Pastoral agriculture, which is what Federated Farmers represents, is made up of cropping farmers, dairy farmers and those who farm for meat and fibre. Their work and that of processors represents half of all New Zealands primary exports worth some $19 billion. It is big business needing support outside the farm gate. This is why the primary industries (agriculture, forestry, and fishing) employ around 150,000 people.
Local Government New Zealand is proposing new rating systems including how to make rate burdens fairer for rural dwellers. Where do you see the best alternative to property-value based rating by councils?