Budget boosts border protection

May 20, 2010

One of the greatest threats to our economy is the incursion of imported pests and diseases which could affect our crops and stock.

This has been recognised in the Budget with a boost to border control.

Biosecurity Minister David Carter said:

Budget 2010 provides additional capital funding of $6.7 million and operational funding of $14.3 million over four years to develop a Joint Border Management System (JBMS).  This will replace ageing border clearance systems run by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and New Zealand Customs Service.

to capital funding of $6.7 million and operational funding of $14.3 million over four years to develop a Joint Border Management System (JBMS).  This will replace ageing border clearance systems run by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and New Zealand Customs Service.

“The JBMS will improve efficiency and biosecurity protection at the border by modernising New Zealand’s border management and providing a single point of entry for importers and exporters,” Mr Carter says.

Improved protection and efficiency will be good for both producers and importers.


If I Could Turn Back Time

May 20, 2010

Happy birthday Cher – 66 today.

When did 66 year olds stop being little old ladies, happy to nap away the day in rocking chairs?


If you keep on doing . . .

May 20, 2010

. . . what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.

Labour wants to continue borrowing and spending.

Another reason to be pleased it’s Bill English and not David Cunliffe delivering the Budget today.


Hu-Hu’s the winner

May 20, 2010

Old Hu-Hu  by Central Otago write Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Rachel Driscoll is the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year.

It also won the Picture Book of the Year.

Other winners were: E3 Call H0me by Janet Hunt – Non Fiction; The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe – Junior Fiction; Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hagar – Young Adult; Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley – Chidlren’s Choice; Dear Alison edited by Simon Pollard – Children’s Choice Non-Fiction; Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop – Children’s Choice Junior Fiction; Brainjack by Brian Falkner – Children’s Choice Young Adult Fiction.

The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy & David Elliot, edited by Tessa Duder, won an Honour Award.

 The Best First Book Award went to The Bone Tiki by David Hair.


We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are

May 20, 2010

Day 20 of New Zealand Month is also Budget Day which reminded me  of Fred Dagg singing We DOn’t Know How Lucky We Are.


On Budget day

May 20, 2010

On Budget Day the people listened and they heard the words of the Minister.

“Verily,” he said, “ask not what the Budget can do for you, ask what it can do for the economy.

“For it is written in the history books that a government which takes more than it needs from all, to redistribute to some, whether or not it is needed, will plunder the public purse, empty treasury’s coffers, deprive people of their independence and be cast into the wilderness.

“Let us learn from history and realise that measures which produce a bigger pie are better than those which divide the pie into ever smaller pieces.”

Some of the people heard not the words. They were distracted by the sound of the gnashing of teeth from the wilderness. They spoke over the Minister and asked, “What’s in it for me?”

But the rest of the people listened and pondered on what they had heard and realised that the words were wise and gave thanks to the Minister.

These people swallowed their medicine gratefully and so it came to pass that the economy grew and the people found they had enough from the fruit of their own efforts and they were content.


A picture of a daffodil because . . .

May 20, 2010

a) if winter’s here can spring be far behind?

b) it’s a tiny electronic attempt to capture some carbon.

c) Busted Blonde asked me to.

Update: Thanks to Inventory 2 at Keeping Stock for pointing me at the video. The relevant comment is at around 3 minutes:


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