The Mother of All Protests

photo credit: Groundswell NZ

Groundswell New Zealand announced its next protest would be held on Sunday, November 21.

In July, thousands of tractors and Utes participated in the rural group's national 'Howl of a Protest' event, protesting against what the rural sector argued are unworkable government regulations.

The '#EnoughIsEnough' message outlining the group's concerns was delivered at the protests, giving the government a month to address the issues, or they would take further action.

For the Mother of All Protests, participants are asked to travel into their local town at 1 pm. The Groundswell statement would then be played on the radio at 1.35 pm.

In a Facebook post, the group said it was standing against the unworkable regulations impacting the rural sector, arguing it was "time to unite and force the government to take notice and acknowledge the Groundswell."

It would also help "build momentum towards the Groundswell Gathering that will take place in February 2022 at Parliament."

Co-founder of Groundswell Laurie Paterson said the group had not heard anything from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Paterson was confident about the level of support, saying he had spoken to many who were frustrated and wanted to do something. Truckies wanted to participate as well, which was why the event would take place on a Sunday.

The Groundswell Can You Hear Us events - where the group called for two minutes of horn-tooting on four consecutive Fridays to show support for the campaign - was affected by those unable to travel during the lockdown.

The group was also asking all councils to stop all Resource Management Act planning processes, commenting on the significant negative impact zonings such as large natural areas, wetlands, and landscapes had on people and their properties.

It also requested landowners to decline access for councils and their agents wanting to map or gather information.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor previously said the government was listening to farmers and had heard the concern they raised.