Cockalorum – a self-important man; a small man with an unduly high opinion of himself; a boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow; boastful talk; braggadocio.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced a working group set up to improve dairy traceability.
“The independent Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident highlighted the importance of effective systems for dairy traceability,” Mr Guy says.
“The Inquiry recommended lifting the dairy sector’s ability to trace products and ingredients through a working group focusing on regulatory and worldwide best practices.”
“Improving the traceability of dairy products will further protect the public in the event of a suspected food safety issue,” Ms Kaye says. . .
Bob Ingham delivers golden egg in final year of NZ poultry production – Suze Metherell:
(BusinessDesk) – Bob Ingham, former owner of Australia’s biggest poultry producer Inghams Enterprises, achieved a record profit from his New Zealand operations in 2013, the final year before private equity firm TPG acquired the Australasian business.
Inghams Enterprises (NZ) lifted net profit by 19 percent to $27.2 million in the 12 months ended June 30, according to the annual report filed with the Companies Office. Revenue rose 5 percent to $336 million.
The Australian parent company was family owned for 94 years when sole shareholder Bob Ingham, grandson of the original founder, sold to TPG for A$880 million in June last year. The Ingham family retained bloodstock assets and some properties including the family farm. . .
Cooks Global Food is looking to start sourcing its supply of milk from New Zealand for its Esquire coffee houses around the world.
Cooks, which is listed on the NZX’s alternative market, has signed a master franchisee agreement in Oman and Qatar which will mean at least 16 new Esquires Coffee Houses opening.
The new deal means it has commitments for more than 80 coffee stores in the Middle East. . .
Defending Tasman champion, Reuben Carter, is the first Grand Finalist to be named for the 2014 ANZ Young Farmer Contest.
The thirty year old agronomist took first place at the Tasman Regional Final in Murchison at the A&P Show over the weekend, Saturday 15 February.
Mr Carter had a dominant performance leading for most of the day and took out both the Silver Fern Farms Agri-Sports and Ravensdown Agri-Skills Challenges giving him solid platform going into the evening show. . .
The ANZ Young Farmer Contest heads south for the second Regional Final in Otago/Southland, Saturday 22 February in Alexandra.
It will be a full on day with practical events at Pioneer Park where competitors will be tested on a variety of hands-on, physical and theoretical challenges – all with an agricultural and farming focus.
The day’s events will be followed by the entertaining evening show and quiz round at the Alexandra Community Centre where a cool head and quick wits are vital. Tickets for the evening show can be purchased at ANZ Tarbert Street, Alexandra. . .
The Samoan government says it is developing bio-gas generation systems which will use green waste to provide power in rural areas around the country.
It has received 300,000 US dollars from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, or SPREP, to do so.
The assistant CEO for energy at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Sala Sagato Tuifiso, says biogas generation systems are more cost effective than other renewable energy sources. . .
Another partnership school, Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei, a Maori boys secondary school, opens this week.
It was expecting students to attend Whangarei Boys High, a state secondary school, for specialist subjects like art, but teachers there have vetoed the move.
The PPTA says charter schools are a political experiment which undermine the public education system and should stand or fall on their merits. . .
The school has other options but this is a shameful example of putting politics before pupils.
David Cunliffe is playing silly beggars over the value of his house:
A battle of the million-dollar houses has broken out between the Prime Minister and Labour leader David Cunliffe.
But there’s a snag with Mr Cunliffe’s attempts to attack John Key for living in a mansion; his own home is worth millions too, and the Prime Minister says he’s trying to hide it.
“I live in Parnell and I am proud of it,” Mr Key told Parliament. “That member [Mr Cunliffe] lives in Herne Bay. He just does not want his supporters to know.”
Herne Bay is one of the country’s most expensive suburbs. Mr Cunliffe’s road, Marine Parade, is considered the suburb’s best street.
Mr Key’s house is worth nearly $10 million, while Mr Cunliffe’s is valued at $2.5 million.
“We bought the worst house in the best street,” says Mr Cunliffe. “It was a do-up; it probably wouldn’t be the average of the area.
“Mr Key spent time in the money markets and has a personal fortune, which is many times our reasonably middle-range existence.” . . .
The combined salaries of a senior MP and lawyer might be middle-range on the planet where people on $150,000 need a $60 a week baby bribe, but most of us would call it well above the middle.
There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact there’s a lot right about it.
No-one who understands the value of aspiration would try to hide it, they would, as the PM does, use it to show what hard work can do. That’s not showing off, it’s providing a positive role model.
In contrast to that good example, the Labour leader is trying to hide his wealth.
Is he ashamed of it, or is he just being tricky again?
Using facilities at a state-owned broadcaster for Labour Party meetings and communications was a serious lapse of judgement.
But the bigger concern is whether there was political influence in editorial and programming decisions and interviews.
TVNZ’s Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says:
. . . TVNZ will now launch an investigation into staff use of TVNZ resources to support political party activities. It will also review the editorial independence of the Maori and Pacific Programming division during Shane Taurima’s time as manager (February 2013 to February 2014).
The investigation will be led by Brent McAnulty, TVNZ’s Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs and report to me, as TVNZ’s Editor in Chief. Brent will head up a review team that has access to all TVNZ internal resources, and a search has begun to identify a suitably qualified external person to provide an objective and independent critique of our editorial performance.
This investigation will be conducted as a matter of priority but it won’t be a rush job – we’re focussed on carrying out a robust and comprehensive investigation that looks into this matter thoroughly.
The review findings and recommendations will be made publicly available.
Given our position as New Zealand’s most watched news provider we hold ourselves to the highest standards of editorial independence and balance. Clearly a line has been crossed here – it’s unacceptable and we make no excuses for what’s happened.
Our focus now is to clearly and fully understand what has happened; how this happened; and what we need to do to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said she was treated unfairly by Taurima.
. . . Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says she was treated unfairly by TVNZ interviewer Shane Taurima.
The TVNZ unit manager resigned from the state broadcaster yesterday after it was revealed he took part in a Labour Party hui, and that TVNZ property was used to hold party meetings.
Bennett was grilled by Taurima on youth unemployment, in April 2012 on Sunday morning current affairs show Q+A.
“I felt that it was actually really biased,” Bennett told reporters this morning.
“I came out of there and couldn’t work out whether it was anti-National, anti-me, I don’t know what it was.
“It was one of the worst and the least-informative [interviews] for viewers, to be honest, that I’ve ever done in my career … I always felt that he was much tougher on National Maori women … but you have got to be careful that you don’t start over-thinking things, as well.” . .
Good interviewers don’t badger and interrupt.
They ask intelligent questions, listen to the answers and ask more questions.
They are firm, they can be tough, but they must be fair.
Taurima isn’t the only broadcaster who’s had political allegiances, but John Armstrong explains why they are different:
What about Paul Henry? Inevitably questions are being asked – especially by some in a smarting Labour Party – as to what difference in political terms there is between Shane Taurima, who has been forced to resign his management position at TVNZ, and Henry, who unsuccessfully stood for Parliament for National in 1999 but yet has been given his own late-night programme on TV3.
Well, quite a lot actually.
For starters, Henry is but one example of someone starting or resuming a career in broadcasting after a dalliance with politics. You can go back to Brian Edwards who stood for Labour in 1972 but lost narrowly, and Pam Corkery who also briefly hosted a late night TV show, in her case after leaving Parliament.
Labour’s John Tamihere became a talkback jock after losing his seat. John Banks has regularly interchanged political and broadcasting roles, even to the point of holding both at once.
However, all were hired because of their larger-than-life personalities rather than their politics which they were anyway totally upfront about.
Along with Corkery, Henry has shown no inclination to return to politics.
Taurima stood down from his TVNZ role while he sought nomination as the Labour candidate in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti byelection last year. After failing to win selection, he returned to work at TVNZ where he was head of the Maori and Pacific unit.
Given his management role in news and current affairs, TVNZ’s senior management should have sought assurances he had no intentions of standing for Parliament again.
TVNZ was aware, however, that Taurima was considering standing in another Maori seat at this year’s election. At that point, Taurima should have been confronted with two choices: either sever your political affiliations or quit TVNZ. . .
Act MP John Banks has used the issue to ask a very good question – why do we have state television?
TV3’s revelation that Shane Taurima, TVNZ’s former manager of the Maori and Pacific Programmes unit, hosted a Labour Party meeting last year on the broadcaster’s property and involving other TVNZ staff, shows another good reason why TVNZ should be sold, said ACT MP John Banks.
“This issue is not Mr Taurima’s politics. It is the fact that he and some of his staff wrongly used taxpayer’s property to further his political objectives” said Mr Banks.
“The easiest fix is for the taxpayer to get out of the television business. TVNZ should be sold.
“There is no reason for the State to be in the risky television business. We should sell now because TVNZ will soon be worthless as a result of technology changes.
“In private media if a journalist pursues a political agenda using company resources that is solely a matter for the management, shareholders and advertisers.
“If TVNZ were in private ownership no one would care about Mr Taurima’s Labour Party activities on the premises” said Mr Banks.
197 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
1473 Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer, was born (d. 1543).
1594- Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa was crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.
1674 – England and the Netherlands signed the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it was renamed New York.
1743 Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, was born (d. 1805).
1807 Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr was arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
1847 – The first group of rescuers reached the Donner Party who had been snowbound. Some of the party resorted to cannabilism to survive.
1861 Serfdom was abolished in Russia.
1884 The Enigma tornado outbreak.
1895 Diego Mazquiarán, Spanish matador, was born ( d. 1940 ).
1924 Lee Marvin, American actor, was born (d. 1987).
1936 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter, was born (d. 2006).
1938 Twenty men and one woman were drowned when a sudden cloudburst sent a wall of water surging through a public works camp at Kopuawhara, near Mahia. This was New Zealand’s deadliest 20th-century flood.
1940 Smokey Robinson, American singer, was born.
1942 Nearly 250 Japanese war planes attacked Darwin killing 243 people.
1943 Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia began.
1945 Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
1947 Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand, was born.
1952 Amy Tan, American novelist, was born.
1953 Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the United States.
1958 Helen Fielding, English writer, was born.
1959 – The United Kingdom granted Cyprus its independence.
1960 Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was born.
1963 – The publication of Betty Friedan‘s The Feminine Mystique launched the reawakening of the Feminist Movement in the United States as women’s organisations and consciousness-raising groups spread.
1972 The Asama-Sansō hostage standoff began in Japan.
1976 Executive Order 9066 was rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford’s Proclamation 4417
1978 Egyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport, in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking situation, without authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus authorities. The Cypriot National Guard and Police forces kill 15 Egyptian commandos and destroy the Egyptian C-130 transport plane in open combat.
1985 – Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashed into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
1986 – The Soviet Union launched its Mir spacecraft.
1999 – President Bill Clinton issued a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
2001 An Oklahoma City bombing museum was dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
2001 Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal was awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a “lifetime of service to humanity”.
2006 – A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, killed 65 miners.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia