Word of the day


Maledicent – someone addicted to abusive speech; one who enjoys speaking slanderously or reproachfully.

Wool + waste = winner


Wool Partners International  will be supplying wool for WoJo – a furnishing fabric developed for Starbucks.

The Wellington based design team The Formary created WoJoTM for Starbucks by combining LaneveTM wool, with its sustainable, ethical and traceable qualities, with jute from recycled coffee sacks, to form the new furnishing fabric.

The fabric uses 70% strong and mid fibre wool and the jute is recycled from Starbucks’ coffee sacks.

Mixing wool with waste has to be a winner – a natural product meets waste reduction.

 Federated Farmers meat and fibre spokesman Bruce Wills is excited about the venture:

“It’s an inspiring twist on the adage of something new and something old.

“While the initial focus of WoJo is upholstering Starbucks’ 8,000 stores outside of the United States, The Formary has really created a whole new ecologically friendly fabric.

“With the manufacturing partnership with Yorkshire-based Camira, we have a genuine opportunity to get wool back into people’s minds for their homes, offices, schools and even public transport.   Not just here but right around the globe.

“It’s easy to overlook the nearly $600 million that wool generates each year for New Zealand.  Yet we feel the potential is more than five times that sum, if, and that’s the key word, we can spark wool’s renaissance. 

“The Formary’s commitment to wool shows it is possible and we believe New Zealand Trade and Enterprise can see the vast potential that wool has. 

“It’s this kind of joined-up approach to market and product development with the exporters, that will make consumers take that all-important second look at wool. . . “

Wool should tick all the boxes for consumers who want a natural, renewable product and WoJo is a wonderful example of what can be done with it.

More good news followed this announcement – a continuing world shortage of wool is having a positive impact on the price.

Although meat companies often get blamed for the depressed state of the sheep industry, meat prices haven’t been bad. It’s low prices for wool and other by-products which have kept returns low.

Big losses in the southern snow storms and restocking will keep the supply of lambs low this season which will also help prices.

New MAF DG from North Otago


The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s new Chief Executive and Director General is Wayne McNee .

He’s been CE of the Ministry of Fisheries for nearly three years and before that was CE of Pharmac.

“In his current role, Mr McNee is responsible for managing New Zealand’s fisheries resources worth approximately $1.6 billion per annum, and employs around 460 staff in 19 offices in New Zealand. . .

. . . In his previous role as Chief Executive of PHARMAC, Mr McNee was responsible for an operating budget of $15 million and approximately 50 staff, and a pharmaceutical budget of almost $1 billion dollars . . .”

He will take up the appointment next month.

The official announcement says he has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and PG Dip in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Otago and has undertaken general management programmes at Monash, Oxford and Stanford Universities.

It doesn’t also say Wayne comes from North Otago. He grew up in Enfield and went to Waitaki Boys’ High.

Quote of the week – updated


 The fact he [Chris Carter] is in trouble because he is an over-promoted party hack with a hugely inflated ego have taken some time to sink in.

The hints of revelations – some MPs were all set to join him and roll Phil Goff, but have apparently now headed for the Parliamentary underbrush – have only added to the air of paranoid and despairing disarray around Labour.  Not for the first time, we recall the words of another Labour dissident, John Tamihere:  there were too many people in the party with “nothing but the ability to plot.”

It looks as though a lot of them aren’t even any good at plotting any more.

Trans Tasman.


The speaker Lockwood Smith will fine Carter because he hasn’t been in parliament on sitting days as required.

“I recognise that that the penalty is small, but this does not mean that I do not take the attendance of members seriously. While members draw a parliamentary salary they should attend sittings of the House.”

Mr Carter has been back at his new office in the basement of parliament this week after he was kicked out of the Labour Party on Monday night.

He has given a series of media interview and was this afternoon reportedly at a gym in Auckland before doing a stint on a radio talkback show.

Parliament has been sitting all week, including today.

Docking an MP’s salary by $10 a day isn’t a small penalty it’s ridiculous and needs to be reviewed. 


Keeping Stock has more – Carter thinks Lockwood is kicking him while he’s down.

Tell that to his constituents who work for a lot less and would lose a lot more if they took a day off.

October 15 in history


On October 15:

70 BC  Virgil, Roman poet, was born (d. 19 BC).

533  Byzantine general Belisarius made his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals.

1582 Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year was followed directly by October 15.

1764 Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspired him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


1783 The Montgolfier brothers‘ hot air balloon marked the first human ascent, by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, (tethered balloon).


1793 Queen Marie-Antoinette was tried and condemned in a swift, pre-determined trial.


1815 Napoleon I of France began his exile on Saint Helena.

Full length portrait of a man in his forties, in high-ranking dress white and dark blue military uniform. He stands amid rich 18th-century furniture laden with papers, and gazes at the viewer. His hair is Brutus style, cropped close but with a short fringe in front, and his right hand is tucked in his waistcoat.

1844 Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, was born (d. 1900).

1863  American Civil War: The H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sank during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.

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1864  American Civil War: The Battle of Glasgow was fought, resulting in the surrender of Glasgow, Missouri and its Union garrison, to the Confederacy.

1877 Sir Geroge Grey, former Governor, became Premier of New Zealand.

Former Governor Grey becomes Premier

1878  The Edison Electric Light Company began operation.

1880  Mexican soldiers killed Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.

1881 P. G. Wodehouse, British novelist, was born (d. 1975).

1888 The “From Hell” letter sent by Jack the Ripper was received by the investigators.


1894  Alfred Dreyfus was arrested for spying.

Head and torso of a young man wearing military uniform with spectacles and a moustache

1908 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-born US economist, was born (d. 2006).

1917 World War I: Dutch dancer Mata Hari was executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.


1920 Mario Puzo, American novelist, was born (d. 1999).

Cover of The Godfather

1924 Lee Iacocca, American industrialist, was born.

1928 The airship, the Graf Zeppelin completed its first trans-Atlantic flight.


1932 Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) made its first flight.

1934 The Soviet Republic of China collapsed when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircled Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March.

1939 The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed La Guardia Airport) was dedicated.

1944  The Arrow Cross Party took power in Hungary.


1945 World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval was shot by a firing squad for treason.


1946  Nuremberg Trials: Hermann Göring poisoned himself the night before his execution.


1951  Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes conducted the very last step of the first synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin that would later be used in one of the first two oral contraceptives.


1953  British nuclear test Totem 1 detonated at Emu Field, South Australia.

1956  Fortran, the first modern computer language, was shared with the coding community for the first time.

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1959 Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was born.


1965 Vietnam War: The National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam stages the first public burning of a draft card in the United States to result in arrest under a new law.

1966  Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

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1970 Thirty-five construction workers were killed when a section of the new West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapsed.

1970  Aeroflot Flight 244 was hijacked and diverted to Turkey.

1971 The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.

1979  Black Monday in Malta. The Building of the Times of Malta, the residence of the opposition leader Eddie Fenech Adami and several Nationalist Party clubs were ransacked and destroyed by supporters of the Malta Labour Party.

1987  The Great Storm of 1987 hit France and England.

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1990  Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.

1997  The first supersonic land speed record was set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC.


1997  The Cassini probe launched from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn.

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2003  China launched Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.


2003 The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi ran into a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal, killing 11 people and injuring 43.


2007  Seventeen activists were arrested in the Ureweara in New Zealand’s first anti-terrorism raids.

'Anti-terror' raids in Urewera

Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia

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