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Peters: Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat

Speech – New Zealand First Party Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.”Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 27 MAY 2016 Waikato Federated Farmers, Airport Conference Centre Tamahere, Hamilton 5pm, 27th May, 2016 “Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat” Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.” Yesterday’s Budget resembled nothing so much as a Hollywood film set. Some had star roles and the rest were supporting actors, bit players or crowd scene fill-ins. The budget was totally Auckland-centric with the regions virtually forgotten despite being the economic powerhouses of this country. The Cabinet rank of the Minister for Primary Industries tells you a lot about the modern National Party. The Minister responsible for over 70% of our physical exports is one of Cabinet’s tail-end Charlies. Out of 20 Cabinet Ministers he is ranked 15th. That again came through in the Budget? If Mr Guy did plead for extra dollars for biosecurity, or for agricultural research, he got exactly what his cabinet rank suggests. That’s because whether you believe it or not farmers are looking like an endangered species within National’s urban dominated Cabinet. Nine of Mr Key’s Cabinet come from Auckland with a further...

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Kiwifruit Claim To Seek $334m+

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim KIWIFRUIT CLAIM TO SEEK THIRD OF A BILLION IN DAMAGES FOR PSA-V – BUT OTHER GROWERS RISK MISSING FRIDAYS DEADLINE TO SIGN UPTHE KIWIFRUIT CLAIM MEDIA STATEMENT 8 October 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE KIWIFRUIT CLAIM TO SEEK THIRD OF A BILLION IN DAMAGES FOR PSA-V – BUT OTHER GROWERS RISK MISSING FRIDAY’S DEADLINE TO SIGN UP The Kiwifruit Claim is likely to seek damages from the Crown of over $334 million but there are still growers and others who may have losses of another $400 million who risk missing Friday’s final High Court-imposed deadline to take part in the class action. As of last night, growers representing around 45% of the gold industry and 15% of the green industry at the time Psa-v struck have signed up to the claim, with an estimated $334 million in losses. A spokesman for The Kiwifruit Claim, Matthew Hooton, said that was around four times the minimum level of estimated damages the litigation funder, LPF, had required before going unconditional on the claim but still suggested some growers with combined losses of hundreds million dollars were still to make up their minds or complete the paperwork. “According to the government’s own Sapere report, losses from Psa-v in just the first 15 years after the initial crisis have been estimated to be a minimum of $740 million and...

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Speech to Fieldays stakeholder engagement function

Speech – New Zealand Government Its great to be here tonight, talking to everyone involved in Fieldays. This is the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, attracting nearly 120,000 visitors this year including a large number of international visitors and delegations.Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries 17 October 2014 Speech to Fieldays stakeholder engagement function It’s great to be here tonight, talking to everyone involved in Fieldays. This is the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, attracting nearly 120,000 visitors this year including a large number of international visitors and delegations. I’ve been coming for a number of years and I’m always blown away by the technology and innovation on display. Fieldays also plays a big part in helping connect rural and urban kiwis, showing off what’s best about the primary industries. It was a great honour to be reappointed as Primary Industries Minister by the Prime Minister less than two weeks ago. This is a role I’m really passionate about that suits my background. The primary industries are the backbone of New Zealand’s economy. They make up around 73% of our merchandise exports, helping pay for things like schools, hospitals and roads. Recently I’ve had a Briefing to the Incoming Minister, prepared by MPI. The full report will be publicly released soon, but it’s worth quoting the second paragraph in full:...

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Guy: Pipfruit New Zealand’s annual conference

Speech – New Zealand Government Today I want to say a few words about my portfolio, and on some of the big challenges and opportunities facing your industry.Nathan Guy 7 AUGUST, 2014 Speech to Pipfruit New Zealand’s annual conference Today I want to say a few words about my portfolio, and on some of the big challenges and opportunities facing your industry. The horticulture industry plays a major role in New Zealand’s economic growth, contributing $6.7b to the economy in the year to June 2013 and making up around 8 percent of New Zealand’s total merchandise exports. Horticultural exports have more than doubled since 2000, to $3.6 billion in 2013, and are forecasted to surpass $4 billion in 2016, a major milestone for the sector. Apple and pear export revenue reached $504 million in the year to 31 December 2013 due to high production and improved prices resulting from strong market demand. Commercial pipfruit production in this country has a long and proud history. Our commercial orchards showed themselves to be world leaders many years ago in producing new cultivars – Royal Gala and Braeburn, for example. This proud tradition continues today with varieties like the Pacific Series, Jazz, Envy, Smitten, and Rockit, and the Piqa brand. The New Zealand pipfruit sector has a strong reputation around the world for its high yields, good quality fruit, and food safety...

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Speech to Horticulture New Zealand annual conference

Speech – New Zealand Government Today I want to talk to you about my priorities for the primary sector, of which horticulture is a major part. In particular I want to talk about the two goals that the Ministry for Primary Industries has to grow and protect New Zealands economy.Nathan Guy Minister of Primary Industries 30 July, 2013 Speech to Horticulture New Zealand annual conference Today I want to talk to you about my priorities for the primary sector, of which horticulture is a major part. In particular I want to talk about the two goals that the Ministry for Primary Industries has – to grow and protect New Zealand’s economy. As you all know, the primary sector is the powerhouse of our economy. It is worth around $30 billion a year to the New Zealand economy and makes up around 72 per cent of our exports. Your industry is a major part of this equation, with New Zealand’s horticultural exports earned $3.6 billion in the year ended 31 March 2013. The total value of horticultural products produced is around $6.6 billion. Our New Zealand’s largest export destination by region for horticultural products is Asia, which takes around a third of our exports. Outlined in the Horticulture Growth Strategy is your plan to double the industry’s value by 2020. I congratulate you on that ambitious goal. It fits in...

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