- RWNZ requests that both a gender and rural impact analysis be carried out on the draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Diversity so there is an assurance of no adverse impacts on rural communities.
- RWNZ contests that any development on highly productive land is inappropriate. The context for us is the destruction of rural communities and food security. The effects of development on highly productive land is always detrimental to farming families and communities.
- RWNZ supports continually updating the Act and is more than happy to share our Members’ personal experiences with public and private land access. The ability to freely access the outdoors continues to be an important part of the New Zealand experience, both for locals and tourists. RWNZ celebrates the ability to access the land but urges visitors to enter private farmland respectfully and mindfully.
- RWNZ supports New Zealand’s continued efforts of addressing the severity of climate change and taking action as a leader in environmental sustainability. We believe it is in the best interest of rural communities, New Zealand, and the world to ensure the environment remains healthy and secure. However, the Zero Carbon Bill means serious change for the farming industry if enacted. Members of rural communities are worried about their livelihoods and the change this Bill will cause.
- As a whole, our members were unclear whether these proposals would result in an improvement.
- RWNZ agrees in principle with the general direction of this bill, however, there are a few observations and recommendations. RWNZ supports environmentally and financially sustainable land use, which can include organic production. We see this as a key to maintaining vibrancy in our rural communities, which in turn are essential to the social, cultural, economic, and environmental wellbeing of New Zealand.
- This submission agrees with the proposed scope and would like aquaculture products to be considered. Additionally, it is often confusing to consumers as to what is truly organic. Implementing and enforcing a regulation that limits these issues will help New Zealand develop further export and trade opportunities.
- RWNZ supports the need for swimmable lakes, rivers, and streams for drinking, swimming and recreational activities as well as for fauna and ecosystems. RWNZ believes the freshwater policy must aim high for the health of our people, our wildlife,
our environment, and our communities.
- This submission opposes aspects of the application for the Order that proposes to limit the take of water from the lower River, in particular below Whanawhana. Additionally, RWNZ opposes the application applying to connected groundwater of the Ngaruroro River.
- On the whole, RWNZ supports the initiatives put forward in this paper. The underlying goal of improving water quality is of critical importance to our members. At the same time, our members are also realistic about the costs and complexities involved in meeting government aspirations for water quality.
- In general, RWNZ supports the changes in this Bill. However, we do have concerns about recent spikes in New Zealand’s road toll and current police levels. We think the question of whether current policing levels are appropriate for road safety purposes should be
examined as part of this Bill. In addition, ongoing government investment in better-educating drivers also must also be part of the solution.
- RWNZ commends the Ministry for the amendments to the NPS. However, RWNZ recommends that a Rural Impact Assessment is applied to any inquiry, legislation, regulations, statements, and policy.