Word of the day

July 5, 2013

Ruth – feeling of pity, distress, or grief; sympathy; compassion.

2013 Agri person – van der Heyden

July 5, 2013

Former Fonterra chair Sir Henry van der Heyden is the 2013 Agri Personality.

The 2013 Allflex Agri Business Person is Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Wairarapa Moana Incorporation.

The announcement was made the  Vodafone/Federated Farmers Cream of the Crop Awards, last night.

Feds chair Bruce Wills said:

“The first of Federated Farmers awards to be announced was our own Agri Personality of the Year. This is to recognise the one outstanding personality who, over 2012/13, has influenced New Zealand farming.

“When the Board met to decide the award, Sir Henry van der Heyden was easily the one person who truly stood out over the past 12-months. While he has left Fonterra his influence and mana has not diminished.

“The final award of the evening was the key Allflex Agri Business Person of the Year.

“For this award we assembled an independent panel to review the shortlist. That shortlist was made up of Landcorp’s Chris Kelly, Wairarapa Moana Incorporation/Miraka Chairman Kingi Smiler and Dr John Baker ONZM, of Baker No-Tillage.

“It was a tough decision but Kingi Smiler’s gifted business leadership of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, a founding shareholder in Māori Dairy Company Miraka Limited, saw him emerge as first among equals.

“Kingi is simply put an outstanding business person, being a former partner in Ernst & Young and holding directorship across the agribusiness sphere. He is the chairman of Tairawhiti Land Development Trust and is currently a director of Mangatu Incorporation, the Wi Pere Trust and Wellington Rugby Union.

“If that is not enough he has also completed 19 Ironman competitions. . .

Rural round-up

July 5, 2013

US farming group misdirects money to export support:

News reports that the United States’ Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) is to increase export subsidy support to US$60 million, is a misdirection of voluntary farmer levies in the eyes of Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

“We need to clear this has nothing to do with the United States Government,” says Willy Leferink, Federated Farmers Dairy Chairperson.

“Cooperatives Working Together is a voluntary producer-funded national program developed by America’s National Milk Producers Federation. While designed to assist family farms, New Zealand’s farmers know from bitter experience that programmes like this actually hurt family farms. . .

Protecting the integrity of the NZ food system – Nikki Kaye:

It is a pleasure to join you today at this conference.

I would like to acknowledge all of you for the contribution you are making to science and our economic development.

As you know our country is a proud, food exporting nation. Our strong reputation for producing safe, high-quality food is fundamental to our success. We have achieved this success through the work of generations of scientists and trust in the integrity of our food production.

Many New Zealanders are proud of our quality food and beverage production. And many Kiwi families in both rural and urban New Zealand are connected to our food businesses. That is why we must continue to invest in innovation and in our reputation as good food producers.

Our economy relies heavily on the production of food for export, more so than any other developed country. . .

Fonterra contacted by Chinese regulator over milk probe – Paul McBeth:

 Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, has been contacted by the China National Development and Reform Commission as part of an investigation into milk powder prices in the world’s most populous nation.

The Auckland-based company is cooperating fully with the Chinese regulator, which is reviewing a wide range of consumer businesses in the Chinese dairy industry, Fonterra said in a statement. . .

Meat companies look for industry solutions:

New Zealand’s four biggest meat companies are meeting on Thursday under an independent chair to see if they can come up a better way to run the meat industry.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chairman Mike Petersen told Federated Farmers national conference in Ashburton that the companies will be seeing if they can come up with a proposal to run the meat industry in a more collaborative way. . .

Shareholder commitment will assist with planning for CPW scheme:

Central Plains Water Ltd shareholders have been asked to give an indicative commitment to the scheme by July 12.

Although non binding, the letter of commitment will give CPWL an overview of the number of shareholders who want to be part of the scheme and their geographic location. The indicative commitment is also a precondition set down by CPWL’s funders.

Derek Crombie, CEO of CPWL, said that while the design for Stage 1 was well advanced, information gathered now would help designers with the overall scheme design. . .

Sam Knowles joins Board of Synlait Milk:

Former Kiwibank Chief Executive Sam Knowles has been appointed a Director of Synlait Milk Limited and will become an Independent Director on the planned listing of the Company later this month.

Mr Knowles completes the requirement of the Company’s constitution for there to be three Independent Directors on the Board upon listing.

Welcoming the appointment, Synlait Milk Chairman Graeme Milne says Mr Knowles experience in establishing and growing Kiwibank into a significant New Zealand-owned and operated bank will be valuable to the Company as it implements growth initiatives expected to cost around $183 million. . .

Helping Bring Clever Idea to Life for Young Inventor:

Catching up on a week’s worth of school work because she was away at Fieldays was worth it for Ayla Hutchinson to launch her household innovation, the Kindling Cracker, to more than 100,000 people who might want to buy one, help her manufacture it or sell them in New Zealand and around the world.

14-year-old Ayla was the winner of the James and Wells Intellectual Property Award at the event in June, which gives her $3000 worth of IP strategy advice from the experts on how to own, protect her idea and commercialise it. Ayla went on to win the prestigious Young Inventor of the Year Award. . .

Friday’s answers

July 5, 2013

Thursday’s questions (Maori language week edition) were:

1. What does this mean: He aha te mea nui? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata?

2. What is a tīwaiwaka?

3. Who was the earth mother and sky father?

4. what do katau and mauī mean?

5. Do you have a tūrangawaewae?

Points for answers:

Andrei gets a bonus for honesty.

Paranormal gets one and a bonus for humour.

Robert wins an electronic chocolate sponge with five right and a bonus for pedantry, which in this case is encouraged.


1. What is the most important thing? It is people. It is people. It is people.

2. Fantail.

3. Papatuanuku and Ranginui (Papa and Rangi.

4. Right and left.

5. North Otago, specifically Mount Doment, Kakanui and Waitaki Rivers for me.

This should always have been the case

July 5, 2013

The next stage of our welfare reforms come into effect later this month.  Among them – this change to beneficiaries with outstanding arrest warrants. What do you think? http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=41412


The idea that someone who is evading the law has been able to be supported by public money is ludicrous.

Vote for Oamaru

July 5, 2013

Oamaru used to be a small town you had to pass through to get from Christchurch to Dunedin.

It’s still in the same place but it’s becoming a destination.

The little blue penguins, yellow eyed penguins, historic buildings, steam punk, good restaurants, the Vanished World fossil trail, Alps to Ocean cycle trail and many other natural and (wo)man made attractions have made it a destination in its own right.

It is one of five towns selected for Seven Sharp’s focus on sharp towns.

Oamaru will feature this evening and your vote will help it become the Sharpest Town.

The winning town will be revisited by the Seven Sharp team for the filming of a live show.


How to make a wee party

July 5, 2013

How do you make a wee party?

  • Start with a bigger one.
  • Change from a united group with a common purpose to a disjointed collection of separate interest groups.
  • Use public funds for your election campaign then ask your members to help you pay back the money.
  • Lose touch with your base.
  • Stay in power for nine years, the last three with policies which increase the burden of state and put the country into recession before the rest of the world.
  • Have your leader announce her resignation the night she loses the election and anoint a successor.
  • Continue with policies which show you haven’t learned from mistakes made while in power.
  • Don’t go for renewal.
  • Look inward and let the internal disquiet spill out.
  • Keep most of the old wood.
  • Oppose every policy the government puts forward to increase economic growth, reduce welfare dependency and improve public service efficiency and effectiveness while reducing costs without putting forward any viable alternatives.
  • Keep your old high tax and spend policies and add to them.
  • Put your main campaign effort into opposing a single policy of your major opponent.
  • Lose another election.
  • Change your leader to someone who is not a fluent and confident speaker and is generally ill-equipped for the job of leading the Opposition.
  • Play yeah-me-too to policies put forward by another wee party which drags you from the centre.
  • Continue opposing a single government policy when it’s too late by trying to get a politicians’ initiated referendum and fail to get enough signatures.
  • Become second, or even third fiddle in an orchestra led by your potential coalition partners.
  • Look inward and let the internal disquiet spill out again.
  • Undermine your leader.
  • Change your rules to give unions even more power.
  • Continue undermining your leader.
  • Announce a policy to build cheap houses which can’t be backed up with reliable costings.
  • Continuing opposing every government initiative to improve the lot of New Zealanders without putting up viable alternatives.
  • Announce a power policy which drags you further left and which unbiased people in the industry can say won’t work.
  • Continue undermining your leader.
  • Keep most of the dead wood.
  • Get headlines for things that don’t matter – temper loss, swearing, gender quota for caucus. . .

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