The super Highlanders are Super rugby champions.
The super Highlanders are Super rugby champions.
The Highlanders meet the Hurricanes in the final tonight.
Once the Crusaders were out of contention several friends from Canterbury told me they were backing the Mainland team.
That’s a fair return for all the times those of us on the right side of the Waitaki have backed the Crusaders when the Highlanders have no longer been in contention.
While rugby has been getting a lot of attention, there’s another big final tonight – the ANZ Young Farmer competition.
Batrachomyomachy – a petty quarrel; tempest in a teacup; a mountain made from a molehill.
Wendy Avery – strong woman behind the man – Barbara Gillaham:
Doug Avery is well known throughout the farming community as a man who has faced adversity, immense stress and the dark pit of depression.
Battling through all of these, plus ongoing droughts, and other serious setbacks on the family’s South Marlborough farm Bonavaree, today he has successfully turned his farm into a high-performing business.
Now with the farm safely managed by his son Fraser, Doug is busy touring the country presenting his Resilient Farmer plan, reaching out to other farmers in New Zealand suffering from stress and depression.
Although he laughingly describes himself as a “sad bastard” Doug Avery has proven himself a strong man in every sense of the word. . .
50 years with Alliance Group – Brittany Pickett:
Separating faeces and intestines may not be for everyone but for Ian Miller it has been a 50 year long career.
The Invercargill man began his career at the Makarewa Alliance plant in May 1965, at the tender age of 16, after his father, also a long-time Alliance employee, decided it was time for his son to learn a trade.
“He went to the boss and said I’ve got a lad who’s not doing so good at school and then I started there with my father in the gut floor,” Miller said.
Adding to the family tradition, Miller’s two uncles also worked for Alliance. . .
Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today helped celebrate the return of 8500ha of Crown land to Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Some of the land on the Tongariro/Rangipō Prison site will continue to be used by Corrections to help rehabilitate prisoners. This includes about 700ha for a training farm for prisoners to hone their farming skills, giving them real work opportunities on release. The sale of the land to Ngāti Tūwharetoa was finalised today at a ceremony at Rongomai Marae near Taupō. …
E ngā mana, e ngā reo o te motu, tēnā koutou katoa. E mihi ana ki a koutou i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.
A Ngāti Tūwharetoa partnership, the Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust (TST) and five other Tūwharetoa entities, have finalised the purchase of 8,500 hectares of Crown land in the central North Island. This includes around 4,000 hectares of timber plantations.
The sale and purchase by Hautu-Rangipo Whenua Limited (HRWL), valued at $52.7 million, was marked at Rongomai marae today by Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Ta Tumu te Heuheu, CNI Iwi representatives, and representatives of the iwi partnership.
TST Chairman, Dylan Tahau, said the deal has significant strategic and commercial benefits for the iwi partnership. . .
A former regal Waitaki homestead that has been run as a commercial enterprise with links to the famous Scottish whisky Glenfiddich, has been placed on the market for sale.
Craigellachie was built by a Scottish migrant in 1899, who chose the name as it fondly reminded him of a place in Northern Scotland. Meaning ‘rocky hill’, Cragellachie is at the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky trail. The village sits above the Rivers Spey and Fiddich, whose valley or glen gives its name to arguably the country’s most famous whisky, Glenfiddich.
The New Zealand namesake is located at 399 Otiake Road in the Waitaki Valley settlement of Otiake. . .
New Zealand honey consumers are being forced to pay dramatically higher retail prices for everyday honeys as exporters buy up all available table honeys to blend and sell as authentic manuka honey in global markets.
“There’s a goldrush mentality out there. Overseas demand is rapacious for manuka honey or a blend that can be labelled as manuka honey,” says industry leader and long-time advocate for transparent and internationally credible manuka honey quality standards, Peter Bray, managing director of Canterbury-based Airborne Honey. Recognised world standards require a honey to be “wholly or mainly” made from the named source on the label yet a high proportion of honey sold as manuka fails to meet this threshold. . .
Unification has been one of the major topics at last week’s annual Conference of the National Beekeepers Association and Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group held at Wairakei, attend by Waikato based Manuka Honey producers SummerGlow Apiaries.
“This year has been the biggest event yet in terms of attendance as we have had over 830 registrations from all areas of the industry attend this year’s conference which is up from last year when 500 people attended,” says John Hartnell, Bees Chairperson of Federated Farmers Of New Zealand. . .
Hat tip: Utopia
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Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor – Sholom Aleichem.
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.
2015 – L&T Safety Day 2015 with the theme “Safe Way- Only Way : Building a Culture of Prevention
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia