Rickety rickshaw in danger of losing driver

June 28, 2013

Quote of the day from Claire Trevett:

If polling tracks were Roads of National Significance, then National is in a people-mover on the Waikato Expressway, occasionally zooming up and down gentle inclines but confronting little that has yet forced it to alter its speed.

Labour, meanwhile, is clinging to a battered rickshaw rattling along pothole-ridden, precipitous back roads hoping like hell to hit a flat stretch. Alongside are the outriders of the Greens and NZ First, trying to pop the rickshaw’s tyres so they can purloin its passengers for themselves. . .

Not only is Labour’s rickshaw rickety, its at risk of losing its driver and it’s doubtful if the party has the resources required to make it more road-worthy.

If it lost a wheel, it couldn’t hope for any help from potential allies because most loss of poll traction for Labour is likely to result in gains for them.

Word of the day

June 28, 2013

Mephitic – foul-smelling; putrid; noxious.

Rural round-up

June 28, 2013

EPA announces new controls for insecticides:

A group of highly toxic insecticides has been extensively reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and some will no longer be allowed to be used for plant pest control in New Zealand, the EPA announced today.

The EPA’s General Manager Applications and Assessment, Sarah Gardner, says that while the controlled use of some insecticides would continue to benefit New Zealand’s primary production industries, others were too damaging to people and the environment.

“The EPA’s role is to ensure that New Zealand’s environment, society and economy are protected from the risks posed by such substances.” . .

Mike Barton-Beef Farming Under a N Cap. This Video Will Scare The Crap Out Of Dairy Farmers – Milking on the Moove:

Mike Barton gave this talk to the Beef & Lamb NZ Farmer Roadshow in June 2013. 

It is a real eye opener & Mike explains in detail what farmers in the lake Taupo catchment have had to change in order to meet the Nitrogen cap put in place by their regional authorities.

Thanks to Beef & Lamb New Zealand for making it publicly available.


INC welcomes NZ infant formula audit:

The Infant Nutrition Council welcomes the audit of New Zealand’s regulatory regime concerning infant formula exports, which was announced today by Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye, CEO Jan Carey said.

“The council welcomes any steps by the Government that help give consumers confidence in the safety and quality of infant formula manufactured in New Zealand.

“The Minister’s insistence that the audit includes work on verification, compliance, and testing regimes is excellent news. . .

Four new awards for South Island Farming Competition:

The challenges, skills and resources required for high performance farming have been recognised by the inclusion of four new awards in the 2013 prize package offered by the Lincoln University Foundation’s South Island Farmer of the Year competition.

Each award carries a cash prize of $5000 while the overall prize has been upped to $20,000. This is awarded in the form of a grant to facilitate travel to visit and study overseas farming enterprises and learn about new opportunities, processes and technology.

Foundation Chair Ben Todhunter says the South Island Farmer of the Year competition is about recognising innovation, leadership and excellence in farming and, more importantly, creating a process where others in the industry can learn from the experiences of the finalists and eventual winner. . .

Greenshell New Zealand wins NZ Food and Beverage Exporter of the Year:

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has congratulated Greenshell New Zealand on being named New Zealand Food and Beverage Exporter of the Year at the Export NZ Awards.

The prestigious award recognised Greenshell New Zealand’s excellence in building extraordinary and sustainable export growth in the Food and Beverage sector.

Judges said the company had shown the ability to think differently with a variety of well thought out strategies shaping their growth and future potential. . .

Fresh investment adding value to Sealord products:

Increasing Sealord’s fresh fish offer from negligible to up to 10% of catch by 2018 is the next step in the company’s growth strategy and the business is putting its resources and investment where its mouth is.

An investment of around $1.5 million in an entirely new line, focusing on fresh chilled fish and thermoform packaging of both fresh and frozen products, has just come online at the Vickerman Street premises.

According to General Manager of Sealord Fish, Doug Paulin, the company’s expertise in quality frozen fish and position as New Zealand’s best known seafood brand are good stepping stones to add value to products by selling more fresh fish. . .

Found in translation

June 28, 2013

Synlait Milk might not be able to use its own name in China because another company has already registered that name for a trademark in products including rat poison and baby food.

Quite why a company dealing in any type of food would also deal in rat poison and then have them under the same trademark seems bizarre.

However, that being the case, Synlait Milk would be wise to find another name for China.

This isn’t the first time a business has found its name already in other countries and other companies have had problems with names when an innocent word in one language has been found to have a very different meaning in translation.

Nova, for example, as a name for a car is fine in English, suggesting something new. But in Spanish no va means it doesn’t go.

I learned my first swear word in Spanish when a young Argentinean visitor went into hysterics when she saw a pajero in a car park. No-one who speaks Spanish would want to drive a or be associated with anything with that name.

Mental Floss has a list of 11 other products in which unfortunate meanings are found in translation.

Friday’s answers

June 28, 2013

1. Who said: I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. ?

2. Who wrote The Snow Goose and what event does it centre on?

3. It’s niege in French, neve in Italian, nieve in Spanish and huka or puaheiri in Maori, what is it in English?

4. What shape are snowflakes?

5. What was your first or most memorable snow experience?

Points for answers:

Andrei got 4 1/2 which earns him an electronic hot toddy.


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June 28, 2013

A Dunedin woman called police after she reached for lip balm in the dark, applied super glue instead and glued her lips together.

It reminds me of an old limerick:

There was a young couple from Delhi/Stuck together belly to belly/ One very dark night/They used araldite/ Instead of petroleum jelly.

Low inflation makes us better off

June 28, 2013

When wages go up faster than inflation, people have more to spend and can save for a rainy day. I think this is an important result for families. What do you think?

High inflation devalues the real value of what we earn.

When wages increase more than inflation, we’re all better off.

Money goes further giving us more choices among which is the ability to save.

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