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Finally some answers

March 08, 2022 Share

Late last year I had the opportunity to question the Minister of Agriculture in the House, as you can see I had a lot of questions so it wasn't too surprising that he didn't answer them all then! But I was able to get a few more answers out of O'Connor using Parliamentary Written Questions. 

I thought you may be interested to see his answers:

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Farmers short-changed by Labour yet again

March 02, 2022 Share

Labour needs to explain why it is severely restricting the number of dairy farm workers allowed into the country for no apparent reason, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford and Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger say.

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Barbara's Beat No. 9

February 25, 2022 Share



I hope you’ve all had a great start to 2022. National MPs have had a busy time in the first few weeks, not only holding the Government to account over so many issues,  but also setting our direction for the year under our Leader Christopher Luxon.

It is an unsettling time for all New Zealanders. Never before has our country been so divided. As I write, the protest outside Parliament continues, with no end in sight.

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Game on Prime Minister!

February 24, 2022 Share

Sitting in the House on our first day back for 2022, the Prime Minister’s opening speech, made me feel as though I was listening to the Bee Gees classic “It’s Only Words” … on repeat.   

All that came to mind were its lyrics … “It’s only words and words are all I have …”

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A case of quality versus quantity

February 01, 2022 Share

The soaring cost of living is the most common complaint I’m hearing these days.

And with just cause.

Families are being hit in the pocket as every day costs likes food, fuel, utilities and housing costs spiral. Petrol alone has risen a whopping 30.7%.

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Changing up the conversation

January 03, 2022 Share

This year, under new leader Christopher Luxon, my focus will be on restoring confidence among farmers and growers.

Since COVID-19 arrived on our shores in 2020, New Zealand’s primary sector has ensured our economy has remained buoyant and deserves to be recognised for the contribution it has made.

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Barbara's Beat No.8

December 02, 2021 Share


I welcome Christopher Luxon as the new Leader of the National Caucus.
Chris has had a long and successful career in the corporate world and brings a great strategic view to the governance of our country.

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Taxpayers funding anti-dairying messages

December 01, 2021 Share

“Some days it’s difficult to comprehend what I see in the news,” says National Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.


“Unbelievably, and thanks to Louis Houlbrooke of The Taxpayers Union and Scoop Independent News, I learnt on Monday taxpayers have funded the anti-dairy documentary ‘Milked’ to the tune of $48,000 — a ‘finishing grant’ given by the New Zealand Film Commission.


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Farmers need say on greenhouse gas costs

November 24, 2021 Share

The government-primary sector partnership He Waka Eke Noa has done good work designing how an agricultural greenhouse gas pricing system could work, with the intention of keeping Agriculture out of the ETS. It’s a by farmers, for farmers option, says National’s Climate Change and Agriculture spokespersons Stuart Smith and Barbara Kuriger.


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Minister missing when agriculture needs him most

November 18, 2021 Share

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor must stand up for the industry that has carried New Zealand though the Covid crisis, says National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.


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