Nikhedonia – excitement, joy or pleasure that comes from imagining future success; elation due to impending victory.
New Zealand may need to import more food if it bans coal boilers too soon, crop, meat and dairy producers say.
The industries regularly use coal fired heat to grow, clean, and manufacture food.
Dairy giant Fonterra stood apart from others in the food sector, saying it supported a ban on all new coal boilers. It also supported a transition period for phasing out existing boilers, especially those that produced low and medium heat, but acknowledged that it needed to align with availability of alternative energy sources.
It was in the same camp as environmental groups who favour a move away from using fossil fuels as a heat source. . . .
Slim pickings for apples – Sudesh Kissun:
Labour supply remains the top concern as the apple harvesting season approaches, says ANZ agriculture economist Susan Kilsby.
She says the horticultural sector is extremely worried about finding sufficient labour to pick and pack the new season’s harvest.
“The ability to access critical workers through the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme remains very uncertain and there will be significantly fewer backpackers looking for work this summer,” she says.
“There is little doubt that more New Zealanders will be employed, but it is extremely unlikely there will be sufficient locals available to fulfil these physically demanding roles.” . . .
Vets in short supply – Peter Burke:
Julie South, whose company VetStaff specialises in recruiting veterinarians, says there is a shortage of vets in New Zealand and that this has been compounded by Covid-19.
South told Rural News that even before Covid there was a shortfall in the number of vets in NZ. However, she says the closing of the border to experienced overseas candidates has made things worse and prospective candidates can’t get visas.
According to South, most of the vets that she recruits come from Ireland, the UK and South Africa. But she says others have come from places such as South America, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and Europe. . .
The election result has delivered a historic and resounding result, for the first time under New Zealand’s MMP system a government has a mandate to rule outright without having to seek a coalition partner.
While the shift to Labour may have been somewhat expected in the more urban electorates, what was most surprising to many was the unprecedented wave of red votes that washed through largely rural seats.
These included long time National electorates of East Coast, Wairarapa and Rangitata, while in almost every electorate the party vote percentage flipped from National to Labour, typically by 20-25 percentage points.
For the rural sector, the confidence expressed in Labour to date will need to be maintained to prove the switch to red in the provinces has not just been a strategic move to shut out the Green party from a coalition government. . .
Top ram breeder’s offer of a lifetime – Hugh Stringleman:
More than 70 years of sheep breeding comes to an end for Northland’s Gordon Levet when his best rams and ewes will be sold this summer. Hugh Stringleman reports.
SHEEP bred for worm resistance is the Holy Grail quest that has energised Gordon Levet for the past 35 years, which is about half of his working lifetime on Kikitangeo, the family farm near Wellsford first settled by his grandfather in 1874.
His objective has been to breed sheep with strong, quickly responsive immune systems, which will ensure survival and productivity, particularly in less challenging environments further south. . .
Developing North Australia. What would China Do? – Carolyn Blacklock:
While Australia’s relationship with China has its ups and downs, this is just a symptom of geo-political realignment, and from this Australia needs to be pragmatic and take advantage of opportunities while not compromising our own interests.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s call for a global investigation into the origins and outbreak of the coronavirus sparked heated exchanges.
This was the right call as the Australian economy reels from impacts of the pandemic, and there is an overwhelming necessity to be better prepared if and when a future viral health threat emerges.
The arrest and detention of Australian journalists, ruthless trade sanctions and tariffs targeting our beef, wine, seafood and barely exports, and dispute over Huawei’s participation in the 5G network, are all part of the bluster and tit-for-tat rhetoric. . .
How could so many good people, many of them devout Christians to whom so much of what Donald Trump did, said and stood for should have been anathema, support him?
Economist Alex Tabarrok has an answer:
I think he’s right. At least some voters looked past Trump’s many personal and political failings because their opposition to the left’s cultural warfare was greater.
The alternative they were voting against, wasn’t necessarily policies President-elect Joe Biden was promoting but the divisive behaviour and views of some of his supporters.
They were voting against cancel culture, identity politics and the labeling of anyone who didn’t buy into their beliefs as racist, sexist and whatever other ist the left throw at those who dare to question their world view.
President-elect Joe Biden must understand this and work to bring those who didn’t like Trump but supported at least some of the Trumpism onside.
He started well with a gracious speech in which he offered opponents an olive branch:
. . . All those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself,” he said, referring to his previous runs for the office.
“But now, let’s give each other a chance,” he said.
Biden has sought to be a foil to Trump’s divisive messaging, telling the audience Saturday that his administration would not be as alienating to those with different political beliefs.
“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric,” he said, “lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress.”
Biden has repeatedly said on the campaign trail that he was running as a Democratic candidate but would be “an American president.”
He echoed that sentiment again, talking about Trump supporters: “We have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They’re Americans.” . .
The cultural left’s clarion calls to division are not confined to the USA but if Biden can quieten them down there, there might be hope they can be quietened down elsewhere as well.