This planned factory farming of cows in the Mackenzie High Country is abhorent in every possible way. The only gain to anyone is MORE profit for a very few individuals, in itself the poorest of reasons for doing anything. The detrimental effects are almost too numerous to elaborate. A few are: 1. Destruction of our beautiful tussock grassland and replacing it with the same green paddock scenery you can see nearly everywhere else in New Zealand. 2. Introducing water intensive farming in what is probably the driest area in New Zealand – nothing less than stupid folly. 3. The concentration of effluent and potential for runoff into our rivers should just speak for itself if anyone is listening – talk about flying in the face of enlightened progress in the world. 4. Taking water from our rivers and lakes that is better used for generation of electricity and recreation. 5. Substantially increased heavy vehicle traffic and pollution not appreciated in our clean rural environment (certainly not appreciated on behalf of earning more profit for that few!) 6. Negative impacts on future tourism due to destruction of scenic value and potential development that will protect and be in keeping with our natural environment 7. Certainly not the least of the problems is the cows themselves and the stripping away of almost all vestiges of normal cow-life for 8 months of the year – another step backward in the enlightenment and evolution of mankind!
All of this, and more, just to make more money. Money is not an evil in itself, and it drives us forward in many ways. But greed for more, and the apparent willingness to sacrifice everything else we value. both in our lives and about our humanity, for more money is a sickness, not unlike cancer, that threatens to destroy us.
Save our precious Mackenzie High Country and our precious human qualities!
devastating – and forever
I don’t care how the Dairy farms operate whether under cover or in the open.
This environment, the high country is not for them.
I am deaply concerned about the effluent disposal issues, especialy the nutrients entering our pristeen lakes and streams.
I think that a stand needs to be made to protect the unique landscape. I am not a greenie but I appreciate the environment which my family and I am able to enjoy.
This land was never made for dairying – I can’t believe that it is even being considered. Dairying to this extent will ruin this beautiful landscape. The Lakes will no longer be that beautiful and unique shade of blue. As with many smaller rivers down here on the coast they will turn that disgusting muddy green – a worry for the safety of people using the lakes recreationally.
I AGREE THE HIGH COUNTRY ISINT THE PLACE FOR INTENSIVE DAIRYING.THE REGION HAS TWO EXTREAMS WITH WEATHER WITH SUMMERS REACHING 36+ DEGREES & WINTER HOAR FROSTS LOWERING TO MINUS -17 DEG REACHED AT TARA HILLS RESEARCH STN WHEN I WORKED THERE(IT WAS WARMER STANDING IN THE CHILLER AT MINUS 3DEG).
THERE WAS A QUOTE ILL ALWAYS REMEMBER BY THE LATE ED HARDY OF “GEN EYRIE” & “QUAILBURN” STATIONS,”IF YOU WANT TO LIVE LIKE A DOWN TOWN FARMER IN THE HIGH COUNTRY,THEN MOVE BACK TO TOWN”.
I WILL ALSO POINT OUT THAT OMARAMA/NTH OTAGO BOUNDRY IS THE OHAU RIVER BED OR OHAU B CANAL & THE MACKENZIE STARTS HERE,AS SOMETIMES THOSE THAT DONT KNOW THE TOPOGRAPHY TO WELL STATE OMARAMA IS IN THE MACKENZIE WHEN ITS CLEARLY NOT.
great post as usual
It is disgusting that this is even being considered.
Omarma and the Mackenzie Country are an iconic tussock landscape. This unique and fragile environment will be radically altered. The impact on native fauna and flora will be devestating.
The habitat of the last remaining breeding pairs of Black Stilts will be removed completely. Birds will not be able to be released back into their natural habitat and the breeding program which has cost millions of dollars will have been a waste of time.
Omarama and the McKenzie Country have been kept in pristine condition. It is a major tourist and holiday destination for international and domestic travellers. We are world renowned for fishing,
hunting, gliding, tramping, skiing, fishing etc.
Do we need this extra milk? Do we have the capacity or the need to process this extra milk? Will this turn into the hype of deer farming only for the bottom to fall out of the market. By then the damage is done!
How much pressure will these operations put on the main and service roads in the area? There will be a dramatic increase in farm machinery and trucks. Why should local rate payers be expected to pay for the upkeep of these Roads?
The McKenzie and Omarama Basin are already under pressure from existing irrigation systems that have been put in over the last 5 years. Where is the water going to come from to maintain these operations? The Ahuriri and its tributaries are already under pressure. The existing water rights that have been issued already exceed the amount of water available. Where is the huge volume of water required to maintain this operation going to come from? The surrounding Lakes cannot be used as this water is crucial for Hydro electricity.
The consent applications include large effluent ponds and plans to discharge large amounts of diluted effluent onto the land every day. It will change the water table of the area effecting the Tarns that exist from Benmore Station to Lake Ohau and all the underwater springs that are in this area.
This is a sad day for Omarama and all those locals and farmers who have worked so hard in the past to protect the fragile environment and waterways within.
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