September 21, 2013

Only 6/10 in the Herald’s politics quiz.

Labour selects candidate for Chch East

September 21, 2013

Labour has selected its candidate for the Christchurch East by-election:

Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth has announced that Potu Williams will be the candidate for the Christchurch East by election following the resignation of Lianne Dalziel. We had a robust democratic selection process with hundreds of local people in a packed rugby club hall in the heart of the electorate, where a very strong field of candidates discussed local issues.  . .

Labour’s view of robust and democratic isn’t necessarily the same as other people’s.

Kiwiblog points out that Labour has a six person panel with three head office appointments so the vote of each local member is worth around 1/100th the vote of a head office person.

Christchurch East is regarded as a safe Labour seat although retiring MP Lianne Dalziel had a strong personal vote.

Word of the day

September 21, 2013

Suspense – the state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or doubtful; pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome; a quality in a work of fiction that arouses excited expectation or uncertainty about what may happen.

Rural round-up

September 21, 2013

Champions drive clean streams – Jon Morgan:

Ossie Latham introduces himself as a tree hugger. But he’s more than that. He’s a tree hugger who aims to get everyone in Manawatu’s Mangaone West catchment hugging trees with him.

He’s a farmer who headed to Auckland to make his fortune in business before retiring back home to a small farm.

And he’s also one of Alastair Cole’s community champions. Cole, Landcare Trust’s regional co-ordinator, looks for enthusiastic volunteers to drive environmental protection.

Three big projects are underway in the region, all with the aim of making the Manawatu River cleaner. . .

Global Beef Priorities Advanced at Five Nations Conference – says Beef + Lamb New Zealand:

International trade was front and centre of discussions at the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) conference in Cairns Australia last week.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chair-Elect, James Parsons led New Zealand’s participation in the annual conference of beef cattle producer organisations from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Chief Executive, Scott Champion and General Manager Market Access, Ben O’Brien also attended alongside three “young ranchers” Richard Morrison (of Marton), Pete Fitz-Herbert (of Hunterville) and Lauren McWilliam (of Masterton).

The key action item was the signing of a position statement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. . .

Farmers face two-year wait for new green scheme – Johann Tasker:

Environmental schemes that reward farmers who look after the English countryside will be closed to most new applicants for two years as the government implements CAP reform, it has emerged.

In a move described by some critics as a “massive threat” to wildlife and the countryside, DEFRA has no plans to let farmers sign new agri-environment agreements during the whole of 2015 as the department develops a successor to its existing environmental stewardship scheme. . .

Minister attending Inter-American agricultural conference:

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy will depart for Argentina tomorrow to attend the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) conference.

“This will be a valuable opportunity to meet with my counterparts from Latin America, the US, Canada and the Caribbean, to discuss some of the issues and opportunities facing the agricultural sector across the world.

“Some of the issues covered will include the work of the Global Research Alliance of which New Zealand is a major supporter, and the importance of water storage and management.”

Mr Guy will also visit Uruguay and Paraguay to meet with officials and his Ministerial counterparts. . .

Bumblebee talents being recognised – Richard Rennie:

The humble bumblebee is about to get a boost for its pollination skills from scientists and farm retailers this spring.

For the first time Farmlands is selling commercial box hives of bumblebees to kiwifruit and avocado growers, while scientists celebrate funding for more research into the bee.

Farmlands’ Te Puna branch in western Bay of Plenty is the first to start marketing the bees. . .

Horses sell at a brisk trot – Murray Robertson:

THE annual horse fair at Matawhero yesterday attracted about 140 head, with a top price of $3500 paid for a nine-year-old gelding — and an almost total clearance.

Thirty “broken” horses were sold and about 100 “unbroken” changed hands.

Only about six animals remained unsold at the end of the three-hour sale. . .

Saturday’s smiles

September 21, 2013

A new coast guard trainee was left alone on watch for the first time. Before leaving him to go get a beer, the watch chief said “I won’t be long. Just remember to use English when talking to the ships and if you don’t understand them ask them to clarify what they’re saying”.

Soon after that the trainee heard a distress call.
“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is sailing yacht Seagoon. We are sinking!”

“Hellow sailing yacht Seagoon. Zis is zee coast guard. I have received your message.”

After a couple of minutes the call came again:
“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is sailing yacht Seagoon. We are sinking!”

The trainee replied:
“Hellow sailing yacht Seagoon. Zis is zee coast guard. I have received your message.”

‘Coast guard! This is sailing yacht Seagoon again! We are SINKING!! Do you understand? WE ARE SINKING. WE NEED HELP AND WE NEED IT NOW.

“Err yes, sailing yacht Seagoon. Zis is  Zzee  coast guard. What you are sinking about pleez?”

Who’s remembering correctly?

September 21, 2013

Andrea Vance has been looking into David Cunliffe’s background and has found what looks like CV padding:

Gaps were identified over the course of the investigation in the “community activities” section of the curriculum vitae the New Lynn MP has posted on Parliament’s official website.

A spokesman for Cunliffe confirmed his office had requested work at Auckland City Mission be removed from the webpage. He said it was a “mistake”. . .

But who made the mistake?

“You’ll find if you go to the page it is already gone.”

Wellington City Mission was also contacted, as the New Lynn MP also cited work with its budgeting service on his CV.

Manager Jill Hilston said she has worked there 18 years and could not recall him. Cunliffe’s spokesman said he gave budgetary advice in 1987 and 1989, some 10 years before he entered politics as the MP for Titirangi.

“He did it once a week, or once every second week.” . . .

Cunliffe also claims to be a member of the Waitakere Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society. However, the spokesman admitted he is not a “current” member.

Committee member Chris Bindon was not aware he belonged to the branch. . .

It was also difficult to locate anyone who recalled him being a Public Service Association (PSA) official, during his time at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. . .

His curriculum vitae said he was a union delegate for three years, between 1987 and 1990, and co-convener for a year. The PSA’s electronic records do not go back that far, and the union could not produce anyone who remembered his activities. . .

It is possible that people simply don’t remember him.

People come and go in organisations and some are more memorable than others. However, it’s generally easier to remember people who make a significant contribution and then go on to public live.

So who’s remembering correctly?

If Cunliffe is then it doesn’t say much about his contribution and achievements so these activities would be better off his CV.

If the others are he’s guilty of CV padding which in many jobs would be enough to get you sacked.

Either way it’s not a good look.


Bigger is better for QLDC

September 21, 2013

The group wanting to split Wanaka from the Queenstown Lakes District Council should be careful what it’s wishing for.

QLDC had a nil rates increase this year. Deputy Mayor Lyal Cocks said the split would lead to at least a 6.3% increase in Wanaka rates.

Local government is an increasingly complex and expensive beast.

Duplicating services and overheads and spreading the cost over a much smaller rating base would be stupid.

Bigger isn’t always better but it is in the case of the QLDC.


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