Futrat – a ferret or weasel; a thin, small hatchet-faced person.
The united and unprecedented stand taken last week at Parliament was historic.
It brought together farmers, growers and other related sectors seeking to solve the vexing problem of agricultural emissions.
Eleven different groups, including Maori, took a united position on climate change, even daring to challenge one recommendation by the Independent Climate Change Commission (ICCC) set up to advise the Government.
Faced with a hijacking of the climate change issue by greenies and others, the agri sector got its act together in style. . .
A Dutch company trying to get its methane-slashing innovation into the hands of Kiwi farmers says it’s hit a roadblock with New Zealand’s regulations.
Methane emissions from livestock like sheep and dairy cows account for around a third of New Zealand’s emissions.
The animals themselves did not produce methane, but rather a group of microbes, called methanogens, that lived in the stomach (rumen), and produced methane, mainly from hydrogen and carbon dioxide when digesting feed. . .
Hawke’s Bay farm puts meat on the menu at some of New Zealand’s finest restaurants – Simon Farrell-Green:
You’ll find Pātangata on Google Maps if you look, though it’s barely a town, more of an intersection with a tavern beside the Tukituki River, not far from Havelock North where the vineyards and plains of Hawke’s Bay graduate to rolling hill country.
Here, the Smith family – Duncan Smith, Annabel Tapley-Smith and their children Tabatha and Rupert – farm several hundred hectares of rolling country and irrigated flat land, either side of the river, finishing Angus cattle and Suffolk-Texel lambs on grass rather than grain, and producing meat of uncommon quality. . .
Diversity aspect to next year’s A&P Show – Kerrie Waterworth:
Bee keepers, flower growers and other non-traditional farming types will be highlighted at next year’s Wanaka A&P Show.
Event manager Jane Stalker said this year’s marketing campaign focused on the people of the Upper Clutha and was incredibly successful.
She said she hoped to repeat that success, by focusing on diverse local agricultural businesses instead for next year . . .
Hāwera man’s life of music and farming – Catherine Groenestein:
Pat Powell’s neighbours used to listen to him practising Italian opera songs as he worked on his farm.
Powell, who recently turned 90, sang all the arias made popular by Pavarotti decades later and could have made a career as an international tenor, but instead chose to stay in South Taranaki.
“I was invited by Donald Munro to come to Auckland and join the New Zealand Opera Company, but I went to boarding school in Auckland and I hated every minute of it,” he said. . .
CO2, or carbon, is a dirty word these days – and for good reason. Due to a number of causes including the burning of fossil fuels and widespread deforestation, there is far too much CO2 being returned to the atmosphere, resulting in climate change. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2017 the United States emitted 5.1 billion metric tons of energy-related carbon dioxide, while the global emissions of energy-related carbon dioxide totaled 32.5 billion metric tons.
Despite the grim outlook, there are ways of reversing the abundance of CO2, including sequestration, which is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. An entire marketplace has developed around CO2 mitigation that enables CO2-emitting industries to purchase carbon credits from businesses engaged in offsetting activities, such as the production of renewable energy through wind farms or biomass energy, as well as energy efficiency projects, the destruction of industrial pollutants or agricultural by-products, reducing landfill methane, and forestry projects. . .
There’s the Simon Bridges some of the media portray, the one they say won’t make it to the next election as leader let alone ever be Prime Minister.
Then there’s the other one, the one those of us at the National Party’s annual conference saw and heard, the one who looked, and sounded like a Prime Minister in-waiting.
He was warm and witty, informed and intelligent, passionate and polished.
Simon got standing ovations before and after his introductory speech on Saturday, the first helped, a little, by the introduction his wife Natalie gave him.
He got standing ovations before, during and after yesterday’s key note address.
They weren’t orchestrated, they were spontaneous demonstrations of appreciation and support from party members.
Last week, several commentators previewing the conference wrote about disunity and leadership doubts. Neither were evident at the weekend and the only questions about leadership were asking why there were any questions.
The enthusiasm and unity at the conference were due to several factors including the content and delivery of all the speeches, and the demonstration of the work that MPs are doing to prepare for government, the diversity and the unity.
But the most significant factor was that we saw and heard the other Simon, not the media manufactured one but the real one and there was no doubt how popular he was.
New Zealand is the most beautiful country in the world, as is clearly stated in the UN Charter. (I think it’s in Article 17). The land is nourished by warm sunshine each morning and receives the benediction of good rainfall around lunchtime. It is an egalitarian nation made up of well over four million rugged individualists and naturally gifted sportspeople and is run on alternate days by the government and whoever bought the national infrastructure. – John Clarke who was born on this day in 1948.
1014 Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicted a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army.
1030 Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad – King Olaf II fought and died trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
1567 James VI was crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.
1693 War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen – France won a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
1793 John Graves Simcoe decided to build a fort and settlement at Toronto.
1830 Abdication of Charles X of France.
1836 Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
1847 Cumberland School of Law was founded in Lebanon, Tennessee.
1848 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt – an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule was put down by police.
1858 United States and Japan signed the Harris Treaty.
1883 Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, was born (d. 1945).
1891 Bernhard Zondek German-born Israeli gynecologist, developer of first reliable pregnancy test, was born (d. 1966).
1897 – The Huddart-Parker steamer Tasmania, sank off Māhia Peninsula.
1899 The First Hague Convention was signed.
1901 The Socialist Party of America founded.
1905 Stanley Kunitz, American poet, was born (d. 2006).
1907 Sir Robert Baden Powell set up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour. The camp ran from August 1-9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement.
1920 Construction of the Link River Dam began as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.
1921 Adolf Hitler became leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
1925 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer, was born.
1926 – Robert Kilpatrick, Baron Kilpatrick of Kincraig, Scottish physician, academic, and politician, was born (d. 2015).
1936 – Elizabeth Dole, American lawyer and politician, 20th United States Secretary of Labor, was born.
1937 Tongzhou Incident – assault on Japanese troops and civilians by Japanese-trained East Hopei Army in Tōngzhōu, China.
1945 The BBC Light Programme radio station was launched.
1948 – John Clarke, New Zealand-Australian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter, was born (d. 2017).
1948 The Games of the XIV Olympiad – after a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held opened in London.
1957 The International Atomic Energy Agency was established.
1958 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
1959 John Sykes, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang), was born.
1965 The first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrived in Vietnam.
1967 USS Forrestal caught on fire killing 134.
1967 During the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela was shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead.
1981 Up to 2000 anti-Springbok tour protestors were confronted by police who used batons to stop them marching up Molesworth Street to the home of South Africa’s Consul to New Zealand.
1981 – Kiri Te Kanawa sang at the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
1988 The film Cry Freedom was seized by South African authorities.
1987 Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi and President of Sri Lanka J. R. Jayawardene signed the Indo-Lankan Pact on ethnic issues.
1993 The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of all charges.
2003 – Moana Mackey entered the House of Representatives as a Labour Party list MP, joining her mother, Janet Mackey, who had been a Labour MP since 1993. They became the first mother and daughter to serve together in New Zealand’s parliament.
2005 Astronomers announced their discovery of Eris.
2010 – An overloaded passenger ferry capsized on the Kasai River in Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in at least 80 deaths.
2013 – Two passenger trains collided in the Swiss municipality of Granges-près-Marnand near Lausanne injuring 25 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia