Happy birthday Mike Love, 69 today.
“The change of government has helped farmer optimism.
“No-one’s asking for special favours, they just want to be treated fairly, but with the last lot it felt like they hated farmers, it was personal.
“Now farmers feel they’ll get a fair go and it’s making a real difference.”
That conversation at the Wanaka Show with someone who works in the rural servicing industry was echoed by several others and the feeling is backed up by changes in policy.
Agriculture Minister David Carter says the government is considering opening up some of the conservation estate to grazing again.
. . . finding ways to generate income from a conservation estate that grew in size under the previous government was a looming issue, and allowing strictly controlled grazing to licensed farmers could be a solution.
“That, to me, makes perfect sense,” he said at the Federated Farmers high country committee two-yearly field day in the Nevis Valley last Wednesday.
Don Clarke, of Carrick Station, told the field day that he had found grazing of the upright-growing invasive weed, Hieracium lepidulum, could control its spread.
Mr Carter repeated his support for the greater use of conservation covenants administered through organisations such as the QEII Trust, saying it was “a sensible” way to achieve biodiversity protection and allow economic use of land.
Even the Commissioner for the Environment questioned the large amount of land the previous government retired to the conservation estate.
It’s very expensive and not necessarily in the best interests of the environment or public for the government to buy and then have to look after large tracts of land. It’s better to protect areas with high conservation values by covenants and leave the management to farmers.
Farming, conservation, private ownership and public access aren’t mutually exclusive.
When Rob Hamill and the late Phil Stubbs were seeking sponsorship for their Trans Atlantic rowing race entry they asked Sir Bob Jones for help.
He replied, they should just flog themselves with barbed wire. It would have much the same effect for a fraction of the cost.
There may have been moments when Shaun Quincey felt that flogging himself with barbed wire may have been easier and less unpleasant than his solo Trans-Tasman rowing attempt.
But he persevered and had the satisfaction of completing the challenge nine days faster than his father Colin, who rowed the Tasman from New Zealand to Australia in 1977.
Ultra marathon runner Dean Karnazes reckons you start running with your feet, continue with your head and finish with your heart. Long-distance rowing must take a similar level of physical fitness, determination and emotional strength.
It’s a feat he can be proud of and we lesser mortals can be inspired by.
On March 15:
1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
1545 First meeting of the Council of Trent.
1767 Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, was born.
1776 South Carolina became the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government.
1779 Lord Melbourne, (William Lamb) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,, was born.
1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse: 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeated an American force numbering 4,400.
1809 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia, was born.
1844 The New Zealand Company ended its colonising efforts.
1877 The first cricket test started between England and Australia.
1906 Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated.
1922 Fuad I becomes King of Egypt.
1926 The dictator Theodoros Pangalos was elected President of Greece without opposition.
1931 SS Viking exploded off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.
1943 Third Battle of Kharkov – Germans retook the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.
1944 Sly Stone, American musician, was born.
1988 The Halabja poison gas attack of the Iran–Iraq War began.
1990 Iraq hung British journalist Farzad Bazoft for spying.
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia