Is this planet Labour?

November 15, 2012

Planet with no star found.

Word of the day

November 15, 2012

Debouch – to emerge, or march from a narrow or confined space into a wide, open area; to issue.

New raw milk regs ok

November 15, 2012

When proposed changes to raw milk regulations were announced earlier this year Fonterra and many shareholders were less than impressed.

However, the proposals were just that and open to consultation which has produced changes most in the industry will accept as okay.

Primary Industries Minister David Carter today announced amendments to the Raw Milk Regulations, the rules by which independent milk processors can access raw milk from Fonterra.

“The Regulations ensure dairy processors can access raw milk when they are starting up and aim to support competition in domestic dairy products,” Mr Carter says.

“The changes follow an extensive consultation and review process on how best to achieve a fair and efficient dairy market in New Zealand.”

The key amendments are:

  • Large independent processors who collect a significant quantity of milk directly from farmers will have a three-season limit for accessing regulated milk;
  • The total quantity of milk available under the Raw Milk Regulations will be set at approximately five per cent of Fonterra’s milk supply, as provided for in the legislation;
  • A range of maximum quantities will apply to processors accessing milk under the Raw Milk Regulations in different months of the season to reflect the seasonal nature of milk production;
  • Processors who do not take much, or any milk, directly from farmers will be able to pay a fixed price for milk accessed under the Raw Milk Regulations and will not be subject to the “wash-up” process at the end of the season.

The aim of the changes was to foster competition without being unfair to Fonterra and I think that’s been achieved.

Thursday’s quiz

November 15, 2012

Busy day, no time to set questions so it’s up to you.
Anyone who stumps us all will win an electronic chocolate cake.

With friends like these . . .

November 15, 2012

In light of the enemies within sharpening their knives and those without adding to the calls for David Shearer to step down as Labour leader, he needs all the friends he can get.

But perhaps not these friends:

Saying it doesn’t make it so

November 15, 2012

In an interview which paints a very unflattering picture of the factions in Labour, Josie Pagani also says:

Labour needs to reclaim the debate about welfare reform, which has been wholly owned by the right. “They don’t believe in it and we do.

She’s right that Labour is losing the welfare reform debate but she is wrong that the right, or at least the part of the right occupied by National, doesn’t believe in welfare.

The left like to paint the right as heartless and opposed to any form of welfare but saying it doesn’t make it so.

It’s not heartless nor is it uncaring to expect those who can look after themselves to do so while providing help for those who can’t.

And the people most likely to be upset by low expectations for beneficiaries are the ones Labour likes to think of as their voters – low paid workers who, like the mythical neighbour of the mythical roof painter, used by David Shearer, take exception to working hard to pay taxes to support those who could be supporting themselves.

Some people will always require assistance and I don’t think any of the parties in parliament deny that.

Where there is a difference between right and left, is that the ones with hearts wants people who could help themselves to do so, rather than letting them languish on long term welfare with all the poor outcomes to which that leads.

Helping those who could support themselves to do so is not just better for them, it’s better for those who can’t help themselves. The more people in work, the less call there is for tax payer assistance, which makes it much easier for those who really need help to get it.

Canterbury A&P’s 150th show

November 15, 2012


Canterbury’s 150th A&P Show opened yesterday.

This is a significant milestone for the event which shows the importance of agriculture in the province’s early days and that it has endured.

Other commitments have to take priority this week so we won’t be among the thousands who will be going. I’m sorry to miss it because it’s always enjoyable, not least for the number of friends with whom we catch up.

The show, like most others went through a rocky period after the ag-sag of the 80s. But a change of venue and a revamped programme has helped regenerate it.

Those changes haven’t lost sight of the A & P in the show’s name. There is still a strong foundation of rural attractions on which the shopping, side shows and other events stand.

However, I got a reminder this week that not everyone understands what it’s all about.

A set of minutes for a meeting referred to a stand at the AMP Show and it wasn’t a typo. The minute writer, and several others who read them, didn’t know that A&P stood for Agricultural and Pastoral and misheard A&P as AMP,  in the mistaken belief the show was sponsored by the company.



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