Budget boosts border protection


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


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 . . .


. . . 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


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


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


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 . . .


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:

May 20 in history


On May 20:

325 The First Council of Nicea – the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church was held.

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526  An earthquake killed about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.

685  The Battle of Dunnichen or Nechtansmere is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.

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1217  The Second Battle of Lincoln resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.


1293  King Sancho IV of Castile created the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.


1497  John Cabot set sail from Bristol,on his ship  Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).

1498  Vasco da Gama arrived at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.


1521  Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola was seriously wounded.

1570  Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first modern atlas.


1609  Shakespeare’s Sonnets were first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

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1631  The city of Magdeburg in Germany was seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.

1733 Captain James Cook released the first sheep in New Zealand.

NZ's first sheep released

1772  Sir William Congreve, English inventor, was born  (d. 1828).


1776 Simon Fraser,Canadian Explorer, was born  (d.1862).

1799 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist, was born  (d. 1850).


 1802 By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies.

1806 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, was born (d. 1873).

1813 Napoleon Bonaparte led his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia.

1818 William Fargo, co-founder of Wells, Fargo & Company  was born (d. 1881).


1835  Otto was named the first modern king of Greece.

1840  York Minster was badly damaged by fire.


1845  HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sailed from the River Thames, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage.

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1861  American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality.

1862  Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law.


1864  American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.

1873  Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.


1882  The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy was formed.


1883  Krakatoa began to  erupt.


1891 The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.

1896  The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier fell on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.


1902  Cuba gained independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma became the first President.

1916  The Saturday Evening Post  published  its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (“Boy with Baby Carriage”).


1920  Montreal radio station XWA broadcast the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.

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1927  By the Treaty of Jedda, the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merged to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


1927  At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh took  off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, touching down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.


1932  Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot.


1940  Holocaust: The first prisoners arrived at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.

1941 New Zealand, British, Australian and Greek forces defending the Mediterranean island of Crete  fought desperately to repel a huge airborne assault by German paratroopers.

German paratroopers assault Crete

1946  Cher, American singer, was born.

 1949  In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, was established.

1949  The Kuomintang regime declared  martial law in Taiwan.

"Blue Sky with a White Sun", the party emblem of the Kuomintang


1956  In Operation Redwing the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb was dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;


1965  PIA Flight 705, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 720 – 040 B, crashed while descending to land at Cairo International Airport, killing 119 of the 125 passengers and crew.

1969  The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ended.

1980  In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejected by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.

1983  First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo individually.

1983  A car-bomb explosion killed 17 and injures 197 in the centre of Pretoria.

1985  Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, began broadcasting to Cuba.


1989  Chinese authorities declared martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations.

1990  The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Romania.

1995  In a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejected by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.

1996   The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.

2002  Protugal recognised the independence of East Timor , formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).

Sourced from Wikipedia & NZ History Online

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