Coup count down

July 9, 2013

Duncan Garner tweets that a Labour leadership coup is on:

Good source. Coup on in Labour. Letter of no confidence being circulated. It’s over for Shearer. Watch for his resignation.

And in response to a tweet that Whaleoil was the source:

  1.  
  2.  Wrong. Internal caucus source.

 

When asked if he was going to guess about the replacement he responded:

 Duncan Garner@Garner_Live 26m

Nope not doing guesses on that. Just saying what’s happening now. Little, Robertson, Cunliffe all in mix.


Word of the day

July 9, 2013

Recherche – uncommon; exotic; rare; exquisite; choice; lavishly elegant; excessively refined; affected; pretentious; overblown.


Rural round-up

July 9, 2013

Call to take multi-party approach – Sally Rae:

The state of the red-meat industry was, not surprisingly, a major topic of conversation at Federated Farmers national conference in Ashburton last week.

A session entitled ”Culture Change: The New Beginning In The Meat Industry” was a focus of the meat and fibre meeting, as agribusiness reporter Sally Rae reports.

Former PPCS chairman Reese Hart believes a merger between the co-operative (now Silver Fern Farms) and Alliance Group is not a priority.

”I simply think there are more important things to be done. I think the merger will happen some day but probably not for the reasons we wanted it to happen five years ago,” Mr Hart told Federated Farmers meat and fibre meeting in Ashburton last week. . .

Beef prices expected to firm

New Zealand beef prices are expected to firm over the next quarter, partly in response to tighter supplies resulting from the drought, but also to forecasts of a wet winter encouraging producers to retain stock, Rabobank said.

The specialised agribusiness lender said seasonal pressures still exist, but have since improved from the poor conditions in the first quarter.

Most regions received some good rainfall, with temperatures still warmer than average, which has enabled some good pasture growth, the bank said. . .

Debacle carries big implications for farmers – James Houghton:

While Christchurch was taking in the revelations about its council’s chief executive, former Hamilton City Council CEO Tony Marryatt, farmers were discussing the big issues facing agriculture at Federated Farmers’ national conference in Ashburton.

Fittingly, these discussions included a plenary session featuring Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend, Selwyn District Mayor Kelvin Coe and Ashburton District Mayor Angus McKay, looking at local government and its implications for some of its biggest contributors, the rural sector.

Christchurch City Council has hit some serious credibility issues, with International Accreditation New Zealand withdrawing its ability to issue building consents. It is clear council staff were not meeting the required building code standards. It is also clear they were not meeting the required standards of professionalism needed. . .

Soil health key component of farm economics – Gerald Piddock:

Future farm systems can achieve environmental and economic sustainability, but there are no quick-fix solutions for reaching that goal, a DairyNZ scientist says.

Getting there would require a balance between environmental and production- driven goals, DairyNZ senior scientist Pierre Beukes told scientists and farmers at the New Zealand Society of Animal Production Conference in Hamilton.

Farmers would have to build strong system fundamentals based around soil health, nutrients and cows to withstand the future challenge of farming within limits. . .

Healthy pipfruit profits expected – Peter Watson:

The Nelson economy is in for a much-needed boost with the pipfruit season shaping up as the best in five years.

After losing money in three of the last four years, growers expect to bank a modest to healthy profit this year on the back of record prices for many varieties in Europe and Britain and steady growth in Asia.

They have been aided by a shortage of fruit in key markets and a weakening kiwi.. .

New Zealand shearing team has first win:

New Zealand’s shearing test team has tasted success for the first time on its Northern Hemisphere test tour, levelling the eight-match series at one-a-piece.

Golden Shears champion Rowland Smith, from Hastings, and Rakaia’s Tony Coster combined to beat an English test pairing by three points at the Lakelands Shears in Cumbria. . .

Hawkes Bay Winery scoops four medals at San Francisco International Wine Competition:

Hawkes Bay boutique winery Mangapapa Estates has scooped four medals at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition with its Chateau Waimarama branded wines.

More than 4,500 wines were judged at this year’s competition and out of the four wines entered, all Chateau Waimarama wines attained medals, a Gold Medal, two Silvers and one Bronze.

The Gold Medal was for Chateau Waimarama’s 2009 Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon. . .


Scientific method

July 9, 2013

Another quote of the day:

We invented the scientific method because we are naturally terrible at explaining our own experiences. Without the scientific method, there is no way to know what causes simple, everyday things like thunder. Every explanation is as good as another, and if an explanation becomes culturally bound and passed down, that becomes the official explanation for millennia. Our natural tendency is to confirm our assumptions, but science tries to disconfirm our assumptions one by one until the outline of the truth begins to form. Once we realized that approach generates results, we went from horses and tobacco enemas to mapping DNA and walking on the moon in a few generations. David McRaney about whom you can read more at You Are Not So Smart.


Man ban binned

July 9, 2013

Labour has binned its man ban proposal.

The Labour Party has dumped its controversial ‘man ban’ proposal which would have seen electorates be able to opt for women-only candidate selection.

Leader David Shearer said he asked Labour Party leadership to withdraw the selection process proposals, and this had been done.

He said he had had a number of conversations about withdrawing the plan.

Shearer said the proposal had been a distraction and the public wanted to hear about issues which affected them, not the Labour Party’s issues.

That no-one thought about this and the damage it would do to the party is a reflection on how out of touch Labour is from the people whose votes it’s trying to attract.


Oamaru is NZ’s sharpest town

July 9, 2013

Seven Sharp went on the hunt for New Zealand’s sharpest town and found it in North Otago.

Oamaru has taken the Sharpest Town crown.

More than 10,000 people voted and the winner, Oamaru, was announced on Monday’s Seven Sharp.

The Sharpest Town, as well as being decked in the glory of the title, will also play host to the Seven Sharp team for a live show. . .

It was a decisive win in spite of the tough competition from Motueka, Ohakune, Okaihau and Te Anau.

Thank you to all of you who responded to my pleas to vote for Oamaru I hope you’ll take the opportunity to follow up with a visit.

You can see some of the charms of the town and wider Waitaki District, here among which is the annual Victorian heritage celebrations which will be held from the 14th to the 17th of November this year.


All about balance

July 9, 2013

Quote of the day:

. . . Policy wise we are fully engaged.

Organisations from government to private businesses want us on board. They want to know our views and have our input. We are an advocacy body which is keen to engage positively and constructively. We want outcomes that are good for farming, good for the environment and good for our country.

This does not mean acquiescence. The massive investment we are putting into regional and district planning is all about balancing the social, the cultural, the environmental and the economic. This is vital not just for our industries but for all New Zealanders. . .

This is an extract from Federated Farmers’ president Bruce Wills’ speech to Feds’ annual conference.

He  also said membership is up – and it should be.

Feds and Rural Women NZ both do very valuable work in advocacy and support for farming people and the wider rural community.

This role is even more important now the imbalance between rural and urban populations is big and growing.


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