Rural round-up

Why Utopia is still  a long way off for New Zealand – Jacqueline Rowarth:

Futurists present Utopia for New Zealand in the next 20 years, yet how to achieve this vision is hazy and the execution steps are almost non-existent, Dr Jacqueline Rowarth writes.

It is the time of year when trends for the 12 months ahead are announced, goals are vocalised, and visions are created.

Fitting the pattern is the Utopia being presented to us by futurists, who promote the idea that – “This is what the world/NZ could look like, and this is how it would be achieved. All you have to do is…”

The next word might be “believe”. . . 

Frustration as Goughs Bay still cut off after slips – Jean Edwards:

Canterbury’s Goughs Bay farmers are used to isolation, but imagine walking mile after mile in Sandie Stewart’s shoes.

More than five weeks after torrential rain set off a series of giant mudslides that washed away the Banks Peninsula road, the only way out is a steep hike over a saddle to neighbouring Paua Bay.

That means backpacking groceries for her family of four, weighed down by litres of milk and other essentials. 

“It’s a mission. I’m going to be very strong and mulish after this,” she said. . . 

High commodity prices sees fewer farms put up for sale :

Data just released from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand shows there were 256 fewer farm sales for the three months to December last year than for the three months ended December 2020 – a 46.6 percent drop.

Comparing the same three month period the median price per hectare for all farms has risen by 39 percent to $37,980.

Institute rural spokesman Brian Peacock said sales figures reflected an easing in volumes compared to similar periods over the last three years, with all categories being impacted . . 

Campaign asks people to ‘Pick Nelson Tasman’ again :

A regional collaboration to tackle the ongoing and significant seasonal labour challenges in the Nelson Tasman horticulture and viticulture sector have launched the ‘Pick Nelson Tasman’ campaign to attract workers to the region and entice locals into seasonal work as the 2022 harvest kicks into gear.

The collaboration, which successfully placed dozens of job seekers into seasonal employment in 2021, has come together again as the squeeze of labour shortages continues to impact the Nelson Tasman region.

“Labour is a challenge right across the Country but with a high seasonal peak for our horticulture harvest – the region is eager to ensure everything gets picked and our crucial primary sector is supported with the labour it needs to continue its strong performance in the face of COVID-19” says NRDA Chief Executive, Fiona Wilson. “It’s also more than the jobs we’re promoting. It’s an opportunity for seasonal workers to explore our stunning, diverse region. They can have their overseas experience in our backyard with the huge range of activities and attractions Nelson Tasman offers.” .  .

South Island Cheese Festival down but not out :

The team behind South Island Cheese Festival held onto hope right until the 11am Government press conference on the 23rd January with only 13 days until their event.

The cheese filled Festival was due to be held on Waitangi Weekend – Saturday 5th Feb at the beautiful Clos Henri Vineyard in Marlborough. With the latest announcement the team behind the festival announced the event will not be cancelled but will be postponed until the country is in a more comfortable position living with Omicron. They can confirm the event will be held in 2022.

Hannah Lamb – event owner and coordinator says ‘We are saddened to have to hold off going ahead with the festival that so many people from all over New Zealand were looking forward to. We decided to postpone rather than looking at ways to go ahead in Red. . . 

Oatly ads banned by UK watchdog over ‘misleading’ green claims :

The UK advertising watchdog has banned a high-profile marketing campaign by Swedish alt-milk brand Oatly after ruling its green claims were misleading.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) launched an investigation into the campaign after receiving 109 complaints from members of the public and the campaign group A Greener World.

In one national newspaper ad the company, which attracted investment from Blackstone, Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z last year ahead of floating on the US stock market in May, claimed “climate experts say cutting dairy and meat products from our diets is the single biggest lifestyle change we can make to reduce our environmental impact”.

The ASA said consumers would understand the claim to be a “definitive, objective claim that was based on scientific consensus,” when instead it was the opinion of one climate expert. . .


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