One of the sticking points for farmers in the Howl of a Protest rally two weeks ago was the controversial plans for Significant Natural Areas – and one council has decided it doesn’t want a bar of it. The Far North District  Council has has shelved the controversial plans at least until it gets more clarity from the government. Earlier this year thousands of Far North property owners received letters from the council telling  them that portions of their land – more than 90 per cent in some cases – could be designated as SNAs  to increase protection for areas of high ecological value. Former Feds Northland President John Blackwell says they may have won the battle but not the war.