Aggravistle – the small and inaccessible piece of steak that clings between the teeth and refuses to dislodge despite constant agitation, causing continuous discomfort and extreme annoyance.
What to do when you have two farms and three sons – Kate Taylor:
After decades of hard work, 64-year-old David Humphries would have been debt-free on his two farms near Waipukurau by the end of next year. But he has three sons – all farmers. So he bought another farm.
It wasn’t a matter of three farms for three sons, but creating a business big enough and diverse enough to allow them all to do what they love and to make a living at it.
At 364 hectares, Glen Moraig was the original family farm with 324ha Awaraupo added later. Now 600ha Te Tui has been added to the business. It is on the same road, but 10km closer to Waipukurau. It is hoped the business will carry 11,000 stock units across the properties once development has been carried out on the new farm. . .
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) gets caught on American rocks – Keith Woodford:
Last Friday (12 June) was a bad day for proponents of the twelve-country Trans Pacific Partnership. To the surprise of many, the American House of Representatives has thwarted, at least temporarily, President Obama’s request for fast-track authority. Without that authority, other countries will not put forward their bottom line positions.
The irony is that the House has in theory offered Obama exactly the fast-track authority that he needs. However, the differences between the House and Senate versions of legislation are such that in reality he has been defeated.
The importance of fast-track authority is that the American Congress would then only be able to accept or reject the TPP without amendment. Without that agreement, ratification becomes unmanageable. . .
Rural Women New Zealand is partnering with the Sophie Elliott Foundation and the It’s Not Ok campaign to present a series of Safe Relationships seminars.
The purpose of the seminars is to increase awareness and education to stop domestic violence in rural communities. Lesley Elliott MNZM will be the guest speaker and the event will include discussion about what makes a safe relationship.
Lesley established the Sophie Elliott Foundation after the tragic death of her daughter, Sophie by her former boyfriend. Lesley says, “I applaud this initiative by Rural Women New Zealand and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to rural groups. Domestic violence isn’t a problem just in towns and cities, every community and socio-economic group throughout the country is affected. . .
Peter Gordon ONZM has been an ambassador chef for New Zealand lamb in the UK market since 1998. He credits the success of the 17-year partnership to the product itself.
“I fully and wholeheartedly believe in the product. I am not just doing this to earn a fee. I do it because I believe in New Zealand lamb. Without integrity, campaigns fall flat. I can easily demonstrate to the public the genuine enthusiasm I have in cooking it and showing others how to do so.
“As a chef, the quality of the produce I cook with is paramount. The consistency of New Zealand lamb is outstanding and second to none.” . .
The meat industry here is hoping the United States will dump its law requiring compulsory country of origin labelling for meat imports.
The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the law, in response to a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling that country of origin requirements for beef, chicken, pork and some other products discriminates against imports.
Canada and Mexico are proposing retaliatory trade penalties against the US after winning their WTO case.
The US Congress also needs to repeal the law for the compulsory labelling to be scrapped. . .
Moocall is expanding its international operations by making their calving sensor available for purchase in New Zealand & Australia. The devices will be on sale via au.moocall.com and also through some local distributers.
Moocall is a calving sensor, worn on a cows tail that measures over 600 data points a sec- ond to determine the onset of calving. The device then sends an SMS text alert to two mobile phones to ensure the cattle breeder can be on location when calving takes place.
Moocall was invented when Irish farmer Niall Austin, lost a calf and a cow due to an unexpected difficult calving. . .
Seeka will harvest all of next season’s crop for its avocado growers using the new efficient blue plastic bins it has been introducing as part of its commitment to innovation, says Chief Executive Michael Franks.
Seeka currently has 6,000 of the bins in service and will be doubling the number this year. The Surestore bins were built by TCI New Zealand, with development and design strongly influenced by Seeka’s operational experience. The Surestore bins are stronger, safer to handle, easier to clean than wood, and are lighter, allowing more fruit to be loaded onto a truck. Importantly, they are also less damaging to the fruit and have helped improve the quality of harvested fruit. . .
The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 3000 in the gallery already.
Ratetheflag gives you the chance to rate the options.
These three are most popular today:
Basis is bringing together traditions of Southern Cross and more recent Tino Rangatiratanga symbols (reversed to reflect long white cloud or sea, as well as a fern) – but adopting new colour (green) uses in neither to symbolise our land and new beginnings.
The GlobalDairyTrade price index dropped 1.3% in this morning’s auction.
If what goes up must come down, what goes down can come up, here’s hoping it doesn’t go down further first.
I would unreservedly support a law change mandating stringent performance standards for rented properties provided that the following section is included in the legislation:
“Nothing in the Law of Supply and Demand nor the Law of Unintended Consequences shall apply to the provisions of this Act.”
This is really important because, unless Parliament can somehow prohibit those other laws from having an effect, extensive housing reform has the potential to make life much harder for many renters. . .
there can be no doubt that the impetus for reform comes from a place of good intentions. By any historical measure, New Zealand is a prosperous country. We should aspire to be a society in which the basic comforts of human existence are universally available – particularly to children, who bear no responsibility for the circumstances in which they are raised.
Nevertheless, it does not follow that we should disregard the known risks of forceful government intervention. At some point, the imposition of requirements on landlords will result in rents being driven up. That could make it difficult for poor families to find any accommodation at all. – Liam Hehir
1239 – Edward Longshanks, English king, was born (d. 1307).
1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, was born (d. 1765).
1704 John Kay, English inventor of the flying shuttle, was born (d. 1780)
1775 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Bunker Hill.
1843 The Wiarau Incident: New Zealand Company settlers and Ngati Toa clashed over the ownership of land in the Wairau Valley.
1863 Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
1867 Henry Lawson, Australian poet, was born (d. 1922).
1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbour.
1898 The United States Navy Hospital Corps iwa established.
1900 Martin Bormann, Nazi official, was born (d. 1945).
1901 The College Board introduced its first standardized test.
1930 U.S. President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
1932 Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amassed at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considered a bill that would give them certain benefits.
1933 Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash were gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
1939 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, was guillotined in Versailles.
1940 World War II: Operation Ariel began– Allied troops started to evacuate France, following Germany’s takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
1940 – World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe.
1943 Barry Manilow, American musician, was born.
1944 Iceland declared independence from Denmark and became a republic.
1945 Ken Livingstone, English politician, was born.
1947 Paul Young, English singer and percussionist, was born (d. 2000).
1948 A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashed near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
1950 Lee Tamahori, New Zealand film director, was born.
1953 Workers Uprising: in East Germany, the Soviet Union ordered a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
1957 Phil Chevron, Irish musician (The Pogues, The Radiators From Space), was born.
1958 The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing being built connecting Vancouver and North Vancouver, Canada, collapses into the Burrard Inlet, killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others.
1958 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, opened.
1960 The Nez Perce tribe was awarded $4 million for 7 million acres of land undervalued (4 cents/acre) in the 1863 treaty.
1961 The New Democratic Party of Canada was founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.
1963 The United States Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.
1963 A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2000 people breaks out, killing one.
1972 Watergate scandal: five White House operatives were arrested for burglary of the offices of the Democratic National Committee
1987 With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow became extinct.
1991 Apartheid: the South African Parliament repealed the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
1992 A ‘Joint Understanding’ agreement on arms reduction was signed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Sourced from NZ history Online & Wikipedia