Tough but right

May 30, 2014

The Environment Court is taking unprecedented action against a Marlborough dairy farmer who’s been warned he could lose the right to farm.

Philip Woolley has repeatedly had enforcement action taken against him for environmental breaches at farms he owns in Nelson and Marlborough.

Recently Mr Woolley was fined $38,000 and sentenced to two months home detention for driving a tractor through a protected wetland on one of his farms in 2010.

Jackie St John, a resource management lawyer with Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, said the Environment Court has had enough of Mr Woolley’s failure to comply with effluent rules at his Awarua farm at Tuamarina and in April brought in strict new conditions. . .

Accidents happen and some leniency could be expected for them.

But repeated breaches aren’t accidents and no-one can expect leniency for them.

“So what it’s done is it’s ordered that an entirely new effluent system be approved and installed on the farm by the 30th of July of this year. It’s also ordered there be no restocking of the farm for the 2014/15 milking season until this new effluent system is put in place and that has reasonably significant implications for Mr Woolley,” Ms St John said.

Ms St John said if improvements are not made further action is possible.

“It could take an even further step and order the farm to be de-stocked or alternatively even to cancel the farm’s resource consent entirely. Which would mean the operation as a whole would need to cease.”

She said cancelling the farm’s resource consent is quite unprecedented. . . .

That would be tough but it would also be right.

This sort of behaviour causes environmental harm, and  unfairly damages the reputation of dairying.


Crowd sourcing Politics Daily

May 30, 2014

New Zealand Politics Daily is taking  a break.

I don’t have the time or inclination to provide the same service of a reasonably comprehensive list of links to news stories and blog posts on issues of the day.

However, I’m willing to start with a few and invite anyone who has read anything I’ve missed to add a link to it in a comment.

I won’t pretend to be balanced – there will be more links to blogs of a bluer hue. Anyone who wants the red and green end of the spectrum better represented is welcome to leave links.


Dominion Post – Immigrants aren’t scapegoats

Brian Rudman @ the NZ Herald – Cunliffe should leave migrant-bashing to Peters

Peter Dunne – Who is a migrant?

John Armstrong – Cunliffe’s bark more poodle than pit-bull

Internet Mana Party

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Dotcom spending $4 million to try and change the Government

Claire Trevett @ The NZ Herald – Political prenup as Harawira weds sugar daddy

Claire Trevett @ The NZ Herald – DPM accuses Dotcom of trying to buy influence

Matthew Beveridge – Laila Harre

The Veteran @ No Minister – C’mon National – think laterally

Gravedodger @ No Minister – The Dance Of The Increasingly Desperate

Dominion Post – Marriage unlikely to last

Laura Walters, Stacey Kirk & Michael Fox @ Stuff – Harre confirmed as Internet Party leader

ODT – Marriage of Convenience

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Emmerson on hood ornaments

Ele Ludemann @ Homepaddock – Recycled poli to lead IM party

Chris Trotter @ Bowalley Road – Game-Changer: Laila Harre Accepts The Leadership Of The Internet Party.

Danyl Mclauchlan @ Dim Post – Thoughts on Laila Harre and the Internet Party

Danyl Mclauchlan @ Dim Post – All in the game

Patrick Gower –  Hone and Dotcom’s grubby deal

Cameron Slater @ Whaleoil –  Internet Party admits they own Harawira

Tim Watkin @ Pundit – How the path to election victory might go through the Maori seats

Maori Party –   Dotcom minions in Parliament? Not for northern Maori voters

The Civilian – Internet Party warns that new leader Laila Harré has gained ‘a lot of weight’ and is now German


Michael Fox @ the Southland Times – $240 million Fiordland monorail rejected

ODT – Fiordland monorail plan rejected

Today I declined the application by Riverstone Holdings Limited to build and operate a $240 million monorail in Fiordland.


Paid Parental Leave

Simon Wong @ TV3 – Maori Party apologies for parental leave ‘mistake’

Claire Trevett @ The NZ Herald – Maori Party changes vote on paid parental leave bill


David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Minimum wage incomes

Stephen Stratford @ Quote Unquote – Wintec Press Club: Duncan Garner edition

Parliament Today – Questions & Answers

Cameron Slater @ Whaleoil –  $147,800 plus expenses and she goes to Twitter for advice?

TV3 – Labour reveals Tamaki Makaurau nominations

Taxpayers’ Union – Select Committee backs Taxpayers’ Union call for 10 year passport

Judith Collins – 154 more families to stay safe@home

Matt Nolan @ The Visible Hand – New Zealand’s labour market recovery in ‘ONE CHART’

TV3 – Peters continues to deny misuse of funds

May 30 in history

May 30, 2014

70 Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breached the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreated to the First Wall. The Romans built a circumvallation, all trees within fifteen kilometres were cut down.

1416 The Council of Constance, called by the Emperor Sigismund, a supporter of Antipope John XXIII, burned Jerome of Prague following a trial for heresy.

1431  Hundred Years’ War: 19-year-old Joan of Arc was burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal. Because of this the Catholic Church remember this day as the celebration of Saint Joan of Arc.

1434  Hussite Wars (Bohemian Wars): Battle of Lipany – effectively ending the war, Utraquist forces led by Diviš Bořek of Miletínek defeated and almost annihilated Taborite forces led by Prokop the Great.

1536  Henry VIII of England married Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to his first two wives.

1539 Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida,  with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.

1574  Henry III became King of France.

1588 The last ship of the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel.

1635  Thirty Years’ War: the Peace of Prague (1635) was signed.

1642  From this date all honours granted by Charles I were retrospectively annulled by Parliament.

1757 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1844).

1806 Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.

1814 Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition – the Treaty of Paris (1814) was signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.

1819 – William McMurdo, English general, was born (d. 1894).

1832  The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario opened.

1842  John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill with Prince Albert.

1845 – Amadeo I, King of Spain, was born (d. 1890).

1846 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweller, was born (d. 1920).

1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act became law establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas.

1859 Westminster’s Big Ben rang for the first time in London.
1862 – Mirza Alakbar Sabir, Azerbaijani philosopher and poet, was born (d. 1911).

1868  Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern “Memorial Day) was observed in the United States for the first time (By “Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic” John A. Logan‘s proclamation on May 5).

1871  The Paris Commune fell.

1876  Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz was deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.

1879 New York City’s Gilmores Garden was renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.

1883  A rumour that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.

1901 – A 10-man Royal Commission reported unanimously that New Zealand should not become a state of the Commonwealth of Australia.

1909 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader, was born (d. 1986).

1911  At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ended with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race.

1913  First Balkan War: the Treaty of London, 1913 is signed ending the war. Albania becomes an independent nation.

1914  The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, set sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.

1915  The East Indiaman ship Arniston was wrecked during a storm at Waenhuiskrans, the loss of 372 lives.

1917  Alexander I became king of Greece.

1919 – René Barrientos, Bolivian army officer and politician, 55th President of Bolivia, was born. (d. 1969).

1922  In Washington, D.C. the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.

1941  World War II: Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas climb on the Athenian Acropolis, tear down the Nazi swastika and replace it with the Greek flag.

1942  World War II: 1000 British bombers launched a 90-minute attack on Cologne, Germany.

1948  A dike along the flooding Columbia River broke, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.

1955 Topper Headon, British musician (The Clash), was born.

1958  Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

1959  The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour was officially opened by Governor-General Lord Cobham.

Auckland harbour bridge opened

1961  Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

1962 Kevin Eastman, American comic book creator (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), was born.

1963  A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination during the Buddhist crisis was held outside South Vietnam’s National Assembly, the first open demonstration during the eight-year rule of Ngo Dinh Diem.

1966 Former Congolese Prime Minister Evariste Kimba and several other politicians are publicly executed in Kinshasa on the orders of President Joseph Mobutu.

1967 Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row.

1967  The Nigerian Eastern Region declared independence as the Republic of Biafra, sparking a civil war.

1971 Mariner 9 was launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.

1972 The Angry Brigade went on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.

1972  In Tel Aviv members of the Japanese Red Army carried out the Lod Airport Massacre, killing 24 people and injuring 78 others.

1989  Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue was unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

1998  A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.

2002– 272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies were held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City.

2003 – Depayin massacre: at least 70 people associated with the National League for Democracy were killed by government-sponsored mob in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi fled the scene, but was arrested soon afterwards.

2012 – Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.

2013 – – Nigeria passed a law banning same-sex marriage.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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