BP attacks petrol price ‘fleecing claims’ by Jacinda Ardern


What’s the point of a review of petrol pricing when 44% of the price is tax?

The Inquiring Mind

Our ‘beloved’ Prime Minister accused petrol companies of fleecing consumers

Now BP has counter attacked

Here is their graphic. There will be more on this, so come back later. It will be very interesting to see how the media treat this.


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Word of the day


Armigerous – of a Scottish clan, family or name which is registered with the Court of the Lord Lyon and once had a chief who bore undifferenced arms, but does not have a chief currently recognised as such by Lyon Court; of, bearing, having, or entitled to have a coat of arms.

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Rural round-up


The hypocrites at Fish and Game NZ – Alan Emmerson:

I received strong reaction to my blog on Fish and Game’s ‘survey’. Unsurprisingly I stick with everything I said.

I’d now add that the organisation is a rampant hypocrite. I did mention in my last blog that Fish and Game completely ignored the reports of 379 sewerage overflows into our pristine streams and rivers.

Was there any comment from the trade union – in a word no. . .

Pressure is on but dairy farmers’ fundamentals unchanged – Tim Mackle:

On the cusp of the new year, I’ve been thinking about the year gone and what’s head of us.

Having been involved in the dairy sector my whole life, it’s clear that it’s changed significantly since I was a kid. And in the past year, there have been a number of key challenges, whether it’s the talk about nitrogen – both from effluent or the manufactured variety – to help our grass or vegetables grow, our impacts and work to improve water quality or the growing conversation around climate change. And let’s not forget the emergence of new threats, like Mycoplasma bovis.

Here’s the thing about farming. The fundamentals are still the same – looking after cows, grass and people. . . 

Man disgusted at dumping of carcasses in South Canterbury river – Matthew Littlewood:

A South Canterbury man is disgusted to find rotting animal carcasses dumped near a popular swimming spot – and wants those responsible to own up.

Ely Peeti, of Waitohi, inland from Temuka, said he was taking his children to a swimming spot near Albury at Rocky Gully bridge on Friday when he found seven deer heads, a sheep skin and a gutted whole male pig, all lying in the water.

He told Stuff he was so shocked by his find that he posted a video online.

“I couldn’t believe the smell, it was just rotten. . . 

Resurgent collie club to hold SI champs – Sally Rae:

A few years back, the Omakau Collie Club was close to extinction.

It was only due to the tenacity of a couple of club members that it kept functioning and now, it has undergone a remarkable change in fortunes.

The club — now known as the Omakau-Earnscleugh Collie Club — is preparing to host the South Island sheep dog trial championships in 2021.

It will bring an influx of about 500 dog triallists into the Alexandra area for five and a-half days. . .

Meat meals an iron-clad rule – Tom O’Connor:

 In spite of our resolve most of us eat more than we need to and drink more than is good for us during Christmas and New Year gatherings.

That is probably because there is much more to food and drink than merely refuelling the body. We like to combine good food and beverages with the companionship of friends and family in a tradition that goes back a very long way in our history and folklore. . . 

A review of 6,000 studies over two decades delivers its verdict on GMO corn – Chelsea Gohd:

There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

From monikers like “Frankenfoods” to general skepticism, there has been a variety of biased reactions to these organisms, even though we as a species have been genetically modifying our foods in one way or another for approximately 10,000 years.

Perhaps some of this distrust will be put to rest with the emergence of a 2018 meta-analysis that shows GM corn increases crop yields and provides significant health benefits.

The analysis, which was not limited to studies conducted in the US and Canada, showed that GMO corn varieties have increased crop yields worldwide 5.6 to 24.5 percent when compared to non-GMO varieties. . .


It’s not just about the racing


“tis the season for country races and they’ve been well attended.

The Omakau gallops attracted more than 1,000 people but this and other country race days are under threat.

It might have been the last one, “if Winston has his way”.

But the Central Otago Racing Club would keep fighting hard to keep its annual Omakau gallops race meet, club president Tony Lepper said at the races yesterday.

The Central Otago club was one of those earmarked for closure in last year’s report from Australian administrator John Messara, who recommended seven tracks from Timaru south should stop holding thoroughbred race meetings.

But Mr Lepper said the Omakau gallops organisers were confident the meet would continue.

“It could be our last meeting, if Winston [Racing Minister Winston Peters] has his way, but I don’t think it will be … We’re planning on racing next year. The minister may have different ideas, but we’re planning on carrying on.”

Mr Lepper said the Central Otago club had made a submission on the Messara report and a working group charged with analysing all the submissions was expected to report back to Mr Peters in February or March, about the same time as the 2020 racing calendar was set.

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing would then decide which clubs would close, based on advice from Mr Peters and the working group, Mr Lepper said.

But Mr Lepper said country racing was vital to Central Otago and the broader racing community.

“It would be stupid to get rid of this meeting.

“This is where people are in the summer, they come up to Central . . . But more importantly, a lot of locals are involved in owning horses, and for a lot of people coming to the races in Central is their one and only experience at the races . . .

“This is where people get their love of racing, and that’s why country racing is important.

“As long as the trainers are prepared to come up here with their horses and we’re prepared to do our voluntary work to prepare the track, then this [race meet] should always continue into the future.” . . 

We were among the crowd of about 5,000 at the Kurow races a week ago and people there had the same strong feelings about the importance of the fixture for the racing and the community.

As  Kurow Jockey Club president Simon Williamson said.

. . .”It’s the biggest day in the Waitaki Valley,” he said. ”It’s a community day. And a lot of the people here aren’t racegoers, they’re holidaymakers camping around the lake having their annual day out, really.

”It’s huge – it’s for the community, it’s a get-together … everyone comes out and talks to their neighbours and their friends. It’s a great family get-together; there’s never any trouble; everyone brings their barbecues and their chilly bins.” . . 

Country race days aren’t just about the racing. They are social events which bring the community together and attract outsiders too.

Whatever the Messara report says, country people won’t let their race days go without a fight and the Minister who purports to be the region’s champion should take that seriously.

Throwing money around in the name of provincial growth will look even stupider he’s going to let his government kill off events that are such an important part of the social and economic fabric of rural communities.

Quote of the day


If you believe women are constituted differently to men then remove taxation from them. But if you’re a democrat and you believe in government of the people by the people and for the people, then you believe in fair play. So when you tax women, give them the vote as well – James Munro who was born n this day in 1832.

January 7 in history


1131  – Canute Lavard was murdered at Haraldsted, Denmark by his cousin Magnus, which led to the civil war in Denmark (1131–34).

1325 – Alfonso IV became King of Portugal.

1558 – France took Calais, the last continental possession of England.

1610 – Galileo Galilei observed the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time.

1782 The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opened.

1785  – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffriestravelled from Dover, to Calais, in a gas balloon.

1827 Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time, was born (d. 1915).

1832 – James Munro, Scottish-Australian publisher and politician; 15th Premier of Victoria was born (d. 1908).

1834 – Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist, invented the Reis telephone was born (d. 1874).

1835 HMS Beagle dropped anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.

1894 W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.

1895 – Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS, was born  (d. 1974).

1904 The distress signal “CQD” was established but replaced two years later by “SOS“.

1912 – Charles Addams, American cartoonist, was born (d. 1988).

1925 – Gerald Durrell, British naturalist , was born  (d. 1995).

1927 The first transatlantic telephone call was made – from New York to London.

1931 Australian Guy Menzies completed the first Trans-Tasman flightwhen he flew from Sydneyand crash-landed in a swamp at Harihari on the West Coast.

Completion of first trans-Tasman solo flight

1943 Sir Richard Armstrong, British conductor, was born.

1948  Kenny Loggins, American singer, was born.

1951 Helen Worth, British actress, was born.

1953 President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.

1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment: the first public demonstration of amachine translation system, was held in New York at the head office ofIBM.

1960 The Polaris missile was test launched.

1968  Surveyor 7, the final spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifted off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.

1980 President Jimmy Carter authorised legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

1984 Brunei became the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

1993 The Fourth Republic of Ghana was inaugurated with Jerry Rawlingsas President.

1999The impeachment of President Bill Clinton started.

2010 – – Muslim gunmen in Egypt opened fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians leaving church after celebrating a midnight Christmas mass, killing eight of them as well as one Muslim bystander.

2012 – A hot air balloon crashed near Carterton, New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board.

2015 – Two gunmen committed a mass shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing twelve people and injuring another eleven.

2015 – A car bomb exploded outside a police college in the Yemeni capital Sana’a with at least 38 people reported dead and more than 63 injured.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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