March for the Future of Provincial New Zealand
Wellington March to Parliament
Rural NZ has had a gutsful
Approximately 1200 people joined us to walk to Parliament on the 14th of November, 2019
After speeches at Civic Square: We walked on Willis street into Lambton Quay arriving at Parliament at 1pm.
All in all, 6 speeches delivered, all of which you can read on the links on the right.
OUR PURPOSE: We mached to demonstrate and communicate that we will not be ridden over roughshod by a political agenda which shows no regard for genuine community wellbeing or genuine democratic consultation. The rural sector is being excluded from critical policy making decisions at the same time that anti farming lobbyists are being ushered in. We are calling the Government out. We deserve a level playing field and a fair go.
A FAIR GO. That’s all NZ Farming communities are asking for.
We are the men and women who grow your food. We work in the rain, sun, snow and wind to take care of this land, our animals and families.
We ask for a fair go on Emissions (Net ZCB) – We own land, which is home to hundreds of thousands, even millions of trees and yet our emissions reductions targets are unnecessarily high and ‘gross’ while other emitters have ‘net’ targets which will be met by planting what remains of our farms and communities in trees.
We ask for a fair go on Water Regulations. We are custodians of vast waterways, a role we have embraced over the last 20 years and into which huge investments have been made. We were not properly consulted on the Freshwater Reforms. None of our elected representatives were permitted at the table to provide a voice on our behalf. Meanwhile environmental lobby groups were ushered in to share in the spoils of an unfettered political agenda. We need local solutions to local problems, and we need to be heard.
We ask for a fair go on Land Use Changes (ETS): The Government never originally intended to return carbon credits to foresters for carbon sequestration, the forestry industry lobbied for over 6 years to achieve this outcome. This artificial market for sequestered units will drive escalating afforestation by international and domestic investors at an unprecedented scale should the ‘free market’ be given its head and allowed to bolt onto our hills. Our Communities are not carbon sinks, our people matter more than that.
We ask a fair go for Mental Health. The Farmers of New Zealand and their families are being painted as environmental vandals by their own Government. The persistent focus on farming being a ‘problem’ is perpetuating the groundswell of disgusting behaviour targeting farmers and even their children by extremist activists intent on furthering their own agendas. This campaign against rural businesses and their families can not be ignored or worse, given credibility by the Government, or rural families will ultimately pay the price.
Visit our facebook page for a variety of images taken on the day.
SIGNAGE: We encouraged people to: “Be creative with your signs, here’s some tips for effective sign creation:
- Have a clear message
- Use humour and wit
- Keep it simple
- Remember that presentation matters
- Be passionate
- No personal attacks
Play the game, not the man, nothing personal. We reserve the right to ban offensive signs.