Word of the day


Hoa –  friend, companion, mate, partner, spouse, ally.

Milk up 2.4% in GDT auction


The trade weighted index increased 2.4% in this morning’s GlobalDairyTrade auction.

This is the fourth price gain in succession.

GDT Trade Weighted Index Changes

GDT feb 6The increase is particularly good news as this was the first auction since news broke of tiny traces of the nitrogen inhibitor DCD being found in some milk products.Even though there was no food safety risk there was a perception risk but that doesn’t seem to have impacted on demand.Price changes:  Anydrous milk fat was up 7.2%; butter milk powder increased 3.7%; cheddar was down .1%; milk protein concentrate was up 1.2%; rennet casein increased 3.3%; skim milk powder increased .5% and whole milk powder, which has the biggest impact on the farm gate price, increased 5.4%.

Scott 100 celebrations begin


Oamaru’s Scott 100 celebrations begin today:

On February 10th 1913 the Terra Nova arrived off New Zealand’s little Harbour of Oamaru bearing the news of Scott’s Antarctic expedition and its fate.

This momentous epic of exploration will be marked at the point of return from the Antarctic in the Oamaru Harbour February 6th to 10th 2013.

Oamaru Harbour will come alive with the celebration of a golden age in exploration. 100 years since the Terra Nova arrived off Oamaru Harbour the town will host five days of events including sea and land activities, education and adventure programmes, art, literature and lectures.

Today’s events:

6:30am—- Royal New Zealand Navy Ship HMNZS OTAGO arrives & anchors off shore
8:00am—- Morning gun fired & HMNZS OTAGO is dressed for Waitangi Day
9:00am—- HMNZS OTAGO open to visitors (until 2:30pm)-queue at Holmes wharf steps for a boat transfer to Otago between 9am and
————– 2.30pm. Children need to be accompanied by adults, wear stout shoes and be fit enough to climb ladders.
10:00am— Flotilla of Water Craft -Oamaru Harbour
12:00pm— Multi-cultural performances – grassed area near the rail foot overbridge
12:00pm— Boat Displays Mokihi & Double Waka –Harbourside
4:00pm—- Formal Opening of Exhibitions- Forrester Gallery
8:00pm—- The Night Visitors Play by Paul Baker – ODT Ink Box, Oamaru Opera House
8:30pm—- Pre Concert Harbourside Picnic orders will be taken for supper boxes from Annie’s Victorian tearooms up untill Tuesday lunchtime.Timed for dusk audience may wish to bring torches and rugs and cushions to sit on- Steampunk playground
9:00pm—- Waiata and Korero, a Waitangi Day Concert featuring international opera singer Ramonda Taleni- Te Maiharoa,
————– Waiata by Dame Gillian Whitehead and Adrian Mann’s Longest piano in the world-Friendly Bay

The full calendar of events from today until Sunday is here.

Our day, our way


It happens every year.

People criticise the way Waitangi Day is celebrated, or not and say it should be done better.

Some look across the Tasman and ask why Waitangi Day can’t be more like Australia Day.

There are several answers to that question, one of which is that this is our day and we should celebrate our way.

The signing of the Treaty was a significant event in our history.

Conferring the rights of British citizens on indigenous people was most unusual in 1840.

That it didn’t settle land wars nor prevent abuses and injustices is at best unfortunate, but doesn’t change the intent which is worth celebrating.



“You know, sometimes differences are just that, differences, and not a matter of right or wrong,” he said.

“Yes,” she said. “And I find it easier to accept that if I really listen to hear what’s being said instead of just waiting for a pause so I can talk.”

February 6 in history


1664 Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan, was born (d. 1703).

1685 – James II of England and VII of Scotland became King upon the death of his brother Charles II.

1778 In Paris the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce were signed by the United States and France signaling official recognition of the new republic.

1815  New Jersey granted the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.

1817 José de San Martín crossed the Andes with an army in order to liberate Chile from Spanish rule.

1819 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore.

1820 The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1840 Around 40 Maori chiefs, led by Hone Heke, signed a treaty with the British Crown at Waitangi.

The Treaty of Waitangi is signed

1842 Mary Rudge, English chess master, was born (d. 1919).

1843  The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels opened in Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

1848 Walter B. Pitkin, American lecturer in philosophy and psychology, was born (d1953).

1862 Ulysses S. Grant gives the United States ts first victory of the Amnerican Civil War war in the Battle of Fort Henry by capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee.

1894 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer, was born (d. 1979).

1895  Babe Ruth, American baseball player, was born (d. 1948).

1899 The Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, was ratified by the United States Senate.

1900 The international arbitration court at The Hague was created when the Netherlands’ Senate ratified an 1899 peace conference decree.

1911 Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, was born  (d. 2004).

1912  Eva Braun, wife of Adolf Hitler, was born (d. 1945).

1917 Zsa Zsa Gábor, Hungarian-born actress, was born.

1922 Denis Norden, British radio and television personality, was born.

1922 The Washington Naval Treaty was signed, limiting the naval armaments of United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.

1933 The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect.

1934 Far right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.

1945 Bob Marley, Jamaican musician, was born  (d. 1981).

1947 The trans-Tasman liner Wanganella was refloated after 18 days stuck on Barrett Reef.

Liner <em>Wanganella</em> refloated after 18 days on Barrett Reef

1950 Natalie Cole, American singer, was born.

1951 The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derailed near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, killing 85 people and injuring over 500 more.

1952 Elizabeth II became Queen upon the death of her father George VI.

1958 Eight Manchester United F.C. players were killed in the Munich air disaster.

1959 Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit.

1959 – At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile was accomplished.

1962 W. Axl Rose, American singer (Guns N’ Roses), was born.

1976 Princess Marie of Denmark, was born.

1978 The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of 4″ an hour.

1987 Justice Mary Gaudron became the first woman appointed to the High Court of Australia.

1989 The Roundtable talks started in Poland marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe.

1992 The Saami people of the Nordic countries had an official day celebrating their existence.

1996 – Willamette Valley Flood of 1996: Floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, United States, caused more than US$500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.

1996 – Birgenair flight 301 crashed off the coast of the Dominican Republic, all 189 people inside the airplane are killed. This is the worst accident/incident involving a Boeing 757.

1998 – Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

2000 – Second Chechen War: Russia captured Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile.

2004 – Princess Louise of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Princess of Belgium, was born.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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