Who is New Zealand's biggest landowner? RNZ journalist Kate Newton crunched the data, and the results may surprise you.
A foreign-owned forestry company has bought up more than 77,000 hectares of forests in just four years, to become the third largest landowner in New Zealand.
Newsroom Podcast (22min) – 7 October 2019
In spite of the abuse heaped on farmers by urbanites, the causes of climate change are a town and country problem.
It is pointless to pit “their” dirty rivers and belching cows against “our” urban traffic and sewage discharge. Yet the abuse of farmers by self-righteous urbanites is becoming so severe that it is probably contributing – along with debt and isolation – to serious mental-health problems in rural New Zealand.
The Listener Editorial – 28 September 2019
Vast new pine forests are being hailed as a solution to New Zealand's carbon emissions deficit - and promise a lucrative pay-day for investors. But farmers say they're gutting rural communities, not all environmentalists see them as a silver bullet, and the profits are largely being reaped by foreign owners.
RNZ – In Depth – 8 October 2019
Geologist and Tauranga mayoral candidate Andrew Hollis joins Peter Williams to discuss his submission against the Zero Carbon Bill. (12 minute radio interview)
Magic Talk – 24 September 2019
Sully Alsop from the Wairarapa, who was runner-up New Zealand Young Farmer of the Year, said farmers would appreciate a more supportive approach from Government in dealing with new legislation which will severely affect their businesses.
Stuff – 13 September 2019
"This government’s approach to environmental policy is undermining the mental health and well-being of the pastoral sector. Government has contributed strongly toward turning the NZ public against farming, which has had a severe impact on farmers’ self-esteem and on their ability to cope with a rapidly changing policy environment."
Chris Garland, BakerAg – 11 September 2019
Large scale conversion of sheep and beef farms to forestry as a result of the Zero Carbon Bill will have a significant negative impact on rural New Zealand, according to research released by Beef + Lamb New Zealand.
Beef and Lamb NZ – 8 August 2019
Climate change consultation news Farmers from Manawatū and beyond are frustrated their efforts to reduce emissions aren't already recognised. Officials from the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries spoke recently to a crowd in Palmerston North.
Stuff – 6 August 2019
You can make almost double just by shutting up your farm and not worrying about production in forestry if sheep and beef farmers convert to carbon sink farming, says Makairo farmer Lincoln Grant. "It spells the end of farming in the Tararua District at this stage but its all dependent upon Government policy," he says.
NZ Herald – 5 August 2019
New Zealand faces several climate change challenges, thanks to being an island nation and having an economy that relies on primary production. One solution to our country's challenges being touted at the moment is the planting of even more pine trees as forest sinks to offset our carbon emissions.
News Hub – Opinion by Mark Chapman, CEO of Horticulture New Zealand – 6 August 2019
When Kerry Worsnop and her neighbours walked away from a farm auction last month, they left in a state of shock. Forestry money had arrived and it had unexpectedly left their thriving community's future in its shade.
Stuff – Farming – 5 August 2019
In the escalating rhetoric of the forestry-versus-farming debate, it’s been said that planting a forest on a piece of land is little different to concreting it. It’s unlikely to be good for anything else ever again without a lot of perishingly expensive remediation.
The Listener – By Jane Clifton – 6 July 2019
As far north as sale yards get in New Zealand the Broadwood selling centre in Northland hosted one of the country’s more notable capital stock clearing sales last week. On behalf of Mark and Michelle Hammond of Herekino, Carrfields Livestock held the sale of a Hereford beef herd that put 50 years of top-quality genetics under the hammer, the animals’ grazing land destined for pine trees.
Farmers Weekly – Beef – 5 July 2019
In this country's frantic race to deliver on a throw-away election comment of 1 billion trees, we seem to be chasing numbers and not quality. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of productive farmland is being removed from livestock production by investors chasing a potential windfall from a speculated rising carbon price.
NZ Herald – Conservation Comment – 15 July 2019
The sudden demand for land on which to plant trees has had unforeseen effects on our farmers. Andy Scott speaks about the effect of increased land prices on farmers in his region as well as the importance of planting the right trees in the right place.
95bFM – 4 July 2019 (Audio)
The rapid expansion of forestry throughout the Tararua is causing much angst and stress for our communities and it concerns me to watch our people genuinely hurting in so many ways.
NZ Herald – The Country – 3 July 2019
"Businesses that produce carbon dioxide will be able to plant trees to offset their emissions. But the Bill specifically prevents farmers who produce methane from doing the same. This is in spite of many farmers already owning land suitable for planting wood lots."
NZCPR.com – Dr Muriel Newman – 9 June 2019
Where is the government at with the scheme to plant one billion trees in ten years? It follows concerns prime pasture is being converted into lucrative forestry land. Kathryn Ryan talks to Head of MPI's forestry service Te Uru Rākau's Julie Collins.
RNZ – Nine to Noon – 24 June 2019
The lobby group 50 Shades of Green says it wants the sale of productive farmland to stop until there's been an assessment of the social, economic and environmental impact of the Government's Billion Trees programme.
RNZ – Country Life – 14 June (Audio Excerpt of Mike Butterick of 50 Shades of Green and Katie Milne, Federated Farmers National President)
The Spin Off – 15 June 2019
Newstalk ZB Audio
(Interview by Heather Du Plessis-Allan) – 6 June
RNZ – Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan – 19 March
More than 150 people at a meeting in Masterton organised by Federated Farmers were united in imploring the government to “stop and think before you destroy our communities” by encouraging forestry on farmland.
Wairarapa Times-Age – 4 June
Austrian aristocrat Countess Veronika Leeb-Goess-Saurau has snapped up a sheep and beef farm in Wairarapa, to add to the northern Hawke's Bay property she bought two years ago.
Stuff – 5 June 2019
A lobby group (50 Shades of Green) has been formed as concern grows about the impact of the Government's billion trees policy on rural communities.
Newshub – 17 May 2019
Nathan Guy: Facebook – 24 May 2019
The Government needs to hit the pause button on policies which have led to thousands of hectares of hill country farmland being converted to blanket forestry in the last year, a lobby group says.
Stuff – 22 May 2019
Comment: Climate change is more about burning fossil fuels than the farming of animals, writes Federated Farmers climate change spokesman Andrew Hoggard.
Comment: NZ Herald- 31 May 2019
Warnings a modern day gold rush is underway as productive farm land is sold to make room for lucrative forestry. Farmers and community leaders in Wairoa have become the latest group to raise concerns
RNZ – Nine to Noon Interview – 17 May 2019
In November 2017, Shane Jones visited Wairoa. His pockets stuffed with millions of dollars for regional development, his mind set on getting unemployed cousins off the couch to plant a billion trees......
Dominion Post Editorial – 18 May 2019
There's been a lot of good news recently and I’m only surprised the country isn’t shouting from the rooftops. Our prosperity is generated from exports and the story around exports is all good.
Farmers Weekly (Alternative View) – 6 May 2019
Forecasters predict up to another 5.4 million hectares of trees will be needed to offset our carbon emissions so New Zealand’s primary sector and rural landscape will be changed irrevocably.
Farmers Weekly – 6 May 2019