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Taumarunui: Ruapehu is about to be decimated!
October 27, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
NON MEMBERS WELCOME
This is an open letter and invitation to our members, farmers, businesses and the general public who care about the survival of Ruapehu and rural towns of NZ to a community meeting at the.
This meeting is to prevent our district from becoming a sacrificial lamb to the Government’s Ag Emissions proposal.
The Government’s own modelling show the impact of this will reduce dairy numbers by 5% and sheep and beef numbers by a whopping 20% – all this anxiety so we can claim we have saved 0.17% of total global emissions!
Farmers want to play their part and most have already started, but if sheep and beef numbers are reduced by 20% what then for towns like Taumarunui when 98% of the farms will be affected! Are we prepared to see our district planted out in even more carbon forests for big business here and overseas to keep polluting while shops and service industries in our rural towns close? We don’t need to be collateral damage for the rest of the country just because we are too good at farming our beautiful hills.
As l see it if 20% of our stock go so will our population, everyone will be affected from shearers, fencers, tradies etc. Property values will drop and this will leave less ratepayers for the same area to contend with, which equal rate rises for those that are left to pick up the pieces and reminisce of what a great place it used to be.
This letter is intentionally dreary because it is. The time for being the nice guy around the board table to get solutions for the last two years are gone and the only way out are submissions, protest and public pressure. So come to the RSA and learn how to save our farms and your town.
Ruapehu Federated Farmers President