Media Releases

The Skilled Worker Initiative

Posted on 14/02/2017
Teams are on the ground revisiting farmers and identifying their latest needs as we move into recovery; and received more than 30 calls last week on the 0800 FARMING line asking and offering help.

Rates outstrip cost indexes

Posted on 21/12/2016
Farmers are questioning the priorities and fiscal discipline of New Zealand’s councils as rates takes continue to outstrip cost indexes.

Judicial review sought by horticulture and farmers

Posted on 15/12/2016
Six organisations representing horticulture growers and farmers in the Waikato today filed an application in the Hamilton High Court for a judicial review regarding a decision made by the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) over the Waikato River clean-up

Farmers confidence in banks firm but challenges remain for sharemilkers

Posted on 13/12/2016
While the dairy industry continues to recover after a tumultuous two-year downturn some sharemilkers will be feeling the heat this summer according to the latest Federated Farmers’ Banking Survey


Reserve Bank cautious on dairy industry recovery
By Nick Clark

The financial system is still sound but housing, dairy, and bank funding costs remain key risks, according to the Reserve Bank’s latest six-monthly Financial Stability Report. Read more

Economic week February 17

Posted on 17/02/2017
Food prices increased 2.8 percent in January according to Statistics NZ’s monthly Food Price Index...

Economic week February 10

Posted on 10/02/2017
The Reserve Bank kept the OCR unchanged at 1.75 percent at its review this week. No surprises there. Although the economy is strong and inflation is edging up, the Reserve Bank continued to express concern about the higher than expected exchange rat


President’s Address to National Council Federated Farmers, 15 February 2017

Posted on 15/02/2017
Last year we all learnt a new phrase – “Post Truth Politics”. We discovered that it is apparently legitimate, according to one White House spokesperson, to cite “alternative facts”.

Address to Meat & Fibre Council 14 February 2017 by Rick Powdrell

Posted on 14/02/2017
Everybody in this room today would agree that meat and fibre farmers are facing some major challenges at this point in time, many would say for some time.