Gilmore going

May 12, 2013

A reporter phoned me this afternoon asking me questions, on or off the record, about Aaron Gilmore.

I replied, truthfully, that I didn’t know the answers.

The call however, proved that the media was still digging.

Whether anything more had been found is probably not relevant because he has announced he’s resigning:

“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my intention to resign from Parliament,” Mr Gilmore said in a statement. . .

I think this is the best thing he could have done for his own sake.

It is possible to make mistakes and put them behind you, as other people have done, but the phone call today suggested the media had not yet reached that point and matters may well have got worse.

It is also better for the government, the country and the National Party.

Side shows like this don’t really matter but they do distract from things that do.


Word of the day

May 12, 2013

Mother – a woman who gives birth or who has the responsibility of physical and emotional care for specific children;  female parent;  woman in authority; the superior of a religious community of women; woman who creates, originates, or founds something; creative source; an origin; woman respected for her wisdom and age; maternal love and tenderness; biggest or most extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale; to bring up a child or children with care and affection.

Tweet of the day

May 12, 2013
Steven Joyce Steven Joyce@stevenljoyce 28m

Another interesting NZ/Oz employment stat: 78% of Kiwis in employment are full-time v only 70% in Oz. Higher overall employment in NZ now too.

Rural round-up

May 12, 2013

Export prices for lambs improving – Alan Williams:

Export market prices for lamb are improving but an early return to a $100 lamb is a question of all the planets aligning, Alliance Group general manager of marketing Murray Brown says.

“You’d be wanting a bit of exchange rate improving as well, but it’s not out of line,’’ Brown said.

If it happened, a big reduction in lamb numbers next season would be one reason, he said.

The signs were positive for the winter market and heading into next Christmas but some caution was still needed in forecasting prices. . .

Farmers may be able to invest in water storage project:

Central Hawke’s Bay farmers who tap into the proposed Ruataniwha water storage scheme may get the opportunity to invest in it too.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is asking the Government to recognise the scheme as a project of national significance.

The council and its investment company have made applications to the Environmental Protection Authority seeking resource consents and a regional plan change required for the project, which would supply water to about 25,000 hectares of land from a dam on a tributary of the Tukituki River. . .

Dairy Farms staff and the shocking state of employee turnover – Milking on the Moove:

Well, gidday. Glen Herud here again and I am going to carry on talking about dairy farm staff. Last time I said that only a small percentage of New Zealand population are prepared to work on a dairy farm simply because of the long hours involved.

Today I want to talk about a report that was released by Dairy NZ in 2009 I think, called “Farming Smarter Not Harder.” They had some interesting figures.

  • They said that 50% of staff had been in their current job less than one year.  
  • The average length of service, so that’s the average time people stay with an employer was less than one year. 
  • 1/3 of dairy staff leave the industry every year. . .

Early start for lambing – Jill Galloway:

There are about 50 early lambs gambolling around a Kiwitea farm in Manawatu.

They are cute now, but they’ll be gracing dinner plates in Britain for Christmas, owners Jill Martin and Nigel Lintott say.

They had planned to have early lambs at two of their three properties.

“This breed are Dorset ewes, so they can have early lambs,” Lintott said.

$11m for Wagyu project – Marie Taylor:

The government has stumped up with $11 million for a project to produce high-value, marbled beef for premium markets in New Zealand and offshore.

What will the country get for its money and what does the project mean?

Hastings-based Firstlight Foods managing director Gerard Hickey is a key part of the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) project.

The seven-year PGP is worth $23.7 million and Hickey describes it as an investment to create a new category of NZ beef. . .

Fight to be the top dog – Ian Allen:

New South Island sheep dog champion Steve Kerr plans to celebrate this week’s success by getting his dog a bitch on the way home.

Mr Kerr, of Fairlie, said he was stopping near Christchurch to breed his winning huntaway, Dodge.

Mr Kerr and Dodge took out the straight huntaway title at the South Island Championships in Blenheim yesterday.

After four days of competition, only .25 points separated Mr Kerr and runner up Kerry Kilmister, of Tinui, and his dog Pulse.

Mr Kerr said it had been a hard week and it was time to celebrate.

The top of the hill got a little bit tricky but Dodge did a great job, he said. . .




May 12, 2013

7/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.


May 12, 2013

Another Mothers’ Day thought from  Story People by Brian Andreas:

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No regrets

May 12, 2013

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From Story People by Brian Andreas.

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