1 Jul 2009

Federated Farmers conference opens

12:55 pm on 1 July 2009

Hauling back central and local Government spending and defending farmers' property rights were predominant themes at the national Federated Farmers conference which opened in Auckland on Wednesday.

President Don Nicolson set the scene when he attacked big increases in Government spending.

He said farmers are backing the super-city concept for Auckland because it addresses the need for local government reform.

Details of a review of local government funding were given by Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide.

And Agriculture Minister David Carter touched on the Government's moves to address property rights issues for South Island high country farmers, in particular tenure review.