Farming has been the backbone of New Zealand's economy for generations.
Successive governments have acted to destroy that legacy. Policies are being implemented that will, according to Federated Farmers, “end pastoral farming in parts of the country.
These include the: National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020, the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (Freshwater NES), the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill, and the Resource Management (Stock Exclusion) Regulations 2020.
Taken together, they place an immense regulatory, compliance, certification, consent, and cost burden on our farmers, miners, and forestry – for example: in order to “return waterways to a pre-human state.” The burden of this legislation means that compliance combined with financial viability is unobtainable.
NZPP will repeal these regulations. We will also reverse the classification of valley floor land as riverbed, and repeal legislation that creates designated Significant Natural Areas (SNA’s), reclassifies and confiscates private property without compensation.
We will repair rural roads and put a stop to planned taxes on Carbon, water and inheritance. We will ensure the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) is one that is rational and meets the needs of everyday New Zealanders.
NZPP wants local people to make local decisions about local issues. We will reverse the top-down imposition of over-reaching Government interference.
We stand for the rights, freedoms, and democracy of all New Zealanders.
Our job is to provide a platform that allows farmers to farm how they know best – whilst both protecting and enhancing the environment.
Policy in Brief
- Repeal legislation that harms our agricultural sector.
- Repeal SNA legislation.
- Repeal the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill.
- Repeal the Resource Management (Stock Exclusion) Regulations 2020.
- Repeal the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (Freshwater NES).
- Build consultative groups to create new agricultural legislation tuned to New Zealand’s conditions and needs.
- Construct a national body of agriculture sector operatives to work with Government.
- Develop an Environmental Protection Strategy (EPS) for the agricultural sector.
- Repeal the National Policy Statement (NPSFW) for Freshwater Management 2020, restore the Freshwater NPS 2014 (2017 amendment), and rewrite the RMA regulations to meet standards designed in New Zealand to serve New Zealand’s needs.
- Investigate and rescind the application in New Zealand of any international programs such as the United Nations’ (UN) AGENDA 21 and THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT that undermines our agriculture sector and national sovereignty.
New Zealand-led Environmental Stewardship
Successive governments have implemented sweeping changes to our use of land and water-based on commitments signed at the Rio Earth Summit, 1992, the Convention of Biological Diversity, confirmed at The Johannesburg Summit, 2002, and brought into NZ legislation with the Environment 2010 Strategy, the Sustainable Land Management Strategy, and others.
Local commitments to UN Agenda 21 are coordinated through Local Governments for Sustainability – the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI); an international body that has set the policy which has been implemented by the City Councils of Dunedin, Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Auckland. The included Biodiversity Strategy is based on the ideology that puts native biodiversity over all other rights — even those of human life. Those commitments are being enacted via new Legislations and as changes to the Resource Management Act.
While there is an attempt to force these changes on the world, there are a number of countries who are refusing to implement this UN driven Agenda due to the damage it does to a country’s economy and international competitiveness.
These UN Agendas are external values that are being imposed and on which New Zealanders have never been asked to vote.
NZPP recognizes that the people who have lived on and worked the land for generations must be involved in designing appropriate and achievable environmental legislation. We recognize that our country is unique and sovereign. One size does not fit all, and we need to develop our own vision from the ground up.
We must address three key areas:
1) Environmental guardianship – facilitating a platform that allows farmers to farm how they know best – whilst both protecting and enhancing the environment.
2) Community awareness – to assist in promoting the positive role of agriculture in our society.
3) Economic – to protect the viability of agriculture and farming as a major, sustainable driver for our national economy.
- Immediately repeal freshwater, biodiversity, and land-zoning regulations that have been passed without consultation with affected parties.
- Repeal the Resource Management amendments that created SNAs, and return or compensate for all reclassified land and maintenance costs, to the previous owners. Any costs pertaining to the maintenance of the remaining SNA’s are to be borne by the Government.
- Assess all recent laws, directives, or amendments to see if they disadvantage our agricultural industry for the benefit of overseas entities, or for ideological reasons — and if so, discard them.
- Recognise we need to have strong regulations around environmental stewardship, in the spirit of Tangata Whenua -where farmers are an integral part of that process.
- Reframe agricultural policy “To provide the economic environment, opportunities, resources, and appropriate legislation for our agricultural sector to flourish and thrive, whilst working together to protect our waterways, soil, and indigenous flora and fauna.”
- Form local consultative groups of people interested in the viable future of agriculture, to create a shared vision that will be the basis of our Environmental Protection Strategy. The EPS will meet the provincial, regional, and national needs of both our agricultural sector and environment and will replace international programs such as UN Agenda 21, and the United Nation's Sustainability 2030 Agenda.
- We will construct a national body of agricultural sector operators, including Federated Farmers, Dairy NZ, Beef & Lamb NZ, and other affected parties to work directly with Government to ensure that legislation is clear, well understood, and in alignment with New Zealand’s farming sector needs and including industry-specific binding referenda— to manage any proposed law changes that impact the agricultural sector.
- Remove all rural agriculture lands from the RMA Act and write a new Agricultural Management Act to meet the specific requirements of the Agricultural Sector.
- Develop, in consultation, realistic, consistent, achievable, region-based regulations and freshwater standards that recognise the importance of achieving a unified and sustainable balance between the environment and all affected parties
- Ensure that essential water infrastructure management will remain under the control of local communities.
- Ensure that local Council policies do not infringe upon or burden the agricultural sector with undue consent and compliance costs. This will be routinely assessed through meetings between sector representatives, Council, and Government.
- Assess and simplify Health and Safety Regulations in the Agricultural Sector including reinstating personal responsibility by transferring liability from the Land Owner/Occupier back to the individual entering onto the property ie. Enter at own risk.
- Foster the negotiation and establishment of new trade agreements that benefit our agricultural sector.
- Relax rules around native timber farming and recovery.