Kia ora Green Party of NZ.
When you aren’t too busy handing over your questions to the National Party, could you ask National to ask Labour to ask you why the hell you aren’t kicking up hell about this decision by the Overseas Investment Office to deny organic farmers and entrepreneurs, Gary and Meg Hirshberg’s, application to purchase land in Ngatimoti, Nelson?
The Hirshberg’s are Americans wanting to cultivate organic low intensity dairy farming in Nelson. They intend to expand organic dairy and connect them with American markets…
We intend to get the property certified within 3 years, which is the minimum period allowable under the regulations of all three NZ ORGANIC certifiers.
The Hirshberg’s want to work with and mentor the sheep milking and cheese making businesses in order to assist them in exploring organic sheep cheese making (through managing the sheep herd as an organic herd) and possible export markets in Australia and the United States…
First, at the November Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute, I introduced David Barrett of Thorvald to Tristan Harris, CO-CEO of Harris Farm Markets, the owner of a 27 store natural foods chain in Australia who expressed immediate interest in carrying the line. www.harrisfarm.com.au At present, Thorvald is unable to keep up with his NZ demand, but once he is able to expand supply, principally by expanding his herd to this property, he expects to be able to ship to this Australian customer.
And second, we have already identified two major US customers (each of which is a +US $2B business and oversees the purchasing for hundreds of individual natural foods stores across the US) who have communicated their interest in the Thorvald line. This would enable Thorvald to initiate sales to the largest natural products distributor in the US, UNFI, Inc. which would be the first step to expanding the brand to major supermarkets across the US.
…so two organic entrepreneurs who want to invest in low intensity organic dairy farming, (the very product we all agree we need to move to), can’t get approval by the Overseas Investment Office while Chinese business after Chinese business manages to continually take our fresh water, something has broken in the system.
Could someone in the Greens kinda, you know, do their job and start asking some questions?
That is if you haven’t handed those questions over to National.
Actually, screw this, Christ knows what the Greens are doing anymore – who is the Environmental Minister? David Parker – dear David Parker, can you look into this?