Karma – the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences in n Hinduism and Buddhism; the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence; the destiny that you earn through your actions and behavior.
The Electoral Commission has referred New Zealand First to the police:
The Electoral Commission has made enquiries into issues raised regarding the New Zealand First Party and the New Zealand First Foundation and their compliance with the requirements for donations and loans.
Based on the information available, we have formed the view that the New Zealand First Foundation has received donations which should have been treated as party donations for the New Zealand First Party. In the Commission’s view, the donations were not properly transmitted to the Party and not disclosed as required by the Electoral Act 1993.
The Commission does not have the investigative powers to form a view about whether this failure to transmit and the non-disclosure means offences have been committed. These matters have therefore been referred to the New Zealand Police, which have the necessary powers to investigate the knowledge and intent of those involved in fundraising, donating, and reporting donations.
As these matters are now with the Police, the Electoral Commission will not be commenting further.
No doubt everyone in NZ First will refuse to comment further because the matter is with the police.
The rules on donations to political parties and candidates start here.
There’s further explanation here.
The responsibility for disclosure lies primarily with the party secretary, but will this case involve NZ First leader Winston Peters?
He has maintained that the Foundation and the party are separate.
The Electoral Commission obviously thinks otherwise.
Peters has also said the NZ Foundation was modeled on National’s but National treats donations to its Foundation as donations to the party and declares them as it’s required to do.
I was one of National’s regional chairs when the Foundation was established and this was made very clear to everyone in the party and all donors. This and the legal requirements for disclosure are spelled out on the Foundation website.
New troubles hide real problem – Anette Scott:
Climate and market uncertainty impacted heavily on the Temuka adult ewe fair with prices plummeting by up to $60 a head.
With 14,000 ewes advertised and running on the back of the record prices set at the two-tooth and ewe lamb fair the previous week the annual adult ewe fair looked set to be a cracker last Wednesday.
But a lot happened in a week – coronavirus was declared a global emergency, the drought conditions in Canterbury and northern South Island were exacerbated by extreme temperatures soaring into the mid 30s and meat schedules took a dive.
As a result about 4000 ewes were late withdrawals by vendors anticipating a slump in the market so just 9300, a third of them capital stock lines being sold because of changing land use, turned up. . .
The gloss is quickly fading on what was shaping to be an exceptional season for farmers.
Export prices are still high by historic standards but a perfect storm of unfavourable weather and coronavirus measures in China are putting pressure on export and store prices.
Drought-like conditions in the North Island and wet in the south of the South Island combined with falling export prices have seen store prices collapse.
AgriHQ analyst Nicola Dennis says export lamb prices are likely to slip a further 20c/kg this week as exporters manage the impact of coronavirus. . .
Keith Neylon – well served by a touch of madness – Michael Fallow:
Keith Neylon detects in himself a touch of madness. There doesn’t appear to be much of a queue forming to disagree with him.
But it does seem to have served him well, this Southlander with a startling record advancing sunrise industries.
If anything it might even have inoculated him against at least some of the more maddening obstacles he has struck.
From the wild aviation days of deer recovery, stints in shellfish and salmon industries, large scale farming and most recently the sheep milk industry through Blue River Dairy, Neylon has penned a ripsnorting autobiography A Touch of Madness that’s part testament to the excitements of striving to develop this country’s resources. . .
Alliance Nelson plant prioritises livestock from dry Nelson-Tasman region – Cherie Sivignon:
Livestock from the Nelson-Tasman region is being prioritised at Alliance Group’s Nelson meat plant as some farmers reduce their animal numbers amid a run of hot, dry weather.
Alliance Group livestock and shareholder services general manager Danny Hailes said the Nelson plant was busy as farmers “look to de-stock as a result of the dry conditions”.
“We are prioritising processing livestock from the region so we can meet the needs of local farmers,” Hailes said. “As a co-operative, we need to be there for our farmers.” . . .
The president of NFU Scotland has criticised tree planting initiatives as part of a measure to curb climate change, calling it a ‘distraction’.
Speaking at the union’s annual conference in Glasgow on Thursday (6 February), Andrew McCornick said there is ‘no single solution’ to the climate crisis.
Looking specifically at tree planting initiatives, he highlighted that they could ‘displace the potential to grow food crops’. . .
In the fertile “black dirt” region of New York’s Hudson Valley, once home to the storied onion king and his Ye Jolly Onion Inn, farmers have been celebrating the annual onion harvest with their communities for generations. But in December, as farmers were being offered a price that was equal to what they received in 1990, the unsold yellow and red bulbs were piling up and the mood was more desperation than jubilation.
“We went from $28 for a 50-pound bag down to $12 within a couple of weeks,” said Chris Pawelski, a fourth-generation onion farmer in Orange County who has been chronicling his struggles on Twitter since September. This is less than the cost of production, but farmers have been forced to sell at that low price, as buyers are suddenly hard to find.
“I can’t sleep at night,” Pawelski said. “I’ve got 60 days. After that they’ll start to sprout, and I’ve got to dump them.” . .
Does anyone remember Winston Peters expressing sympathy and speaking out against the theft and publication of Don Brash’s emails?
No, I thought not.
How about recalling him revelling in it?
But what goes round comes round. His Cheshire cat grin slipped when the leaks about New Zealand First and its finances started and now he’s asked his party president to prepare a complaint to the police over what he calls a massive breach of New Zealand First’s party information.
But the latest leaks are about the NZ First Foundation and Peters has always said it was a separate entity from the party.
It can’t be separate when it comes to electoral law and not separate in a complaint to the police, can it?
Are we supposed to believe his assertions that not only are they separate, he’s not party to the Foundation’s business?
Or could this be karma?