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National Backs our Farmers

October 12, 2022 Share

Labour and the Greens today announced their plan to reduce farmers’ carbon emissions, which could see sheep and beef farming reduce by one fifth in just five years. That’s a massive impact on our rural towns and communities.
National backs our farmers. Rural communities are the backbone of our country and agriculture is our biggest export earner. We cannot let Labour and the Greens put that at risk.
New Zealand needs to cut its carbon emissions. National supports New Zealand’s emissions targets, including reaching carbon net zero by 2050. And that means reducing agriculture emissions over time. We backed the sector-led process as a way to introduce emission pricing for agriculture alongside other measures to reduce on-farm emissions and support the uptake of new technology.

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Government plan threatens industry consensus

October 12, 2022 Share

Press Release from Barbara Kuriger, National Party Spokesperson for Agriculture

11 September 2022


Government plan threatens industry consensus

Today’s farm emissions announcement threatens the industry consensus by failing to recognise New Zealand farmers are already the most carbon efficient in the world, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.


“National is committed to emissions targets, including reaching carbon Net Zero by 2050, the Paris Climate Agreement and reductions in agricultural emissions.


“Broad industry support is crucial for any enduring solution to agricultural emissions – so we are keen to hear what the industry has to say about these proposals.

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McKelvie recalls his meeting with the Queen

September 14, 2022 Share

McKelvie recalls his meeting with the Queen

Ruapehu Bulletin, King Country Ohakune    14 September 2022

Local MP Ian McKelvie reflects on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

I think it's fair to say the entire world was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September. A truly remarkable woman and I am sure the most famous and recognised person in the world. And for good reason. The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth's longest reigning monarch lived a life symbolised by grace and servitude.

When she was born there was never an expectation the young Elizabeth would be Queen.

The circumstances of her uncle's abdication and subsequently her father's early death, resulted in the second Elizabethan age and the record 70-year realm of a Queen who gave an extraordinary lifetime of service. Like me, and most New Zealanders, Queen Elizabeth is the only Head of State we have known. Now we welcome King Charles III and the Carolean age. Long live the King! I was fortunate to meet the Queen when I travelled to England in 1999 as the manager of an Australasian Polo team to play against England in the Coronation Cup at Windsor Great Park. She was impressive and it felt very special at the time to meet her even more poignant now.

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Changing tunes on Carbon

September 08, 2022 Share

King Country News, Waitomo by Paul Charman 08 September 2022

ONE day pine trees may become far more valuable to New Zealand than anyone anticipated - but that belief comes with words of caution.

That's the view of outgoing Rangitikei National MP Ian McKelvie, who has represented the electorate which takes in Taumarunui, National Park and Ohakune since 2011.

Ian, who plans to retire at next year's general election, also said that in his view if harvestable forestry companies could afford to purchase farmland they should be allowed to do so.

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Five Hundred Lambs Stolen from one Farmer

September 04, 2022 Share

A Canterbury farmer says she is “beyond gutted” at the theft of 500 lambs stolen from her property.

Maury Leyland posted on Twitter that rustlers had hit her North Canterbury farm.

She asked the public for information and said to steal such a number of sheep there must have been portable sheep yards, trucks and dogs involved.


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Ian McKelvie's Youth MP Speaks

August 05, 2022 Share

Youth MPs in their own words: A photo essay - From The House 5 August 2022

Parliament was recently taken over by the Youth Parliament, a triennial event where 120 Youth MPs stand-in for their older counterparts and hold select committee hearings, question (the actual) ministers, and debate in the chamber. 


Daisy Tumataroa -for Ian McKelvie 

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National MP McKelvie to stand down

July 28, 2022 Share

Feilding-Rangitkei Herald, Manawatu by Thomas Manch  28 July 2022

National MP for Rangitīkei Ian McKelvie has announced he will stand down at the 2023 election.

McKelvie announced his intention to resign on Tuesday morning, joining his colleague, Hamilton-based MP David Bennett, who also announced he would be resigning.

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McKelvie inspired with Ruapehu successes

July 27, 2022 Share

Ruapehu Bulletin, King Country Ohakune   27 July 2022

Local MP Ian McKelvie reflects on his recent visit to the Ruapehu District: I spent some time out and about in the lower North Island last week. As National's spokesperson for forestry it was great to visit Lismore Forest on SH4 near Upokongaro with Marcus Musson of Forest 360. The forest is currently being milled and the scale of it all plus the technology, skills and logistics required to get the job done are truly impressive.

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McKelvie on Health

July 22, 2022 Share

Ruapehu Bulletin, King Country Ohakune 22 June 2022

Local Member of Parliament Ian McKelvie writes about New Zealand 's health services: Meeting the healthcare needs of New Zealand's aging population is one of the significant challenges facing our healthcare system and as National's spokesperson for Seniors, it's one close to my heart.

The industry is currently in crisis compounded by an aging population, acute staff shortages and the significant impact of our closed borders.

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Ian McKelvie on Fire

July 20, 2022 Share

Ruapehu Bulletin, King Country Ohakune 20 July 2022

Ruapehu's Member of Parliament Ian McKelvie presents his views on the current state of fire and emergency services: The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 combined urban and rural fire services into a single, integrated fire and emergency services organisation Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) with a mandate to perform a wide range of services for communities.

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