Podsnappery – an attitude toward life marked by complacency and a refusal to recognise unpleasant facts; wilful determination to ignore the objectionable or inconvenient while assuming airs of superior virtue and noble resignation.
Speech to Local Government New Zealand Fresh Water Forum
Dr William Rolleston, President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Mayor Lawrence Yule, LGNZ President, Mayors, distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.
Less than 3% of the water on this planet is fresh water and of that only 1/3 is directly available for human use. – . .
Synlait Milk’s forecast milk price for the 2017 / 2018 season is $6.50 kgMS, in response to increasing confidence that dairy commodity prices are stabilising.
Managing Director and CEO, John Penno, says Synlait is feeling positive about the current market, and the forecast milk price reflects that.
“We start the season with some confidence that supply and demand are more balanced, and this forecast reflects an expectation of dairy prices remaining at current levels,” says Dr. Penno. . .
Synlait Milk has today announced it has purchased 100% of the shares of The New Zealand Dairy Company (NZDC).
NZDC is based in Auckland, and is currently constructing a blending and canning operation at a site in Mangere. This site will now be owned by Synlait.
The facility will be infant formula capable, and will enable Synlait to substantially lift its blending and canning capacity. The acquisition will also provide Synlait with a high specification sachet packaging line suitable for infant formula and milk powders. . .
Synlait’s announcement today of the purchase of apparently distressed assets from the New Zealand Dairy Company puts another peg in the board strengthening Synlait’s pathway towards an integrated dairy value-chain. The purchase has relevance both to Synlait and its strategic partner The a2 Milk Company (ATM in New Zealand; A2M in Australia). The unstated key driver is exponential growth of demand for ‘a2 Platinum’ infant formula.
The purchase cost of the assets is $33.2 million with additional expected costs of $23.3 million to make the plant operational by October 2017.
There should be no surprise that Synlait has purchased blending and canning assets to complement its existing similar assets at Dunsandel in Canterbury. . .
The manuka honey fight is one we have to have – William van Caenegem:
The current row about the certification of Manuka honey, and whether it is a distinctly New Zealand product, is just the latest dispute involving Geographical Indications (GIs). These are markers that products have special qualities due to their origins in a specific region, like Champagne.
There is a debate as to whether a registered GI system for food should be adopted in Australia. It might be good for our farmers – to more effectively protect King Island Beef, Bangalow pork or Tasmanian lobster against low quality imitations. But would it be in the best interest of Australian producers and consumers to simply capitulate to demands about New Zealand Manuka, or about GIs in general?
Registering a GI can stop imitators riding on the coattails of local producers who have worked hard to build the reputation of their typical local product, be it cheese, processed meat or quality fruit. . .
The horrible truth behind marshmallow ranches. Now that they are fat from grazing all summer, they will be slaughtered to make smaller ones, bagged and sold in stores. Some are cut up and held over a fire while still alive! Stop the Madness! remember that golden brown is the only humane way. – Proud to Be A Farmer
Labour was blindsided by the support other Opposition Parties – the Greens and New Zealand First – have given to national’s Budget.
That is no excuse for lying about the details Andrew Little said:
“National’s Single Child Tax will see a family with one child lose as much as $830 a year in Working For Families payments.
“Whenever you’re putting these packages together, there’s always a complexity about it. But I’d be surprised if they understood there’s 20,000 odd single-child families that will now be worse off – but that’s the reality. ”
No it’s not.
Getting something more, even if it is less than someone else is not losing.
[Finance Minister Steven] Joyce said those families still saw an overall gain, and Labour was failing to see the bigger picture.
“The abatement changes mean they don’t get as much from the Working for Families part of the package, but they gain more from other parts of the package, in particular the tax changes. They may also in some cases gain from the Accommodation Supplement Changes.
“It’s important to note that these people are already receiving Working for Families so currently get more than couples with no children who don’t get anything from Working for Families. They continue to get more until the Working For Families is fully abated,” he said.
“One of the aims of the Family Incomes package is to focus Working for Families on lower income families and that middle income families are less dependent on Working for Families and keep more of what they earn through the tax system. This is an example of that occurring.” . .
It is better and more efficient to allow people to keep more of what they earn than take more in tax, churn it through a bureaucracy and give some back.
Over at Kiwiblog, David Farrar points out that Labour is also lying about health expenditure:
. . . Now let’s look at what at what Vote Health has done between 2008 and Budget 2017.
- Nominal Vote Health – increased by $4.85 billion a year from $11.92 billion to $16.77 billion – a 40.7% increase
- Real Vote Health – increased by $3.00 billion a year from $13.77 billion to $16.77 billion – a 21.8% increase
- Real Vote Health per capita – increased by $341 a year from $3,233 to $3,574 – a 10.5% increase
You can claim it is not enough. You can claim more is needed. You can claim growing elderly population needs more funding. But you cannot claim it has been cut. That is a lie. . .
When you’re lying, you’re losing and Labour is.
If it can’t convince other Opposition parties to stay with it against the government, how will it convince voters to let it run the country?
You don’t go into space just for the science. Economically, it is not worth it. I think the reason we should be in space is for the exploration; it’s the human endeavour. – Helen Sharman who celebrates her 54th birthday today.
70 Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breached the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreated to the First Wall. The Romans built a circumvallation, all trees within fifteen kilometres were cut down.
1434 Hussite Wars (Bohemian Wars): Battle of Lipany – effectively ending the war, Utraquist forces led by Diviš Bořek of Miletínek defeated and almost annihilated Taborite forces led by Prokop the Great.
1539 Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida, with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.
1574 Henry III became King of France.
1588 The last ship of the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel.
1635 Thirty Years’ War: the Peace of Prague (1635) was signed.
1642 From this date all honours granted by Charles I were retrospectively annulled by Parliament.
1757 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1844).
1814 Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition – the Treaty of Paris (1814) was signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.
1819 – William McMurdo, English general, was born (d. 1894).
1832 The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario opened.
1842 John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill with Prince Albert.
1845 – Amadeo I, King of Spain, was born (d. 1890).
1846 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweller, was born (d. 1920).
1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act became law establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas.
1862 – Mirza Alakbar Sabir, Azerbaijani philosopher and poet, was born (d. 1911).
1868 Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern “Memorial Day) was observed in the United States for the first time (By “Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic” John A. Logan‘s proclamation on May 5).
1869 – Grace Andrews, American mathematician, was born (d. 1951).
1871 The Paris Commune fell.
1876 Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz was deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.
1883 A rumour that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.
1909 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader, was born (d. 1986).
1914 The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, set sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
1915 The East Indiaman ship Arniston was wrecked during a storm at Waenhuiskrans, the loss of 372 lives.
1917 Alexander I became king of Greece.
1922 In Washington, D.C. the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.
1928 – Joan Birman, American mathematician, was born.
1942 World War II: 1000 British bombers launched a 90-minute attack on Cologne, Germany.
1948 A dike along the flooding Columbia River broke, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.
1955 – Caroline Swift, English lawyer and judge, was born.
1955 Topper Headon, British musician (The Clash), was born.
1958 Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
1959 The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour was officially opened by Governor-General Lord Cobham.
1961 Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
1961 – Harry Enfield, English actor, director, and screenwriter, was born
1963 A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination during the Buddhist crisis was held outside South Vietnam’s National Assembly, the first open demonstration during the eight-year rule of Ngo Dinh Diem.
1963 – Helen Sharman, English chemist and astronaut, was born.
1967 Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row.
1967 The Nigerian Eastern Region declared independence as the Republic of Biafra, sparking a civil war.
1971 Mariner 9 was launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
1972 The Angry Brigade went on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
1972 In Tel Aviv members of the Japanese Red Army carried out the Lod Airport Massacre, killing 24 people and injuring 78 others.
1989 Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue was unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
1996 – A New Zealand Royal Honours System was established with the institution of the New Zealand Order of Merit, which replaced the various British State Orders of Chivalry.
1998 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.2002– 272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies were held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City.2003 – Depayin massacre: at least 70 people associated with the National League for Democracy were killed by government-sponsored mob in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi fled the scene, but was arrested soon afterwards.
2012 – Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
2013 – Nigeria passed a law banning same-sex marriage.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia