And I’m grateful for it.
The government has lost a second minister in less than a week:
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted Minister Meka Whaitiri’s offer to stand aside from her portfolios, while an investigation is carried out into a staffing matter in her office.
Newshub understands the probe follows allegations of a physical incident with another staff member in her office, which involved some shoving. . . .
The announcement comes just six days after Ms Ardern removed Minister Clare Curran from Cabinet for failing to disclose a meeting she had in relation to the Government’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. . .
If Lady Bracknell was commenting on events of this week, she might well say, To lose one minister may be regarded as misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness.
Dowly – dull; low-spirited; dismal; gloomy; misty.
Farmer gets back on feet after cattle disease Mycoplasma strikes – Gerard Hutching:
Ashburton dairy farmer Frank Peters is feeling more optimistic than in May when he tearfully watched 300 of his “beautiful” calves being sent off to slaughter.
They had no signs of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis but the fact others in the 1400-strong herd were infected was enough for the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to pronounce the death sentence.
So far he has been compensated “about $2 million” for the replacement of his cattle. Nationwide $18.9m worth of claims have been paid out, from $25.3m received. . .
Biosecurity New Zealand today confirmed a property in Northland has tested positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. It’s the first time the disease has been found in this region.
The infected property is a dry stock beef farm. The farm, as with all other infected properties, was identified through the tracing of animals movements from known infected farms and is under a Restricted Place legal notice under the Biosecurity Act 1993.
This effectively places them in quarantine lockdown – restricting the movement of animals and other risk goods on and off the farm. . .
Micro-credentials give biosecurity industry edge – Yvonne O’Hara:
Biosecurity-focused micro-credentials (MC) will be the one of the first bite-sized qualifications available from Primary ITO, once the relevant rules and paperwork are signed off.
The industry training organisation is also planning micro-credentials for dairy and horticulture.
Primary ITO chief executive Dr Linda Sissons said the relevant legislation had been passed earlier this year, which allowed training organisations to offer the micro-credentials to their workplace-based students. . .
Just when the M Bovis story appeared to have had quietened down another twist has appeared, although this may not be what the headlines intimate.
Earlier this week, it was reportedAlfons Zeestraten, the farmer MPI appeared to consider to be at the centre of where M Bovis got started, was to appear at the Invercargill District Court. The charges relate to the importation of machinery; Zeestraten has stated that he is innocent of the charges. MPI have refused to comment on the case. If the charges are indeed unrelated to the M Bovis outbreak MPI would be doing everybody a service in stating that, given the emotions and interest surrounding the disease, and stop a lot of speculation.
On to more normality, the price of milk to consumers has reared its head again, this time with Chris Lewis Federated Farmers Dairy Chair leading the calls to boycott supermarkets and support corner dairies who he finds sell it far cheaper. New Zealand has the third highest milk consumption per head of capita, however, our milk prices appear to be driven by the highest price able to be gained on the international markets. Consumers point to other countries that can sell milk at a considerable discount to what is charged in New Zealand. . .
Farmers are now ‘up to their elbows’ in calves – Ella Stokes:
Calving season is in full swing for many dairy farmers around the region. This week Southern Rural Life reporter Ella Stokes caught up with Clydevale farmer and calf rearer Phillippa Foster.Polaris
At this time of year Phillippa Foster said she was always ”up to her elbows in calves” but said she loved the job.
She and husband Greg originally farmed in Taranaki before moving south five years ago.
They were now 50/50 sharemilkers on their Clydevale farm near Balclutha. Their children Greer (10) and Preston (12) attended Clutha Valley School . .
LUV training hits the spot – Mark Daniel:
Quads and light utility vehicles (LUV) get a bad rap because operators’ poor skills and riding judgement cause crashes. Quality training can reduce such incidents.
Jacks Farm Machinery, Whakatane, a forward-thinking machinery dealer in the Bay of Plenty region known for horticulture, decided to act.
This supplier of Polaris quads and LUVs was already in the business of certified modifying Ranger and Ace models to allow them to work under pergolas in kiwifruit orchards; this also allowed orchardists to switch from quads to LUVs. . .
At their core, Americans have changed – at least when it comes to their apple preferences.
The Red Delicious apple is expected to lose its title as the most popular apple in the US this year, a perch it held for more than half a century.
The US Apple Association is projecting that the gala apple will usurp the red delicious for the top spot.
The group, which advocates on behalf of 7500 US apple growers and 400 companies in the apple business, predicted that the US would grow 52.4 million Gala apples in 2018, up 5.9 per cent from a year earlier. . .
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder has announced a sale of 20 gigalitres of water from the Goulburn Valley in Victoria.
The water will be sold udner a competitive tender which opens at 10:00am Monday September 3 2018 and will close at 2:00pm Wednesday September 5.
There will be a minimum bid size of 5 megalitres and a maximum bid size of 500ML, which the CEWH said would balance the access of small and large irrigators to the trade.
The Tasman District Council has voted against funding the Waimea Dam:
The Tasman District Council has decided increased costs for the Waimea Community Dam are unaffordable for ratepayers, meaning the project in its current form will not proceed.
The Council today decided in principle not to fund 51% of a $23 million capital funding shortfall for the dam.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the decision effectively meant the project would not proceed, as public consultation cannot occur before the deadline of 15 December when the Government will withdraw its funding for the dam of over $55 million.
“Unfortunately the additional costs are too high and the Council has decided it must look at other options for resolving our serious summer water shortages.” . .
Horticulture NZ CE Mike Chapman calls it a damning decision:
. . .This dam was going to supply water for urban households, support the area’s thriving horticulture, and ensure minimum river flows during dry periods, sustaining the aquatic life in the river. During floods, the dam would have helped prevent damage by reducing flood waters. Northington Partners, an independent investment bank and business advisory firm, forecast that not building the Waimea Dam could result in nearly $1 billion being lost from the Tasman and Nelson economy over the next 25 years. Even the Council, which voted against it, has said that urban and rural water users will be facing significant water use cuts from this summer, following the decision. One of the areas most affected by water cuts is plants. These are the trees, vines and the crops that provide employment and feed this region. If the trees and vines die because of a lack of water, it is unlikely that they will be re-planted and this means taking away economic activities from the district. This will result in job losses because without water there will not be highly productive fruit and vegetable growing.
So why did some of the councillors vote against this decision? All members of the community, businesses and the environment in this area would be beneficiaries from the dam. I am struggling to understand why you would vote down such a beneficial scheme, as the dam was the most cost effective way to provide a secure water supply.
Did the Councillors consider the impact of climate change? We are looking at a future where there will be more adverse weather events, rainfall will become more variable, and drought and floods will be more frequent. Did they forget that last year, prior to Christmas, this area went onto water restrictions? Water storage is a vital mitigation to climate change so that during dry periods people, animals and plants have water to drink. Jobs and the livelihood and survival of their region depend on water. Without water there is not life.
The Tasman District is a prime horticulture producer of apples, kiwifruit, berries, broccoli, cabbages, lettuce and cauliflowers. Most of the fruit is exported, earning valuable overseas funds for New Zealand. The vegetables feed the region and other parts of New Zealand. How are people going to be able to eat healthy, locally-grown fresh fruit and vegetables, if there are none because there is no water? Do not think that imported fruit and vegetables will fill the demand. As the world’s population grows and climate change turns what were good growing areas into desserts, every country will be struggling to feed their own population, let alone others.
So this is a very short sighted decision that will damn the Tasman District for many years to come and see it most likely go into economic decline. It is also a lesson for the rest of New Zealand: water storage is vital to mitigate the effects of climate change and make sure we can feed our people. Perhaps the Councillors would like to re-think this decision and think about providing for the District’s future generations.
The dam would have had considerable benefits and not just in providing enough reliable water for irrigators and household supplies.
It would also have provided recreational opportunities and environmental protection.
Water storage is the most environmentally friendly option for both irrigation and river health.
Opponents talked up the dam’s cost but ignored the costs of not building it.
The most obvious are those that come from lost production for farmers, horticulturalists and orchardists who won’t have reliable irrigation; the loss of jobs on farms, orchards and in businesses which service and supply them and lost food for both domestic and export markets.
There’s also the loss of reliable water for existing and future households and businesses.
Then there’s the environmental costs from losing the ability to maintain river flows in dry weather to protect flora and fauna and ensure a healthy ecosystem; and to hold water back during floods.
The problem facing the district isn’t just a shortage of rural water, there’s an urban water shortage too.
Doing nothing isn’t an option.
The council has damned the dam and must now come up with a plan b. What will that cost?
The last tweet from the now defunct Twitter account @WaimeaDam spelled it out:
If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment. Ernest Rutherford who was born on this day in 1871.
1363 Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders— Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang—were pitted against each other in what is one of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.
1574 Guru Ram Das became the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master.
1590 Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo Castle.
1720 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer, was born (d. 1796).
1791 HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day.
1797 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English writer, was born (d. 1851).
1800 Gabriel Prosser led a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia.
1813 Battle of Kulm: French forces defeated by Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.
1813 Creek War: Creek Red Sticks carried out the Fort Mims Massacre.
1835 Melbourne was founded.
1836 The city of Houston was founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen.
1862 American Civil War: Battle of Richmond: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith routed a Union army under General Horatio Wright.
1862 – American Civil War: Union forces were defeated in Second Battle of Bull Run.
1871 Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, was born (d. 1937).
1903 Guide Joseph Warbrick and three tourists were killed instantly whenRoturua’s Waimangu geyser erupted unexpectedly.
1907 – John Mauchly, American physicist and co-founder of the first computer company, was born (d. 1980).
1908 Fred MacMurray, American actor, was born (d. 1991).
1909 – Virginia Lee Burton, American author and illustrator, was born (d. 1968).
1912 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent, was born (d. 2011).
1914 Battle of Tannenberg.
1918 Fanny Kaplan shot and seriously injured Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.
1922 Battle of Dumlupinar, final battle in Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).
1926 – Kawarau Falls dam became operational.
1930 Warren Buffett, American entrepreneur, was born.
1935 John Phillips, American singer/songwriter (The Mamas & the Papas), was born (d. 2001).
1942 World War II: Battle of Alam Halfa began.
1943 Jean-Claude Killy, French skier, was born.
1945 Hong Kong was liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.
1945 – Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur landed at Atsugi Air Force Base.
1946 Peggy Lipton, American actress, was born.
1951 Dana, Irish singer and politician, was born.
1956 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.
1962 Japan conducted a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft.
1963 – the Moscow–Washington hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union went into operation.
1967 Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1972 Cameron Diaz, American actress, was born.
1974 – A powerful bomb exploded at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Marunouchi, Tokyo – 8 killed, 378 injured.
1984 The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.
1995 – NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
1999 – East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a referendum.
2003 – While being towed across the Barents Sea, the de-commissioned Russian submarine K-159 sank, taking 9 of her crew and 800 kg of spent nuclear fuel with her.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia