Uphold the sanctity of property rights. [We] will oppose any legislation that will deny farmers the right to say who may enter their property.
Reduce compliance costs, particularly the RMA. Reform of local bodies to remove a layer of government and confine activities to core services. End ACC’s monopoly.
End the confiscation by regulation of rural development rights under the guise of resource management, by adopting the principle that development rights should be purchased, not appropriated by regulation.
Fund roading through fuel taxes, road user charges and tolls rather than land-based rates.
More effort from both the public and private sectors towards promoting free trade.
land-based primary production should be ecologically
have an intrinsic worth that is above and beyond that
of a human resource. Animals, like humans, experience
pain and pleasure, and should be able to live without
suffering inflicted by humans.
seller co-operatives and producer boards ... will be
all share a common duty to protect & enhance indigenous
RMA needs the active involvement of both central government
and local communities to make it work.
Take a lead role in the Doha round negotiations, in particular to obtain a fair trading environment for agricultural exporting nations
Prevent any erosion of private property rights
Move quickly to pass legislation exempting farm dogs from being microchipped, as presently required by the Dog Control Act
Sell down Landcorp farms over time
Ensure the use of 1080 is governed by ERMA
Investigate innovative programmes to encourage young New Zealanders to choose
farming as a career
Ensure that agriculture and horticulture receive the emphasis and priority in science funding and strategy that they deserve
Provide base funding to develop and promote organic farming options
Promote policies that recognise that because of varying international commodity prices
Build on the 1997 New Zealand First initiative to reduce the sale of land to overseas interests
Focus taxation policies on incentives for key developmental initiatives leading to rapid export growth with a 20% tax rate on 'new export' net income
Support the family farm concept
Ensure majority New Zealand ownership of agricultural land.
Strengthen the ability of the Overseas Investment Commission to protect the interests of Kiwi landowners, particularly farmers
Promote a strong and viable economic policy framework to underpin the role of primary industries as our major export earners
Introduce intensive opossum eradication policies to protect forests, and introduce greater monitoring of other forest pests, weeds and diseases