20 Oct 2012

Horticulture NZ opposes Bill on lobbyists

6:58 am on 20 October 2012

Horticulture New Zealand is opposing a Bill that aims to put rules around the way lobbyists interact with Members of Parliament and government officials.

The Lobbying Disclosure Bill comes from Green MP Holly Walker.

Horticulture NZ, which lobbies on behalf of growers and the industry, has made a submission to the select committee considering the Bill.

Chief executive Peter Silcock says it's unworkable as it stands, and unnecessary.

He says it would generate considerable reporting requirements and have an adverse effect on its members, requiring their interaction with local MPs, even minor social meetings, to be documented.

Mr Silcock says Horticulture NZ wants to continue to have a system where MPs are accessible to the public.