Nats benefit plans good move


The Stuff poll asks what people think of National’s plans for changing the Domestic Purposes Benefit.

It’s a welcome move (5986 votes, 60.3%)

It will hurt those who need help most (2184 votes, 22.0%)

It doesn’t go far enough (1757 votes, 17.7%)

Stuff polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those internet users who have chosen to participate.
Keeping Stock  posts on the Herald poll which shows 2892 (89%) agreeing sole parents should have to work or undertake training once their children are at school; and 342 (11%) disagreeing.

Points for paying back


The ANZ has developed a points scheme for customers who pay back all they owe their credit cards each month.

The Everyday Rewards Visa is aimed at customers who pay their balance in full every month and replaces points for purchases with points when they pay back money spent.

Credit cards generally have the highest interest rate for unsecured credit (with the dishonerable exception of loan sharks). It’s a sad indication of financial illiteracy that a lot of people don’t realise they’d be better taking a bank loan or increasing the mortgage rather than racking up credit debts they can’t pay back in full.

However, this scheme is an interesting concept which gives an incentive to the prudent and it might appeal to people who don’t realise the very high interest rates on credit card debt means paying the balance in full on or before the due date provides a reward in itself.

Why didn’t someone think of this before?


Cottonsoft is selling loo paper rolls which have twice the length of paper as conventional rolls.

It doesn’t solve the problem of people who don’t know how to discard the empty core and replace it with a new roll, but it does halve the potential number of times they don’t do it.

Get Doc back to the bush


Given the aggressive approach the Department of Conservation has taken to the tenure review process I have a lot of sympathy with this statement:

“DOc was never meant to be a Department of Economic Destruction. Get it out of the courts and back into the woods where it belongs.”

It comes from Owen McShane in the National Business Review.

Kellog Rural Leadership applications open


The Kellog Rural Leadership Programme is inviting applications  for its 24th annual course.

The programme for people involved in agribusiness aims to develop leadership skills; teach how political, cultural, scoial, economic and physical factors impact on agribusiness and establish networks with leaders here and overseas.

It begins with a 9 day residential course at Lincoln University in January. Participants then research and write up a project which they present when they return to Lincoln for the second residential part of the course in November. The programme concludes with three days in Wellington to study the political process and interview chief executives and industry leaders.

My research project took the form of a survey of past participants to find out what they’d got out of the programme and what they’d achieved since they’d done it.

Only one respondent was negative, and the tone of the response suggested it might not have been the programme which was at fault.

All other respondents were enthusiastic about the programme, what they learnt, the opportunities they had found because of it and most of all the people they met and contacts made through it.

Property rights sacrosanct


The ODT editorlialises on the Walking Access Bill and concludes:

There will be regret in several quarters that private property rights have been protected seemingly to a greater degree than the public’s rights of access, and that this Bill amounts to a concession that the original admittedly ambitious proposals were simply too difficult to reconcile with the level of objection.

The pity would have been had property rights not been protected because they are one of the basic planks of democracy.

No-one has the right wander on to someone else’s quarter acre section and use it for a picnic, exercise, walking dogs, hunting, having sex, or as a loo. 

I know people who have come across uninvited visitors doing all of these things. The reasons that make that unacceptable in a city section apply just as much in the country and regardless of how much bigger the property is.

Private Property rights go back to the Magna Carta and if the land owner has to give them away it must be by negotiation and, if appropriate, with compensation.

How’d you rate as a 1930 spouse?


If you’re in need of a little work avoidance you might like to see how you rate on the 1930 marital scale.

I scored 82 which rates as “very superior”. I then filled in the husband’s one on my farmer’s behalf and he did even better at 114 which makes me very lucky – but I’ll have to work on the darning and find somewhere else to put my cold feet if I’m to catch up to him.  😉

Hat tip: NZ Coach

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