Max Cryer 1935 or 36 – 25.8.21


Trailblazing broadcaster Max Cryer has died:

Cryer made over 300 appearances on television after beginning on air in the late 1960s. He hosted 12 different television series including Town Cryer.

He is also as New Zealand’s first television quizmaster.

A former New Zealand Entertainer of the Year and a Benny Award winner, Cryer’s dedication to the arts were highly praised.

“Max was an icon and a trailblazer and will be sorely missed,” New Zealand media personality David Hartnell MNZM told 1NEWS.   . .

Word of the day


Loriner  – a maker of small iron objects, especially bits, spurs, stirrups, and mountings for horse’s bridles; one who makes and sells bits, bridles, spurs, stirrups and the minor metal items of a horse’s harness, together with the saddle tree.

Sowell says


Rural round-up


Why the rush? – Barbara Kuriger:

The pace of regulatory change for rural communities has been relentless under the current government.

It’s the concern I hear most when I move among them around the country and speak with rural advocacy groups.

It’s the reason why Groundswell NZ founders, Otago farmers Bryce McKenzie and Laurie Paterson organised a tractor protest in Gore against the National Policy Statement on Freshwater in November. The group’s overwhelming national support since then led to the Howl of a Protest’ on July 16.

Agricultural, horticultural communities aren’t the types to jump up and down, so when they take to the streets in their thousands, you can bet there’s a reason. . .

Why NZ farmers should hope for positive results from research into the methane effects of lacing stock feed with seaweed – Point of Order:

A warning  bell  sounded  for  New Zealand farmers  when The Economist – in an editorial  last week headed “It  is  not  all  about  the  CO2” – argued  that carbon  dioxide is by far the most important   driver of  climate  change, but methane  matters  too.

The  final  sentence of  the  editorial reads,  ominously:

“Methane  should be  given priority on the  COP26 climate  summit  this  November”.

NZ may  fight  its  corner   vigorously   at the   Glasgow  summit,  but  the   risk is  that  delegates  there   will  seize  on  the  thesis  advanced  by The Economist    that   methane is  a more  powerful  greenhouse  gas  than  carbon   dioxide,  and  decide  to  target  it harshly. . . 

UK releases NZ free trade negotiation details as agreement nears :

The UK government has released more details of how negotiations have been progressing.

Tariffs on exports of honey and apples to the UK would be slashed and wine which faces tariffs of up to 20 pence per bottle would also be expected to be cut.

In return tariffs on British gin, chocolate, clothing and cars we import would be dropped.

Britain trade secretary Liz Truss said teams were working around the clock to get the deal done in the coming weeks.

“We are both big fans of each other’s high-quality products, so this could be a huge boost that allows British shoppers to enjoy lower prices and British exports to be even more competitive,” Truss said. . . 

Carbon farmers need to understand the ETS – Keith Woodford:

The price of carbon is determined by Government. There lies the risk for carbon farming. 

Two recent articles of mine have explored the economics of carbon farming on land that is currently farmed for sheep and beef.  Those articles showed that, if financial returns are what matters, then at current carbon prices the development of permanent forests for carbon credits provides significantly higher returns than sheep and beef.

My focus there was on the close to three million hectares of North Island farmed hill country, but a similar situation exists in considerable parts of the South Island. One big exception is the Canterbury Plains, where history shows that shallow soils plus norwest wind storms wreak periodic havoc to forestry operations.

Those findings on the apparent economics of forestry lead to a series of other questions. First, how reliable is this carbon market? Second, what are all the other important things apart from simple economics that need to be considered? . .

Recognition for forestry’s highest achievers in 2021:

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) has announced the winners of its prestigious 2021 awards. In what has been an exceptionally volatile year for many, the forestry sector remains a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy. NZIF President James Treadwell says the industry is working hard to benefit Aotearoa / New Zealand and New Zealanders, not only with significant returns to GDP but also to offer social benefits including carbon capture, recreation opportunities, clean water, biodiversity and general wellbeing. “We’re fortunate with our high-calibre industry professionals who set the standards for others to aspire to. The NZIF relishes the opportunity to celebrate with ‘the best of the best’ and to proudly champion the recipients of NZIF’s awards.”

This year’s recipient was acknowledged for their diverse range of skills and experience. From hard graft and commitment at grass roots level to high level policy planning and execution and academic leadership.

The NZ Forester of the Year award, which was presented in Wairarapa on Monday night by Minister Nash (Minister of Forestry) went to Paul Millen. . .

Sponsor support continues for Dairy Industry Awards:

Entries for the 2022 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) open October 1st with planning well underway and National sponsors continuing to back the programme.

The Awards programme allows entrants to connect, learn and grow as individuals across the board from Trainees and new entrants to the industry through to experienced Share Farmers.

NZDIA General Manager Robin Congdon is thrilled to confirm DeLaval have renewed their sponsorship for the next three years. “It’s a significant commitment and we’re rapt to have world leaders in milking equipment and solutions for dairy farmers as part of our national sponsor family.” . .


Yes Sir Humphrey


Who would you trust?


Why does it take so long for GPs to get approval to give Covid-19 vaccines?

The Government’s been eagerly talking up New Zealand’s vaccination progress – noting a record number of jabs in the past day.  . .

But what isn’t tremendous is only about a fifth of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. GPs, who have been vaccinating New Zealanders for years, can help crank it up – but they say when it comes to COVID-19 jabs, it’s been a battle to get the go-ahead.

Bureaucrats are making quite a meal of this,” said Vanessa Weenink, deputy chair of the NZ Medical Association. “There still seems to be quite a mindset from DHBs and even the ministry that we can’t be trusted to just get on and do it.”

The Ministry of Health denies it’s putting up barriers, but to get COVID-19 vaccine accreditation staff have to do online training, must show they comply with 160 standards, then undergo between one and three site visits by the District Health Board before they can get started.

It is literally people with clipboards who think they’ve got some power,” Dr Weenink told Newshub.

“The way that we’ve been treated is a little bit patronising in some ways,” she said.

About 300 of the 1000 GP practices nationwide are now involved in the rollout but getting approval has been dogged with delays and red tape. Some practices in Auckland are waiting up to a month before they can get accreditation. . . 

Why all the red tape?

Both pharmacists and family doctors say they could have ramped up vaccinations earlier but for excessive red tape. Even now, only 143 of 500 vaccination-capable pharmacies and about 300 of 1000 GP practices are giving jabs. . .

Betty says district health boards failed to recognise family doctors’ existing vaccination standards, instead sending them “back to ground zero”. About 145 of 150 requirements were unnecessary double-ups. One practice said it took a full-time staff member an entire week to complete the paperwork. . .

Who’s would you trust – GPs or bureaucrats with clipboards?

GPs and their nurses are health professionals.

Giving vaccines for their patients from the first tranche for tiny babies through to ‘flu and shingles jabs for the elderly is a regular and basic task for them.

Pharmacists have been giving flu vaccines for years too.

There will be some handling protocols specific to the Pfizer vaccine which could require specific training. But not taking account of health professionals experience and doubling up on so much of what they are already qualified to do and experienced at doing goes well beyond necessary caution to bureaucratic control freakery.

And if a GP clinic accidentally injected saline solution instead of the vaccine I’d trust the staff to let people know as soon as the mistake was discovered and not a month later after it was made public by media.



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