Re­v­erse sen­si­tiv­ity risks

Good grow­ing ar­eas need pro­tec­tion.

NZ Grower - - Your Levy At Work - By Glenys Chris­tian

Hor­ti­cul­tural growth is go­ing to be mas­sive, and is per­haps where New Zealand’s fu­ture lies ac­cord­ing to Auckland’s deputy mayor, Bill Cash­more.

“But there are chal­lenges with re­v­erse sen­si­tiv­ity and if we don’t con­tain those we won’t have a food in­dus­try in NZ,” he told teach­ers on a tour of Pukekohe hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­tries.

“And if we don’t have that we’re in deep stuk.”

He told of be­ing phoned by a res­i­dent at Puni, out­side Pukekohe, who was alarmed that what turned to be a top­dress­ing plane spread­ing fer­tiliser was on fire with “smoke” bil­low­ing out be­hind it.

“If a plane an­noys you maybe

Par­nell is where you should be,” he said.

“And farm­ers have to do things like start their trac­tors at 3am. You’re wel­come to join to ru­ral life­style but leave some of your ur­ban ideas be­hind.”

The Orere Point sheep and beef farmer orig­i­nally ran for coun­cil of­fice af­ter be­com­ing frus­trated at de­lays in re­ceiv­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion for a com­mer­cial build­ing. Now he said a huge amount had been achieved with the coun­cil’s uni­tary plan.

“One thou­sand pages of inane rules have been taken out and coun­cil staff are em­pow­ered to make de­ci­sions, not form com­mit­tees,” he said.

Auckland’s pop­u­la­tion was ex­pected to grow from the present 1.6 mil­lion to two mil­lion by 2028, with Ki­wis re­turn­ing home as well as mi­gra­tion from in­side the coun­try as well as from over­seas. “But growth can’t keep spi­ral­ing out­wards. Our great grow­ing ar­eas need to be pro­tected,” he said.

More peo­ple were needed to work in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try where there were many op­por­tu­ni­ties, as seen by his 22-year-old niece run­ning a large scale dairy­ing op­er­a­tion in Hawke’s Bay.

“And she owns a lot of the cows,” he said.

“We can im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment with each gen­er­a­tion as well as em­brac­ing the new tech­nol­ogy that’s com­ing. Think lo­cal, ru­ral and NZ.”

◀ Auckland’s deputy mayor, Bill Cash­more, ad­dress the teach­ers while they en­joy lunch Pa­tuma­hoe’s Se­cret Gar­den. In the back­ground is Leeann Mor­gan, Young Farm­ers’ teacher li­ai­son man­ager.

▴ Bill Cash­more with some of the teach­ers on the tour.

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