A long walk, phone catch-ups with two friends, soup and bread made, election win for National’s Dan Bidois and rugby win for the All Blacks – tonight I’m grateful for a happy Saturday at home.
8:50 – A win for Dan Bidois, 13,82 votes ahead with 100% of the votes counted.
(And after a shakey start, All Blacks are ahead 25-11 in the test against France).
8:20 – 84.8% of votes counted, Dan Bidois is leading by 1,282.
8:10 – 75 % of votes counted, Dan Bidois ahead by 1,071.
8pm – Dan Bidois leads by 800 with 54.5% of votes counted.
7:20pm National’s candidate Dan Bidois has a 790 vote lead over Labour’s candidate Shanan Halbert with 48.5% of votes counted.
Palpebrous – having heavy, prominent or shaggy eyebrows; prominent superciliary ridges.
* That when you enter the supermarket the checkouts are free but when you go to pay all the counters have long queues?
* That a woman is willing to share her whole life with her husband but not her wardrobe?
* That people who need no introduction get the longest ones?
* That shops open 24 hours a day, seven days a week still have locks?
* That chocolate fish can’t swim?
* That when status seekers finally find status, they start looking for the quo?
* That most people can’t tell you their blood type but 99.5% of them can tell you their star sign?
* That all the instruments looking for intelligent life and pointed away from earth?
It’s one thing to plant a billion trees; it’s quite another do it well.
Recent floods in Tasman, and now the East Cape, signal what’s at stake. Witness the logs piled up against Mangatokerau Bridge in Tolaga Bay. Or the hillsides scoured with slips in Golden Bay, left vulnerable to erosion by clear-felled forest lands. With extreme weather events expected to increase due to climate change, it is critical that we don’t plant one billion of the wrong trees in the wrong place with the wrong management system.
Our future forests need to be financially viable, environmentally sustainable, and resilient. Crucially, we also need forests that people want to live with, to be nurtured and protected in future decades. . .
It is becoming increasingly evident pinpointing an exact path for the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis into New Zealand might never happen though charges for Biosecurity Act breaches are pending.
The Primary Industries Ministry has not said how it thinks the organism entered the country.
While speculation is rife that European-sourced semen is the most likely suspect, Biosecurity NZ head Roger Smith said investigations do not support that.
The M bovis strain has been confirmed as of European descent but is also occasionally found in America. . .
FROM THE RIDGE: Showing resolve and compassion– Steve Wyn-Harris:
As we all know, the Government has made the big call to have a go at eradicating Mycoplasma bovis from the country.
It is supported by our own industry bodies.
They were damned if they tried and damned if they didn’t but have shown faith in the scientists and experts and believe there is a reasonable chance of achieving the goal.
Leadership can be a difficult place at times like this and I respect the resolve, compassion and decision-making Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor have shown over this very difficult matter.
I’ve had several conversations with farmers from South Canterbury who have been dealing with the consequences of this disease. . .
A smorgasbord of agricultural issues – Keith Woodford:
[For the last three years I have been writing fortnightly columns for NZFarmer, which is delivered free to all New Zealand farmers. However the agricultural press in New Zealand is undergoing major change. One part of that change is that Stuff (formerly Fairfax) is now moving towards a digital focus and will cease to publish the weekly NZFarmer. This was my farewell column to NZFarmer.]
With the impending demise of NZ Farmer, this will be my last article published here. So, I had to give a lot of thought as to what I wanted to say.
Right now, we are surrounded by forces for change. There are so many topics that could be covered. So, I have decided to provide a smorgasbord of key issues.
It would be impossible to walk away without saying something about Mycoplasma bovis. This disease, and the way we have chosen to respond to it, will change many aspects of dairying going forward. My personal perspective is that we might struggle to eradicate the disease, but if we do fail, we will still succeed in managing the disease. There are many worse diseases. . .
Four times as much Māori-owned farmland is grassland, compared to the rest of New Zealand farms, statistics show.
By June last year, an average of 590 hectares of Māori farmland was grassland, compared to an average 147ha of other farms.
The Statistics New Zealand figures showed more than eight times more Māori-owned land was covered in plantation crops. . .
Sanford appoints Fonterra executive Katherine Turner as new CFO – Tina Morrison:
(BusinessDesk) – Sanford has appointed Katherine Turner as the new chief financial officer of New Zealand’s largest listed seafood company.
Turner has worked for 25 years in various finance roles, almost 12 years of which were with the country’s largest company, Fonterra Cooperative Group, where she was most recently commercial director for Fonterra Brands, New Zealand’s biggest fast-moving consumer goods business responsible for brands such as Anchor, Mainland, Fresh’n Fruity and Tip Top. Prior to Fonterra, Turner had nine years in finance roles with French dairy company Danone in New Zealand and France. . .
Fit for calving – Farmstrong:
Canterbury dairy farm contractor Nicole Jackson is on a mission to reduce the number of injuries to female calf rearers during the physically demanding calving season.
She’s created a six-week online conditioning and strengthening initiative for women to prepare their bodies for the physically gruelling calving season, which is currently under way in many parts of the country.
“There’s a lot of information out there about things like getting meals and the kids ready for calving season but not a lot about getting your body ready,” says Nicole, a mother of two young boys. . .
New Zealand researchers are curbing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions one sheep fart at a time.
Scientists at Invermay Agricultural Centre in Mosgiel, about 360km south-west of Christchurch, have bred climate-friendly sheep that produce 10 per cent less methane than their gassy counterparts.
Livestock emissions are the biggest contributor to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions and make up about 10 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse emissions. . .
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Better to write twaddle, anything, than nothing at all – Katherine Mansfield.
62 Claudia Octavia was executed.
68 Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, after quoting Homer’s Iliad..
721 Odo of Aquitaine defeated the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.
1534 Jacques Cartier was the first European to discover the Saint Lawrence River.
1595 King Wladislaus IV of Poland, was born (d. 1648).
1650 The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, was established, the first legal corporation in the Americas.
1667 The Raid on the Medway by the Dutch fleet began.
1732 James Oglethorpe was granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia.
1772 The British ship Gaspee was burned off the coast of Rhode Island.
1781 George Stephenson, English mechanical engineer, was born (d. 1848).
1815 End of the Congress of Vienna.
1836 – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician and politician, was born (d. 1917).
1863 American Civil War: the Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia.
1868 – Titokowaru’s war began with the killing of three settlers near Ketemarae, north of Hāwera, by Ngā Ruahine warriors acting on the orders of the spiritual leader Titokowaru.
1873 Alexandra Palace burned down after being open for only 16 days.
1885 A peace treaty was signed to end the Sino-French War.
1891 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist, was born (d. 1964).
1909 – Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward opened the Public Trust Office Building in Lambton Quay, Wellington.
1909 Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old became the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco.
1915 William Jennings Bryan resigned as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States’ handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
1922 First ringing of the Harkness Memorial Chime at Yale University.
1923 Bulgaria‘s military took over the government in a coup.
1941 Jon Lord, English musician (Deep Purple), was born.
1944 World War II: 99 civilians were hung from lampposts and balconies by German troops in Tulle in reprisal for maquisards attacks.
1944 World War II: the Soviet Union invaded East Karelia and the previously Finnish part of Karelia, occupied by Finland since 1941.
1946 King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne of Thailand. He is currently the world’s longest reigning monarch.
1953 Flint-Worcester tornado outbreak sequence: a tornado spawned from the same storm system as the Flint tornado hit in Worcester, Massachusetts killing 94.
1954 Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashed out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism had infiltrated the Army – giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
1956 Patricia Cornwell, American author, was born.
1957 First ascent of Broad Peak (the world’s 12th highest mountain).
1958 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London Gatwick Airport.
1959 The USS George Washington was launched, the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.
1961 Michael J. Fox, Canadian-born actor, was born.
1968 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1978 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its priesthood to “all worthy men”, ending a 148-year-old policy excluding black men.
1979 The Ghost Train Fire at Luna Park, North Sydney, killed seven.
1985 Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon.
1999 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
2008 – Two bombs exploded at a train station near Algiers, Algeria, killing at least 13 people.
2008 Lake Delton drained as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.
2010 – At least 40 people were killed and more than 70 others wounded by an explosion at an evening wedding party in Arghandab, Kandahar.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia