Rudd 57 – Gillard 45

  1. Reports that Kevin Rudd has won 57 to 45. Awaiting confirmation  #auspol #ALP360

 This makes Rudd leader of the Labor Party, it doesn’t make him Prime Minister.
Julia Gillard will have to write to the Governor General recommending that Rudd becomes PM before he can take that role.

Gillard puts leadership to vote again


Julia Gillard is putting her leadership to the vote for the second time.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called a ballot for the Labor leadership after supporters of Kevin Rudd took the first steps towards another spill.

Ms Gillard says the spill will be held at 7.00pm AEST, and that whoever loses should retire from Parliament immediately.

She is responding to a petition from Rudd supporters calling for a vote and has little to lose.

If she leads the party into the election, polls indicate it will be decimated and she would have to resign the leadership anyway.

The question her MPs will have to ask is whether the party will stand a better chance under Rudd.

He appears to be more popular with the public than his own caucus which is not a recipe for good government.



Word of the day


Deracinate – uproot, tear out by the roots; to remove or separate from a native or accustomed environment or culture.

Rural round-up


Speech to the New Zealand Farm Environment Awards Trust Presentation – Nathan Guy:

 . . . The severe drought this year was a brutal experience for many farmers, but I believe it has had one important positive outcome.

If nothing else, it has reinforced to urban New Zealanders just how important the primary industries are to our economy and way of life.

They remain the powerhouse of the economy, generating around $30 billion a year and making up 72% of our exports. When they suffer, so does the rest of the economy. . .

Tracmap –wins prestigious Richard Prease Award for aviation innovation 2013:  

Dunedin based Tracmap, specialists in precision applications for agricultural aviation and situation awareness for people operating aircraft and vehicles in challenging environments is the winner of this years prestigious Richard Pearse award for innovation in aviation. . .

Synlait Ltd investors may sell 19M shares into Synlait Milk IPO, Bright won’t participate:

Shareholders of Synlait Ltd may sell 19 million shares of Synlait Milk as part of the dairy company’s initial public offering while Bright Dairy won’t participate in the sale, according to Synlait Milk’s prospectus.

The Rakaia-based Synlait Milk will raise about $120 million from the IPO, of which $75 million will come from new shares and the remaining $45 million from a selldown by Synlait Ltd investors, who include Japan’s Mitsui & Co and Synlait Milk chief executive John Penno. . .

Dow AgroSciences NZ FY sales jump 23% on Australian growth, loss widens:

Dow AgroSciences (New Zealand), the local unit of Dow Chemical Co, reported full-year sales growth of more than a fifth as it sold more crop protection products in Australia, though costs to ramp up production widened its annual loss.

Sales rose to $146.9 million in calendar 2012, from $119 million a year earlier, according to the New Plymouth-based company’s annual report. The net loss widened to $1.87 million from $742,000. . .

“Best Fish Guide” shines light on aquaculture industry:

New Zealanders can now buy farmed New Zealand seafood they know is ecologically sustainable thanks to Forest & Bird’s new Best Fish Guide.

It is the first time New Zealand’s aquaculture farms have been assessed for the Best Fish Guide, which has been helping consumers choose eco-friendly seafood since 2004.

The inclusion of aquaculture species means Pacific oysters, paua, Green-lipped mussels and both freshwater and marine-farmed salmon have been added to the guide’s ranking system. . .

Te Mania Hits $1million Again:

For the third year running Te Mania Angus has sold over $1 million of bulls at the largest on farm Angus bull sale in New Zealand.

Under less than ideal conditions – with the impact of the widespread dry, lower returns in the sheep and beef sector, the imminent storm warnings leading into the sale and finally a power outage minutes before the sale commenced, the result was very pleasing. . .

Rural Equities Limited – an Update:

Rural Equities Limited (REL) owns six dairy farms in its rural property portfolio. REL has recently conducted a review of the options available for processing the milk from those dairy farms. REL will continue to supply the Fonterra Co-operative from Delorain (Taranaki), Penshurst (Manawatu) and the two Southland dairy farms, Shenstone and Tatarepo. The two Canterbury dairy farms, Milford and Rocklea, will supply Synlait Milk Limited from the season which commenced on 1 June 2013.

Following the recent Fonterra bonus share issue, REL owned 1,590,798 Fonterra shares. The processing changes outlined above, allow milk to be supplied to Synlait without owning Synlait shares. REL also participated in the recent Fonterra shareholders’ Supply Offer which enabled a proportion of shares to be sold to the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund with suppliers retaining full rights to supply milk. Both this and the Synlait initiative have enabled REL to divest approximately half of its Fonterra shareholding (789,262 shares). The sale of the Fonterra shares has realised approximately $6,000,000, at an average price in excess of $7.50 per share. . .

Limb in PKE was local sheep


The discovery of an animal limb in imported PKE last week raised concerns about biosecurity.

However, the limb in question wasn’t imported.

The Ministry for Primary Industries today confirmed that further DNA testing carried out on an animal limb, recently discovered by a Bay of Plenty farmer in some PKE, is from a sheep, not an exotic goat or deer as suspected last week.

Deputy Director General Compliance and Response, Andrew Coleman says,

“An independent genetic laboratory has confirmed the limb is from a sheep, and MPI is confident it is a New Zealand sheep. The farm where the limb was found has sheep, home kill is undertaken, the maggots found on the limb were a species of blowfly found in New Zealand, and most of the PKE supplied goes through a 4mm filter.

“While our risk assessors told us that the risk of the introduction of any animal disease posed by this find was very low, it was important for us to take action.

“These latest results confirm our initial thinking that the leg belonged to a local animal. Interim testing by an independent zoologist suggested that it could have been from an exotic deer or goat. However, this validation testing has disproved that.

“Changes have already been made to the Import Health Standard for PKE to confirm that unapproved facilities cannot be exported to New Zealand. In addition, a small number of processing facilities will need to improve their systems to keep birds and rodents out of storage facilities.

“These changes came into effect on 19 June and a senior official is now working on these changes with authorities in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“I would like to thank the Bay of Plenty farmer for bringing this find to our attention. It is a good example of the important role farmers play in our biosecurity system. Farmers know what’s happening on their farms. If they spot anything of biosecurity concern they should ring our 0800 number, that’s what happened here.”

If anyone has any information regarding a possible biosecurity risk, they should call the MPI pest and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity incursions are a very real risk to the health of our plants, animals and economy.

Regulations on the importation of PKE have been tightened, which is sensible. They should continue to be monitored but we don’t have any grounds for prohibiting the imports.

Our policies must be based on facts and science or we risk being guilty of imposing unwarranted non-tariff barriers and that too would carry economic risks.

If . . .


If you were designing the perfect house, what five (ish) requirements would you start with?

Kiwis could be terrorists


Newly independent MP Peter Dunne says the GCSB should not be able to spy on New Zealanders, even on behalf of police or the Security Intelligence Service.

Terrorism in other countries has been undertaken by their own citizens, there is absolutely no reason to believe that couldn’t happen here.

Kiwis could be terrorists and I don’t understand why there is such strong opposition to giving the GCSB powers which could help prevent a tragedy, especially when,as Prime Minister John Key said,  other agencies already have the right to spy:

“This is not a debate about whether a particular New Zealander will have intelligence gathered about them and about their activities – that will happen. The question is whether SIS do it, or GCSB do it under a warrant provided by SIS as an assisting agent.

“Anyone who sits there and says, ‘Well I don’t like the idea that M Mouse of Wellington could get intelligence gathered about them,’ well, they’re out to lunch because that is going to happen if there is a legitimate warrant raised about their activities.”

He said much the same thing during Question Time yesterday:
. . . this is not a debate about whether a particular New Zealander will have intelligence gathered about them and their activities. That will happen with the appropriate safeguards and oversight. The debate is about which agency conducts that surveillance, which, of course, must be done under lawful authority.
He also explained why the change to legislation in necessary:
. . . if we go back, let us say, to 2006, a period when Helen Clark was the Prime Minister. I am sure that if we looked through the records it is eminently possible that the Government Communications Security Bureau provided assistance to either the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, the New Zealand Defence Force, or the Police. That will be the situation when the law is changed, and that is because there are currently difficulties of interpretation and we therefore ceased that assistance. I would also point out that that assistance is very important for New Zealanders, and it provides security and safety for New Zealanders. Members who do not want to provide that security and safety for New Zealanders should make that clear to the New Zealand public next time there is a problem.
There must be conditions on who can spy on us, how and why.
But what is the danger in allowing the GCSB to do what it’s been doing already rather than having  the expense, in monetary and people terms, of several other agencies – police, SIS and Defence Force –  doing the same work?

Knitting for victory


In World War II people were encouraged to dig for victory by creating or enlarging their gardens to provide their own food.

Julia Gillard is featured in the Australian Women’s Weekly knitting a kangaroo for the soon-to-be-born royal baby.

Julia Gillard in the Australian Women's Weekly

Could she be knitting for victory?

Or is she following a pattern of failed media moments (remember Geoffrey Palmer’s trumpet solo?).

Has she dropped too many stitches?

Or could this stop her leadership, and her Labor government, unravelling?

More ammo for red necks


Na Raihania, Maori Party candidate for the Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election, wants surplus state houses sold to low-income Maori who aspire to home ownership.

 “The Maori Party aspires to see more Maori owning their own homes. Allowing them to buy surplus state houses in areas of low demand would help get them onto the first rung of the home ownership ladder,” said Mr Raihania. . .

Last week the Mana Party launched a policy that would make it much easier for Maori to buy their first house.

The Mana Party will build homes and offer financial support to get more Maori into home ownership, under a new policy to be launched tomorrow.

A spokesman for leader Hone Harawira said the policy would be specific to the 41 per cent of Maori who have never owned a home. . .

Both parties are appealing to what they hope is their constituency.

They are also providing more ammunition for red necks.

There is already a scheme which enables state house tenants to purchase their homes but that applies to all state house tenants.

Their might be arguments for targeting some assistance to people of a particular race but that does not extend to helping people buy their first, or any, house.




Helping hands


It’s cold, difficult work, but the response to calls to help high country farmers rescue snow-bound stock has been heartwarming:

Otago Rural Support Trust Coordinator David Mellish is hailing the amount of support snow stricken farmers in central and north Otago have received as a result of a recent call to arms.

“The amount of work to be done on many farms is tremendous,” says David Mellish, Otago Rural Support Trust Coordinator.

“But I want to pay tribute to the amount of support local farmers have received from both rural communities, Federated Farmers and further afield including the Ministry for Primary Industries.

“Hopefully that has lessened the workload for some of these farmers.

“Whether it is the hundreds of people who have offered to give up their time and energy to snow rake, the agricultural sector businesses who have contacted us to offer assistance, the neighbour or the local communities teaming up with the Rural Women network to feed hungry workers, I don’t think you could get a better example of the spirit of rural communities.

“It is well past the point where the amount of volunteers exceeds the number of farmers who are asking us for assistance.

“We simply cannot thank all of the people who have stepped forward to offer help individually so I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you all, on behalf of the farmers affected.

“These people are spending the majority of the day wading through snow up to and over their waists, concerned about the health of their stock. The feedback I’ve had is that the knowledge there are so many people willing to step forward to help, has been a boost in itself.

“I’ve lost count of the number of ex-farmers who have called and asked what they can do. They know this isn’t an everyday situation and they know how hard it can be to keep those feet moving forward in these conditions, both literally and figuratively.

“With that in mind we still want to hear from any farmer who needs a hand, so if you need a bit of assistance personally or think there’s a neighbour who needs a hand, give us a call on 0800 376 844.

“A number of the callers offering assistance are saying they have been in a similar position and know what it means to have someone offering to help out. That’s how it works in rural New Zealand,” David Mellish concluded.

Sally Rae  puts a human face to the rescue work:

By 5.30pm yesterday, there was just one word to describe how 82-year-old Naseby farmer Rex George was feeling.

He had worked till he was ”buggered”, but still managed to raise a grin after his day battling in snow to feed and save stock.

He also acknowledged the past few days had been ”terrible”.

”You don’t know whether to bloody well cry or laugh.”

Mr George’s farm, close to Naseby township, received a massive dump of snow, causing major problems. . .

Weather forecasters warned that snow was coming and farmers did their best to ensure stock were sheltered and had enough feed. But this much snow defies the best preparations and help from volunteers will have made a significant contribution to safeguarding stock welfare and minimising losses.

The Rural Support Trust’s website is here.

June 26 in history


363  Roman Emperor Julian was killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian was proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.

1284  The legendary Pied Piper led 130 children out of Hamelin.

1409 Western Schism: the Roman Catholic church was led into a double schism as Petros Philargos was crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.

1483  Richard III was crowned king of England.

1541  Francisco Pizarro was assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger.

1718  Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, mysteriously died after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.

1723  After a siege and bombardment by cannon, Baku surrendered to the Russians.

1817 Branwell Bronte, British painter and poet, was born (d. 1848).

1848 End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.

1857  The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park.

1866 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier of Egyptian excavations, was born (d. 1923).

1870  Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1892 Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1973).

1898 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer, was born (d. 1978).

1908 Salvador Allende, Former President of Chile (1970-1973), was born (d. 1973)

1909  Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, was born (d. 1997)

1909  The Science Museum in London became an independent entity.

1913 Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist, was born.

1914 Laurie Lee, British writer, was born (d. 1997).

1917  The first U.S. troops arrived in France to fight alongside the allies in World War I.

1918  The Australian steamer Wimmera was sunk by a mine laid the year before by the German raider Wolf north of Cape Maria van Diemen.

1918  World War I, Western Front: Battle for Belleau Wood – Allied Forces under John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeated Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm, German Crown Prince.

1921 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, was born (d. 1945).

1924 American occupying forces left the Dominican Republic.

1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.

1934  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.

1936  Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.

1940 Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The 5th Dimension), was born.

1940 World War II: under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presented an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and the northern part of Bukovina.

1942  The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.

1943 Georgie Fame, British singer, was born.

1945  The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco.

1948 – William Shockley filed the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.

1948 Shirley Jackson‘s short story The Lottery was published in The New Yorker magazine.

1952 The Pan-Malayan Labour Party was founded, as a union of statewise labour parties.

1959  The Saint Lawrence Seaway opened, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.

1960 The former British Protectorate of British Somaliland gained its independence as Somaliland .

1960 – Madagascar gained its independence from France.

1963  John F. Kennedy spoke the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” on a visit to West Berlin.

1973  At Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people were killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.

1974  The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

1975  Indira Gandhi established emergency rule in India.

1975 – Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement were killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

1976  The CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land, was opened to general public.

1977 The Yorkshire Ripper killed 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who was not a prostitute.

1978 – Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overran the runway and crashed into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board died.

1991  Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people’s army began the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.

1993 The United States launched a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.

1994  Microsoft no longer supported MS-DOS and the development of FreeDOS began.

1995  Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, as the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.

1996  Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin was shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin.

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

2003  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws were unconstitutional.

2008 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protected an individual right, and that the District of Columbia handgun ban was unconstitutional.

2012 – The Waldo Canyon Fire descended into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs burning 347 homes in a matter of hours and killing two people.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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