TV3 is live streaming the funeral of Nelson Mandela here.
Five shearers have toiled eight hours to set a world record by shearing 2638 lambs in a woolshed south of Auckland.
Marlborough’s Angus Moore shore 607 lambs to lead the individual tallies at Cashmore Farms, near Clevedon on Tuesday.
He was accompanied by Sam Welch, of Waikaretu, who shore 573, Tuakau shearer Coel L’Huillier, 518, Welch’s brother Richard, 491, and Peter Totorewa, from Rangiruru, who shore 449. . .
Hunkypunk – an architectural feature, similar in appearance to a gargoyle, that is purely decorative, with no other functional purpose.
The meat industry needs to keep looking for a solution to its processing over-capacity because it’s an issue that isn’t going to go away, the head of one of the country’s big four meat companies says.
ANZCO Foods has been exploring rationalisation options with the two big meat co-operatives, Silver Fern Farms and Alliance.
They have been focusing on solving the over-capacity issue, as having under-used processing plants erodes meat company profitability – a problem which is worsening due to the ongoing loss of sheep and beef production to dairy expansion.
The Government turned down a request for legislative backing to tackle over-capacity by introducing a tradeable processing rights system, because other companies were not supporting it. . .
AUSTRALIA’S “foodie” culture might be booming but at the same time, there’s a growing shortfall of young people interested in producing our food.
That’s according to Dr Brian Jones, from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, who has helped design and will lecture in the university’s new Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness, starting in 2014.
“Exact figures on the employment shortfall are hard to calculate, but in agriculture alone, it has been shown that while there have been around 700 graduates per year Australia-wide in recent years, job advertisements suggest demand for approximately 4500 tertiary qualified graduates per annum,” Dr Jones said. . .
The reminder comes after a number of reports of wandering stock on state highway road reserve in Canterbury in recent weeks.
The Transport Agency’s highway manager Colin Knaggs says wandering stock poses a serious safety risk to all road users, not only on the state highway network but also local roads. . .
Five-stand shearing record bid – Abby Brown:
Today five shearers are taking on something that has been never attempted before – setting a five-stand, eight-hour lamb-shearing world record.
Odd-numbered stand sheds were uncommon, with most four or six stands, event organiser Emily Welch said.
The five shearers would aim to shear 2800-2900 sheep during the Cavalier Woolscourers record attempt, she said.
Sam Welch, Angus Moore, and Cole L’Huillier would aim to shear 600 or more sheep, while Richard Welch and Peter Totorewa would aim to shear 500-550.
The record attempt will take place at Cashmore Farms, between Clevedon and the Firth of Thames, near Auckland. . .
While hot humid weather across the country has provided the perfect conditions for lush pasture cover this spring, farmers need to stay alert for an increased risk of facial eczema through summer.
Dairy and beef cattle, sheep, deer and goats are all susceptible to facial eczema which can damage the liver and cause inflammation of the bile ducts and an accumulation of certain compounds resulting in sensitivity to sunlight.
Ballance Agri-Nutrients Animal Nutrition Product Manager, Jackie Aveling, says even before physical signs appear exposure to facial eczema can have a significant impact on animals particularly cows where it can result in an immediate drop in milk production. . .
After what it describes as an “auspicious spring”, PGW’s general manager real estate, Peter Newbold says farmers and their bankers are taking a lead from good weather and market outlooks.
“Climatic conditions this spring have been favourable over the whole country, setting up what should be an excellent growing season. Projected income for the agriculture sector also looks positive,” he notes. Newbold says some vendors have already capitalised on the competition for the limited number of farms for sale. . .
Kiwiblog makes an interesting observation on the make-up of parliament:
Incidentally with Williams and Hayes both replacing non-Maori MPs, the number of MPs in Parliament of Maori descent is a record 25 out of 121, or 21% of Parliament. That is a significant over-representation. The makeup of the Maori MPs in Parliament is:
- Maori seats 7
- General seats 6
- List seats 12
Very very hard to claim you need the Maori seats to continue, to maintain effective Maori representation in Parliament.
The breakdown of the 25 Maori MPs is also interesting:
- National 9
- Labour 7
- Greens 3
- Maori 3
- NZ First 1
- Mana 1
- Independent 1
That might be over-representation as a percentage.
It doesn’t mean Maori are over-represented.
As Te Ururoa Flavell pointed out most Maori seats are too big which makes effective representation much more difficult.
The solution isn’t more Maori seats, it’s getting rid of them.
That would add another general seat in the South Island and several in the North, all of which would be smaller and easier to service than the biggest electorates are now.
The Royal Commission which designed MMP said there would be no need for Maori seats under this voting system.
That the majority of Maori MPs hold general or list seats proves that.
Katrina Shanks, National List MP based in Ohariu, announced today that she will not be returning to Parliament in 2014.
“I have decided to take up other opportunities in 2014 and have accepted the role as chief executive of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand,” Katrina Shanks said.
“The funeral services sector is facing change – legislative, demographic, and societal, and the association and its members need to be in front of this change. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges the sector has to face.
“I wish the National Party all the best in the 2014 election and consider it to have been a privilege to have served as a Member of Parliament in a John Key-led Government.
“I am looking forward to my new role and spending more time being closer to my young family.”
Katrina announced recently that she wouldn’t be contesting next year’s election.
One benefit of being a list MP is the ability to resign without triggering a by-election.
Jo Hayes will take her place.
National Party President Peter Goodfellow has confirmed that Joanne Hayes will enter Parliament on the National Party List to fill the vacancy created by List MP Katrina Shanks who has announced she will resign in January next year.
“Katrina has made a real contribution to New Zealand and National over the past eight years,” Mr Goodfellow said.
“As a List MP, she has worked hard to provide an effective voice inside the National Caucus for constituents in Ohariu and the Hutt Valley, and been a strong advocate for Kiwi families.”
Mrs Shanks will resign to take up a new role as chief executive of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand.
Joanne Hayes contested the Dunedin South seat for National in 2011. Now based in the Manawatu, she is Director of Community Relations for UCOL Whanganui.
“Joanne brings a wealth of experience in Maori business, health, and education which will be a real asset to Parliament and our Caucus,” Mr Goodfellow said.
Mrs Hayes is of Ngati Porou, Ati Haunui A Paparangi, and Rangitane ki Wairarapa descent, and is married to Pat with two sons and two grandchildren.
“I believe my background in health, education, and community and economic development position me well to make a valuable contribution in Parliament,” Mrs Hayes said.
“I am looking forward to working under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, and to enter Parliament alongside my National colleagues.”
Jo won the party vote for National in Dunedin South at the last election which is a huge achievement in a very red seat.
I am sure she will work equally hard in parliament.
The 10 shortlisted finalists in Massey’s annual Quote of the Year competition have been chosen and are open to public vote:
Dr Heather Kavan, Massey’s speech writing specialist, started the competition three years ago because she found her speech-writing students had trouble identifying memorable lines.
. . . “The quotes I knew were too old for the students. Edmund Hilary’s “We knocked the bastard off” was said in 1953. Muldoon’s one-liner about Kiwis going to Australia “raising the IQ of both countries” and Lange’s “I can smell the uranium on your breath” quip were both said in the 1980s.
“I thought there must be some good contemporary New Zealand quotes, but no-one is collecting them.”
Dr Kavan and her judging panel narrowed down several dozen entries nominated throughout the year by Massey students and the general public to a top 10.
She describes the judging criteria: “Memorability is paramount. The gay rainbow line with its colourful imagery is a good example of this. However, many of the quotes appealed for different reasons. The GCSB one stood out because it was funny and most people can relate to having a frustrating experience with a government department.
“We were also keen to get quotes that were relatively spontaneous, such as Winston Peters’ ‘What didn’t he know and when didn’t he know it?’
“Another criterion was context. We chose ‘He’s an extraordinarily lucky cat’ because Moomoo’s story made international headlines and even the word ‘extraordinarily’ seemed like an understatement.” . . .
The shortlisted quotes are:
• If there was a dickhead that night, it was me – MP Aaron Gilmore reflecting on how he got intoxicated and called a waiter a ‘Dickhead’ at the Heritage Hotel in Hamner Springs.
• Why are you going red, Prime Minister? – Kim Dotcom at the Parliamentary enquiry into the GCSB spying on New Zealand residents.
I’m not, why are you sweating? – Key’s reply to Kim Dotcom.
• The GCSB, the only government department that will actually listen to you – Unknown origin but repeated on social media.
• Male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel – Man Booker prize winning novelist, New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton.
• I’m not a spreadsheet with hair – Auckland singer/songwriter Lorde.
• What didn’t he know and when didn’t he know it? – Winston Peters querying John Key’s knowledge of the Parliamentary Service’s actions.
• In New Zealand nobody takes you seriously unless you can make them yawn – author James McNeish at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.
• That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer – Gareth Morgan’s Cats to Go campaign website.
• He’s an extraordinarily lucky cat – Massey University veterinary surgeon Dr Jonathan Bray after removing a crossbow bolt from the head of Wainuiomata cat Moomoo.
• One of the messages that I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought. Well, in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate – Cabinet minister Maurice Williamson in his speech to Parliament supporting the gay marriage law.
Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday December 19, with the winner announced on December 20.
The Child Poverty Monitor starts with the wrong measure when it declares that 25% of children are living in poverty.
In 2012, 265,000 children aged 0–17 years lived in poverty (using the <60% contemporary median after housing costs measure). This equated to 25% of all New Zealand children.
- During 2010 to 2012 (using the AHC 60% fixed line measure), around 30% of Māori and 30% of Pacific children lived in poor households, as compared to 15% of European children.
Sixty percent of the median income is the wrong measure.
By using that definition the simplest way to fix the problem is to drag down higher incomes which would do nothing to solve the poverty of the problems associated with it.
Child poverty rates were also higher for younger children (0–6 years and 7–11 years vs.12–17 years), larger households (3+ children vs. 1–2 children), sole parent households (vs. two parent households) and for those in households where no adults were in paid work or where none worked full time (vs. self-employed or 1+ full time).
Poverty rates are higher in households reliant on benefits than those where at least one adult was in full time paid work.
If the 60% of median income is used that will always be the case because Working for Families means people earn more in full time work than they could on a benefit.
However, there is good evidence that children in families on the same income have worse outcomes if that income is from a benefit than if it comes from work.
There is a problem of poverty in New Zealand but it won’t be fixed by using the wrong measure nor will it be fixed by making it easier for people who could work to stay on benefits.
Labour leader David Cunliffe thinks the party can win Rangitata next year.
He said draft boundary changes, which give parts of Rakaia to Selwyn, mean the seat is “anybody’s game”. In the last election Labour polled well in Timaru but National was stronger in the Ashburton district.
Mr Cunliffe, in South Canterbury to rouse the party faithful in Temuka, believes Labour can win Ashburton this time.
“Geraldine’s coming back in, we’ll have Point, we’ll have Temuka; I think we can win this seat.”
Geraldine isn’t going anywhere.
It’s in Waitaki, not Rangitata, and whichever electorate it’s in it’s solidly blue.
Rangitata is losing territory because it’s gained in population.
The votes of those newcomers will influence the outcome of the election but it would be drawing a long bow to say they’ll all, or most, be voting Labour.
Jo Goodhew’s majority dropped a bit last election, but that was almost certainly a result of strong support for Allan Hubbard.
She won the seat from Labour in 2005 and is a popular and effective MP.
Cunliffe is dreaming if he thinks Labour can take the seat back.
1041 – Empress Zoe of Byzantium elevated her adopted son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V.
1508 – The League of Cambrai was formed by Pope Julius II, Louis XII of France, Maximilian 1, Holy Roman Emperor and Ferdinand II of Aragon as an alliance against Venice.
1394 King James I of Scotland was born (d. 1437).
1520 Martin Luther burned his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg‘s Elster Gate.
1830 Emily Dickinson, American poet, was born (d. 1886).
1868 The first traffic lights were installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they used semaphore arms and were illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
1878 Rajaji, India’s freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India was born (d. 1972).
1901 The first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
1902 Women were given the right to vote in Tasmania.
1906 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first American to do so.
1907 The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clashed with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals which had been vivisected.
1907 Rumer Godden, English writer, was born (d. 1998).
1908 Ernest Rutherford won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
1914 Dorothy Lamour, American actress, was born (d. 1996).
1927 The Grand Ole Opry premiered on radio.
1932 Thailand adopted a Constitution and became a constitutional monarchy.
1936 Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII signed the Instrument of Abdication.
1948 The UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Eleanor Roosevelt with the Spanish version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1949 Chinese Civil War: The People’s Liberation Army began its siege of Chengdu, the last Kuomintang-held city in mainland China, forcing President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek and his government to retreat to Taiwan.
1952 Susan Dey, American actress, was born.
1955 Jacquelyn Mitchard, American novelist, was born.
1960 Kenneth Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director, was born.
1962 New Zealand born Maurice Wilkins won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. His colleagues James Watson and Francis Crick shared the prize for their studies on the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the genetic molecule found in all organisms. Watson used X-rays to show the shape of the double helix.
1983 Democracy was restored in Argentina with the assumption of President Raúl Alfonsín.
1989 Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the establishment of Mongolia‘s democratic movement that peacefully changed the second oldest communist country into a democratic society.
1993 The last shift left Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland. The closure of the 156-year-old pit marked the end of the old County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages.
1994 – Rwandan Genocide: Military advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations Maurice Baril recommended that the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.