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Farming by consent Neal Wallace:
The long-held notion of a right to farm is under threat as the list of farming activities requiring resource consent grows amid warnings it will expand further once the Government releases a new National Policy Statement for Fresh Water.
Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers president Michael Salvesen says while regulation will differ to reflect regional environments, the list of activities requiring consent will only grow.
I think its pretty inevitable. . .
How much land can your cows buy? Hugh Stringleman:
The affordability of farm ownership for sharemilkers has taken a turn for the better and there might be elements of a buyers market, Federated Farmers sharemilkers chairman Richard McIntyre says.
Figures from DairyNZ on the 2017-18 season, as graphed by James Allen of AgFirst Waikato, show the number of cows needed to buy a hectare of dairy land is just over 20.
That has improved from 23 cows the previous season.
For the Fonterra share requirement an intending farm buyer has to add the value of three more cows at the market price of $1600/cow. . .
One year on from the launch of an ambitious plan to help rebuild the health of New Zealands waterways, Fonterra is showing progress with more Sustainable Dairy Advisors on the ground and actions taking place across the country.
In November 2017, Fonterra announced six commitments to help protect and restore water quality in New Zealand.
Fresh water is such an important topic for New Zealanders so we want to keep people regularly updated on our commitments and be open about our progress, says Carolyn Mortland, Fonterras Director of Sustainability. . .
There has been a lot of sport of interest this morning. I have been up since about 4:00 am and to be honest, blogging has not received my full attention. There has been a lot of rugby to watch, including: a replay of the Black Ferns versus France (France played very well and held on 
The New Zealand team have won both games so far in the under-17 Football World Cup, including against the host team Uruguay, which assures them of a place in the play-offs. NZ upset Uruguay to grab under-17 World Cup knockout spot https://t.co/rsBzNHpC6C RNZ News (@rnz_news) November 17, 2018 Although New Zealand out-shot Uruguay by 
What appears to be fair criticism of a comment at The Standard, but a good response: You missed this part out Hamish. Talk about selective editing pic.twitter.com/D58Ps7juuV Greg Presland (@GregPresland) November 17, 2018 Thats correct, heres the comment from The dirty politics of beating up on Karel Sroubek: Jack Ramaka 4.2 14 November 
Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret Ambrose Bierce
I thought that the expansion of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care to also cover Faith-Based Institutions was a good thing, and it is, but it has significant limitations. The Beehive announcement: Royal Commission of Inquiry scope expanded Cabinet has today agreed to expand the scope of a proposed inquiry into the 
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326 Old St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.
1105 Maginulf elected the Antipope Sylvester the IV.
1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.
1302 Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).
1307 William Tell shot an apple off of his sons head.
1477 William Caxton produced Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England.
1493 Christopher Columbus first sighted Puerto Rico.
1626 St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.
1686 Charles Francois Felix operated on King Louis XIVs anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.
1730 Frederick II (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, was granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.
1785 David Wilkie, British artist, was born (d. 1841).
1803 The Battle of Vertires, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.
For decades, Contactees and Channelers have claimed to be emissaries of extraterrestrial intelligences, usually promoting an ostensibly peaceful message. Some claim to be our gods, others to be a representative of a higher power. Often they seem to be trying to save us from ourselves. If these entities really exist, should we therefore take 
It had been far too long since I had given my email inbox a serious clean out.
It held more than 5000 messages.
This afternoon I took to it with the determination to deal with those that needed dealing with and delete those that didnt.
It took longer than Id anticipated but left me with the satisfaction of a long-delayed task ticked off my to-do list and Im grateful for that.
Some dogs need their personal space, a few hours to themselves
where they can eat or sniff or sleep without interruption, but
Stanley is not one of those dogs.
A year and a half ago, Sam Clarence adopted Stanley from a bully breed rescue in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has since watched the frightened stray pup transform into what could be called a Velcro dog.
These days, Stanley refuses to let go of his dads hand, which is far from convenient when they are out on one of their many road trips. We have to be touching at all times, Clarence told The Dodo. Hes very forceful about it.
Credit: Sam ClarenceClarence first met Stanley when he was volunteering as a dog walker for the nearby shelter. Two 6-month-old puppies were found living on an abandoned property with their mom, and Clarence was approached about looking after one of the dogs for a few weeks.
Credit: Sam ClarenceFor Stanley, it was far from love at first sight.
Kenning a compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning; a conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, especially in Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon verse; a type of circumlocution, in the form of a compound that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun; a perceptible but small amount.
The relatively trivial saga of the year 13 pupils who didnt know what trivial means has another chapter.
The pupil who initiated the petition has a problem constructing sentences and I am giving him a not achieved for his wording.
The year 13 History Causes and Consequences essay has made the decision of including an unfamiliar word (trivial) which caused much confusion among the students who were sitting the exams on the 14th of November 2018. The word which many students were not particularly familiar with meant that students had to write the essay based on their own understanding of the word. Many of which were different to what the word actually means; meaning that the true potential of many students are going to be covered. This petition is made for the government to recognize the true potential of the students and mark the essay based on the students own content and understanding of the event. Please do not feel threatened for this is only a petition to recognize the hard work and efforts put in by many across the country.
First theres. . . essay has made the decision of including. .
Following the writers style, I have to confess I am unfamiliar with essays making decisions and with the phrasing decision of including. I am much more familiar with decision to include.
Many of which were different to what the word actually means; meaning that the true potential of many students are going to be covered.
Is there a missing not in that sentence? Should it be: meaning that the true potential of many students are not going to be covered?
Regardless of whether the not is missing, potential is singular so it should be is not are.
After correcting the grammar Im still struggling to understand what meaning that the true potential of many students is (or is not) going to be covered means.
If the pupils arent familiar with the word trivial and express themselves as poorly as the petitioner they are in need of considerable help to use whatever potential they have.
A worker approached his boss for a pay increase.
The boss replied, Because of the fluctuational predisposition of your positions productive capacity as juxtaposed to governmental statistics and business performance, it would be momentarily injudicious to advocate even an incremental increase.
I dont get it, the worker said.
Thats right, the boss said.
A linguistics professor was lecturing her class.
In English, she said, a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isnt a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.
A voice from the back of the room retorted, Yeah, right.
A teacher asked a particularly dull, lazy and objectionable pupil if he was ignorant or apathetic.
The pupil replied: I dont know, and I dont care!
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a test site to supervise a newly developed ultramodern weapon, according to state media, marking the first announcement of continued weapons development since he began a rapprochement with the United States and South Korea earlier this year. Benjamin Haas The Guardian Nov 16, 2018 North Korean leader 
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A new breed of sheep debuting at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch is proving very popular with the crowds.
The Swiss Valais Blacknose, which are considered to be the the cutest sheep in the world, have a black head and black knees, and a fluffy white fleece.
Wairarapa farmer Christine Reed, along with several business partners formed Valais Blacknose NZ and imported the breed as embryos from the UK about a year and a half ago. . .
When kiwifruit bacteria Psa-V appeared in New Zealand in 2010, it reshaped the industrys biosecurity practices. Inside Dairy spoke to one grower about how dairy farmers facing Mycoplasma bovis can learn from his experience.
Kiwifruit growers Robbie Ellison and his wife Karen run Makaira Orchards in Te Puke, south east of Tauranga. When the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced in November 2010 that Psa-V had been discovered in a neighbouring orchard, the airborne disease was found on the Ellisons crops.
We were right in the thick of it, says Robbie. I never want to go through another summer like that again. DairyNZ and dairy farmers were very supportive of kiwifruit growers during our crisis, so Id like to return the favour now theyre dealing with Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis). . .
This 2018 video says about itself:
They Shall Not Grow Old Official Trailer (2018)
A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.
By Paul Bond:
Peter Jacksons They Shall Not Grow Old: A devastating depiction of the horrors of war
15 November 2018
They Shall Not Grow Old ranks among the most poignant commemorations of the centenary of World War I.
New Zealand film director Peter Jacksons extraordinary 99-minute documentary film combines archive footage, colourised and edited to enable projection at modern speed, with the oral recollections of servicemen to produce a visceral, shocking and moving film depicting the horrors of war. It has resonated with millions, including those who fear we are heading for a third world war and the threat of nuclear annihilation.
It was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK arts programme for the First World War centenary, and the Imperial War Museum, in association with the BBC. It was originally planned as a one-off screening in the UK on October 16 at 247 cinemas and was a sell-out success. It was also broadcast on BBC2 on Remembrance SundayNovember 11to mark 100 years since the Armistice and was seen by over two million viewers. It is available on BBC i-player and will be distributed worldwide including in US theatres on December 17 and December 27 (tickets go on sale November 16), giving it a global audience of millions.
Typical of the reaction to the film were comments from BBC viewers. Sue Rhodes, for example, explained, That moment when the programme went from silent to sound and colourit literally took my breath away. So moving. When you see black and white, it is almost as if they are not real people but this really brought home the realities to youthe bodies, the death scenes, the injuries.
NZ Herald: Shane Jones announces suite of regional funding worth more than $80m More than $80 million from the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund will boost rural broadband, expand a driver-training centre near Fielding, and look into building a new freight hub near Palmerston North. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones was in the Manawat-Whanganui 
Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker: Inclusive Trade Action Group meets in Port Moresby New Zealand, Chile and Canada today reaffirmed a commitment to work together to advance trade that benefits all their citizens. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker joined Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero and Canadian Deputy Minister for International Trade Tim 
An Anglican parish in Dunedin has voted for disaffiliation with the Anglican Church due to opposition to the abomination of homosexuality and opposition to blessing same-sex marriages. Several other parishes around the country have taken similar action. ODT: Parish to leave church A Dunedin parish opposed to the blessing of same-sex civil marriages has withdrawn 
Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
The urge to pass new laws must be seen as an illness, not much different from the urge to bite old women. Anyone suspected of suffering from it should either be treated with the appropriate pills or, if it is too late for that, elected to parliament [or congress, as the case may be] and paid a huge salary with endless holidays, to do nothing whatever. Auberon Waugh
A very good interview about a really chaotic situation: 'the delusional politics of Britain'. The dark joke that as a colonial power Britain used to practice 'divide & run' governance, has come full circle, only this time Britain divided itself and has no where to run #brexit https://t.co/9apRLBXKza Bronwyn Hayward (@BMHayward) November 16, 2018 
I hadnt heard of Upper Hutt Posse before but they have just been given a Legacy Award at the Legacy Award at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Award ceremony. On accepting the award frontman Dean Hapeta spoke against involvement in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, suggested New Zealand should assist Palestine against racist Israel, 
In an apparent accidental revelation it appears that the US are preparing to indict Julian Assange on criminal charges. Assenge has been confined to the Ecudors Embassy in London since 2012 where he received political asylum to protect him from facing charges against him in Sweden. Assange headed Wikileaks, released hacked Hillary Clinton emails during 
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This 14 November 2018 video says about itself:
When Birds Stopped Flying
Ratites have spread to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. And there are fossils of Ratites in Europe, Asia, and North America too. Thats a lot of ground to cover for birds that cant fly. So how did Ratites end up all over the world?
A fisherman in New Zealand pulled an 18-month-old baby from the sea alive after the boy went missing from his campsite where he was staying with his parents. Gus Hutt, who was fishing at a beach near a holiday park in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island, thought he was pulling a doll from the ocean 
284 Diocletian was proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.
1183 The Battle of Mizushima.
1292 (O.S.) John Balliol became King of Scotland.
1511 Spain and England allied against France.
1558 Elizabethan era began: Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.
1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.
1659 The Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.
1749 Nicolas Appert, French chef, inventor of canning, was born (d. 1841)
1777 Articles of Confederation are submitted to the states for ratification.
1796 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Arcole French forces defeated the Austrians in Italy.
1800 The United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.
1811 Jos Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, was sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.
1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.
1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to see Antarctica.
1855 David Livingstone became the first European to see the Victoria Falls.
The South Pacific region, stretching from the shores of Australia to South America and encompassing more than 30,000 islands, has felt Chinas growing influenced since 2000s. By 2018, it had grown so strong that it became a threat to Australias strategic security. It should be noted that in the last 30 years, Australia has viewed itself as a regional leader. Chinas enormous investments, loans, grants, intended for the benefit of thirteen small island-states and another thirteen dependent territories in the South Pacific, belonging to Australia, New Zealand, France, and the USA, have made PRC a key benefactor, but not a strategically important player in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean as yet. Beijings negotiations with the island states on stationing Chinese bases there have been thus far successfully countered by Australian diplomacy. These negotiations are linked with PRCs initiative One Belt One Road, a part of which encompasses the Pacific Ocean. And establishing Chinese military bases in the territory of country-participants is a by-product of the project.
Papua New Guinea could have become a geostrategically convenient location for Chinas first military base in the South Pacific. The country lies only 2,000 km away from Australia and provides a convenient access point to the South China Sea, an area where PRC is pursuing its policy of expansion (including military expansion). Historically, China and Papua New Guinea have had close ties. By the middle of the 20th century the biggest Chinese diaspora in the region (approximately 100,000 people), working in the export of timber and natural resources, had made Papua New Guinea its new home. In 1968, the Chinese established Papua New Guineas second most powerful party. In 1980 (five years after the nation had gained its independence), the leader of this party, Julius Chan of Chinese and Papua New Guinean descent, became the countrys leader. In fact, in the following twenty years he occupied the post of Prime Minister three more times. By the end of the 20th century, the Chinese had settled in South Pacific islands, rich in forests and natural resources, such as the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia (better known as Tahiti, where from 2006 to 2011 a member of the Chinese diaspora, Gaston Tong Sang was in power three times).
Negotiations, which started in 2014, on a strategic partnership between PRC and Papua New Guinea, and on repair work of four ports in the cities of Wewak (home to Japans largest air base fr...
This just in from the Washington Post. Somewhat embarrassing error one would think! Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing By Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett November 15 at 11:19 PM WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing a 
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McBride to challenge everything Richard Rennie:
Zespri chairman Peter McBrides has not had time to put his feet up and catch his breath as he steps down from 17 years on the kiwifruit marketers board and becomes a Fonterra director.
But a glance over his career path indicates he has never been one to sit around for long and he ruefully acknowledges there will be more than enough to keep him busy again in his new post. He spoke to Richard Rennie.
Peter McBrides time with Zespri has not lacked its share of roller-coaster moments and he is exiting his fifth year as chairman at something of a peak at the top of the countrys most acclaimed primary produce marketer. . .
Investment fund eyes Central cherry option Sally Rae:
Central Otago cherries are being considered by a $250 million horticulture investment fund, but nothing has lined up yet, Craigmore chief executive Che Charteris says.
Craigmore Sustainables began fundraising for a new Permanent Crop Partnership in 2016, with a target of $250million. It was quickly approaching that target, and expected closing the partnership for new funds next month.
The strategy was to build a diversified business of the best of New Zealand orchards across a range of fruits for which the country already had an established reputation, including kiwifruit, apples and wine grapes, plus emerging crops such as cherries, citrus and avocado. . .
New Zealand duck-callers have done well against international competitors in the latest world championships.
They took part in the World Waterfowl Calling Championships at Easton, Maryland, on the American East Coast.
The best results were from Hunter Morrow of Otago, who came second in the Live Duck category, fifth in the Live Goose category, and 3rd in the team events. . .
Whats the Elite fascination with Saturn all about? Why is Saturn connected to Satan? Is it all just some esoteric mumbo-jumbo, or should we be concerned about something? How does all this tie in with current events? What are we being prepared for? by Martin Harris Before reading further, I suggest the reader familiarize themselves 
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