Word of the day


Ipseity – selfhood; individual identity; the quality of being oneself or itself; the essential element of identity.

Sowell says


Rural round-up


Leave rural water schemes alone – David Anderson:

Rural water schemes need to be exempted from the Government’s proposed Three Waters reforms.

That’s the belief of West Otago farmer and member on the Glenkenich rural water scheme Hugh Gardyne. In a submission to the Rural Water Supplies Technical Working Group on the impacts of the Three Waters reforms, Gardyne says, “the objectives of virtually every stratum of Three Waters reform are contrary to the achievements and intent of rural water schemes”.

He argues that because rural water schemes (RWS) vary so much, it is so impossible to get consensus and “one size does not fit all”. The working group was set up by Local Government Minister and architect of the reforms Nanaia Mahuta to work with officials from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and Taumata Arowai to develop policy options and advice in respect of rural community schemes around the new water entities proposed in her Three Waters reforms.

It was expected to report back to DIA at the end of April. . . 

Feds: inflexible FPAs are a solution looking for a problem :

Federated Farmers is joining the fight against yet another case of politicians intruding with unnecessary, inflexible, one-size-fits-all legislation – this time over workers’ wages and conditions.

“There’s nothing fair about so-called Fair Pay Agreements,” Federated Farmers national board member and employment spokesperson Chris Lewis says.

“They’re just a straightjacket that lock employers and employees into a national set of pay and conditions rules that might suit a minority but remove all ability of businesses and staff to agree on terms that suit their own needs and local conditions.”

The threshold for initiating an FPA is 10% of workers or 1000 workers in the identified group, whichever is less. Once an FPA is agreed, all employers and employees across an entire industry or occupation are locked into the conditions of that FPA. . .

Stop restricting food production – Peter Buckley:

Under the Paris Accord on climate change, Article 2 (b) states:

The aim of the agreement is to have a stronger response to the danger of climate change; it seeks to enhance the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change through:

(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;

(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; . . 

Concern draft code will hurt piglet welfare – Colin Williscroft:

The recently released draft welfare code for pigs will not only have a negative effect on farmers and piglet welfare, it will also affect the staff who look after them and consumers who want to buy fresh NZ pork, Manawatū pig farmer Andrew Managh says.

The recently released draft welfare code for pigs will not only have a negative effect on farmers and piglet welfare, it will also affect the staff who look after them and consumers who want to buy fresh NZ pork, Manawatū pig farmer Andrew Managh says.

Managh, who farms about 700 hectares near Halcombe, with about 6000 pigs on the property on any given day, says despite the draft code seeking to improve pig welfare, in a practical sense it means farmers are being asked to invest money into something that will not achieve that goal.

He says under the proposed changes, farrowing pens at his and his wife Geraldine’s Ratanui Farm property will need to increase from their current 4.5 square metres to 6.5m2 and he can’t see the benefit in that. . . .

Southland turns a corner as dry conditions ease in the region :

The drought conditions plaguing Southland farmers have eased, after some much-needed rain in the region.

NIWA’s latest hotspot watch shows dry conditions have lessened after rain in the region, though it is still dryer than usual for this time of year.

As of 3 May conditions were dry in parts of the upper South Island, much of Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island, NIWA’s New Zealand Drought Index map showed.

Eastern Otago was also very dry, NIWA said. . .

A dog’s journey: my road to recovery – Steve Wyn-Harris:

I know I usually only write one column at the end of the year, but I’ve had a terrible time and just need to share.

It all started back in early February.

Steve, the boss and my mate, noticed I was a bit off. I’m usually full of beans but wasn’t feeling myself.

So, he rested me for the week. . .

Black Heels & Tractor Wheels – Sophie Hurley


Black Heels and Tractor Wheels Podcasts are a Rural Women NZ initiative in which they share stories from a range of women around New Zealand.

Today Sophie Hurley joins us on the podcast, one half of the duo behind Honest Wolf.

Sophie is based in the Turakina Valley in the North Island, where she lives with her husband Sam and son Harry.  

Sophie Sam launched Honest Wolf, a line of accessories made from wool from the family farm, in 2020. Honest Wolf’s goal is to make wool the sustainable go-to fiber in the luggage and accessories industry.

With another baby on the way, Sophie talks to us about her next steps with Honest Wolf, how she juggles running her own business with a young family, and shares her experiences and advice for starting up a business from your passions. 

If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! www.ruralwomennz.nz 



Confusing race and opinions


How low can a Minister go?

Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson has locked swords with Act leader David Seymour, comparing him to former National and Act leader Don Brash.

Jackson said that while Seymour could claim Māori whakapapa, he was a “useless Māori” and a “useless advocate for Māori”.

Seymour yesterday unveiled an alternative budget, which said Act would abolish Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori development) and the Office of Māori Crown Relations, amongst others.

Jackson said Seymour was “from another time”.

It’s Jackson who’s from another time.

He’s stuck in the past while Seymour is looking to a better and more equal future time when people aren’t judged by their race.

Jackson said it was “sad” to see Seymour’s Māori policy considering he had “claimed he was Māori” previously.

Seymour does not just “claim” Māori heritage, he is Māori and has links to the Ngāpuhi iwi on his mother’s side.

Jackson clarified the “claimed” part of those remarks, and said he accepted Seymour’s claim to Māori heritage.

“He has claimed his whakapapa – I was there at the hui in 2017.

“He’s just a useless Māori, that’s all. You can’t deny any people their whakapapa, it doesn’t make them some great advocate for Māori, does it?”

Jackson said Seymour was the “worst advocate for Māori in terms of politics – I have never seen anyone like it”.

“[He’s] absolutely Māori, but just maybe the most useless advocate for Māori we’ve seen in Parliament”.

In response, Seymour said Jackson had not been able to defend his own ministry.

“The fact Willie chose to personally attack me instead of explaining what value Te Puni Kōkiri adds just shows why we should get rid of it and save the taxpayer $71 million.

“I feel sorry for TPK staff, even the responsible minister can’t explain what value they add, less kind people would say that’s a useless minister.” . . .

If comprehension, intelligence and basic good manners were qualifications for holding a ministerial warrant, this would disqualify Jackson.

Everything he said is based on the fallacy that Maori isn’t a race but a set of opinions.

He’s not alone in this mistaken belief :

. . .The Māori Party co-leaders were both frank with their assessments when asked their thoughts on Jackson’s view that Seymour is a “useless Māori”.

“I wouldn’t have called him that,” said Debbie Ngarewa-Packer. “I would have called him, he’s more of a non-Māori who happens to be Māori. He’s a Pākehā who happens to be Māori, isn’t he.” . . 

This is an excellent example of so much that’s wrong with identity politics – they start with the mistaken assumption that everyone belonging to each subset of humanity is defined by whatever characteristics they share and that by sharing those characteristics they share the same beliefs and opinions.

It’s paternalistic, condescending and simply ignorant.

It’s also wrong.

And it’s also evidence for the case against race-based representation.

Maori don’t all hold the same political views and philosophies, they don’t have the same beliefs and aspirations and therefore those holding Maori seats, or in the Maori Party, can’t represent, or speak for, them all.

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