We’ll get there

November 19, 2013

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Word of the day

November 19, 2013

Koyaanisqatsi – nature out of balance; crazy life;  life in turmoil or disintegrating; a way of life so unbalanced you need a new way.

Rural round-up

November 19, 2013

Lipstick doesn’t hide the ugly truth – Allan Barber:

Silver Fern Farms released its annual loss accompanied by a press release which attempted to put some gloss on what was in reality an awful result. It was an improvement on the year before, a matter of some pride on the teleconference this morning, but a $36.5 million loss was only $5.8 million less than the previous year.

The main improvement was in the cash flow deficit which at $5.1 million was a lot better than the deficit of $104 million in 2012. Nevertheless chairman Eoin Garden’s statement that ‘the equity position at 39% (down from 41%) is healthy and the business platform is sound and competitive’ is a matter for debate and looks suspiciously like applying lipstick to a pig. . .

$56,000 for feed – Geraldine Panapasa:

THE shortage of copra meal in the dairy industry has forced the Fiji Cooperative Dairy Industry Limited Company to look to its regional neighbour for assistance in supplying supplementary feed.

Cooperative chief executive Sachida Nand said four containers from the Solomon Islands carrying 85 tonnes of palm kernels had arrived in Fiji to supplement the major shortage in copra meal and cost the company about $56,000.

He said two containers of the supplementary feed arrived last month and more were expected in the future. . .

Still too early for full assessment of lost trees:

The Farm Forestry Association says it’s too early yet to know how many of the trees lost in the spring storms in Canterbury will be replaced.

Well over 1 million tonnes of timber were lying on the ground throughout Canterbury and further afield in September and October.

Entire shelter belts were knocked down and some commercial plantations and woodlots were badly damaged.

National president Ian Jackson of Canterbury said the priority at the moment is to get the clean-up done. . .

FarmIQ and Fronde put the smarts into farming

 In collaboration with technology company Fronde, FarmIQ has created an online farm management system that helps farmers produce a red meat product that will consistently meet consumer preferences and provide better returns.

FarmIQ, co-funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Landcorp and Silver Fern Farms was established to transform the nearly $8 billion annual export red meat industry through innovative technology. . .

New code of practice requirement for aerially-assisted trophy hunting:

The proposed new Game Animal Council will have a new responsibility of developing and applying a code of practice for aerially-assisted trophy hunting, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

“Hunters and other backcountry users are concerned that certain aerially- assisted trophy hunting methods undermine their recreation through un-sportsman-like hunting. They have lobbied to prevent the practices of shooting from the helicopter, or using the helicopter to herd animals towards the hunter or exhaust them through the practice of hazing,” Dr Smith says. . .

Lessons & quotes

November 19, 2013

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* What we can learn from tradies.


100 quotes about women.

I especially liked:

Women like silent men. They think they’re listening. Marcel Archard

It was a man’s world. Then Eve arrived. Richard Armour

Even if man could understand women he still wouldn’t believe it. AW Brown


Other questions

November 19, 2013

One of the tricks in politics is to ask a question to which you’ll get the answer that suits your bias.

That’s why the question the opposition parties keep asking about the governments’ mixed ownership model for a few state owned enterprises is, do you support asset sales?

The referendum question is far more specific but the left still keeps asking the same inaccurate question.

There are other questions which could be posed on the issue.

One of these is, would you rather pay interest to foreign banks or dividends to mostly New Zealand shareholders.

If the answer to that is neither, the next question would be, how else are we going to fund other assets?

The opposition have made it quite clear they oppose any change at all in the government’ shareholding in SOEs.

They have yet to come up with any credible alternatives for reducing debt and funding other assets.

Cunliffe & Cunliffe

November 19, 2013

Labour leader David Cunliffe has appointed his cousin, Simon Cunliffe as his media director and chief press secretary.

Anyone who read Simon’s opinion pieces when he worked for the ODT would be in no doubt that his sympathies lay firmly in the red end of the political spectrum.

Having lived in Dunedin he might also be more aware of the valuable opportunity his cousin let go when he refused a regular slot on the Farming Show in case he wasn’t given and fair go and would be laughed at.

Admitting he couldn’t foot it on the Farming Show was a tactical blunder for several reasons.

It made him look precious. It opened the opportunity for Green co-leader Russel Norman to take the slot he turned down.

It made the sudden interest he and his party are trying to show in the regions look shallow.

The high price commanded by advertising slots proves it’s the place to be if you want to talk to people outside the big cities and now it’s on Radio Sport in metropolitan centres too it also has a reasonable urban audience.

A few tweets provide another perspective on the news:

Does 74% have magical properties?

November 19, 2013

The opposition, unions and others on the left are outraged by the government’s decision to reduce its shareholding in Air New Zealand.

If holding 74% of the shares is good surely more would be better? Why then didn’t they demand the Labour government which bailed out the then-failing airline take a bigger share?

What’s so special about 74%, does it have magical properties?

Why does owning that many shares, no more and no less, stack up if increasing the shareholding or reducing it to 53% doesn’t?

The howls of outrage aren’t based on logic, they’re based on politics.

They tried to make the partial sale of a few state assets the issue which would win them the election and failed.

Nearly three years later they haven’t managed to come up with any better ideas with which to beat the government so they’re sticking to the one that didn’t work before and isn’t working now.

Because in spite of all the time, energy and public money they’ve put into attacking the policy, they’ve made little progress in the polls and been unable to dent National’s popularity.

They must be slow learners if they haven’t yet grasped that whatever the public feel about the partial floats, it’s not a vote-changer for most.

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