Word of the day


Agitprop – agitation and  propaganda, especially political and supportive of communism disseminated chiefly through art, drama, literature or music.

$25,000 scholarship for Dairy Woman of Year


The winner of Dairy Women’s Network’s inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year  will receive a $25,000 scholarship for a place on the 12-month Women In Leadership course run by Global Women.

The prize is being sponsored by Fonterra.

Criteria for nominees is women who are:

  • Making a significant contribution to the industry through their involvement at governance or senior management level within the industry, her region and/ or community.
  • Through this significant contribution are having influence in the industry and community
  • Promoting  the dairy industryin a positive way through their actions
  • Positive role modelsfor dairy women (and all women) everywhere
  • Contributing to the communityand assisted others
  • Credible and have integrity
  • Lifelong learners

Nomination forms are on the link above.

More about Global Women here.



6/10 in the Herald’s life & style quiz.

I didn’t attempt their Big Day Out quiz but got another 6/10 for the G0lden Globes quizz,  all of which were due to luck.

Boost for milk price in auction


The trade-weighted price increased 1.5% in this morning’s GlobalDairyTrade auction.

The price paid for anhydrous milk fat increased 2.8%; butter milk powder dropped 4.3 %; cheddar was up 2.1%; milk protein concentrate was down 1.9%; rennet casein was up 3.7%;  skim milk powder was up 2.7% and the price of whole milk powder was stable.


What’s “right”value for $NZ?


The Manufacturers and Exporters Association says the New Zealand dollar is too high and wants the Reserve Bank to intervene.

Chief executive John Walley says there seems to be an attitude of  helplessness, which must change.

“It’s been overvalued now for a long period, and exporters are starting  to get at the end of their tether,” says  Mr Walley.

Mr Walley says there are many options open to the Reserve Bank, and  all he asks is for them to take some form of action.

The bank’s main tool is interest rates which are very low and have been for some time.

It has the ability to buy and sell currency but our economy is so small it would be a minnow swimming with sharks.

Even if it could do much, what would the “right” value for the dollar be?

A high dollar does make exports more expensive but it also makes imports cheaper.

Farmers mutter about the high dollar too but what we lose on the price for our produce we gain to some extent from lower costs for imports like fuel, fertiliser and machinery.

The two main reasons our dollar is relatively high at the moment is the weakness of other currencies and the demand for our produce.

We can’t do anything about the former and should be celebrating the latter because that’s what we need for economic growth.

Rather than looking to the Reserve Bank for solutions, manufacturers and exporters should be looking at their own operations to improve competitiveness by increasing productivity, improving quality and/or cutting costs.

Having a floating currency isn’t without its problems but  it’ still better than the alternatives.

Balance not censorship


New Zealand On Air is seeking legal advice on whether it should censor television programmes during election campaigns.

NZ On Air says it has been accused of political bias following TV3’s screening of Inside Child Poverty: A Special Report four days ahead of the general election on 26 November last year.

In documents released under the Official Information Act, NZ On Air says it was not happy with TV3’s decision to screen the documentary on 22 November.

It says it takes its political impartiality very seriously and now stands accused of political bias.

If censorship is the answer they’re asking the wrong question.

The mistake wasn’t NZOA’s in funding a programme  nor was it TV3’s in screening the programme. The mistake was the station’s failure to balance the screening of a politically biased documentary with a range of other views.

All media should be free to cover any and all political issues in the run-up to an election but when public money is involved it should not be used to push a particular barrow unquestioned.

The documentary in question gave the poverty industry’s side of a contentious issue and TV3 made no attempt to balance that with contrary views.

The answer to the accusations made of NZOA isn’t censorship, it’s fairness and balance.

What will Labour’s union mates think of this?


David Shearer says it’s not his place to interfere in the dispute between Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union.

“If I thought my comments would make a difference to the resolution I  would, but I think that’s something that’ll happen between the two parties, not  with my involvement.”

Who can blame him for not wanting to side with a union which Cactus Kate shows is clearly sexist and racist and is also out of mantrol?

It’s not like an opposition leader to decline an opportunity for publicity but when the union is on a path to nowhere he wouldn’t want to join them.

But what will Labour’s union mates who have so much power in , and provide so much money to, the party think?

January 18 in history


532 – Nika riots in Constantinople failed.

1126 – Emperor Huizong abdicated the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.

1486 – King Henry VII of England married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.

1520 – King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeated the Swedes at Lake Åsunden.

1535  Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru.

1591 King Naresuan of Siam killed Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat,  this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.

1670  Henry Morgan captured Panama.

1778 James Cook was the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he named the “Sandwich Islands“.

1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer, was born  (d. 1869).

1788 The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australa arrived at Botany Bay.

1813 Joseph Glidden, American farmer who patented barbed wire, was born (d. 1906).

1849  Sir Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1920).

1854 Thomas Watson, American telephone pioneer, was born (d. 1934).

1871 – Wilhelm I of Germany was proclaimed the first German Emperor in the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ of the Palace of Versailles.

1882 A. A. Milne, English author, was born (d. 1956).

1884 Dr. William Price attempted to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.

1886 Modern field hockey was born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.

1889 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer, was born  (d. 1989).
1892  Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor, was born (d. 1957).
1896 The X-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.

1903  President Theodore Roosevelt sent a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.

1904 Cary Grant, English actor, was born (d. 1986).

1911 Eugene B. Ely landed on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.

1913  Danny Kaye, American actor, was born (d. 1987).

1916  A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite struck a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.

1919  The Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles.

1919  Ignacy Jan Paderewski became Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.

1919 Bentley Motors Limited was founded.

1933 Ray Dolby, American inventor (Dolby noise reduction system), was born .

1943  Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.

1944 Paul Keating, twenty-fourth Prime Minister of Australia, was born.

1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosted a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

1944 – Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.

1945 Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army.

1954  Tom Bailey, English musician (Thompson Twins), was born.

1955  Battle of Yijiangshan.

1958 – Willie O’Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, made his NHL debut.

1969  United Airlines Flight 266 crashed into Santa Monica Bay resulting in the loss of all 32 passengers and six crew members.

1974 A Disengagement of Forces agreement was signed between the Israei and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.

1977  Scientists identified a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.

1977 – Australia’s worst rail disaster at Granville, Sydney killed 83.

1978  The European Court of Human Rights found the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.

1980 Upper Hutt’s Jon Stevens made it back-to-back No.1 singles when ‘Montego Bay’ bumped ‘Jezebel’ from the top of the New Zealand charts.

'Montego Bay' hits number one
1994 The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claimed to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.
1997  Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.

1998 Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge broke the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair story on his website The Drudge Report.

2000 The Tagish Lake meteorite hit the Earth.

2002 Sierra Leone Civil War declared over.

2003 A bushfire killed 4 people and destroyed more than 500 homes in Canberra.

2005 The Airbus A380,, the world’s largest commercial jet, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse.

2007 The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years killed 14 people, Germany’s worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, caused at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses included the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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