Land-use policy Nats’ acid test

Updated July 4 2012 - 5:48am, first published April 23 2012 - 1:56am

You might call him a born-again conservationist, but there’s a very real pragmatism to Phil Laird’s bottom line when it comes to farming and business. He might have been a traditional Nationals voter but there’s a real green tinge around him these days, courtesy of the ecological bent of his business. He is a spokesman for the Maules Creek Community Council, a farmer and fifth-generation Laird family member living in Maules Creek.