Botryoidal – (chiefly of minerals) resembling or having the form or shape reminiscent of a cluster of grapes.
New Zealander Matt Smith has broken one of the biggest world records in shearing sports in England overnight.
He smashed the world solo nine-hours ewe shearing record with a new tally of 731 in the first global shearing record attempted in the Northern Hemisphere.
The previous record of 721 had stood for more than nine years since being shorn by Hawke’s Bay shearer Rodney Sutton in 2007.. .
Farmer confidence has picked up slightly since surveyed last in January but remains weak, according to Federated Farmers’ July 2016 Farm Confidence Survey.
The survey was conducted immediately after the Brexit decision and this appears to have dampened farmer confidence in the global market, on top of their existing concerns about the domestic scene, president of Federated Farmers Dr William Rolleston says.
“The strength of the global economy, post Brexit, is weighing heavily on farmers’ expectations. . .
Six New Zealanders were among a select group of 20 leading farmers from around the world to recently attend a Rabobank Global Farmers Master Class in Zambia.
The week-long education program – which comprised alumni of previous Rabobank Global Master Class events held around the world – brought together farmers from nine key food and agriculture-producing countries to observe the potential of the Zambian agricultural sector and to discuss the challenges facing local producers. The program saw participants visit a range of agricultural operations in Zambia’s Lusaka and Mkushi regions and hear from a number of key Zambian agriculture industry participants. . .
Challenges as Marlborough wine industry booms Shannon Redstall:
Wine production in Marlborough is tipped to increase by 25 percent over the next five years so industry leaders are meeting to today to plan for the future.
The movers and shakers of the Marlborough wine industry are holding a meeting today to discuss the future of one of the country’s biggest exports.
Results from the recent Marlborough Labour Market Survey, a joint initiative by Wine Marlborough, New Zealand Winegrowers and Marlborough District Council, show the industry is rapidly expanding. . .
Fonterra has welcomed the Government’s goal of New Zealand becoming predator free by 2050.
“This is a hugely significant goal, and one that the dairy industry shares,” said Carolyn Mortland, Fonterra’s Director of Social Responsibility.
“A predator free New Zealand would have significant benefits for New Zealand’s environment as well as help with animal TB eradication.”
TB and other diseases carried by possums and rats carry a high on-going cost to farmers, as well as to dairy companies investing in pest control for the protection of production facilities. . .
(BusinessDesk) – Allied Farmers shares jumped 16 percent after the rural services firm gave a rosier view on annual earnings due to a better than expected performance from its livestock division.
The Hawera-based company said pre-tax profit was between $1.4 million and $1.6 million in the year ended June 30, up from $1.11 million a year earlier. The final result will be released on by Aug. 29. The shares climbed 0.7 of a cent to 5 cents, valuing the company at $8.3 million.
“A large portion of NZ Farmers Livestock’s income is budgeted to be received in May each year, due to the timing of dairy herd sales,” chairman Garry Bluett said. “ . .
This is your opportunity to pose the questions.
Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual bunch of winter sweet.
Environment Canterbury has run out of patience with farmers who are breaching water right consents:
The Canterbury Regional Council has issued a final warning to farmers who are breaching water consent rules, and says it will start initiating prosecutions soon.
The council has moved to enforce the requirement for water meters, after Forest and Bird complained about the number of farmers still breaching the rules three years after they came into force.
The council’s chief executive, Bill Bayfield, said in the last five years they had gone from having only 500 farmers with water meters to over 5000.
He said they were now working on the final 200 to 250 farmers who still didn’t have the water meters required under water consents. . .
The non-complying farmers are lucky they’re getting another warning.
Water rights come with responsibilities, one of which is to have a meter.
A little leeway at the start of new conditions can be appropriate but three years is too long for excuses for having no meter.
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. – Beatrix Potter who was born on this day in 1866.
1364 Battle of Cascina.
1540 Thomas Cromwell was executed at the order of Henry VIII on charges of treason.
1794 Maximilien Robespierre was executed by guillotine.
1809 Peninsular War: Battle of Talavera: Sir Arthur Wellesley’s British, Portuguese and Spanish army defeated a French force under Joseph Bonaparte.
1844 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet, was born (d. 1889).
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Ezra Church: Confederate troops made a third unsuccessful attempt to drive Union forces from Atlanta, Georgia.
1865 Welsh settlers arrived at Chubut in Argentina.
1866 Beatrix Potter, English author, was born (d. 1943).
1868 The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was passed, establishing African-American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.
1879 Lucy Burns, American suffragist, was born (d. 1966)
1893 The third massive suffrage petition was presented to Parliament in three years, this one was signed by nearly 32,000 women − almost a quarter of the entire adult European female population of New Zealand.
1901 Rudy Vallee, American entertainer, was born (d. 1986).
1902 Karl Popper, Austrian-born philosopher, was born (d. 1994).
1907 Earl Tupper, American inventor (tupperware) was born(d. 1983).
1909 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist, was born (d. 1957).
1914 World War I: Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after Serbia rejects the conditions of an ultimatum sent by Austria on July 23 following the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand.
1929 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States, was born (d. 1994).
1935 First flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
1936 Garfield Sobers, Barbadian West Indies cricketer, was born.
1942 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin issued Order No. 227 in response to alarming German advances into the Soviet Union. Under the order all those who retreated or otherwise left their positions without orders to do so were to be immediately executed.
1943 : Operation Gomorrah: The British bombed Hamburg causing a firestorm that killed 42,000 German civilians.
1943 Richard Wright, English musician, was born (Pink Floyd) (d. 2008).
1945 Jim Davis, American cartoonist, was born.
1945 A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26.
1948 Gerald Casale, American musician and director (founding member of Devo), was born.
1948 The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foiled a bullion robbery in the “Battle of London Airport”.
1949 Peter Doyle, Australian singer (The New Seekers), was born (d. 2001).
1955 The Union Mundial pro Interlingua was founded at the first Interlingua congress in Tours, France.
1957 Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, killed 992.
1965 Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
1973 Summer Jam at Watkins Glen: 600,000 people attended a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.
1976 The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 moment magnitude flattened Tangshan, China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851.
1996 Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, was discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
2001 Australian Ian Thorpe became the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.
2002 Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, were rescued after 77 hours underground.
2005 The Provisional Irish Republican Army called an end to its thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.
2005 Tornadoes touched down in a residential areas in south Birmingham & Coventry causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
2008 The historic Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare burned down for the second time in 80 years.
2010 – Airblue Flight 202 crashed into the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad, Pakistan, killing all 152 people aboard. It was the deadliest aviation accident in Pakistan history and the first involving an Airbus A321.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Last week’s funeral was for a man in his 90s, sad but the natural order of things.
Today’s was for a man who was only 58, sad.
But he was a man who packed more into those 58 years than many others would have in twice that time, including saving several lives while risking his own as a helicopter pilot.
Today I am sad that his life is over far too soon but grateful that he lived in a way that made the world so much better for his being in it.
Crorepati – (in India) a person whose assets are worth at least one crore or 10 million rupees; a person who resides in a household whose net worth or wealth exceeds ten million rupees, or units of another currency.
Hat tip: Tim Worstall
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New regulations to strengthen the law around the treatment of bobby calves have been officially gazetted today and most will be in place for the 1 August Spring calving season, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.
“As signalled earlier this year, these regulations have now been confirmed by Cabinet. They are an important step in protecting animals and New Zealand’s reputation as a responsible producer,” says Mr Guy.
“They set clear standards and include a wider set of compliance tools including the ability to issue infringement notices for lower level offending, and broader prosecutable offences. . .
Time of the gentle greys is coming – Andrea Fox:
Pulling up to Paradise Valley Murray Grey Stud is a shot in the arm for jaded winter farming spirits and perhaps, the breed’s future, writes Andrea Fox.
It’s the middle of winter in the misty, chill hills on the way to Kawhia but you’d never know it looking at Micheal Phillips’ murray greys.
They’re looking a million bucks. Seal fat and well-content – from autumn calves up to the strapping big sire bulls. A sight for sore eyes compared to some livestock doing harder time in this western corner of the Waikato.
Shirt-clad Phillips, like his cattle apparently impervious to winter, farms a registered murray grey stud herd and a commercial herd on 250 hectares in the Honikiwi district, along with 150 non-murray grey heifers bought as weaners and destined for the prime meat and store markets, and 600 romney and coopworth ewes. . .
Ewe pregnancies back as facial eczema takes its toll – Jill Galloway:
Manawatu and Rangitikei farmers are facing fewer lambs than expected as facial eczema takes its toll on ewes.
Federated Farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei Meat & Fibre chairman, Richard Morrison said scanning was back about 10 per cent and ewes were carrying fewer lambs.
“And dry rates [ewes not in lamb] varied a lot across the regions. We had 2 per cent, but some people were probably as high as 20 per cent.” . .
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has launched the Biosecurity 2025 discussion document today, seeking public feedback on a long term direction for the biosecurity system.
“New Zealand has a world leading biosecurity system, but the challenges and opportunities we face are changing rapidly. The time is right to identify the changes and improvements that will be needed to maintain a resilient biosecurity system over the next 10 years,” says Mr Guy.
“The primary sector is a significant part of New Zealand’s economy, making up around half of all our exports. We need to protect our producers from unwanted pests and diseases, which is why biosecurity has always been my number one priority as Minister. . .
Local dairy farms struggle to find staff, blame pot – Will Houston:
Several Humboldt County dairy farmers say they are facing a widespread shortage of employees due to restrictive immigration control as well as being outcompeted by the cannabis cultivation industry.
As result, some dairy farms may have to sell some of their cows or even close down their farms as their daily workload mounts, according to Western United Dairymen trade association’s Melissa Lema. Others say they will just have to grit their teeth and try to make up for the extra work as best they can.
“I’ve had a dairy producer tell me that it was the worst three months he has had than he has had in 45 years in the business,” said Lema, who is the trade association’s North Coast representative and represents 63 dairy farms in Humboldt County. . .
Getting up early on a foggy frosty Waikato morning for calving is quite a change for the nine Indonesian farmers in New Zealand this winter with Fonterra’s Dairy Development programme.
These farmers who would normally work in hot and humid 31 degree temperatures, are now rugged up to spend four weeks in New Zealand as part of their 12 week scholarship programme with Fonterra.
Fonterra’s Dairy Development programme teaches farmers in developing countries animal care best practice, and other key skills to improve on-farm efficiencies that produce higher volumes of better quality milk.
Joining the farmers in the programme are three Indonesian Government dairy extension officers and two Fonterra Sri Lankan supplier relationship officers. . .
Making New Zealand Predator Free by 2050 is an audacious goal and it will be expensive but we could adopt a cunning plan used in Scotland to help pay for it.
Highland Titles is conserving Scotland one square foot at a time by selling plots of land from 1 square foot to 1,000 square feet in Glencoe Wood and Mountainview Bumblebee Haven.
Buyers get a personal right to a plot of land, complete with a precise Ordnance Survey grid reference, a certificate, plot ID card, landowner’s handbook and the right to call themselves Lady, Lord or Laird of Glencoe.
Highland Titles Limited remains the registered owner of the land which it manages as a nature reserve.
Highland Titles is owned by a charitable trust which ensures that the land can only ever be used for conservation purposes.
The idea of private funding of public conservation land could be controversial but the Highland Titles model would ensure that while owners got personal rights to the land, its ownership was retained by the state.
The campaign to buy Awaroa Beach and gift it to the state shows the New Zealanders are prepared to put their money into public land.
It wouldn’t be hard to sell locals and tourists the idea of conserving New Zealand square metre by square metre and put the money raised towards making the country predator free.
I’d be up for at least one plot in Aspiring National Park.
Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language. Hilaire Belloc who was born on this day in 1870.
1054 Siward, Earl of Northumbria invaded Scotland to support Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth of Scotland, who usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm’s father, King Duncan. Macbeth was defeated at Dunsinane.
1214 Battle of Bouvines: Philip II of France defeated John of England.
1302 Battle of Bapheus: Decisive Ottoman victory over the Byzantines, opened up Bithynia for Turkish conquest.
1549 Jesuit priest Francis Xavier’s ship reached Japan.
1663 The English Parliament passed the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies had to be sent in English ships from English ports.
1689 Glorious Revolution: Battle of Killiecrankie ended.
1694 A Royal Charter was granted to the Bank of England.
1720 The second important victory of the Russian Navy – the Battle of Grengam.
1768 Charlotte Corday, French aristocrat who killed Jean-Paul Marat, was born (d. 1793).
1778 American Revolution: First Battle of Ushant – British and French fleets fought to a standoff.
1824 Alexandre Dumas, fils, French author, was born (d. 1895).
1862 The SS Golden Gate caught fire and sank off Manzanillo, Mexico, killing 231.
1866 The Atlantic Cable was completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time.
1870 Hilaire Belloc, English writer, was born (d. 1953).
1880 Second Anglo-Afghan War: Battle of Maiwand – Afghan forces led by Ayub Khan defeated the British Army.
1882 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer, was born (d. 1965).
1916 Elizabeth Hardwick, American literary critic and novelist, was born (d. 2007).
1919 The Chicago Race Riot erupted after a racial incident on a South Side beach, leading to 38 fatalities and 537 injuries over a five-day period.
1917 The Allies reached the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.
1928 Tich Freeman became the only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before the end of July.
1929 Jack Higgins, British novelist, was born.
1940 The animated short A Wild Hare was released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.
1941 Japanese troops occupied French Indo-China.
1944 Bobbie Gentry, American singer and songwriter, was born.
1949 – Maureen McGovern, American singer, was born.
1949 – Robert Rankin, English novelist, was born.
1949 Initial flight of the de Havilland Comet, the first jet-powered airliner.
1955 The Allied occupation of Austria stemming from World War II, ended.
1958 Christopher Dean, English figure skater, was born.
1963 Pioneeer aviator George Bolt died.
1964 Vietnam War: 5,000 more American military advisers were sent to South Vietnam bringing the total number of United States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.
1968 Cliff Curtis, New Zealand actor, was born.
1969 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricketer, was born.
1981 On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow married Deirdre Langton.
1987 RMS Titanic, Inc. began the first expedited salvaging of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
1990 The Supreme Soviet of the Belarusian Soviet Republic declared independence of Belarus from the Soviet Union.
1990 – The Jamaat al Muslimeen staged a coup d’état attempt in Trinidad and Tobago, occupying Parliament and the studios of Trinidad and Tobago Television, holding Prime Minister A. N. R. Robinson, most of his Cabinet, and the staff at the television station hostage for 6 days.
1995 The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C..
1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing: In Atlanta, Georgia, a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Alice Hawthorne was killed, and a cameraman had a heart attack fleeing the scene. 111 were injured.
1997 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
2002 Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashed during an air show at Lviv, killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
2007 Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: News helicopters from television stations KNXV and KTVK collided over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors.
2012 – The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics take place at the Olympic Stadium in London.
2014 – Centennial anniversary celebration of Iglesia ni Cristo in Philippine Arena, the largest arena in the world at Ciudad de Victoria complex which was built by the church itself.
2015 – At least seven people were killed and many injured after gunmen attacked an Indian police station in Punjab..
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
It’s a first world problem – finding somewhere to plug in computers and chargers when you’re away from home.
If you’re travelling with someone else and both have phones and lap tops or tablets you might need at least four.
Some places have enough in accessible places, some don’t. In one hotel room, the only plugs I could find were behind furniture and in use for the TV and fridge.
When we altered our house a few years ago the electrician asked us how many three-pin plugs we wanted and where we wanted them.
We asked for lots and to have them where they were easy to access.
That’s what we’ve got and as I plugged in both an iPad and mobile phone this evening without having to move from my desk I was reminded that I’m grateful for them.
Poon – a simple, foolish or ineffectual person; any of several trees (genus Calophyllum) of the East Indies and the Pacific islands; the hard light wood of poon used especially for masts and spars; to put something under the leg of a table to stop it rocking; to dress in such a way as to attract attention, typically with sexual success in view.
In June 2016, kiwifruit exports rose $105 million (47 percent) from June 2015 to reach $331 million, Statistics New Zealand said today. Overall, goods exports rose $109 million (2.6 percent) in June 2016 (to $4.3 billion).
The June 2016 rise was across all our top kiwifruit export destinations, but particularly Japan (up $55 million) and China (up $39 million). The quantities of kiwifruit exported also rose (up 32 percent), with gold kiwifruit up 49 percent, and green kiwifruit up 21 percent. . . .
Federated Farmers wants a plan to attract the world’s top scientists to New Zealand to concentrate on those who will work on primary sector initiatives and the environment.
Federated Farmers President Dr William Rolleston says it makes sense for the government’s $35 million ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’ programme to build knowledge in areas which are key to New Zealand’s economic and environmental needs.
The four year programme, announced by Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday, aims to encourage the world’s leading researchers to bring their teams to work in New Zealand.
“This programme will help New Zealand keep up with the scientific developments already going on around the globe. . .
Federated Farmers fully backs the target to completely eradicate introduced predators from New Zealand by 2050 announced by the government today and agrees with the government that emerging technologies is now making such an ambitious target possible.
This project is going to require a team effort from scientists, farmers, government, politicians and rural communities.
“Our farmers live and work in our natural environment every day and in that sense are stewards of a significant part of New Zealand’s land, says Federated Farmers spokesperson for pest management Chris Allen.
“Farmers already spend a substantial amount of money on pest management. They also pay levies to OSPRI, to control vectors of tuberculosis, such as stoats and possums. . .
Beekeepers stung by swarm of hive thefts – Wilhelmina Shrimpton:
Beekeepers are seeking an urgent meeting with police as an increasing number of sticky-fingered thieves make off with beehives across the country.
The most recent incident was in Northland, where around $500,000-worth of hives were stolen from Topuni Forest more than a week ago.
Some call the honey liquid gold – and for very good reason.
“If you’re getting high-grade manuka honey, the beekeepers can expect to get about $60 a kilogram,” Apiculture New Zealand’s Daniel Paul said. . .
Profit warning makes Silver Fern Farms’ deal more critical – Allan Barber:
Last week’s profit warning from SFF chairman Rob Hewitt confirmed what industry observers suspected – this season has been affected by a combination of factors which has made achievement of the budgeted profit more remote than ever. At the half year Hewett had already warned the year end result would be materially different from budget without specifying numbers. The latest warning indicates break even at best.
The current season has suffered from reduced livestock volumes, regular rain and grass growth in most parts of the country which even out supply patterns, and an obstinately strong NZ dollar. Processors have been squeezed at both ends, paying too much for livestock and not earning enough from the market. . .
Nervous times at Silver Fern Farms – Keith Woodford:
Silver Fern Farms announced last week to its farmer suppliers that it now expects no more than a breakeven return for the year ending 30 September 2016. This should focus the minds of its farmer shareholders, who vote on 12 August as to whether or not Silver Fern Farms should proceed with the partial takeover by Shanghai Maling.
The disappointing projected financial outcome – which could yet get worse – reinforces the notion that Silver Fern Farms lacks the necessary financial resilience to go it alone. There is increasing risk that without completion of the Shanghai Maling buy-in, that Silver Fern Farms will lose the support of its bankers and be placed in receivership. That is not an attractive option, for what has in recent years been New Zealand’s largest meat processor. . .
UK milk production drops 10% in a year – Alexa Cook:
Many British dairy farmers are getting out of the industry due to plummeting milk prices and production, says a UK dairy analyst.
Farmers are being paid from 10 to 30 pence a litre at a time when most farms need 25 to 30 pence a litre to meet the cost of production.
The UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) – the British equivalent of DairyNZ – has reported more than 1000 farms have closed since June 2013, leaving about 9500 in operation.
The board’s senior dairy analyst Luke Crossman said milk production had fallen off sharply. . .
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and local pea growers, are planning urgent action to eradicate a small Wairarapa population of a newly discovered weevil that damages pea crops.
The pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum) has been found in pea seeds grown on 8 different Wairarapa properties. It has also been found in 3 seed storage facilities in the region.
The weevil larvae feed on growing pea pods, damaging crops. Its discovery in the Wairarapa has long-term implications for pea production in New Zealand and the pea growing industry is strongly supportive of moves to attempt to get rid of it. . .
Community projects undertaken by a multi-national task group led by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) are expected to reduce the vulnerability of remote communities to the impact of drought, Tongan officlals say.
The projects, designed to improve water storage in two main islands in Tonga’s Ha’apai island group, were undertaken as part of Exercise Tropic Twilight 2016 and have been formally handed over today to the Tongan Government.
“Tropic Twilight conducted a vast range of activities that will directly improve the resilience of communities in Ha’apai in addressing some water security issues and safety equipment shortages. It was also an opportune time to collaborate with partners to address health issues,” said Tongan Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni. . .
The Agtract software drastically reduces the time it takes for rural contractors to do management tasks and create invoices, saving them up to a week’s work each month.
“Agtract does the administrative grunt work so rural contractors can do what they do best: helping farmers,” says CEO Chris West, who co-founded Agtract with his brother James after feeling the pain first hand of having to do admin work for a rural contractor.
“I was an employee of a contractor in Taranaki and had to fill in job sheet after job sheet. So much of what I did was repetitive, and even more of what the contractor did could’ve been automated. I created an early software solution, saw that it saved time and money, and realised I was onto a winner. Agtract is the result.” . . .
This follows the announcement by Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch that he’ll be retiring next year and East Coast Bays MP Murray McCully’s announcement he won’t contest his seat.
That’s three blue electorates which will be seeking candidates to become new MPs and that’s good for caucus renewal.
Prime Minister John Key has announced the government’s goal of New Zealand being predator free by 2050.
“While once the greatest threat to our native wildlife was poaching and deforestation it is now introduced predators,” Mr Key says.
“Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year, and prey on other native species such as lizards and, along with the rest of our environment, we must do more to protect them.”
Mr Key says these introduced pests also threaten our economy and primary sector, with their total economic cost estimated at around $3.3 billion a year.
“That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums.
“This is the most ambitious conservation project attempted anywhere in the world, but we believe if we all work together as a country we can achieve it.”
The Government will lead the effort, by investing an initial $28 million in a new joint venture company called Predator Free New Zealand Limited to drive the programme alongside the private sector.
This funding is on top of the $60 to $80 million already invested in pest control by the government every year and the millions more contributed by local government and the private sector.
Predator Free New Zealand Limited will be responsible for identifying large, high value predator control projects and attracting co-investors to boost their scale and success.
The Government will look to provide funding on a one for two basis – that is for every $2 that local councils and the private sector put in, the Government will contribute another dollar.
“This ambitious project is the latest step in the National-led Government’s commitment to protecting our environment.
“We are committed to its sustainable management and our track record speaks for itself.
“This includes the decision to establish the world’s largest fully protected ocean sanctuary in the Kermadecs, better protection in our territorial sea and our efforts to improve the quality of our fresh waterways.
“We know the goal we have announced today is ambitious but we are ambitious for New Zealand.
“And we know we can do it because we have shown time and again what can be achieved when New Zealanders come together with the ambition, willpower and wherewithal to make things happen.”
This is a BHAG – a Big Hairy Audacious Goal and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is right when she says it will take a team effort to achieve it.
“New Zealand’s unique native creatures and plants are central to our national identity. They evolved for millions of years in a world without mammals and as a result are extremely vulnerable to introduced predators, which kill around 25 million native birds every year,” Ms Barry says.
“Now is the time for a concerted long-term nationwide effort to rid ourselves of the introduced rats, stoats and possums that have placed so much of our natural heritage in jeopardy.”
Under the strategy the new government company, Predator Free New Zealand Limited, will sponsor community partnerships and pest eradication efforts around the country.
“By bringing together central and local government, iwi, philanthropists, and community groups, we know that we can tackle large-scale predator free projects in regions around New Zealand,” Ms Barry says.
“Project Taranaki Mounga and Cape to City in Hawke’s Bay are great examples of what’s possible when people join forces to work towards a goal not achievable by any individual alone.”
The Predator Free 2050 Project will combine the resources of lead government agencies the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries to work in partnership with local communities.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says the goal of a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050 will have major positive impacts for farmers and the wider primary sector.
“Possums and ferrets are the main carriers of bovine TB, which is a very destructive disease for cattle and deer. In this year’s Budget the Government committed $100 million towards combined eradication efforts with industry starting with cattle and deer by 2026,” Mr Guy says.
“By pooling our resources and working together we can jointly achieve our goals of both eradicating bovine TB, and achieving a predator free New Zealand.”
Not all the technology to make New Zealand predator free yet exists, and the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge will have an important role in developing the science to achieve the predator free goal.
“New Zealand is a world leader in conservation technology and research,” Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says. “The Biological Heritage Challenge has an established network of scientists who are ready and willing to take on the Predator Free Challenge. For the first time technology is starting to make feasible what previously seemed like an unattainable dream.”
Predator Free New Zealand Limited will have a board of directors made up of government, private sector, and scientific players. The board’s job will be to work on each regional project with iwi and community conservation groups and attract $2 of private sector and local government funding for every $1 of government funding.
Four goals for 2025 have been set for the project:
- An additional 1 million hectares of land where pests have been suppressed or removed through Predator Free New Zealand partnerships
- Development of a scientific breakthrough capable of removing at least one small mammalian predator from New Zealand entirely
- Demonstrate areas of more than 20,000 hectares can be predator free without the use of fences
- Complete removal of all introduced predators from offshore island nature reserves
“These are ambitious targets in themselves, but ones that we are capable of reaching if we work together,” Ms Barry says.
“New Zealanders have rightly taken great pride in our conservation efforts to date. If we harness the strength of everyone who is keen to be involved in this project, I believe we will achieve the vision of a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050 and make our landscape a safe haven again for our native taonga species.”
Predator free in 34 years is a BHAG but Forest and Bird says it’s possible:
“A country free of predators would allow forests, towns and cities to fill with native bird life such as kiwi, kākāriki (parakeets), pīwakawaka (fantails), tīeke (saddleback), kōkako, and kākā. Other species like tuatara, hihi (stichbirds), toutouwai (robins), insects, and native snails would repopulate forests and other wild places,” says Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell.
“The objective of a predator free country is one that many environmental groups, large and small, have been tirelessly working towards for a long time. However, Forest & Bird intends to look very closely at the detail of how the Government is planning to roll out their vision. For example, if the proposed Predator Free NZ Ltd. company is set up to deliver this programme, what will the role of the Department of Conservation be?”
“Reversing centuries of misguided predator releases and their ongoing devastating effect on our native species and habitats will take commitment, investment, and collaboration, but is entirely achievable by 2050, with the right resources, experts, and framework in place,” says Mr Hackwell.
“A predator free country will also be of huge value to public health and our agriculture industries which currently spend many millions every year combating waste, contamination, and disease due to pests like rats and possums.”
We spent five days sailing round the Fiordland coast last year, landing occasionally to see native bush much as it would have been when Captain Cook first saw it in 1773. He would have been greeted by bird song but the bush through which we walked was almost silent.
Human and animal predators decimated the bird population and in too many places pests are still winning the battle against the birds.
The Department of Conservation is making a concerted effort to eradicate pests and re-establish species like the kakapo.
That’s not easy on islands and it is even more difficult on the mainland with possums, stoats, ferrets and rats breeding freely and preying on eggs and young birds.
Predator-free fences around bush have been established in several places but the Predator Free New Zealand by 2050 strategy recognises a lot more needs to be done.
It also needs to be done carefully with regard to the whole food chain. Rats prey on mice which prey on birds’ eggs. Eliminating rats would not be enough if that allowed the mouse population to explode.
It will take a lot of money and a lot of work but it will be worth it if it results in burgeoning bird populations with better public and animal health as a bonus from the eradication of pests which wreak havoc on native flora and fauna, and carry diseases.
I’m under the impression that this notion of decency is disappearing from our society where conflicts are made worse on cinema and on television, where people are nasty and cruel on the Internet and where, in general, everybody seems to be very angry. Dame Helen Mirren who celebrates her 71st birthday today.
657 Battle of Siffin.
811 Battle of Pliska; Byzantine emperor Nicephorus I was slain, his heir Stauracius was seriously wounded.
920 Rout of an alliance of Christian troops from Navarre and Léon against the Muslims at Pamplona.
1309 Henry VII was recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V.
1469 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Edgecote Moor – Pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of King Edward IV.
1581 Plakkaat van Verlatinghe (Act of Abjuration). The declaration of independence of the northern Low Countries from the Spanish king, Philip II.
1745 The first recorded women’s cricket match took place near Guildford,.
1758 French and Indian War: Siege of Louisbourg ended with British forces defeating the French and taking control of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
1803 The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world’s first public railway, opened in south London.
1847 Liberia declared independence.
1856 George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer, Nobel Laureate, was born (d. 1950).
1863 – Approximately 25 gold miners died on the Arrow diggings, north-east of Queenstown, as a result of flash floods.
1863 American Civil War: Morgan’s Raid ended – Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 360 of his volunteers were captured by Union forces.
1865 New Zealand’s parliament moved from Auckland to Wellington.
1875 Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, was born (d. 1961).
1878 Poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” made his last clean getaway when he stole a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box was found later with a taunting poem inside.
1882 Premiere of Richard Wagner‘s Parsifal at Bayreuth.
1882 The Republic of Stellaland was founded in Southern Africa.
1887 Publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement.
1890 In Buenos Aires, the Revolución del Parque forced President Juárez Celman’s resignation.
1891 France annexed Tahiti.
1894 Aldous Huxley, English-born author, was born (d. 1963).
1895 Jane Bunford, Britain’s tallest-ever person, was born (d. 1922).
1897 Paul Gallico, American author, was born (d. 1976).
1908 United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issued an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation).
1909 – Vivian Vance, American actress, was born (d. 1979).
1919 – James Lovelock, English biologist and chemist, was born.
1922 Blake Edwards, American film director, was born.
1925 – Ana María Matute, Spanish author and academic, was born (d. 2014).
1928 Gisborne-born Tom Heeney took on Gene Tunney for the world heavyweight title in front of 46,000 spectators at Yankee Stadium, New York. Although he was defeated, his title bid aroused tremendous interest in both New Zealand and the US.
1928 Stanley Kubrick, American film director, was born (d. 1999).
1928 – Sally Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes, English politician, was born.
1928 – Bernice Rubens, Welsh author, was born (d. 2004).
1936 Mary Millar, English actress, was born(d. 1998).
1936 The Axis Powers decided to intervene in the Spanish Civil War.
1937 End of the Battle of Brunete in the Spanish Civil War.
1939 John Howard, 25th Prime Minister of Australia, was born.
1941 In response to the Japanese occupation of French Indo-China, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the seizure of all Japanese assets in the United States.
1942 – Vladimír Mečiar, Slovak politician, 1st Prime Minister of Slovakia, was born.
1943 Mick Jagger, English singer (The Rolling Stones), was born.
1944 World War II: Soviet army entered Lviv, liberating it from the Nazis. Only 300 Jewish survivors left, out of 160,000 prior to Nazi occupation.
1944 – The first German V-2 rocket hit Great Britain.
1945 Dame Helen Mirren, English actress, was born.
1945 The Labour Party won the United Kingdom general election of July 5by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power.
1945 The Potsdam Declaration was signed.
1945 The US Navy cruiser Indianapolis arrived at Tinian with the warhead for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
1946 Aloha Airlines began service from Honolulu International Airport.
1947 Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act into law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council.
1948 U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981desegregating the military of the United States.
1949 Roger Taylor, English musician (Queen), was born.
1950 Susan George, English actress, was born.
1952 King Farouk of Egypt abdicated in favor of his son Fuad.
1953 Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle ordered an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek – the Short Creek Raid.
1956 Following the World Bank’s refusal to fund building the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation.
1957 Carlos Castillo Armas, dictator of Guatemala, was assassinated.
1958 Explorer 4 was launched.
1959 Kevin Spacey, American actor, was born.
1963 Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
1963 – Earthquake in Skopje, Macedonia left 1100 dead
1964 Sandra Bullock, American actress, was born.
1965 Full independence was granted to the Maldives.
1966 Lord Gardiner issued the Practice Statement in the House of Lords stating that the House was not bound to follow its own previous precedent.
1968 Vietnam War: South Vietnamese opposition leader Truong Dinh Dzuwas sentenced to five years hard labour for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.
1971 Apollo 15 launched.
1973 Kate Beckinsale, British actress, was born.
1974 Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis formed the country’s first civil government after seven years of military rule.
1975 Formation of a military triumvirate in Portugal.
1977 The National Assembly of Quebec imposed the use of French as the official language of the provincial government.
1989 A federal grand jury indicted Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
1994 Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the removal of Russian troops from Estonia.
2005 STS-114 Mission – Launch of Discovery, NASA’s first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
2005 Mumbai received 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.
2005 Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, was released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement.
2007 – Shambo, a black cow in Wales that had been adopted by the local Hindu community, was slaughtered due to a bovine tuberculosis infection, causing widespread controversy.
2008 – 56 people were killed and over 200 people were injured in 21 bomb blasts in Ahmedabad bombing in India.
2009 – The militant Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram attacked a police station in Bauchi, leading to reprisals by the Nigeria Police Force and four days of violence across multiple cities.
2013 – A gunman, Pedro Alberto Vargas, killed six people in Hialeah, Florida, and was fatally shot by police.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia