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The ODT reports Gary Kircher has been elected mayor of the Waitaki District, beating nearest rival Jim Hopkins by about 400 votes.
Eric Spittal polled 1024 votes, while David Wilson received 696 votes, Greg Smith 485, Helen Stead 404 and Fliss Butcher 144.
Jim Hopkins (3309 votes), Hugh Perkins (3159), Melanie Tavendale (2996), Sally Hope (2932), Peter Garvan (2721) and Colin Wollstein (2648) will represent the Oamaru ward, while Kathy Dennison (583) won the right to represent the Waihemo ward.
William Kingan (906) and Sharyn Price (572) will represent the Corriedale ward.
The voter return rate was 55.43%.
This means long-serving councillor Helen Stead who also stood for mayor missed out on a seat on the council too.
BuzzFeed shows the 29 stages of a Twitterstorm.
My conclusion: this is a really good argument for reading a book or gardening.
Living up to our global responsibilities – Bruce Wills:
Not to give you the wrong impression, but I am writing this column from Geneva, where I have co-presented the World Farmers Organisation’s trade policy to the World Trade Organisation. I am back in Europe thanks to the WTO but it has helped to advance New Zealand’s agricultural diplomacy.
As a trading nation, we absolutely depend on trade in a world that is utterly dependent upon food. There are some things which keep me awake at night. Adverse weather events and biosecuirty being chief among them but there is a third which increasingly gnaws at me. That is a perfect storm of food production not keeping pace with a world population expected to hit 9.3 billion stomachs in the year 2050; an amazing 2.3 billion more than today.
Henk-Jen Brinkman, of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, called food insecurity “a threat multiplier”. . .
Angus farmers see grass is greener – Tim Cronshaw:
New Zealand’s grass-based feeding system for cattle was the main talking point of 110 international visitors at Te Mania Angus, during one of the first stops of a South Island tour, before the World Angus Forum in Rotorua next week.
Overseas visitors were treated to a wide selection of angus heifers with calves, mature calving cows, yearling bulls and herd sires, at the breeding operation at Conway Flats, south of Kaikoura.
They were also impressed by food prepared by celebrity chef Al Brown for their Monday visit at one of the largest angus breeding operations in New Zealand, and its setting next to the sea, with a snow-topped mountain backdrop. . . .
Milk powder scare will cause long term disruption – Alan Barber:
It may be a statement of the obvious, but the effects of Fonterra’s botulism scare will last much longer than originally hoped or imagined. Its impact on New Zealand’s international trade reputation gives the impression of being more disastrous than an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, always assumed to be the biggest disaster that could possibly happen.
Economically there is no comparison between the two, because the botulism that wasn’t has initially done no more than cause infant formula manufacturers a loss of business. There has been no apparent impact on dairy payouts or even global auction prices. Fonterra appears to be pretending the whole saga wasn’t even its fault, if its reaction to Danone’s damages claim is any guide. . .
Sainsbury’s evaluating merits of docking – Alan Williams:
Big United Kingdom supermarket chain Sainsbury’s will be guided by the science on issues it is working on with leading lamb supplier Alliance Group.
These are the docking of lambs’ tails and the use of high-sugar grasses as a livestock feed in New Zealand.
Animal welfare and sustainable production were key parts of Sainsbury’s strategic vision and its work with Alliance was part of the process to have matching values between the main UK lamb supply group and NZ suppliers, the chain’s agriculture manager Philip Hambling said.
The first year of a three-year tail-docking research programme, reported in The New Zealand Farmers Weekly, has been completed.
It produced interesting findings but it was too early to draw conclusions, Hambling said. . .
Gisborne forest boom predicted – Pam Graham:
The harvesting of forests in the Gisborne-Tairawhiti region on the East Coast will create 630 jobs by 2020, potentially reducing drug abuse and crime in the region, according to a report.
A study by Waikato University for the Eastland Wood Council says that by 2020 up to 10 percent of the population of Gisborne will be involved in, or derive a living from forestry.
Salaries and wages to Gisborne residents are likely to increase to $151 million a year in that period.
The number of people receiving welfare benefits will go down, schools will benefit from having parents employed and there may be less drug abuse and crime. . .
Weather helping croppers – Murray Robertson:
THE weather has been helping the district’s croppers in the past week to catch up with their planting programmes after heavy rain last month.
This is a crucial time for every crop and cropper in the district.
Leaderbrand general manager Richard Burke said they had everything they needed at this time.
“Things are pretty good really. . .
Awards offer chance to put spotlight on sustainability – Sue O’Dowd:
There’s no time like the present to enter the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, says national judging co-ordinator Jamie Strang.
Earlier this week the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust (NZFET) confirmed eight entries had been received for the Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
The prestigious awards, which are held in 12 regions, are being staged in the province for the first time.
While some farmers said they wanted to delay entering the competition because they thought their farm wasn’t quite ready, often they’d say the same thing in following years, Strang said.
Many farmers did not like being in the spotlight, but entering the awards offered many benefits. . .
The first of this season’s New Zealand avocados have started hitting the supermarket shelves in Japan this week in a buoyant start to export sales there, and opening prices in Australia are at their best.
Rival Mexican supply is lower, which has allowed Avanza, the international export brand channel for AVOCO, to start early season negotiations in Japan at significantly improved market prices. While this is partly offset by an unfavourable exchange rate it still reflects a significant improvement in grower OGR (orchard gate returns).
At the same time, interest in New Zealand avocados is proving to be strong in developing markets such as Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia and there are encouraging signs that Avanza sales will resume in Hong Kong after a two-year absence. . .
A referendum in Hamilton has returned a sizeable majority in favour of adding fluoride to the city’s water.
In June this year, eight Hamilton City councillors took a vote on fluoride in the public water supply and voted to remove it – seven to one – despite opposition from the Ministry of Health. Four councillors did not vote.
Today, 70 percent of Hamilton voters (23,000) said they wanted their water fluoridated, while 10,000 voted against it. . .
A media release from the Waikato District Health Board says:
Community water fluoridation has been a hotly contested issue since the city council removed fluoride earlier this year. It was added, at the rate of about one spoonful of fluoride per full bathtub of water, for 47 years with the only health effect being less tooth decay.
Since then, Waikato and national health professionals have weighed in to protect the science of water fluoridation as the most important public health measure New Zealand has seen, providing baseline protection against dental cavities for all who drink and cook their food in fluoridated water.
“The positive result is absolutely what we would have expected being that the decision to remove fluoride was lobbied by an active minority rather than the average ratepayer going about their business,” said Waikato District Health Board chief executive Craig Climo.
“It hasn’t come as a surprise. It was only in 2006 that Hamilton overwhelmingly voted to retain fluoride in the water after it was brought to referendum then as well.”
Hamilton City Council held a tribunal earlier this year, resulting in city councillors voting 7-1 to remove fluoride, although four councillors, who were also on the Waikato DHB board, did not vote.
Mr Climo said it was disappointing that the issue came to tribunal in the first place and that the DHB had to spend so much time and effort on the referendum when there are other major challenges in health. The DHB spent $47,000 on its pro fluoride campaign, $8000 of that on billboards and banners.
Waikato DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Felicity Dumble (pictured adding a teaspoon of fluoride to a bathtub of water) has been involved in the last two community water fluoridation referenda in Hamilton and says the non-binding nature means it’s not yet over.
I’m obviously pleased with the results, but the important thing is that the new council listen to the opinion of their community,” she said.
“And ultimately use these results, and those from 2006, as an example as to why it’s not a good idea to use tribunals which grossly over represent the position of small interest groups, when it comes to making public health decisions for the whole city.” . . .
This looks like a win for science over emotion.
Although, some who oppose adding fluoride do so not through any problems with fluoride itself.
Some accept its benefits but don’t think everyone should have to have it when there are alternatives ways for those who need it to get it.
Lianne Dalziel has been confirmed as mayor of Christchurch with 70% of the vote.
Long-serving Labour MP Lianne Dalziel has a new job as mayor of Christchurch after securing around 50,000 votes more than her nearest rival.
In what many regarded as a foregone conclusion Dalziel convincingly won Christchurch’s mayoraty race with around 70,000 votes, preliminary results show.
Her closest rival, Christchurch businessman Paul Lonsdale, got around 22,000 votes. . .
Early results show that Auckland mayor Len Brown will be returned.
. . . A spokesman from Auckland Council confirmed the “progress result” had counted 148,944 votes in favour of Mr Brown.
His closest competitor, John Palino, had earned 98,930 votes. . . .
I will update this post as results come in and welcome your updates in the comments.
Former Northland MP John Carter has won the Far North mayoralty from Wayne Brown.
Mr Carter resigned as New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands in July to return to his home in the Far North and contest the mayoralty.
Defeated mayor Wayne Brown, who has served two terms, said he had phoned Mr Carter to offer his congratulations. He said he was sure the former MP would do his best for the Far North – and he is only a phone call away if the new mayor wants any support. . .
Former councillor Sheryl Mai is the new Whanagrai mayor.
. . . Ms Mai won 4897 votes in the preliminary count, more than 1100 ahead of her nearest rival, councillor Greg Martin. . .
Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker has won a second term, beating her nearest rival, Ewan Wilson, by 2770 votes.
Napier has a new mayor – Bill Dalton who gained more than double the votes of this nearest rival, Roy Sye.
Rachel Reese has made history by becoming Nelson’s first woman mayor, taking the mayoralty by almost 1500 votes from Aldo Miccio.
Gary Kircher has won the Waitaki District mayoralty. His biggest rival Jim Hopkins also stood for the council and topped the poll in the Oamaru ward.
Tim Shadbolt has been returned as mayor of Invercargill.
With six terms as mayor, and two previous terms in control at Waitemata City, Shadbolt is the longest-serving mayor in office in the country.. . .
Richard Kempthorne has been returned for a third term as Tasman District Mayor.
Ross Paterson is Mayor of the Western Bay of Plenty again.
Radio NZ reports:
Matamata-Piako District new mayor is Jan Barnes.
Mayor of South Waikato District Neil Sinclair has been returned to office.
Max Baxter is the new Mayor of Otorohanga District.
Brian Hanna is back as mayor of Waitomo District Council.
Jim Mylchreest replaces Alan Livingston who retired after many years as mayor of Waipa District Council.
Mayor of Hauraki District John Tregidga has been returned for a fourth term.
In Rotorua, former MP Steve Chadwick will take over from three-term mayor Kevin Winters with more than 98 percent of votes counted.
Queenstown Lakes District incumbent Vanessa van Uden has been re-elected as mayor, beating hopeful Al Angus, of Glenorchy, by more than 4500 votes.
It was a two-horse race for Central Otago’s mayoralty, and preliminary results show Mr Lepper garnered 4416 votes, while Lynley Claridge drew 2521.
Tauranga’s Stuart Crosby looks set to return as mayor.
Ross Paterson is mayor of the Western Bay of Plenty again.
Mark Boyle has received 3672 votes while Don Thwaites got 2275.
Tony Bonne has been elected mayor of the Whakatane district.
Opotiki voted in John Forbes as mayor of the district council.
Don Cameron is Ruapehu District’s new mayor.
Dave Cull has been returned as mayor of Dunedin.
TV3 has a list of mayors elected from north to south.
Those not already accounted for above are:
GISBORNE: Meng Foon
HASTINGS: Lawrence Yule
A minister went to his church office one morning and discovered a dead mule in the church yard. He called the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the minister to the health department.
They said since there was no health threat that he should call the sanitation department. The manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorisation from the mayor.
The minister wasn’t keen to call the mayor who had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the minister called him anyway.
The mayor reacted true to form. He immediately began to rant and rave at the minister and finally said, “Why did you call me any way? Isn’t it your job to bury the dead?”
The minister paused for a brief prayer to seek divine guidance to direct his response. Then, he replied “Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to consult the next of kin first.”
Statistics NZ has analysed dairy exports and found they’ve increased in both volume and price in the 20 years from 1992.
Compared with 20 years ago, the volume of dairy exports is four times as high while prices are 15 percent higher. Figure 1 shows this movement over time.
Dairy export prices rose rapidly between 1999 and 2001 (up 45 percent) but fell again in 2002 and 2003.
Dairy prices also showed a rapid increase in 2008, reflecting price spikes from a significant drought in the summer of 2007/08 and depreciation of the New Zealand dollar. The increase was also impacted by global dairy prices. These prices rose due to higher production costs, increased demand from emerging undeveloped markets, and natural disasters in some major dairy exporting countries.
Dairy prices rose almost 50 percent between 2007 and 2008. This increase in prices coincided with a fall in the volume of dairy exports (down 17 percent).
There has been a major change in markets:
The number of cows has increased, but the volume of milk has grown more:
In 2012, we had 6.4 million dairy cattle, compared with 3.5 million in 1992. However, that increase is much smaller than the increase in dairy product volumes. Therefore, dairy farming has become more productive.
The increase in dairy cows has had an impact on sheep and beef cattle:
As dairy farming has become more profitable since the 1980s, relative to other land uses, dairy has displaced sheep and beef farming. The number of sheep fell to 31 million in 2012, from 53 million in 1992. There were 3.7 million beef cattle in 2012, compared with 4.7 million in 1992.
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Peter Wilson looks at David Cunliffe’s search for missing voters and concludes:
. . . Details like that will probably be overlooked when Cunliffe wraps all his promises together into an election manifesto.
Alongside his worker-friendly policies will be cheaper electricity for everyone achieved through industry restructuring and 100,000 affordable houses built by the government for first home buyers who will, by then, be exempt from the Reserve Bank’s lending restrictions.
Cunliffe is painting a big picture. What he has to do is make sure 800,000 people look at it.
It’s fine for Cunliffe to paint a big picture but journalists are supposed to paint a balanced one and an accurate one.
Labour is promising lower power prices but it’s debatable whether its plan will achieve that, especially when the cost of its ETS is factored in.
There are also questions over its housing policy.
The party is promising 100,000 affordable houses but that doesn’t mean there will be that many built.
The difference doesn’t matter to politicians who generally speak of promises as if they’re not just proposals but fully achievable plans.
Voters might overlook details and politicians might gloss over them but journalists shouldn’t and they should be careful not to give the wrong picture by parroting promises as if they’re certainties.
Immigration NZ’s fast-tracking visas for overseas specialists to repair the 800 irrigators damaged by wind in Canterbury is boosting efforts to get irrigation underway.
“It’s great to see the help that’s gone into getting irrigators back on track” says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis. “The fast-tracked Visas are good news for those desperately awaiting repairs. However we’re very aware that even with overseas assistance, the picture is grim for farmers whose irrigators require complicated rebuilds. Some won’t see irrigation before Christmas which could reduce milk production, threaten crop viability and put pressure on stock food supplies.”
It also causes problems with getting rid of effluent which is usually sprayed on pastures with irrigators.
Ashburton’s Rainer Irrigation welcomed four centre pivot technicians from South Africa this week.
Assistant Manager Lucas Cawte says the sheer workload generated by the wind’s severity far exceeded the company’s resources for a quick turnaround and overseas staff will significantly reduce downtime for farmers.
“We’ve brought these guys in from South Africa to focus on pivots as these sustained the most damage and that’s where the pressure point will be. It was pretty short notice for Visas but IrrigationNZ spoke with Immigration and forwarded contacts and it was a straightforward process. The turnaround was about 24 hours and our guys are now here. That’s unheard of.”
Rainer Irrigation has already fixed ¼ of the irrigators on its books but Mr Cawte says those repair jobs don’t represent the scale of damage they have seen.
“We’ve focused on the ones with minimal damage using stock we had. But the next phase will be heavy repairs and we’re still waiting on parts. One container has arrived from Australia where we cleared out their stock and another container is due shortly from the US. Our suppliers have really come to the party as we originally thought it would take six to eight weeks to get parts.”
Mr Cawte says farmers had been very understanding as they knew the scale of repairs the industry was facing.
“Many are helping where they can by providing us with telelifters and other machinery and throwing their own manpower at the job. But it is early days still.”
Immigration New Zealand’s Assistant Area Manager Christchurch, Steve Jones, says the department was happy to work with IrrigationNZ to expedite the application process for offshore irrigation crew.
An Immigration Manager from the Christchurch branch was provided as a dedicated point of contact. The manager was able to advise on the type of applications for offshore staff and where they should be lodged. Having one point of contact for IrrigationNZ and the various irrigation companies had proved very effective, says Mr Jones.
“We consider requests for urgent processing on a case by case basis and, where there are compelling reasons, we will prioritise the processing of applications lodged. This was clearly a situation where time was of the essence and we agreed to prioritise applications accordingly,” says Mr Jones.
Immigration NZ’s acknowledgement of the urgency is appreciated but even with more specialists from overseas the scale of the work needed means it will be at least a couple of months before all irrigators are repaired.
Some farmers will decided the production lost justifies the expense of replacement equipment rather than repairs.
Saturday’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.
539 BC – The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia took Babylon.
1216 King John of England lost his crown jewels in The Wash.
1279 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon.
1398 The Treaty of Salynas was signed between Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great and the Teutonic Knights, who received Samogitia.
1492 Christopher Columbus‘s expedition landed on The Bahamas. The explorer believed he has reached South Asia.
1654 The Delft Explosion devastated the city, killing more than 100 people.
1692 The Salem Witch Trials were ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
1773 America’s first insane asylum opened for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia
1792 First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
1793 The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, was laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
1810 First Oktoberfest: Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
1822 Pedro I of Brazil was proclaimed the emperor of the Brazil.
1823 Charles Macintosh, of Scotland, sold the first raincoat.
1866 Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,was born (d. 1937).
1871 Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) enacted by British rule in India, which named over 160 local communities ‘Criminal Tribes’, i.e. hereditary criminals.
1872 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer, was born (d. 1958).
1891 – Edith Stein, German nun, philosopher, and saint was born (d. 1942).
1892 The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.
18893 – Velvalee Dickinson, American spy was born (d. 1980).
1901 President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the “Executive Mansion” the White House.
1915 World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium.
1917 World War I: The First Battle of Passchendaele resulted in the largest single day loss of life in New Zealand history.
1918 The arrival of the Niagra was blamed for introducing a deadly new influenza to New Zealand.
1918 A massive forest fire killed 453 people in Minnesota.
1920 – Christopher Soames, Baron Soames, English politician, Governor of Southern Rhodesia was born (d. 1987).
1921 – Logie Bruce Lockhart, Scottish rugby player and journalist was born.
1928 An iron lung respirator was used for the first time at Children’s Hospital, Boston.
1933 The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, was acquired by the United States Department of Justice.
1935 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor, was born (d. 2007).
1942 Melvin Franklin, American singer (The Temptations), was born (d. 1995).
1942 World War II: Japanese ships retreated after their defeat in the Battle of Cape Esperance with the Japanese commander, Aritomo Gotō dying from wounds suffered in the battle and two Japanese destroyers sunk by Allied air attack.
1945 World War II: Desmond Doss was the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.
1948 Rick Parfitt, British musician (Status Quo), was born.
1953 “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” opened at Plymouth Theatre, New York.
1960 Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounded his shoe on a desk at United Nationa General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippine assertion of Soviet Union colonial policy being conducted in Eastern Europe.
1962 Columbus Day Storm struck the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages.
1964 The Soviet Union launched the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits.
1968 – Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and producer, was born.
1968 Equatorial Guinea became independent from Spain.
1976 China announced that Hua Guofeng was the successor to the late Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party of China.
1979 The first in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published.
1979 The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
1983 Japan’s former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei was found guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Lockheed and was sentenced to 4 years in jail.
1984 Brighton hotel bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempted to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. Thatcher escaped but the bomb kills five people and wounded 31.
1988 Jaffna University Helidrop: Commandos of Indian Peace Keeping Force raided the Jaffna University campus to capture the LTTE chief and walked into a trap.
1988 Two officers of the Victoria Police were gunned down executional style in the Walsh Street police shootings.
1991 Askar Akayev, previously chosen President of Kyrgyzstan by republic’s Supreme Soviet was confirmed president in an uncontested poll.
1997 Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock.
1999 – The Day of Six Billion: The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born.
2000 The USS Cole was badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
2002 Terrorists detonated bombs in Paddy’s Pub and the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.
2005 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia