The Hound notes that one of the country’s poorest financially performing state-owned enterprises – the Government farming entity Landcorp (or as it calls itself in a typically virtual signalling way) Pāmu – still loves to spend big on promoting itself.
Your old mate hears that the antics of the Government – especially the NZ First component – are fuelling motivation out in rural NZ for a fledgling new political party aimed at ensuring the return of the blue team at next year’s general election.
Your canine crusader has long identified Shane Jones as, without doubt, the biggest buffoon in Parliament.
A mate of the Hound recently attended an open day at the Spring Sheep Milk operation, held at Matangi in Waikato. At least 300 visitors showed up -- so lots of interest.
OPINION: Your old mate can’t believe the gall of the NZ big banks crying about their ‘reduced’ profitability this year.
OPINION: The Hound notes that the foreign-owned and controlled NZ forestry industry is starting to feel the pressure of the growing anti-tree sentiment springing up all around the country.
OPINION: This old mutt was interested to read a recent New York Times expose of the European Union’s agriculture subsidy programme.
OPINION: A mate of the Hound was invited to a lockup at Parliament on last month’s climate change agreement with the ag sector.
A mate of the Hound reckons outgoing special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen, who is due to finish his current role at the end of the year, is currying favour – and job prospects – with the Government by backing its moves to lump agriculture into the ETS.
With the Government wanting to implement huge costs on the livestock farming sector by making New Zealand the only country to include farming in an ETS, this old mutt thought it might actually get serious about funding mitigation research.
It appears many dairy company competitors of Fonterra are worried that some of the proposed changes to the DIRA regulations will give the country’s largest dairy co-op an unfair advantage over them.
Your old mate understands the country’s second largest dairy company, Open Country Dairy (OCD), has just had a ‘stink’ month. During October OCD copped a record fine of more than $221,000 for a “vomitus stench being emitted from its Waharoa factory”.
OPINION: As pointed out in this column a while back, a new special agricultural trade envoy (SATE) has now been appointed to replace Mike Petersen and take over the role at the start of next year.
OPINION: This old mutt is somewhat conflicted over the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) overseen by the king of pork barrel politics – Shane ‘Porn free’ Jones.
OPINION: Your old mate notes that the former ‘junior staffer’ who was ‘let go’ by the Nats after the Christchurch shooting has now joined the farming haters at Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) as a spin doctor.
The Hound was intrigued to read an article recently, on the Newsroom website, that shows that Education Minister Chris ‘Chippy’ Hipkins was pushing strongly behind the scenes for a merger of Lincoln and Canterbury universities.
This old mutt has been contacted by many concerned individuals about the role the former Synlait boss John Penno is playing in pimping the Government’s freshwater proposals.
Your canine crusader was recently contacted by a concerned reader who’s been prompted to do some research, given the relentless attack upon agriculture in NZ by the incumbent government and other extremist groups.
A mate of the Hound attended the huge meeting in Timaru, last month, on the Government’s proposed freshwater reforms. Hundreds of anxious farmers turned up to hear officials – as well as Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Environment Minister David Parker – discuss the topic.
OPINION: Your canine crusader reckons it’s hard not to see why the Government is seen as anti-farming.
OPINION: The Hound sees that all the virtue signalling and talk about how good it is is not paying off for Government-owned farmer Landcorp.
OPINION: Your old mate notes that the farming haters at Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) are now parroting the ‘progressive’ words of both Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ chairs Andrew Morrison and Jim van der Poel, while demonising Fed Farmers in F&G’s ongoing campaign against the ag sector.
OPINION: This old mutt reckons it’s no wonder the agri-based Lincoln University is going down the tubes.
The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.