Whitherward – toward what or which place; in what or which direction.
New Zealand has no active cases of Covid-19:
. . .Former finance minister Steven Joyce believes we should be at level one already, and believes there’s been a mispricing of risk when it comes to the move to alert level one.
He told Mike Hosking there’s always lots of risks in the world.
“It seems the only measure of success right now is how long we can go without a single new Covid-19 case, and actually that can’t be the measure of success for the Government.”
Joyce says the capacity of the economy is being drained for “head-scratching reasons”.
He says it’s not just a matter of moving to level one but the Government needs to encourage people to go outside – and get back to offices.
“We need the economy to be robust as soon as it possibly can, and I think that’s what’s missing at the moment.”
The government shouldn’t waste any political capital postponing the movement down a level by even a day or two.
Whatever the announcement about moving, there is no social licence for a delay and people are going to move to level 1.
The deer industry remains cautious of the Government’s latest freshwater policy decisions given there is little expertise outside of the deer industry about to how minimise the impacts of deer on the environment.
While the revised regulations give deer farmers more certainty about farm compliance there are still several impractical implications for deer farmers, Deer Industry New Zealand chairman Ian Walker said.
“As an industry we have supported the need for farm environment plans so making them mandatory should not be a burden as long as the proposed farm plans address actual environmental risks and auditing reflects deer farming knowledge and understanding of deer behaviours,” Walker said. . .
Giving hill country farmers a voice – David Hill:
Growing up in Rangiora, Teagan Graham never imagined what experiences lay ahead in the sheep and beef sector.
The University of Otago student gained a Silver Fern Farms scholarship last year and then landed a summer internship with Beef + Lamb New Zealand, assisting on a project studying the future of hill-country farming.
Ms Graham is in the final year of a degree in environmental management and ecology, but little did she know when attending Rangiora High School that she could make a career in agriculture, as she was not from a farm.
‘‘You definitely can have a career in agriculture. I one-hundred percent believe it now,’’ she said. . .
Technology collars ewe super mums – Richard Rennie:
A mother’s love might be unconditional but new collar technology for sheep proves love can be determined by an algorithm, helping New Zealand sheep become more productive in the process. Richard Renniespoke to Smart Shepherd director Mike Tate about his company’s cutting-edge tracking device.
Thirty years ago when scanning technology was developed for commercial use in sheep pregnancy detection it was deservedly hailed as a leap forward in helping better measure ewe productivity.
But former AgResearch developer Dr Mike Tate said despite having scanning data sheep farmers have always faced a gap in understanding why scanning percentages are not usually matched by weaned lamb percentages.
The Smart Shepherd technology will provide the data to fill that gap. . .
The journey of New Zealand’s high quality nutritious food from farmer to fork is what drives Agcarm’s horticultural scholarship winner, Alexandra Tomkins in her goal to be a leader in food production.
The Massey University student is in her third year of a Bachelor of AgriCommerce degree and will put her winnings towards her student loan, which she says is “fairly daunting”.
Growing up in New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand before finishing her school studies in New Zealand, Tomkins says that, as New Zealanders, we don’t realise how good our produce is – that high quality is the norm. She intends to share New Zealand’s story and encourage the food industry to be more consumer-centric and sustainable. . .
For the first time ever, the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards will be screened on national television on Saturday 4th July at 7:30pm.
The Awards will be televised on Country TV’s Sky Channel 81 which will be accessible to all viewers without subscription. It will also be available online for those who do not have Sky.
“We’re excited about airing our National awards on Country TV and the additional recognition our finalists, partners and national sponsors will receive,” says NZDIA General Manager Robin Congdon. . .
Global Timber Markets
- There were relatively few price changes for sawlogs throughout the world in the 1Q/20 despite interruptions in trade and uncertainty in short-term lumber demand in many of the key markets.
- The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) remained practically unchanged from the 4Q/19 to the 1Q/20. This followed a period of two years when the Index was in constant decline.
- Over the past two decades, sawlog prices in Eastern Europe have gone up the most on the continent, albeit from low levels, while prices in Central Europe have declined substantially, particularly in 2019. . .
Jacinda Ardern will announce that we will be moving to level 1 alert level this week.
Her choice not to deter protest marches before they happened last weekend and the admission by Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield that protesters didn’t need to self isolate because there’s no community transmission of Covid-19 gives her and her government no choice.
That cost them the social licence to continue restricting what we can do and where and with whom we can do it.
If people can protest in their thousands the rest of us can operate businesses at capacity and have more than 100 people at weddings, funerals, worship and sporting and social events.
Many have already moved to level 1.
We flew to the North Island three weeks ago. Passengers were pretty good at maintaining distance from each other. We made the same flight last week, and passengers were far more relaxed about distancing.
We had to sign in to the farmers market yesterday but the supermarket had no queues, no-one at the door restricting entry and cleaning trolleys; and the two-metre dots to indicate social distancing spaces had gone.
The argument for keeping us at level 2 was growing weaker as day by day no new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed. It disappeared completely with the protest marches.
We should have dropped a level at least a week ago.
The only question about today’s announcement is, when will we get most of our freedom back?
It must be this week and it should be today.
If it’s not today, the political capital the government has built up will be eroded the way its social licence for continuing constraints has been.