Ecce – lo! behold!
Who needs the Greens when Labour hates farmers this much? – Mike Hosking:
Here’s the irony of David Parker. Parker was once the Minister of Economic Development and is currently the Minister of Trade and Export Growth – and yet he has done more than anyone these past two weeks to achieve exactly the opposite.
It was Parker who stopped the hydro dam on the West Coast despite every council, three of them, iwi, the Department of Conservation and 90 per cent of Coasters all being for it.
And now he’s put out water regulations that may as well come with the headline ‘we hate farmers’.
Tim Mackle’s piece in the Herald on this subject is excellent. It basically starts with him wistfully remembering a time when farmers were liked. Well I have a message to rural New Zealand: you still are, at least by people like me, realists who understand the energy, effort, and risk required to do what you do. . .
The waters are rising on farming – Kerry Worsnop:
The release of the Essential Freshwater Report, ‘Action for Healthy Waterways’ will undoubtable add further turbulence to an already stormy torrent of proposed Central Government policy effecting Regional Councils and land based industries.
The report’s stated intention is to ‘stop the further degradation of New Zealand’s Freshwater resources and start making immediate improvements so that water quality is materially improving within 5 years’. The reference to immediacy is no idle threat, with Regional Councils being expected to comply with many of the proposals by June 2020.
No one can argue with the intent of the report, and few would negate the importance of prioritising our greatest natural resource, however the scope and likely implications of the report will be a topic of much discussion in the coming weeks and months. . .
Forgotten aspects of water – Mike Chapman . .
The Government released its consultation on freshwater this week (click here). We are now busy analysing it in detail and it is really too early to reach a view about the ultimate impact, especially before the consultation.
Two of the background documents also released make interesting reading and provide insight into the thinking behind these proposals. Te Kāhui Wai’s recommendations are strident. They go to the core of the water issues facing New Zealand including: iwi/hapu water rights, a moratorium on additional discharges for the next 10 years, establishing a Te Mana o te Wai Commission, and developing a new water allocation system that conforms with iwi/hapu rights and obligations.
The Freshwater Leaders Group’s recommendations include: bringing our water resources to a healthy state within a generation, taking immediate steps to stop our water becoming worse, and achieving an efficient and fair allocation system. They also recommend an immediate stop to poor agricultural and forestry practices, and a complete halt to the loss of wetlands. In summary, the reports are very similar in the outcomes they are seeking – immediate action to stop further degradation.
In all I’ve read, missing is how much water New Zealand gets each year and how much use we make of that water. NIWA figures show that 80% of our water flows out to sea, 18% evaporates and only 2% is used. My point is that there is more than enough water for everyone. The problem is we are not being smart in our use of water and we are not planning for the impact of climate change – long dry summers. . . .
Time for change – Neal Wallace:
A one-size-fits-all approach to freshwater management will penalise farmers shrinking their environment footprint, Beef + Lamb chairman Andrew Morrison says.
Farmers, like everyone, want clean, fresh water but the blanket regulatory approach in the Government’s Action for Health Waterways discussion document lumps those who have cut their footprint with those who haven’t.
Federated Farmers’ reaction was scathing.
Water spokesman Chris Allan said proposed nitrogen reduction targets of 80% mean farming will cease in large parts of rural New Zealand. . .
Fonterra’s clean-out is overdue – Hugh Stringleman:
Fonterra’s farmer-shareholder with the largest number of shares believes the co-operative’s house cleaning and write-downs are absolutely necessary and overdue.
Former director Colin Armer, who with his wife Dale has 10 million supply shares, says over-valued assets mean farmers sharing-up in the past four years paid too much.
He has made a formal complaint to the Financial Markets Authority over inconsistent valuations and executive performance payments. . .
Irrigating farmers record better enviro audit grades – Nigel Malthus:
Irrigating farmers in the Amuri district in North Canterbury are continuing to record improved environmental performance.
The latest round of Farm Environment Plan audits by the Amuri Irrigation Environmental Collective have given 97% of the farmers collective A or B grades, the remaining 3% a C grade and none a D.
That contrasts with 20% rated as C and 6% as D in the first round of collective audits four years ago. . .
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.
What we leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is engraved into the lives of others. – Pericles
70 Roman forces under Titus sacked Jerusalem.
1151 King Richard I of England, was born (d. 1199).
1331 Stephen Uroš IV Dušan declared himself king of Serbia.
1380 Battle of Kulikovo – Russian forces defeated a mixed army of Tatars and Mongols, stopping their advance.
1449 Battle of Tumu Fortress – Mongolians capture the Chinese emperor.
1504 Michelangelo’s David was unveiled in Florence.
1514 Battle of Orsha – in one of the biggest battles of the century, Lithuanians and Poles defeated the Russian army.
1565 The Knights of Malta lifted the Turkish siege of Malta that began on May 18.
1727 A barn fire during a puppet show in the village of Burwell in Cambridgeshire killed 78 people.
1755 French and Indian War: Battle of Lake George.
1756 French and Indian War: Kittanning Expedition.
1793 French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Hondschoote.
1796 French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Bassano – French forces defeated Austrian troops at Bassano del Grappa.
1841 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer, was born (d. 1904).
1863 American Civil War: Second Battle of Sabine Pass – on the Texas-Louisiana border at the mouth of the Sabine River, a small Confederate force thwarted a Union invasion of Texas.
1871 – Samuel McLaughlin, Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded the McLaughlin Car Company, was born (d. 1972).
1886 Siegfried Sassoon, English poet, was born (d. 1967).
1892 The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited.
1900 Galveston Hurricane killed about 8,000 people.
1903 – Jane Arbor, English author, was born (d. 1994).
1906 – Janet Meikle became the first person in New Zealand to be killed in an accident caused directly by a car when her 8-hp De Dion Bouton went over a bank on the family farm.
1914 World War I: Private Thomas Highgate became the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during the war.
1921 Harry Secombe, Welsh entertainer, was born (d. 2001).
1921 – 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant’s Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dubbed her the first Miss America.
1923 Honda Point Disaster: nine US Navy destroyers ran aground off the California coast, seven people died.
1925 Peter Sellers, English actor, was born (d. 1980).
1930 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape.
1932 Patsy Cline, American singer, was born (d. 1963).
1934 A fire aboard the passenger liner SS Morro Castle killed 135 people.
1941 World War II: Siege of Leningrad began.
1943 World War II: United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announced the Allied armistice with Italy.
1944 World War II: London was hit by a V2 rocket for the first time.
1945 Cold War: United States troops arrived to partition the southern part of Korea in response to Soviet troops occupying the northern part of the peninsula a month earlier.
1945 Ron Pigpen McKernan, American musician (Grateful Dead), was born (d. 1973).
1947 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars), was born (d. 2000).
1951 Treaty of San Francisco: 48 nations signed a peace treaty with Japan in formal recognition of the end of the Pacific War.
1954 New Zealand signed the Manila Pact which established the South East Asia Treaty Organisation – SEATO.
1959 The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was established.
1960 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center.
1962 Last run of the famous Pines Express over the Somerset and Dorset Railway line (UK) fittingly using the last steam locomotive built by British Railways, 9F locomotive 92220 Evening Star.
1966 The Severn Bridge was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
1967 The formal end of steam traction in the North East of England by British Railways.
1968 The Beatles performed their last live TV performance on the David Frost show – singing their new hit “Hey Jude“.
1970 Hijacking (and subsequent destruction) of three airliners to Jordan by Palestinians.
1991 The Republic of Macedonia became independent.
1993 Chinese athlete Wang Junxia set a new women’s 10,000 m world record of 29:31.78, breaking the former record by 42 seconds.
1994 A USAir Boeing 737 crashes in Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania.
2004 NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-landed when its parachute failed to open.
2005 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft landed at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
2008 – At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, 15-year-old Sophie Pascoe won her first medal, a silver in women’s 100m butterfly S10.
2013 – 11 people were killed in a train collision in Iași County, Romania.
2016 – NASA launched OSIRIS-REx, its first asteroid sample return mission.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia