14 Nov 2011

Rural Women back plan to reinstate Rural Affairs Minister

7:01 am on 14 November 2011

The Labour Party's plan to reinstate a Minister of Rural Affairs if it became the Government has the backing of Rural Women New Zealand.

National axed the position when it took power three years ago.

Rural Women president Liz Evans says that has left many people without a direct voice in parliament because only 14% of the people who identify themselves as rural residents actually work in agriculture.

She says a minister would provide Rural Woman with a direct line of advocacy for its members and the rural community in general.