They’re not drinking our milk there


We like to think our milk is welcome anywhere.

Sadly it’s not:

Protests in India organised by Hindu nationalist political party Shiv Sena against imports of New Zealand dairy products have turned ugly with party workers draining thousands of litres of milk at Pune, 100km south of Mumbai.

The attack on a local milk tanker – and on five other tankers earlier in the week – followed threats to burn a ship carrying imports of milk from New Zealand.

Protesting the National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) decision to import 30,000 tonnes of milk powder and 15,000 tonne of ghee from New Zealand, the party members – known as “Shiv Sainiks” yesterday stopped a local milk tanker and drained the milk, NDTV reported. . .

Farmers have asked government officials to scrap the imports and have threatened to set on fire a ship due to arrive in Mumbai on August 18 with the New Zealand dairy products.

A Shiv Sena official in Satara, Viraj Kharade, toldNDTV: “We will spill more milk, we will stone milk tankers and further intensify our agitation as we want the government to focus their attention on this issue.”

We have begun looking to Asia for new markets for our products.

There are large populations with an increasing number of people earning more who are wanting to buy protein.

But this story shows that there may be large hurdles between our protein and the people who want to buy it.

Dr Zhivago


Happy birthday Geraldine Chaplin, 66 today.

National Poetry Day


It’s National Poetry Day which aims:

    • To heighten the profile of the New Zealand Post Book Awards and the poetry finalists in particular
    • To encourage access to poetry in a variety of communities
    • To popularise poetry with new audiences
    • To celebrate the unique and vibrant voices that make up New Zealand poetry
    • To support new and emerging poets

The link above will take you to events around the country including:

Brian Turner at Oamaru Library; a poetry evening with Diane Brown, Rogelio Guedea, Michael Harlow, Amos Mann, Sarah Paterson, Jenny Powell and MC, Cy Mathews at Dunedin City Library; and 24 hours of poetry in Wanaka,  which includes  overnight poetry readings on Wanaka Beats 107.3FM, free poetry in local cafes, art-and-poetry competition at Art Upstairs, a public magnetic poetry board in the centre of town, poetry for kids at Wanaka Library and an Open Mic Night, featuring guest reader David Eggleton who is also running a poetry workshop at Wanaka Library.

If you’re looking for poetic blogs a good place to start is Tuesday’s Poem:

At the hub we will have the Best Book of Poetry winners & finalists for 2010: Brian Turner, Bernadette Hall, Michael Harlow & Selina Tusitala Marsh. And Tuesday Poets will post a poem with NZ as a theme or – for the overseas poets – poems on the joys of poetry.

Check out the Live Blog Roll below for posts titled: ‘NZ Poetry Day’. Some of our ‘Tuesday Poems’ this week have a NZ theme too so be wide-ranging.

You could also try writing your own, as  goNZo Freakpower did.

CTU puts politics in front of jobs


The Council of Trade Unions is withdrawing its co-operation with the government on trade agreement  issues.

Helen Kelly, CTU President, said: “We have always raised our concerns – sometimes very strongly – about trade agreement negotiations in terms of tariff reductions, labour standards and other matters but we have also been prepared to work with government and business to promote the best possible outcome for New Zealand.”

“But now this Government has gone down a path which tries to compete with other countries through reducing fairness at work for New Zealand wage and salary earners.”

The Government had invited Richard Trumka, the President of the AFL-CIO (central union organisation in USA) to New Zealand and a visit was scheduled for early next year. This visit would have been significant for both countries. The CTU has agreed with the AFL-CIO that he should now not come given the attacks this Government has unleashed on wage and salary earners. It would be untenable for him to be here meeting a Government that stands against all he believes in.

Not surprisingly Trade Minister Tim Groser is unimpressed:

It is disappointing that the Council of Trade Unions has requested the United States union movement pulls its support for the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, Trade Minister Tim Groser says.

“Negotiating new trade agreements is one part of the Government’s broad-based plan for faster growth and more jobs. The CTU’s moves against this particular trade opportunity are puzzling and could actually cost jobs,” Mr Groser says.

“It’s particularly disappointing that the CTU is prepared to put petty politics ahead of New Zealand’s economic and trade interests.

“New Zealand and New Zealanders stand to benefit substantially from further successful trade deals – particularly with large and influential economies such as the United States. These deals will help us create higher-paying jobs and enjoy better living standards.

“I’m therefore sure the CTU’s members will be keen to know why their organisation is, in effect, working against their own interests in such a way.”


We are a tiny nation which depends on trade to fund and supply the many things we can’t grow and make ourselves.

We are at considerable disadvantage because of other countries’ restrictive trade practices.

They make our goods more expensive for overseas consumers and reduce returns to our producers which has a detrimental impact on our economy which in turn hampers opportunities for job creation and retention.

This government, and the previous one, put considerable effort into trade deals. The CTU’s petty politicking has just made that more difficult.

WDC consents for Mackenzie dairying quashed


The High Court has quashed resource consents and certificates of compliance which the Waitaki District Council issued for three cubical dairying operations in the Mackenzie Basin.

The Environmental Defence Society, which brought the action, said:

  “Clearly there has been a failure of public policy at all levels. The Government has failed to provide national guidance; the regional council has failed to identify nationally important landscapes; and the two district councils have failed to develop coherent and effective district plans.

“There is now a real window of opportunity to prepare a long-term Strategic Plan for the area. In our view that should be led by the local community but both Environment Canterbury and the Ministry for the Environment should be involved. It needs to look at the landscape, natural values and social and economic development options for the Mackenzie Country over the next 25 or more years.

The court quashed the consents becasue of an error of process, it did not consider the merits or otherwise of the case.

I wonder if opponents to the application realise the applicants could run the same number of beef cattle without having to apply for any consents at all because pastoral farming is a permitted activity?

Resource consent was needed not for the number of animals but the type of farming. Dairying required the construction of housing and disposal of effluent. Neither of these would apply for free range beef cattle.

Pity the volunteers


The Chris Carter circus is all very amusing for those of us looking on from the outside but it will be anything but funny for insiders.

Phil Goff will be fuming. Instead of attention focussing positively on Labour for attacking the government it’s on him, his caucus and the Te Atatu MP.

He may also be worried. What if Carter isn’t a lone wolf but a stalking horse?

The rest of caucus will also be angry. Even if they agree with Carter that Labour can’t win the next election with Goff as leader, he’s added poison to the chalice because anyone who took over would be splattered with mud from this mess.

But the people who will be really upset, and for whom I have real sympathy, are the volunteers.

They’re the ones who do the fund raising and the organising. They pound the pavements delivering pamphlets, they phone talkback write letters to the editor, comment on blogs, perhaps even contribute to one. They sit through meetings, in often cold halls, to provide moral support for candidates and MPs.

They are the ones who give their time, their energy and their money for a cause they believe in. They stick with the party through thick and thin, in opposition and government.

And most do it in the knowledge the only reward they will get is seeing some of the policies they support and may have helped shape take effect.

Carter thinks Labour can’t win the election with Goff as leader. He should also realise the party won’t get anywhere without volunteers and he’s just kicked them in the shins.

July 30 in history


On July 30:

762  Baghdad was founded.

1419  First Defenestration of Prague.

1502 Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.


1549 Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, was born (d. 1609).


1608  Samuel de Champlain shot and killed two Iroquois chiefs which set the tone for FrenchIroquois relations for the next 100 years.


1619  The first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convened for the first time.


1629  An earthquake in Naples killed 10,000 people.

1733  The first Masonic Grand Lodge in what became the United States was constituted in Massachusetts.

1756 Bartolomeo Rastrelli presented the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers.


1811  Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican insurgency, was executed by the Spanish.

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1818 Emily Brontë, English novelist, was born (d. 1848).


1825 Malden Island was discovered.


1859 First ascent of Grand Combin.

1863 Henry Ford, American industrialist, was born (d. 1947).


1863 Indian Wars: Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signed the Treaty of Box Elder, agreeing to stop the harassment of emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah.

1864 American Civil War: Battle of the Crater – Union forces attempt edto break Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under their trenches.

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1866 New Orleans’s Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.

1871  The Staten Island Ferry Westfield’s boiler exploded, killing over 85 people.


1893 Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani Mother of the Nation, was born (d. 1967).

1898 Henry Moore, English sculptor, was born (d. 1986).


1916  Black Tom Island explosion in Jersey City.

1925 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, was born (d. 1984).


1926 Christine McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters), was born.

1930  Uruguay won the first Football World Cup.

 1932  Premiere of Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.


1935 Ted Rogers, English comedian and game show host, was born (d. 2001).

1940 Sir Clive Sinclair, English entrepreneur and inventor (pocket calculator, home computer), was born.


1941 Paul Anka, Canadian singer and composer, was born.


1945   Japanese submarine I-58 sank the USS Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen.


1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American actor and 38th Governor of California, was born.


1950 Frank Stallone, American singer and actor, was born.

1953  Rikidōzan held a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance.

1956  A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God We Trust as the U.S. national motto.


1958 Kate Bush, English singer/songwriter, was born.

1958 Daley Thompson, English decathlete, was born.

1965  US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.


1969 Vietnam War: US President Richard M. Nixon made an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam and met  President Nguyen Van Thieu and U.S. military commanders.

1971  Apollo 15 Mission – David Scott and James Irwin on Apollo Lunar Module module, Falcon, landed with first Lunar Rover on the moon.


1971  An All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 and a Japanese Air Force F-86 collided over Morioka killing 162.

1974  Watergate Scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the United States Supreme Court.

1974  Six Royal Canadian Army Cadetswere  killed and fifty-four injured in an accidental grenade blast at CFB Valcartier Cadet Camp.

1975  Three members of the Miami Showband and two gunmen were killed during a botched paramilitary attack in Northern Ireland.

1978  The 730 (transport), Okinawa changed its traffic on the right-hand side of the road to the left-hand side.


1979 Carless days were introduced in New Zealand to combat the second oil shock.

Carless days introduced

1980 Vanuatu gained independence.

1980  Israel’s Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law

1997  Eighteen lives were lost in the Thredbo Landslide.

2003  In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line.


2006 World’s longest running music show Top of the Pops was broadcast for the last time on BBC Two after 42 years.

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2006 Lebanon War: At least 28 civilians, including 16 children were killed by the Israeli Air Force in what Lebanese call the Second Qana massacre.


2009 A bomb exploded in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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