Word of the day


Wastrel – a wasteful or good-for-nothing person; vagabond, waif; one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently; a person who does nothing positive with their life, making no use of their abilities or the opportunities that are offered to them; a spendthrift; prodigal.

Sowell says


Rural round-up


Drought in rural South Auckland pushing up food prices, growers say – Stephen Forbes:

Vegetable growers in Auckland’s rural south say drought conditions are playing havoc with their day-to-day operations and will only add to increased prices for consumers.

It follows the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) declaring the drought a “medium-scale adverse event” in south Auckland and the Waikato on Monday, along with a support package for affected farmers and growers.

South Auckland’s horticulture industry is centred on the Pukekohe Hub, 4359 hectares of some of New Zealand’s most fertile and productive land.

According to Auckland Council’s Climate Action Framework released in 2019 it generates $327 million a year, which is the equivalent of 26 percent of NZ’s total domestic value of vegetable production. . . 

Mass pig graves being dug as pig industry on point of collapse

Pig farmers say the industry is in crisis, with some fearing they’ll have to kill and dump animals as the pork market falls apart.

Mass imports at cheap prices, along with the pandemic fallout has seen demand for local products all but stop.

Pig farmer Hamish Mee and his wife Vicki are preparing for the worst.

An order for 219 pigs to leave their Methven farm on Sunday  . . 

Traditional German sausage stall stopping traffic in rural Taranaki – Robin Martin:

It has been dubbed the “little butchery in the middle of nowhere” – a traditional German sausage outlet that is stopping traffic in remote North Taranaki.

Bratwurst Bros has set up shop alongside State Highway 3 at Urutī – just under an hour’s drive from New Plymouth.

Urutī – population 800 – is less a settlement than a valley that offers motorists a rare opportunity to pass on this stretch of SH3.

Only about 2000 vehicles pass through on an average day. . . 

Boost for small towns as full calendar of shearing events planned – Kim Moodie:

Hopes are high for the return of competitive shearing events after two years of Covid-19 restrictions saw all but 14 events abandoned last season.

Organisers are confident they can go ahead with all 59 shearing sports competitions this season, which runs from October to April.

New Zealand shearing legend Sir David Fagan, who’s also the chairman of Shearing Sports NZ, said spots were also up for grabs to represent the country at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland next year.

“The places in the team up for grabs are two machine shearers, blades shearers and two woolhandlers in the Wools of New Zealand team,” he said. . . 

Kiwi milk company calls for the government to rethink recycling plan :

A New Zealand milk producer is calling for the Government to standardise kerbside recycling across the country, while sparing thousands of tonnes of packaging from going to landfill.

Otis, the New Zealand oat milk producer, says currently what is accepted for recycling in Hamilton is different to Dunedin, or Invercargill, Auckland or Wellington. The business says standardisation will provide greater clarity to New Zealanders and increase recycling habits.

The Kiwi start-up highlights most plant-based milks like Otis are packaged in Liquid Paper board packaging (LPB, commonly known as Tetra Pak) which has been excluded from the Government’s proposed kerbside recycling plan despite being shown to be the lowest carbon packaging option available, and capable of being made completely free of fossil fuels.

Hayley Pardoe, Otis head of marketing and sustainability, believes the Government’s recycling proposal needs to set the course for how we manage packaging resources through our economy for the coming next decades, yet some of the plan is at odds with the low carbon, circular future that New Zealanders are demanding. . . 


Winston Churchill’s wisdom




Oh dear, worse than a chimp rolling a dice –  only 3/10 in the Spinoff’s Budget history quiz.


People don’t want big spend up


A Curia poll for the Taxpayers’ Union shows most people don’t want the government to increase its spending.

Given the current levels of inflation, do you think the Government should continue to
increase overall spending in this year’s budget, or keep it about the same?

. . . Should Govt increase spending or keep the same:
Increase spending 152 15%
Keep it the same 643 65%
Unsure 200 20%
Total 995 100%

Only 15% of respondents wants overall spending in the Budget to increase compared to 65%
who want it to stay at current levels, with 20% unsure. . . 

Only 27% of Labour and Green voters wants the Government to increase spending while
inflation is high. Of undecided voters only 8% want an increase in spending.

Net support for increasing spending by party is:
1. Greens -21%
2. Labour -25%
3. Undecideds -61%
4. National -70%
5. ACT -76%

The public is more concerned about inflation and the deteriorating state of the economy than the government which is planning to announce plans for big spending in today’s Budget.

The only cause for optimism is that the government is much better at announcing and planning to plan than doing.

This could mean most of the spending won’t have been undertaken before next year’s election when voters will have a stark choice between the old high spending government and a new one that understands the importance of reducing the burden of the state to help individuals and businesses get ahead.

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