Quiz local govt candidates on costs, services — Feds – Sudesh Kissun:
Hold your local council candidates to account on costs and services: and if you think the voice of farmers is not being heard, consider standing for election yourself.
That’s the underlying message to rural people in the Federated Farmers 2019 local body elections guide, Platform: Feds on Local Government, released at the Feds’ AGM in Wellington this week.
“The quality of local government in rural communities can mean the difference between dodgy roads and safer ones, and many thousands of dollars in rates,” Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says. . .
Taihape farmer Kerry Whale’s family hadn’t even talked about succession.
“We had our heads in the sand really.”
“It’s a very complicated subject but now our family has a plan to build on and it’s opened communications among us about what the next 10 years will look like.”
What changed? . .
Huge effort for farmers recognised – Annette Scott:
South Canterbury cropping farmer Colin Hurst has been recognised for his immense contribution to the arable industry.
Hurst was crowned Arable Farmer of the Year at the Federated Farmers arable industry group 2019 awards in Wellington.
The South Canterbury Federated Farmers vice president has represented the federation at national, regional and branch level and contributed to the South Canterbury Rural Support Trust, the arable group’s herbage seed growers subsection, United Wheatgrowers and the Foundation for Arable Research. . .
Concentrating on black currants – Chris Tobin:
Pleasant Point vegetable and berryfruit grower Tony Howey is scaling back.
He and his wife Afsaneh Howey have sold and given up leases on 600ha of land on which they grew onions, carrots, potatoes, grain and seed, in order to concentrate on their blackcurrant business.
Mr Howey said he had hoped to find a young keen grower who might take over the operation but this did not happen.
”It was quite difficult; it’s hard to entice young ones now. There’s no-one around.” . .
New Zealand eyes have been so focussed this week on an event 20,000kms distant that they might not have noticed here at home another extraordinary event, taking place on the NZX.
The market capitalisation of a company which listed as recently as 2012 on the local sharemarket soared past the $12bn mark and is hard on the heels of Meridian Energy, which has the highest valuation of NZ-based companies on the NZX at $12.3bn.
The challenger is a2 Milk, which sells a specialised type of milk with what it claims are health benefits. . .
Fonterra is planning a war on waste.
The co-op will stop sending solid waste to landfill by 2025 and will by then have 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging.
These are the right things to do and even more important as more consumers choose products that are environmentally friendly, says the co-op’s director of sustainability, Carolyn Mortland. . .
Being a girl won’t stop Courtney Hanns from becoming a livestock auctioneer – Olivia Calver:
YOU don’t see many women selling in yards but Courtney Hanns, 19, is one of a growing number taking up the gavel.
Courtney grew up in the Blue Mountains and from a young age set her sights on becoming a livestock agent.
“…since I was little girl, my Pop had a farm, and I always just wanted to be an agent because I loved what they do,” Courtney said.
However, first she had to convince some in the industry that she was up for the challenge. . .