From Newstalk ZB
“Former ACT MP and Central Otago farmer Gerry Eckhoff has issued a trespass notice against DOC, stopping department staff going onto his property to survey a supposedly endangered plant.
He is one of 12 farmers who have signed the trespass notice.
They fear they could lose rights to their own land if the plant is found to be significant.
Mr Eckhoff says DOC has told the farmers a botanical survey will have to be done on their land before they will ever get any form of resource consent. He says those are bullying tactics, and farmers have had enough….
Mr Eckhoff says DOC seems to think it owns everything of natural value in New Zealand.
He says at the moment the best thing farmers can do if they have something special on their property is get rid of it.”
Hat tip Lindsay Mitchell