Waitangi DayTuesday, Feb 6, 2001
Waitangi Day - a good day to think about where we have come from and where we are heading as individuals,
as communities and as a nation.
There are and have been numerous forgotten and neglected groups in New Zealand's history.
Farmers and farming have had recent first hand experience of being part of the unwanted and the neglected.
The decline of our rural communities, the distancing of support, the removal of services have
all been difficult realities to face.
Opportunities abound but attitudes and fear of failure seem to have become barriers to success. Change
seems to be relentlessly thrust in our faces. The choices are difficult and the outcomes obscure.
But face change, we have, as individuals, farm businesses and local communities, with varying degrees
If Waitangi Day is the day to consider how we have measured up against the aspirations, values and beliefs
of those that went before us - how do you think todays farmers and farming is measuring up?