This week I attended the national conference of Federated Farmers.
There was a good turnout of farmer delegates to the well-organised annual conference.
This year’s conference saw the retirement of three-term President, Don Nicholson who has given the Feds a higher profile on a range of issues during his tenure.
The conference gave a warm reception to the rural broadband presentation delivered by Vodafone and Telecom/Chorus. Attention will now turn to what the forthcoming broadband capabilities can be most usefully used for.
Other presentations to the conference included Labour leader, Phil Goff; Minister of Finance, Bill English; Green leader Russell Norman; and ACT leader Don Brash. Sir Paul Callaghan also gave a fascinating address about the need to encourage more high-value, hi-tech manufacturing export businesses if we are to regain the living standards and funding for social cohesion we want.
Hot topics this year included the ETS and water quality.