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Agriculture Minister urged to appoint non industry experts on winter grazing taskforce

Animal rights organisation SAFE is urging the Government to include experts and advocates from outside the agriculture industry on its newly announced winter crop grazing taskforce.

New research links poor housing to hospital admissions - Davidson

A research paper conducted by the University of Otago that was published today has shown a strong link between damp, mouldy housing and hospital admissions for young children with respiratory infections.

Hospitalisation for marijuana continues to increase - Family First

More damning statistics of marijuana hospitalisations in New Zealand are further proof that we should go nowhere legalising cannabis.

Minister must ask serious questions of Corrections - David Bennett

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis should be demanding an immediate explanation from his Corrections officials about how the alleged Christchurch gunman was able to send an inflammatory letter from inside maximum security prison, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says.

Sroubek could be back on our streets within weeks - Mark Mitchell

Convicted drug smuggler and fraudster Karel Sroubek could be released from prison in a matter of weeks and the Government must provide assurances the public’s safety won’t be at risk, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says.

Govt sets 'political target' for methane reduction

Advice to the Government from MPI’s officials shows that the Government’s proposed methane reduction targets go well beyond the science of what is needed for New Zealand to meet its 1.5⁰C Paris Agreement commitments and was purely a political decision made in Cabinet.

New Zealand First backs plans to protect productive land

New Zealand First strongly supports Government proposals released today which will offer new protection for some of our most productive land.

LGNZ cautious as central government pits potatoes against houses

LGNZ will be cautiously assessing the wider implications of the newly proposed National Position Statement on Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL), noting that that it traverses a number of highly complex policy areas including housing affordability and property rights.

HortNZ welcomes Govt's safeguarding of country's best growing soils

Horticulture New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s draft National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land, saying it will help ensure that New Zealand can grow its own vegetables and fruit.

Government moves to protect elite soils - David Parker

New Zealand’s most fertile and versatile land will be given new protection under proposals released today by Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.