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The recent NZ Farmers’ protest & what it was about

On Friday (16th July 2021) NZ farmers and supporters turned out country wide to protest the government’s latest proposals for environmental / conservation changes (in accordance with the UN Agenda 2030 plans). Shelley Krieger has explained what exactly the protest was about ….

Excerpt:Once parts of land are classified as an SNA you lose your rights to that land… you have to fence it off at your own cost and still pay the rates on it but you can no longer use it … one Farmer near Inangahua is about to lose 80% of his 600 hectare farm …”

“In case anyone was confused as to why the Farmers were protesting on Friday I thought I would just put something here so people have an idea of why. Firstly SNA’s (Significant Natural Areas), these are areas of people’s farm land or lifestyle blocks that the Government is getting the councils to survey. This is native blocks of land that have wild flora and wild animals that pass through it.

Once parts of land are classified as an SNA you lose your rights to that land, can not farm it or build on it. You have to fence it off at your own cost and still pay the rates on it but you can no longer use it. In some instances it is 80-90% of peoples land. One farmer near Inangahua is about to lose 80% of his 600hectare farm (1482 acres, of which he will lose the ability to farm or sell 1185 acres). So you could see how that could be upsetting.
Next is the clean water accord. We as farmers are all for cleaning up the waterways and huge work has been done. The building of sediment traps to stop dirt eroding into rivers, fencing, riparian plantings (planting flaxes and trees along the waterways), effluent management, reducing nitrogen and fertiliser use, and trying to do more regenerative farming. I know that the perception from the media is that we are doing nothing and I’m sure there are a few die hard older farmers that are not prepared to change, but the younger ones coming in are fully aware of their obligations to the environment. And believe it or not farmers are the first ones to ring MPI if they see an animal welfare issue or the council if they see bad practices happening.
In the “Good Old Days” Dairy sheds were actually built alongside rivers so they could pump the cow poop into the rivers, because they didn’t know what the outcome would be, same as the meat works, they used to let all their waste go into the rivers too! Times have changed and we are making changes. The thing is, its not as easy to make some of the changes that everyone wants straight away. We ourselves have been using compost instead of fertiliser, are using natural grass stimulant instead of Urea and are spraying fish fertiliser onto the paddocks to stimulate growth to try to move away from synthetic fertilisers, and put our cow effluent on with pods that put it on lightly. Its hit and miss. Some of the things work well and some don’t. Grass and crops take the nutrients out the soil so we must replace it, you can not just deplete the soil of all its nutrients otherwise it won’t grow anything. I know of 3 other farmers that went organic and all 3 sold up because they weren’t making any money. The costs involved in being organic made the farms uneconomical. We also have another Farm close to us that has been trialing Regenerative Farming, he is a generational farmer with very little debt and he is having to sell the farm off 100 acres at a time because he’s not making enough money to pay the staff. So you can see it is a balancing act. When we borrow to buy the farm and the animals the bank only lends to us under the proviso that we do a certain amount of production to be able to cover the mortgage repayments. If we fall behind in production then the bank starts to put pressure on for payment which is an added pressure on top of the public pressure, the media pressure and the environmental pressure.

To top that off the Government has also said that we have to have our winter crops in the ground by the 1st of October or we will be fined. In the South Island it is impossible to get the crops in by then, it’s still winter and it is either raining or snowing and the ground is too wet to get a tractor into the paddocks to get the seed in the ground.

There is also new legislation coming in that says we have to pay to get resource consent every year to plant our crop paddocks if they are on more than a 10 degree slope, and that pugging of the paddocks must only be to a certain depth or we will be fined. We have to produce a farm map to council with a detailed plan of which paddocks will be cropped, and how each one will be fed. No farming costs can be passed on to the consumer! Every time you go to the supermarket and are outraged at the prices, so are we! Dairy farmers only get about 12cents out of that block of butter. Next time when you drive past a farm instead of thinking “those lucky buggers”, think instead of how big their mortgage is. If a Tradie has to buy something for the job at your house and the price has gone up on that item, then he/she can add that extra cost on to the job. Farmers can not. We get given the price the Global Dairy Auction or the Meat Works set for us. Any extra costs we have lumped on us have to get taken out of our living costs, and some of us now can not afford to employ as many people.

We are also extremely concerned about the Government introducing legislation that we have to slaughter up to 30% of the farmed animals that we have in NZ.

That is millions of beautiful cows and sheep so NZ can reduce their carbon emissions. For us who have a small herd and have generations of cow families this will be devastating for us to kill our beautiful cows, not only that but it puts us in a terrible position with the bank.

We are also getting pressure from the Activists that are trespassing on our farms and using drones during the day, and drones with lights at night that terrify the cows and push them into boggy areas so photos can be taken. They are also taking down reeled electric fences and moving the cows into boggy areas to get a “good shot”.

If they have an issue with how someone is grazing their cows they only need to ring the Regional council or MPI and an inspector will be sent out, but putting it on TV, even though it is taken out of context seems to be the “in thing” nowadays to outrage people. In Australia they could be fined $100,000 but unfortunately we don’t have such laws here. I’m not saying there won’t be some issues out there but everyone is trying their best, and the rules keep changing so some farmers are actually confused about what they are supposed to be doing and need help to get it right. Unfortunately a lot of the people they are training up as Inspectors who have degrees in environmental things have never actually been on a farm before and don’t know what they are doing, and have very little knowledge on how to actually help the farmers, other than fine them.

Another thing that doesn’t affect us, but I know it does for a lot of other farmers and growers, is the Government not allowing immigrant workers in or out through the border.

It has been devastating for most fruit growers not having anyone to pick their fruit. The thing with seasonal work is that the workers are only needed at certain times of the year, so Kiwi’s don’t want to do it, but someone has to do it! We went through the Central South Island last week and the fruit lying on the ground is heartbreaking.
Also the immigrants who are here on work visa’s can’t go home and see their families and come back, so some are leaving for good. This is wrong.
Another bit of legislation that is in the wings is the 3 Waters Scheme which everyone should be worried about. They are spending $4.5million at the moment promoting it on TV, but most people probably go and make a cuppa while it is on during the ad break.

In this proposal the Government want to take over all the Council water infrastructure for a pittance payment so they can get control of the water. Once they have control of the water they can do whatever they want and may start charging us all for it, and by that I mean every time you turn on the tap you will be charged for every litre.

At the moment you pay for the water to get to your place, and pay to have it leave, but you don’t actually pay for the water, so this is going to be another cost for everyone even though the water falls from the sky and is therefore free.
The Ute tax was just an add on. It was new legislation that came out after the protest had already been organized. It doesn’t affect us because we can’t afford a new ute, but I can see where everyone is coming from, that you shouldn’t be penalized when there is no alternative to purchase. It should have been a tax on all vehicles if they were really that serious about everyone getting EVs.


Shelley Krieger

SNAs (Significant Natural Areas) and what they are really about

There was a huge turnout of people in the Far North today, resisting the FNDC’s recent SNA plans materializing there. (See video). Read the RNZ article at the link below on what SNAs are defined as:

Excerpt: FNDC has sent 8000 letters to its residents identifying up to 100 percent of some properties to be classified as SNAs of biodiversity worth. This will mean the introduction of major limits on what can be done with this land into the future. the government looks to controversially bring in SNAs across New Zealand and passes the task of their implementation on to councils.(RNZ)

You can peruse the said properties marked for SNA designation on this map.

What most folk are unaware of is the real agenda that is driving the SNAs.

Rosa Koire who sadly passed away very recently was an authority on the agenda I refer to. It was originally called Agenda 21 now termed Agenda 30. In a nutshell she described it thus:

The UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world.Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is about Inventory and Control!
See Democrats Against Agenda 21 to watch the video (titled ‘It is Destined to Happen this Way).

Now the Agenda originated and remains under the UN. NZ was signed up to it without our knowledge or prior consultation in 1992; The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (Agenda 21).

This agenda is not conspiracy. It has been dubbed ‘conspiracy’ to prevent you looking further. You can read further about this UN plan at the link and download the actual document, a very long read (NZ is on the list there as having signed): https://www.postsustainabilityinstitute.org/which-nations-signed-agenda-21.html

It sounds great as Rosa says, ‘sustainable’, ‘biodiversity’ and so on, all couched in warm conservationist rhetoric. However it is anything but. We are in reality looking at a cover plan if you like. To learn more of that plan,read Dr Naomi Jacob’s article on topic at the following link. She writes about the NZ context:

SOCIALIST COUNCILS,
DEBT-BONDAGE AND
SERFDOM

Read here also for further info.

A further article on the hidden agenda of so called Sustainable Development comes from sott.net:

Beware Agenda 21 And Its Green New Deal: Plundering The World Under The Guise of ‘Sustainable Development’

Excerpt: “Grazing livestock” is listed as “unsustainable” in the UN’s Global Biodiversity Assessment Report. In the same document, agriculture and private property are listed as “unsustainable.” All the private property and water rights infringements we have been seeing come directly out of the Sustainable Development programs. They come in a wide variety of names to throw people off, such as Comprehensive Planning, Growth Management, Smart Growth, and so forth.

So there you have it people. Grazing livestock is ‘unsustainable’, as also is the ownership of private property.

Your local councils have been since the introduction of Agenda 21, the Trojan Horses for its rollout. This is why your CEs are on large bloated salaries and in debt up to their necks. Question it and they will tell you it is ‘good debt’. To pay off the debt of course they are ‘obliged’ to raise your rates. The Jacobs article outlines that scenario very well. It was the debt and rate hikes of the Kaipara DC that prompted her to write the article. You can learn more at this link.

As for conservation and sustainability, that is a farce given the level (and we are three decades into this great ‘plan’) of (council) pollution we have around NZ currently. I have observed for several years now, as have many of us, the lip service by local councils, and the actual reality ‘on the ground’. Our rivers are filthy and can no longer be swum in. Try to oppose that and see what you may be in for.

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Significant Natural Areas (SNAs): How NZ Cities Are Implementing Agenda 21 and the American Wildlands Project

Rosa Koire – The Truth Behind the UN Sustainable Agenda

Significant Natural Areas (SNAs): How NZ Cities Are Implementing Agenda 21 and the American Wildlands Project

The SNAs is a topic currently of great concern I’m noticing on social media. Read & learn if you’ve not heard of it. I saved a link to an online map of Northland recently, indicating proposed SNAs there. It is land grabbing under the guise of biodiversity (UN Agenda 21/30, that topic everyone’s been calling conspiracy for years). The header image is of proposed SNAs in Northland. This article however focuses more upon cities and what is planned. For deeper insights into Agenda 21/30 read Rosa Koire’s Behind the Green Mask, it is available online. Visit our Agenda 21/30 pages at the main menu. EWR
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From stovouno.org

The American Wildlands Project, now termed the Wildlands Network, proposes the designation of 50% of the United States as core wilderness areas with little or no human use, connected by corridors of little or no human use, and surrounded by buffer zones of highly regulated use.  Exposure of the Wildlands Project was responsible for the United States not ratifying the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity in 1994.

The Wildlands project is associated with Agenda 21, which New Zealand endorsed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and which is the text for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and ongoing programmes which support these policies.

Wellington and other New Zealand cities are implementing an urban version of the Wildlands Project.

In September of this year, suburban homeowners in Wellington were startled to receive notification that a smaller or greater part of their suburban property was to be incorporated into something called ‘Significant Natural Areas’ (SNAs) or ‘Backyard Taonga’.  This clearly has implication for property rights and values, however this was glossed over in the accompanying letter.

READ MORE

https://stovouno.org/2019/10/26/significant-natural-areas-snas-how-nz-cities-are-implementing-agenda-21-and-the-american-wildlands-project/

Did you know NZ is signed on to a UN plan that requires among other things high density (forced) urbanisation, a reduction in private property rights & depopulation?

“For New Zealanders, Agenda 21 means the complete destruction of a way of life that most people see as positive.”

Agenda 21 and the Draft NZ Biodiversity Strategy

From stovouno.org

By Barbara McKenzie

The current New Zealand government has produced a raft of measures to implement the United Nations Agenda 21, including the draft Biodiversity Strategy, the Zero Carbon Bill, the Oil and Exploration Bill, and the One Billion Trees Fund.

AGENDA 21

In 1992 Agenda 21 was adopted in Rio de Janeiro at the UN Earth Summit Conference on Environment and Development. It is defined by the United Nations as a ‘comprehensive plan for action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the United Nations system, governments and major groups in every area in which humans impact the environment.’ New Zealand is signatory to this (ostensibly non-binding) international treaty with over 100 other countries.

‘The UN’s Agenda 21 is definitely comprehensive and global — breathtakingly so. Agenda 21 proposes a global regime that will monitor, oversee, and strictly regulate our planet’s oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, aquifers, sea beds, coastlands, wetlands, forests, jungles, grasslands, farmland, deserts, tundra, and mountains. It even has a whole section on regulating and “protecting” the atmosphere. It proposes plans for cities, towns, suburbs, villages, and rural areas. It envisions a global scheme for healthcare, education, nutrition, agriculture, labor, production, and consumption — in short, everything; there is nothing on, in, over, or under the Earth that doesn’t fall within the purview of some part of Agenda 21.’ (William Jasper, Your Hometown and the United Nations Agenda 21)

Agenda 21 is the culmination and ultimate expression of a number of UN Conferences and UN-drafted pacts and declarations to do with the place of humanity in the environment, and the management of humanity overall.  Almost all of these have been signed by New Zealand.  They  are dominated by two assumed, overriding and non-negotiable values – debate of the first never arises, and of the second is never permitted:

  • The precedence of ‘biodiversity’ over all other rights, even of human life;
  • The non-negotiability of the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming narrative.

The United Nations vision includes the following priorities:

  • High-density (forced) urbanisation
  • Reduction or elimination of private property rights
  • Reduction of population

See: A Critical Analysis of Agenda 21 – United Nations Program of Action 

or in brief: Agenda 21 in One Easy Lesson

The American Wildlands Project

The American Wildlands Project, (now calling itself the Wildlands Network) is an implementation of UN policies on biodiversity and human habitat. It proposes to set up to one-half of America into core wilderness reserves and interconnecting corridors, all surrounded by interconnecting buffer zones. No human activity would be permitted in the core reserves and corridors, and only highly regulated activity would be permitted in the buffer zones. Human settlement would be in high density cities.  The purpose of the corridors is to allow large animals like bison to roam free, including migration across the continent.

Ratification of the United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity was defeated in the US Senate, when the concept of the Wildlands Project formed the bsis for the convention.   A number of American states have taken steps to ban Agenda 21 and the local body network ICLEI, specifically set up to ensure implementation of Agenda 21 (most cities in New Zealand belong to ICLEI).

The principles of Agenda 21 and the Wildlands Project are being enacted by Local Bodies and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). People are jailed and/or heavily fined for interfering with the slightest trickle of water on their property; small towns are startled to find high-rise, high density developments out of all keeping approved; farmers and other rural dwellers are being forced off their land through taxation or zoning.  Powers of eminent domain have been extended to allow councils to agree with developers to confiscate private land, in order to build pack and stack subdivisions, also used to take land for projects such as bike paths.

‘Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.’ Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project

Note: the term Agenda 21 is no longer used by the UN and governments, because of the negative connotations it has acquired. Instead they talk of sustainability and resilience: the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are in fact Agenda 21 goals.

See also: Michael Coffman, Background to the Wildlands Project, and a couple of horror stories

New Zealand

New Zealand has had a policy of preserving native forest, and protecting native fauna, and generally caring for the environment, independent of the United Nation.  About 30% of New Zealand is forested, on public or private land – this is far more than most industrialised countries.  National parks also include large tracts of non-forested land which are protected from development. Cities have extensive reserves.  Many suburban sections in hilly towns like Wellington, even modest ones,  have small tracts of native bush.

New Zealanders have a very close physical connection with nature and the outdoors, perhaps through pursuits like tramping, skiing, beach activities; for many people this connection is largely through time spent in their own backyards. Most New Zealanders live in houses of one or two stories with a garden, usually consisting of lawns, flowers, shrubs.

The effect of the implementation of Agenda 21 on lifestyle will be far more dramatic  in New Zealand than in Turkey, for example, where even quite small towns consist of apartment buildings. It will also entail the loss of the eco-system provided by the suburban and small-town lifestyle.

For New Zealanders, Agenda 21 means the complete destruction of a way of life that most people see as positive.

READ MORE

https://stovouno.org/2019/09/21/agenda-21-and-the-draft-nz-biodiversity-strategy/

 

“NZ’s Predator Free 2050 program .. not .. well informed by scientific knowledge or conservation best practice” say two conservation academics

NZ’s very controversial Predator Free 2050 program is driven by “international agreements and a global agenda to purge all non native species of animals and plants around the world”.

A paper published by Professor Wayne Linklater and Dr Jamie Steer (July 2018) in Conservation Letters: A Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology  (cited at the Wiley Online Library*) concludes that the Government’s Predator Free 2050 program “has not been well informed by scientific knowledge or conservation best practice. It also misdirects attention” they say “from more fundamental and direct threats to biodiversity protection and recovery”.

Associate Professor Wayne Linklater from Victoria University’s School of Biological Sciences, considered by many to be the “founder of modern pest management in New Zealand” was recently awarded the 2018 Peter Nelson Memorial Trophy by New Zealand’s Biosecurity Institute in recognition of his research in pest management.

Dr Jamie Steer is a  Senior Biodiversity Advisor for Greater Wellington Regional Council. He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science from the University of Auckland, a Master of Science in Ecology and Biodiversity, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is a former member of the Ecological Society of New Zealand and a current Associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.

I’m sure you will agree that these two academics are well qualified to be commenting on NZ’s Predator Free agenda. DoC have purportedly discussed with them the concerns outlined in their research paper, however DoC is undeterred. Bear in mind they are tasked with selling to the public a global agenda signed up to historically to rid every nation in the world of any and all non native species, plant and animal.

You can read the research paper at the link:

Predator Free 2050: A flawed conservation policy displaces higher priorities and better, evidence‐based alternatives

Abstract

New Zealand’s policy to exterminate five introduced predators by 2050 is well‐meant but warrants critique and comparison against alternatives. The goal is unachievable with current or near‐future technologies and resources. Its effects on ecosystems and 26 other mammalian predators and herbivores will be complex. Some negative outcomes are likely. Predators are not always and everywhere the largest impact on biodiversity. Lower intensity predator suppression, habitat protection and restoration, and prey refugia will sometimes better support threatened biodiversity.

READ THE ENTIRE PAPER AT THE SOURCE:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/conl.12593


 

*”Conservation Letters is a scientific journal publishing empirical and theoretical research with significant implications for the conservation of biological diversity. The journal welcomes submissions across the biological and social sciences – especially interdisciplinary submissions – that advance pragmatic conservation goals as well as scientific understanding”.  SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

By Barbara Lewis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia’s and Greece’s requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.

Under a law signed in March individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted …. read more

France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

eiffel-tower-803488_1280This is excellent news. The article is from inhabitat.com via the Guardian

“France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years…”

Read more: France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building