Letters from Federated Farmers to Parliamentary Ministers

An important part of Federated Farmers’ advocacy role is writing letters to Ministers of the Crown in which Federated Farmers seeks to gain information or assurances from Ministers, seek changes to legislation and the like, or places an important position of support or opposition on the official record.  Federated Farmers thinks it is important for members to be able to access these letters to see the responses we received and if a particular Minister has failed to respond.  Letters are placed here either one month after written or earlier if a substantive response is received and/or the letter is publicly released or referred to by the recipient.

 
Date Sent Sent to Portfolio  Key Issue  Response  Link to Letters
(members only) 
 17/08/2022 Hon David Parker
Environment
Winter Grazing: Request winter grazing regulations are delayed until Nov 2023 and that industry work to provide farmers with a winter grazing template to complete this season.    Click Here
           
 04/08/2022 Hon David Parker Environment Request legislation be amended to delay the 2021/22 Nitrogen Cap reporting date to 31 December 2022.  This will remove the current problem whereby farmers are being encouraged to break the law.   Yes Click Here
           
03/08/2022 Hon David Parker  Environment   Invite to meet with Federated Farmers' national water spokesperson, Colin Hurst.    Click Here
           
 21/12/2021 Hon David Parker, 
Hon Damien O'Connor. 
CC
Vicky Robertson (MfE)
Ray Smith (MPI) 
Environment; 
Agriculture 
Concerns with Natural & Built Environments Bill Yes  Click Here
           
15/12/2021  Hon Damien O'Connor  Agriculture  KiwiSaver Withdrawls: purchase of first farm and ability of sharemilkers and farm employees to purchases rented out property  Yes  Click Here
           
03/12/2021 Hon Grant Robertson,
Hon Chris Hipkins, 
Hon Damien O'Connor,
Hon Jan Tinetti
CC
Dr Caralee McLiesh (Treasury),
Iona Holsted (Ministry of Education),
Ray Smith (MPI) 
Finance, 
Education, 
Rural Communities, 
Associate Education.
Budget 2022: Equity of access to education for isolated rural families and whanau.  Yes Click Here
           
09/11/2021  Hon Grant Robertson,
Hon David Parker, 
Hon Damien O'Connor,
Hon Kiritapu Allan, 
Hon James Shaw.
CC
Dr Caralee McLiesh (Treasury),
Vicky Robertson (MfE), 
Ray Smith (MPI),
Penny Nelson (DOC).
Finance, 
Environment,
Agriculture,
Conservation,
Associate Environment.
Budget 2022: Indigenous Biodiversity. 
Importance of progressing the complete package of budgetary measures and national regulation. 
Yes Click Here
           
01/11/2021  Hon James Shaw, 
Hon Damien O'Connor 
Climate Change
Agriculture 
Progressing He Waka Eke Noa Yes  Click Here
           
28/10/2021 Hon Damien O'Connor Agriculture,
Rural Communities
Highlight the critical need for dairy workers and request for 1500 class border exception visas in time for calving 2022.   Click Here
           
19/10/2021 Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, 
Hon Grant Robertson, 
Hon David Parker, 
Hon Nanaia Mahuta, 
Hon Damien O'Connor, 
Hon James Shaw. 
CC
Chris Seed (Foreign Affairs & Trade), 
Ray Smith (MPI)
Vicky Robertson (MfE). 
Prime Minister,
Finance,
Environment,
Foreign Affairs,
Agriculture,
Climate Change. 
He Waka Eke Noa, Agricultural Emissions and COP26    Click Here
           
21/09/2021 Hon Nanaia Mahuta  Local Government Water Services Bill: further request for exemption for small suppliers (response to her letter of 03/09). Yes, Meeting held Click Here  
           
16/09/2021 Hon Kris Faafoi, 
Hon Damien O'Connor 
Immigration, 
Agriculture
Highlight the urgency required to prioritise and approve the dairy sector workers who are currently in the residency application queue.   Issue addressed. Click Here