29 Nov 2011

Rural support for National questioned

12:51 pm on 29 November 2011

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters questions why the rural sector supports National - a political party that he says neglects its economic interests.

Federated Farmers says most farmers will be pleased with the outcome of the general election and the return of a National Government.

However, Mr Peters argues that the National Party has not represented the best interests of farming.

He says the exchange rate is doing enormous damage to the export sector

and controls are needed on the movement of the dollar.

He says a ceiling and a floor should be set on the dollar, above or below which, it should not go.

On other issues:

New Zealand First opposes the Emissions Trading Scheme as a mechanism for dealing with green house gas emissions

it is strongly opposed to land sales to foreigners and

says the focus on future water management should be on storage.

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills says he's keen to meet Mr Peters to discuss New Zealand First's rural policies now that it's back in Parliament.

Mr Peters says he's amenable to that, but the meeting should have been held before the election, not after it.

He also questions why Federated Farmers invited National and Labour to address its council meeting before the election and not other parties.