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Feds Fight Franklin Nitrate Reduction 

The concerted, and highly co-ordinated effort by farmers of all persuasions to resist any attempt to impose rules desigfned to improve the state of waterways has moved to the Auckland, and Franklin areas in particular. This follows the success of the WRC in passing their rules at the last meeting of the last Council on the acsting vote of the Chair. It was a close run thing and the Feds were were furious to the extent of threatening endless challenges through the Environment and ssuperior Courts.

Here is today's report from the Auckland NOW section of Stuff

You will note that Bill Cashmore - Kawakawa Bay farmer, and Deputy Mayor of Auckland, has chimed in with what can only be described as a well weighted, and probably conflicted condemnation of what went on in the Waikato, and declaring that the same will not happen with the Franklin Nitrate Reference Group.

"Auckland Council Deputy Mayor and Franklin councillor Bill Cashmore is adamant the Franklin Nitrate Reference Group will avoid what is unfolding in the Waikato which is likely to be appealed in the Environment Court.

"[Waikato] has created a very expensive, untried, limited system, this is why Auckland Council isn't going through the courts and rules process, you're better off working with people."  

Just how the Auckland Council intends to achieve its objectives, and more important those demanded by central Government are yet to be seen.  And just how "working with people" is likely to achieve the reduction in nitrate (and other chemical) levels needing to be achieved is quite beyond me.

The tenure of the article is completely one-sided, and a reflection of the view of the Feds as dictated from Wellington. They are just getting starting on their resistance campaign. 




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Reader Comments (1)

Taupo Beef have shown a model that can work but would mean a seismic shift in downstream industries to maintain the goal of "sustainability" in bringing this model to the wider farming community.

Quite a challenge and very complex and not helped by the entrenched positions of the likes of Mike Joy or Jacqueline Rowarth.

November 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

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