Word of the day


Announceable –  may be proclaimed, may be declared, may be made known to the public; a positive-sounding news item suitable for public announcement; a sound bite;  a politician’s desperate continuous search for something, anything, to announce.*

*  Hat tip: James Elliott

Sowell says


Rural round-up


Climate change farming and a timely reminder for decision makers the Paris conventions nod to the need for food – Point of Order:

An earlier post  on Point  of  Order about farming and climate change attracted  some interesting  comments.  The  post  itself  contended  that in view of the world  facing  a  global food  shortage the government  should be  doing everything in its power  to lift  food production — and  not  imposing  taxes  on methane  emissions (in  other words  taxing the   burps on animals}.

In the  wake  of  posting our thoughts, Point of  Order  was reminded  that the  Paris  Convention on Climate  Change  in  2015 finished  with an agreement   where Article 2  read with these  key  lines:

Article 2
1. This Agreement, in enhancing the implementation of the Convention,
including its objective, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of
climate change, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, including by :

(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. . . 

Massive unjust counter-productive land grab by government :

The latest iteration of the National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) is a massive land grab on a scale not seen in New Zealand for 140 years, Groundswell NZ spokesman Jamie McFadden says.

“This policy, as drafted, turns biodiversity into a liability and penalizes those that have done the most in looking after the environment.”

“Under this policy, the more you do to look after nature on your land, the worse off you will be. It is punitive regulation that does nothing positive for the environment.”

“Tens of thousands of both urban and rural property owners will be impacted and millions of dollars will be collectively wiped off property values.” . .

Ag holding strong despite major challenges :

New Zealand is a trading nation. We are respected by the world and the best at what we do.

Despite a pandemic, disruption to global supply chains, rapidly rising inflation, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a lack of RSE workers, our food and fibre exports have outperformed expectations. In fact, by June 30, they will have brought in $52.2 billion in revenue.

I recently returned from a Parliamentary trip to Europe. Zoom is a wonderful invention, but nothing can beat sitting at a table face-to-face with farming representatives to discover areas of collaboration and where we differ.

With the Russian/Ukrainian situation, food and energy security were to the fore, given Ukraine is Europe’s second-largest supplier of corn and wheat to the European Union, as well as countries in Asia and Africa. Growers and their lands will take a long time to recover from the devastating assault they are being subjected to. . . 

Time to build on our competitive advantage, KPMG says – Hugh Stringleman:

The primary sector is doing a remarkable job of trading, growing and keeping delivering record returns to the New Zealand economy when such returns are so desperately needed.

But this year’s KPMG Agribusiness Agenda reports a sector that is muddled, opportunity-packed and risk-burdened, global head of agribusiness and author Ian Proudfoot says.

When interviewing agribusiness leaders this year the first comment was “now, where do we start?”

No single theme or trend stood out in the interviews, unlike past years. . . 

Farming sector touts emissions reducing technology amid He Waka Eke Noa criticism – Hamish Cardwell:

The agricultural sector says big strides have been made in research to reduce climate emissions, but considerable uncertainty remains about when the technology will actually be available for farmers.

The primary sector’s proposal He Waka Eke Noa to price its emissions was  criticised by climate activists for relying far too much on unproven technology to make cuts.

Meanwhile, farmer group Groundswell – which also hates the proposal – says after decades and millions of dollars spent there is still no mitigation technology on the market.

Industry leaders have told RNZ about what tech looked promising, what the challenges were and how long farmers would have to wait. . .

Predator Free 2050 Ltd announces $4.8m for new tech and new jobs :

Thanks to funding from the Government’s Jobs for Nature Mahi mō te Taiao programme, Predator Free 2050 Limited (PF2050 Ltd) has today announced $4.8 million in funding for seven companies developing predator eradication tools and ‘best practice’ for their use, while creating and supporting jobs.

The funding is being invested through the ‘ Products to Projects’ initiative, launched in 2019 to accelerate development and commercialisation of new tools that will help groups working to achieve mainland eradication of possums, rats and mustelids at landscape scale without the use of fences.

Now, three years on, a number of new tools are already available to buy and are successfully in use, with many more only months away. PF2050 Ltd Science Director Professor Dan Tompkins said it’s crucial to be continually innovating to get New Zealand to the 2050 national eradication goals at pace.

“Products to Projects is providing options for more efficient and cost-effective ways of achieving and maintaining predator eradication. These new investments include smart self-resetting kill-traps that use A.I. to prevent non-target species from being harmed, remote reporting of both live-captures in cage-traps and bait levels in bait-stations, new ways of targeting rats and stoats, and systems to use ‘SWARM’ satellites for device communications in remote regions,” Prof Tompkins said. . . 

‘Radical prescription for undermining democracy & the rule of law’


Professor James Allan  discusses He Puapua with Leighton Smith:

He calls it a radical prescription for undermining democracy & the rule of law.



He was also interviewed on Sky News about on co-governance:

On principle grounds, on judicial activism grounds and because empirically you can’t point to a single country that has had good outcomes from going down an ethnic or race-based division.

We should treat people as individuals.


Professor Allan is the Garrick Professor in Law at the University of Queensland, and a constitutional law expert.

Democracy Action commissioned him to write an analysis of the He Puapua Report, the likely implications for New Zealand’s democracy and what this could mean for the people of New Zealand.

The report will be released this week.

Hat tip: Breaking Views



FINA fair to women


FINA is banning trans women swimmers from competing in women’s elite racing:

New Zealand was one of the nations that voted in favour of world swimming’s ban on transgender athletes competing in women’s elite racing.

The policy was confirmed by FINA member federations at its general congress at Budapest, Hungary, with overwhelming 71-percent support.

But the decision has divided communities both here and around the world, and has other sporting bodies watching with great interest. . . 

Former Olympic swimmer and retired sports medicine professor Dr David Gerrard was at the congress, and voted on behalf of Aquatics NZ.

“The evidence is overwhelming,” said Gerrard. “It was an easy decision – you only have to look as far as Laurel Hubbard.” . . .

Bruce Jenner, who won men’s decathlon gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and later transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, supports the move.

“What’s fair is fair,” she tweeted. “If you go through male puberty, you should not be able to take medals away from females, period.”


FINA is being fair to women in acknowledging that someone who has gone through puberty as a male has a physical advantage over anyone who hasn’t, regardless of whether or not they’ve undergone surgery and/or hormone treatment.

Others in the trans community disagree. . . 

They might disagree but they would be able to compete in the new open category which FINA is looking at establishing and in which they would not be competing unfairly against women.

Dare we hope this is a sign the pendulum is swinging back from the extreme view that trans women are women to a more moderate position which recognises trans people’s rights without discriminating against, endangering or trampling over women’s rights.

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