Wednesday, 08 December 2021 10:30

Due recognition

Written by  Milking It

OPINION: National's new leader Christopher Luxon’s first speech after his elevation to the top job included one important line about the engine of the economy: “Our provincial heartland feels taken for granted. Our farmers are not villains!” he told the press gallery.

Perhaps an indication that the plight of the rural sector and farmers will be top of mind as Luxon tries to restore National’s fortunes and wrestle power away from Jacinda Ardern.

After all, a good chunk of the 400,000 ex-National voters he alluded to in his speech would be made up of rural dwellers.

Getting them back into the fold would be crucial to Luxon scoring the keys to Premier House in 2022.

More like this

Luxon hits the cow capital

With just 10 days under his belt as the National Party leader, Christopher Luxon last week rolled into Morrinsville, unofficial dairy capital of New Zealand, to let the party faithful and undecided in on what plans he had for the future.

Nats boost ag line-up

The National Party's new leader Chris Luxon seems to have placed a bigger emphasis on agriculture with his new shadow cabinet line-up.

Seaweed saviour

OPINION: Scientists in Ireland are going underwater to solve their dairy sector’s methane conundrum.

Worth it?

OPINION: Climate Change Minister James Shaw and his 14-strong entourage to the COP26 summit in Glasgow are back home.

National

Plan makes co-op competitive

Fonterra's proposed capital structure will allow the co-operative to compete with other processors based on its milk price and overall…

Elite herd offered online

An elite Southland Friesian herd is set to become the biggest single livestock offering sold online so far.

Machinery & Products

Solution for rowdy cattle

Having walked away with a Fieldays Innovation Award and a useful cheque back in June, Springarm Products has recently signed…

Next generation swathers

Claas' latest generation of seven, dual-rotor central LINER swathers are said to offer numerous innovative features and functions to ensure…

Below ground fert server

Bavarian fertiliser spreader manufacturer Rauch is testing a prototype unit for depositing fertiliser in row crops to depths of 10…

Press screw separator

Probably best known for its chopping units that form an integral part of many manufacturers’ umbilical effluent spreading and injection…

Hydrogen power to cut emissions

While the automobile industry heads full tilt down the electrification route, heavier industries such as trucking and construction appear to…

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Seaweed saviour

OPINION: Scientists in Ireland are going underwater to solve their dairy sector’s methane conundrum.

Due recognition

OPINION: National's new leader Christopher Luxon’s first speech after his elevation to the top job included one important line about…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter