National list

August 8, 2020

National has released its 202 party list:

National’s 2020 Party List is a strong mix of experience coming up through our Caucus, and new and exciting talent joining our team from communities across New Zealand, Party President Peter Goodfellow says.

“The National Party is incredibly fortunate to be able to draw on such a diverse and experienced team of passionate Kiwis, from our Leader Judith Collins, our Shadow Cabinet, right through to newcomers like Christopher Luxon in Botany, Tania Tapsell in East Coast, Tim Costley in Otaki, and Penny Simmonds in Invercargill.

“National run the most democratic selection processes of any party, and our process for putting together our Party List is the same. Our focus is always to strike the right balance between recognising and promoting experience, striving to reflect the diversity of New Zealand, and ensuring ongoing renewal.

“Rejuvenation is important for any political party, and National is heading into the 2020 election with some impressive and exciting new candidates. We are also saying goodbye to some very hardworking and dedicated members who have announced their retirement. They have served our country, our communities, and our Party with distinction, and we thank their families and loved ones for sharing them with us.

“We are incredibly proud to be the Party that represents Kiwis from all walks of life, from a range of ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences. We have teachers, servicemen, doctors, a paramedic, farmers, lawyers, community advocates, scientists, businesspeople, and a virus specialist – just to name a few.

“We know that every MMP election is a close fought race. Every single one of our candidates will be campaigning hard in their local communities to deliver a strong Party Vote for National, and ensure Judith Collins is our next Prime Minister.

“COVID-19 has changed our world, and while Kiwis can all be proud of our collective health response, New Zealand is facing the biggest economic crisis in generations. More than ever our country needs a strong team, with real-world experience, that can deliver what we promise and get New Zealand working.

“The only way to avoid another three years of chaos from Labour and the Greens, is to Party Vote National. That’s what our team of 75 candidates and tens of thousands of members, supporters and volunteers will be focused on right up until election day.”

National’s 2020 Party List:

1 Judith Collins Papakura
2 Gerry Brownlee Ilam
3 Paul Goldsmith Epsom
4 Simon Bridges Tauranga
5 Dr Shane Reti Whangarei
6 Todd McClay Rotorua
7 Chris Bishop Hutt South
8 Todd Muller Bay of Plenty
9 Louise Upston Taupo
10 Scott Simpson Coromandel
11 David Bennett Hamilton East
12 Michael Woodhouse Dunedin
13 Nicola Willis Wellington Central
14 Jacqui Dean Waitaki
15 Mark Mitchell Whangaparaoa
16 Melissa Lee Mt Albert
17 Andrew Bayly Port Waikato
18 Dr Nick Smith Nelson
19 Maureen Pugh West Coast-Tasman
20 Barbara Kuriger Taranaki-King Country
21 Harete Hipango Whanganui
22 Jonathan Young New Plymouth
23 Tim Macindoe Hamilton West
24 Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Panmure-Otahuhu
25 Paulo Garcia List
26 Nancy Lu List
27 Dr Parmjeet Parmar Mt Roskill
28 Agnes Loheni Mangere
29 Dale Stephens Christchurch Central
30 Alfred Ngaro Te Atatu
31 Matt Doocey Waimakariri
32 Stuart Smith Kaikoura
33 Lawrence Yule Tukituki
34 Denise Lee Maungakiekie
35 Simon O’Connor Tamaki
36 Brett Hudson Ohariu
37 Simeon Brown Pakuranga
38 Ian McKelvie Rangitikei
39 Erica Stanford East Coast Bays
40 Matt King Northland
41 Chris Penk Kaipara ki Mahurangi
42 Tim van de Molen Waikato
43 Dan Bidois Northcote
44 Jo Hayes Mana
45 Katie Nimon Napier
46 Catherine Chu Banks Peninsula
47 Hamish Campbell Wigram
48 David Patterson Rongotai
49 Lisa Whyte New Lynn
50 Rima Nakhle Takanini
51 Liam Kernaghan Taieri
52 Bala Beeram Kelston
53 Lincoln Platt Christchurch East
54 William Wood Palmerston North
55 Nuwi Samarakone Manurewa
56 Mark Crofskey Remutaka
57 Jake Bezzant Upper Harbour
58 Mike Butterick Wairarapa
59 Tim Costley Otaki
60 Nicola Grigg Selwyn
61 Christopher Luxon Botany
62 Joseph Mooney Southland
63 Penny Simmonds Invercargill
64 Tania Tapsell East Coast
65 Simon Watts North Shore
66 TBC Auckland Central
67 TBC Rangitata
68 Adrienne Pierce List
69 Senthuran Arulanantham List
70 Sang Cho List
71 Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau List
72 Trish Collett List
73 Ava Neal List
74 Katrina Bungard List
75 Shelley Pilkington List

Word of the day

August 8, 2020

Mozz – to exert a malign influence on; jinx; a hoodoo; hex.


Sowell says

August 8, 2020


Rural round-up

August 8, 2020

Expect increased rates costs from new government freshwater laws:

The government’s new freshwater laws, signed off this week, have the potential to create significant unnecessary costs for ratepayers, farmers and entire communities, Federated Farmers says.

“We all want good water quality, that’s why farmers and growers have been spending time and money for decades doing all they can on-farm,” Feds water spokesperson Chris Allen says.

“Millions of trees, hundreds of miles of fencing, sediment management, nitrogen controls … all these things are improving rural water quality.”

While there is still a good deal of detail Federated Farmers is working through to get a better understanding of to communicate to its members, “we do have concerns around the wording of the National Policy Statement. . . 

Red meat exports record seven percent increase year on year :

New Zealand’s red meat sector exported $9.4 billion of sheepmeat, beef and co-products for the year ending June 2020, according to the latest analysis by the Meat Industry Association (MIA).

Despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector saw an increase of $639 million – or seven per cent – compared to the year ending June 2019.

China remained the largest market for the year ending June 2020, accounting for $3.7 billion of New Zealand’s red meat exports. This was an increase of 24 per cent on the previous June year – and was partly driven by China’s demand for red meat protein as a result of the impact of African Swine Fever. . . 

More hands needed for milk processing – Hugh Stringleman:

Fonterra has made a strong start to the dairy season and has more than 150 seasonal vacancies in its processing division spread throughout the country, director of manufacturing, Alan van der Nagel says.

The processing jobs at 30 manufacturing sites are among 770 current vacancies throughout Fonterra, including corporate roles, technicians, field staff and working in the Farm Source stores.

“We do gear up for the peak milk processing demand and we are looking for a wide range of skills and abilities,” van der Nagel said.

“We give the appropriate training and there are opportunities for re-skilling at a time when a lot of people are out of work.” . . 

HortNZ welcomes Govt’s recognition of the importance of  vegetable growing in NZ in freshwater decisions:

Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming recognition of the importance of vegetable growing in the Government’s new national direction on freshwater management.

‘HortNZ has worked with growers in Pukekohe and Horowhenua to demonstrate to central and local government that modern vegetable growing techniques dramatically reduce environmental impact,’ says HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman.

‘Over the past decade, vegetable growers across New Zealand have been taking practical steps to reduce environmental impact through precision irrigation and fertilizer application, sediment traps and buffer zones, retiring land, and riparian planting. . . 

NZ apple industry on track to become a billion dollar export business :

New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc (NZAPI), the representative industry body for the apple, pear and nashi industry, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Hastings today, with members joining from around the country’s growing regions via Zoom.

With NZAPI’s financial year ending 31 March 2020, the published results were for the 2019 growing season and 2019/20 selling season, meaning that they reflect trading conditions pre- COVID-19.

Gross volume for the 2019/20 crop reached 566,200 metric tonnes (mT), similar to the previous year. The proportion of the crop that is exported rose 5 percent to 395,000 mT. . . 

Resilient Ravensdown responds with strong $69m profit – returning $68 million to farming:

After ensuring essential food-creating nutrients kept flowing during the pandemic, Ravensdown has recorded a profit from continuing operations and before tax, rebate and an earlier issue of bonus shares of $69 million (2019: $52m).

Returning a total of $68 million to its eligible farmer shareholders, the co-operative is confident in its financial strength and cautiously optimistic in the face of uncertainty around Covid-19 and emerging government policy.

“The resilience demonstrated was no accident, but deliberately built over five years of steadfast focus on fundamentals and performance. It meant that we could respond when shareholders needed us most and when New Zealand needed the agsector most,” said CEO Greg Campbell. . . 


Beekeeping

August 8, 2020


Saturday soapbox

August 8, 2020

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