Jerry Flay has provided the following information on the cleanliness of New Zealand's rivers in the form of a question and answer test. It demonstrates the lengths to which the Greens will go to try and destabalise the New Zealand economy with lies and misinformation.
A recent OECD survey measured the cleanliness of all major rivers that flow through farmland in OECD countries.
1. Of the three New Zealand rivers measured, where did the Clutha, Waitaki and Waikato, respectively, place?
a) 87th, 89th and 90th
b) 42nd, 58th and 76th
c) 1st, 2nd and 4th
Answer: Of all major rivers in the developed world that flow through farmland, the OECD found Clutha rated 1st, the Waitaki 2nd and the Waikato 4th for cleanliness.
2. Compared with other developed countries’ major rivers, the OECD study found New Zealand’s three longest rivers contained what levels of nitrates and total phosphorous, respectively?
a) very high and relatively high
b) relatively high and high
c) very low and relatively low
Answer: Our three longest rivers were found to have very low levels of nitrates, and relatively low levels of total phosphorus.
3. The latest Commission for the Environment report said what percentage of New Zealand rivers are getting cleaner?
Answer: 90% of our rivers are getting cleaner. There are river care and land care groups on all main and many small rivers across New Zealand. They’re spending millions of dollars to improve water quality. They include farmers, Fonterra, Dairy NZ, NZ Beef and Lamb, Landcare NZ, Federated Farmers, Iwi, fertilizer companies, universities, and regional councils.
4. How did the Greens interpret the Commissioner for the Environment’s report?
a) They told the truth and congratulated farmers on the 90%.
b) The lied and said only 50% of rivers were getting cleaner.
c) They lied and said water quality was getting worse.
Answer: Russel Norman lied and said water quality was getting worse, when the Commissioner for the Environment said 90% of rivers were getting cleaner overall.
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5. How many of New Zealand’s 1000 rivers did the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment classify very poor for cleanliness?
Answer: Only 17 of our 1000 rivers are still rated very poor for cleanliness. But the Commissioner for the Environment reports that each one is getting cleaner.
6. Compared with the OECD average of 11%, what percentage of available fresh water does New Zealand use?
Answer: We use only 1.2% of our available fresh water. That’s nearly the lowest in the OECD. South Korea uses 43%. (North Korea’s not saying.)
7. How many kilometres of rivers and streams have farmers so far fenced off?
a) 20,000 km
b) 30,000 km
c) 45,000 km
Answer: Farmers have so far fenced off 45,000 km of rivers and streams (note: the 20,000 km being quoted by National is Fonterra farmers only), as well as doing a great deal of planting alongside waterways.
8. What percentage of New Zealand dairy-farm rivers have farmers so far fenced off?
Answer: Farmers have so far fenced off 90% of New Zealand rivers that run through farmland.
9. What has made farmers fence off so many rivers at their own expense?
a) Government regulation
b) Local and regional council regulation
c) Their concern as practical environmentalists
Answer: As dairy farm income has risen, farmers have been able to afford to help clean up our rivers, and are doing more fencing and planting all the time.
10. How do the Greens plan to reward farmers for their voluntary efforts?
a) Tax them less
b) Tax them the same
c) Tax them more
Answer: The Green want to tax farmers more, making it harder for them to continue their fencing and planting.
11. How much are farming-related groups spending per year to solve the leaching problem?
a) $2.5 million
b) $12.5 million
c) $25 million
Answer: Over $25 million per year is going into research to solve the leaching problem. The effort is constrained only by the number of available scientists.
12. Where are New Zealand’s worst affected stretches of rivers:
a) downstream from farms
b) downstream from towns
c) downstream from Green Party offices.
Answer: Our worst-affected stretches of river are downstream from urban, not rural, areas.
13. What is the Greens’ solution to improving river water quality?
a) Recognise that farmers are practical environmentalists, and encourage them to finish their fencing and planting.
b) Provide state assistance to help speed up the process
c) Ban all new dairy farm conversions
Answer: The Greens have said they want to cap dairy farming at its current level.
14. What will be the result of the Greens stopping new dairy farming?
a) More export income
b) Better schools, better hospitals – and a cleaner environment
c) The loss of precious new export income that would allow us to afford better hospitals, better schools, and a cleaner environment
Answer: The loss of precious new export income that would allow us to afford better hospitals, better schools – and a cleaner environment.
15. With their very public “dirty dairying” campaign, the Greens have:-
a) helpfully improved New Zealand’s international reputation
b) made no difference to New Zealand’s international reputation
c) deliberately sabotaged New Zealand’s international reputation
Answer: By loudly exaggerating problems with our clean, green image, the Greens have deliberately sabotaged New Zealand’s international reputation.
Conclusion: The Greens don't care about sabotaging New Zealand
To say that farmers pull their weight for New Zealand is a massive understatement. Together these 60,000 hardworking and innovative men and women earn 52% of our export income.