8/10 in today’s Money week Quiz.
Earthquake recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee wouldn’t need any reminders that today is the third anniversary of the first Canterbury earthquakes, but he got one anyway.
On Facebook he wrote:
Landed in Japan just in time for a 6.5 earthquake. While I do always take work with me on trips, this was a little unexpected
Fortunately since the 1980’s Japan has had very tight building codes and its citizens and media are well trained in reaction to quakes.
Sounds like a song: Taking the Shaking With You.
Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced restorative justice services will be expanded and rolled out to all courts in the country.
An additional 2,400 restorative justice conferences – totalling 3,600 in 2014/15 – follow the Government’s $4.4 million investment in adult pre-sentence restorative justice as part of Budget 2013.
Ms Collins says investing in pre-sentence restorative justice will help deliver results, give victims a voice in the justice system and make victims strong.
“We know participation in restorative justice can result in a reduction in the reoffending rate of up to 20 per cent when compared to offenders who did not participate,” Ms Collins says.
“As well as delivering more services in existing centres, restorative justice will now be in courts where it was not previously or readily available, such as Alexandra, Queenstown, Gore, Taihape, Dannevirke, Taumarunui, Huntly, Morrinsville, Whakatane and Wairoa.
“Expanding restorative justice services across New Zealand will help the justice sector meet the Government’s Better Public Services target of further reducing reoffending by 25 per cent by 2017 – already reoffending is down by over 9 per cent.”
Ms Collins says restorative justice is also particularly effective at reducing victimisation and repeat victimisation. The 2011 Victim Satisfaction Survey showed 74 per cent of victims who attended a conference felt better.
The roll-out of new services will start from October 1 following decisions made by the Ministry of Justice as part of an open tender process.
Helping victims and reducing reoffending make the extra money spent on this initiative well worth while.
Continuing high international commodity prices have seen Synlait Milk increase its forecast milk price for the FY2014 season from $7.00 per kgMS to $8.00 per kgMS.
The Company also lifted its advance rates for the season effective from August paid September from $4.50 per kgMS to $5.00 per kgMS.
Synlait Milk announced last week that it will process more milk than forecast this season following a decision to take a significant allocation of DIRA milk that will increase total production volumes of its ingredients products.
Synlait Milk Managing Director John Penno says the Company remains confident in achieving its forecast financial result for FY2014. . .
The lives of a qualified veterinarian and a computer science graduate from the Philippines took an unexpected turn when they arrived in New Zealand.
Unable to work in his chosen field in New Zealand unless he took a refresher course, Don Mananes, now lives with
wife Khristine and daughters Denisse (9) and Diane (4), on a dairy farm at Waiparu, near Riversdale, where he works as a farm manager and AI specialist. The family loves the lifestyle, which is different from the city lifestyle they had back home. . .
The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) was established in March and ”brings together health, social and political agencies with a rural focus to provide a unified voice and resource to help find solutions for the health problems facing rural communities.”
Southern Rural Life invited chairman Dr Jo Scott-Jones to discuss GPs’ roles in mental health in rural communities.
The role of the rural GP has always been one which has had to provide a wider range of services than in urban centres where there is easier access to support from other providers. . .
Heard it on the grapevine – Kat Pickford:
Fairhall grape grower Stuart Smith has been recognised for services to the country’s wine industry.
New Zealand Winegrowers chairman Steve Green announced Mr Smith’s induction to the roll of fellows at the 29th annual Romeo Bragato conference yesterday.
More than 600 vintners, viticulturists, trades people and suppliers are at the three-day conference being held at the Marlborough Convention Centre this week.
The sell-out event was the industry’s largest, and included the Bragato dinner tonight, when the Moore Stephens Young Viticulturist of the year and the Bragato Wine Award trophy winners would be announced. . .
Land deals first inkling of the future – Kat Pickford:
Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of Marlborough’s commercial wine industry.
The small group of farmers, lawyers, engineers and orchardists who pioneered viticulture practices to suit the region’s climate talk to reporter Kat Pickford about the journey that led to the phenomenal growth and international success of Marlborough wine.
Blenheim businessman John Marris had his feet up by the fire on a typical Marlborough winter evening in August 1973 when he took a phone call from his boss looking for 200 hectares of bare land on behalf of a mystery buyer.
The freshly minted real estate agent immediately sensed something was up. Rural property was not selling in Marlborough, and he wanted to talk to this guy to find out how serious he was.
In 1973, the value of bare land was about $550 a hectare, and there was not a lot of it on the market. . .
King Country chook lays massive egg – Catley Edwards:
A King Country chook is the toast of the henhouse after laying an egg the size of a mini ostrich egg.
When cracked, the egg revealed its surprise contents – a yolk and another egg.
One of Taumarunui woman Sheryl Standfield’s 12 free-ranging brown highliner hens laid the monster, which weighed in at 165gm, had a girth of 12.7cm and height of 12cm. . .
An elderly couple were driving to Dunedin when they had an accident near Lawrence, about 80kms from the city.
The husband was very concerned that he’d be late for his hospital appointment and asked the policeman who attended the accident if he could call a taxi.
The officer said there was no need to do that, he’d take them to Dunedin.
That’s real public service and going many extra miles.
Local Government Minister Chris Tremain has announced that online voting will be trialled in the 2016 local authority elections.
“Online transactions are the way of the future and the Government is committed to rolling out digital services for New Zealanders,” says Mr Tremain.
“I have asked the Department of Internal Affairs to put together a working party from across government and local authorities and with information technology experts. They will consider the options, costs and security issues involved in online voting.
“Voter turnout in local body elections is traditionally low and we need to look at other ways to encourage people to become involved in the democratic process.
“Online voting will be more convenient and appeal to young voters. It will also make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. “
“There is a high level of interest from the sector in online voting with organisations like the Porirua City Council and the Manawatu District Council volunteering to take part in the trial.
“Robust regulations need to be in place so voters have trust and confidence in the system. The working party will be assessing the security and technology used in public elections overseas to mitigate risk.
“Once the working party reports its findings the next step will be to formulate a plan to implement online voting in local body elections.
“The Government RealMe service will be used to enable online voting. New Zealanders who have a RealMe logon can now update their electoral enrolment details online. The Electoral Amendment Bill recently introduced will enable electors with a RealMe verified identity to enrol online.”
Security will be the major concern.
But a RealMe logon is a lot more secure than postal voting and online voting might encourage better participation, especially among younger people.
The GlobalDairyTrade price index slipped 1.1% in this morning’s auction.
The price of anhydrous milk fat increased 3.1%; butter was up 2.7%; cheddar was down 3.2%; milk protein concentrate slipped 3.8%; rennet casein was down 2.1%; skim milk powder lost .8% and whole milk powder was down 1.7%.
The average winning price was $US4,891 per metric tonne.