Booboisie – a segment of the general populace composed of the uneducated and uncultured; a group or class of people regarded as foolish or stupid.
Vejer de la Frontera – the pueblo blanco (white village) where we lived for three months in 2005 and visited again last month.
5/10 in the NBR’s Biz Quiz – same result as in Stuff’s this morning but they had no questions in common.
New research by NIWA scientists shows 1080 poison does not contaminate waterways.
1080 is used throughout New Zealand to control animal pests – mainly possums – which spread the livestock disease bovine tuberculosis.
Over the past three months, scientists have placed large amounts of 1080 in a trial catchment on the West Coast and then simulated rainfall in the area.
The aim is to understand how 1080 – a natural toxin – moves through or across soil into waterways and if the run-off degrades the quality of water.
Dr Alastair Suren is the freshwater ecologist who led the research and says the study found that during rainfall 1080 diluted to the point where it became nearly undetectable. . .
Rabobank runs masterclass – Hugh Stringleman:
Some “scary numbers” on world food security were addressed by 50 participants, including six New Zealanders, in the inaugural Global Masterclass held by Rabobank in the home country, Netherlands.
Speakers from the United Nations and giant agribusinesses such as Unilever and Cargill impressed upon North Island sheep, beef and deer farmer William Oliver the need for greater efficiency in farming with labour, energy and capital.
“I came home to see the opportunity in everything and bring more passion and inspiration to my farming,” Oliver said.
The theme of the vent was to promote rural entrepreneurship to fill the world’s food needs . .
Pear investment coming up rosy – Peter Watson:
In more than 30 years growing pipfruit, Bruce Fraser hasn’t seen a pear with such promise.
Shaped more like an apple and bright red, PremP109 has been stirring up a storm since being released in tiny amounts last year.
Dubbed a “papple” in Britain, it has been selling at Marks and Spencer stores for an eyewatering 1GBP (NZ$2.10) a piece and returning growers back here more than $100 an 18kg carton, a staggering sum at a time of hardship in the industry. . .
Fontera eyes up Studholme plant – Andrea Fox:
The small size of New Zealand Dairy’s Studholme plant means it is well-suited for use in short and specialised manufacturing runs, Fonterra says in an application eyeing up the factory.
Fonterra has a deal to buy the dairy-processing assets of New Zealand Dairies, which is in receivership. But while awaiting a Commerce Commission decision, the dairy giant wants to buy the milk of the failed company’s contracted farmers and operate the plant.
Exporter New Zealand Dairies was founded six years ago to build a wholemilk powder processing plan on 55ha at Studholme. The plant was commissioned in 2007 at a cost of $108m. . .
Mission Estate has been commended by anti-alcohol campaigners for introducing New Zealand’s first 500ml bottle of wine.
The Hawke’s Bay winery, the nation’s oldest, is now selling sauvignon blanc and syrah in the smaller bottles in a bid to make wine more attractive to modern lifestyles. The standard bottle of wine is 750ml, or 7.7 standard drinks.
Mission chief executive Peter Holley and winemaker Paul Mooney read research that showed New Zealanders were becoming older, increasingly urban and living in smaller family units. . .
Fishing company Sanford has sold its Pacific oyster farms in Northland to Aotearoa Fisheries.
Sanford closed its Kaeo processing plant in December because of a virus that killed many of the juvenile oysters and the likely reduced oyster harvest.
Despite having confidence that there was potential to breed new oysters that have some resilience to this virus, it had decided that it made more sense for it to concentrate on its expanded Greenshell mussel business, Sandford said. . .
“Meating” of minds on advancing sector – Shaan Te Kani:
INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS and commercial companies will work much more closely together in future, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman Mike Petersen.
“There has been a bit of discussion certainly since Keith Cooper’s resignation from our board around election time – about the value of industry organisations,” Petersen said at the Federated Farmers conference in Auckland.
“Our view is we are a farmers’ organisation…. It should be up to the farmers to decide whether they want to invest in research programmes, extension work, economic anaylysis, skills and trade programme or market access. . .
SETTING limits on irrigation use in the Poverty Bay Flats was one of the main concerns raised by farmers and growers at the Fresh Water Advisory Group community meeting yesterday.
More than 50 people attended the meeting at Bushmere Arms, which discussed the draft freshwater management plan with Waipaoa users.
Advisory group representatives delivered the plan’s vision, which is to ensure the long-term sustainability of freshwater resources as well as considering economic and social activities. . .
The curtains have been pulled on the racing career of one of New Zealand’s most successful racehorses seen in recent times with the New Zealand bred Karaka graduate So You Think (NZ)officially retired to stud.
Announced by Coolmore yesterday, So You Think (High Chaparral x Triassic) has subsequently been withdrawn from Sunday morning’s Group 1 Eclipse Stakes where he was odds on to claim his 11th Group 1 race.
The son of High Chaparral was found to be lame after exercising yesterday morning in Ireland and it appears he has pulled a muscle in his hind quarter which precludes him from running in the Eclipse Stakes. So You Think will enter quarantine this week as originally planned before making his trip back to Australia to commence stud duties. . .
Potatoes New Zealand has welcomed an Australian Government draft report which is expected to open the door to the export of fresh potatoes for processing from New Zealand to Australia.
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) draft report proposes that the importation of fresh potatoes for processing into Australia from New Zealand be permitted subject to import conditions.
Potatoes New Zealand Chairman Stuart Wright said that the news was very encouraging for the New Zealand potato industry and it was hoped the Australian market could be open to New Zealand for the 2012-13 season. . .
Some people who thought they were dressed as millionaires protested outside the Prime Minister’s home yesterday against the proposal to sell a minority share of a few state owned companies .
They dressed that way to make a point and one point they made was about their ignorance.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to buy shares. A lot of people who are of far more modest means will have the good sense to invest some money when the partial floats are done.
They also showed their ideas about how millionaires dress are rooted in fantasy.
Those in the photo in the link above were dressed as any man, regardless of his financial status, might be for a formal occasion.
These clothes aren’t normal day wear for anyone, except perhaps a doorman, and you can’t necessarily judge people’s worth by what they wear.
Few if any at a seminar a couple of months ago would have owned businesses worth at less than a few million dollars. Had they been urban business people they might have been dressed for the office. But these were farmers. The only ones in suits were staff of the bank hosting the seminar, the rest of the people were tidily but casually dressed.
If only the protesters understood that clothes maketh not a millionaire.
But the reality of ordinary people who through dint of their own ability and hard work have managed to make money from successful businesses wouldn’t suit their narrative.
Nor would the idea that ordinary people who work for wages and salaries save and will be keen to invest in shares which ought to bring a far better return than leaving it in the bank and far safer than many finance companies.
Clayton Cosgrove is in a spot of bother over the coincidence of a donation to his election campaign and a bill he drafted that would benefit the donor, Independent Fisheries.
He says there is nothing untoward in that, the donations were declared as required, and Independent Fisheries say there was no connection between the bill and the donation.
I accept their words on that.
What I do find strange is that a single donor gave $17,500 towards a campaign which has a legal limit of $25,000, including GST.
It is possible he got a lot more money and that is salted away for the next campaign. But if there wasn’t much more money from other sources it could help explain why he lost the seat to National MP Kate Wilkinson.
Raising money for campaigns is never easy but popular MPs and their campaign teams usually get most of their funds from lots of donations and various fundraising efforts. It would be most unusual for around two-thirds of the campaign maximum to come from just one source.
Coincidences happen and I accept the assurances there’s nothing fishy in the donation.
But accepting so much from a potential beneficiary of legislation he was promoting was unwise and does a raise question over the number of supporters he had in his former electorate.