When you leave your warm bed in the morning you never know what the day will bring.
No matter where or who you are, how good your plans are, what the weather forecast is or what mood you are in, you can never know what will happen in the hours ahead. We all understand this reality but sometimes it does become very life-alteringly real.
The South Island Dog Trial championships have just been held, and Jock and two of his mates travelled down to near Balclutha for the event.
Between them, they had nine dogs, reasonable hopes for a good run and modest aspirations for a trophy haul. They had plenty of anticipation for an enjoyable, entertaining week catching up with friends from around New Zealand, yarning, eating, watching dogs competing on the four courses, and talking dogs and nonsense. . .
Immigration changes are good for South Island – Neal Wallace:
Immigration changes have proved to be a mixed bag for migrant dairy farm workers.
On the one hand a new South Island Contribution work visa allowed dairy workers caught up in a false document scandal to stay, provided they met certain criteria.
But other changes making residence more difficult were prompting some Filipino farm workers to look for work overseas.
North Island Filipino Farmer’s Association president Julius Gaoing said given the residence changes the special South Island visa gave those workers an advantage over dairy farm workers in the North Island. . .
Consents to cost $50k? – Neal Wallace:
Seeking a resource consent from the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council has become a lot more complex and costlier following an Environment Court ruling that will have repercussions around the country.
Some believed complex consent applications from Horizons could now cost more than $50,000 but there was general agreement the ruling, sought by the Auckland-based Environmental Defence Society (EDS) and Wellington Fish and Game, would require councils to take a stricter definition of environmental plans. . .
NZ would be stupid to spurn the TPP 11 deal – Charles Finny:
Former trade negotiator Charles Finny says there is still much to do to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Finny writes some Q&As to put the facts straight.
There is no value in TPP without the United States
This is not true for New Zealand. NZ does not have a free trade agreement with Japan but competitors such as Chile and Australia do. TPP 11 (TPP minus the US) would allow us to level the playing field with these competitors. There are meaningful liberalisation outcomes in other economies – Mexico, Peru and Canada, with whom we don’t have free trade deals.
But aren’t we imposing huge costs by this agreement to the benefit of the US?
There are some “costs” in the form of increased transparency for Pharmac, increased patent terms and longer copyright terms. And yes, these are things the US argued for in the original talks. But these “costs” are far more modest than the gains from the agreement cited above. . .
Loan repayments start in October – Hugh Stringleman:
Fonterra’s 15c increase in forecast payout for 2016-17 will go to repaying the support loan of 2014-15 for more than 70% of its supply farmers.
Based on the forecast, farmers who took the loan would have 15c deducted from their October payment, the final for this season.
That would recover about half of the $363 million still owed to Fonterra and interest of 2.47% would be charged on the balance.
If the $6.50 forecast for next season was maintained or bettered and the current payment schedule still applied, the final loan repayment would come out in September 2018, chairman John Wilson said. . .
Stay home with sheep, it’s too peopley out there.