The land came into the city and boy did the city know about it.
Enormous masses were forced yesterday into towns and cities across the south, united in their support of rural New Zealand.
From Oamaru to Invercargill, convoys of tractors, lorries, trucks and utes took part in thousands further north in the wake of a protest event organized by Groundswell New Zealand, protesting against what the rural sector says, ineffective government regulations.
In Dunedin, the first tractor, driven by Jamie Marshall, rolled into the Octagon just after noon, much to the excitement of the lunch break, and the last vehicle left at 3.30pm.
Mr Marshall, man of protest, Dunedin organizer Gill Marshall was thrilled to see the large turnout to support the protest. People began to realize that without farmers they would be “quite hungry”, he said.
Ms. Marshall estimated that at least 700 tractors and utes participated in Dunedin, possibly up to 1,000.
Jim Macdonald, who drove his tractor from his Clarks Junction Farm, said the large turnout was what he had hoped but did not expect.
He praised Groundswell NZ co-founders Laurie Paterson and Bryce McKenzie for doing a “wonderful job.”
Real estate agent Peter Wilson said he would stand up to support farmers who “just get the rough end of the deal”.
There were new rules all the time and businesses were affected as well.
“Everyone gets so many rules, you can’t keep up.”
Despite the many concerns, no one listened, and it was as if the government had “ear protection” on, he said.
Former Invermay director Dr Jock Allison, who spoke at the protest finale in Mosgiel, described it as a “glorious protest”.
Around the south they came from all corners, in utes, on tractors and horses, in helicopters and planes, with dogs in a message.
A low-key, footless crowd of more than 1,000 people at the Gore motion station filled the A&P Showgrounds, where farmers supplied Mr. McKenzie, of West Otago, and Mr. Paterson, of Waikaka, with Groundswell’s. have enough “messages describing the group’s concerns and give the government a month to address them, or it would continue to act.
Groundswell had “put a lot in the ground and said enough would be enough”.
They said the support that the movement across New Zealand received was “humbling” and would be “absolutely amazing”.
Elsewhere, a parade of more than 350 tractors and utes took more than two hours to get through Balclutha, while in Oamaru a gathering of more than 1,000 people and vehicles took a similar amount of time to get through, but its tipping effect of prolonging traffic on City Highway 1 on both sides of the city it took a little longer to get back.
Hundreds of people and vehicles met at the Wanaka showgrounds, trapping traffic in the area while people in about 1,000 utes, many puzzled with barking dogs, gathered in Alexandra’s Pioneer Park before entering Centennial Ave. have been driven down.
Tractors became Queenstown’s newest tourist attraction, as about a dozen protests led through the city center.
Invercargill organizer Bruce Robertson estimated that at least 500 people were there, and 140 utes, 55 tractors, five helicopters and one wing with fixed wings were released in Te Anau.
While people appeared overwhelmingly supportive, there were some with a different view.
In Dunedin, Alenna McLean stood in the middle of the street with a sign that read, “No Farming on a Dead Planet.”
She was approached by a man who grabbed it from her and screwed it up.
Later, Ms McLean said the government should help farmers to go on regenerative farming practices.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said he appreciated the farmers’ concerns and others raised during the protests.
“But we must also live up to the commitments we have made to make rivers clean and swampy, to tackle climate change and to fix our planning laws.
“As a country, we cannot stand still. If we want to ensure that our exports continue to seek high prices and are highly valued, we must make progress on these challenges that New Zealand and the world face or our competitors will face.
“We listened and heard the concerns raised today.” “
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has stated his commitment to the government’s commitments.
Earlier this week, she said she understood the primary sector was facing “significant challenges”, but said delaying rural economic reforms was “more harmful”.
Reducing emissions and clearing waterways was important for New Zealand’s brand internationally.