Orotund – full, round, and imposing; sonorous; bombastic; pompous; pretentious.
Trans-Tasman notes a tug-of-war between the government and Maori over the mixed ownership model for partial sales of state assets:
In seeking to get its mixed ownership model on state assets off the starting blocks the Govt is engaged in a vigorous tug-of-war with Maori interests, as it readies a share float of 49% of Mighty River Power. On the one hand some Maori interests have mounted a case with the Waitangi Tribunal to halt the sale. On the other, elements within the Iwi Leadership Forum see virtue in the share float as a safe haven for Treaty settlement money.
The more commercially minded believe a steady cash flow from investing in a utility (which has a proven record of consistent profits over a long period) is more desirable than costly court action. If the share float were to be halted it would eliminate an important avenue for safe investment of hard won Treaty settlement proceeds. Some within the Maori leadership see an opportunity to repeat the tactics of the 1980s when predecessors used the courts to extract concessions from the Govt. In its eagerness to get the sale off the ground, the Govt for its part has to find a balance which satisfies both elements.
You can’t blame anyone who sees a chance to get more from doing what they can to get it, including court action.
But real progress for Maori will come not from continuing protest and court action. It will come from moving from grievance to growth. That requires accepting Treaty settlements, investing them wisely and using the proceeds carefully for economic and social good.
The headline says: David Cameron left daughter behind after pub visit.
But that’s not what the story recounts.
The British PM and his family were lunching with friends, the PM left in one car, his wife in another, both thought their eight-year-old daughter Nancy was with the other, neither realising she’d gone to the loo.
The paper says:
The biggest event on the agribusiness calendar opens at Mystery Creek tomorrow.
The number of visitors from New Zealand and overseas make it easy to accept the Fielddays provide a massive economic boost for exhibitors and the local and wider economies.
But Waikato University Agribusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth says the millions of dollars in sales alone don’t reflect the true long-term benefit:
Two-yearly research by Waikato University’s management school has estimated the 2010 event generated $129 million for the Waikato economy, and $529 million nationally, through equipment sales and flow-on effects.
That figure was $865 million in 2008. . .
Prof Rowarth says while a surge of expenditure is expected as a result of field days, the bigger economic benefit is the increased interaction between the urban and rural community.
She says field days enables an “exchange of ideas” which creates long-term benefits, including product enhancements and improved efficiency.
“Each year, people go back to their own places and say, ‘I wonder if I could do that differently’.
“You get the urban people coming in and making comments and testing products, and then farmers and food preparers can go away and come up with ways to do it better.”
Field days is the ultimate event for the exchange of ideas because it brings the farming, urban and business communities together, Prof Rowarth says. . .
Agricultural production is a rural business but most consumers are urban. The Fielddays which brings producers, processors and consumers together and helps us learn from each other is good for all of us.
1381 Peasants’ Revolt: in England, rebels arrived at Blackheath.
1560 Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto.
1653 First Anglo-Dutch War: the Battle of the Gabbard began.
1665 England installed a municipal government in New York City.
1775 American Revolution: British general Thomas Gage declared martial law in Massachusetts. The British offer a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms with two exceptions: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.
1776 The Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted.
1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: Battle of Ballynahinch.
1802 Harriet Martineau, journalist, political economist, abolitionist and feminist, was born (d. 1876).
1806 John A. Roebling, German-America civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), was born (d. 1869).
1819 Charles Kingsley, English writer, was born (d. 1875).
1830 Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers landed at Sidi Ferruch.
1860 The State Bank of the Russian Empire was established.
1864 American Civil War, Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor – Ulysses S. Grant gave the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee a victory when he pulled his Union troops from their positions at Cold Harbor, Virginia and moved south.
1889 – 78 people were killed in the Armagh rail disaster.
1897 Anthony Eden, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1977).
1899 New Richmond Tornado killed 117 people and injured around 200.
1935 Chaco War ended: a truce was called between Bolivia and Paraguay.
1938 Tom Oliver, Australian actor, was born.
1939 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
1939 The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.
1940 World War II: 13,000 British and French troops surrendered to Major General Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux.
1942 The first troops from the USA landed in Auckland.
1942 Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday.
1943 Reg Presley, English singer/songwriter (The Troggs), was born.
1952 Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders), was born (d. 1983).
1964 Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa.
1967 The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declared all U.S. state laws which prohibited interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.
1967 Venera 4 was launched.
1987 Cold War: At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1990 Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.
1991 Russians elected Boris Yeltsin as the president of the republic.
1991 – Kokkadichcholai massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacred 152 minority Tamil civilians in the village Kokkadichcholai.
1996 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet.
1997 Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London.
1999 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian began when a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force (KFor) entered the province of Kosovo.
2000 Sandro Rosa do Nascimento took hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro.
2004 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite struck a house in Ellerslie causing serious damage but no injuries.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia