Word of the day


Uliginous – marshy, muddy, oozy, slimy, swampy; growing in swamps or muddy places.

Thursday’s quiz


1. What book/s from your holiday reading would you recommend?

2. Once you start reading a book do you carry on even if you’re not enjoying it?

3. Do you read books more than once?

4. How many books do you read a year?

5. Can you recommend any good films/DVDs?

Ngai Tahu plans dairy farms


Ngai Tahu is planning to develop some of its land for dairying:

The board of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (Tront) has approved a proposal to trial three dairy farms, with milk production to begin as early as next year.

The iwi outlined its aim of becoming a national leader in sustainable dairying practices to its shareholders at its annual meeting at Karitane late last year.

This is good news for Ngai Tahu, dairying and the wider economy and if the commitment to sustainable practices is upheld it won’t impact negatively on the environment.

. . . Ngai Tahu Property chief executive Tony Sewell told the iwi magazine, Te Karaka: “We are a massive land holder in Canterbury and economically the highest and best uses for this land is to convert it to some form of agricultural use.”

“At this point in time, in economic terms, dairying far outweighs any other agricultural use but that doesn’t mean long term things won’t change.”

While it had objected to dairy farm operations in the past, notably those proposed for the Mackenzie Basin and Upper Waitaki, the iwi was prepared to take “ownership positions and leadership positions” in regards to its own dairying and water management operations, he said.

“We are a natural leader and already people and local and regional councils are coming to us wanting to know where we stand. And we have decided that we are standing here as a leader. It is a philosophical shift.”

Ngai Tahu is generally well regarded in the South Island for its successful business dealings and environmental management.

If it’s able to apply the skills it has in both these areas to dairying it will be very good for the runanga and the industry.

Name suppression perpetuates myth


Another celebrity has name suppression and as often happens that has cast suspicion on other people  who fit the description given.

Proposed changes to the law would address that:

Justice Minister Simon Power said when he introduced the Criminal Procedure Bill that the legislation would make it clear that a high profile was not a factor in name suppression.

“Whether or not someone believes they are well-known should not be grounds in itself for name suppression being granted,” Power said.

“Anyone who makes an application for suppression should be dealing with the same grounds, regardless of whether or not they think they are well-known or not to the public.”

That’s a good start but I’d like the changes to go further.

Name suppression is automatic now for some cases to protect the identity of victims but not all victims want that. If a victim wants the perpetrator of the crime against them indentified it should be a very strong argument for doing so.

Another ground for suppression is the impact that publicity would have on the person charged.

There are grounds for this before the outcome of the trial is known because mud would stick even if the accused is not found guilty.

But once charges are proven suppression merely perpetuates the myth that people in certain occupations or other groups don’t commit crimes.

That isn’t the case. All sorts of people commit crimes and who they are or what they do shouldn’t protect them from having that made public.

Allowing many of them to hide behind suppression adds to the shame of the few who don’t get it. That adds weight to the argument for suppression for the next person who’s worried about his or her reputation and so the cycle continues – the impact of publicity would be unfair because people like that aren’t seen to do that sort of thing because when they do their names are suppressed so the impact of publicity would be unfair because people like that . . .

But how can an argument for preserving a reputation have any validity if publicising the act for which someone has been found guilty would show they’ve tarnished that reputation?

January 6 in history


On January 6:

1412  Joan of Arc, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France, was born -legendary date, some scholars think it was January 7-  (d. 1431).

 1494  The first Mass in the New World was celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.

1540 King Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves.

Portrait by Hans Holbein the younger, 1539.

1714 Percivall Pott, English physician, was born. He was one of the founders of orthopedy, and the first scientist to demonstrate that a cancer may be caused by an environmental carcinogen (d. 1788).


1721 The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble published its findings.

1781 In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeated the last attempt by France to invade Jersey.

1838 Samuel Morse first successfully tested the electrical telegraph.

1878 Carl Sandburg, American poet and historian, was born  (d. 1967).


1883 Khalil Gibran, Lebanese writer, was born (d. 1931).

1893 The Washington National Cathedral was chartered by Congress.

1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome.

1923 Norman Kirk, New Zealander Prime Miisiter, was born  (d. 1974).

1929 – Mother Teresa arrived in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India’s poorest people.

1930The first diesel-engined automobile trip was completed (from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York City).

1931 Thomas Edison submitted his last patent application.

1934 Harry M. Miller, New Zealand-born Australian entrepreneur, was born.

1936 The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the 1933 Agricultural Adjustment Act was unconstitutional in the case United States v. Butler et al.

1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his Four Freedoms Speech in the State of the Union Address.

1942 Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world.

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1946  Syd Barrett, English guitarist, singer and songwriter Pink Floyd, was born  (d. 2006).

1953 Godfrey Bowen set a world record by shearing  456 full-wool ewes in nine hours.

Godfrey Bowen sets world sheep-shearing record

1953 Malcolm Young, Scottish-born Australian guitarist (AC/DC), was born.

1955 Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor, was born.

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1959 Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer, was born.

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1960   Nigella Lawson, English chef and writer, was born.

1964 Mark O’Toole, English bass guitarist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), was born.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood (L-R: Paul Rutherford, Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O’Toole, Brian Nash)

1965 Bjorn Lomborg, Danish mathematician, environmentalist and author, was born.

1974  In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commenced nearly four months early in the United States.

1978 The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) ws returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II.

1995 A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, led to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.

2010 – The Ady Gil, a ship owned by Sea Shepherd, was sunk during a skirmish with the Japanese Whaling Fleet’s Shōnan Maru.


 Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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