Sophrosyne – temperance, moderation; soundness of mind; discretion; prudence.; a healthy state of mind characterised by self-control, moderation and a deep awareness of one’s true self resulting in true happiness.
Kate entered parliament as a list MP and won the Waimakariri electorate in 2011.
She was Minister of Labour and Conservation until earlier this year.
“It has been a fantastic privilege to have been both an MP and a Cabinet Minister in the John Key-led Government,” Kate Wilkinson said.
“It has been humbling and satisfying being able to help constituents in the area – especially following the Canterbury earthquake events, when we all learnt so much as a region and as a country.
“One of the most satisfying achievements was obtaining funding for the North Canterbury Health Hub and I certainly want to see that through.
“I first stood as the National Party candidate for Waimakariri in 2005, taking Waimakariri from being a Labour stronghold to ultimately becoming a National seat. Winning the electorate vote in the 2011 election was an absolute thrill.
“I had in mind in 2005 that I would stand for election for three terms. I feel that it is now time to consider fresh challenges and opportunities. I will remain focused on working for the people of Waimakariri until the election and look forward to supporting National’s new candidate.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Waimakariri for their ongoing support and for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of so many exciting projects which have assisted in making Waimakariri such a special place.”
Katrina has been in the unenviable position of standing in Ohariu but not seriously contesting the list vote in order to help Peter Dunne hold the seat.
“It has been an incredible privilege to serve in the John Key-led Government,” Katrina Shanks said.
“New Zealand now has one of the strongest economies in the world, an education system which focuses on every child, a healthcare system which is responsive to patients’ needs in a timely manner, and most importantly considers families to be the cornerstone of this great country.
“Working as an MP it has been an honour to be able to meet so many great New Zealanders, especially those who give to our communities through their volunteer work and make a real difference to so many people’s lives.
“I came into Parliament wanting to put the spotlight back on families and highlight the important role which they play in our society today. The work I have performed both in my select committee roles and policy development has allowed me to contribute greatly in this area.
“Working across three Wellington electorates has meant that I have made many friends and been supported by many people. I thank these people for their support of the work that I have undertaken.
“I have decided that now is the right time to leave my career in politics, and look to spend more time being closer to my young family. I look forward to taking up new challenges outside of Parliament.”
These announcements follow similar ones from Chris Tremain, Chris Auckinvole, Paul Hutchison, Cam Calder and Phil Heatley, and Bill English’s decision to seek a list spot rather than contesting the Clutha Southland seat.
National lost a lot of MPs in 2002 but had big intakes in 2005 and 2008 as well as some new MPs in 2011 and two since then.
This is providing good opportunities for renewal which is healthy and will enable National to campaign with a lot of fresh faces.
DairyNZ is boosting dairy farmers’ investment in the environmental area by 61 percent in this financial year, from $6.7 million to $11 million as part of its efforts to meet its commitments under the new Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord and the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management.
DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle, says the environmental portfolio is helping farmers boost profits while lowering their environmental impact, supporting farmer-led waterway improvement projects and investing in nutrient management research and resources. “It also supports our industry’s new dairy farming strategy and our objective to have proactive environmental stewardship.
“Biosecurity is also a big investment at $16 million but even this funding has environmental benefits as we are the largest non-government funder of the TBfree programme that focuses a lot on possum control with clear biodiversity benefits,” he says. . .
Landcorp focus will stay at home – Alan Williams:
Landcorp is getting approaches to develop and manage farms overseas but is busy enough in New Zealand.
The magnitude of its work in NZ and the opportunities ahead made expansion offshore unlikely, new chief executive Steven Carden said.
Three months into his posting at the State-owned farmer, he is working through a strategy review with the board, taking stock of where they are and the opportunities ahead. . .
Finding innovative ways to utilise waste, a greater focus on consumer driven research, and increased Government investment are just some of the challenges facing the food industry in New Zealand according to Lincoln University’s Professor of Food Science, Charles Brennan .
Professor Brennan was speaking as part of the Foods for Now and the Future Forum held at Lincoln University last week. The forum was arranged by the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology.
On the subject of wastage in food production and consumption he noted that some 50% of packaged salad greens and 40% of bread and cereals may be discarded in some countries around the world. However, utilising smarter production methods and taking a more innovative approach when it comes to wastage could mean up to one billion people could be fed worldwide. . .
Fonterra has today further strengthened its position in the Australian dairy industry by acquiring the assets of Tasmanian yoghurt business, Tamar Valley Dairy.
Under the agreement, Fonterra will acquire the processing equipment, the related services, and intellectual property and trademark for the Tamar Valley Dairy brand. The acquisition is effective towards the end of November (subject to completion of the sale), with the exact date to be confirmed.
“Fonterra is a long-standing partner of Tamar Valley Dairy, and has supported and worked closely with the administrators of the family-owned business during what has recently been a difficult period for the Tasmanian business and its founders,” said Judith Swales, Managing Director, Fonterra Australia. . .
A second huge Australian cattle operation has had trouble selling, with the North Australian Pastoral Company being withdrawn from the market, amid tough industry conditions and a growing debate over land ownership.
North Australian Pastoral Company’s ruling Foster family has taken down the for sale sign after six months of marketing the 58,000-square kilometre (14.3m acre) property – an area nearly twice the size of Belgium and nearly as big as the US state of West Virginia – failed to attract an “acceptable proposal”.
Besides the Foster family’s 61% stake in Napco, a 34% stake held by London-listed plantations group MP Evans was also up for sale. . .
Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Trust) has appointed three new directors to the board of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited.
Mr Anthony Hannon, a merchant banker with extensive experience in tax consulting, private equity and asset management, and Ms Liz Ward (Ngāti Porou), a former Chief Executive of Deep Cove Fisheries and Wellington’s CentrePort, have been appointed for a term of three-years. Mr Alan Gourdie, an Auckland-based consultant with international management and marketing experience as a chief executive and director, has been appointed for a two-year term from 1 November. . .
Three nominations have been received for the two positions on the Silver Fern Farms’ Board of Directors.
Eoin Garden and David Shaw retire by rotation at the Company’s 2013 Annual Meeting which is to be held in Dunedin on 18 December 2013.
Eoin Garden has advised he will not be standing for re-election and will therefore retire at the Annual Meeting. David Shaw has advised that he will stand for re-election.
The candidates for election are:
Richard Young . . .
When Chorus launched it’s competition to find New Zealand’s #gigatown, Oamaru lept to the top of the points table, and it’s stayed there.
How is it doing it?
The Chorus Gigatown campaign is only 9 days old, and yet Oamaru, a town of just 12,000 people with a reputation among New Zealanders as being where “nana lives” has turned out to be a social media barnstormer, producing over 110,000 votes to date, more than 25% of the total number of votes cast so far.
What can possibly account for this success? Well, Oamaru has proven before that when it comes to matters of civic pride, we are second to none. This was amply demonstrated when it came time to vote for New Zealand’s “sharpest town” a few months ago, which Oamaru won handily, mobilising our townspeople and our friends all over the world to vote for us (and then, too, we had more votes than the other five contenders combined).
Another reason for Oamaru’s success is that we are actually a lot more clued-in to social media and the ways of the modern world than our reputation as New Zealand’s “Victorian Town” would suggest. That’s one reason why the NZ government chose Oamaru as one of the two pilot towns to trial online census forms, rather than the traditional mail-in forms, and we wowed them with higher-than expected submission rates.
The campaign has gripped not just the town but the wider district, ex-Oamaruvians living elsewhere and our friends and relations all over the country, and the world as well.
But the competition is only 10 days old.
There’s 50 and a bit weeks to go yet and we welcome more support:
But we can use all the help from our friends around the world to help make Gigatown a reality for us (if you don’t know what’s at stake, one town in New Zealand will be chosen to be wired to the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest internet connection, turning it overnight into a magnet for high-tech investment and into an instant cutting-edge technology hub for the entire region). If you would like to help, here’s what you can do:
1. Go to the Chorus NZ Gigatown website (www.gigatown.co.nz) and click on “Join Up”, where you can register with either your Facebook or Google+ account. Then it will ask you to select the town you support. Please choose Oamaru, since doing so gives us 10 more points just like that!
2. Go to the Oamaru Gigatown Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Gigatown.Oamaru) and post on there, or comment on other posts, but always adding either #gigatownoam or #gigatownoamaru (but not both!) to your comments. It’s important that there be other meaningful text besides that tag, too, since otherwise it may appear to the Chorus watchdogs as an automated post, which would be disqualified.
3. If you’re on Twitter, then post tweets using the hashtags #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam (but again, not both) along with some other text, images, or whatever you like. Each of these will count as a point, as will any retweets of other posts with the same tags.
4. These same hashtags used on other social media platforms count automatically, too, such as Instagram and YouTube. Blogs on WordPress or Tumblr using the hashtags count as well, but only if you have first registered them on the Chorus Gigatown website.
The rules of the competition are subject to change at any time, and there is a lot that is still not 100% clear about the competition, so you might want to sign up for updates on a special site that Oamaru has set up, gigatown.oamaru.org.nz. There you will find all the information you could possibly want about this competition, see all the posts with Oamaru’s hashtags in one place, and generally support us in our bid to be the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest, as well as sharpest, town!
The Oamaru gigatown secret is community spirit and we’re happy for the whole world to be part of that community.
Another one of those fortnights this week so I’m leaving the questions up to you.
An electronic batch of shortbread is on offer to anyone who stumps us all with a bonus batch for anyone who incorporates #gigatownoamaru in questions or answers.
Last night The Vote asked if New Zealand needs more mining.
Here’s the answer:
Norway shows what mining can do for an economy without compromising the environment.
There’s an air of optimism in rural communities and that’s been confirmed by a Rabobank survey:
Confidence among New Zealand farmers is at its highest level in five years,
buoyed by strong dairy prices and an improving outlook in the red meat sector.
The latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey – completed late last month – has showed New Zealand farmers are increasingly optimistic about the outlook for both their own enterprises and the overall agricultural sector.
After registering a large rally last quarter, confidence in the overall rural economy remained at high levels, with 54 per cent of farmers expecting conditions to improve over the next 12 months (the same as last survey) and only six per cent expecting them to worsen (down from eight per cent).
Farmers’ expectations of their own businesses had also climbed, with 57 per cent expecting their farm business performance to improve over the coming year (up from 55 per cent previously) and only five per cent expecting it to deteriorate (compared with 10 per cent last survey).
Rabobank New Zealand CEO Ben Russell said while spring was typically the time farmer confidence was at its highest, the current favourable climatic conditions, combined with improving product returns across most agricultural sectors, had increased confidence even further this year.
Mr Russell said dairy farmer confidence had remained at similar elevated levels seen in the previous survey, in the wake of a record milk price forecast for the current season (at NZD 8.30/kgMS) and generally very good spring conditions lifting milk production.
“Dairy farmers are reporting the same high levels of confidence we have been seeing in the sector since the middle of the year, with their optimism being driven particularly by high commodity prices, good overseas markets and the current milk price forecast, “ he said.
Mr Russell noted that while dairy farmer confidence was very high, there was likelihood that dairy commodities prices would ease from record high levels into 2014. “And this is something Rabobank believes should be factored into producers’ planning and budgets for next season,” he said.
For sheep and beef farmers, more than half (56 per cent) now reported they were expecting the agricultural economy to improve in the next 12 months, up from 52 per cent with that expectation previously.
The number of sheep and beef farmers expecting their own farm business performance to improve also increased, to nearly half (49 per cent), climbing from 45 per cent.
Mr Russell said improving commodity prices were buoying the red meat sector, with lower stock numbers – particularly less availability of lambs – following last summer’s drought contributing to the positive outlook for commodity prices among farmers.
“At the start of the new processing season, farmgate prices are two to three per cent ahead of the prior year for lamb,” he said.
The Rabobank survey showed New Zealand farmers’ investment intentions remained strong, with 94 per cent of those surveyed expecting to increase or maintain the level of investment in their farm businesses (compared with 92 per cent in the previous survey).
“Sheep and beef farmers’ investment intentions have shown the greatest improvement,” Mr Russell said. “A total of 95 per cent of farmers in this sector reported they intended to maintain or increase investment in their businesses. This was up from 91 per cent last survey and from more than 83 per cent 12 months ago.”
In line with the overall high confidence levels, farm viability was also up – with 68 per cent of farmers considering their business viable or easily viable. This was an increase from 60 per cent in the previous survey.
“Importantly, sheep and beef farmers’ assessment of their own viability has increased to 54 per cent (up from 48 per cent previously), pushing back into net positive territory for the first time in 2013,” Mr Russell said.
Any dairy farmers who aren’t confident now almost certainly have problems of their own making.
It’s not often good production and a high payout happen at the same time, but it is this season.
The outlook isn’t as rosy for sheep and beef farmers but it is still positive.
This is very good for the rural sector, it’s good for the wider economy where at last employment is growing and unemployment is falling.
Latest labour market data shows continuing growth in employment and decrease in unemployment as the economy strengthens, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
Today’s Household Labour Force Survey shows employment was up by 1.2 per cent – 27,000 people – in the September quarter and 2.4 per cent in the year to September – 53,000 people.
The unemployment rate fell from 6.4 per cent in the previous quarter to 6.2 per cent.
“While unemployment is still higher than we would like, it has declined from 7.2 per cent a year ago, and the overall trend is of an improving labour market as the economy picks up. The Government is working across a number of fronts to help bring the rate down further,” Mr Joyce says.
“The economy grew at around 2.5 per cent in the year to June 2013, one of the highest rates in the OECD.
“Our participation rate grew to 68.6 per cent, up 0.5 percentage points, and remains significantly higher than Australia’s at 65 per cent.”
Wages continue to rise faster than inflation. Average weekly earnings rose 2.9
per cent in the last year, compared to inflation of 1.4 per cent.
The NEET rate for 15 – 24 year olds – youth not in employment, education or training – continued to fall, to 11.4 per cent over the quarter, the lowest since December 2008. The NEET rate for 20 – 24 year olds fell by 1.8 to 14.1 per cent.
“Momentum in the New Zealand economy is continuing to grow, with September’s trade data confirming the recovery from last summer’s drought is underway, along with the highest increase in permanent and long-term migration in over a decade,” Mr Joyce says.
Business confidence rose to 14 year highs in September’s Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion and in October’s ANZ Business Outlook.The recent Grant Thorndon International Business Report puts New Zealand sixth out of 44 economies in terms of business confidence. . .
These two surveys add another couple of stones to the foundation of good news which is helping to build that brighter future we were promised.
In #gigatownoamaru confidence is building too as the town seeks to become the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest town.
John Armstrong marks the fifth birthday’ of John Key’s government with an interviewing showing how National’s leader and his deputy and Finance Minister Bill English have forged a successful working relationship.
Bill English is talking about electric fences. But not the kind used on his Southland farm.
Sitting at the other end of a couch from John Key in the Prime Minister’s Beehive office, the Minister of Finance is explaining the complex and delicate dynamics which drive the most important relationship in the corridors of power – the one between Key and himself.
He is referring to the boundaries which Key – a moderate conservative with a dread fear of losing the hearts and minds of election-determining middle-income earners – establishes around what he considers to be no-go areas for reform-minded ministers like English.
“He [Key] is very good at making it clear when those boundaries are infringed … It’s like electric fences. You hit the electric fence.”
It seems that does not happen very often. By this stage of proceedings both politicians know exactly what is and is not acceptable to the other.
Success in any relationship requires an understanding of, and respect for, boundaries.
Strenuous efforts are made to kill any suggestion of disagreement around the Cabinet table. The idea that there might be even a sliver of daylight between the stances taken by the two most powerful figures in the country can shake public confidence in a government.
In 2005, the Herald came under huge pressure not to run a story which intimated that Helen Clark and Michael Cullen were not seeing eye-to-eye over the timing of tax cuts.
When a prime minister and finance minister are in harmony, the governing party can be a formidable creature slaying all that dare cross its path. . .
John and Bill might have disagreements round the margins but they are in step on everything that really matters.
The lingering question is how this pairing has avoided the pitfalls which have seen governments paralysed when the two pockets of power have stopped trusting one another and started undermining one another.
Told, the Herald wants to focus on their partnership before and after National was returned to power in 2008, Key turns and looks at English and exclaims “Okay, love” and laughs. English replies in typically droll fashion: “As a loyal deputy, I can assure you, it is not a partnership.” He means not that sort of partnership.
The humour, however, has an edge which leaves the listener wondering just how well the two men actually get along. . . .
Anyone who has seen them together knows they get along well.
Both have keen senses of humour and often use the other as the butt of that. Being able to do that without threatening their relationship requires genuine and mutual liking and respect.
English’s approach to reform is to make incremental changes, rather than doing it all at once.
As a young backbencher in the 1990s, he watched Richardson’s big-bang approach blow up in her face. National’s opponents claim English’s incrementalism is all about keeping the punters in the dark about his real objectives.
English denies this. “[It’s about] taking the public along, not just for political reasons, but because it’s how you win the arguments.”
Bulldozers don’t win arguments, a slower, more careful approach which allows people to see results does.
What the pair both say is that the success of their partnership is in part because they occupy the same “ideological space”. More likely, English is more ideologically focused. But – like Key – he is also a pragmatist.
Refusing to offer up examples which would be swooped on by opponents, Key says differences of opinion occur over “nuances” rather than over the Government’s direction – the case with the open warfare between Lange and Douglas.
Key says he cannot imagine how Lange’s and Douglas’s Beehive offices became so isolated from one another. In contrast, his and English’s staff are constantly in and out of each other’s offices on the ninth and seventh floors of the building. . .
It’s not just the leader and deputy who are in step and communicating properly, their staff are and do too.
English – who is careful not to talk over Key throughout the 45-minute interview – notes that important matter of “distinct hierarchy”.
“If a prime minister says ‘this is what we are going to do’, whether I might completely agree is irrelevant, particularly with a successful prime minister. If he says ‘I want this’, then that is what happens.”
That doesn’t however mean who can’t be persuaded to change his mind as Audrey Young gives some examples.
Prime Minister John Key has admitted he had to be persuaded to back off his bid to press the Reserve Bank into exempting first-home buyers from the banks’ new rules on loan-to-value ratios (LVRs) by Finance Minister Bill English. . .
But in a joint interview with Mr English this week – marking five years in power for the National-led Government – he indicated that Mr English thought taking on the independent bank would be more trouble than it was worth.
“So I took a step back from that and said ‘yeah, okay, well fine’. That’s the way it goes.” . .
“I’d be the first to admit I was a bit nervous about raising GST thinking can you actually politically sell all of that,” he said.
“Actually after we did all the modelling and we worked on it together, we were absolutely convinced it was fair and would actually work and it would deliver the sort of policy outcomes we wanted. And actually it’s definitely delivering results for the economy.” . .
People in any relationship have different ideas, it’s how differences are handled which matters.
Mr Key said the measure of any decent relationship was that you worked your way through all sorts of issues and respected each other’s views.
Mr English made much of what he described as Mr Key’s instinctive ability to communicate with the public and maintain its support, and knowing how to set boundaries in terms of policy constraints.
They cited the example of state tenants’ entitlements.
Mr Key said successive Ministers of Housing and Housing officials had wanted the income that any state tenant received from boarders to be received to be counted as income in terms of calculating entitlements.
“But my view is well that would be seen as a step too far for large families or families that are trying really hard to make ends meet.
“And in the end if they are prepared to go the extra mile of having someone live in their home and cook them a meal, they are just good New Zealanders trying to get ahead.
“It’s like the carparking [dumped fringe benefit tax] issue.
“In the perfection of the IRD officials, we should have carried on with putting an FBT on those carparks – but that’s how you lose the public,” he said.
Mr Key also indicated that he had put constraints on labour market reforms.
Both men are pragmatic and that’s one of the reasons for their success and the continuing popularity of the government.
They’ve built up trust by saying what they’ll do and doing it and taken a good percentage of the public with them.
The strong relationship between the two of them, their mutual trust and respect, and understanding of their differences and different roles have also played an important role in that.
Armstrong finishes with a couple of quotes on how they see each other:
Bill on John:
• “(John) has more ideas than we know how to handle. My framework is a bit more conventional so I spend a lot of time just dealing with issues in a reasonably predictable way but the PM is always stretching the boundaries.”
• “He’s endlessly capable of everything, I assure you – catching fish, cooking pasta, making up policy, being friends with the Queen. There is nothing this man can’t do.”
John on Bill:
• “They are quite complementary skills. I do a lot of going around the country opening things and cutting ribbons and being the kind of face of the party that’s interacting with the public. And Bill is doing a lot of the long term thinking, heavy-lifting and policy design, all the things that involve ministers … I’m kind of the retail face.”
I think John is understating the important role he plays in policy development and ensuring the government is working well.
But that ‘retail face”, the man the public see and like is a big part of his role and an important ingredient in the positive view the public still have of the government after five years in power.
#gigatownoamaru is in step to become the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest town.
My laptop was stolen at an airport.
I’d put it down with my suitcase to pay for parking, paid, picked up the case but not the computer.
I realised my mistake minutes later, ran back but the computer was gone.
Thanks to some very good police work it was recovered a few weeks later.
Was I careless?
Did I ask for the computer to be stolen?
Did my carelessness make it any less a theft?
Had it been an honest man who found the computer, he’d have called me back, phoned the number inside the case or handed it in to someone in the airport.
He wouldn’t have taken it, found a way round the password, loaded his contacts onto it and used it until the police caught up with him.
My inattention provided an opportunity for the crime but it’s one an honest person wouldn’t have taken.
So it is with rape.
Some discussion on the Roast Busters has turned to what the victims were wearing and that they were drinking .
There’s been suggestions this somehow excuses the behaviour of the young men who plied them with alcohol, raped them and boasted of their exploits on Facebook.
There is no excuse for rape.
Regardless of what the young women might have been wearing and doing, and whether or not they should have been where they were and drinking, they were not asking to be raped.
Asking to be raped is an oxymoron.
Rape is unconsensual sex and someone who is comatose cannot give consent.
Among those who seem ready to excuse the perpetrators and blame the victims are Radio Live hosts John Tamihere and WIllie Jackson.
I didn’t hear the programme but have heard enough of the reaction to it to be disgusted by what they said, the apology for an apology and apparent inability to understand why they “caused offence”.
The best response to it comes in an open lettter from Dr Leonie Pihama and Marama Davidson of the Te Wharepora Hou Maori Women’s Group:
Tena korua John and Willie
Yesterday we were sent the link to your radio programme of your discussion with ‘Amy’. Listening to your programme is a rare event in both of our whare. Why? Because the views you espouse are on the whole conservative, often ignorant and nearly always sexist. So we are not surprised with the misogynistic undertones of how you spoke to ‘Amy’.
What is saddening is the fact that you seem to have absolutely no awareness or experience of the impact of rape on the lives of it’s victims and survivors.
What is disturbing is that you show no empathy for the pain and ongoing distress caused by sexual violence on entire whanau.
What is alarming is that with all the involvement you have in providing programmes within urban Maori communities that you remain ignorant of the destruction caused by rape culture.
What is disconcerting is that you have no sense of understanding for how difficult it is to talk to others about being raped, about sexual violence, about family violence let alone what it means to be 14, 15 or 16 years old.
What is disgusting is that you seem to revel in the deep-seated ignorance on these issues.
Rape, whether it be of a woman abducted, or of a mother catching a bus home after work, or of a young woman out for drinks with her friends, or of any woman in her own home by someone she knows – is rape.
Rape, John and Willie, is rape.
Rape, John, is not about “how free and easy are you kids out there these days”.
Rape, Willie, is not about how you are too young to have a drink out with friends.
Rape has nothing to do with if they are good looking. ‘Good looking’ men rape too Willie.
Rape – John and Willie – is rape. . .
More questions over police handling of the issue were raised yesterday when they released a statement saying a complaint against the group had been made two years ago:
Police investigating allegations involving the “Roast Busters” group can confirm a complaint was received in December 2011. An investigation was launched and the complaint was thoroughly investigated.
Whilst this was a distressing situation for the girl and her family, Police determined that there was not sufficient evidence to bring a prosecution.
Out of respect for the victim and her family Police are unable to discuss the specific details of this particular situation any further, however the victim’s complaint is still part of the continuing investigation and should new supporting evidence come to light as part of the ongoing enquiry , the decision in this case not to prosecute will be reviewed.
Police discussed this matter again with the victim’s family this morning and re-stated their absolute commitment to doing their best by their daughter.
Inappropriate and offensive comments that are alleged to have been made to the victim in this case by Police are under investigation.
680 The Sixth Ecumenical Council commenced in Constantinople.
1492 The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck the earth in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, France.
1619 Elizabeth of Scotland and England was crowned Queen of Bohemia.
1665 The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, was first published.
1775 John Murray, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, started the first mass emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmore’s Offer of Emancipation, which offered freedom to slaves who abandoned their colonial masters in order to fight with Murray and the British.
1786 The oldest musical organisation in the United States was founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.
1811 Tecumseh’s War: The Battle of Tippecanoe.
1837 Abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy was shot dead by a mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.
1848 The paddle steamer Acheron arrived to being surveying New Zealand waters.
1861 American Civil War: Battle of Belmont: Forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant overran a Confederate camp but were forced to retreat when Confederate reinforcements arrive.
1867 Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics and in chemistry, was born (d 1934).
1872 The ship Mary Celeste sailed from New York.
1874 A cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly, was considered the first important use of an elephant as a symbol for the United States Republican Party.
1879 Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, was born (d 1940).
1885 Construction ended on the Canadian Pacific Railway railway extending across Canada.
1893 Women in the U.S. state of Colorado were granted the right to vote.
1900 Battle of Leliefontein, a battle during which the Royal Canadian Dragoons won three Victoria Crosses.
1910 The first air freight shipment was undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.
1912 – The Public Service Act was passed into law, creating a framework for New Zealand’s bureaucracy that lasted until 1988. The Act was the brainchild of lawyer Alexander Herdman, a senior minister in the new Reform Party government.
1912 The Deutsche Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opened in Berlin with a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
1913 Albert Camus, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d 1960).
1914 The first issue of The New Republic magazine was published.
1916 Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress.
1917 World War I: Third Battle of Gaza ended: British forces captured Gaza from the Ottoman Empire.
1918 The 1918 influenza epidemic spread to Western Samoa, killing 7,542 (about 20% of the population) by the end of the year.
1918 Kurt Eisner overthrew the Wittelsbach dynasty in the Kingdom of Bavaria.
1918 Billy Graham, American evangelist was born.
1919 The first Palmer Raid was conducted on the second anniversary of the Russian Revolution. More than 10,000 suspected communists and anarchists were arrested in twenty-three different U.S. cities.
1921 The Partito Nazionale Fascista (PNF), National Fascist Party, comes into existence.
1926 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, was born (d 2010).
1929 The Museum of Modern Art in New York opened to the public.
1931 The Chinese Soviet Republic was proclaimed on the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
1940 The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed in a windstorm, just four months after the bridge’s completion.
1941 Soviet hospital ship Armenia was sunk by German planes while evacuating refugees and wounded military and staff of several Crimea’s hospitals – killing more than 5,000 people.
1943 Joni Mitchell, Canadian musician, was born.
1944 A passenger train derailed in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico from excessive speed when descending a hill. 16 people were killed and 50 injured.
1944 Soviet spy Richard Sorge, a half-Russian, half-German World War I veteran, and 34 of his spy-ring, were hanged by his Japanese captors.
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America.
1963 Wunder von Lengede: Eleven miners were rescued from a collapsed mine after 14 days.
1970 Long-haired Christchurch mountaineers John Glasgow and Peter Gough became the first to successfully scale the 2000-metre Caroline Face of Aoraki/Mt Cook, declaring it a ‘triumph for the hippies’.
1975 In Bangladesh a joint force of people and soldiers took part in an uprising hailed as National Revolution and Solidarity Day, led by Col. Abu Taher that ousted and killed Brig. Khaled Mosharraf.
1983 United States Senate bombing: a bomb exploded inside the United States Capitol.
1989 Douglas Wilder won the governor’s seat in Virginia, becoming the first elected African American governor in the United States.
1989 David Dinkins became the first African American mayor of New York City.
1989 – East German Prime Minister Willi Stoph and his cabinet were forced to resign after huge anti-government protests.
1990 Mary Robinson became the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland.
1991 Magic Johnson announced that he was infected with HIV and retired from the NBA.
1996 NASA launched the Mars Global Surveyor.
2002 Iran banned advertising of United States products.
2004 War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day “state of emergency” as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
2007 Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland, resulted in the death of nine people.
2012 – An earthquake off the Pacific coast of Guatemala killed at least 52 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
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