Southland wins Ranfurly Shield – updated x2

October 22, 2009

 

Southland 9 Canterbury 3.

Update:

Someone who knows more about rugby may correct me but I think this is the first time the Ranfurly Shield’s been held on the right side of the Waitaki River since Otago lost it in 1957.

Update 2:

The Southland Times says it’s 50 years since Southland had the shield.

Then they held it for just one match. This time it’s theirs for at least the summer.


1 new 2 returned in DairyNZ election

October 22, 2009

Sitting directors Alistair Body and Barbara Kuriger have been returned in elections for the industry good body DairyNZ’s board.

Kevin Ferris, a Te Awamutu dairy farmer, who also owns a farm in Southland and he is a Fonterra Shareholders Councillor, took the seat created by the retirement of long-serving board member Jim van der Poel.


Got a secret recipe?

October 22, 2009

If you’ve got a secret recipe you don’t mind sharing, Hansells is celebrating 75 years in kiwi kitchens with a competition.

There are weekly and daily prizes and the overall winner will receive a $3,500 Sunbeam appliance package.


Sheep & Beef outlook variable

October 22, 2009

Sheep and beef farmers had a 10 fold increase in profit last year but MAF’s latest farm monitoring reports suggest the outlook for this year is less positive.

MAF’s Christchurch Natural Resources Team Leader John Greer says the sheep and beef reports released today showed better prices for lamb, sheep and cattle boosted income in the 2008/09 season. However, production was below usual in many parts of the country due to this year’s drought or carryover effects from last year’s.

“Sheep and beef numbers continued to fall last season and the average stocking rate is now nearly one stock unit per hectare lower than it was two years ago,” he says.

“This could be due to changing land use or the series of droughts some farmers have experienced.”

Last season’s better returns were a long time coming, most farms had experienced several years of deficits. Although last season’s income improved most farmers kept a tight rein on spending. Fertiliser was one item reduced in a lot of budgets and this is now well below maintenance levels on most farms. 

“In the coming year, production is expected to recover from the effects of the previous year’s drought; however, farm gate prices are predicted to fall for all products due to the rising exchange rate and reduced demand in some markets.

“As a result, sheep and beef farmers are budgeting to make a cash loss of $18,000 for the 2009/10 season.  This will be challenging for many farmers as farm costs and interest rates recover over the year.

“More positively, improved cash surpluses in the 2008/09 season combined with lower interest rates in 2009/10 could see farmers reduce debt levels and expenditure on interest,” he says.

Demand for lamb in Britain is still high but the weakness of the pound will reduce returns.

Lambing in the South Island has been pretty good but early indications of likely prices aren’t encouraging.

Silver Fern Farms released its Backbone contracts last week offering $3.60 a kilo. Last year we were getting around $4.70 a kilo.

That will mean a decrease of $20 or so per lamb compared with last season which will put a strain on farm budgets.


One of the Family

October 22, 2009

One of the Family  was the first of Mary Scott’s books I read and it hooked me.

I read every other book of hers I could get my hands on in libraries and when I had the where with all, started buying them. I still comb second hand shops in the hope I can add the few titles not yet in my collection.

This, likes all of Scott’s books, is set in the North Island back blocks.

Theo and her daughter Judy are trying their best to run a run-down farm with too little money, the help of  Terry – who’s on probation – and a series of hopeless managers. Into this comes Theo’s uncle, who is also their mortgagee, a retired English teacher.

The story’s got romance, revenge, crime, tension and humour. The characters are believable, the plot engaging.

It’s another on my annual read-it-again list.

 

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Post 22 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.

Deborah at In A Strange Land has Eating Plums in Bed, by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Jenna Packer.

Oswald Bastable has Requiem for a Gasworks by John S. Pollard.

 

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Lonely Planet on Kindle

October 22, 2009

The idea of reading books on screen hasn’t appealed to me.

There’s something about the way a book looks and feels and a connection with the printed page which a computer can’t emulate.

But the news that Lonely Planet is going to be available on Kindle might make me change my mind.

We use Lonely Planet guides a lot when we travel but their size and weight means they’re not very portable.

Being able to download  relevant chapters or whole books as you go would be much better than carting heavy tomes around.

One of my travel nightmares is being somewhere with nothing to read. I’ve learned to pack light when it comes to clothes but not with books. Kindle might solve that problem for me too.


Après le déluge

October 22, 2009

The immediate crisis is over and attention has shifted from the tsunami which devastated our Pacific neighbours.

But the rebuilding has only just begun and the people still need help.

Roarprawn is involved with Project Heal & Protect and has asked me to spread the word about this appeal:

Kiwi Telco kicks off Project Heal and Protect

Poloketi Toe Fa’alelei ma Puipuia

A Wellington based Telco support company has kicked off a project to rebuild part of one of villages worst hit by the recent tsunami and to construct a new tsunami warning system for the whole of Samoa.

Project Heal and Protect (Polokei Toe Fa’alelei ma Puipuia) was put together by Oceanic Group after senior staff saw the devastation caused by the September 29 tsunami.

Oceanic Group provides support services for a number of telco companies across the South Pacific, including to Digicel in Samoa.

Oceanic Group Director, Locky Mulholland, said they usually prefer to work behind the scenes, but he felt compelled to do something after seeing the aftermath of the natural disaster.

“We are a community focussed company and we struggled to comprehend what had happened to our colleagues and friends in Samoa and that set us to thinking about what we could do to help,” Mr Mulholland said.

Mr Mulholland said the result is the Project Heal and Protect (Poloketi Toe Fa’alelei ma Puipuia) Charitable Trust.

The Heal part of the project refers to a plan to build a new community centre for the village of Poutasi; which being right on the beach bore the full brunt of the Tsunami.

“The community centre and its sports fields was a vital part of daily life in the village and it stood out as an obvious choice to us.

“It will be rebuilt on higher ground so it can be a safe haven for residents of the village during a natural disaster,” Mr Mulholland said.

The Protect part of the project will be the purchase and installation of tsunami warning sirens across Samoa.

These will be erected on Digicel cellphone towers and will be linked back to the new civil defence headquarters which is to be built by Digicel itself.

Mr Mulholland said the response to the project has been incredible with a number of companies giving time and services for nothing to support the project and the list is growing by the day.

“We have architects, builders, Telco companies, All Blacks, radio stations, lawyers, engineers, project managers, league players, public relations consultants, building supplies companies all supporting us.”

The Project Heal and Protect Charitable Trust has been lodged with the Charities Commission, independent trustees have been appointed and a trust bank account has been set up.

Words of support from HE Asi Tuiataga JF Blakelock, Samoa High Commissioner to New Zealand.
 
“Samoa has been drastically affected by the earthquake and tsunami; however our people remain hopeful and determined to rebuild our island nation. I am truly grateful and applaud Oceanic Holdings (International) Ltd for initiating ‘Project Heal & Protect.’

It is aid such as this, that reminds us Samoans not to lose hope and to continue to unite to restore Samoa to what it was before September 29.

In addition to restoring infrastructure, the National Evacuation Siren System to be implemented by Oceanic thru Digicel, will hopefully improve Samoa’s preparations for any future natural disasters.

On behalf of the government and people of Samoa, I convey our appreciation for their invaluable generosity. I would also like to personally thank Mr Locky Mulholland (Director) and partners for their genuine concern and tremendous efforts to bring hope and comfort to Samoa in this time of crisis.”

ENDS

Account details for Donations

Account Name: Heal and Protect
Account Number: 030502 0416719 00
Swift Code: WPACNZ2W
For more information about Project Heal and Protect (Poloketi Toe Fa’alelei ma Puipuia) you can ring us on +64 4 384 7266 or email us at healandprotect@oclgroup.co.nz

For further information contact:
Chris Wikaira +64 27 45 22 472
Or
Tina Nixon +64 27 22 32 789


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