Trade is incredibly important to NZ. As a country, we won’t get rich selling things to ourselves. – John Key
Trade is incredibly important to NZ. As a country, we won’t get rich selling things to ourselves. – John Key
3761 BC – The epoch of the modern Hebrew calendar (Proleptic Julian calendar).
336 Pope Mark died, leaving the papacy vacant.
1513 Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramón de Cardonadefeated the Venetians.
1542 Explorer Cabrillo discovered Santa Catalina Island off the California coast.
1571 The Battle of Lepanto – the Holy League (Spain and Italy) destroyed the Turkish fleet.
1763 George III issued British Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing aboriginal lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlements.
1777 American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeated the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.
1780 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Kings Mountain American Patriot militia defeat Loyalist irregulars led by British colonel Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.
1800 French corsair Robert Surcouf, commander of the 18-gun ship La Confiance, captured the British 38-gun Kent inspiring the traditional French song Le Trente-et-un du mois d’août.
1826 The Granite Railway began operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S.
1840 Willem II became King of the Netherlands.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Darbytown Road: the Confederate forces’ attempt to regain ground that had been lost around Richmond is thwarted.
1868 Cornell University held opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment was 412, the highest at any American university to that date.
1870 Franco-Prussian War – Siege of Paris: Leon Gambetta fled Paris in a balloon.
1879 Germany and Austria-Hungary signed the “Twofold Covenant” and created the Dual Alliance.
1900 Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi official, was born (d. 1945).
1912 The Helsinki Stock Exchange‘s first transaction.
1914 Sarah Churchill, British actress, was born (d. 1982).
1916 Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222-0 in the mostlopsided college football game in American history.
1917 Count Felix Graf von Luckner, the German “Sea-Devil” was imprisoned in New Zealand.
1919 KLM, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, was founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
1920 The Suwalki Agreement between Poland and Lithuania was signed.
1931 Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and Nobel Laureate, was born.
1933 Air France was inaugurated, after being formed from a merger of 5 French airlines.
1934 Aeromexico was inaugareted 75 years after it becomes the # 1 airline in Mexico.
1939 – John Hopcroft, American computer scientist was born.
1940 World War II: the McCollum memo proposed bringing the United States into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
1942 World War II: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal began as United States Marine Corps forces attacked Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
1944 World War II: Uprising at Birkenau concentration camp, Jews burned down the crematoria.
1949 German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formed.
1952 Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister and former President of the Russian Federation, was born.
1955 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg read his poem “Howl” for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.
1958 President of Pakistan Iskander Mirza, with the support of GeneralAyub Khan and the army, suspended the 1956 constitution, imposed martial law, and cancelled the elections scheduled for January 1959.
1959 U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmitted its first ever photographs of the far side of the moon.
1962 U.S.S.R. performed nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya.
1963 John F. Kennedy signed ratification for Partial Test Ban Treaty.
1977 The adoption of the Fourth Soviet Constitution.
1982 Cats opened on Broadway.
1985 The Achille Lauro was hijacked by Palestine Liberation Organization.
1993 The Great Flood of 1993 ended at St. Louis, Missouri, 103 days after it began.
2001 The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan started with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
2004 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicated.
2003 – An historic recall election took place in California in which the sitting Governor Gray Davis a Democrat was overwhelmingly voted out of office. Actor/bodybuilder and Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected to be the 38th Governor of California over fellow Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Cruz Bustamante who at the time was the sitting Lt. Governor of California.
2006 – Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskayawas shot and killed outside her home in Moscow.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Siffilate – to whisper.
I updated software on my iPad on Sunday and found I couldn’t log into my blog.
I updated software on my iPhone today and can’t get into my blog on it either.
WordPress support are trying to help but haven’t yet solved the problem.
If anyone else has a solution I’d be grateful.
The tech fairy at WordPress suggested it was a problem with Safari and advised me to download Google Chrome which I did and it’s allowed me to log-in.
Farm skills for youth _ Sally Rae:
The prospect of getting out of bed at 5am to gain work experience on a dairy farm does not bother Caleb Unahi.
The 19-year-old is enjoying keeping busy as part of the Farmhand training programme, which aims to expose Dunedin’s disengaged youth to rural opportunities.
Before starting the 13-week course, Caleb was doing ”nothing much really”, he said.
A family friend encouraged him to apply for the course, which was first held last year.
”I enjoy it. It’s a good opportunity for me to get up off my …”
he said, while learning about fencing at Invermay recently. . .
Merino industry stalwarts honoured – Lynda van Kempen:
A couple described as vital cogs in the fine wool industry had their efforts recognised at the weekend.
Peter and Elsie Lyon, of Alexandra, received life membership to the New Zealand Merino Shearing Society. The award – a surprise to the couple – was made during the national merino shearing championships in Alexandra on Saturday night.
The couple run Peter Lyon Shearing, which had a turnover of more than $10 million last year. . .
The story behind merino wool – Camilla Rutherford:
I am very lucky to live on a high country Merino sheep station here in Tarras, New Zealand. This farm belongs to my husbands family and they have farmed here for over 100 years, which is a long time in NZ! Every year in the first week of September a big muster happens and the sheep are brought down off the hill and into the woolshed to get their yearly hair cut in time for the hot Central Otago summer. This wool is very carefully removed by highly skilled shearers, who have the very tricky task of removing the precious fibres without harming the wrinkly sheep.
Walking into the woolshed can be a little intimidating, with drum and bass blasting over the sound of the clippers, and a multitude of men and women working tirelessly, each with their own roll making the operation of shearing a sheep like a well oiled machine. This precious wool is sent to Merino New Zealand which is spun and made into Icebreaker clothing, which we all know and love. Merino wool is an incredible fibre; sustainable, warm when wet, cooling when you are too hot and keeps the stink off you. What better fibre to wear against your skin? My wardrobe is nearly 100% merino, from underwear, thermals, summer singlets, technical ski wear and awesome hoodies! . . [whether or not you want to read more, it’s worth clicking the link for the photos]
Canterbury farmers have been given another three weeks to enter this year’s Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
The entry deadline has been extended to Friday October 30 to allow farmers more time to get their entries in before judging commences in November.
The Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards Judging Coordinator Sandra Taylor acknowledged that drought and a low dairy pay-out have made for a tough start to spring and for many farmers entering the Awards has been low on the priority list.
“Recent rain and warmer temperatures will hopefully take the pressure off and give farmers a chance to think about getting their entries in.”
She points out the judging process gives farmers the opportunity to benchmark their businesses and get feedback from a team of experienced and knowledgeable judges. . .
With entries now open for the 2015 Heartland Bank Young Auctioneer of the Year Competition, the 2014 winner is urging other young auctioneers to enter the “life-changing competition.”
Cam Bray of PGG Wrightson won the 2014 Competition after entering all three years of the competition. The win enabled him to travel to the 2015 Sydney Royal Show to attend the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA) Young Auctioneers National Final.
Mr Bray said that the trip to Australia resulted in some life-changing experiences.
“The trip to Australia was great – not only for the fact that I was representing New Zealand but to be able to rub shoulders with Australia’s best was an invaluable experience.” . . .
Agricultural contractors around New Zealand will soon be able to bring in overseas workers much easier than in the past – following a deal struck between its national body and Immigration NZ.
Rural Contractors NZ (RCNZ) president Steve Levet says his organisation has been working with Immigration New Zealand for a long time in an effort to resolve the problems around contractors bringing in overseas workers for the harvest season.
“After many meetings and a lot of hard work by RCNZ – together with Immigration NZ – we believe have come up with a solution that will solve many of the problems that rural contractors currently experience every year and make it much easier to bring in overseas workers,” Mr Levet says. . .
Voting is now open for the person who will represent owners of smaller forests on the Forest Growers Levy Trust board.
The two candidates are Guy Farman, managing director of Farman Turkington Forestry and Steve Wilton, managing director of Forest Enterprises. Both have strong forestry credentials and are based in the Wairarapa.
Anyone who owns a ‘qualifying forest’ of between 4 and 1000 hectares, planted before 1 October 2003, may vote in the election that opened on Monday 5 October and closes on Friday 16 October. . . .
Data collection and data integrator specialist business DataCol Group, today announced it had fully acquired Canterbury-based Watermetrics, a provider of integrated water flow monitoring, recording and analysis services.
“Watermetrics were pioneers in providing water measurement technology and services to the rural sector, have built a strong brand and significant customer base predominantly in the Canterbury region off the back of that,” says DataCol CEO Bruce Franks.
“Using data collection and measurement technology has become a critical tool for farmers in terms of enhancing productivity, reducing cost and complying with national regulations like water consents. . .
A successful business driven by the ethos of ‘inspiration through adventure’ is how judges described Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours in announcing it as the winner of the Environmental Tourism Award at this year’s Tourism Industry Awards.
After almost six years in business – and a consistent winner of many sustainable practice awards over the years – Ziptrek received the award on Friday night, helping set a benchmark of excellence within the New Zealand tourism industry.
Judges were hugely impressed with the business, describing it as a “wonderful example” of a highly successful tourism business embracing and promoting sustainability in everything it does. . .
Capping off a stellar season, Queenstown’s Coronet Peak fought off stiff competition to win the Visitor Experience Award at the New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards this weekend.
The ski area celebrated its final ‘hurrah’ on the snow this weekend with a Rugby World Cup-themed day in support of the AB’s on Saturday. On Sunday, all best efforts to host a Beach Party were somewhat thwarted by wet and wild weather, but a few brave souls managed the Pond Skim to cap off an amazing season.
The final weekend of 2015 winter started well, with Coronet Peak ski area manager Ross Copland accepting the honour in Auckland on Friday night. . .
Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – New Zealand’s biggest free trade agreement.
“This agreement will give our exporters much better access to a market of more than 800 million customers in 11 countries across Asia and the Pacific, and help Kiwi firms do business overseas,” Mr Key says.
“In particular, TPP represents New Zealand’s first FTA relationship with the largest and third-largest economies in the world – the United States and Japan. Successive New Zealand governments have been working to achieve this for 25 years.”
TPP has been a significant focus for the National-led Government, as part of its wider plan to diversify the economy by building strong trade, investment and economic ties around the world.
“As a country, we won’t get rich selling things to ourselves. Instead, we need to sell more of our products and services to customers around the world, and TPP helps makes that happen,” Mr Key says.
TPP will eliminate tariffs on 93 per cent of New Zealand’s exports to our new FTA partners, the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Peru.
Dairy exporters will have access to these markets through newly created quotas, in addition to tariff elimination on a number of products.
Tariffs on all other New Zealand exports to TPP countries will be eliminated, with the exception of beef exports to Japan, where tariffs will reduce significantly.
TPP also reduces non-tariff barriers to trade, ensures fair access for New Zealand firms doing business in TPP countries and provides greater opportunities to bid for government procurement contracts overseas.
“We’re disappointed there wasn’t agreement to eliminate all dairy tariffs but overall it’s a very good deal for New Zealand,” Mr Key says.
“We’ve seen with China how a free trade agreement can boost exports of goods and services and deepen trade and investment links.
“The overall benefit of TPP to New Zealand is estimated to be at least $2.7 billion a year by 2030.
“That’s more jobs, higher incomes and a better standard of living for New Zealanders,” Mr Key says.
“Many concerns raised previously about TPP are not reflected in the final agreement. For example, consumers will not pay more for subsidised medicines as a result of TPP and the PHARMAC model will not change.
“Now the negotiations have concluded, people will see that TPP is, overall, very positive for New Zealand,” Mr Key says.
The conclusion of TPP follows recent trade agreements with Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, ASEAN/Australia and Malaysia. The Government is continuing negotiations with a number of other countries and is actively pursuing the launch of an FTA with the European Union.
Trade Minister Tim Groser and the team of people who have been working on this for years deserve the praise they are getting.
This deal isn’t as good as it could be but it is a lot better than what we have now.
“This comprehensive agreement offers much better access for New Zealand goods and services in 11 important markets across Asia and the Pacific.
“TPP breaks new ground for us. It is our first FTA relationship with the United States – the world’s biggest consumer market – as well as with Japan, Canada, Mexico and Peru.
“As a result, New Zealand will now have FTAs covering our top five trading partners – Australia, China, the United States, Japan and Korea.
“We’ve seen from previous FTAs, including the China FTA, how positive they have been for New Zealand trade and investment, and therefore in supporting jobs and growth for New Zealanders.
“Not being in TPP, on the other hand, would put New Zealand at a competitive disadvantage compared to other countries,” Mr Groser says.
Tariffs will be eliminated on 93 per cent of New Zealand’s trade with its new FTA partners, once TPP is fully phased in. This will ultimately represent $259 million of tariff savings a year – around twice the savings initially forecast for the China FTA.
As a result of TPP:
TPP also reduces non-tariff barriers to trade and ensures fair access for New Zealand firms doing business in TPP countries.
“TPP sets high standards in many areas,” Mr Groser says. “New Zealand is already an open, transparent and trade-friendly country, which means only a fraction of TPP’s obligations will require changes to our current practices.”
The most significant change is an extension of New Zealand’s copyright period from 50 years to 70 years. The cost of this to consumers and businesses will be small to begin with and increases gradually over a 20-year period.
“Other potentially far-reaching or costly proposals raised earlier in the negotiations were not included in the final agreement,” Mr Groser says.
“Consumers will not pay more for subsidised medicines as a result of TPP and few additional costs are expected for the Government in the area of pharmaceuticals. There will also be no change to the PHARMAC model.
“Regarding data protection for biologic medicines, New Zealand’s existing policy settings and practices will be adequate to meet the provisions we have finally agreed on,” Mr Groser says.
Investor-state dispute settlement provisions have been included in TPP, as they have in previous FTAs.
“This will give New Zealand investors more confidence and certainty when doing business overseas and does not prevent the Government regulating for legitimate public policy reasons.
“TPP also contains a provision that allows the Government to rule out ISDS challenges over tobacco control measures,” Mr Groser says.
“Overall, TPP is a very positive agreement for New Zealand, further improving access to international markets, which supports our exporters to grow and create new jobs.
“New Zealand supports the release of the text before it is signed by TPP governments but arrangements are yet to be finalised.
“TPP, like any free trade agreement, will go through New Zealand’s Parliamentary processes. We expect it to come into force within two years.”
Some of us are old enough to remember Fortress New Zealand as it was before we opened our doors to trade.
The misguided doctrine of patronage and protectionism fostered inefficiency and divorced producers from the realities of the market. It limited what we could buy, made much of what was available more expensive and/or of poorer quality, gave far too much power to politicians and bureaucrats and provided far too much opportunity for corruption.
The TPPA hasn’t got rid of all protection. That means it isn’t as good as it could be, especially for dairy but it is an improvement on existing access and we’ll find other markets.
The people who will be hurt most by the failures in the agreement are those still behind the fortresses which add to their costs and limit their choices.
Their politicians have failed them by allowing the interests of a powerful, but small, group of sectional interests to trump the best interests of their countries.
. . . And when we say ugly, we mean ugly from each perspective – it doesn’t mean ‘I’ve got to swallow a dead rat and you’re swallowing foie gras.’ It means both of us are swallowing dead rats on three or four issues to get this deal across the line. Tim Groser