Investment climate set up for forestry buyers

LETTER

Government Ministers may like to deny it but farm sales are rocketing and many of them are going into forestry, either commercial or permanent forest sink. This is not solely because of the billion-tree initiative but because combined government policies such as it are providing an atmosphere to invest in carbon sinks.

Unfortunately they have not considered the flow-on effects on the national and local economies, jobs, and other educational, health and social needs of the people, who will be affected in the downstream. It is likely to affect each of you in Gisborne and in Wairoa.

Recently I received advertising from a real estate company that wishes me to sell my farm, proudly boasting photos of the 12 farm sales they have successfully brokered recently. This kind of advertising is unheard of in my 30 years here. Usually they may have photos of one or two local sales to entice me. But this time 12!

Ministers and forestry may say it’s about getting out at a good price (well of course, but their son or daughter won’t be able to farm), or because the farmers are all ageing. Well, we’ve always been ageing. Most farm owners don’t have the money to own when they are young! It’s really because the Government has set the investment climate up for forestry buyers.

Make no mistake. Kerry Worsnop is right when she fears for the future of farming and our communities. Farming is being made the scapegoat for New Zealand’s fossil fuel use, and the loss of farms and farming skills will be regretted in the future.

Judy Bogaard, Wairoa

Government Ministers may like to deny it but farm sales are rocketing and many of them are going into forestry, either commercial or permanent forest sink. This is not solely because of the billion-tree initiative but because combined government policies such as it are providing an atmosphere to invest in carbon sinks.

Unfortunately they have not considered the flow-on effects on the national and local economies, jobs, and other educational, health and social needs of the people, who will be affected in the downstream. It is likely to affect each of you in Gisborne and in Wairoa.

Recently I received advertising from a real estate company that wishes me to sell my farm, proudly boasting photos of the 12 farm sales they have successfully brokered recently. This kind of advertising is unheard of in my 30 years here. Usually they may have photos of one or two local sales to entice me. But this time 12!

Ministers and forestry may say it’s about getting out at a good price (well of course, but their son or daughter won’t be able to farm), or because the farmers are all ageing. Well, we’ve always been ageing. Most farm owners don’t have the money to own when they are young! It’s really because the Government has set the investment climate up for forestry buyers.

Make no mistake. Kerry Worsnop is right when she fears for the future of farming and our communities. Farming is being made the scapegoat for New Zealand’s fossil fuel use, and the loss of farms and farming skills will be regretted in the future.

Judy Bogaard, Wairoa

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