Northern News : September 5th 2012
4 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 LETTERS am369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pm Tide Movement and Height for Russell Fishing Calendar by Bill Hohepa Tide Data LINZ TIDE & WEATHER GUIDE 3 2 1 0 Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Weather Forecast for Northland m For the latest weather information including Weather Warnings A few showers and increasing fine spells. Fresh southwesterlies, strong in exposed places, easing in the evening. Cloudy periods. Northwesterlies. Fine with westerlies. Rain developing. Northerlies strengthening. Fine in the morning then rain with little wind. Fine. Light winds. Fine with little wind. 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We saw great interest and concern by the vast majority of those we met about how the release of GE would affect New Zealand s enviable reputation as a clean green producer of high quality food and fibre. Your nation has a magnificent opportunity to learn from Australia s lack of foresight. Price penalties, market resistance and questionable agronomic aspects have combined with very high seed and technology costs to disillusion many who adopted and promoted GE. A major issue is the effect on non-GE and organic farmers. Co-existence has proven to be a fallacy because the GE material can not be contained. Contamination by less than 1 per cent GE material exposes non-GE growers to significant liability issues, expenses and market issues. While GE-free farmers suffer unfair costs and liabilities, the GE industry is financially rewarded for the inevitable contamination. The reason key issues of concern were ignored in Australia is because governments and research sectors plan on profiting from farmers on their public research alliances with multinationals. We urge New Zealand people to take genuine concerns seriously and not let the GM industry take control of the debate and the outcomes. Beware the GE man bearing gifts; in our country he is not a good citizen. We also return to Australia with new information given us by your NZ farmers and scientists on viable, effective, and available non GE alternatives relevant to our farms. This alone has made our visit to your beautiful country both pleasurable and beneficial. We thank our many new friends from New Zealand for their warm welcome and hospitality. Julie Newman and Bob Mackley Australia Can't co-exist Thanks for the excellent coverage of recent visit to Whangarei from Aussie farmers who have experienced GE contamination first hand. Everything they said at the recent public meeting confirmed our suspicion that co- existence of GE crops, conventional and organic ones is impossible. None of the countries in the world who have foolishly allowed GE crops to be grown have been able to keep them separate from conventional farmers operations. Of course, this may be the aim of multinationals like Monsanto who own the patents for certain GE crops and who oppose labeling of GE food. The Aussie government irresponsibly lifted the moratorium on GE crops in Western Australia, promising that GE and non-GE crops could co- exist , and hard working farmers in that area are now paying the price. In our view, it is unjust to ruin someone s business/ farming operation. It is outrageous to contaminate another farmers seed stocks and then try and sue them for having your patented crop on their land. We re fortunate indeed that all the Northland District Councils and the Auckland Council super- city are aware of the poor performance of central government regulatory agencies have united to protect our regions biosecurity from GMOs and other unwanted incursions of new organisms. However, the Northland Regional Council needs to do more to help the Northland territorial authorities and Auckland to keep GE experiments and releases off our patch. Recently, the NRC has given its regional policy committee the authority to make decisions regarding its policy statement, despite promising that all decisions regarding that document would be made by full council. There is growing concern about committee chairman Ian Walker s influence on the proposed statement. Cr Walker appears to be working from a pre- determined personal position, to try and disappear the NRC s own precautionary GE policy. He continues to irrationally claim that the GE issue isn t an issue of significance for Northland . In the round of public consultation, ask the NRC to reinstate the precautionary GE provision. Zelka Grammer and Tim Vallings Maungakaramea More detail Mayor Brown s push for the FNDC to become a single unitary authority is very short on detail and, in my view, long on misleading rhetoric. This proposal has been four years in the making yet some two months before submissions are to be made, there is no financial data. They say the devil is in the detail so is this why we are not seeing it? The mayor claims that the only number that Whangarei has greater is debt. Pardon me, wasn t it widely reported only some two weeks ago that rates owed to northern councils is some $30 million and of that almost $25m is carried by the FNDC? Whangarei s share in comparison being a mere $2.89m. Now one might have to accept that our mayor is not strong on rating matters given: 1. He has publicly stated he hates paying rates 2. He happily lives on a property that doesn t pay rates and 3. The widely reported rating development contributions dispute which has had to be sorted out by the auditor-general. Yes we have the largest land mass, the largest coastline, the largest area that doesn t pay rates (Crown and Maori land) and the smallest number of ratepayers who actually pay rates. His claims that we will be better off seems to fly in the face of Mike Sabin s call for a Whole of Northland approach for a better Northland and a bigger voice in central Government. Also, wouldn t one authority for Northland avoid splitting Ngapuhi ? J Davis Kawakawa Far North Mayor Wayne Brown responds: It is a pity Mr Davis didn t raise these questions at a workshop earlier this month where community board members unanimously supported the council s bid to become a unitary authority. At this stage, the Better Local Government in the Far North Working Group is only concerned with the general functions of a Far North Unitary Authority. A more detailed picture of the new organisation will emerge if the Local Government Commission decides to progress the FNDC s unitary authority application. However, it is important to note that taking over the functions of the Northland Regional Council would only involve a relatively small increase in activity for the FNDC whose annual budget is nearly four times larger than the regional council s. A Far North Unitary Authority would acquire costs associated with providing regional council services in the Far North, but it would also gain NRC funds currently tagged for the provision of these services. What we are proposing is to reallocate existing budgets -- and make savings by stripping out duplication costs -- not create new budgets for new activities. It is also important to point out that replacing Northland s four councils doesn t preclude a whole of Northland approach to issues. The FNDC has a good working relationship with the Whangarei District Council and would work with a Whangarei Unitary Authority on regional initiatives. A Far North Unitary Authority would also be able to articulate a clearer Far North voice in Wellington, instead of relying on Whangarei- centric committees to lobby on its behalf. Mr Johnson appears to favour replacing Northland s four councils with one council. This would require a more radical restructuring of local government in Northland and centralise more decision-making powers in Whangarei. Finally, Mr Johnson appears to be confusing debt owed by the Whangarei and Far North District Councils with debt that ratepayers owe the councils. What I said was Whangarei District Council had more borrowings than the Far North District Council and that remains true.
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