Word of the day

November 22, 2012

Sequacious – lacking independence or originality of thought; following, imitating, or serving another person, especially unreasoningly; easily influenced or led; servile; compliant; persisting in a continuous intellectual or stylistic direction; having a sequence.

Fair enough?

November 22, 2012

If you stand up for free speech you have to accept people’s right to say something which you might find offensive.

But is this fair enough?

A Czech-born woman has been fined in England after calling her New Zealand-born neighbour a “stupid fat Australian bitch”.

I can understand a Kiwi being offended by being called an Aussie, but should it lead to court?

Rural round-up

November 22, 2012

Record Results at Karaka’s 2012 Ready to Run:

The second-highest price ever posted at the NZB Ready to Run Sale underscored two very successful days trade at Karaka, with the two-day Sale concluding with a new record turnover, average and median.

With the second day of selling continuing even stronger than Day 1, after two days 245 of the 407 entries have sold for $17,852,000, over $1.5m and 10% ahead of the previous record turnover of $16,216,500 posted at last year’s Sale (with 354 catalogued and 228 sold).

But with enormous depth to the buying bench, the new record median was a highlight for vendors, at $48,000 it is nearly 7% higher than the previous record of $45,000 set last year. . .

Young Auctioneer title:

The 2012 Heartland Young Auctioneers Competition, held at the Canterbury A&P Show, was won by Glenn Peddie of Peter Walsh & Associates, with Ryan Andrew of PGG Wrightson finishing in second place. Seven auctioneers from the South Island competed in the inaugural competition.

Peddie was brought up on a farm in Wakari and attended the local Hawarden Area School. His first job was as a casual musterer around North Canterbury and Omarama. He started his career in the livestock industry as a livestock clerk in Christchurch, before becoming a stock agent servicing lifestyle farmers in the area. . .

Food fit for royalty:

“We advocate for New Zealanders to have access to food fit for royalty,” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokesperson for Soil & Health, Organic NZ. Her comments follow the departure of HRH Prince Charles and Camilla last week from New Zealand.

Britain’s best known organic farmer, HRH Prince Charles has long been an advocate of the sector. In 1992 he incorporated his ideologies into his business portfolio, founding Duchy originals from Waitrose, which provides natural, high-quality organic and premium products, while helping to protect and sustain the countryside and wildlife. . .

Comvita first-half earning fall 7.4% amid short supply of Manuka honey:

Comvita, which sells products based on the health and medical benefits of honey, posted a 7.4 percent decline in first-half profit , saying a shortage of Manuka honey after an inclement 2012 summer constrained sales growth and margins.

Profit fell to $2.39 million, or 7.95 cents a share, in the six months ended Sept. 30, from $2.58 million, or 8.92 cents a year earlier, the Te Puke-based company said in a statement. Sales climbed to $45.4 million from $41.8 million. . .

Potatoes NZ appoints new chief executive:

New Zealand has appointed Champak Mehta as its new Chief Executive.

Champak will lead the industry body for potato growers, producers and processors, as it embarks on its goal of doubling the size and value of the market by 2020. He brings a deep understanding of how to build value-add propositions, and business development into emerging markets.

Born and bred in Taranaki, Champak has been a physiology lecturer at CIT and a Captain in the Regular Force of the New Zealand Army. He completed his MBA at Otago in 2002 and joined Fonterra in early 2003, holding a variety of strategy, business development and management roles in New Zealand, the United States and Singapore until July 2011. . .

Beekeeping for 3000 years – Raymond Huber:

Hand-made beehives date back 3000 years (to Israel) and early hives were made of clay or straw. Bees and humans helped each other expand into new lands as settlers transported the bees with them for crop pollination. For centuries beekeepers melted the wax comb to get the honey out, forcing the poor bees to rebuild it every time. Then in 1851 pastor Lorenzo Langstroth designed a hive like a filing cabinet that could be used over and over. . .



Thursday’s quiz

November 22, 2012

1. Who said: “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”?

2. What’s the next line in this song and who sung it?

I can’t remember last time I thanked you,
Keeping my distance unintentionally.
Too close for comfort, just ain’t close enough.
If I could have more time we would brainstorm.
And I love you tender, but we must walk away,
Keeping you on my greeting card file.
And if it were different – did you know it ain’t?
Let’s get on with it love…

3. It’s fidèle  in French, leale in Italian, leal in Spanish and tōmau in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Members of which movement are supposed to be trusty, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind?

5.Does real love require true loyalty?

Tall poppy syndrome hits risk takers

November 22, 2012

Ministry of Foreign Affairs chief executive John Allen says  New Zealanders have a dismal view of risk takers.

. . . Allen . . . said New Zealand needed more people who took risks.

“When they fail we will just stand them up and point them in the right direction.”

Until New Zealanders changed their attitude to wealth and until New Zealand companies had stronger balance sheets and the capacity to invest in markets like Asia and the US, this country would not deliver its potential for success.

“We have to change our attitudes to business itself. We have to ensure we are sticking up for people … far too often we see people taken down and taken down in a very overt and difficult way,” Allen said.

“Too often we are timid and stand on the sidelines. The reality is it’s up to us to stand up and talk about this. I believe absolutely that exporters have the drive to deliver that success.” . . .

This is the tall poppy syndrome at work.

The best way to deal with it is to ignore it and let results prove the naysayers wrong.

I don’t know any successful business person who hasn’t had some learning experiences – at least some of which have been very expensive.

If they’d listened to the gloom merchants and others who delight in others’ failures they might have given up. But the good ones picked themselves and their businesses up and  both are stronger for it.

You should only listen to other people when they’re right and the ones Allen refers to aren’t.

They’re people without the courage and/or ability to try themselves.

It’s best to leave them to their own misery and surround yourself with positive people who understand not everything goes right but that doesn’t have to be permanent.

New Zealand is a wealthy country in many ways but not in financial terms and we won’t improve that by revelling in other people’s failures.

Critics have had logic bypass

November 22, 2012

The people complaining about New Zealand’s 100% pure marketing campaign have had a logic bypass.

Most advertisements use slogans, many are hyperbolic, and few are meant to be taken literally.

Of course New Zealand isn’t 100% pure, nowhere is nor could it be.

As a gust poster at Whaleoil  points out:

 . . .100% Water is sterile and nothing lives in that because it is, well, umm, sterile. . .

But under the hyperbole is the fact that we have a beautiful country which compares well by world standards.

Some of that is down to luck, some to good management.

Can we get better, should we? Of course.

Will that be achieved by criticism based on selective facts and dark green hyperbole? No.

Don’t like, don’t trust

November 22, 2012

A journalist covering his first Labour Party conference said it was a revelation.

It wasn’t so much a party as a gathering of factions – women, rainbow, unions . . .

That was several years ago but the events of the past week show it has got no better and that, at least for some members, loyalty to the faction is stronger than loyalty to the party.

That’s a recipe for disunity and John Key points out what that means:

“They fundamentally do not like each other, they fundamentally do not trust each other.”

If they neither like nor trust each other, why would voters like or trust them?



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