It’s been a tough few weeks for think-big irrigation and industrial agriculture.
As a bit of background for those not familiar with plans for even more industrial dairying around New Zealand - the Government is throwing over half a billion dollars of public money at large-scale irrigation schemes (including the Ruataniwha Dam). These schemes will enable the expansion of industrial style dairy farming, causing huge pollution in our waterways.
But the plan’s hit several snags in recent weeks.
In what is the worst water-borne disease outbreak in New Zealand history, over 5,000 people fell ill in Havelock North due to drinking water from their taps. The cause was likely a ruminant farm animal.
Last night hundreds of people turned out to a public meeting over the crisis - venting their ange... Read more >