Must Deliver! – Rural News:
Just as the entire country’s health system moved into a new structure last week, a fresh Rural Health Network was also launched.
Hauora Taiwhenua brings into one organisation nine separate groups who work in the rural health sector – including those working as Rural GPs, nurses, midwives, hospitals, researchers, community organisations and Maori.
According to the entity’s interim chair Dr Fiona Bolden, the main benefit of the new organisation is that it brings all the representatives of rural health and wellbeing into one place. She says, in doing so, it creates a very powerful voice in terms of rural health advocacy.
As Bolden says, this is a crucial time for the NZ health service as the new reforms take effect. NZ’s health service – especially rural – is suffering from underfunding and a lack of workforce planning. . .
Wayne Langford is Federated Farmers’ new vice-president after being elected to the position at the organisation’s annual meeting in Auckland.
The Golden Bay dairy farmer will be joined by three new board members, new dairy chair Richard McIntyre and two ‘at large’ members Sandra Faulkner and Mark Hooper.
Langford has served as Feds dairy industry chairman for the past two years.
President Andrew Hoggard was re-elected unopposed. . .
GWP* a hot topic on US and UK visits – Andrew Morrison:
Climate change and the need for countries to measure methane more accurately were high on the agenda during Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) recent trips to the United Kingdom and United States.
During the visits, B+LNZ staff identified opportunities to work with UK and US farming groups over the shared issue of climate change.
B+LNZ has been calling for the New Zealand Government to review the methane targets using a more appropriate metric such as GWP*, and to report on warming as well as emissions, for more than two years.
GWP* scales emissions over time, and better accounts for the different warming behaviours of short-lived gases like methane than the widely used GWP100 metric, which the IPCC has confirmed overstates the impact of methane when emissions are not increasing (as is the case in New Zealand). . .
Wool meets hemp on high country station – Country Life:
Paul Ensor farms sheep and cattle at Glenaan Station in the Rakaia Gorge and co-owns a clothing brand that blends merino wool with hemp fibre.
The station in the Upper Rakaia Gorge extends from the river flats to the tops of snow-covered hill country.
Paul and Prue Ensor farm sheep and cattle on the property that Paul took over from his parents in 2004.
The Ensors run about 6000 fine wool-producing merino sheep. . .
Floris Niu empowering Pacific women farmers with chocolate – Saturday Morning:
Floris Niu never imagined herself as a farmer, but a series of stress-related illnesses saw her return to her family’s land in Samoa in her late 30s and the move has brought both healing and success.
Niu, who grew up in New Zealand, is the founder of Ms Sunshine Organic Farms, which exports produce to New Zealand boutique chocolatiers and food manufacturers.
Her charitable trust is also running the first ever Pacific Cacao and Chocolate show, in collaboration with SPS Biota and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Auckland on 23 July, which she hopes will raise awareness of the cacao industry in the Pacific.
“It’s a trillion-dollar business, the chocolate industry,” she said, but the story of cacao in the Pacific was “not very well known”. . .
Boris Johnson is yesterday’s man. All eyes now are on who will put themselves forward to be the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister.
Mr Johnson currently seems determined to cling on until the results of the Conservative Party leadership contest are known, but Labour says if he does not go immediately it will call a vote of no confidence in the government, which could even trigger a general election.
George Eustice, who did not resign, is still a member of the cabinet and looks set to stick around, at least until Mr Johnson leaves, so there will be no immediate change at Defra. His silence this week has been complete.
However, the environment secretary is now without Rebecca Pow (minister for environment) and Jo Churchill (minister for agri-innovation and climate adaptation), who both resigned. . .