Author Archives: Keith Woodford

About Keith Woodford

Keith Woodford is an independent consultant, based in New Zealand, who works internationally on agri-food systems and rural development projects. He holds honorary positions as Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.

Fonterra’s new capital structure gets closer

Fonterra’s new capital structure brings its own risks, designed for choppy seas but not for a storm The Government has been wrestling for many months as to how to respond to Fonterra’s proposed new capital structure, which its farmer-members voted … Continue reading

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Are pine trees the problem or the solution?

Pine-forest regulation proposals are creating lots of heat with big implications for land-use and the landscape.  Right now, there is a fervent debate underway as to where pine trees fit within our future landscape. On one side stand Forestry Minister … Continue reading

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He Waka Eke Noa is now the main game in rural politics

 Rural industry leaders are caught between unhappy farmers and unhappy ministers as they try to find a pathway through the GHG dilemma The biggest game in rural politics for many years is being played out right now. On one side … Continue reading

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HWEN submission

Readers of this website will be aware that I have been supportive of the HeWaka Eke Noa (HWEN) concept as an alternative to agriculture being included in the ETS (Emission trading System).  However I have been critical of what I … Continue reading

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Forestry rules about to be upturned

More forestry upheavals are coming as the Government foreshadows big changes to the rules of the game. Sheep and beef farmers including iwi are the big prospective losers. In 2018, the Government announced that it was moving towards a new … Continue reading

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He Waka Eke Noa caught in crosswinds

He Waka Eke Noa was always going to be controversial. Right now, it is in some trouble. Four weeks have slipped by since I last wrote about the He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) proposals for dealing with agricultural emissions of … Continue reading

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Carbon farming is back in the melting pot

There is considerable evidence that the Government plans to change the carbon-farming rules and to do so in the coming months. The big risk is that unintended consequences will dominate over intended consequences. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash has made it … Continue reading

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Agriculture’s greenhouse gas proposals need a reset

  Refocusing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions from CO2e to a genuine split-gas approach requires a reset of thinking, with big decisions ahead The coming weeks are crucial in sorting out the long-term charging framework, right through to 2050, for agriculture’s … Continue reading

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The carbon price marches on

NZU investors are now driving the price of carbon as they play the market As I write this in late January 2022, the carbon price in the open market is $75, with this measured per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent … Continue reading

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2022 will be tumultuous for New Zealand’s primary industries

This year is not going to be just any year for the food and fibre industries. On the prices front, things should go well for most products. However, on the policy front, it is the second year of the three-year … Continue reading

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