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Carbon Tax Back On The Agenda

Posted on 10 Jun 2004
Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton today effectively endorsed the future shock of Government-imposed energy costs on rural New Zealand, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. 

Political Expediency Hijacks Tenure Review

Posted on 01 Jun 2004
South Island High Country farmers should consider withdrawing from the Labour Government’s tenure review process, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff suggested today.

Compensation For Exporters

Posted on 28 May 2004

ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today called on Customs Minister Rick Barker to ensure compen

Budget Mustn't Ignore Rural New Zealand

Posted on 25 May 2004
Rural New Zealand will be expecting the Labour Government to recognise the importance of primary industries to our economy in Thursday’s Budget, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.

Meat And Wool NZ Must Investigate Lamb Prices

Posted on 08 Apr 2004
ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today urged Meat and Wool New Zealand - seen by most producers as an “independent referee” - to investigate the disparity in lamb and beef prices between the North and South Islands.

What's Happening To Rural New Zealand?

Posted on 07 Apr 2004
First published in the Rural News, Tuesday April 6, 2004.

Shh...Don't Tell Hodgson: Methane Gas On Mars!

Posted on 30 Mar 2004
ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today predicted that the Labour Government would investigate the possibility of taxing Mars, in light of the discovery of methane gas on the red planet.

RMA Spells The End For Project Aqua

Posted on 29 Mar 2004
Meridian Energy’s scrapping of Project Aqua, has highlighted flaws in the RMA, and raises questions over New Zealand’s future with the Kyoto Protocol, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. 

Govt Passes Buck On Dam Safety

Posted on 24 Mar 2004
Labour is set to impose new requirements for irrigation dams that could impose substantial costs on water users – despite Economic Development officials warning that owners will ‘kick up a fuss’, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff revealed today.

Irrigators Set Up To Fail, Says Eckhoff

Posted on 23 Mar 2004
Labour has set up irrigators to fail when they present their case to the Government-appointed Water Allocation Committee, regarding water rights to the Waitaki River, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.
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