Politics Daily

June 5, 2014

An abbreviated round-up today, I’ve had other priorities.

You’re welcome to leave links to other stories de jour in comments.

Immigration

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Labour in full retreat on immigration

Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Labour’s Immigration policy this week looks quite different to last week, and different to the week before that

Election

TVNZ – which issue matters most to you this election?

Fracking

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – PCE final report says no to a fracking ban

Beehive

NZ to invest $1.25 million into tourism and energy in Niue

Coat Tailing

Pete George @ Your NZ – Coat tailing isn’t the problem

Inventory2 @ Keeping Stock – Idiot/Savant on Labour’s Electoral Act flip-flop

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Dirty Deals

John Armstrong @ NZ Herald – Cunliffe’s tough stance on coat tailing could backfire.

Housing

Inventory2 @ Keeping Stock – Still more good news.

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – The Labour curse strikes again

Unions

Inventory2 @ Keeping Stock – Two unions – polar opposite reactions

Labour

NZ Herald – Labour open to Internet Mana deal

Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – David Cunliffe is talking out of both sides of his mouth again

 


Word of the day

June 5, 2014

Dianoia – the capacity for, process of, or result of discursive thinking; perception and experience regarded as lower modes of knowledge.


Banks guilty

June 5, 2014

John Banks has been found guilty.

John Banks says he is surprised and disappointed by a guilty verdict against him delivered today.

The MP, found guilty of filing a false electoral return, gave a brief statement outside court today about the verdict delivered by Justice Ed Wylie.

Unless he is discharged without conviction he will lose his seat and the government will lose its majority.

This confirms National’s wisdom in inviting the Maori Party into government.

It votes against a lot of legislation but can be relied on for confidence and supply.

The reasons for the verdict are here, the full judgement is here.


Rural round-up

June 5, 2014

 Flock House sold to local iwi:

Flock House farm near Bulls has been sold by AgResearch to Rangitikei iwi Nga Wairiki-Ngati Apa for an undisclosed sum.

The 1100 hectare property has a 332ha dairy unit and a 768ha sheep-and-beef unit. . . .

Synlait profit forecast dips again – Alan Williams:

Synlait Milk’s latest profit downgrade raises the possibility it might not meet last year’s prospectus forecast leading up to its NZX listing, after at one stage expecting a result up to 70% higher.

The dairy product manufacturer and exporter’s latest after-tax profit range is from $17.5 million-$22.5m, compared with its forecast of $19.8m for the year ended July 31. . .

Spotlight on farm safety – Sue O’Dowd:

Health and safety will be the focus of more than 100 rural contractors when they assemble for their annual conference in New Plymouth later this month.

The conference, Stay Alert on the Dirt, is being held in New Plymouth from June 23 to June 26.

Representatives of WorkSafe New Zealand, the Ministry of Transport and New Zealand Transport Agency will address the conference and answer questions around new legislation affecting the contracting industry. . .

Flour Producer Gets Grant to Develop Nutrition Focussed Products:

Farmers Mill is the first independent grower-owned and operated flour producer in the country to receive funding from the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT), for the specific development of nutrition focussed flour and baking products.

Farmers Mill, which has partnered with Lincoln University and the Food Innovation Network, will receive support from Agmardt aimed at exploring market opportunities and encouraging innovative ideas within the agribusiness sector. . . .

New Online Fertiliser Store Launched To Cut Costs for Kiwi Farmers

 The cost of buying fertiliser in New Zealand is about to fall substantially thanks to a new online store which will save farmers as much as $85 per tonne on standard products.

FertDirect launched its new website over Queen’s Birthday weekend (www.fertdirect.co.nz) and supplies both New Zealand-based and import-to-order products.

It’s the first online service of its kind to be offered nationwide and FertDirect Business Manager Rob Williams says it’s designed to save farmers money without compromising on quality. . .

New president for Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitikei:

Federated Farmers would like to welcome our new Manawatu-Rangitikei provincial president, James Stewart, who is replacing Andrew Hoggard, following their Annual General Meeting.

“James joined the Federation three years ago as Manawatu-Rangitikei’s dairy Chair, and we are thrilled to have him on as provincial president,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers National President.

“We are in a year of change within the Federation, with leadership changes throughout the organisation both nationally and provincially, James is an incredibly passionate advocate for the farming community and I know he will do a fantastic job,” said Mr Wills. . .


Moral bankruptsy

June 5, 2014

Quote of the day:

Election year has already been a rather bizarre one. . . .

But we kind of crashed through the looking glass last week with the anointment of Laila Harre as leader of Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party. It is possible, back when she was an ardent campaigner for feminism and against capitalism, racism and corporatism, Harre foresaw the day she would sign up to front a party funded by a convicted German fraudster who made much of his money from pornography and who also has a fetish for racist, not to say outright Nazi, humour. Harre wasn’t even elected: she was anointed by the aforementioned convicted German fraudster who has trafficked in pornography and who thinks n-word jokes are hilarious.

There are many terms for this sort of thing, none of them complimentary. We will avoid the ‘h’ word – not just because MPs are not allowed to use the term hypocrisy in the House, but mostly because hypocrisy is part of the human condition. All of us fall short of our ideals. But this is not mere hypocrisy, not a minor falling short. This is moral bankruptcy of a particularly shameless kind. Trans Tasman

These are strong words – they’re also right.


Graham Smith Feds new CEO

June 5, 2014

Federated Farmers, has named Graham Smith as its Chief Executive Officer designate to succeed Conor English.

“Federated Farmers is thrilled to announce Graham Smith’s appointment to lead the Federation in its next phase of growth,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President.

“Graham is a highly accomplished Chief Executive who joins the Federation from Soda Inc, an organisation facilitating new technologies, including agri-tech and company start-ups. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of the Crown Research Institute ESR (Institute of Environmental Science & Research) for almost three years. 

“Graham understands the strategic context Federated Farmers operates in and is no stranger to the primary industries, having been a former General Manager at AgResearch.

“The Board is especially impressed by Graham’s commercial and people leadership skills as well as his background in science and innovation. He has managed an international technology commercialisation organisation and worked for several overseas food companies.

“Graham has relationships across the political and primary industry sectors, which extends across the Tasman, as Graham is Australian by birth but has lived in New Zealand since 2001. 

“Graham holds an MBA from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide.  

“Federated Farmers is a strong and respected voice, both in Wellington and within New Zealand’s vibrant provincial hinterland.  We are passionate about the positive role farming plays in New Zealand and we know Graham shares this outlook.

“With a focus on evidence based policy, Graham will be instrumental in achieving policy outcomes, which strike the right balance between our economy and our environment.

“Graham Smith will formally take over the role of Chief Executive Officer in July.

“We wish to thank Conor English for a highly successful six years.  Federated Farmers and the agriculture sector owe him a huge debt of gratitude and we wish him all the best for the future.

“Graham is a worthy successor and he will work closely with the new Federated Farmers Board to continue the invaluable work we do for New Zealand’s farmers and the wider economy,” Mr Wills concluded.

As farmers, and rural people in general, decline as a proportion of the general population the need for strong advocacy from Feds becomes even more important.

Wills and English have been a very effective team and have left a solid foundation on which the new leadership can build.

 

 


Thursday’s quiz

June 5, 2014

1. Who said:The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.?

2. Which animal said All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.?

3. What feature differentiates fish from other water-dwelling creatures?

4. What is a redd?

5. Fish, feathers or fur for a pet?


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