We aim to encourage innovative ideas to utilise our untapped, excess raw materials. For example, crossbred wool prices are barely covering the costs of shearing and wool is one of the agricultural products we produce in abundance. Is there an innovative way to use this wool?
ONE Party is committed to establish and protect New Zealand’s autonomy as a trading nation and maintain our unique ability to provide healthy ‘clean food’ to world markets. In the past we believe we have sold ourselves short on the international stage. All our trade deals need to be beneficial to NZ and promote trade with our natural allies, expanding our markets internationally.
ONE Party will:
- Work to improve stewardship of our nation’s rich natural resources.
- Remove red tape and onerous government policies that are based on questionable science and directives from international entities.
- Support no Emission Trading System or Carbon Tax on Agriculture and will introduce laws to prevent the mass planting of trees on productive agricultural land.
- Support the move towards ‘Regen Ag’, regenerative farming1 – which holds promise to redirect land use industries towards systems that work with the natural environment and will regenerate the land.
- Provide extra funding for rural GP’s. Rural doctors and medical centres are often the difference between life and death for those living and working in rural communities. These people need to be well trained and the centres adequately staffed and funded
- Provide extra funding for agricultural training and cadet farms so that farming is a viable career opportunity. Training people in the primary industry sector is expensive because a lot of the training is hands on, often one on one, and with expensive equipment. This means that bulk funding normally used in vocational training is inadequate.
- Work to reduce New Zealand’s reliance on imported fertilisers. Chemical usage on farm is steadily increasing at an alarming rate, and with consumers becoming increasingly health conscious we need to ensure all products are ethically produced to the highest quality.
- Encourage organic farming and sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide into soil carbon to increase animal health, pastoral farming profits and nutrition levels in our primary industry products.
- Instigate a phasing out of halal killing in NZ meat processing factories, and promote the sale of non-halal killed meat, both in NZ and abroad. Halal killed meat to be branded as such. This would need to be a phased approach.
- Promote and support the family-owned farm, owned by New Zealanders. The family unit has been under increasing attack from overseas owned investment companies and large corporates. This has removed the pathway to farming that once existed for aspiring young farmers.
- Develop and support pathways for a new generation of young farmers to get into land ownership.
- Introduce a “sinking lid” policy on foreign ownership of land and re-introduce the Anti-Monopoly Act to restrict large corporations buying up farmland.
- Strive to keep our borders safe by increasing biosecurity.1 Tighten rules around importation of animal products. Introduce more liability for those found to be the cause of a border breach.
- Encourage NZ grown produce and restrict the importation of animal products when they can be produced within our country.