Word of the day

August 20, 2012

Tristful – full of sadness or  melancholy; sorrowful; gloomy.


Rural round-up

August 20, 2012

Shipment of branded lamb sent to Brazil:

Alliance has broken new ground in South America with its first shipment of branded lamb to Brazil.

The shipment, supplied by Southland farms, will arrive in Brazil in the middle of next month.

The lamb will be sold in 120 stores in Brazilo’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, as well as restaurants and hotels. . .

World leading treatment of animals is aim of review:

Federated Farmers will continue to work with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), to ensure New Zealand’s farmers have the highest levels of practicable rules around animal welfare.

“I know good animal welfare pays you back commercially and is why animal welfare legislation and associated codes of welfare matter,” says Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers joint animal welfare spokesperson.

“Federated Farmers is active with the MPI, in ensuring pastoral farmers treat our animals in a humane and ethical way. . .

Government imports 1,205 dairy animals to boost dairy industry:

Two shipments of 1,205 dairy animals from New Zealand arrived in Cagayan de Oro City on June 18 and July 30, 2012, which are now being quarantined at the Feedlot of Del Monte Philippines, Inc. in Manolo, Fortich, Bukidnon.

This is the 13th batch of animal importation spearheaded by the National Dairy Authority (NDA) to dramatically increase dairy production and address the urgent demand for milk and dairy products in the country.  . .

2012 Forest Industry Training Awards:

New Zealand’s forestry sector will need more skilled people over the next decade as technology continues to change, more areas of forest become available for harvest, and the environmental advantages of wood products are increasingly recognised.

Ian Boyd, CEO of the Forest Industry Training and Education Council (FITEC), in releasing the names of finalists for the industry’s 2012 training and education awards, said practically every work discipline is required across the wide range of forest and wood manufacturing operations.

A total of 30 finalists have been selected by independent judges for the 2012 forest industry awards which will be held in Rotorua on September 20. . .

New Zealand Wine: Positioned for the Future:

Wine exports reach $1.18 billion, up 8%Sales (domestic and export) total 242 million litres, up 10%Tight supply means focus on higher priced segmentsNew Zealand wine is well positioned for the future.

Tighter market conditions provide new opportunities for New Zealand wines according to the June year end 2012 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers.

‘The vibrant and distinctive qualities of New Zealand wines continue to resonate with consumers in our key markets. In the past year exports value grew 8% to $1.18 billion and international sales volumes have now lifted 79% since 2008 This strong sales performance combined with a smaller 2012 vintage means a changed supply/demand dynamic for the sector in the year ahead’said Stuart Smith, Chair of New Zealand Winegrowers. . .

Teppanyaki and Wagyu Beef On Menu in Queenstown:

A new Japanese and Teppanyaki restaurant to be launched in Queenstown early next month will also be the home of the highest quality Wagyu Beef available in New Zealand.

Kobe Cuisine will open at Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort, in a building formerly occupied by Japanese restaurant Sala Sala.

Kobe Cuisine director Tony Lee said the combination of traditional Japanese cuisine, Teppanyaki grill, an à la carte Asian menu and the best quality‘fullblood’ Wagyu beef would all combine to offer the“best eating experience in the world”. . .


Equality dirty and dangerous too – Updated

August 20, 2012

Equal opportunity allows women to take on roles which were formerly the preserve of men.

When it reaches the headlines, it’s usually in regard to high paying and – at least from the outside – glamorous positions.

The announcement that one of the three soldier killed in Afghanistan was a woman is a reminder that equality also provides the opportunity to do the dirty and dangerous.

The three who died were:

Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker (26), Private Richard Harris (21) and Corporal Luke Tamatea  (31). . .

. . . CPL Luke Douglas Tamatea joined the NZ Army in February 2000 and was posted to 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1 RNZIR) in Linton. He deployed to Timor-Leste in 2001, to Solomon Islands in 2003 and to Sumatra to help with the Tsunami in 2005. CPL Tamatea had also previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. He was posted to 2/1 RNZIR in 2007.  CPL Tamatea was promoted to LCPL in September 2005 and to CPL in June 2008.

LCPL Jacinda Francis Elyse Baker joined the NZ Army as a medic and was posted to Burnham Regional Support Company in April 2007. LCPL Baker was posted to 2/1 RNZIR in December 2007, and deployed to Solomon Islands in 2010. LCPL Baker received a Chief of Army Commendation in 2011 for her professionalism and courage during Exercise Southern Warrior in June 2008. LCPL Baker was promoted to LCPL in July 2008. 

PTE Richard Lee Harris joined the NZ Army in February 2009 and was posted to 2/1 RNZIR. PTE Harris had previously deployed to Timor-Leste in 2009/2010.

Their gender makes no difference to the loss. They have all died  far too young.

While those of us who didn’t know them can acknowledge the tragedy,  the loss and grief are personal for their family, friends and those with whom they served.

UPDATE:

It is still so new & all we see is the empty space, but that is not how it is in the landscape of the heart. There, there is no empty space & she still laughs & grapples with ideas & plans & nods wisely with each of us in turn. We are proud to have known her. We are proud to have called her friend. Brian Andreas  Landscape of the Heart @ Story People
And:
They left me
with your shadow,
saying things likeLife is not fair

& I believed them

for a long time.

But today,

I remembered
the way you laughed

& the heat

of your hand

in mine

& I knew that

life is more fair

than we can

ever imagine

if

we are there to live it

Brian Andreas More Fair @ Story people

Saying’s not paying

August 20, 2012

A survey established that New Zealanders support incentives to encourage clean industries and technologies.

The survey, of 2829 New Zealanders aged 18-plus, taken between July 5 and 16, 2012, asked recipients about their attitude toward incentives to encourage technologies such as marine energy and fuel-efficient cars,Carbon News reports.

All received strong support – with home insulation topping the list with nearly 100% backing.

The results showed that:

• 98.8 per cent support further subsidies to insulate un-insulated homes (1.3 per cent oppose)

. • 78.4 per cent support incentives to develop biofuel from waste wood (2.8 per cent oppose).

• 74.5 per cent of respondents support reducing the annual registration fee for vehicles with smaller engines (6.7 per cent opposed).

• 72.3 per cent support incentives to develop wave and tidal power (9.1 per cent oppose).

• 64.7 per cent support cash incentives to buy fuel-efficient and lower-emissions cars (8.2 per cent oppose).

• 57.9 per cent support investing in alternative fuel technologies, such as those that capture and store emissions from coal-fired power stations (92 per cent oppose).

• 49.8 per cent support requiring standards on imported vehicles’ fuel efficiency to lift national fleet performance overall (10.7 per cent opposed).

The survey didn’t say if it asked respondents if they would be happy to pay for these incentives, nor if they were already doing what they could to support clean industries and technologies.

Saying they support incentives is a long way away from paying for them and given how few of us actually pay net tax a good proportion of recipients wouldn’t be expecting to contribute themselves.


Not racist, just not partial to people in patches

August 20, 2012

Quote of the day:

“These are people who are murderers, who are drug dealers, who are rapists. Now individually they may be nice people but when they put patch on and get together they are horrible, they’re a blight upon our society. . .” Todd McLay

He was responding to Hone Harawira who had accused him of racism for promoting a Bill to make the wearing of gang insignia illegal in Government buildings.


Lest we forget

August 20, 2012

The words are on most war memorials and we say them every Anzac Day – lest we forget.

But most of us don’t often remember the men and women who fought and died and those who are still on active service.

Today we are reminded again by the death of three soldiers who were serving with the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan that even though New Zealand isn’t at war we still have service people in war-torn countries.

That they are living in constant danger.

That they will see friends severely injured or die and have to carry on.

That people here farewell family members and friends not knowing if they will ever see them again.

That families have to adjust to long absences of a spouse or parent, and readjust to the homecoming, if they are lucky.

That some won’t be lucky.

That we shouldn’t take peace, security and freedom for granted.


USA dairy lobby getting keener on free trade?

August 20, 2012

The powerful dairy farming lobby in the USA has always been regarded as a large obstacle for a free trade deal with New Zealand.

But Trans Tasman thinks that might be changing:

Primary Industries Minister David Carter, in the US for talks with agricultural sector political leaders and officials, may be finding new friends in the battle to free up markets for farm exports in the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

Until now the conventional wisdom has been the US farm lobbies would strongly oppose any move to lower protection on agriculture. But the US which has become the largest exporter of skim milk powder and is second only to NZ in cheese exports now has a fat target in its sights – the Canadian market.

Canada is a latecomer to the TPP negotiations, but even so its heavily protected dairy industry is now on the agenda, and the US dairy industry is eager to get access to the lucrative market on its northern border. To do this it will have to reciprocate and agree to liberalise, even if only by degrees, its own market. The opportunity for NZ may lie in securing greater access to the high end of markets in both Canada and the US.

Dairy farmers in Canada might not like that but customers will.

The heavily protected market means they have to pay higher prices and have less choice.

When we were in Canada last year the dairy section at the supermarkets we visited wasn’t very interesting and the most conspicuous item was local cheese which appeared to have been dyed an unappetising orange colour.

If the free trade deal is successful, we’ll have better access to Canadian markets and Canadians will have access to better cheese.


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