Noup – a promontory; a steep headland; an overhang; a jutting or overhanging crag; a jutting coastal headland, especially one with a sharp summit & sheer cliffs.
Farmers are right to ask questions – Bryan Gibson:
Last week Regional Development Minister Shane Jones called farmers a bunch of moaners for voicing concerns about the billion trees policy and the Zero Carbon Bill.
We’ll put aside the fact that it’s not a great way to engage with a large and important constituency for now. But Jones must realise his policies have consequences that are going to alter rural New Zealand forever.
In last week’s editorial I urged farmers to get on board with the Zero Carbon Bill as a concept because it provides a path to sustainability and can ensure our customers continue to be happy to hear our farming story. That means they’ll also be happy to keep buying our food. The details of it, which are not yet set in stone, can be challenged but the concept is sound. . .
Nic Blanchard’s happy place is running around the hills with her team of dogs.
Ms Blanchard is a shepherd at Long Gully Station, at Tarras, where she also classes the property’s hogget clip.
Earlier this month, her classing prowess was acknowledged when she was presented with a merit award for the mid micron category at the New Zealand Wool Classers Association’s annual awards.
It was PGG Wrightson Wool Central Otago representative Graeme Bell who thought the clip was worthy of nomination for the awards and put it forward. . .
Dairy can protect water gain – TIm Fulton:
Water carried Graeme Sutton’s forebears to a life of freedom in New Zealand and it keeps doing the same for them on land. Tim Fultonreports.
Five generations ago, in 1842 Graeme Sutton’s English family landed in Nelson.
It was the start of a family partnership that has endured and expanded into several irrigated dairy ventures.
“The reason they came out, I understand, is that New Zealand gave them an opportunity for land ownership. They never had that in England. They just worked for a Lord,” Graeme says. . . .
Exciting journey to Grand Final – Sally Rae:
As Georgie Lindsay prepares for the grand final of the FMG Young Farmer Contest in July, she admits it had been an exciting yet unplanned journey.
Ms Lindsay (24) has been working as a shepherd in North Canterbury. When she “tagged along” with a couple of members of her local Young Farmers Club who were competing in the district final, she never dreamed she would reach the pinnacle of the event.
In the past, she had been playing a lot of sport and she never had a spare weekend to have a crack at the competition. This year was the first time that she could do it justice and she decided to give it a go. . .
Medical practices around Northland are closing their doors to new patients – as they struggle with a shortage of GPs and a surge in population growth.
It’s a perfect storm of sorts – with many GPs reaching patient capacity just as a wave of retirees cash in on house prices in cities like Auckland – and move north.
In the Far North, medical centres in Kaitaia and Coopers Beach – a popular retirement location – are no longer accepting new patients, and in Whangarei, only two GP practices are taking new enrolments. . .
The goal of becoming predator free in 30 years could be hampered by conflicts, inadequate planning and uncertainty, a report warns
Predator Free 2050 aims for a coordinated, nationwide eradication of New Zealand’s most damaging introduced predators – rats, stoats and possums – compared to the current piecemeal controlling of limited areas.
A just released report from the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge looks at the predator free target as a large social movement, but said there were gaps that need to be addressed on social, cultural and ethical issues . .
Immigration NZ registered a surge in website visits on Sunday, the day after the Australian election.
More than 11,500 people logged onto the Immigration New Zealand website and its information site New Zealand Now on Sunday, compared to fewer than 2500 the previous Sunday.
Google analytics also showed a spike in Australians searching the words ‘moving to New Zealand’, particularly those from Queensland.
The true level of interest in emigrating is difficult to gauge as Australian citizens do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand, although its visa-holders do.
The number who started the visa process, through registrations of interest, jumped from 20 to 715. . .
We don’t, and shouldn’t, discriminate on political views.
If we did, would we want more people who appear to be upset they’ve got a government that priorirised economic management, lower taxes and a more moderate approach to climate change than the opposition which proposed the opposite?
The confusion and undesigned inaccuracy so often to be observed in conversation, especially in that of uneducated persons, proves that truth needs to be cultivated as a talent, as well as recommended as a virtue. – Elizabeth Fry who was born on this day in 1780.
878 Syracuse, Italy was captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1527 King Philip II of Spain was born (d. 1598).
1554 A royal Charter was granted to Derby School.
1674 The nobility elected John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
1688 Alexander Pope, English poet, was born (d. 1744).
1725 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I.
1780 Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer, was born (d. 1845).
1809 The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France.
1840 Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson proclaimed sovereignty over all of New Zealand: over the North Island on the basis of cession by the Treaty of Waitangi and the southern islands by right of discovery.
1851 Slavery was abolished in Colombia.
1856 Lawrence, Kansas was captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
1863 American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
1871 French troops invaded the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of “Bloody Week” some 20,000 communards have been killed and 38,000 arrested.
1871 Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
1879 War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbour of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battled two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.
1904 Fats Waller, American pianist, was born (d. 1943).
1904 The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris.
1907 John C. Allen, American roller coaster designer, was born (d. 1979).
1916 – Harold Robbins, American novelist (d. 1997).
1917 Raymond Burr, Canadian actor (d. 1993).
1917 The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established through Royal Charter to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military forces.
1917 The Great Atlanta fire of 1917.
1927 Charles Lindbergh touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1930 Malcolm Fraser, 22nd Prime Minsiter of Australia, was born.
1932 Bad weather forced Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becme the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1934 Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1936 Sada Abe was arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her hand.
1937 A Soviet station became the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
1939 The National War Memorial (Canada) was unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa.
1941 Ronald Isley, American singer (The Isley Brothers), was born.
1943 Hilton Valentine, British guitarist (The Animals), was born.
1948 – Leo Sayer, English musician, was born.
1951 The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.
1952 Mr. T, American actor, was born.
1961 American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declared martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
1966 The Ulster Volunteer Force declared war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
1969 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, known as Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
1979 White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
1990 Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agreed to a unity, merging into Republic of Yemen.
1991 Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber near Madras.
1994 Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessful attempts to secede from Republic of Yemen, war breaks out.
1996 The MV Bukoba sank in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1000.
1996 The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas were executed.
1998 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics were hit by a butyric acid attacker.
1998 Suharto, Indonesian president of 32 years, resigns.
2004 Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbed Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu’s record from the previous year.
2006 The Republic of Montenegro held a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
2007 The clipper Cutty Sark was badly damaged by fire.
2012 – In Qafa e Vishës bus tragedy near Himara, Albania 13 students of Aleksandër Xhuvani University were killed in bus crash.
2012 – A suicide bombing killed more than 120 people in Sana’a, Yemen.
2014 – The National September 11 Museum opened to the public.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.