Autochthonous – indigenous rather than descended from migrants or colonists; native to the place inhabited; formed or originating in the place where found.
Deer, sheep and cattle spread the risk in uncertain times – Kate Taylor:
Diversification is one of the keys to success for Central Hawke’s Bay sheep, beef and deer farmer Matt von Dadelszen on Mangapurakau Station.
Combining breeding deer, velvet stags, bull beef, breeding ewes and finishing lambs gives the von Dadelszens a mix of stock classes on the property at any time of the year… and a buffer when prices drop in one sector.
“The way we’re set up it’s easier to react,” he says. “Changes can be made quickly for different markets. Every year is a good solid year thanks to the diversity of the farm. We’re not at the mercy of one market.”
Matt and Paula von Dadelszen farm in partnership with Matt’s parents Ponty and Jane on the 1000-hectare property in the Flemington farming district, south of Waipukurau. They are on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s southern boundary with Horizons Regional Council with two-thirds of the farm in Hawke’s Bay. It is a summer-safe farm with an altitude of 370 metres above sea level up to 620m and an annual rainfall of about 1250mm. . . .
Cold winds bring death to East Coast farms – Kate Taylor:
Hawke’s Bay farmers still in the middle of lambing are counting the costs of this week’s rain deluge.
More than 400mm of cold rain fell at Trelinnoe, the Te Pohue property farmed by former Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills and his brother Scott. They started lambing the day before the rain began.
“There is hardly a lamb surviving,” Bruce Wills said. “It’s not good … finding it hard to find a live lamb anywhere. It’s frustrating and annoying to do all the work all year and then, flipping heck, Mother Nature comes and does her thing.
“A week ago we were talking drought. On our country once we get 350mm, even with all of our 15,000 trees and all our good work, Mother Nature takes over.” . .
A North Canterbury dairy farmer who helps support migrants when they move to the area says she’s not surprised to hear Filipino workers falsified documents to secure visas.
Hundreds of Filipino workers on dairy farms are under scrutiny after authorities in the Philippines revealed dozens have arrived on visas based on false documents.
They are also looking into claims some of the men paid as much as $1,500 to a recruiter who falsified work experience and qualifications in a bid to get them a better job.
Sharron Davie-Martin is based at Culverden, North Canterbury and said there’s about 70 Filipinos working on local dairy farms and without them, farmers would really struggle. . .
Waikato Federated Farmers is warning that there would be a massive impact on the local economy if computer-modelling to improve water quality in the region was followed through.
The modelling has been produced to look at the impacts of implementing changes, such as land-use and in particular moving away from dairying.
It is estimated it would cost anywhere between $1 and nearly $8 billion over a 25-year period to clean up the Waikato and Waipa rivers and their tributaries.
It is based on scenarios ranging from making the rivers suitable for swimming, fishing and healthy biodiversity, to no further water quality decline, but with some improvements, or just holding-the-line with no further degradation. . .
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the formation of Federated Farmers $10k Rates Club – an informal grouping of members who share the unwelcome bond of payment more than $10,000 a year in general rates.
“The club has been a way for us to capture stories, gauge the trends in general rates and add another string to our lobbying bow,” says Senior Policy Advisor Nigel Billings, who helped found the club back in 2005.
The club remains strong but times have changed – and, as Nigel admits, it might be time for a rebrand.
“Unfortunately, $10,000 rates notices are not as rare as they used to be for those in our rural communities. We’re thinking we might need to change the name to the $15k Rates Club. It may even need to be $20k.” . . .
Rural theft is gut wrenching – Chris Irons:
Rural crime is getting out of hand and something has to happen or we may need armed defender callouts to rural communities. The recent spate of thefts in the Waikato has been sickening especially for sharemilkers who are doing it tough trying to stay afloat with the downturn in dairy prices.
Huntly farmer Philip Thomas had his four- wheeler stolen in broad daylight and then suffered the indignation of watching the thieves ride off brazenly out his farm.
As most farmers know quad bikes are key part of the daily running of our business, it’s not a toy, more a necessity. The Huntly farmer had all his aids and ropes stored on his bike which he needed for calving. . .
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards is proving to be a breeding ground for future industry leaders.
Six of the 10 candidates currently seeking election to the Board of Directors of DairyNZ cite their participation in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards on their curriculum vitae.
Two candidates, Ben Allomes, a Director seeking re-election, and Elaine Cook are former New Zealand Sharemilkers of the Year while another candidate Greg Maughan is a former longstanding chair of the Awards executive organising committee and former regional winner in the Sharemilker of the Year competition.
Another former regional Sharemilker of the Year winner is seeking election, Murray Jamieson, while Steve Hines is a past entrant and judge. Grant Wills has judged entrants in the awards. . . .
Treble Cone Ski Area (Wanaka, New Zealand) celebrated the Closing Day of a successful snow season that achieved a number of key milestones last Sunday.
This winter Treble Cone received it’s highest ever visitation since forming as a company in 1968 and installing the first rope tow in 1969, with a record number of skier visits in 2015.
The momentum and vibe at Treble Cone has been building over recent years, with stability in pricing coupled with tweaks and improvements across the guest experience.
Anticipation prior to this season was fantastic, with record online interaction and engagement, and increases in early bird season pass and pre-season lift pass sales.
Leading into winter 2015 Treble Cone introduced additional groomed intermediate trails in the Saddle Basin through summer earthworks and snow fencing which proved very popular. . .
Groser had been playing hard to get for the meeting, indicating a willingness to attend only if there was an improvement on the “wholly inadequate” offers of dairy market access from the heavily protected agricultural sectors in the US, Canada and Japan. . .
Groser said last week that New Zealand negotiators could “see a very good deal for New Zealand in everything except dairy and I don’t know to characterise the deal there because it’s not a deal we could accept.”
Since then, there’s been a flurry of reports in US and Canadian media suggesting that the US is pressuring Canada to accept more dairy products from the US as part of a deal that would begin to prise open the US dairy market for New Zealand and Australian dairy products. . .
Dairy market access is especially politically sensitive in Canada because the country faces a federal election on Oct. 19 and the country’s dairy sector is highly protected, using a system of supply management intended to match local dairy production volumes with domestic demand.
However, it appears the Harper government’s political calculus is that a dairy deal would hurt its electoral chances most in Quebec, where it is already comparatively unpopular, and that there would be political damage in being seen to walk away from a new Asia-Pacific deal and some kudos in being able to demonstrate trade opportunities for Canadian firms. . .
This means there is still hope for the TPPA in spite of strong opposition from protected industries and those whose politics blind them to the benefits of free trade and the costs of protection.
Dairy interests must be very powerful in Canada because everyone else pays dearly for its trade barriers which increase prices and reduce choice.
Eric Crampton has a suggestion to change that with this speech he’d like to have heard from a party leader:
“Right now, Canadian dairy prices are much higher than they need to be. Mothers pay too much for infant formula; families pay too much for cheese. And the system as a whole doesn’t even benefit dairy farmers any longer: getting into the industry is expensive because buying quota eats up whatever benefits the system provides to farmers. But there is a better way.”
“We are committed to protecting the quality of dairy products on store shelves – as we are with every food product sold in Canada. But we don’t protect food quality with 300% tariffs for vegetables, fruit, or thousands of other products that cross our borders each and every day. For that, we use food inspections. The dairy quota system isn’t necessary for protecting food quality.”
“Today, we are buying back all of the dairy quota and opening the borders. Farmers should not see their retirement savings wiped out by a policy decision from Ottawa. We are able to afford to do this because dairy prices, in a competitive world market, are low enough that we can fund the buyback with a levy on all dairy products sold in Canada while still keeping prices lower than they are now. And those levies will disappear when the bill is paid in full. Canadians will have better access to the world’s products, and Canadian agricultural producers will have better access to world markets.” . .
The economics are simple, the politics are not but Not PC shows how difficult life would be without trade in a post on the $1,500 sandwich.
. . . What would life be like without exchange or trade? Recently, a man decided to make a sandwich from scratch. He grew the vegetables, gathered salt from seawater, milked a cow, turned the milk into cheese, pickled a cucumber in a jar, ground his own flour from wheat to make the bread, collected his own honey, and personally killed a chicken for its meat. This month, he published the results of his endeavour in an enlightening video: making a sandwich entirely by himself cost him 6 months of his life and set him back $1,500. . .
Few but the strongest anti-trade people would suggest we go back to that sort of subsistence existence.
But here in one of the freest economies in the world some people still don’t understand how much we’ve gained from free trade. The transition from the highly protected economy we had wasn’t without casualties but the gains were worth the pain.
The TPPA will bring more gains and since our borders are already so open we have little to lose.
. . . Labour’s problem may be summed up in two words: proportional representation. New Zealand’s MMP electoral system allows minor parties to thrive, thus removing the pressure on opposition supporters to transfer their allegiance to the party best placed to defeat the Government. By denying Labour the 5 to 10 percentage points it needs to become a credible competitor to the National Party, proportional representation and the Greens are encouraging the Right to contemplate permanent political ascendancy. . . Chris Trotter
1399 Henry IV was proclaimed King of England.
1744 France and Spain defeated the Kingdom of Sardinia at the Battle of Madonna dell’Olmo.
1791 The Magic Flute, the last opera composed by Mozart, premiered at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna.
1813 Battle of Bárbula: Simón Bolívar defeated Santiago Bobadilla.
1832 Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, American labour activist, was born (d. 1905).
1860 Britain’s first tram service begins in Birkenhead, Merseyside.
1878 – The ‘Great Flood’ of 1878 killed at least three people and thousands of animals as it swept across the southern South Island.
1882 The world’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin.
1895 Madagascar became a French protectorate.
1903 The new Gresham’s School was officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood.
1906 The Real Academia Galega, Galician language’s biggest linguistic authority, started working in Havana.
1921 Scottish actress Deborah Kerr was born (d 2007).
1924 US author Truman Capote was born.
1927 Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.
1931 Start of “Die Voortrekkers” youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein.
1935 The Hoover Dam, was dedicated.
1935 US singer Johnny Mathis was born.
1938 Britain, France, Germany and Italy signed the Munich Agreement, allowing Germany to occupy the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.
1938 The League of Nations unanimously outlawed “intentional bombings of civilian populations”.
1939 General Władysław Sikorski became commander-in-chief of the Polish Government in exile.
1943 Marilyn McCoo, American singer (The 5th Dimension), was born.
1943 Ian Ogilvy, British Actor, was born.
1945 The Bourne End rail crash, in Hertfordshire killed 43 people.
1949 The Berlin Airlift ended.
1954 The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus was commissioned as the world’s first nuclear reactor powered vessel.
1955 Film icon James Dean died in a road accident aged 24.
1957 US actress Fran Drescher was born.
1962 Sir Guy Powles became New Zealand’s first Ombudsman.
1962 James Meredith entered the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.
1965 The Lockheed L-100, the civilian version of the C-130 Hercules, was introduced.
1968 The Boeing 747 was shown to the public for the first time at the Boeing Everett Factory.
1970 Jordan made a deal with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) for the release of the remaining hostages from theDawson’s Field hijackings.
1975 The Hughes (later McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing) AH-64 Apache made its first flight.
1980 Ethernet specifications were published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.
1982 Cyanide-laced Tylenol killed six people in the Chicago area.
1986 Martin Guptill, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1986 Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, was kidnapped in Rome.
1990 The Dalai Lama unveiled the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa.
1991 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti was forced from office.
1993 An earthquake hit India‘s Latur and Osmanabad district of Marathwada (Au rangabad division) leaving tens of thousands of people dead and many more homeless.
1994 Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the London Underground closed after eighty-eight years of service.
1999 Japan’s worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility inTōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
2004 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat were taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
2004 – The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, was retired from service.
2005 – The controversial drawings of Muhammad were printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
2006 the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia.
2009 – The 2009 Sumatra earthquakes killed more than 1,115 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia