As I flew up the country from Wellington to Auckland this week, on yet another beautiful day, I was struck by the colour of our country.
Brown. Burned to a crisp. The occasional smattering of green forest, but an island suffering from its worst drought in 70 years, as I’d heard climate scientist Jim Salinger saying on the radio that morning.
Next I’m listening to Bill English saying farmers can’t expect get the same level of support in future droughts, if they continue to happen with more frequency, as NIWA tells us they will.
It’s obviously bad. The Sunday Star Times tells us:
“experts warn it could spell the end for farming as we know it and may cost the country billions of dollars in drought relief each year before practices are adjusted.”
Meanwhile John Key is in Brazil pleading... Read more >