November 24, 2013

7/10 in NBR’s Biz Quiz.

Word of the day

November 24, 2013

Querencia (Spanish) – the place from which your strength is drawn, where you feel most secure, where you are your most authentic self; an area in the arena taken by the bull for a defensive stand in a bullfight.

Rural round-up

November 24, 2013

Demand grows for halal meat exports – Julian Lee:

Halal meat is becoming one of New Zealand’s major exports, with the billion-dollar industry now feeding 75 countries.

But as production expands, questions are being raised about whether all New Zealand meat should become halal.

Today was the first-ever meeting in New Zealand of the Muslim World Forum, a growing global organisation which looks after Muslim interests worldwide.

But the meeting was dominated by talk about a silently booming industry. . .

Chinese ‘still wary of formula from NZ’ – Nigel Stirling:

Chinese parents scared by reports of potentially fatal contamination of infant formula from New Zealand didn’t get the later memo telling them it was safe, a Chinese formula company owner says.

Suguo Wu, the owner of NZ Goldmax Health, was in Dunedin earlier this month for a global food-safety conference and said the future of infant formula sales from NZ to China hinged on restoring its reputation quickly.

Wu said the initial reporting of Fonterra’s botulism scare cost his company dearly as consumers deserted NZ-sourced brands.

Official reassurances from Fonterra and the NZ Government were not reported as widely in China and consumers remained wary, he said. . . .

Quad bike roll bars debated on both sides of Tasman:

Quad bikes are a major killer on farms on both sides of the Tasman, and farm safety experts in both Australia and New Zealand are debating the need for roll bars to be fitted to all vehicles.

Earlier this month a New Zealand coroner Brant Shortland found five quad deaths could have been prevented if bikes had roll bars.

“I still think it’s an individual decision, my view is I think there is enough information that suggests that roll over bars will save life more than others,” he told the ABC.

New South Wales University’s Professor Raphael Grzebieta has done extensive research to inform people about the limitations of these types of vehicles. . .

Call to retrain quad trainers – Richard Rennie:

Retraining the trainers of quad-bike riders has been offered as a means to reduce death and injury to farmers on the machines.

Tauranga-based driving instructor John James was asked to address the coronial inquest into five quad bike deaths this year (Farmers Weekly, November 18).

“The coroner Brandt Shortland contacted me and asked me to present to his inquest after I had taken him for a ride on a quad,” James said. . .

Chris Hay wins young auctioneer title – Abby Brown:

Chris Hay has beaten out eight auctioneers to win the Young Auctioneer title.

Hay won the second annual Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition held at the Canterbury A&P Show.

The New Zealand Farmers Livestock representative for Wanganui and Waverly put his 14 months of auctioneering experience to use in the mock auction, where he had to sell two live beasts on November 15. . .

UN International Year of Family Farming 2014 successfuly launched in New Zealand:

Representatives from around 40 family farming organisations and their associates gathered at Parliament today for a day-long Inaugural Forum to launch the UN International Year of Family Farming 2014. (The official UN launch at UN headquarters in New York was also on November 22.) . .

Pesky growth

November 24, 2013

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I finally got to exactly where I wanted to be, she said, so why won’t all these growth experiences go away & leave me alone?

Brian Andreas at Story People.

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Poll for progess

November 24, 2013

One of the reasons Taranaki is making so much progress is the benefits it’s getting from oil exploration off its coast.

It’s been happening for years with none of the disasters that are being used to scare people into opposing more explanation.

But while the people opposing progress are getting headlines, they’re not necessarily reflecting the views of most people.

Yahoo is running a poll which asks do you support drilling off New Zealand’s coast?

When I voted yes a few minutes ago, 52% shared my view, 44% voted no and 4% were undecided.

Of course it’s self-selecting and not scientific so it would be foolish to read too much into this.

But it’s a reminder that views which dominate the news aren’t as widely held as those promoting them would like to think.

Drilling brings risks but it also brings rewards and providing best practice is followed the risks are far, far smaller than those portrayed by the anti-drilling people.

Hat tip: Keeping Stock.



Party tally

November 24, 2013

Party tally: 150ish people, more than enough food, lots of laughs and one ambulance call.

The latter was a precautionary call after one man fell and cracked his head.

That aside, it was a very good night, if a little long. Two and a half hours sleep isn’t quite enough.

But we did prove the parilla can cope with a crowd and the meat cooked on it was delicious.



Still need to keep purse strings tight

November 24, 2013

The need for continued financial restraint hasn’t got through to the opposition and some of the public.

But Finance Minister Bill English has got the message through to his colleagues:

Cabinet ministers Steven Joyce, Nick Smith and Maurice Williamson are wary of Finance Minister Bill English. The three feigned fear when asked about a GST holiday for first-home buyers. “I can just see Bill English, in fact I can just about hear him back at the Beehive, alarms are going off at the Treasury as we speak,” Mr Joyce cracked before asking his colleagues if they felt like “running that one with Bill”. “I’ve got a low pain threshold,” Mr Williamson retorted.

The New Zealand economy is doing well in comparison to most others and that is projected to continue.

But we aren’t out of the woods yet and the need to keep the purse string tight is no less important than it was when National got into office and faced the prospect of Labour’s projected decade of deficits.

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