New Zealand Government

04/08/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2024 23:02

Government woolshed roadshow kicks off

Today the Government Agriculture Ministers started their national woolshed roadshow, kicking off in the Wairarapa.

Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said it has been a tough time for farmers over the past few years. The sector has faced high domestic inflation rates, high interest rates, adverse weather events, and increasing farm input costs.

"The immediate priority for the Government is relieving the pressure that farmers have been feeling coming from the unworkable central government policies. That is why we are getting out on the road to hear directly from farmers.

"The sector makes a critically important contribution to the fabric of our rural and regional communities. New Zealand's food and fibre sector is the backbone of our economy, contributing over 80 per cent of our goods exports to feed an estimated 40 million people worldwide. A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy," Mr McClay says.

Associate Agriculture Minister Hoggard said addressing unworkable and overly prescriptive regulation, so that farmers can focus on being the most efficient food and fibre producers in the world, is a priority.

"These meetings will be a great opportunity to talk directly with farmers about issues affecting them the most. I understand the importance of listening and staying connected to rural communities, as it helps government determine the direction of travel," says Mr Hoggard.

Associate Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson said that under his delegation as Minister responsible for wool he is working with farmers to rebuild the wool industry into a stronger and more resilient industry. Sheep farmers are facing a particularly hard time with the oversupply of Australian lamb flooding the market and driving prices down. Sheep farmers have long been the backbone of New Zealand's farming communities and we need to get in behind and support them.

"It has been a tough season for farmers, so we will be engaging with people from Northland to Southland meeting in woolsheds to discuss grassroots solutions," Mr Patterson says.

The full schedule is below with more dates and locations to be added.

Date Electorate Location
8 April 2024 Wairarapa Masterton
22 April 2024 Taranaki King-Country Piopio
22 April 2024 Taranaki King-Country Te Kuiti
23 April 2024 Waitaki Waimate
23 April 2024 Waitaki Fairlie
24 April 2024 Whanganui Eltham
24 April 2024 Whanganui Fordell
24 April 2024 Rangitata Mt Somers
24 April 2024 Selwyn Malvern
3 May 2024 Kaikoura Blenheim
10 May 2024 Rangitikei Turakina
10 May 2024 Rangitikei Cheltenham
13 May 2024 East Coast Gisborne
14 May 2024 East Coast Tologa Bay
17 May 2024 Southland Five Rivers
15 July 2024 Tukituki Hastings
15 July 2024 Wairarapa Dannevirke
18 July 2024 Northland Dargaville
18 July 2024 Northland Kerikeri