Environment Minister warns regulation on its way for farmers denying dairy farming causes pollution of rivers

The Minister for the Environment has warned of regulation for farmers denying dairy farming causes pollution.

The New Zealand Labour Party campaigned strongly during the 2017 election on cleaning up New Zealand's rivers, providing healthy drinking water and ending dirty dairy farming, but concerns have been raised on whether the government can keep its promises without putting farmers out of business. 

Speaking to Corin Dann on TVNZ1's Q+A this morning the Environment Minister explained that reversing some of the environmental damage "does require changes in behaviour over time."

"But I don’t think it’s unreasonable for New Zealanders that their rivers in summer are clean enough to swim in, put their head under without getting crook.”

David Parker tells Q+A’s Corin Dann farmers denying pollution will need to be regulated to “do the right thing”. Source: Q+A

In order to bring about those changes in behaviour Mr Parker warned regulations will likely be required, for those not willing to improve practices voluntarily.

"We've fought an election on this issue, we've got a representative democracy, we've won the political battle and now it's about implementation."

"Most of the farming sector agree with that. There is the occasional outliers, one of the Federated Farmer heads from the Wairarapa during the last election denied that dairy farming caused pollution of rivers, so there are some people who are in denial.

"Those people will have to be regulated to do the right thing because they may not be willing to do it voluntarily."

Double tragedy for grieving family of dead Countdown security guard

The security guard who died from his injuries after an alleged assault at a South Auckland supermarket was reportedly grieving the loss of his parents.

The Serbian national, Goran Milosavljevic was understood to be working at a Papakura Countdown when he was allegedly knocked to the ground from a single punch delivered by a youth he had been investigating for suspicious behaviour.

According to a Serbian website Blic, his parents had died last year in a car crash.

The crash happened after they dropped Mr Milosavljevic’s son at the airport who was reportedly making his way back to New Zealand.

The news website reports Mr Milosavljevic's youngest son, who was also in the car, survived the crash and relocated to New Zealand.

Mr Milosavljevic's sons are being cared for by the Serbian community in New Zealand.

In a statement on Friday, Countdown Managing Director Dave Chambers said they are focussing on supporting Mr Milosavljevic's family.

"The safety of our people and customers is our absolute priority, and no New Zealander should go to work and not expect to return home to their loved ones."

A 17-year-old male has been charged with manslaughter after the alleged assault.

He has been granted interim name suppression until at least his next appearance, which will be on May 29 at the High Court in Auckland.

Countdown sign. Source: 1 NEWS


Transgender downhill mountain biker faces scrutiny after gender switch outed prematurely

Sport is competitive. How many athletes would knowingly take performance limiting drugs?

Well, downhill mountain biker, Kate Weatherly has done just that for three years. She says she doesn't have a choice.

"I honestly don't know if continuing life as a male, I would have been able to keep going."

Kate knew she was female but trapped in a man's body. She has gender dysphoria. At just 17 she made a life-changing decision, to live as a woman. The middle-of-the-pack competitive mountain biker took testosterone blockers and estrogen as she transitioned from male to female.

"It's been really hard, like seeing your times plateau or drop while training really hard. I used to be able to deadlift about 110 kgs and now I struggle to get up like 70 or 80 kgs."

Under Cycling New Zealand's supervision Kate planned to announce her gender switch to being a female competitor when she was ready. But last year someone from within the mountain biking community outed her as a woman prematurely, without Kate's consent.

"Being outed kinda meant that I didn't have that time where people were able to get used to the idea of me not being a dude."

Earlier this year when Kate won the national women's downhill title a firestorm erupted in the mountain biking community. Social media went ballistic.

"One of my favourites is the idea that I'm doing this to win races, which is ridiculous."

Fortunately, Kate has support from her family and her high school sweetheart, Arin, who is also transgender. They've been together for over four years.

"From start to finish we've been best friends and that hasn't changed despite everything that has."

Watch Kate’s story tonight on SUNDAY 7.30PM TVNZ1.

Growing up Kate knew she was a female trapped in a man’s body, and at just 17 made the life-changing decision to live as a woman. Source: Sunday