Waitrose won’t buy factory farm butter?


UK supermarket chain Waitrose says it won’t buy factory farm butter from NZ.

At least that’s what the headline says but if you read futher you find out:

The company’s Communications Manager (Agriculture), Amy Hayward-Paine, told KIN the supermarket chain would not buy produce from dairy factory farms. . .

She says: “I can assure you that, in line with our policies, Waitrose would not source own-label dairy products from farmers in New Zealand that did not allow their cows to roam freely outside, or to have the best welfare standards.”

Note the or to have the best welfare standards.

The comapny’s concern is animal welfare not whether or not the cows are free range.

Given that most UK cows spend at least some of their time indoors, and many are housed most of the time, it would be difficult for the company to turn down the butter because it came from cows which were kept inside in New Zealand.

 Whether the cows are free range or housed, farms in New Zealand have to maintain high standards of animal welfare.  Waitrose will have no grounds for turning down butter just because the cows which produced the milk from which it was made spent most of their time inside rather than grazing paddocks as most of our cattle do.

Moke Lake


Wildrerness magazine which introduced us to Moke Lake said it would take 1 – 2 hours to walk the circuit.

The DOC sign at the startof the track said it would take 2 1/2 hours.

We got round in an hour and 10 minutes and still had time to appreciate the scenery:

The turn-off is Moke Lake Road is about 6km from Queenstown on the road to Glenorchy.

Where have all the people gone?


Wanaka’s permanent population is about 5,000 but it usually builds up to about 20,000 over New Year.

Locals and regular visitors know to stock up on supplies before then to avoid queues in the supermarket which can stretch the length of the aisles.

This summer I’ve never seen more than four or five people in a queue. The introduction of 6 self-checkouts will have helped but the rest of the supermarket hasn’t been as crowded as in past years either.

On New Year’s Eve we wandered into town at about 10.30 expecting to find the normal hordes and found a fraction of the number we’d seen in previous years.

There are still plenty of visitors but shops and businesses report they’re not here in the numbers they’ve come to expect at what is normally the peak holiday period.

Does that mean people have gone somewhere else, or is it a sign of recession and they’re staying at home?

January 7 in history


On January 7:

 1558 France took Calais, the last continental possession of England.

1610 – Galileo Galilei observed the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time.

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1782 The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opened.

1785 Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travelled from Dover, to Calais, in a gas balloon.


1827 Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time, was born.

1835 HMS Beagle dropped anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.

1894 W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.

1895 Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS, was born.

Sir Wilmot Hudson Fysh.jpg

1904 The distress signalCQD” was established but replaced two years later by “SOS“.

1912 – Charles Addams, American cartoonist, was born.

1925 Gerald Durrell, British naturalist (, was born.


1927 The first transatlantic telephone call was made – from New York City to London.

1931 Australian Guy Menzies completed the first Trans-Tasman flight when he flew from Sydneyand crash-landed in a swamp at Harihari on the West Coast.

Completion of first trans-Tasman solo flight

1943 Sir Richard Armstrong, British conductor, was born.

1948  Kenny Loggins, American singer, was born.

1951 Helen Worth, British actress, was born.

1953 President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.

1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment: the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, was held in New York at the head office of IBM.

1960 The Polaris missile was test launched.

1968  Surveyor 7, the final spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifted off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.

1980 President Jimmy Carter authorised legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

1984 Brunei became the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

1993 The Fourth Republic of Ghana was inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.

1999The impeachment of President Bill Clinton started.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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