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Science The Key To Our Decisions

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 1:17 pm | Barbara Kuriger

“A set of principles shapes National’s primary sector decision-making,” says agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger. Fresh from last weekend’s annual conference, she says: “The sector is currently worth $52 billion to New Zealand and growing. ... More >>

Seeing Red

Monday, 25 July 2022, 12:38 pm | Barbara Kuriger

Never has an industry been more targeted by a government than New Zealand’s primary sector right now. The spotlight, within that target for the past five years, falling firmly on agriculture. This term, Labour no longer needs the blessing of the Greens ... More >>

We Can All Do Our Bit

Monday, 11 July 2022, 10:10 am | Barbara Kuriger

An estimated 40% of food produced globally each year is wasted — totalling 2.5 billion tonnes. New Zealand households account for more than 157,000 tonnes of it. July 8 marked the release of Food Waste: A Global and Local Problem, a report by ... More >>

Road Toll Raises Licensing Again

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 6:49 pm | Barbara Kuriger

ANZAC weekend’s road toll of 11 has prompted renewed calls for greater driver education and the problems with New Zealand’s driver licensing system. The spotlight, falling again, on young drivers. Driver education programme, SADD (Students Against ... More >>

They’re Living In Fantasyland!

Monday, 28 March 2022, 10:19 am | Barbara Kuriger

In the four and half years Labour has been in power, its MPs have learnt nothing about the country they run. New Zealand is a food producing country, yet the seasonal nature of agriculture, viticulture and horticulture escapes them. Nor do they understand ... More >>

Fibre Optimism

Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 2:51 pm | Barbara Kuriger

“Yesterday’s decision to merge two of New Zealand’s wool entities is fantastic news for growers,” says National Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger. Mrs Kuriger says the vote by Wools of New Zealand (WNZ) of 99.7% and outright 100% yes ... More >>

No MIQ Spots For Dairy Workers

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 1:38 pm | Barbara Kuriger

“The fact that only two dairy workers have made it past the post and into the country instead of the 200 granted border exceptions by the Government is again a reflection of the shambles of our MIQ system,” says National Agriculture spokesperson ... More >>

Vets Need Dedicated MIQ Spaces Now

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 8:59 am | Barbara Kuriger

“An acute shortage of vets could lead to animal welfare issues if the Government does not respond to the New Zealand Veterinary Association.” National Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says the association contacted her this week after months ... More >>

The Human Cost Of No Response

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 11:00 am | Barbara Kuriger

The Prime Minister’s ‘Be Kind’ message is obviously struggling to get past Wellington’s 50k boundary and out to Rural New Zealand. You can tell because, if there was any response from her or her ministers to the concerns Rural NZ has, I’d ... More >>

Why the no response Prime Minister?

Tuesday, 7 September 2021, 1:21 pm | Barbara Kuriger

“When some 60,000 people converge on towns and cities around New Zealand, in protest at government proposals and regulations, a response from the Prime Minister is a reasonable expectation. “Or even one from her ministers,” says National’s Agriculture ... More >>

Why the rush?

Monday, 23 August 2021, 12:58 pm | Barbara Kuriger

The pace of regulatory change for rural communities has been relentless under the current government. It’s the concern I hear most when I move among them around the country and speak with rural advocacy groups. It’s the reason why Groundswell ... More >>

Words Do Matter

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 11:56 am | Barbara Kuriger

If you know me, you know how fiercely proud I am of being a farmer. As an MP and National’s spokesperson I move in rural communities constantly and this month, during Parliament’s recent three week recess I visited many more from Timaru to ... More >>

The Minister is ‘off planet’

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 11:47 am | Barbara Kuriger

And that’s a problem as it’s affecting Rural New Zealand and its communities badly. More >>