Opinion

Editorial: Raising superann age a tough call

Big banks will resist moves to make compulsory comprehensive credit reporting.

National Superannuation brought big changes to the way New Zealand provides pensions for the elderly.

There's a better way for councils to use Overseer

Most regional councils have already extensive and robust water quality measuring systems in place.

OPINION: An 'empowering and collaborative, not dictatorial' approach to improving water quality.

Desperate for a drop to drink

DIRE STRAITS: The drought shows what happens when the tap gets turned off.

OPINION: The drought just declared brings into focus the need for New Zealand to keep developing water storage

Just how far can Overseer be trusted?

How much nitrate is this cow leaching? Overseer's accuracy is something to reflect on.

OPINION: Overseer is fine when used as intended, but regional councils' use as a regulatory instrument could be a step too far.

Farmers' attitudes to safety must change

Work Safe's new Safer Farms programme will hopefully see less of these scenes on New Zealand farms.
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OPINION: There are too many accidents occurring on farms and farmers must do more to reduce them.

'You should be more like Trev'

Lyn Webster

The idle 17-year-old has made a fateful mistake.

Staying on top of employment issues a must

NO EXCUSES: Breaches of minimum employment standards by farm employers are met with zero tolerance by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

OPINION: MBIE labour inspectorate investigations have made it clear to farmers that there is zero tolerance for breaches of minimum employment standards.

Rural sites need firefighting cover

Gert Stander, a rural broker at Crombie Lockwood 02022015

OPINION: Even if you are the most responsible farmer in the country, you can never be sure what your neighbour is up to.

Rachel Stewart: Free speech for all

Rachel Stewart

OPINION: Since my last column, some in the dairy farming community have been telling me, and everyone else, who I am.

Fairer tax demands people power

Our tax system is ridiculously complex, with 10 (out of 124) taxes generating 90 per cent of the revenue.

OPINION: Crusading journalists prove that even the mighty can be forced to pay their share.

Low milk price begins to pinch

BE CAREFUL: Local authorities are warning against drinking raw milk following the death of a toddler in Australia.

OPINION: The impact of the unexpectedly low milk price of $4.70/kg milk solids has hit like a tonne of bricks.

Stop putting boot into farmers over drought

DRY TIMES: Drought, sheep in dry paddock in Greendale area, Canterbury

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Alpine water would counter dry spell

Drought, sheep, Canterbury

OPINION: Spare a thought for farmers as you bask in the hot, dry weather.

Why doing things is bad

BAS NELIS: Fined for Trying To Do The Right Thing.

OPINION: Farmers are a terrible lot. They keep Doing Things, and Doing Things is a risky business.

Good news and bad

OPINION: Economic forecast heralds good and bad news.

Poaching penalties no deterrent

WORK NEEDED: Rustling and poaching cost the farming community about $120 million a year and more needs to be done to stop it.

OPINION: Stronger measures are needed to stop rustling.

Farmers not exempt from country's laws

Farmer

OPINION: There are a few tell-tale signs leading me to the conclusion that dairy farmers are very close to the brink.

Commentator overly sour on NZ's outlook

Australia's annual production has been stagnant at about around 10 billion litres of milk a year for the past decade.

OPINION: Jason Krupp analyses why there is no need to hit the panic button over the future of dairy.

Rules erode future for farming

Lyn Webster

OPINION: For some reason, farming is perceived as a "rich" sport, ripe for the picking.

Grunt work should bring results

Chris Lewis Federated Farmers President for Waikato

OPINION: Farmers have the best chance of success here if we work together, hence the setting up of an upper Waikato River users group.

Weak dairy set to make its mark

James Malden

OPINION: They say that the past helps to shape the future, so looking back at 2014 we might see some clues as to what this year has in store.

Relief for farmers but not posties

HERD OF THAT: New Zealand's dairy cow herd has reached a record level.

OPINION: Prospects for the dairy sector were looking a tad better yesterday.

Clobbering machine killing dairying

HUGE COST: The daily grind of meeting increasingly tighter regulations is not only costing farmers a fortune but wearing them down mentally.

OPINION: Who in their right mind would want to go dairy farming?

Is it bullying or justice?

HARSH: South Waikato dairy farmer Bas Nelis’ $16,875 fine and the recent $40,000 fine of a Marlborough couple for not wearing their quad bike helmets is a beat up on an industry that does not deserve it, Andrew McGiven says.

OPINION: Judges' heavy handed approach to farmers does more damage than good.

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

Heavy-handed approach

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: A "cock up" in the prosecution of South Waikato farmer Bas Nelis paints the Waikato Regional Council in a terrible light.

Last chance for tarnished silver

Silver Fern Farms has yet to report its results for the year to September, but expects a pre-tax profit of between $5m-$7m.

OPINION: Silver Fern Farms' deal with Goldman Sachs is marred by its weak position, but the co-op has got to do something.

Still money in small farms

FARM MANTRA: Passion and attention to detail rather than herd size delivers farm profitability.

Those of us working with farmers know that small farms can indeed be profitable.

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

Mike O'Donnell

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

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