From protester to MP and back

September 18, 2012

It hasn’t taken former MP Sue Bradford long to get back to her former vocation as a protester:

Anti-poverty campaigners protesting the Government’s welfare  reforms have chained themselves to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)  Auckland regional office.

About 20 people took part in today’s protest at the office  in suburban Ellerslie, entering the building and chaining themselves to  equipment.

Inspector Lou Alofa of the police northern communications  centre said up to six people had been arrested.

“We have several people who have chained themselves to one  of the pillars there and police are working towards a resolution,” he said.

It was reported left-wing protester and former Green MP Sue Bradford was among  those at the protest.

They are protesting against reforms designed to get people off benefits and into work which is a big step towards relieving poverty.

How genuine is their concern about poverty when they are showing they’d prefer people stay dependent and poor?

Word of the day

September 18, 2012

Corrigible – capable of being corrected, improved, rectified, reformed or set right.

Rural round-up

September 18, 2012

“Correction”predicted for 2012/13 sheep and beef farm profits

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) New Season Outlook is expecting a correction that is likely to see average sheep and beef farm profit settle at around $96,500 for the 2012/13 season.

B+LNZ Economic Service Executive Director Rob Davison says profit before tax rose 30 per cent in 2011/12, which means this season’s predicted 34 per cent drop could be interpreted as a correction, from what was a near record farm profit in the 2011/12 year.

“While disappointing, it’s not entirely unexpected given the global recession,” says Davison. . .

Farmer’s Split-Lambing Trial Recognised in Ballance Farm Environment Awards:

Wairarapa farmers Tim and Belinda White are trying to breed a ewe that will lamb three times in two years.

For the past five years they have been running a trial on their 440ha farm at Matahiwi, about 10km west of Masterton, with the aim of identifying ewes that are capable of lambing every eight months.

‘Upperwood Farm’, which also grazes dairy heifers and finishes weaner bulls, runs about 2000 Poll Dorset- Dorper ewes – about half of which are mated soon after their spring-born lambs are weaned.

Tim White says the goal is to lamb these ewes again in May/June and then mate them in July while their lambs are still at foot. . .

New Zealand Infant Formula Exporters Association:

The New Zealand Infant Formula Exporters Association, to be branded as “Infant Formula New Zealand”, was formed last week.

The purposes of the Association are to represent and protect the interests of New Zealand Infant Formula Exporters.  To do this, the Association intends to develop an accreditation process for approved export brands.  It has a preference to be self-regulated, and is looking for a close partnership with Government. . .

Anchor Zero Lacto™ brings relief to tummy troubles:

Lactose intolerant Kiwis can now enjoy the full flavour of a morning coffee, the delicious taste of a smoothie, or the simple pleasure of a bowl of cereal thanks to Anchor Zero Lacto™, the only lactose-free fresh milk available in New Zealand.

Zero Lacto™ has all the goodness and taste of fresh cow’s milk, with none of the lactose, offering a tummy friendly and tasty option for people suffering from lactose intolerance.

Leading nutritionist Nikki Hart says many people try and deal with the problem of lactose intolerance by avoiding dairy and the milk chiller aisle altogether. . .

Naked telephony – Bruce Wills:

I was left naked this week.

No I have not suddenly joined some farmers’ naturist club but I am talking about my mobile phone.

In my rush to get to Wellington I was half way to the airport when I had a dread thought, felt my suit jacket then realised, I had left it on my desk at home. There was no time to turn around so for the past few days I have returned to an era before mobile telephony. . .

It is only when you go off the grid that you realise just how dependent we have all become on that little marvel of technology. . .

Landowners call for rambler cull – Newsbiscuit:

Britain’s farmers are facing an ‘unending tide’ of  ramblers, hell-bent on cluttering up the countryside. That’s why many land-owners are calling on the government to sanction a cull, or at  least introduce some natural predators.

Fields across Britain are now dotted with Gore-Tex and farmers have to remain vigilant, ready to ignore the next chirpy ‘hello’. ‘You never  know when a rambler is going to creep up behind you, and ask the name of all your bloody cows,’ complained Derek Winterbottom, from his farm near Ludlow. ‘The sods are always gazing at some tree or other and saying ‘it must be lovely living round here’. Well it was, until you  buggers showed up.’ . . .

Inflation is theft

September 18, 2012

Are the people who think inflation doesn’t matter too young to remember what it was like in the 80s or have they forgotten that inflation is theft?

Enjoying the job

September 18, 2012

It might be my imagination, but I think Anne Tolley is enjoying her job as Police Minister far more than her former role as Education Minister.

With Senior Constable Jason Lexmond & Chuck from Gisborne.

But then the audience at a police dog graduation was almost certainly far more polite than the ones she got from the teachers’ union.

NZ tops OECD for public education spending

September 18, 2012

Next time someone tells you New Zealand doesn’t spend enough on education show them this:

The amount spent isn’t necessarily a measure of success.

The quality of spending is at least as important as the quantity and it’s not just what is spent, but  how and where it’s spent.

There is debate about the quality, how and where of spending. It is possible to find arguments in favour of increasing the amount that’s spent too.

But they lose some of their strength when we top the OECD for spending on public education as a percentage of public expenditure.

Paperwork provides backstop

September 18, 2012

A successful partnership between two brothers and the brother-in-law of one of them worked well on trust.

But they still had an agreement in the bottom draw and when one of the men decided to pull out of the partnership the paperwork ensured it happened fairly and tidily.

The importance of paperwork to back up trust is illustrated in this partnership:

 A Western Australian couple has lost a High Court case over the dissolution of a farm partnership in Canterbury where late businessman Allan Hubbard’s idiosyncratic record keeping made it difficult to prove what the partners had actually agreed to. . .

Farmers round here still do deals on handshakes but the sensible ones back them up with careful paperwork as a backstop because you need more than trust if you want your case to stand up in court.


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