Federated Farmers has been advocating on your behalf on all things cyclone-related, so that you can get on and focus on farm recovery.
Feds has submitted multiple times on the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery bill, looking for practical improvements that let cyclone victims get on with recovery. We supported the lifting of resource consent requirements to do repair and recovery actions like replacing cyclone-damaged culverts, crossings and bridges, removing silt and cleaning up slips.
We successfully advocated for the lifting of prohibited status for burning debris plastics like bale wrap, bird netting, irrigation hose and tanilised timber that has become tangled in woody flood debris.
Feds also provided advice to Councils urging them to introduce new wide-range rates remissions especially for cyclone damaged properties, and submitted on the Hastings Severe Weather Recovery (Rating Valuations Act – Hastings District Council) Order 2023, making sure that property valuations to strike rates in Hastings were fair to landowners who are victims of the cyclone.
Federated Farmers is concerned that the information about what the land categories mean is scant, and the mapping is coarse, and not enough information on what will happen to ag/hort properties.
Senior Policy Advisor