Grandparenting rule will reward polluters – Rick Burke, Chair Farmers for Positive Change

Drystock farmers fear the rules of plan change 1 will remove the flexibility within their farm system that they require ...

The principle of grandparenting to drive regulation has been used by the Canterbury Regional Council and has now been notified by the Waikato Regional Council…….            And we don’t have to look any further than Canterbury to see the evidence over five years with their regional council adopting a grandparenting type approach as the starting point to drive regulation. What once were swimmable rivers have deteriorated and one of the main contributors is N contamination.

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Federated Farmers and The Wolds Station lodge High Court appeals against Plan Change 13 decision – Timaru Herald

An aerial view of irrigation circles near Lake Benmore in the Mackenzie Basin.

The Mackenzie District Council has been defending PC13 since 2007. It has been subject to 11 court decisions and cost the council more than $1.2 million.

Mayor Graham Smith said Mackenzie ratepayers were starting to lose patience with some of the “demands” from those opposed to the plan.

“It’s very disappointing,” he said.

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