As New Conservative’s agricultural spokesman, Lachie sees himself as a loyal ally to the agriculture sector having been there on the ground as a farm worker, casual musterer, head shepherd, farm manager, contract fencer, leasing a farm and finally, farm ownership which has given him an excellent grounding across a broad cross section of farm types and practices.
Lachie, who now works as a Land Management Advisor for Environment Canterbury, believes that the common sense policies of the New Conservatives on Agriculture and the Environment are by far the best solution for New Zealand going forward and that we have only got to where we are now because of past government leadership that simply hasn’t been good enough.
Lachie joined the party after losing confidence in successive governments since the seventies which sold off strategically important national assets, either partially or in full and often to foreign ownership. These actions have left New Zealand vulnerable to overseas banks, a much poorer telecommunications and internet system than what we could have had, and a power supply that doesn’t ensure our industries have a competitive global advantage or affordable power for our households.
Billions of dollars of taxpayer’s money have been spent in bailing out both Air New Zealand and KiwiRail, buying them back and getting them up and running again. Allowing the sale of farmland to foreigners should also be seen as selling off national assets. Selling businesses and houses to overseas owners has not served New Zealand well either, with the purchasers of Cadburys taking the manufacturing to Australia a good example.
On their watch, New Zealand has gone from leading the world in the sixties with income equality and virtually no unemployment to a country with huge social problems, poverty, high national and household debt, run down infrastructure, unaffordable housing and an immigration policy that is not working for New Zealand. Lachie believes New Zealand needs New Conservative in government for a better future for all New Zealanders.