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Southern contractors are struggling in wet and cold weather:
The dreadfully wet season being experienced in the southern part of the country is leaving many rural contractors and farmers under huge pressure and stress, claims Rural Contractors NZ.
RCNZ vice president and Southland-based contractor David Kean says there are reports of contractors not being able to get work done, struggling with their finances and some having to lay staff off.
“Many contractors are really feeling it and the stress is starting to tell on both them and their businesses. Our advice is simple: ask for help and talk to the appropriate agencies before things get out of hand,” he explains.
Meanwhile, there’s the opposite problem in Canterbury – which has had lots of strong, cold Norwest winds and very little rain over the past couple of months – meaning there is very little work to do now after a busy start to the season.
Mr Kean says if rural contractors are struggling to pay bills and/or staff they should be in contact with both Work and Income NZ and the IRD for assistance and advice.
“It is far better for people to be proactive; admit they have issues to deal with and seek the appropriate help – rather than just bottling it up or letting any problems get out of hand.
“Both IRD and WINZ are there to provide help in these kinds of situations and they have the people and expertise to offer advice and assistance.”
Mr Kean says Rural Contractors NZ is also there to help members and to act as support network for contractors who are feeling under pressure.
“However, we are not experts in financial matters or if people are coming under mental duress,” he adds.
“We are telling people they should be talking with their accountants and financial advisors about their business and with their families and medical professionals if they are under pressure themselves.”
The chair of the Rural Health Alliance Aoteoroa NZ (RHAANZ) Dr Jo Scott-Jones agrees.
“We know rural people tend to delay seeking help until they can no longer work, but it is true that a ‘stitch in time saves nine’”, Dr Scott-Jones says. “Talking to a GP or practice nurse about stress seems to cause people difficulty. But anyone in this situation should know it is never as hard as you think and the benefits that flow from sharing some of the burden and talking through the way you feel can be enormous.”
Mr Kean adds that talking with professionals, as well as family and friends is an important step in getting the proper advice and help – when and where it is needed.
“Farmers also need to be aware of the pressure contractors are under and have to be realistic about getting work done,” he adds. “The last couple of months have been so wet that even if the weather cleared today it is going to take a long time to clear the back log of work and get everyone caught up again.”
Further north it was too wet in winter and now it’s too dry:
Weeks of persistent wind with little rain are putting farmers on edge in eastern areas of the country, from Gisborne to Canterbury.
Federated Farmers Gisborne Wairoa president Sandra Faulkner said soil moisture levels in that region were well down on normal for the time of year. . .
We didn’t really have a summer last year then had a very wet start to winter but we’ve had little significant rain since July and there’s all the signs of a looming drought.
That doesn’t mean we’re having good weather, it’s still cold which is slowing pasture growth and potato crops.
In contrast, a wet winter, less sunlight and cooler temperatures are being blamed for hampering potato crops and creating a shortage of the vegetable.
Potatoes New Zealand said there was more demand than growers could supply and that was having a flow on effect on companies such as potato chip processors.
Chief executive Champak Mehta said none of the previous season’s crops were left in storage and the new season’s potatoes were taking longer to hit the shelves. . .
North Otago is justly famed for its new potatoes but picking started only a week or so ago.
We didn’t plant ours in the garden until after labour weekend and they’re still a good couple of weeks ago from giving us anything to pick.
Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys has died.
. . . The musician had been battling liver disease cirrhosis in recent months, and was forced to pull out of the ‘Brown Sugar’ hitmakers’ tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in October.
The Texas native began his music career as a teenager, touring with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee as a teenager. He befriended the Rolling Stones in 1964, and was later recruited to play on their 1969 album Let It Bleed.
Keys was a mainstay on the British band’s albums until 1974, and reunited with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and pals in 1980 for their Emotional Rescue project. He remained a key player on all subsequent albums, including 2005’s A Bigger Bang. . .
Prime Minister John Key welcomed the report back of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, which has been strengthened by the select committee process.
“I’d like to thank all of the members of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee for their hard work on the Bill,” Mr Key says.
“The Bill has been significantly improved because of their efforts and because of the efforts of submitters.
“A number of changes have been agreed, particularly in areas where submissions had raised concerns.
“As I said at the start of this process, I am seeking wide-ranging political support for the Bill and we have been working with other political parties in good faith.
“The agreed changes to the Bill reflect feedback from our support parties ACT and United Future, as well as positive negotiations with the Labour Party.
“The Bill responds to the rapidly evolving issue of foreign terrorist fighters, with measures that can add to the safety and security of New Zealand in the short-term.
“A larger review of the intelligence agencies, their legislation and their oversight is required by law to begin by the middle of next year.
The proposals contained in the current Bill will be subject to a sunset clause.
The changes include:
The 48 hour emergency surveillance proposal will be reduced to 24 hours, and be restricted to activity that relates to the foreign fighters issue only
The new visual surveillance power will be restricted to activity that relates to the foreign fighters issue only
The sunset clause has been pulled back by a year to April 1, 2017
Additional oversight safeguards and more regular reporting will be required with regard to some of the new powers, particularly the 24 hour emergency surveillance power. . .
Measures like this should be supported by more than a bare majority and it is a good reflection on the whole committee that negotiated changes enabled most parties to support the legislation.
The GlobalDairyTrade price index dropped again in this morning’s auction.
The 1.1% drop in the price index isn’t much but the 7.1% drop in the price of whole milk powder, the country’s single biggest export and the product on which the milk payout is largely based, is more significant.
Several commentators are predicting Fonterra to announce another drop in the forecast payout.
Two sisters who were abused as children will appeal a judge’s decision to keep the perpetrator’s name suppressed:
. . . The man was convicted for indecent assault in 1995 for the historic abuses, and received name suppression to protect his victims’ identities.
Earlier this year, a Christchurch District Court judge lifted the suppression for sisters Anne-Marie Forsyth and Karen Beaumont, but a legal clause prevented him from doing the same for their abuser.
Ms Forsyth said she wanted the law changed to help other young victims of sexual abuse, and the women are filing for a judicial review of the decision this afternoon.
“I mean the goal for us is to get people talking about it, to get it out in the open and to stop the secrecy, because secrecy is what paedophiles and abusers hide behind,” she said.
If victims want to remain anonymous and naming the perpetrator would threaten that, suppression is in order.
Victims have a right to privacy but should feel no shame.
The shame in cases of abuse is the perpetrator’s not the victims and if, as the case in this instance, they don’t want their names suppressed the grounds for suppressing the name of the perpetrator no longer apply.
If current law doesn’t permit his naming then the law should be changed to ensure this doesn’t happen again.