to Smith to cover their back-sides through the good offices of their ACT 'white knight' - David Seymour. 




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