Q&A – David Parker on farming and the environment

This morning David Parker was questioned about environmental issues, the science involved in addressing problems, and possible effects on farming.

It’s worth checking out on +1 or when it becomes available online. Parker was informative at times, but looked sheepish when talking about tenure reviews.

The panel includes Chris Allen of Federated Farmers, who says that he and farmers share many of the same environmental aims that Parker is talking about. How and how quickly are key questions.


  1. Zedd

     /  May 6, 2018

    Mr Parker maintained a ‘thoughtful monotone’ throughout. Sticking to his guns, but also giving hints of ‘other options’.. Politics 101+

  2. -D

     /  May 6, 2018

    One of the most constructive and informative interviews from either Q&A or The Nation in a long time.

    Both Corin Dann and Parker deserve credit.

  3. chrism56

     /  May 6, 2018

    The Minister is wrong on some of the statements he made. He wanted a cap on nutrient losses to waterways and said this “But it’s very, very difficult to model, because second-best from the farmer perspective may still be very close to the same outcome profit-wise. Can I go back to what I was saying that I think one of the answers to this in south Canterbury, for example, lies in land use change towards more cropping, more horticulture, which are high-value land uses.’
    Horticulture has a higher nutrient loss than dairying, And it uses more irrigation. And the ECan science reports show that
    As does the science for other regions
    So the Minister is anti dairying – he is just using bullshit to try to camouflage that

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 6, 2018

      As per usual, everything this Government wants to do destroys jobs and makes the country poorer.