Unweder – bad weather; storm; tempest.
. . .The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has closed State Highway 1 between Pukeuri, about 9km north of Oamaru, and Morven, South Canterbury.
Journey manager Lee Wright said it was “a major event”.
“There are no safe detour routes off [SH1] because they are all significantly flooded as well. We’re really advising anyone travelling south of Christchurch to delay their journey.”
SH 79 between Fairlie and Geraldine, SH 77 between Ashburton and Methven, SH 83 between Pukeuri and Peebles, and SH 82 between Waimate and Kurow are also closed due to surface flooding.
Wright had earlier urged motorists “to get home now”. . .
Is this a plot between the weather and the Crusaders to stop Highlanders fans getting to Christchurch for the Super Rugby quarter final tomorrow?
How will the Highlanders fans get north?
Surrender now and we’ll pay a huge cost in future – Will Foley:
If the dam is dead, as its opponents are claiming, we’ve missed a great chance to smooth the jagged edges of Mother Nature.
Right now, Hawke’s Bay is sodden. A welcome but uncharacteristic (in the current weather pattern) wet autumn set us up to be wet right through the winter and that’s exactly how it’s playing out.
We’ve swung from one extreme to the other; as recently as February we were fretting about another dry summer. . .
An overheard conversation led to a Central Hawke’s Bay farming couple diversifying into retail butchery. Kate Taylor reports.
The market wants to know where its meat comes from, say Duncan Smith and Annabel Tapley-Smith, the owners of Patangata Station and the new owners of Waipawa Butchery.
“When people buy meat from Waipawa Butchery they now know it’s finished at a farm just 10 minutes up the road,” says Smith.
The couple took over the butchery at the beginning of the month. It was sold by 77-year-old Murray Stephens who had worked there for 60 years and owned it for 40. The Smith family has been farming in Central Hawke’s Bay for just as long and has been shopping at the butchery for many years. . . .
Variety is the spice of life on Miranda Farm – Andrea Fox:
If Waikato agroforester and dairy farmer Graham Smith could bottle his energy, he’d make a killing.
Running four businesses from his 37 hectare farm in the Korakonui area, 25km south east of Te Awamutu isn’t enough: he’s about to launch a fifth, and just for fun, excavate a submerged ancient forest and create a little sport museum.
Profitably milking 80 crossbred cows provides the base for all these entrepreneurial efforts, but it’s growing an unusual tree with multiple uses and benefits that sets him apart and proves it is possible to make a small farm a good earner. . .
Researcher using milk protein to help regrow human muscle – Amy Wiggins:
Milk could be the key to helping regrow muscle and eventually body parts.
A Canterbury University PhD student is using milk protein to create biodegradable films with 3D imprints in the shape of muscle and bone cells on them in the hope they may influence the shape and growth of cells.
Azadeh Hashemi is focused on creating those films using casein – one of the two proteins found in milk – so they are biodegradable and would not need to be removed if used as an implant. . .
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has confirmed 46 new animal welfare regulations will be developed this year.
“Changes we made to the Animal Welfare Act in 2015 have allowed us to create directly-enforceable regulations. This has given the Act more teeth, and creates more tools to deal with mistreatment of animals,” says Mr Guy.
“These 46 regulations include stock transport, farm husbandry, companion and working animals, pigs, layer hens and the way animals are accounted for in research, testing and teaching. . .
For the first time, authorities fighting the spread of wilding conifers will have a complete picture of infestations throughout the country, says Minister for Land Information Mark Mitchell.
“Land Information New Zealand has developed the Wilding Conifer Information System, a web-based mapping and monitoring tool, to ensure control of this invasive species is carried out in the most efficient way possible,” Mr Mitchell says. . .
The Government’s financial assistance package for the Kaikoura commercial paua divers has been welcomed by Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim Pankhurst.
“The package will help support paua divers in Kaikoura who have been under considerable financial stress since last year’s earthquake,” Pankhurst said. . .
Carrfields Livestock has grown to a national heavyweight player in its sector following the purchase of Farmlands’ livestock business this month.
Under the deal, Carrfields Livestock has acquired Farmlands’ entire livestock business, which includes a team of nearly 30 agents mainly based in the South Island.
This extends Carrfields’ coverage of the livestock market to all major regions of New Zealand, said Donald Baines, General Manager Carrfields Livestock. . .
Congratulations to Ben McNab-Jones from Urlar who became Bayer Wairarapa Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017 on 20 July. This is the second year McNab-Jones has entered the regional competition and he is over the moon to be going through to the National Final to represent the Wairarapa.
Congratulations also to Scott Lanceley who came 2nd. Lanceley is currently self-employed and contracting to different vineyards within the region. Congratulations also to from Te Kairanga who came 3rd. . .
Andrei and Teletext get my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions.
Should they have stumped us all they can claim a virtual batch of chocolate hazelnut biscuits by leaving the answers below.
This time last week we were in Noosa.
The locals thought it was cold but 20 – 24 degrees suited us perfectly for four days of walking, biking and reading.
That was there and then.
Here and now we’re back home and the forecasters were right:
|09:00–12:00||9°||17.3 mm||Near gale, 14 m/s from south-southwest|
|12:00–18:00||9°||27.8 mm||Near gale, 16 m/s from south|
|18:00–00:00||8°||29.9 mm||Near gale, 15 m/s from south|
|00:00–06:00||8°||19.2 mm||Near gale, 14 m/s from south|
|06:00–12:00||8°||10.0 mm||Near gale, 14 m/s from south-southwest|
|12:00–18:00||7°||0.7 mm||Strong breeze, 13 m/s from south-southwest|
|18:00–00:00||6°||0 mm||Fresh breeze, 10 m/s from south-southwest|
|00:00–06:00||6°||0 mm||Moderate breeze, 6 m/s from west-southwest|
|06:00–12:00||2°||0 mm||Light breeze, 3 m/s from west-northwest|
|12:00–18:00||7°||0 mm||Light breeze, 3 m/s from north-northwest|
|18:00–00:00||5°||0 mm||Gentle breeze, 4 m/s from north|
It’s not perfect timing for the calves which have started to arrive.
Here’s hoping the forecasters are right that it will be improving by Sunday.
P.S. – that forecast is from YR, a Norwegian service which we’ve found to be very accurate.
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. – Robin Williams who was born on this day in 1951.
356 BC – The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was destroyed by arson.
230 – Pope Pontian succeeded Urban I as the eighteenth pope.
285 – Diocletian appointed Maximian as Caesar and co-ruler.
365 – A tsunami devastated the city of Alexandria, Egypt. The tsunami was caused by the Crete earthquake estimated to be 8.0 on the Richter Scale. 5,000 people perished in Alexandria, and 45,000 more died outside the city.
1242 – Battle of Taillebourg : Louis IX of France put an end to the revolt of his vassals Henry III of England and Hugh X of Lusignan.
1403 – Battle of Shrewsbury: King Henry IV defeated rebels to the north of the county town of Shropshire, England.
1545 – The first landing of French troops on the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight.
1656 – The Raid on Malaga took place during the Anglo-Spanish War.
1718 – The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice was signed.
1774 – Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774): Russia and the Ottoman Empire signed the Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca ending the war.
1831 – Inauguration of Leopold I of Belgium, first king of the Belgians.
1858 Alfred Henry O’Keeffe, New Zealand artist, was born (d. 1941).
1861 American Civil War: First Battle of Bull Run – the first major battle of the war began.
1865 Governor George Grey oversaw the capture of the Pai Marire (Hauhau) pa at Weraroa, Waitotara.
1873 Jesse James and the James-Younger gang pulled off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.
1899 Ernest Hemingway, American writer, Nobel laureate, ws born (d. 1961).
1904 Louis Rigolly, became the first man to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land. He drove a 15-litre Gobron-Brille in Ostend.
1918 U-156 shelled Nauset Beach, in Orleans, the first time that the United States was shelled since the Mexican-American War.
1920 Isaac Stern, Ukrainian-born violinist, was born (d. 2001).
1922 Mollie Sugden, British comedic actress, was born (d. 2009).
1924 Don Knotts, American actor, was born (d. 2006).
1925 – Te Haahi Rātana was formally registered as a church.
1925 Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first man to break the 150 mph (241 km/h) land barrier at Pendine Sands in Wales. He drove a Sunbeam to a two-way average of 150.33 mph (242 km/h).
1944 World War II: Battle of Guam – American troops land on Guam starting the battle.
1944 Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and fellow conspirators were executed in Berlin, Germany for the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
1946 Barry Whitwam, British musician (Herman’s Hermits), was born.
1948 Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), English singer/songwriter, was born.
1948 Garry Trudeau, American cartoonist, was born.
1949 Hirini Melbourne, New Zealand musician and composer, was born (d 2003).
1949 The United States Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
1951 Robin Williams, American comedian/actor. was born (d. 2014).
1953 Jeff Fatt, Chinese-Australian actor was born.
1954 First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
1955 Howie Epstein, American musician (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), was born (d. 2003).
1956 Michael Connelly, American author, was born.
1959 Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” Green became the first African-American to play for the Boston Red Sox, the last team to integrate.
1961 Jim Martin, American musician (Faith No More), was born.
1966 Sarah Waters, British novelist, was born.
1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.
1970 After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed.
1973 In the Lillehammer affair in Norway, Israeli Mossad agents killed a waiter whom they mistakenly thought was involved in 1972′s Munich Olympics Massacre.
1977 The start of a four day long Libyan–Egyptian War.
1983 The world’s lowest temperature was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −89.2°C (−129°F).
1994 Tony Blair was declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997.
1995 Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army began firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
1997 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
2004 The United Kingdom government published Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country’s armed forces.
2005 Four terrorist bombings in London – all four bombs failed to detonate.
2008 Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić was arrested in Serbia and indicted by the UN’s ICTY tribunal.
2011 – NASA’s Space Shuttle programe ended with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.
2012 – Erden Eruç completed the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world.
2013 – Philippe of Belgium became King of the Belgians
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia