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Dairy NZ says won’t be water ‘whipping boy’ any more – Lynn Grieveson:
Dairy NZ says the dairy industry is no longer willing to be the “whipping boy” for any decreasing water quality of New Zealand’s streams and rivers, while Fish and Game has called for a public inquiry into the water quality issue.
Both groups appeared before Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Select Committee on Thursday to discuss the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report on water quality, which described the problem of nitrogen leaching into waterways.
Chairman of DairyNZ John Luxton, standing in for Rick Pridmore, Dairy NZ’s Strategy and Investment Leader for Sustainability, said some of our most polluted streams and rivers were in urban areas. . . .
China, food and NZInc – Ketih Woodford:
The latest statistics show that New Zealand exports to China continue to surge. In the 12 months to February 2014, milk powder and beef exports each more than doubled, sheep meat sales increased by 80%, and log sales increased by 65%. Overall, exports to China increased from $7.1 billion to 10.9 billion, comprising 22% of total exports.
This overall percentage figure is not in itself a record. Both before and during the 1960s we were much more dependent than this on Britain, and in 1989 our exports to Japan reached 18% of total exports, before declining to the current figure of less than 6%. Nevertheless, the sheer speed of the increase in exports to China is causing concern both to commentators and the industries themselves.
I see no point in worrying about increasing reliance on China as a market destination. It is a simple reality that trade with China is going to increase a lot further yet. As long as the Chinese continue to pay more than other markets, then that is where the products will go. . .
Gray skies did not dampen the enthusiasm of 280 foresters and tree enthusiasts at the recent New Zealand Farm Forestry Association conference in Marlborough.
Field trips were a big part of the four-day programme, organised by the Marlborough Tree Growers Association.
An eclectic group of farmers, corporate foresters, scientists, and plant people had the chance to see radiata pine forests in the Marlborough Sounds, eucalyptus for durable post-production, amenity plantings for farms, and machinery to harvest trees safely on steep land. . .
The plant produces high quality meat meal sought by pet food manufacturers and for animal feeds, as well as tallow for use in a range of applications from cosmetics to biofuels. The products are exported to international markets such as China, North America, Europe and Asia.
It incorporates the latest technology including a Press Dewatering System, which uses less energy and produces high quality products. The process, is virtually “zero waste”, resulting in high product yields and low wastewater output. . .
With New Zealand’s heavy reliance on exporting primary produce, this demands robust knowledge and constant up-skilling in the processes and requirements of food safety and security by industry professionals.
Lincoln University, through its Centre for Food Research and Innovation, is now running a series of ongoing professional development courses for those in the food industry. . .
A new independent director has been appointed to the board of dairy farming industry body, DairyNZ.
DairyNZ board chairman John Luxton says Peter Schuyt has been appointed to replace independent director John Spencer who has stepped down after his term on the board. “I thank John for his excellent contribution to both DairyNZ and to the New Zealand dairy industry over many years.”
John says Peter will be a valuable addition to the board.
“We have three independent directors as well as five farmer-elected members. Peter will bring some broad experience to the table as he is an independent director for a broad range of New Zealand businesses,” he says. . .
Aquaculture New Zealand has welcomed the long awaited Supreme Court decision clearing the way for three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.
“It has been a long, expensive and uncertain process to get to this point,” said Aquaculture New Zealand Chairman Bruce Hearn.
“Hopefully we are now at a point where New Zealand King Salmon can proceed with their growth plans and get on with what they do best – sustainably producing the world’s best salmon. . .
Charley, a new retiree-greeter at a shopping mall, just couldn’t seem to get to work on time.
Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their “Older Person Friendly” policies.
One day the boss called him into the office for a talk. “Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome.”
“Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it.”
“Well good. You are a team player. That’s what I like to hear.”
“Yes sir, I understand your concern and I will try harder.“
Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “I know you’re retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?”
The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin, “They usually saluted and said, Good morning Admiral. Can I get your coffee, sir?
Green co-leader Metiria Turei wants to be c0-deputy Prime Minister too.
The Greens could share the deputy Prime Minster role in a coalition with Labour, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says.
Greens co-leader Russel Norman last month said he was keen on the role.
Ms Turei said she would like to be deputy Prime Minister along with Dr Norman.
“There’s no rules that stop there from being more than one deputy Prime Minister,” she told told The Nation.
“Russel and I have had a co-leadership role in the Greens that’s worked very well for the Green Party. I think something similar would work very well for the country as well.” . . .
That is very much a matter of opinion.
From the outside the co-leadership looks very much like tokenism with Norman being the leader in all but name.
He appears to do far more speaking on the party’s behalf than she does.
In spite of National’s popularity and the distrust and disarray on the left, it is possible the left could still be in government.
But when Labour has spurned the Green Party its won’t be keen on one Green deputy let alone two.
And what would happen when the Prime Minister was overseas – would there then be two acting PMs?
Wild weekend weather has brought out my inner domestic:
The jam was made to Alison Holst’s recipe:
Equal weights of fruit and sugar.
Bring fruit to the boil.
Add sugar and stir.
Boil 3 minutes, stirring off and on.
Pour into heated jars.
The biscuits are what my mother called Bo Peeps and her grandchildren call Grandma’s Jam Biscuits:
25og (8oz) butter 160g (6oz) sugar
1 egg 360g (14oz) flour
4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp golden syrup or 1 tsp vanilla
Cream butter & sugar, add egg & syrup or vanilla if using and beat well.
Add flour & baking powder & beat until mixed.
Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls, place on baking tray leaving enough room for them to spread a wee bit.
Make thumb print in centre and fill dent with jam.
Cook moderate oven (180ish?) for about 15 minutes until lightly golden.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the latest benefit figures showing a five year low confirm New Zealand welfare numbers are back to where they were pre-global recession.
Benefit numbers have dropped five percent or nearly 15,000 to 295,320 in the past year (March 2013 – March 2014). This has resulted in 17,700 fewer children living in beneficiary households compared to March last year and a whopping 29,500 children fewer than two years ago.
“Beneficiary numbers have fallen to the lowest level since March 2009. When the Government took office in late 2008, the global financial crisis was already beginning to bite with benefit numbers increasing in the three quarters prior to and including the election,” says Mrs Bennett.
“The big success is the 10 per cent drop in sole parents and their children coming off Sole Parent Support.
“More than 8,600 sole parents have come off Sole Parent Support in the past 12 months, making up almost 60 per cent of the total reduction.
“Particularly pleasing is the 13.4 per cent decrease in young parents aged 18 on Young Parent Payments. We know that going on a benefit as teenager with children puts that person and their kids at huge risk of becoming trapped in welfare dependency.
“In fact 70 per cent of the country’s future liability welfare bill can be attributed to people who first went on benefit in their teens.
“The reductions we’re now seeing will mean fewer people on benefit in the years to come. We have more young people getting education and training through our Youth Service support which means we’re going to see healthier, more prosperous households,” says Mrs Bennett.
“Post peak recession in March 2010, beneficiaries made up 12 per cent of the working age population. This has dropped to 10.6 per cent as at the end of March.
“This Government is putting more money than ever before into the welfare system. We are supporting people earlier, being clearer in our job expectations and putting more focus on at-risk teens. All of this is making a significant difference.
“Only a few weeks ago New Zealand was judged the best country in the world to live in – our latest welfare figures show things are just getting better,” says Mrs Bennett.
Full benefit data is available at: http://www.msd.govt.nz
There are obvious financial benefits for the individuals on welfare and the country from having fewer beneficiaries and their children.
Just as important are the social outcomes which go with work rather than welfare – better health and education outcomes, less crime . . .
The decrease has been achieved by improving economic conditions and active engagement with beneficiaries to help and encourage those who could work to do so.
Yesterday’s flooding in North Otago closed state highway 1 at Maheno and stranded scores of motorists, many of whom spent the night in school hostels.
The flood almost claimed the life of a woman who had to be rescued by digger.
A submerged fence appears to have been all that saved Roda Davidson from being swept away by the Kakanui River yesterday.
Mrs Davidson (61) spent two hours huddled on the roof of her car in the river before being rescued with the help of a 14-tonne digger.
The Fuchsia Creek woman was trying to get to work at the Oamaru KFC when she was caught in floodwater about 11am after the river burst its banks at the Five Forks bridge.
She misjudged the depth and speed of the water crossing the road north of the bridge. Her car was then dragged downstream by the swollen river before being caught in a fence. . .
Next, farmer Robert Borst tested the waters in his digger, before picking up Oamaru police Sergeant Peter Muldrew.
They carefully avoided power lines above the car which, although shut down, could not be guaranteed to be safe.
Mr Borst said the digger reached almost its maximum safe depth and he managed to get the bucket out to the car with the boom almost fully extended.
Sgt Muldrew said Mrs Davidson attempted to stand on the roof, but he told her to crawl over.
After sitting in heavy rain and a strong, cold wind for about two hours, she had difficulty getting into the bucket.
”I told her to lean over as far as possible and then I helped her to roll in,” he said.
Just as she got in the bucket, the helicopter arrived as back-up, but was not needed.
Mrs Davidson was helped to a St John ambulance, where she was treated for hypothermia.
If you click on the link to the ODT above you’ll see several photos of the rescue, including this one.
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to amuse, bemuse or simply muse.
531 – Battle of Callinicum: A Byzantine army under Belisarius was defeated by the Persian at Ar-Raqqah (northern Syria).
1012 – Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.
1529 At the Second Diet of Speyer, a group of rulers and independent cities protested the reinstatement of the Edict of Worrms, beginning the Protestant Reformation.
1587 Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cádiz harbour.
1713 With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa of Austria (not actually born until 1717).
1770 Captain James Cook sighted Australia.
1775 American Revolutionary War began at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
1782 John Adams secured the Dutch Republic’s recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, became the first American embassy.
1809 An Austrian corps was defeated by the forces of the Duchy of Warsaw in the Battle of Raszyn, part of the struggles of the Fifth Coalition.
1809 The Austrian main army was defeated by a First French Empire Corps led by Louis-Nicolas Davout at the Battle of Teugen-Hausen in Bavaria; part of a four day campaign which ended in a French victory.
1810 Venezuela achieved home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General was removed by the people of Caracas and a Junta was installed.
1839 The Treaty of London established Belgium as a kingdom.
1847 New portico at British Museum opened
1855 Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London.
1861 American Civil War: Baltimore riot of 1861, a pro-Secession mob in Baltimore, Maryland, attacked United States Army troops marching through the city.
1884 – Royal honour awarded to NZ woman for first time. The Royal Red Cross was awarded to Miss Alice Crisp, matron of Auckland Hospital, in a ceremony at Government House, Auckland.
1892 Charles Duryea claimed to have driven the first automobile in the United States.
1893 The Liberals subdivided the Cheviot Estate.
1919 Leslie Irvin of the United States made the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute jump using a new kind of self-contained parachute.
1928 The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
1935 Dudley Moore, English actor, comedian and composer, was born (d. 2002) .
1936 First day of the Great Uprising in Palestine.
1937 – Joseph Estrada, actor and 13th President of the Philippines, was born.
1941 Alan Price, English musician (The Animals, The Alan Price Set), was born.
1942 World War II: In Poland, the Majdan-Tatarski ghetto was established, situated between the Lublin Ghetto and a Majdanek subcamp.
1943 World War II: German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
1943 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), was born.
1946 Tim Curry, British actor, was born.
1951 – General Douglas MacArthur retired from the military.
1954 – Constituent Assembly of Pakistan decided Urdu and Bengali to be national languages of Pakistan.
1955 The German automaker Volkswagen, founded Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
1961 The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ended in success for the defenders.
1971 Siaka Stevens became first president of Sierra Leone Republic.
1971 – Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begia a five-day demonstration in Washington, DC.
1971 – Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
1975 India’s first satellite Aryabhata was launched.
1984 Advance Australia Fair was proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
1987 The Simpsons premiered as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show.
1989 A gun turret exploded on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.
1993 The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, ended when a fire broke out. Eighty-one people died.
1993 – South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others were killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed in Iowa.
1995 Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, was bombed, killing 168.
1997 – The Red River Flood of 1997 overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, ND. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.
1999 The German Bundestag returned to Berlin.
2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
2011 – Fidel Castro resigned from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia