Word of the day


Patience – the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset;  quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper or irritation; ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; a European dock, Rumex patientia,  of the buckwheat family, whose leaves are often used as a vegetable; game of cards played by one player.

Simple truth


Simple Truth - Story of the Day </p> <p>Her whole life shifted the day she started to tell the truth about what made her happy I never knew it could be that simple, she said</p> <p>http://tinyurl.com/k8t3mlh Story People by Brian Andreas.

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Rural round-up


Rural sector key for many of Otago’s SMEs – Dene Mackenzie:

More than half of Otago small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) receive business income from the rural sector.Kiwibank group manager business markets Mark Stephen said with New Zealand’s agricultural sector economic growth lagging in the three months ended in June, the drought had squeezed the sector.

Even those small enterprises which did not directly deal with the rural sector were found to be supplying customers who did deal directly with farmers. . .

Hunter Downs project gathering momentum – Sally Brooker:

An irrigation project taking Waitaki River water further into South Canterbury is gathering momentum.

The Hunter Downs Irrigation Scheme has been awarded $640,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Irrigation Acceleration Fund. It will help pay for engineering design, an investigation into demand from landowners, and a fundraising prospectus.

”This part of South Canterbury has regular droughts,” Irrigation Acceleration Fund manager Kevin Steel said.

”The HDI Scheme is a large-scale infrastructure initiative that hopes to significantly address this problem.

”Where agriculture is New Zealand’s largest export earner, irrigation infrastructure contributes significantly to supporting the country’s ongoing economic growth.” . . .

“Logistical nightmare’ sorting out mess – Ruth Grundy:

Immigration New Zealand is to work with Canterbury-based irrigation companies to get more specialist workers into the country to fix storm- damaged irrigators.

Last week, Irrigation New Zealand said the wind storms which ravaged the region had caused ”unprecedented” damage to more than 800 irrigators.

Irrigation NZ chief executive Andrew Curtis said machinery from South to North Canterbury had been damaged by high winds but the bulk of the damage was to machinery around Ashburton, Selwyn and Waimakariri.

”It’s very, very serious,” Mr Curtis said. . .

Tagging technology tackles possums:

Kiwi ingenuity combined with forensic science techniques has produced a method of identifying individual possums that has the potential to also be used in the fields of environmental and human science.

Dr James Ross  from the Centre of Wildlife Management and Conservation at Lincoln University is using a locally-developed, activity interference device (WaxTag®) baited with attractant substances to identify individual brushtail possums biting the tags.

In the absence of an efficient and cost-effective alternative to estimating the abundance of possums after control methods have been applied, the residual trap-catch index (RTCI) remains the monitoring standard at present. However, RTCI is not sensitive in locating survivors when the population is at very low densities and it is costly because traps need to be checked daily. . .

New scholarship helps students and industry alike:

Lincoln University PhD students Laura Buckthought and Travis Ryan-Salter have been awarded $10,000 each as the first recipients of the new Alexanders Agribusiness Scholarship.

The generous scholarship is exclusive to Lincoln University and awarded on behalf of Alexanders Chartered Accountants who created the scholarship with the aim of helping committed, high calibre postgraduate students undertaking research in the primary sector.

The company Directors did consider opening the scholarship up to students from other universities, but chose to make it exclusive to Lincoln on account of the University’s focus on the land-based industries relative to New Zealand’s key commercial interests. . .

Video sensation Peterson Farm Brothers at the Farm Science Review – we’re just Kansas farm kids – Susan Crowell:

LONDON, Ohio — They’re just typical farm kids.

They’d rather run the combine than the truck during wheat harvest, and they love to run their six-row Kemper chopper they call the Beast Machine. Their first chore was throwing flakes of hay bales to the cattle on their feedlot, and they remember when their dad let them drive the tractor in first gear, inching down the feedbunk while he tossed feed to the cows — “I know it was before I was even in school!”. Their idea of dressing up is something other than an old T-shirt with the sleeves cut off. They hate going out in freezing weather to break up the ice on the waterers for the cows, or cleaning up the outdoor feed bunk after it rains. They post pictures of newly cut alfalfa or eartags on Facebook. . .



6/10 in NBR’s Biz Quiz.

What housing crisis?


While would-be home owners in some parts of Auckland and most of Christchurch are worried about housing prices, here’s what you can get for an asking price of $468,000 in Oamaru:


This substantial, quality character home perched overlooking the picturesque Oamaru historic precinct, ocean and coast, retains it’s many fantastic original features: magnificent rimu and embossed ceilings; polished floors throughout; 3 large bay windows; abundant leadlights; wooden balustrade staircase; 3 tiled fireplaces and a stunning wetback iron/copper coal range – all working; high ceilings; arches – genuine character abounds.

A formal living room, large dining, family room (or 4th bedrm/study/library) with storeroom, large single and 2 dble bedrooms – the master receives the sunrise sea vista and opens into a sunroom, stepping out to the tiled balcony commanding a glorious panorama of the coast over stone steeples and facades of Oamarus’ heritage township. Built in wardrobes and plenty of storage throughout. 2 toilets, shower, shower over clawfoot bath.

The original enclosed veranda has been converted to a modern kitchen – facing views and sun, with a recent addition of a laundry and 2nd bathroom. Step out onto a large sheltered, sun drenched patio/terrace complete with ‘garden house’ nook to enjoy the trees and sea view.

The 1012m2 section boasts heritage roses, a charming private back garden rambling amidst fruit trees, garden shed, vegetable plots, rich soil, hedges and abundant vegetation, while the more formal front yard is flanked by not one but two Oamaru stone garages.

A few minutes walk will take you to Oamarus’ amazing Victorian precinct, Botanic gardens, marina, supermarkets or enviable MainStreet amenities and attractions.

New Daikin heat pump and alarm system, Sky dish. House size approximately 240m2
‘Coll Croft’ 24 Wansbeck Street, South Hill, Oamaru.
A truly amazing opportunity.

Oamaru offers fantastic lifestyle appeal and incredible value, being recently voted NZ’s ‘sharpest’ town! Find out more http://www.visitoamaru.co.nz.

That’s still a lot of money, but there are other more affordable options such as this one with an asking price of $189,000:

• Open plan kitchen/dining
• 3 double bedrooms
• Sep. lounge & study
• Single garage & workshop
• 1012m2 section with offstreet parking
• Sunny South Hill location

A spacious section with options: plants & pets, a playground or parking all those vehicles. . .

In between those is this brand new house with an asking price of $385,000:

We don’t have a housing crisis, we have a supply problem in a very few areas.



I like the idea that good deeds aren’t boomerangs which you should expect to return but batons you pass on.

However, I also believe you reap what you sow and this illustrates how kindness is returned by kindness.

Agribusiness & food degree to fill gap in industry


Lincoln University is proposing a new Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing degree which will target people looking for careers further along the food chain in processing, marketing and retail.

While agriculture and food have been at the core of that specialisation for more than a century, heightened awareness of global food supply and quality opportunities has led the university to refocus its agribusiness and food education and associated research programmes.

“This new degree will look at food innovation, the science around processing and technology, and production systems,” Lincoln University senior lecturer in agribusiness management Nic Lees said.

“It will also include marketing and agribusiness management, so people come out with an understanding of the technical food aspects and issues, as well as food marketing and management skills.”

While Lincoln traditionally had strengths in its three Bachelor of Agriculture Science, Commerce (Agriculture), and Food Science courses, all of which had grown rapidly in recent years, the opportunity to offer a degree specifically focused to the agri-food industry outside the specific farm roles had been realised, he said.

“These traditional courses prepare people for farm management, rural financial, and technical roles, either directly onfarm or farm facing but a big chunk of agri-food business is not covered.”

The new degree would target students looking to enter the agribusiness sector but not necessarily wanting to work on a farm or own a farm, Lees said.

“We need to make these agri-food business careers more accessible for students. We (Lincoln) are very good at the production side but we need people who also understand the business and marketing of that.” . . .

This is a very good idea.

We’re very good at primary production and processing, we’re not as good as we need to be at adding value further along the food chain and marketing.

There is a gap in the qualification market which this degree could fill to the benefit of students, the university, producers, processors and the economy.


Welfare needs health warning


Quote of the week:

Welfare benefits should carry a warning label: “Danger: Taking a benefit may endanger your children.”

That’s because benefit-supported children are six times more likely to be abused or neglected. They are 14 times more likely to be known to Youth Justice. And the longer the time on a benefit, the worse it gets.

Children in households benefit-dependent for nine or more years are 13 times more likely to be abused. And 29 times more likely to be known to Youth Justice.

These are government statistics. They are derived from the Ministry of Social Development’s cohort study titled Children’s Contact with MSD Services. Rodney Hide.

Lindsay Mitchell has also written of the problem:

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has released statistical information that details the overlap between children’s contact with the benefit system, and care and protection or youth justice services.

Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell is welcoming this overdue research. “The last time MSD conducted a similar exercise was 1996 so an update was well overdue. This time the Ministry has followed the 1993 birth cohort to age 17 to explore levels of contact.

Unfortunately, the data is presented in a way that downplays the risks. The benefit cohort is only ever compared to the overall cohort as opposed to the non-benefit  cohort. This produces a finding  that the benefit cohort had a likelihood of contact with CYF that was,  ‘1.5 times that for the overall cohort.’  However, if the non-benefit cohort was the comparison group, the likelihood would rise to 3.4 times.

When MSD examines children on a benefit for 9 or more years who have experienced a substantiated finding of abuse or neglect, they describe the risk as only three times greater than the total population cohort. Again, if this benefit cohort was compared to the non benefit group the increased likelihood rises to nearly 13 times greater.” . . .

Benefits have their place as a safety net for people in temporary need and the few who will never be able to look after themselves.

But welfare can become a trap for people who could, with help, be independent and it’s not just them but their children who are worse off because of that.

A compassionate government isn’t one which fosters dependence, it’s one which helps people from welfare to work, for their sakes and their children’s sakes.

We’re leaning


Emirates Team NZ 8 – Oracle 3.

We’re leaning, we’re blowing, we’re wishing, we’re hoping. . .

Sunday soapbox


Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.

Love Quotes and Sayings

September 22 in history


66  Emperor Nero created the Legion I Italica.

1236 The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeated the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saule.

1499 Treaty of Basel: Switzerland became an independent state.

1515 Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII, was born (d. 1557).

1586  Battle of Zutphen: Spanish victory over English and Dutch.

1598 Ben Jonson was indicted for manslaughter.

1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft in the United States.

1761  George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of the Great Britain.

1784  Russia established a colony at Kodiak, Alaska.

1789 Battle of Rymnik established Alexander Suvorov as a pre-eminent Russian military commander after his allied army defeat superior Ottoman Empire forces.

1862  Slavery in the United States: a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation was released.

1866 Battle of Curupaity in the War of the Triple Alliance.

1869 Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.

1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist, was born (d. 1958).

1885 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1951).

1885  Lord Randolph Churchill made a speech in Ulster in opposition to Home Rule e.g. “Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right”.

1888 The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published.

1893  The first American-made car, built by the Duryea Brothers, was displayed.

1896  Queen Victoria surpassed her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

1906 At a meeting held in Wellington, Marianne Tasker attempted to establish a domestic workers’ union. Central to their demands was the call for a 68-hour working week.

Domestic workers call for 68-hour week

1908 The independence of Bulgaria was proclaimed.

1910  The Duke of York’s Picture House opened in Brighton, now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain.

1915 Arthur Lowe, British actor, was born (d. 1982).

1919 The steel strike of 1919, led by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, began in Pennsylvania.

1924 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist, was born.

1927 Jack Dempsey lost the “Long Count” boxing match to Gene Tunney.

1931 – United Party Prime Minister Forbes informed an inter-party conference that a coalition government was needed to ‘share the responsibility’ of dealing with the Depression.

1934  An explosion at Gresford Colliery in Wales, lead to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers.

1937  Spanish Civil War: Peña Blanca was taken; the end of the Battle of El Mazuco.

1939  Joint victory parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest-Litovsk at the end of the Invasion of Poland.

1941  World War II: On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murdered 6,000 Jews in Vinnytsya, Ukraine.

1951  The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, was televised on NBC.

1955 The British television channel ITV went live for the first time.

1958 Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor, was born.

1960 The Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali after the withdrawal of Senegal from the Mali Federation.

1965 The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 (also known as the Second Kashmir War) ended after the UN called for a cease-fire.

1970  Tunku Abdul Rahman resigned as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

1971 Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, was born.

1975 Sara Jane Moore tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but was foiled by Oliver Sipple.

1979 The Vela Incident (also known as the South Atlantic Flash) was observed near Bouvet Island, thought to be a nuclear weapons test.

1980  Iraq invaded Iran.

1985 The Plaza Accord was signed in New York City.

1991 The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library.

1993 A barge struck a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama, causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history. 47 passengers were killed.

1993  A Transair Georgian Airlines Tu-154 was shot down by a missile in Sukhumi, Georgia.

1995 An E-3B AWACS crashed outside Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska after multiple bird strikes to two of the four engines soon after takeoff; all 24 on board were killed.

1995 Nagerkovil school bombing, carried out by Sri Lankan Air Force in which at least 34 died, most of them ethnic Tamil school children.

2003  David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.

2011 – CERN scientists announced their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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