Cadastre – a comprehensive register of the real estate or real property’s metes-and-bounds of a country; an official register of the quantity, value, and ownership of real estate used in apportioning taxes.
Susatainability key to role as new AgResearch leader – Sally Rae:
The big thrust for AgResearch in the future has to be around farm and environmental sustainability issues, new chairman Jeff Grant says.
His focus would be continuing to build on AgResearch’s ability to deliver science that was “highly relevant” to the future of farming.
Regional council changes, in a bid to get better outcomes around land and water, would force AgResearch to provide the science to ‘‘get the answers’’ and the tools for farmers.
“I see the organisation as being the lead provider of answers that allow farmers to meet the expectations for producing high quality food in natural and sustainable environments, while also being able to run a viable business. . .
With alI the bad publicity our rivers are receiving I feel the general public is confused between extensive and intensive grazing.
I would like to make some observations about stock grazing alongside waterways. I am no scientist, however I do have 70-plus years of practical observation.
I remember being taught fishing by my grandfather in the 1950s on the rivers of the Canterbury Plains when sheep and cattle were grazed extensively by the riverbeds. . .
Pine tree seedlings in short supply after poor growing season – Jill Galloway:
A shortage of pine tree seedlings after a poor growing season for tree nurseries has hit some forest owners and farm foresters.
Patrick Murray ,who is owner of Murray’s Nurseries at Woodville in Tararua, said he had turned down orders of 1.2 million pines.
“We grew around five million pinus radiata but could easily have sold more. It has been a wet summer and poor autumn and that affected badly the growth of the trees.” . .
EU farmer subsidies under threat – Nigel Stirling:
There are signs that the massive subsidisation of European agriculture could be cut back.
New Zealand has long fought the policy, which tops up the incomes of millions of European farmers.
For decades, NZ has argued the policy keeps European production higher than justified by market prices, and supply on global markets out of kilter with demand. . .
Alliance looks to food service growth – Alan Williams:
Alliance Group hopes that its new food service business will be achieving annual sales above $100 million in the next three years or so.
A four-strong development team is working up a pilot programme in the United Kingdom that the meat exporter will use as a springboard for wider Europe, and into Asian markets as well, general manager sales Murray Brown said.
“Who knows how it could go – we’re a $1.5 billion business and if we could get the food service up to 10% of total sales over three years that would be $100m to $150m.” . .
Nitrate data suggests a corner turned – Nicole Sharp:
Environment Southland’s latest water quality report shows a trend of decreasing or indeterminate nitrogen levels and Southland farmers deserve a pat on the back for this, Agribusiness farm consultant Deane Carson says.
Nitrate levels in Southland had always been an area of significant concern for him, and for a while were somewhat out of control, he said.
But the latest report showed the majority of the sites were indeterminate for nitritenitrate nitrogen (NNN) levels over the five years covered and nine of the 49 sites had a decreasing trend. . .
Green co-leader Metiria Turei has admitted she is a fraudster:
. . I was one of those women, who you hear people complain about on talkback radio.
Because despite all the help I was getting, I could not afford to live, study and keep my baby well without keeping a secret from WINZ.
Like many families who rely on a benefit, Piu and I moved around a lot when she was little.
We lived in five different flats with various people.
In three of those flats, I had extra flatmates, who paid rent, but I didn’t tell WINZ. I didn’t dare.
I knew that if I told the truth about how many people were living in the house my benefit would be cut.
And I knew that my baby and I could not get by on what was left.
This is what being on the benefit did to me – it made me poor and it made me lie.
It was a stressful, terrifying experience. . .
Turei isn’t the first MP to admit to benefit fraud, but this one paid it back:
Parliament is a house of representatives.
I doubt there is any MP who has not done something wrong, just as I doubt any of us who aren’t MPs could put our hands on our hearts and say we’ve never done anything wrong.
Doing wrong is one thing, not knowing right from wrong is quite another.
Turei has compounded the wrong of benefit fraud with no attempt to put it right and with the attempted justification: it made me poor and it made me lie.
What does it say about the morals of the woman who wants to be a Minister?
What does it say to people, especially those on low incomes, who work hard and pay taxes to support people in genuine need?
What does that say to all the people on benefits, all of whom are poor, many of whom don’t have the support Turei had from her baby’s father, her own family and his, and most of whom manage without lying?
It’s a similar message to the one in the policy she announced of removing the penalties and obligations on beneficiaries including the requirement for drug testing and sanctions for not actively seeking work.
Most beneficiaries want to get off benefits, many need help to do so which might include a carrot and a few need a stick.
Without sanctions, fathers of children whose mothers are on benefits will have to pay nothing, people who don’t try to get work-ready and actively seek work will be left to languish on benefits and everyone else will pay directly through taxes and indirectly through the social problems including poor health, low education achievement and higher crime that benefit dependency promotes.
Quote of the day on this goes to Act MP David Seymour:
Green Party policy: If you stay at home and smoke drugs all day you get a pay rise. If you get up and go to work you get a tax hike.
Benefits should help those in genuine need.
Some beneficiaries will need permanent help but for most taxpayer help should be a temporary bridge to help them from dependence to independence.
We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity – that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here. – Angela Merkel who celebrates her 63rd birthday today.