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NZ & FURTHER PROPOSED SNA LAND GRABS: 1500 West Coast property owners recently received letters in the mail, out of the blue, stating that their properties have been zoned for takeover by state control with restrictions taking immediate legal effect

Must read article on topic: SNAs (Significant Natural Areas) and what they are really about


This statement was posted at facebook by Groundswell NZ

State takeover of private land accelerates – Statement by Groundswell NZ

Anyone that owns, leases, or manages property or land in New Zealand, both urban and rural, should be very concerned about the latest developments on the West Coast. That is the message from Groundswell NZ, after over 1500 West Coast property owners received letters in the mail, out of the blue, stating that their properties had been zoned for takeover by state control and that restrictions would take immediate legal effect. There was no consultation with affected property owners and no compensation for loss of use or drop in property value. Property owners have been left in a state of shock and angry at the lack of respect and fair process.

This takeover of private land came about after the four West Coast councils released a combined district plan last week, called Te Tai o Poutini. The zonings include sites of significance to Maori, historic areas, outstanding natural landscapes, and significant natural areas (SNAs). Both urban and rural residents are impacted.

In taking this draconian action, the councils have now turned anything that has cultural, historic, or natural value into a liability. Would you want any of these features on your property if it would make you vulnerable to losing the use of your land and the resulting drop in the value of your property?

This state takeover of private land is accelerating throughout New Zealand, as local councils are being forced by Government directive to enforce unworkable regulations. The raft of ill-conceived regulations coming out of Wellington is causing considerable stress and anxiety for the thousands of people caught up by the legislation. This is the main reason Groundswell NZ started campaigning.

Groundswell NZ are calling for the West Coast councils to immediately withdraw the Te Tai o Poutini plan and to support their communities in lobbying the Government for workable legislation that focuses on achieving positive environmental outcomes, while working with and respecting the rights of people and communities.

Groundswell NZ

Further down is a copy of the letter received by West Coast land owners.


Note from EWR: Peter Williams touched on this topic on Magic Talk Radio (before he unexpectedly left his position there). He raised the logical questions folk are asking as the above statement indicates. However asking questions of government has swiftly become a big no-no. Only one source of truth allowed. See our previous articles on topic here with a link to the Northland mapping of SNAs for your perusal. For your own region go to your own council website. The second article cites protests in Northland where similar letters had been sent. Last I heard they council had backed up on it. Something to watch carefully and clearly kicking up has had results. Links to the articles below:

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

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

The second article also cites Barbara McKenzie’s excellent research on topic. It features at her site titled Sto Vouno.

A final note, land grabs by governments are not new. As most indigenous folk know. It has been a reality of their existence for a very long time. Here in NZ, century before last, indigenous who did not want to sell their lands were deemed ‘rebels’ (via a government Act) and their lands were confiscated. Thereby NZ Māori lost no less than 6 million acres. That was just via confiscations. Government employed other means also. Those histories are generally little known unfortunately. Hence when told about them folk commonly won’t believe them. A source of much division and angst. I personally have heard more than one first hand example.

Ironically (or should that be strategically?) the rationale for this robbery is Agenda 21/30 speak … ‘biodiversity’ and ‘areas of significance to Māori’. Not all of us are fooled by the hypocrisy we’ve seen for more than three decades now. The professions of sustainability on council websites are belied by the widespread pollution (& cover up) that is still going on. Since the inception of Agenda 21 our waterways are more polluted, homelessness up, poverty up, unemployment up, debt up, and on it goes. (See our Local Government Watch pages, main menu).


Photo: screen shot of Northland’s proposed SNAs

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

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.

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