Rastaquouère – social interloper or upstart, especially from a Mediterranean or Latin American country; a smooth untrustworthy foreigner.
Teletext and J Bloggs get my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions and in the spirit of the season can claim a virtual Christmas cake by leaving the answers below whether or not they’ve stumped us all.
Diversity in a variable climate – Blair Drysdale:
Surprised and shocked would accurately describe my reaction to being asked to pen a column for a publication I love and have read from front to back for more than 20 years. It’s somewhat daunting given the calibre of the other columnists.
Along with my wife Jody and three children Carly (9), Fletcher (7) and Leah (5) we farm 325 hectares in Balfour, northern Southland with my parents Fiona and Ken still living on farm. Our farming operation consists of arable, beef, dairy grazing, sheep and land leased out to tulip growers annually.
It’s a diverse operation which spreads our risk across both our variable climate and commodity cycles, neither of which we can control or influence. We can have wet winters and very dry summers, with all four seasons turning up the same day occasionally just for a laugh. Like all regions it has its challenges, but if it were easy every man and his dog would want a crack. . .
Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 131 fewer farm sales (-29.3%) for the three months ended November 2017 than for the three months ended November 2016. Overall, there were 316 farm sales in the three months ended November 2017, compared to 261 farm sales for the three months ended October 2017 (+21.1%), and 447 farm sales for the three months ended November 2016. 1,577 farms were sold in the year to November 2017, 12.5% fewer than were sold in the year to November 2016, with 29.8% more finishing farms, 29.2% more dairy farms and 34.6% fewer grazing and 32.5% fewer arable farms sold over the same period. . .
Westpac is offering to assist its hardest hit customers, as drought-like conditions grip large parts of the country.
Westpac’s Head of Commercial and Agribusiness, Mark Steed said the impact of a severe weather event can be stressful for those affected, particularly in the dairy sector in recovery from the payout slump in 2015/16.
He said the bank is offering financial assistance and is encouraging farmers experiencing hardship to talk to Westpac about how the bank can help them. . .
Recent tertiary graduates are earning good incomes from their employment in the forest industry, according to a recent survey by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF).
A survey of 600 NZIF members indicates recent graduates in the forestry sector are attaining a median gross salary of $58,520, which increases to $62,725 for a total remuneration package.
NZIF spokesperson Tim Thorpe says many of the graduates would have a degree from the University of Canterbury Schools of Forestry and Engineering. But he says others would be included in the recent graduate category as holders of New Zealand diplomas in forest management or similar, from Toi Ohomai in Rotorua, NorthTec in Whangarei or EIT in Gisborne. . .
No reindeer here, but MPI says sleigh vigilant – Kate Pereyra Garcia:
There are currently no reindeer in New Zealand, not even in zoos.
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) readiness group manager Melanie Russell said there was an attempt to import a reindeer 10 years ago for the filming of the Narnia movie.
“But the reindeer that had been trained for the role tested positive for an exotic disease, so the importation never happened.”
The reindeer in the movie was computer generated instead. . .
Synlait Milk is partnering with Foodstuffs South Island Limited to become the Cooperative’s exclusive supplier of its private label fresh milk and cream from early 2019.
Synlait intends to invest approximately $125 million in an advanced liquid dairy packaging facility to supply Foodstuffs South Island.
The investment establishes a platform for Synlait to pursue a range of dairy-based products for domestic and export markets in the future. . .
The Commerce Commission has released its final report on its annual review of Fonterra’s Milk Price Manual for the current dairy season.
The manual sets out Fonterra’s methodology for calculating the price it will pay farmers per kilogram of milk solids for the current dairy season, ending 31 May 2018. Our review is part of the milk price monitoring regime under the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA). The regime incentivises Fonterra to operate efficiently while providing for contestability in the market for the purchase of farmers’ milk.
“The Commission’s conclusion is unchanged from its draft report released in October, which finds the manual is largely consistent with the purposes of the milk monitoring regime,” Commission Deputy Chair Sue Begg said. . .
Fresh chicken sales are soaring higher than the mercury currently with the highest levels of consumption seen by the Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand (PIANZ).
The Poultry Industry has produced 118,000,000 birds this year to meet demand, three million more than 2016.
“We are are eating more fresh chicken than ever before. On average, Kiwis have devoured over 41 kilograms of fresh chicken per person this year, and we’re only just hitting peak poultry season,” says PIANZ Executive Director, Michael Brooks. . .
In what surely must be the biggest upset in any wine competition in 2017, New Zealand winemaker Andy Anderson, on entering his first ever wine competition, has beaten wines from the best in the world at London’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) to take out two trophies. Anderson was first awarded the world’s best Pinot Noir trophy for his 2012 Takapoto Bannockburn Single Vineyard Pinot Noir and then secured the 2017 New Zealand Producer of the Year trophy.
These trophies are usually reserved for the powerhouses of the industry at the glamorous award ceremony held in London, not a winemaker entering his first competition. . .
• 2017 wine industry financial benchmarking survey shows profitability and strengthening balance sheets
• Wine industry makes diverse contribution to regional communities across New Zealand
• Opportunities exist for wine businesses of all sizes through new and emerging export markets as well as through tourism and online channels . .
National left office with an economy that many other countries would envy:
There was confirmation today that the new Coalition Government has inherited a strong economic growth story from the previous National-led Government, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says.
“Stats New Zealand’s report of 3 per cent growth for the year to September together with upward revisions to recent growth figures paint a clear picture of a strong economy over the last few years,” Mr Joyce says.
“They have revised New Zealand’s growth figures for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 calendar years to 3.6 per cent, 3.5 per cent and 4 per cent respectively. That’s a highly respectable growth story in anyone’s language.
“GDP per capita has also been revised upwards in those years. We’ve had 8.3 per cent in real GDP per capita growth over the last five years.
Mr Joyce says the figures released today finally put to bed the fallacy that New Zealand was having a ‘productivity recession’.
“In addition, the figures today show that the construction industry remains strong with the largest quarterly growth since March 2016. Road and rail infrastructure was a key driver, with the largest increase in ten years.
“New Zealand has now experienced 18 quarters of consecutive economic growth; and has grown in 26 out of the last 27 quarters, all the way back to December 2010.
“These figures provide clear confirmation that the new Government has inherited a very strong economy driven by the strong economic plan of the previous Government.
“The Labour-led Coalition needs to take heed of softening business and consumer confidence numbers since the election and make sure their policy changes don’t muck this story up.”
The incoming government is showing great delight in spending the money the strong economy has generated but if it understands how that was achieved, it’s not showing that, as Bill English pointed out in the adjournment debate:
I must say, it has been a bit rich sitting here listening to the moral awesomeness and self-congratulation of the Labour Government over the family incomes package when they opposed every single measure that it took to generate the surpluses that they are handing out. That is why they won’t get the credit they expect from the New Zealand public, because the New Zealand public know it’s a bunch of people who found the lolly bag and ran the lolly scramble without having any idea where it came from.
The money came from taxes generated from the work and ingenuity of taxpayers under three terms of National-led government’s careful stewardship.
The words and actions of the incoming government give no cause for confidence that the respect for, and careful stewardship of, taxpayers’ money will continue.
Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they’re tender. They have to be persistent. – Ralph Fiennes who celebrates his 55th birthday today.
69 – Emperor Vitellius was captured and murdered at the Gemonian stairs in Rome.
1550 Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher, was born (d. 1631).
1639 Jean Racine, French dramatist was born (d. 1699).
1769 – Sino-Burmese War (1765–1769) ended with an uneasy truce.
1805 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist, was born (d. 1893).
1807 The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, was passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.
1809 The Non-Intercourse Act, lifting the Embargo Act except for the United Kingdom and France, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1819 Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician, was born (d. 1892).
1858 Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, was born (d. 1924).
1885 Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
1888 J. Arthur Rank, British film producer, was born (d. 1972).
1901 André Kostelanetz, American popular music orchestra leader and arranger, was born (d. 1980).
1907 Dame Peggy Ashcroft, English actress, was born(d. 1991).
1909 Patricia Hayes, English actress, was born (d. 1998).
1914 Swami Satchidananda, Yogi and Spiritual teacher, was born (d. 2002).
1916 Peter Fraser, who later became Prime Minister, was charged with sedition following a speech attacking the government’s military conscription policy.
1942 Dick Parry, English musician (Pink Floyd), was born.
1948 Noel Edmonds, English game show host, was born.
1949 Maurice Gibb, English musician (The Bee Gees) was born (d. 2003).
1949 – Robin Gibb, English musician (The Bee Gees), was born (d. 2012).
1956 Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity was born.
1962 Ralph Fiennes, English actor, was born.
1963 The cruise ship Lakonia burned 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
1964 First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird).
1989 After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu took over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu‘s Communist dictatorship.
1989 – Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate re-opened after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
1992 – Archives of Terror – archives describing the fates of thousands of Latin Americans who had been secretly kidnapped, tortured, and killed by the security services of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay – were discovered by Dr. Martín Almada, and a human-rights activist and judge, José Agustín Fernández. This was known as Operation Condor.
1997 Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas werre massacred by paramilitary forces.
2008– An ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, Tennessee, releasing 1.1 billion gallons (4.2 million m³) of coal fly ash slurry.
2010 – The repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
2016 – Syrian government forces retook control of the besieged areas of Aleppo.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia