Nats get a 6/10 for ag policy
“National’s agriculture policy says the right things but has too much compromise and a glaring omission of policy on He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) and protecting property rights from Significant Natural Areas (SNAs). ACT has the policy that will bring about real change for farmers,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.Read more
Government needs to back off rural sector
“With today’s significant drop in Global Dairy Trade (GDT), the Government needs to back off farmers and consider the impact and additional costs its reforms are having on New Zealand’s economic powerhouse,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.Read more
Bill drafted to bring back $500m export industry
“Today I have put my Member’s Bill into the ballot to repeal the ban on live animal exports,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.Read more
ACT in tune with Kiwis on Farming Tax
“A Federated Farmers poll released today shows what ACT already knew, New Zealanders back our farmers and reject Labour’s farming tax,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.Read more
Government doubles down on SNA backdown
“James Shaw has doubled down on his Government’s assurance that existing land use will continue on Significant Natural Areas (SNAs),” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.Read more
Farmers bearing the brunt of rising costs
“If the Government wanted to try and lower prices at the checkout, it should reduce the regulatory burden that is rising production costs on farm,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson and Ruawai Dairy Farmer Mark Cameron.Read more
Farm environment plans need extension
“The ongoing problems with freshwater farm plans are testament to politics blurring the lines of practicality and will be unworkable unless the Minister grants an extension,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.Read more
Minister doesn’t understand scale of the problem
“Environment Minister David Parker can’t comprehend how big a problem he is creating by not extending the deadline for freshwater farm plans, if he doesn’t issue an extension there’s a risk many farmers will be unable to get crops in the ground that are needed to feed animals,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson andRead more
Real Solutions for our Primary Industries
ACT wants to see the rural sector given the respect it deserves. Through Covid-19, the efforts of our farmers raised the level of respect rural New Zealanders get. The rural sector has been given a short reprieve from the campaign of demonisation. It’s time to put that change in rhetoric into action.Read more
Mark is the authentic voice of rural New Zealand.
Mark is a dairy farmer from Ruawai, Northland. He's lived and farmed around the Northland region for 30-years. He has a partner, and three children.
He’s seen the calamity of rural mental health and understands what MPI inspectors coming on to your land means in practical terms. No party in recent times has had a professional farmer who actually milks cows every morning enter Parliament. While his family manages the farm, Mark speaks for all those who do.