Pandect – a complete body of the laws of a country; a legal code; a treatise covering an entire subject; a compendium in 50 books of the Roman civil law made by order of Justinian in the 6th century.
Hawke’s Bay businessman and philanthropist Graeme Lowe has died after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
His family said he died peacefully at his Havelock North home yesterday, surrounded by close family members, including wife Jenny, son Andy, and daughters Sarah Whyte and Kate Stace.
Andy Lowe said his 77-year-old father had lived his life to the full.
“We have lost a great husband, father, mentor and friend,” the son said. “He has touched the lives of so many, from all walks of life.”
A pioneer of the modern meat industry, Mr Lowe led Lowe Corporation from its inception in 1964. . .
Primary Industries Minister David Carter has welcomed today’s announcement of a major investment partnership for New Zealand’s export beef sector.
The Government’s Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) is to fund half of a $23.7 million programme led by Brownrigg Agriculture and Firstlight Foods to produce high-value marbled beef for premium markets.
“The Government’s total investment so far of more than quarter of a billion dollars in PGP programmes demonstrates its firm commitment to boosting economic growth through primary sector research and innovation,” says Mr Carter. . .
Tapping into the halal economy – Richard Meadows:
The Muslim slaughtermen turns the stunned sheep to face Mecca, offering a prayer to Allah as he slits its throat and leaves the carcass to bleed out.
This bloody image is the face of halal in New Zealand, but business leaders will have to move past it if they want a piece of the largely untapped $2.3 trillion halal economy globally.
“Halal is not about ritual slaughtering of animals,” said Jamil Bidin, chief executive of Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development Corporation. . .
New Zealand lamb and venison were in such hot demand at Northern Europe’s biggest summer festival, the organisers had to get in extra chefs to satisfy the hungry queues.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Deer Industry New Zealand were invited to take part in this year’s Kieler Woche celebrations – the first time in the festival’s 130-year history New Zealand has been represented at the international market.
The market in Kiel’s picturesque main square is at the hub of more than 2,000 sports and cultural events which attract around three million visitors annually to a city with a population not much bigger than Hamilton’s. . .
Lifestylers to set rural rates – Alan Emerson:
I didn’t realise that New Zealand had a National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis but we do.
It is part of the University of Waikato in Hamilton. Its Professor of Population Economics is Dr Jacques Poot who has an impressive list of qualifications and is extremely approachable.
He gave a talk at the recent Fieldays at Mystery Creek and the news is largely bad for the rural sector and the family farm. I was surprised the talk didn’t receive more media coverage than it did.
Basically over the next 20 years the rural population will shrink and get older. . .
Move to NZ life-changing – Sally Rae:
Animal scientist Bruno Santos has no regrets about a life-changing decision to move from Brazil to Dunedin.
Mr Santos, who moved to the city in February to work for consultancy and new venture development company, AbacusBio, was joined by his wife, Renata, and their two young childre last month.
He is no stranger to AbacusBio, having collaborated with the company on business development and technical projects in Brazil. . .
A weather-affected 2012 New Zealand wine harvest has reduced bulging stocks and driven a small but significant lift in Marlborough sauvignon blanc (MSB) grape prices. This is leading many in the industry to once again “view the proverbial glass as half full rather than half empty” when it comes to New Zealand wine, according to a new industry report. In its Wine Quarterly Q2: New Zealand wine – a glass half full, agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank says an unseasonably cool and in some parts rain-affected 2012 New Zealand wine harvest of 269,000 tonnes (down 18 per cent on 2011) has reduced the high stock levels that had fuelled a surge in bulk wine exports and private label brands in recent years. . .
The Maori Party’s many opponents are urging it to walk away from coalition with National over the issue of who owns water.
They would of course for two reasons: because they are also National’s opponents and hope the Maori Party defection would weaken the government; and because they know it would weaken the Maori Party.
In government, the Maori Party can achieve something. What could it do out of government where it would be just another opposition party with Labour, the Green and Mana Parties and NZ First?
IQs are improving and women’s IQs have overtaken men’s:
Emeritus Professor James Flynn, of Otago University, whose research on intelligence has gained international recognition, says women had lagged by as many as five points behind men in IQ testing.
But the gap has been narrowing in recent years and now women’s scores are higher in some countries, including New Zealand, he is quoted as saying on various British media websites.
“In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women’s have risen faster,” he said.
“This is a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ.”
One explanation is that women’s lives have become more demanding as they multitask between raising a family and working outside the home. . .
We work more therefore we think better?
Local Government wants to keep the environmental, social, cultural and economic wellbeings in the Local Government Act:
Speaking from Local Government New Zealand’s conference, President Lawrence Yule said a unanimous statement at the LGNZ’s Annual General Meeting sent a powerful message to government that the existing legislation allowed councils to add most value to communities.
“Councils have been criticised by the Government for supposedly working in areas that are not core. Yet most of these activities are picked up because of the failure of central government and the private sector to deliver them. . .
Successive Central Governments have passed on responsibilities – and the costs that go with them – to local authorities.
But if the private sector doesn’t deliver goods or services it’s usually for a very good reason – they can’t do so at a profit – and if private sector can’t then it would be very surprising if local government could.
“However, the vast majority of council activity and spending is on water, roading and similar activities.
“The four wellbeings are not putting cost pressures on councils, but the fast rising prices for essential supplies such as bitumen for roading are,” Mr Yule said.
“The wellbeings provide clarity. If they are removed, councils will be open to politically-motivated challenges regarding their activities, which will cost millions. The lawyers will be the winners; ratepayers will lose out.
“Charging councils with the wellbeings of their communities has been maligned by people who don’t necessarily know as much about local government as they claim. The current set up works well.
Councils might spend most on core business but the relatively small proportion of the spend on non-core functions and projects doesn’t make them any more affordable.
The four wellbeings might provide clarity to councils, but to many ratepayers they are a licence to increase the size and cost of council which always leads to an increase in rates.