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“The Primary Industries are the backbone of New Zealand’s economy with fishing, forestry farming, horticulture and viticulture providing the bulk of our export earnings.  Our primary industries further provide the backdrop for our burgeoning tourism industry as well.  New Zealand First is fully committed to the success of the primary industries and our heartland.  With a focus on quality over quantity we can have both a first-rate environment and economy.  Yet none of this will matter unless we keep Kiwi control over our farmland and processing assets.  We must own our future to have a future.”

— Rt Hon Winston Peters

KEEPING IT KIWI

  • Only permit farm sales to those privileged to be, or become New Zealanders.
  • End foreign vertical integration in the primary industries (farms to the supermarket shelf).
  • Ensure value-add processing is done in New Zealand and not overseas.

BOOSTING THE HEARTLAND

  • Match rural infrastructure, health and social equality with the cities.
  • Save provincial centres by treating seismic-strengthening as repairs and maintenance.
  • Require Landcorp to be opened up to sharemilking and sharefarming.
  • Reintroduce the Farm Cadet Scheme under the Primary ITO.
  • Institute wage-subsidies for employers in rural New Zealand to help people to get off benefits.
  • Refine the NZ First introduced RSE scheme and widen it to other primary industries.
  • Appoint 1,800 new Police officers and increase the level of rural policing.
  • Initiate trials of volunteer Rural Police Support.
  • Establish stiffer penalties for rustling.
  • Explore initiatives to end a growing rural-urban divide.

ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, AND POLICY

  • Create a monetary policy that works in the interests of exporters instead of importers.
  • Oppose resource rentals such as the Labour Party’s proposed water tax.
  • Repeal the separate race-based planning that has been put into the Resource Management Act.
  • Fully calibrate the nutrient tool Overseer against all soil and farm types.
  • Support water efficient irrigation and economically viable water-storage schemes.
  • Ensure that Regional Plans are based on sound science not supposition.
  • Protect our world-class LUC Class 1 and 2 farmland from residential developers.
  • Use the tax system to drive environmental improvements and export growth.
  • Introduce commonsense reforms to workplace health and safety.
  • Require debt Mediation with strong curbs on the powers of receivers.

TRADE AND INNOVATION

  • Negotiate free and fair trade agreements in the interests of farmer-exporters
  • Boost publicly funded Research & Development to 2% of GDP.
  • Protect the integrity of food products from synthetic copies such as ‘dairy free milk’.
  • Put natural floor coverings like Kiwi wool into publicly funded buildings.

BOOSTING OUR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

  • Repeal the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act.
  • Establish new liquid milk supply guarantees for consumers and New Zealand majority-owned processor start-ups.
  • Review the Commodity Levies Act to ensure Industry Good Bodies deliver what is required.
  • Review the NAIT scheme (National Animal Identification & Tracing) to ensure that it meets its stated purpose.
  • Transfer Government Industry Agreements from farmers to importers.
  • Put biosecurity at the heart of government policy.

FORESTRY

  • Re-establish the New Zealand Forestry Service.
  • Re-establish the Crown’s direct ability to create state forests on Crown land and, with the co-operation of landowners, on private land.
  • Require the cessation of deforestation trough the felling of immature trees.
  • Ensure that the vast majority of our raw forest products are processed here in New Zealand.

WILD FISHERIES

  • Best practice science and stock monitoring in support of sustainable harvest or Total Allowable Catch.
  • The accurate determination of customary and Recreational Fishers’ actual and reasonable needs.
  • The determination of the limit of a recreational inshore fishery and the exclusion of trawling and other bulk commercial fishing methods within that determined inshore limit including areas of high juvenile abundance.
  • Consistent minimum legal size for recreational and commercial fishers and restrictions on commercial net size and type.
  • The reliable and accurate monitoring of commercial boat operations and locations and the prohibition of dumping.
  • No licensing system for recreational saltwater fishers, and preserve the status of existing game species.
  • That all fish caught in New Zealand waters to be landed and processed in New Zealand.

AQUACULTURE

  • Enable aquaculture development through a ‘National Coastal Policy Statement – Aquaculture’ to provide certainty for existing and future farmers.
  • Given Aquaculture’s immense economic potential, deliver a suite of other policies to ensure it is advanced.

MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

  • Review MPI Food Safety and the Food Act 2014 to remove unnecessary red-tape and bureaucratic meddling.
  • Immediately cease MPI’s interference with Manuka Honey, adopt Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) and put in place a marketing plan to correct the damage it has caused.
  • Revert to the traditional Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) name after forestry’s separation.