Meldrop – a drop of mucus at the nose, whether produced by cold or otherwise.
The Environment Aotearoa 2019 report released today will help all New Zealanders, not just farmers, identify the priorities for action.
But we can only manage what we have information on, Federated Farmers environment and water spokesperson Chris Allen says.
“Our message during the last central government election campaign, when various candidates and commentators were putting the boot into farmers for environmental impacts, was that all Kiwis were in this together. This new report underlines exactly that. . .
IrrigationNZ says the recent Environment Aotearoa report highlights the need for farmers and growers to continue work underway to: improve practices on-farm and upskill farmers; invest in cutting edge technology; and implement Farm Environmental Plans to change the way water is used for production.
“In partnership with national and regional government, it’s essential we continue to research, trial and adopt new practices and technology,” says Ms Soal.
“It is critical that we recognise that water is a precious resource which is essential for primary production and regional resilience in the face of climate change and that we use it in a way that is environmentally responsible,” says IrigationNZ Elizabeth Soal. . .
DairyNZ says today’s Environment Aotearoa 2019 report gives honest insight into New Zealand’s environment and where the opportunities lie for the dairy sector, particularly for water quality, biodiversity and climate change.
Strategic leader for DairyNZ’s environmental portfolio, Dr David Burger, said while the report shows the dairy sector has work to do, there is no doubt farmers are working hard to look after the environment – with significant work already undertaken over the last 10 years to improve environmental practices across New Zealand. . .
Living affects the environment – Neal Wallace:
Our way of life is putting the environment under pressure.
A report produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand with evidence and trends of what is happening to the environment highlights nine key issues.
It is based on a comparison with previous reports, analysis of more than 60 indicators and new methods.
It found native plants, animals and ecosystems are under threat, changes to land vegetation are degrading soil and water, farming is polluting our waterways and water use affects freshwater ecosystems.
Urban centres create environmental pollution with urban sprawl occupying the best soils and destroying native biodiversity, it said. . .
IrrigationNZ says the government’s decision not to introduce a water tax in the near future is good news for all New Zealanders.
“The Tax Working Group proposed a nationwide tax on all water use including for hydroelectricity, household, business and agricultural use. That would have resulted in higher power and food prices for households and businesses and higher rates bills for everyone,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Elizabeth Soal. . .
(BusinessDesk) – PGG Wrightson has cleared the final hurdle to sell its seeds division to DLF Seeds for $434 million after securing Overseas Investment Office approval, but still hasn’t figured out how much to return to shareholders.
Now the OIO has signed off on the transaction, the rural services company anticipates the deal to settle either this month or May. . .
A nationally vulnerable duck species is making a comeback following a programme to curb predators in Fiordland.
About 64 breeding whio have been found during surveying of a security site for the blue ducks.
Department of Conservation Senior Ranger Andrew Smart said extended trapping efforts and predator control enabled the whio to make a strong comeback. . .
Ashburton District Council, Water Safety New Zealand irrigation companies, MHV Water, Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation, and Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation, are pushing the importance of adult supervision around water.
. . . In the last 10 years, there have been 58 preventable toddler drownings in New Zealand. As a vibrant farming community, the Ashburton District has many water races, irrigation ponds, streams and rivers, most of which are not fenced or restricted, and many are often on private properties. These waterways can pose a deadly threat to unattended children,” Ashburton District Council Chief Executive, Hamish Riach explained.
“It is not realistic to expect every waterway in rural areas to be fenced. With so many potential drowning hazards around, it is vital that everyone is keeping a vigilant eye on their young ones at all times. The Council is proud to be working in partnership with local irrigation companies and Water Safety NZ to help reinforce this crucial message.” . .
One of our staff rang a few years ago to say his pre-school daughter was missing.
The house was fenced and gated but if she had managed to get past those barriers there were troughs and an effluent pond nearby which could have claimed her life.
Eight of us began searching and were on the verge of calling emergency services when the child’s sister found her, curled up in the bottom of her (the sister’s) bed.
That story had a happy ending, too many do not.
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If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be – Maya Angelou
1303 The University of Rome La Sapienza was instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.
1494 Johannes Agricola, German Protestant reformer was born (d. 1566) .
1534 Jacques Cartier began the voyage during which he discovered Canada and Labrador.
1657 Admiral Robert Blake destroyed a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
1657 Freedom of religion was granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
1689 The former King James II of England, then deposed, lay siege to Derry.
1775 American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston began.
1792 France declared war on Austria, beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.
1809 Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon I of France at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four day campaign which ended in a French victory.
1810 The Governor of Caracas declared independence from Spain.
1828 René Caillié became the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou.
1861 American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
1871 The Civil Rights Act of 1871 became law.
1889 Adolf Hitler, German Nazi dictator, was born (d. 1945) .
1893 Joan Miró, Spanish painter, was born (d. 1983).
1914 Forty-five men, women, and children died in the Ludlow Massacreduring a Colorado coal-miner’s strike.
1918 Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shot down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
1939 – Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian physician and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Norway, was born.
1941 Ryan O’Neal, American actor, was born.
1945 World War II: US troops captured Leipzig, Germany.
1945 World War II: Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler made his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth.
1945 – Thein Sein, Burmese general and politician, 8th President of Burma, was born.
1948 – Hugh Roberts, English historian and curator, was born.
1948 Craig Frost, American musician (Grand Funk & Bob Seger), was born.
1949 – Massimo D’Alema, Italian journalist and politician, 76th Prime Minister of Italy, was born.
1949 Jessica Lange, American actress, was born.
1953 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist, was born.
1958 The first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern Hemisphere opened in Hamilton.
1961 Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed troops against Cuba.
1964 BBC Two launched with the power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
1972 Apollo 16 landed on the moon commanded by John Young.
1978 Korean Air Flight 902 was shot down by Soviets.
1980 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists were arrested.
1986 Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
1986 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director, was born.
1986 Professional basketball player Michael Jordan set a record for points in an NBA playoff game with 63 against the Boston Celtics.
1998 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announced their dissolution after 28 years.
2007 Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricaded himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston before killing a male hostage and himself.
2010 – Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion killed 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico.
2013 – Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s – last reactor was shut down at midnight.
2013 – A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Lushan County, Ya’an, in China’s Sichuan province, killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands.
2015 – 10 people were killed in a bomb attack on a convoy carrying food supplies to a United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia