Word of the day

January 18, 2012

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

January 18, 2012

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.


January 18, 2012

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

January 18, 2012

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?

January 18, 2012

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

January 18, 2012

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?

January 18, 2012

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?

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