— 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.
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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.
Trans-Tasman notes the appeal of certainty and stability:
National emerged neat and tidy from its election year conference. Delegates went home knowing what they have to do to ensure the party can re-form a governing coalition. It’s this disciplined approach which carries its own message to the electorate, contrasting with the inchoate array of parties lined up on the other side of the fence. Private polling shows within the electorate, opinion is beginning to harden on the parties of the left being so disparate, (even if they gained a majority of seats in the next Parliament), a coalition of those parties would be highly unstable and couldn’t last.
Certainty, along with stability, is the priority for most voters. The difficulty for the parties of the left is they project not just instability, but incoherence in the policies they are espousing. The realisation has grown Labour would have to share power with the Greens, NZ First and possibly the Mana/Internet alliance. How would it work? In the NZ Herald this week John Armstrong noted Labour seems to be increasingly paralysed by the division between MPs who put a priority on economic development and those who want environmental concerns to be very much part of that development.
The Opposition has forgotten what Helen Clark did in the run-up to the 1999 election, staging a reconciliation with Jim Anderton and his Alliance to project a united front and give electors an idea of what a Clark-led Govt would look like (even though it must have savaged her personal pride to cosy up to her old foe). . .
The more voters see of what a Cunliffe-led Labour/Green/NZ First/Mana/Internet Party might look like the less appeal it has.
There are enough uncertainties in most people’s lives without adding an uncertain coalition and the instability that would come with it especially when its contrast with the certainty and stability of a National-led government with John Key as Prime Minister.
The Government has today announced clear, robust national standards for freshwater that will make a significant improvement to the way freshwater is managed.
Environment Minister Amy Adams and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy say the changes announced today are a critical milestone in the Government’s drive to improve water quality.
“Ensuring an on-going and reliable supply of healthy water is one of the most important environmental and economic issues facing New Zealand today,” Ms Adams says.
“It is critical that we protect and improve the water quality that we all care so much about.”
Mr Guy says the changes balance economic growth with environmental sustainability.
“It’s not an either-or situation – we need both.
This is very important.
We can have, and we need, both economic growth and environmental sustainability.
Primary industries contribute more than 76 per cent of our merchandise exports and largely depend on freshwater, while tourism also relies on the beauty of New Zealand’s water bodies.
“We all want sustainable and profitable primary industries. That will mean changes to some of our farming practices, but I know farmers are up for the challenge.”
Among the changes announced today, is the introduction of national standards for freshwater in New Zealand.
This means, for the first time, New Zealand rivers and lakes will have minimum requirements that must be achieved so the water quality is suitable for ecosystem and human health.
More than 60 freshwater scientists from public, private and academic sectors across New Zealand have come up with numeric values proposed for the national standards.
“In 2011, the Government required Councils to maintain or improve the water quality in their lakes, rivers, wetlands and aquifers across their region. If their water quality is already above the national standard it cannot be allowed to deteriorate,” Ms Adams says.
“However, where a water body currently falls below the national standard, councils and communities will need to ensure that the standard is met over sensible and realistic timeframes.”
To help councils with the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, Ms Adams is currently considering applications from regional councils for $1.1m of funding for activities that support regional planning and community participation in freshwater management. Decisions will be announced shortly.
The Government has today also released a high level snapshot of the freshwater reform programme.
Delivering Freshwater Reform provides the history and context for the reforms, outlines why they need to take place and what the desired outcomes are, in an accessible and understandable way.
“Recent freshwater reform documents have had to include sufficient detail for the stakeholders who have a strong level of engagement and acceptance of the reforms,” Ms Adams says.
“This document focuses on providing information to a wide range of New Zealanders who care deeply about water quality and are unlikely to be participating in the more detailed consultation phases.” . . .
. . . INZ agrees that New Zealand’s fresh water needs nationally consistent, better, more direct and clearer policy to ensure it is sustainably and effectively managed for the benefit of all.
“By having national bottom lines and allowing for regional and local circumstances, the NPS and NOF will prevent situations where unrealistic conditions are set on water quality for irrigation schemes,” says Andrew Curtis, INZ CEO. “Having everyone work off the same page will mean that resource consent processes will be less onerous and less time and money will be wasted reaching acceptable outcomes.”
INZ is pleased that the updated NPS seems to have broadened its measures of water quality and now requires a fuller understanding of issues which impact a body of water before setting limits. “The NPS now suggests that biotic indicators such as the Macro-invertebrate Community Index (MCI), should be included as performance measures – this is a good thing,” says Mr Curtis.
INZ believes that if community freshwater values, as now set out in Appendix 1, are to be realised, attention needs to be paid to an inclusive range of factors such as pest management, habitat restoration, sediment loads, as well as nutrients, to maintain and improve river health.
“There are many examples around the country which show how habitat restoration alongside stock exclusion and phosphate management have created thriving rivers – despite relatively high nitrate levels – such as the Wakakahi stream in south Canterbury,” says Mr Curtis.
“New Zealanders need to understand maintaining and improving water quality is complex and can be achieved in many different ways – sticking a number on it and regulating everyone to this does not achieve outcomes,” he says.
Additionally, INZ believes that the exceptions provisions may pose a future risk and looks forward to greater clarification.
“Healthy waterways are the responsibility of both urban as well as rural New Zealand, and we must face New Zealand’s water quality challenges as a nation. Farmers are not solely responsible for issues with waterways and should not be picked on to solve these problems on their own.”
INZ is committed to finding a way for New Zealand to develop sustainably managed irrigation schemes within acceptable environmental limits.
“Water is our most valuable renewable resource and we believe that irrigation in New Zealand is essential to protect against climatic variations and to enhance the country’s ability to feed its population and to contribute to feeding the world,” says Mr Curtis.
Fonterra says the Government’s announcement on changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management lays the groundwork for consistent and robust decisions about the management of New Zealand’s freshwater.
Fonterra Acting Group Director Cooperative Affairs, Sarah Paterson, says, “Today’s announcement is an important step towards a nationally consistent approach to managing freshwater. At the same time, it gives communities the tools they need to make decisions about their waterways.”
Ms Paterson says regions across the country have been grappling with the challenge of setting workable environmental limits. Setting national standards for freshwater will provide greater clarity on the science that needs to underpin environmental limits.
“Fonterra and our farmers have been taking part in a collaborative community approach to develop environmental limits. We want these discussions to be based on sound science and economic analysis, and we believe these national standards will help achieve this.”
“We are absolutely committed to lifting environmental performance and improving water quality in New Zealand. Fonterra’s farmers have mapped every waterway and fenced over 23,500km of waterways. Nutrient data has been collected from nearly 4,000 farms to provide information on mitigating the impact of nutrients,” says Ms Paterson.
“We recognise the huge amount of work that has so far gone into preparing these national standards, and we welcome the continuing efforts being made to complete the task.”
Regional councils are supportive of the standards:
The establishment of National Water Standards are being welcomed by the regional sector as bringing valuable guidance to local decision making.
Chair of the regional sector, Fran Wilde, says the standards provide a clear direction from central government while allowing local democracy to do its job.
“All sectors of the community rely on freshwater for one reason or another. Regional councils are responsible for managing the country’s lakes and rivers and, in doing so, must balance the needs of the community.
“New Zealand’s geography alone results in the nature of rivers and lakes being vastly different depending on where in the country you are. Just as the alpine rivers of the south are valued for their aesthetic beauty, so too are the lowland river flats valued for their agricultural productivity.
“As a sector we believe it’s critical for local people to have a say in how their waterways are managed and to what level.”
Ms Wilde says that minimum standards provide a solid foundation to begin conversations with communities about the values they place on a waterway and whether any changes are needed in the way it’s used and looked after.
“Until now, we haven’t had central government direction around how our rivers and lakes should be managed. The establishment of minimum standards provides clear guidance without disregarding the views of the community should they wish to go beyond these standards.”
Ms Wilde says the maintenance of New Zealand’s freshwater relies on a strong partnership with central and regional government and this is evident in the number of restoration initiatives underway around the country.
“Regional councils and our communities are working closely with central government through programmes like A Fresh Start for Freshwater to improve rivers and lakes throughout the country. In many cases government funding is being met with regional funding with over half a billion dollars from taxes, rates and private initiatives going towards cleaning up and protecting our lakes and rivers since 2000.”
These are minimum standards, not a ceiling.
Councils and communities will want better quality in many places and will need to work together to achieve it.
The Minister made this point in question time yesterday:
Hon AMY ADAMS: At the moment, of course, the counterfactual is that there is no requirement for any particular standard for human health. Actually putting in place a minimum requirement that at the very least every fresh water area must be safe for wading and boating is a big step forward. What we have done today is confirm that every council must consider whether it is appropriate to also manage for swimmability. What has to be understood is that each time we move the bar up through that ladder, it brings considerable extra cost on to communities and councils. If the member is campaigning that her party will set the standard there and not leave that choice to local communities, it is welcome to do so, but I look forward to seeing those billions of dollars included in its financial estimates.
Eugenie Sage: Why is the Minister leaving it to regional councils to consider swimmability, and does she not think that it is a national issue and a central government responsibility to ensure that rivers across New Zealand are clean and safe for swimming?
Hon AMY ADAMS: Well, I had always thought that that member was a proponent of local decision-making, but actually we do think it is for communities to decide—above that minimum standard, which is brand new and has never been there before—which areas are to be used for swimming and are to be protected for that, and which are not. We are not going to impose billions of dollars of costs on ratepayers and communities in areas where they do not seek it. What we have put in place is a considerable step forward from what Labour and the Greens were happy to live with, and we are very proud of it.
Eugenie Sage: What does she say to the Otago Regional Council, which said that the bottom line for human health should be contact recreation because such a low standard as secondary contact, where rivers are fit for only wading and boating, is “not consistent with the national identity New Zealand associates with its clean image of its water resources”?
Hon AMY ADAMS: What I would say to the Otago Regional Council is that it is very welcome to set that standard across its water bodies if that is what its community chooses. The difference now is that we have a national expectation of a minimum standard, which has never been there before. That alone is going to impose some costs on communities, but the extent to which they want to go beyond that is up to them. It would be a nonsense to impose costs on water bodies that no one wants to use for swimming or that no one has contemplated for swimming. That is why regional decision-making then becomes important.
Eugenie Sage: Why did the Minister ignore the approximately 90 percent of submitters who wanted the bottom line for human health to be rivers that are clean and safe for swimming?
Hon AMY ADAMS: We have not ignored it. What we have done is made it compulsory now for every council to consider whether swimming is the appropriate standard for that water body. That was not in the draft, and the reason we have done that is that we understand the cost impact that goes with that. As I have said, if those members want to include the billions of dollars of impact from putting that standard in, I look forward to seeing that in their alternative budgets.
Eugenie Sage: Does the Minister still claim that no river quality is allowed to deteriorate, when the Freshwater Sciences Society said that the proposed limits on nitrate in her proposals last November have the potential for “New Zealand’s rivers to become some of the most nitrogen-polluted amongst OECD countries whilst still remaining compliant” and her announcements today have not changed the nitrate limit?
Hon AMY ADAMS: I do not accept that, because, as that member well knows, there is already a requirement for water quality in a region to be maintained or improved. There is no ability—and nor do I imagine there is any desire—for councils to suddenly rush downwards in their water quality. In my experience, communities and councils are absolutely focused on improving water quality, but the important point is this: today there is nothing stopping our lakes and rivers from being completely dead environments. That is what Labour and the Greens were happy with. We are not. This is a step forward, no matter how the member tries to spin it. . .
New Zealand’s water standards aren’t as good as they used to be.
That’s because we used to have pristine water and it’s important to remember while that is no longer the case in all but a very few secluded places, our water quality is still very high by world standards.
That said, some waterways are of unacceptable quality and need to be cleaned up.
Most are okay and that standard should be at the very least maintained and preferably improved.
We can and must learn from other countries and the best practice here to ensure that happens.
There’s more information on the Government’s freshwater reforms, including the updated National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management here.
A former Labour Minister intervened three times in the immigration bid of Donghua Liu including waiving the English language requirement for the millionaire businessman.
Damien O’Connor, in his role as the associate Immigration Minister, wrote three letters to Liu’s advisor Warren Kyd – the former National Party MP – before deciding to grant residency against the advice of officials the day before the 2005 election.
The West Coast MP has said he cannot remember why he granted residency to the businessman whose links to both National and Labour have created political waves this year.
But letters released to the Herald under the Official Information Act show Mr O’Connor was being lobbied by Mr Kyd on behalf of Liu in the lead up to the tightly fought election. . .
The first, dated June 1 2005, . . .
A second letter to Mr Kyd, dated August 9 2005, reveals Mr O’Connor said “it is not my normal practice to intervene in the established immigration application process, however, I have decided to make an exception in this case. . .
A third letter to Mr Kyd, dated September 16, 2005 – the day before the election – stated Mr O’Connor had considered the case carefully and “decided to intervene”.
“I am therefore instructing the Department of Labour Immigration Service to grant residence to Mr Liu as an exception to policy. The grant of residence will be subject to Mr Liu completing an application form, paying an application fee and meeting health and character requirements”.
The residency was granted under the terms of the Investor Category at the time.
Mr O’Connor has told the Herald he cannot remember the circumstances in which he granted Liu’s application.
To forget one letter might be understandable, forgetting two looks distinctly careless and three is simply not credible.
Labour needs its annual conference this weekend to go without a hitch.
It’s already starting with criticism of closing most sessions to the media and now it will have the shadow of the Liu controversy hanging over it as well.
836 Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples.
993 Saint Ulrich of Augsburg was canonized.
1054 A supernova was observed by the Chinese the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star Tauri.
1120 Jordan II of Capua was anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death.
1187 The Crusades: Battle of Hattin – Saladin defeated Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem.
1456 The Siege of Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade) began.
1569 The King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Lithuania, Sigismund II Augustus signed the document of union between Poland and Lithuania, creating new country known as Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1610 The Battle of Klushino between forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Russia during the Polish-Muscovite War.
1744 The Treaty of Lancaster, in which the Iriquois ceded lands between the Allegheny Mountains and the Ohio River to the British colonies, was signed.
1774 Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament’s Coercive Acts
1776 American Revolution: the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
1790 George Everest, Welsh surveyor, was born (d. 1866).
1802 At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opened.
1810 The French occupied Amsterdam.
1816 Hiram Walker, American grocer and distiller, was born (d. 1899).
1817 Construction on the Erie Canal began.
1826 Stephen Foster, American songwriter, was born (d. 1864).
1827 Slavery was abolished in New York State.
1837 Grand Junction Railway, the world’s first long-distance railway, opened between Birmingham and Liverpool.
1840 The Cunard Line’s 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia left Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end.
1845 Thomas Barnardo, Irish humanitarian, was born (d. 1905).
1855 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, was published.
1863 American Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg – Vicksburg, Mississippi surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege.
1863 A Confederate Army was repulsed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas.
1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published.
1868 Te Kooti escaped from the Chatham Islands.
1868 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer, was born (d. 1921).
1872 Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, was born (d. 1933) .
1879 Anglo-Zulu War: the Zululand capital of Ulundi was captured by British troops and burnt to the ground, ending the war and forcing King Cetshwayo to flee.
1881 In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opened.
1882 Louis B. Mayer, American film producer, was born (d. 1957).
1883 Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist, was born (d. 1970).
1886 The people of France offered the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.
1886 – The first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrived in Port Moody, British Columbia.
1887 The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joined Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi.
1892 Western Samoa changed the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
1898 Gertrude Lawrence, English-born actress, was born (d. 1952).
1902 The NZ Boxing Association was formed.
1903 Dorothy Levitt was reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a ‘motor race’.
1911 Mitch Miller, American musician, singer and record producer, was born (d. 2010).
1917 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter, was born (d. 1947).
1918 King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga was born (d. 2006).
1918 Ann Landers, American advice columnist, was born (d. 2002).
1918 – Abigal Van Buren, American advice columnist, was born.
1918 Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascended to the throne.
1918 – Bolsheviks killed Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date).
1924 Eva Marie Saint, American actress, was born.
1927 Neil Simon, American playwright, was born.
1927 First flight of the Lockheed Vega.
1934 Leo Szilard patented the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb.
1939 Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, told a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considered himself “The luckiest man on the face of the earth” as he announced his retirement from major league baseball.
1941 Nazi Germans massacred Polish scientists and writers in the captured city of Lwów.
1946 After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attained full independence from the United States.
1947 The “Indian Independence Bill” was presented before British House of Commons, suggesting bifurcation of British India into two sovereign countries – India and Pakistan.
1950 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
1959 The 49-star flag of the United States debuted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1969 The Ohio Fireworks Derecho killed 18 people and destroyed more than 100 boats on Lake Erie.
1976 Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists.
1982 Iranian diplomats kidnapping: four Iranian diplomats were kidnapped by Lebanese militia in Lebanon.
1987 In France, former Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie (aka the “Butcher of Lyon”) was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment.
1993 Sumitomo Chemical‘s resin plant in Nihama exploded killing one worker and injuring three others.
2004 The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower was laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
2006 North Korea tested four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2.
2008 Cross-strait charter direct flight between mainland China and Taiwan started.
2009 – The Statue of Liberty‘s crown reopened to the public after eight years of closure due to security concerns following the September 11 attacks.
2009 – The first of four days of bombings on the southern Philippine island group of Mindanao.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia