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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Attack on the RMA

At last night's public meeting called to discuss National's changes to the RMA, a very interesting point was made by Green MP Eugenie Sage around paper roads. It seemed to me that one of the proposed changes will 'solve', to the great gain of the farming community, the issue of public access across farmland through the use of these paper roads. Farmer/politicians have been beavering away in the background for some time now, trying to find a way to prevent the public from exercising their right to walk on these roads and it's here in the proposed changes to the Act that I see them accomplishing their aim. Perhaps. We will see. If that is one of the back-stories to these attacks on the RMA, the public, as usual, stands to lose.

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