Andrew Hoggard

OPINION: Federated Farmers joins the many council-elected representatives and citizens up and down the country urging the Government to go back to the drawing board on reform of its three waters delivery.

WISPA chair Mike Smith.

OPINION: Recent episodes of Fair Go have highlighted the difficulties a number of rural people have in getting access to quality, reliable broadband and how tough this makes their lives.

Rural NZ is again getting the rough end of the stick when it comes to services - this time in relation to Covid-19 vaccinations.

OPINION: Rural NZ is again getting the rough end of the stick when it comes to services - this time in relation to Covid-19 vaccinations.

Flag it!

OPINION: Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor tried to keep his latest overseas jaunt secret squirrel.

Oh dear!

OPINION: This old mutt suggests that farmers' growing discontent with Beef+Lamb NZ's performance is going to reach fever peak after its latest stunt.

Woke and broke?

OPINION: Speaking of woke, Government-owned entities that love wasting public money and producing fluffy PR pieces, the Hound sees that Landcorp - known as Pāmu - has just released its 2021 annual report.

20 pieces of silver?

OPINION: Your old mate notes that MPI is now trying to buy favour with agricultural journalists for its 'Fit for a Better World' (FFBW) programme.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor is encouraging those in rural communities to get vaccinated.

OPINION: Rural New Zealanders and those working in the primary sector play a vital role in our response to COVID-19 and it's important they take the opportunity to get vaccinated against the virus, says Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O'Connor

Lock him up!

OPINION: This old mutt notes that Geoff Reid, an 'environmental activist' - whose activism appears to be limited to surreptitiously creeping around farms in Southland taking photos on the dime of Greenpeace, recently published more of his creepy farm shots.

Milking it?

OPINION: Your canine crusader understands members of the 'strategic groups' invoked in the Government-backed 'Fit for a Better World' programme - grandiosely labelled as: "A roadmap to accelerate the transformation of the food and fibre sector over the next 10 years" are on a pretty good wicket for not doing…

OPINION: A mate of yours truly asks if the financial pickle that milk company Synlait currently finds itself in is a case of the people supposed to be in charge of the company taking their eyes off the ball.

OPINION: The Hound, like many in the agriculture sector, is worried about the growing increase of good farmland being lost to trees - especially carbon sinks - and the negative impact this is having on rural communities.

OPINION: There is an adage from the old labour union days which states: It is a poor job that cannot carry a supervisor.

OPINION: For more than a year now the primary sector has been crying out for changed around immigration settings to help ease numerous critical worker shortages right across the country's key export earning industries.

OPINION: Your canine crusader knows there is a great deal of unease - especially in rural NZ - about the Government's three waters reforms.

OPINION: The refusal of both Damien O'Connor and PM Jacinda Ardern to release some of the correspondence they received about Groundswell begs a question or two.

OPINION: An email from Fed Farmers' president Andrew Hoggard to Ag Minister Damien O'Connor saying some unkind things about the Groundswell movement - before its big countrywide protest in July - was recently released to a media outfit under an Official Information Act (OIA) request.

OPINION: A mate of the Hound's wants to know what's happened to meat company Silver Fern Farms and its latter day conversion to wokeism.

A mate of the Hound's thinks it was more than a bit dodgy when DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel recently announced the director elections for the industry good body.

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Flag it!

OPINION: Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor tried to keep his latest overseas jaunt secret squirrel.

Oh dear!

OPINION: This old mutt suggests that farmers' growing discontent with Beef+Lamb NZ's performance is going to reach fever peak after…

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