Parvenu – a person of obscure origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity; one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it.
Dan Mitchell asks which country has the worst dependency ratio and shows how many strangers each worker supports:
And the percentage of people reliant on public funding:
New Zealand compares well on these measures but it’s not something about which we can be complacent.
If it wasn’t for the policies of the 80s and 90s, which too many still regard as failures, we’d be at the other end of the graph with Greece.
Mitchell also has a couple of pictures which illustrate the rise and fall of the welfare state.
. . . The welfare state starts with small programs targeted at a handful of genuinely needy people. But as politicians figure out the electoral benefits of expanding programs and people figure out the that they can let others work on their behalf, the ratio of producers to consumers begins to worsen. . .
The challenge is how to help the genuinely in need without encouraging entitilitis.
It is very difficult to draw a line which provides enough for everyone in genuine need without gathering in those who could, and should, be looking after themselves.
Add children into the equation and it becomes harder still.
It takes a multi-pronged approach to ensure children get what they need while not letting parents abrogate their responsibilities.
It must also be done in a way that doesn’t get the balance between consumers and producers get out of kilter by allowing the burden of dependence to become too great for those who fund the support.
That’s why the Government’s data-driven approach to social support, addressing the causes and funding what works is far better than Opposition policies which measure success by how much is spent, not by whether it would make a positive difference.
Hat tip: Utopia
The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but “to give and serve.” – Wilfred Grenfell who was born on this day in 1865.
870 The Fourth Council of Constantinople closed.
1261 Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway, was born (d. 1283).
1638 The Scottish National Covenant was signed in Edinburgh.
1787 The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh was granted.
1824 Blondin, French tightrope walker, was born (d. 1897).
1827 The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
1844 A gun on USS Princeton exploded while the boat was on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
1849 Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States began with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 21 days after leaving New York Harbour.
1865 Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary, was born (d. 1940).
1883 The first vaudeville theatre opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
1900 The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” was lifted.
1912 Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini, was born (d. 1945).
1922 The United Kingdom accepted the independence of Egypt.
1925 Harry H Corbett, English actor, was born (d. 1982).
1939 The first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik was published.
1939 – The erroneous word “Dord” was discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
1942 Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones), was born (d. 1969).
1943 Charles Bernstein, American composer, was born.
1945 New Zealand soldier David Russell was executed by a Nazi firing squad in Italy.
1946 Robin Cook, British politician, was born.
1947 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
1953 Paul Krugman, American economist, Nobel laureate, was born.
1957 Cindy Wilson, American singer (The B-52′s), was born.
1958 A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunged down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children died in what remains the worst school bus accidentin U.S. history.
1970 Daniel Handler, American writer, better known as Lemony Snicket, was born.
1972 The Asama-Sanso incident ended in Japan.
1972 The United States and People’s Republic of China signed theShanghai Communiqué.
1974 Moana Mackey, New Zealand politician, was born.
1975 A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London killed 43 people.
1985 The Provisional Irish Republican Army carried out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
1986 Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden was assassinated in Stockholm.
1991 The first Gulf War ended.
1993 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raided the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group’s leaderDavid Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
1997 – The North Hollywood shootout took place.
2001 – Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Periergia – the use of an excessively elaborate or elevated style to discuss a trivial matter; bombastic or laboured language.
I did it once and got:
You are the bookish sort, someone who loves a mental challenge. In fact, you’d be bored if you weren’t constantly learning. Yet you have the ability to focus and research deeply in a narrow field of specialization. Life’s big questions interest you most.
That is so not me I tried again and the same answer.
We will be sorry when we say Bye Bye birdie – Tim Gilbertson:
Slow motion catastrophe: Another massive Hawke’s Bay drought is looming.
Fifteen years ago climate scientists predicted that severe droughts would strike every five years rather than every 20 years. The boffins were close to the mark. The 2006/7 drought cost the East Coast $700 million in lost production and set the region back for years. That’s what droughts do. This one won’t be much different. That’s why we started to look at water storage and irrigation.
But since New Zealand is now 95 per cent urban and 30 per cent of us live in Auckland, there is little or no understanding of rural issues amongst the population at large. Last week on talkback radio, an Auckland DJ was lamenting the fact that he lost cellphone coverage when he went under motorway bridges and that Auckland didn’t have 4G.
“We live,” he said “in a Third World country.” He certainly lives in a different country from much of rural New Zealand where there is no cellphone coverage at all. . .
Kiwi farmers take risks every day – it’s what they do – Simon Edwards:
Massey University professor Nicola Shadbolt says it always makes her laugh the number of well-meaning commentators who pronounce that we need to teach farmers how to manage risk.
“I think ‘have you any idea how much risk our farmers handle on a day-to-day basis’? It’s what they do, and they’ve done it well for many years.
“Ever since subsidies came off it’s been ‘you’re it. There’s no one to prop you up,” she says.
“There are always new tools to use, and new worries sitting on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean our farmers don’t have some of the innate characteristics to make it work. They do. Just see how quickly our farmers adapt to things.” . .
Hill country water well worth it – Annette Scott:
A new report has revealed huge environmental and economic gains for hill country farmers investing in stock water reticulation.
The first such study, done by AgFirst agricultural economists Erica van Reenen and Phil Journeaux, quantified the benefits of installing onfarm stock water systems on hill country farms.
The study last year involved investment analysis of 11 hill country sheep and beef farms across New Zealand where farmers had invested in stock water systems.
“There had been anecdotal reports of how good stock water systems contributed to production but not a lot of evidence. . .
Poachers fined for shooting $5000 stag on Te Puke farm – Allison Hess:
Two men have been fined for shooting and killing a stag worth $5000 on private farmland in Te Puke, in a bid to deter others from poaching.
Shane Robert Williamson and Matthew Warren Miller were sentenced to pay $750 each plus court costs in Tauranga District Court yesterday by Judge David Cameron.
The Te Puke men pleaded guilty to theft of an animal, after shooting a stag on private property owned by farmer Murray Jensen on Te Matai Rd on April 10 last year.
Judge Cameron said the two friends left their vehicle near Mr Jensen’s farm on Sunday April 10, 2016 and made their way onto the farmland, where stag and hines run freely through a mix of dense bush, pine trees and open paddocks. . .
Scholarship to bring Shaun’s farming dream closer – Esther Taunton:
Former Stratford High School head boy Shaun Rowe has been awarded an FMG agriculture scholarship for this year
Rowe, who grew up on a 10-hectare lifestyle farm near Stratford, will receive $5000 towards his tuition fees for each year of his agricultural science degree at Massey University.
It is the second agriculture scholarship Rowe has received in recent months, having been a recipient of a $5000 award from the Alexander and Gladys Shepherd Scholarships Trust in November.
The FMG scholarship recognised his academic, sporting and leadership achievements, as well as a passion for agriculture. . .
Farming with children – how to do it safely – FarmingMumsNZ:
Farming offers a unique environment and wonderful opportunities for children/adolescents to learn, grow, develop in and to learn the value of hard work and responsibilities. Traditionally we have seen farming as a ‘family affair’ with parents, children and grandchildren by the generations, learning and passing on the skills of our land.
With the changes to our now not so typical farming communities, we are seeing people from all sorts of backgrounds bring their skills into our agricultural industry, from city slickers to foreigners – looking for a better life or a new career. With this we often loose the common sense that comes with being raised on a farm, meaning more training in Health and Safety needs to become a priority. . .
Tired of phone-obsessed people, a Waimate farmer decided to employ a more direct approach for his next hire.
Initially, the community newspaper advertisement appeared straight forward, with a stockman and a labourer position available.
But then, contractor and farmer Geoff Wallace said he wanted to make it very clear the people he wanted and the people he did not. . .
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. – John Steinbeck who was born on this day in 1902.
He also said:
It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.
1560 The Treaty of Berwick, which expelled the French from Scotland, was signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland.
1594 Henry IV was crowned King of France.
1797 The Bank of England issued the first one-pound and two-pound notes.
1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, was born (d. 1882).
1812 Poet Lord Byron gave his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.
1844 The Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti.
1863 – Joaquín Sorolla, Spanish painter, was born (d. 1923).
1869 – Alice Hamilton, American physician and academic, was born (d. 1970).
1872 – Alexandru Vaida-Voevod, Romanian politician, Prime Minister of Romania, was born (d. 1950).
1900 British military leaders received an unconditional notice of surrender from Boer General Piet Cronje at the Battle of Paardeberg.
1900 The British Labour Party was founded.
1902 John Steinbeck, American writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1968).
1912 Lawrence Durrell, British writer, was born (d. 1990).
1913 – Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish soldier and politician, President of Poland, was born (d. 1989).
1914 – Winifred Atwell, Trinidadian pianist, was born (d. 1983).
1921 The International Working Union of Socialist Parties was founded in Vienna.
1922 A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, was rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States in Leser v. Garnett.
1927 – Peter Whittle, English-New Zealand mathematician and theorist, was born.
1930 Joanne Woodward, American actress, was born.
1932 Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress, was born (d.2011).
1933 Reichstag fire: Germany’s parliament building in Berlin was set on fire.
1934 Ralph Nader, American author, activist and political figure, was born.
1939 – Don McKinnon, English-New Zealand farmer and politician, 12th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, was born.
1939 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sit-down strikes violated property owners’ rights and were therefore illegal.
1941 – Paddy Ashdown, British captain and politician, was born.
1943 The Smith Mine #3 in Bearcreek, Montana, exploded, killing 74 men.
1943 – The Rosenstrasse protest started in Berlin.
1945 Lebanon declared Independence.
1951 The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, was ratified.
1951 Troops were sent on to Wellington and Auckland wharves to load and unload ships during the waterfront dispute.
1953 – Ian Khama, English-Botswanan lieutenant and politician, 4th President of Botswana, was born.
1961 The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation was inaugurated.
1964 The government of Italy asked for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
1967 Dominica gained independence from the United Kingdom.
1974 – People magazine was published for the first time.
1986 The United States Senate allowed its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
1989 Venezuela was rocked by the Caracazo riots.
1991 Gulf War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush announced that “Kuwait is liberated”.
1999 Olusegun Obasanjo became Nigeria‘s first elected president since mid-1983.
2002 Ryanair Flight 296 caught fire at London Stansted Airport.
2002 – Godhra train burning: a Muslim mob killed 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya;
2003 Rowan Williams was enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.
2007 – The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange fell 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
2010 – Central Chile was struck by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.
2012 – A section of a nine-story apartment building in the city of Astrakhan, Russia, collapsed in a natural gas explosion, killing ten people and injuring at least 12 others.
2013 – At least 19 people were killed when a fire broke out at an illegal market in Kolkata, India.
2013 – Five people (including the perpetrator) were killed and five others injured in a shooting at a factory in Menznau, Switzerland.
2015 – A gunman killed seven people then himself in a series of shootings in Tyrone, Missouri.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Oblectation – delight, pleasure, satisfaction; the act of pleasing highly; state of being greatly pleased
Moms come in all shapes & sizes, but they’re pretty easy to recognize because they’re the ones who teach you stuff all the time about how to be in the world & sometimes that sounds a lot like: chew with your mouth closed, sit still. stand up straight, be polite, Look them in the eye. & sometimes it seems like that sort of thing doesn’t add up to a whole lot. Until the day you feel the soft ache of love in your heart that makes you take care with a friend who hurts or when you look in a stranger’s tired eyes & you stop & smile. Or when you listen to the ABC song for the thousandth time & you laugh & say ‘again’ & suddenly you understand that is the real thing moms do & it adds up to the whole world. Whole World © 2014 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Not every place you fit is is where you belong – Bea C Pilotin
364 Valentinian I was proclaimed Roman Emperor.
1361 Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia, was born (d. 1419).
1564 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist, was born (d. 1593).
1794 Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen burnt down.
1802 Victor Hugo, French writer, was born (d. 1885).
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.
1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer, was born (d. 1902).
1844 Two Wellington lawyers, William Brewer and H. Ross, undertook a duel as the result of a quarrel that had arisen from a case in the Wellington County Court. When the two men faced off in Sydney Street, Brewer fired into the air but ‘received Mr. Ross’ ball in the groin’. He died a few days later.
1846 William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, American frontiersman, was born (d. 1917).
1848 The second French Republic was proclaimed.
1852 John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, advocate of dietary reform, was born (d. 1943).
1861 Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, Lenin’s wife, was born (d. 1939).
1863 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act into law.
1866 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist, was born (d. 1930).
1870 In New York City, a demonstration of the first pneumatic subwayopened to the public.
1885 The Berlin Act, which resulted from the Berlin Conference regulating European colonization and trade in Africa, was signed.
1887 – At the Sydney Cricket Ground, George Lohmann became the first bowler to take eight wickets in a Test innings.
1909 Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster, was born (d. 1994).
1914 Robert Alda, American actor, was born (d. 1986).
1916 Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian, was born (d. 1987).
1919 An act of the U.S. Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as the Grand Canyon National Park.
1928 Fats Domino, American musician, was born.
1928 Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister, was born.
1929 The Grand Teton National Park was created.
1932 Johnny Cash, American singer, was born (d. 2003).
1935 The Luftwaffe was re-formed.
1936 – In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempted to stage a coup against the government.
1947 – Sandie Shaw, English singer, was born.
1949 Elizabeth George, American novelist, was born.
1950 Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, was born.
1952 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that his nation had an atomic bomb.
1954 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, was born.
1954 Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, heir to the deposed Kingdom of Hanover and a husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco., was born.
1958 Susan J. Helms, Astronaut, was born.
1968 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine), was born.
1972 The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam killed 125 in West Virginia.
1987 Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebuked President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
1990 The Sandinistas were defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
1991 Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announced the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
1993 World Trade Centre bombing: A truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center exploded, killing 6 and injuring more than a thousand.
1995 The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapsed after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, lost $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.
2000 Mount Hekla in Iceland erupted.
2001 The Taliban destroyed two giant statues of Buddha in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
2003 War in Darfur started.
2012 – A train derailed in Burlington, Ontario, Canada killing at least three people and injuring 45.
2013 – A hot air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.
Uhtceare – lying awake before dawn and worrying; waking up before dawn and not being able to get back to sleep because you’re worried about something.
The service station was located on a main highway leading to the beach.
The pump attendant was accustomed to seeing tired and sunburned occupants in the cars that pulled in to refuel.
When a rusty old van containing a very tired looking couple and six screaming children pulled into his station, the attendant tried small talk to cheer the occupants.
“Hope you had a good day at the beach! Nice looking kids there. Are they all yours or is this a picnic?”
Wearily, the driver replied, “Yes they are all mine and it’s NO picnic!”
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Let’s get lost in a world made of old books, coffee, campfires, adventure, rainy days & late night conversations with people we love.
1778 José de San Martín, Argentine general and liberator of South America, was born (d. 1850).
1793 George Washington held the first Cabinet meeting as President of the United States.
1797 Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrendered after the Last Invasion of Britain.
1836 Samuel Colt received an American patent for the Colt revolver.
1841 Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter, graphic artist and sculptor, was born (d. 1919).
1845 George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1918).
1861 Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and educator, was born (d. 1925).
1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels becamethe first African American to sit in the U.S. Congress.
1873 Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor, was born (d. 1921).
1890 Dame Myra Hess, English pianist, was born (d. 1965).
1890 Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician, was born (d. 1986).
1901 Zeppo Marx, American actor, was born (d. 1979).
1901 J.P. Morgan incorporated the United States Steel Corporation.
1908 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist, was born (d. 2001).
1917 Anthony Burgess, English author, was born (d. 1993).
1919 Oregon placed a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a fuel tax.
1925 Glacier Bay National Monument (now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) was established in Alaska.
1932 Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship by naturalisation, which allowed him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
1933 The USS Ranger (CV-4) was launched, the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
1935 Sally Jessy Raphaël, American talk show host, was born.
1941 February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike was declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.
1943 48 Japanese prinsoners and one guard were killed in the Featherston Prinsoner of War riot.
1943 George Harrison, English musician (The Beatles), was born.
1945 Elkie Brooks, English singer, was born.
1945 Turkey declared war on Germany.
1946 Jean Todt, French executive director of Scuderia Ferrari, was born.
1947 State of Prussia ceased to exist.
1948 The Communist Party took control of government in Czechoslovakia.
1950 Néstor Kirchner, President of Argentina, was born (d. 2010).
1951 The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires.
1953 José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, was born.
1954 Gamal Abdul Nasser was made premier of Egypt.
1971 The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, went online.
1973 Julio Iglesias, Jr., Spanish singer, was born.
1976 – Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki, was born.
1980 The Suriname government was overthrown by a military coup initiated with the bombing of the police station from an army ship of the coast of the nation’s capital; Paramaribo.
1985 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player, was born.
1991 Gulf War: An Iraqi Scud missile hit an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
1992 Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians were killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
1994 Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors. Subsequent rioting kills 26 more Palestinians and 9 Israelis.
2009 BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People were killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Border Guards.
2015 – At least 310 people were killed in avalanches in northeastern Afghanistan.
2016 – Three people were killed and fourteen others injured in a series of shootings in the small Kansas cities of Newton and Hesston.
Floccipend– consider of no value; to estimate, categorise or regard something as irrelevant, unimportant or worthless.
Isn’t agriculture really just at war with liberals? – Uptown Farms (Kate Lambert):
Last week after a speech, a young college student approached me. Eager to connect, she started with, “Do you ever get completely frustrated with these liberals?”
Her question was intriguing to me. Not because it was unique, the exact opposite. Because it was so common.
Almost without fail, when I get the chance to talk to producers about the desperate need to tell the story of agriculture, someone asks a similar, politically loaded question.
But it’s a fair question, isn’t it? In this politically correct era, surely a blogger can still call a spade a spade?
Because isn’t the reality that our enemies are easily identifiable? Isn’t agriculture really just at war with liberals? . . .
Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) saying it is a big win for New Zealand exporters.
“The TFA will benefit all New Zealand exporters and is particularly good for small and medium sized enterprises. The TFA reduces the cost, administration and time burden associated with getting products across borders and into the marketplace,” Mr McClay says.
“New Zealand’s agricultural exporters will also benefit significantly from a provision to hasten the release of perishable goods within the shortest possible time.”
A rising tide of protectionism could hit NZ dairy sector hard: NZIER – Rebecca Howard:
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s economy would be hard hit if there is a retreat to protectionism in the global dairy sector, a report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research has found.
“In the current global trading system, the tide of protectionism is rising. Brexit and the initial trade policy proclamations by Donald Trump both point to a challenging environment for further trade liberalisation, at least in the short term,” said NZIER in the report for the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand. Against this backdrop there is an increasing risk that tariffs could be lifted rather than reduced, it added. . .
Bobby calf deaths more than halved after a big improvement in their transportation welfare last spring.
A new report from the Ministry for Primary Industries showed the mortality rate went from 0.25 per cent in 2015 to 0.12 per cent last year.
Last year 2255 calves were reported dead or condemned during the time they were collected for transport to their slaughter from 1,935,054 calves processed.
Young NZers chase endless shearing season – Alexa Cook:
The declining number of sheep in New Zealand and changes in weather patterns are driving more shearers to chase work around the globe.
The national sheep flock is now about 27 million, a big drop from the 70m or so sheep that the country had in 1982.
Jacob Moore from Marton is part of a group of about 60 young shearers who follow the summer seasons for work.
Mr Moore said for shearers who were at the top of their game and established locally, there was full-time work and contractors tended to hold on to them for many seasons.
NZ Wool Services CEO John Dawson reports 4600 bales on offer this week saw an 87 percent clearance with mostly positive results, with lambs wool increasing considerably.
The weighted currency indicator is down 0.34 percent having a small but positive impact.
More growers are continuing to hold back wool, further reducing volume which is restricting supply in some categories.
Mr Dawson advises compared to the last South Island selection on 16 February; . .
(BusinessDesk) – A2 Milk Co’s chief executive and chair have sold down their stakes in the milk marketing firm, less than a week after reporting first-half profit more than tripled as demand for its A2 Platinum infant formula surged in its key Australia, New Zealand and China businesses.
Chair David Hearn sold 1 million shares for about $2.5 million, or $2.48 a share, on Friday, while chief executive Geoffrey Babidge sold 900,000 shares for $2.2 million, or an average price of $2.49, yesterday. Hearn gained the shares by exercising 1 million of his 5 million options, for which he paid $630,000, with the sale to facilitate a property transaction in the UK to move his personal residence, according to documents published to the NZX. . .
Maize crops ‘worst in 30 years’ – Alexa Cook:
Farmers in drought-hit Northland battling with a shortage of stock feed are also experiencing the worst maize harvest in 30 years. .
Northland Regional Council is warning farmers to be careful with feed reserves and not get too excited about the recent rain.
The council said the drought meant some farmers had already used up their extra supplementary feed, which was being saved for the autumn and winter months.
Northland dairy farmer Even Sneath said it had been a terrible season for growing crops. . .
Faced with record numbers of international visitors this summer, Ministry for Primary Industries biosecurity staff have intercepted risk goods ranging from the bizarre to the potentially devastating for New Zealand’s economy and environment.
Some of the unusual airport interceptions so far this summer include:
• A chilly bin of live spanner crabs from Thailand presented to officers at Wellington Airport.
• Fruit fly larvae in mangos found at Auckland Airport inside a suitcase from Malaysia jammed full of plant produce and other food. . .
New Zealanders are being invited to invest money for honey in a revolutionary hive sharing initiative launching today.
A launch party last night saw the season’s first harvest of honey with a 3kg bonus honey offered to the first 10 signups.
Hive Share lets backers around New Zealand become beehive owners, without the fuss of having to look after the hive. . .
Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions and can claim a virtual box of stone fruit by leaving the answers below should the questions have stumped us all.