Wednesday, March 22, 2017


- they already have paid well over the odds to create and maintain along with fencing to keep grazing stock from invading and create a secure pathway for travelling animals of all categories.

Marlborough farmers are to be required to pay a fee and seek local body permission to move stock along rural roads, I am assuming it will include just crossing a road that bisects a farm.

Gee whiz will they try similar cost recovery and permits for paletons of cyclists, bunches of harriers, and god forbid the local "Hunt" or "Pony Club trek", methinks not.

Homepaddock runs a worthwhile heads up weekday column of featured articles that have a connect to NZ life but will never make it on infotainment and cottonsoft replacements in the MSM.

Yesterday Ele brought a 'Stuff' offering to notice that will impact seriously on many pastoral farmers.
Land aggregation and leases short and long term now again  have many needing to 'drive' livestock on public roads.
Roads that all rate payers, including farmers pay quite serious annual levies to part fund.
Meanwhile many cyclists who pay no fuel taxes, registrations, ACC levies, WoFs, Road user Charges, rates (apart from the hoary old chestnut that they pay via  rent), yet need no permit to set out on a Weekend day in bunches that can make overtaking impossible on many of our secondary roads. Ever wondered why it is pedestrians and cyclists who are banned from motorways unless there is a designated cycleway adjacent, they are a freeking HAZARD, that is why.

Now when stock are being driven on a country road where tourists might coincide,  then the greatest hazard is the almost idiotic measures employed by the visitors  to take Snaps of something they would otherwise never encounter.

I am reminded of the city dweller from Christchurch who embarked on a Sunday drive in late February circa mid 20th century and on return was asked how the trip went.
"You wouldn't believe it he retorted, I think every farmer in North Canterbury chose today to take his sheep for a walk".
Simple explanation, that was the Sunday on the eve of The Amberley Ewe Fair when upwards of a hundred thousand cast for age and surplus maiden two tooth ewes would be traded from higher hill country runs to downland cockies for the remaining years of productive life.

I understand there are serious costs imposed for scheduled cycle and running events such as Coast to Coast, but those training for such events can disrupt and create danger for other road users without any local body surveillance or rule imposition.
So Marlborough council members and staff would be well  advised to move out from their urban paradise, through the verdant Vineyards that have replaced the danthonia dominated almost desert landscapes, to where pastoral farming is the only game in play.

Roads are public carriageways and I thought were available for free access by all with sufficient rules and bureaucratic interventions already in place.
To add another requirement on a segment of productive New Zealand already suffocating under an iniquitous plethora of bureaucratic mindless garbage, seems at the very least unfair.


alwyn said...

I understand that urine, particularly from herds of cows, breaks down the bitumen used on the roads.
You can see the effect very clearly at any place where stock are moved across a road to get to the milking sheds. The road surface is very uneven.
I don't know just how long it takes to wreck the surface but the result is very real. There is certainly that cost to moving stock.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Quite correct Alwyn. That's why a number of councils require cockies to build underpasses for stock crossing the road every day.

gravedodger said...

This is not about cows it is targeting sheep as well. There are subsidies available to create underpasses for cows twice a day that will become economic over time but this idiocy is directed at lawful use of legal roads in an attempt to force compliance. Have no info as to permit cost but faillure to comply can incur a fine up to 20k.

pdm said...

Sounds like grazing the `long acre' is done for.