A celebration yesterday in Tekapo for a couple who married in England in July; lunch today with other friends who have come from England to be with family made it a weekend of fun for which I”m grateful.
Ramracketting – Christmas gambols.
Summer is a busy time on the farm, but it’s also among the most hazardous periods for accidents.
Almost 550 farmers suffered injuries serious enough for them to take at least a week off work over the last summer (December 2017-February 2018) while there were three fatalities on farms.
Overall, trips, slips and falls, being hit or bitten by animals, hit by moving objects and incidents involving vehicles were the major causes of injuries, according to data from ACC. . .
Russell forest possums ‘down 80 percent’ since 1080 drop – Lois Williams:
The recent 1080-poison drop on Northland’s Russell State Forest has been declared an outstanding success.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) said results showed rats had been all but wiped out and possum numbers had dropped by 80 percent.
The aerial operation in September covered the Russell Forest north of Whangarei and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands, and was the first since the mid-1990s. . .
The Government should back off local government in the Hauraki Gulf and let the people decide their futures, says Federated Farmers Auckland.
The Government proposes to establish a Ministerial Advisory Committee to implement the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan (aka Sea Change), clearly stepping on local government, says Federated Farmers Auckland provincial president Andrew Maclean.
“This move is just the latest assault on local democracy from central Government.” . .
Work by farmers on a Hawke’s Bay project aiming to cut their nitrogen losses has provided valuable lessons and highlighted the challenges ahead.
The “Greening Tukituki” project that included two dairy farmers and two drystock farmers from the Tukituki catchment aimed to help them meet their nutrient loss obligations under the Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) plan change 6.
The project closes amid growing disquiet about the shortcomings in nutrient software system Overseer as a regulatory tool. . .
Key players in the livestock farming sector have taken steps to protect their multi-billion-dollar export industries from pests and diseases by joining other primary sector organisations and Government in the biosecurity fight.
Industry organisations DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand consulted with their farmers over a year ago to join the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA). The final step in the process is the signing of the GIA Deed. . .
Lightwire announced as partner in New Zealand’s rural broadband milestone
Trans-Tasman telecommunications company Lightwire is proud to be a new partner of Crown Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP) Rural Broadband Initiative Phase Two (RBI2), providing significant additional rural broadband coverage across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regions.
This phase of the Initiative will take coverage to 99.8% of New Zealand’s population, bringing innumerable benefits to Lightwire’s rural communities. . .
Sunday’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.
I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens
558 – Chlothar I was crowned.
679 – King Dagobert II was murdered in a hunting accident.
1572 – Theologian Johann Sylvan was executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs.
1732 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor, was born (d. 1792).
1822 Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer, was born (d. 1875).
1867 Madam C.J. Walker, American philanthropist and tycoon, was born (d. 1919).
1913 The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.
1914 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrived in Cairo, Egypt.
1918 – Helmut Schmidt, German soldier, economist, and politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany, was born (d. 2015).
1925 Rayner Unwin, British book publisher, was born (died 2000).
1933 Akihito, Emperor of Japan, was born.
1937 First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
1938 Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
1943 – Queen Silvia of Sweden was born.
1947 The transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1955 – Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet and playwright was born.
1953 Queen Elizabeth II arrived in New Zealand, the first reigning monarch to visit.
1958 Dedication of Tokyo Tower, world’s highest self-supporting iron tower.
1964 Eddie Vedder, American musician (Pearl Jam), was born.
1970 The North Tower of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan was topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
1972 The Nicaraguan capital of Managua was struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 10,000.
1972 The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster were rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.
2002 A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
2004 Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean was hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
2005 Chad declared war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
2007 – An agreement was made for the monarchy of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state.
2010 – A monsoonal trough crossed the northeastern coast of Australia from the Coral Sea, bringing mass flooding across Queensland.
2016 – The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 condemning “Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967”.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.