Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is shuttling around Hawke’s Bay this week to look firsthand at the region’s worst farming situations.
And of course the farming community should appreciate the $500,000 that he brought up from Wellington to drop into the Mayoral Drought Relief Fund.
In a time of emergency and severe hardship, no one can be anything but thankful for this attention.
Still, it’s a shame no one will take Minister O’Conner to visit the Hastings District farm pictured here … photo taken earlier this month.
Obviously this farmer has been doing something right.
What is it, and why isn’t every HB pastoral farmer doing it? And why isn’t the Government bursting with enthusiasm to advocate and support such resilient, water retaining practices?
The answers to those questions should be crucially important to Minister O’Connor. Why not visit the leading edge of Hawke’s Bay as well Mr Minister … and take Mayor Hazlehurst and Chairman Graham on this eye-opening visit with you.
Maybe your next visit?
[Editor’s note: Commendably, Minister O’Conner’s staff contacted BayBuzz the morning this post was published, looking to squeeze in this stop. Couldn’t be fitted in this time, but be assured we’ll keep an eye on his future calendar!]