The running of the sheep


It’s not quite like Spain’s running of the bulls but today’s running of the sheep in Te Kuiti did have a casualty.

The first woolly breach came just a few hundred metres from the starting line. That was quickly contained, but the mob’s next probe was not. 

What started as a trickle rapidly became a flood, and with the barrier down Te Kuiti’s Sheep Run began to look very much like its Spanish counterpart.

A woman was bowled over by the marauding mob, her injuries no laughing matter. She was knocked over, losing consciousness.

The running of the sheep is an annual event to coincide with the national sheep shearing championships.

You can watch the sheep run here , with a cameo appearance by John Key as Prime Minister turned musterer, and extended coverage of the shearing and sheep run here.

Is he right?


“Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they  think in a deeper voice.” – Bill Crosby.

Hat Tip: AgLetter

Rural blogs coming and going


Rural Network used to be one of my regular reads but it lost it lost its spice towards the end of last year and posts became infrequent so I wasn’t surprised to read it’s closing at the end of the month.

While one goes, another comes. Here I Stand  who describes himself as a consluting networks/systems engineer living the good life in rural Wanganui has joined the blogosphere.

Another rural blog I came across recently is Phil Clarke’s Business Blog which gives an insight into rural and agribusiness issues in Britain and the EU.

Rural Trader was recently launched and while not a blog, is definitely rural.

Brothel gets a faith lift


The building which housed Candy’s Gentlemen’s Club in Queenstown has been bought by the Vineyard Church.

No doubt the new owners will give the former brothel a faith lift.

Fear of freedom leads to storm in lunchbox


The Greens still haven’t learned to pick their fights:

Greens health spokeswoman Sue Kedgley yesterday started a petition to persuade the Government to yield to public pressure.

In effect, it asks for the re-introduction of the ban on regular sales of unhealthy food and drink in schools.

What is it about freedom which frightens some people? Is it that with freedom to choose goes the responsibility to exercise that choice wisely? 

If there is sufficient public pressure for re-introducing the ban then surely there is no need for one because the public will not allow their children to eat the food they object to and will have worked with the schools their children go to to ensure that ban or no ban only “healthy” food is available in their canteens.

Or does the pressure for prohibition mean the public doesn’t have the courage of their convictions and have been unable to persuade their children and their schools to do what they think best and so want the government to use compulsion?

This is all just a storm in a lunch box because lifting the ban doesn’t compel schools to change what they’re providing. They still have a responsibility to provide “healthy” options and teach children about good nutrition.

A couple of what Poneke calls celebthorities have joined the campaign and one, Rob Hamill, shows he’s better at rowing than logic with this comment:

“If it’s about freedom of choice, why can’t we sell cigarettes in schools? … We know it’s wrong.

“If we are putting crap food in the diets of kids, not only are they going to underperform, it’s going to set a habit for life.”

The difference between cigarettes and food is that even one cigarette causes harm but while nutritional value varies, there is no junk food only junk diets. If the children are eating a balanced diet the odd suasage roll, pie or cream bun isn’t going to hold them back.

The real problem isn’t about what’s offered in school canteens it’s what the children eat most of the time and those concerned about children’s development would achieve more by working to provide breakfast for children who arrive at school hungry than they will by calling for a ban. 

Hat Tip: Kiwiblog who thanks the Greens for reminding us about the growth of nanny state under Labour.

Pea warning


It’s not the drug P but the common or garden variety of frozen peas which we’re being warned about:

The National Poison Centre has issued a warning after a toxic black night shade berries were found in several packets of Talley’s frozen vegetables.

The berries are only harmful to adults if consumed in large quantities, but children can have a severe reaction with only a handful.

If this is the continuation of the incident I posted on in February  it’s taken a long time for the warning to be made, if it’s not the same complainant then quality control needs to be upgraded.

Saturday on the Farm


It’s a long time since there was a roast in the oven on this farm on a Saturday and most of the other activity is a description of how things were rather than how they are now.

But, it’s interesting to see how things chang and the title made it appropriate for today’s tribute to poetry month.

Saturday on the Farm by Denis Glover comes from enter without knocking Published by Pegaus Press, 1964.

Saturday On The Farm


The fence repair’s completed,

The cows are in the shed,

The Tiger Moth topdresser is

Still droning overhead.



   The scones are in the over,

   The roast is roasting slowly;

   The beds are made and the hovering

   got over early.


The lambs are safely shelter

From the predicted gale,

And the pigsfood gone to the stye

In the pigsfood pail.



    The washing’s hanging on the line,

    The baby’s fed and sleeping,

    And everything in the house as clean

    As a Mothers’ Union meeting.


The grass still grows on Saturday

Though the farm land lies still

And the grey grazing sheep

Fan over the round of the hill.


    The hens have ceased their cackling

    The dogs are on the chain,

    And the telephone is crackling

    Over the party line.


Now the bare hills stand guardian

Over the homestead scene

And the smoke from the musterers’ hut

Ghosts grey against purple-green.

         – Denis Glover –

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