— Nicky Wagner MP (@nickywagner) July 4, 2014
If David Cunliffe wasn’t really sorry before he said he was sorry for being a man he will be now.
. . . “I don’t often say it, [but] I’m sorry for being a man because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men,” he said. . .
He doesn’t often say he’s sorry or he doesn’t often say he’s sorry for being a man?
Either way that sentence is getting far more publicity than the policy it prefaced and most of the publicity is negative.
Prime Minister John Key said the apology was silly:
. . . John Key says that’s no reason to regret being a man.
“The problem isn’t being a man. The problem is if you’re an abusive man and I think it’s a bit insulting to imply that all men are abusive.
“A small group are and they need to change their behaviour and be held to an account.”
Key says with his apology, Mr Cunliffe is implying that all men fall into that category.
“To get up and say, ‘I’m sorry for being a man’ really is, I think, a bit insulting to all men in New Zealand because the vast overwhelming bulk of them are good, loving fathers, brothers, uncles.” . . .
Violence, and family violence in particular, are problems but while men are the majority of perpetrators, the majority of men aren’t.
Cunliffe’s silly sorry is the sort of comment that starts people muttering about political correctness and feminazis.
It insults the majority of men who are good men.
It might even make those who aren’t good think that being a man is the problem which therefore excuses them because it’s something they can’t change.
One of the problems we face is too few positive male role models for many children who are brought up by women, taught by women and have very little to do with good, caring, strong men who never use their strength to intimidate, punish or harm.
Rather than apologising, good men should be standing tall, celebrating manliness and showing that violence and abuse aren’t manly.
Labour’s congress is an opportunity for the party to get free publicity.
They’ve sabotaged themselves by barring the media from most sessions and in the vacuum that’s created, the focus will go on this silly sorry for which Cunliffe should indeed by sorry.
Inchoate – just begun and not fully developed; rudimentary; being only partly in existence or operation; incipient; imperfectly formed or formulated; not organised; lacking order; (of an offence, such as incitement or conspiracy) anticipating or preparatory to a further criminal act.
Ballance Agri-Nutrients Chief Executive, Larry Bilodeau, was last night named 2014 Vodafone/Federated Farmers Agri Businessperson of the Year while the late Alistair Polson was named 2014 Agri Personality for 2014.
“With Te Radar as the perfect Master of Ceremonies, Federated Farmers was honoured to not only recognise all major agricultural award winners, but the two people who have emerged first among equals,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President whose term comes to an end at the conclusion of the Federation’s 2014 conference.
“It was bittersweet that we honoured the memory and outstanding contribution made by the late great Alistair Polson in making him 2014 Agri Personality of the Year.
“What made the night poignant was that his wife Bo accepted the Award on his behalf. Alistair was not only a great President of the Federation but defined selfless public service.
“Our 2014 Vodafone/Federated Farmers Agri Businessperson is Ballance Agri-Nutrients Chief Executive Larry Bilodeau.
“While the judging is done separate of us, I wish to pay tribute to the outstanding calibre New Zealand has in our rich agribusiness and agriservices environment. They were Dr. Paul Livingstone QSO of TB Free/OspriNZ, Lindy Nelson of the Agri Woman Development Trust and Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd Chief Executive, Brent Esler.
“All are outstanding leaders.
“Larry, as Chief Executive of New Zealand’s largest fertiliser supplier, has led the co-operative’s evolution from one focused on fertiliser to one meeting the complete farm nutrient needs of our primary industries.
“We have truly outstanding talent in farming and these awards recognise and celebrate them. Something Te Radar noted as the primary industries need to recognise success more,” Mr Wills concluded.
Giving the award to Alistair Polson posthumously is a reminder of the importance of honouring and showing our appreciation of people when they’re alive.
I hope it gives some comfort to his family to know how much his contribution to agriculture, his community and New Zealand, are valued.
Larry Bilodeau might not be well known outside farming circles but his leadership in Ballance has been outstanding.
“This is the sixth year we’ve run the awards, and we’re already fielding inquiries from women keen to enter,” says Rural Women NZ national president, Wendy McGowan.
Last year’s supreme winner, Diane Coleman, of Treeline Native Nursery in Rotorua, says business is booming after the publicity that followed her win.
Though entering the awards may be outside some people’s comfort zone, Diane encourages rural businesswomen to pluck up the courage, as she did.
“Winning this award has been a once in a lifetime opportunity that was challenging, exciting, scary, fun, humbling and has really put my business on the map.”
There are four award categories in 2014:
• Love of the Land – sponsored by Agrisea – for all land-based business, from animals to agriculture.
• Help! I need somebody – sponsored by Access Homehealth – for businesses providing any type of service – from retailers to agricultural contractors.
• Making it in Rural – sponsored by Telecom – for businesses that involve manufacturing or creativity.
• Stay, Play Rural – sponsored by Xero – for businesses engaged in rural tourism or hospitality.
To enter the awards, women have to own and operate a small business with less than 10 full time equivalent staff, based in a rural area. The business must have been running for at least two years. If in partnership, women must be an active partner of 50 percent or more in the business.
Entries close Friday 5 September. Entry forms and further information are available on www.ruralwomen.org.nz/enterprisingruralwomen.The awards will be presented at the Rural Women NZ national conference in Rotorua on Saturday 15 November.
Each category winner will receive $1,000 in prize money and a trophy, with a further $1,000 going to the supreme winner.
These awards provide profile for enterprising rural businesses and celebrate the women who’ve make them a success.
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: We have the British motor industry as a role model for what happens when you try to save an industrial dinosaur. Britain was the first country to industrialise and the first to de-industrialise. We should learn from this.?
2. What were/are Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae?
3. It’s éteint in French, estinto in Italian, too easy in Spanish and ngaro in Maori – what is it in English?
4. By what name is Raphus cucullatus, which lived on Mauritius, better known?
5. If you could bring back an extinct creature which would you choose?
Andrei got 4 and a bonus for his answer to #5.
Rob got three, a good guess for #1 and a bonus for #5.
David wins an electronic banana cake with 5 right.
Freddy and Robert got one.
J Bloggs got 4.
Answers follow the break.