Skip to main content

To: Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance

End all NZ Super Fund Investments in Winter Crop Grazing

End all NZ Super Fund Investments in Winter Crop Grazing

Urgently divest the millions of New Zealand taxpayer dollars currently invested in farms that practice ‘Winter Crop Grazing’ and reinvest into ethical and sustainable industries.

Why is this important?

Our nation’s global reputation relies on a government that puts the health of its environment and people's wellbeing first.

Spending millions of dollars from the nation’s pension fund on farms that practice Winter Crop Grazing is one of the most unethical choices the Superannuation investment fund has EVER made!

In contrast to traditional grazing, winter crop grazing restricts animals to small patches of land for long periods, which quickly turn into mud. This practice causes freshwater pollution, animal suffering and soil degradation.

Freshwater pollution: Nitrate leaches into our aquifers at over 10 times the rate of normal grazing, destroying groundwater for future use and remaining for hundreds of years. Phosphate- and pathogen-rich effluent runs off into streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries, making them un-swimmable, and killing ecosystems.

Animal suffering: The land these animals are grazed on turns to mud, which leaves animals with nowhere dry to rest and give birth. They often end up licking mud to get water.

Soil degradation: Winter crop grazing destroys the soil and releases tonnes of stored carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating climate breakdown. This practice is heavily dependant on pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilisers which are causing severe decline in biodiversity and human health.

This is no way to be ‘investing for the next generation’.

Please sign and share this petition with your networks

Email the minister responsible:

Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance.
Tell him to;

Stop investing any of the New Zealand Super Fund into farms that are winter crop grazing, divest from any that continue, and find sustainable alternatives immediately!

Reasons for signing

  • It seems that the MPI is self serving and has little if any concern with animal welfare .As a nation we should be better than this better than this!
  • It's an appalling farming practice, abusive of animal and environment.
  • Sick and tired of the mistreatment of our environment and our animals. This is NZ's SHAME!!! Disgraceful!


2019-09-09 19:10:25 +1200

Shocking footage released showing abusive handling of animals on a Super Fund Farm.
Industries lack of care starts at the top and trickles down.
Lack of care for animals, soil, freshwater, workers and New Zealand's reputation.

2019-09-04 23:41:58 +1200

5,000 signatures reached

2019-08-27 11:51:50 +1200

UPDATE: The NZ Super Fund has told us their Southland farms aren’t damaging waterways or harming animals. We just sent them total proof that they are! We’ve asked for a formal response from Grant Robertson (Minister of Finance) and Matt Whineray (CEO of our Super Fund) which you’ll see as soon as we get it.
There is no way they can ethically practice intensive winter grazing in Southland.

Here is a link to out recent One News clip:

2019-07-30 10:19:02 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2019-07-29 18:10:59 +1200

500 signatures reached

2019-07-29 13:01:00 +1200

100 signatures reached

2019-07-29 12:37:14 +1200

50 signatures reached

2019-07-29 12:23:51 +1200

25 signatures reached

2019-07-29 12:17:00 +1200

10 signatures reached