High country farming is a battleground – Keith Woodford

Mackenzie Country below Lake Pukaki with ongoing irrigation development.

…….If one asks the various parties as to who is winning, then all would say it is someone else. No one is satisfied with current outcomes, at least in their public statements, because everyone wants more.   However, there is little doubt that the pendulum has swung, such that whereas some high country farmers were previously getting wins in regard to irrigation and subdivision for lifestyle blocks, most are now on the back foot.  The rules of the game have indeed changed.

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