31 Mar 2022

Groundswell refuses to meet with Prime Minister alongside other agriculture lobby groups

From Morning Report, 8:18 am on 31 March 2022

Farming protest group Groundswell says it won't meet the Prime Minister alongside other agricultural lobby groups.

Groups such as Dairy-NZ and Beef and Lamb have been working with the Government on a way for farmers to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding joining the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Groundswell New Zealand co-founder Bryce McKenzie told Morning Report the group doesn't want to be lumped in with them because it doesn't believe they represent the country's farmer base.

He says Groundswell isn't against reducing emissions, but the proposed levy amounts to a tax.

Groundswell believes its email subscriber base is bigger than Federated Farmers.