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"There are only two fundamental questions (or two aspects of the same question) that determine the nature of any social system: Does a social system recognise individual rights? -- and: Does a social system ban physical force from human relationships? The answer to the second question is the practical implementation of the answer to the first."
~ Ayn Rand, on Social Systems
In 2015 Labour got blasted for their claims that data of Chinese-sounding-names proved some point about housing. Most of what I remember is the mess Labour made of it. Russell Brown has some new information on this that looks bad for both Labour and for the media that ran their story. At Public Address Harkanwal 
Id be surprised if National will be rushing to replace Bill English as their leader. English did a fairly good job as Prime Minister, and was credited with a good effort in the election campaign. While National didnt get to form a government they had easily the most support of any parties. Remarkably National got 
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.
Its the clothes job to fit you. Not your job to fit the clothes. Monique Doy
The floodgates may not have opened fully on revelations of sexual harassment and misconduct of prominent men in the US, but a trickle seems to have become a stream. On the current RealClear Politics front page there are numerous stories about men abusing power and abusing women. The trickle started with Harvey Weinstein: After Weinstein, 
25 November 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general 
25 November 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you. If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers 
1034 Mel Coluim mac Cineda, King of Scots died. Donnchad, the son of his daughter Bethc and Crnn of Dunkeld, inherited the throne.
1177 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeated Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.
1343 A tsunami, caused by the earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastated Naples and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, among other places.
1491 The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, began.
1667 A deadly earthquake rocked Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.
1703 The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reached its peak intensity. Winds gusted up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died.
1755 King Ferdinand VI of Spain granted royal protection to the Beaterio de la Compaia de Jesus, now known as the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary.
1759 An earthquake hit the Mediterranean destroying Beirut and Damascus and killing 30,000-40,000.
1778 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, English author and activist, was born (d. 1856).
1783 American Revolutionary War: The last British troops left New York City three months after the signing o...
Some things are preordained before the Tax Working Group starts, like no increase in GST or income tax levels, and no CGT on family homes. Other things are subject to what the TWG suggests, and ultimately on what the Government decides. Dene Mackenzie suggests Cullen appointment means tax panel outcome preordained. The appointment of former 
PMID: Br J Nutr. 2017 Mar ;117(6):804-813. Epub 2017 Apr 3. PMID: 28367765 Abstract Title: Early pregnancy probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 may reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus: a randomised controlled trial. Abstract: The study aims to assess whether supplementation with the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (HN001) can reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled parallel trial was conducted in New Zealand (NZ) (Wellington and Auckland). Pregnant women with a personal or partner history of atopic disease were randomised at 14-16 weeks' gestation to receive HN001 (6109 colony-forming units) (n 212) or placebo (n 211) daily. GDM at 24-30 weeks was assessed using the definition of the International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) (fasting plasma glucose 51 mmol/l, or 1 h post 75 g glucose level at 10 mmol/l or at 2 h 85mmol/l) and NZ definition (fasting plasma glucose 55 mmol/l or 2 h post 75 g glucose at 9 mmol/l). All analyses were intention-to-treat. A total of 184 (87 %) women took HN001 and 189 (90 %) women took placebo. There was a trend towards lower relative rates (RR) of GDM (IADPSG definition) in the HN001 group, 059 (95 % CI 032, 108) (P=008). HN001 was associated with lower rates of GDM in women aged 35 years (RR 031; 95 % CI 012, 081, P=0009) and women with a history of GDM (RR 000; 95 % CI 000, 066, P=0004). These rates did not differ significantly from thoseof women without these characteristics. Using the NZ definition, GDM prevalence was significantly lower in the HN001 group, 21 % (95 % CI 06, 52), v. 65 % (95 % CI 35, 109) in the placebo group (P=003). HN001 supplementation from 14 to 16 weeks' gestation may reduce GDM prevalence, particularly among older women and those with previous GDM.
Nationals Waikato MP Tim van de Molen delivered his maiden speech last week:
The mighty Waikato: beautiful scenery; well managed & successful farms; thriving and vibrant provincial towns; diverse but united communities; and continual opportunity.
As the new Member of Parliament for the Waikato, I want to start by saying that it is an absolute privilege to have been elected to this role, and in such a magnificent part of the country.
A role that holds great opportunity & great responsibility. As a new MP, listening is a key part of this. My grandfather once said, you have two ears & one mouth, use them in that proportion. Congratulations to my fellow new MPs, Im excited about the path ahead, as Im sure you are.
The journey to be here was an exciting & rewarding one. A journey shared by so many people in the Waikato & beyond by family & friends, by Party members, by the public who believe in our vision. Thank you all sincerely for your support.
Today, I want to share a bit of my background (my family, my upbringing, my experiences), why I am who I am, to touch on what brings me to this position. I want to share some of the wonderful aspects of the Waikato; and I want to outline some of my aspirations for both the Waikato & for New Zealand.
Firstly, Id like to share that I felt, on entering this building, the mana, the prestige, the history of our nation. The decisions made by those who have come before, decisions that have shaped our country. One of those people was my Great, Great Grandfather, John Stevens.
A former member of this House, who spent a number of years through the 1880s, 1890s & early 1900s, representing Rangitikei & then Manawatu.
For me though, Waikato has always been home. I was raised there, I have worked and played there, and now Im raising my family there. As one of five children, I grew up in a competitive, family focused home where strong values were instilled in us.
Values such as: hard work and enterprise (& fair reward for it); taking responsibility for your actions; strength and importance of family; equal opportunity; and standing up for what we believe in. We were encouraged to use our initiative, to try new things and to ask questions.
We had a very rural upbringing, although my parents are teachers, and we were constantly interac...
Gratitude for a Country that Once Deserved Thanks Lament for a Society of Shame The celebration of Thanksgiving has lost its purpose over the centuries. Consider the meaning of George Washingtons 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be 
PMID: EBioMedicine. 2017 Oct ;24:159-165. Epub 2017 Sep 14. PMID: 28943228 Abstract Title: Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 in Pregnancy on Postpartum Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety: A Randomised Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial. Abstract: BACKGROUND: Probiotics may help to prevent symptoms of anxiety and depression through several putative mechanisms.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (HN001) given in pregnancy and postpartum on symptoms of maternal depression and anxiety in the postpartum period. This was a secondary outcome, the primary outcome being eczema in the offspring at 12months of age.DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the effect of HN001 on postnatal mood was conducted in 423 women in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Women were recruited at 14-16weeks gestation.INTERVENTION: Women were randomised to receive either placebo or HN001 daily from enrolment until 6months postpartum if breastfeeding.OUTCOME MEASURES: Modified versions of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and State Trait Anxiety Inventory were used to assess symptoms of depression and anxiety postpartum.TRIAL REGISTRATION: Australia NZ Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12612000196842.FINDINGS: 423 women were recruited between December 2012 and November 2014. 212 women were randomised to HN001 and 211 to placebo. 380 women (89.8%) completed the questionnaire on psychological outcomes, 193 (91.0%) in the treatment group and 187 (88.6%) in the placebo group. Mothers in the probiotic treatment group reported significantly lower depression scores (HN001 mean=77 (SD=54), placebo 90 (60); effect size -12, (95% CI -23, -01), p=0037) and anxiety scores (HN001 120 (40), placebo 130 (40); effect size -10 (-19, -02), p=0014) than those in the placebo group. Rates of clinically relevant anxiety on screening (score>15) were significantly lower in the HN001 treated mothers (OR=044 (026, 073), p=0002).INTERPRETATION: Women who received HN001 had significantly lower depression and anxiety scores in the postpartum period. This probiotic may be useful for the prevention or treatment of symptoms of depression and anxiety postpartum.FUNDING SOURCE: Health Research Council of New Zealand (11/318) and Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd.
21 Nov 2017 | Food NavigatorFonterra has increased its investment in Lithuania's biggest dairy producer, AB Rokiskio Suris, to support its New Zealand milk pool and further grow its export markets such as the Middle East.
The Beast is back. The seismic blaster, the Amazon Warrior, left New Caledonia yesterday. Next stop: AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND. Its mission: To carry out seismic blasting for oil right in the middle of a blue whale habitat, looking for oil that we cannot afford to burn. But theres good news. It doesnt yet have the paperwork it needs 
Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual bunch of roses for stumping us all by leaving the answers below.
(I couldnt answer any of the questions but emailed them to a friend who replied with them all Ill await with interest to see if your answers match his.)
To Andrew Little: Minister for Treaty Settlements By local historian, John Robinson I have worked on gathering information on Treaty issues, as a consultant for the Treaty of Waitangi Unit at the Department of Justice, and with the Victoria University treaty of Waitangi Research Unit in projects for the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. This was 
NZ food shortages in 5 years report Pam Tipa:
New Zealand has no food security policy and will be short of some foods within five years, says a Horticulture NZ report on domestic vegetable production.
We complacently believe we will always be able to sustainably grow enough food to feed ourselves and contribute to the countrys economic wellbeing, the report says.
However with prime production land being lost, climate change, competition for water resources, extreme weather events and the constant threat of pests and disease we must turn our minds to food security issues for the future of NZs domestic production. . .
Young Farmers search for talent Tim Fulton:
Young Farmers is re-inventing itself as an agency for talent attraction from schools, helping farming to compete for staff in towns and cities.
The organisation was pitching for funding from industry groups and corporates to inject more farming-based curriculum into the education system.
The project would cost $1.5m, chief executive Terry Copeland said.
Once in place Young Farmers staff would manage the relationship with schools and commercial backers of the project like a sales account, he said. . .
Sweet success in manuka honey Peter Burke:
Manuka honey could long term earn more money for a central North Island Maori trust than its sheep and beef farming operation....
Former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen will chair the working group which is taxed with finding a fairier tax system:
Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash announced the terms of reference for the group, which will come up with a series of recommendations by February 2019 which the government will then use to inform its policy direction at the next general election. Robertson said he isnt making a grab for cash. Reforms could be fiscally neutral and he had an open mind on whether a capital gains tax would be necessary.
The main goal here is to create a better, balanced and fairer tax system for New Zealand, Robertson said. Our belief at the moment is that we do not have that.
The group has been told to consider the economic environment over the next five-to-10 years and how thats affecting changing business models, demographics and business practices; whether some form of housing, land or capital gains tax would improve the system; whether a progressive company tax with lower rates for small businesses would improve the system and business environment; and what role tax can play in delivering environment benefits. . .
The group has been told not to look at increasing income tax rates or the rate of GST, inheritance tax, a tax on the family home, or the adequacy of the personal tax system and its interaction with the transfer system. It has been directed to look at technical matters already under review such as international tax reform targeting multinational profit shifting, and the tax departments business transformation programme.
While the issue of applying GST to goods and services bought online from overseas could be dealt with separately and was not part of the working groups brief, Robertson said the group could examine exemptions from GST for particular categories of goods. Labours coalition partner in government, NZ First, has campaigned for years to remove GST from fruit and vegetables.
Robertson said the group will be able to look at the tax treatment on savings and investment, which has cropped up in previous reviews as an area in need of reform.
The best taxes are simple taxes.
Taking GST off fruit and vegetables sounds simple but it isnt. If its all fruit and vegetables it will include processed ones which might have lots of sugar and salt added. But if its only fresh fruit and vegetables luxury imports like pomegranate will be exempt while frozen vegetables wo...
This sounds like someone who may have some wide ranging problems. NZH: NZ man charged with possessing Isis propaganda, terrorists handbook A 19-year-old Dannevirke man appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday after being charged with possessing terrorism propaganda. Jordayne Evan Thomas Madams faces 10 charges of possessing objectionable material consisting of child sex 
RNZ: Pike River prosecution withdrawal unlawful Supreme Court It was unlawful for WorkSafe to withdraw its prosecution of Pike River mine boss Peter Whittall, in exchange for payments to the victims families, the Supreme Court has ruled. WorkSafe New Zealand initially laid 12 health and safety charges against Mr Whittall, but they were dropped 
I have concerns about Tony Veitch being announced as a feature of a new TV show, the way it was announced, and the reactionary campaign to have Veitch dumped. This is part of the wider phenomenon that is prevalent now of publicly condemning anyone accused of abuse without waiting for proper process or justice. Veitch 
24 November 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general 
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Air New Zealand is partnering with decentralized travel platform Winding Tree to explore blockchain tech for ticket booking and baggage tracking.
1429 Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieged La Charit.
1542 Battle of Solway Moss: The English army defeated the Scots.
1806 William Webb Ellis, who is credited with the invention of Rugby, was born (d. 1872).
1815 Grace Darling, English heroine, was born (d. 1842).
1849 Frances Hodgson Burnett, British-born author, was born (d. 1924).
1850 Danish troops defeated a Schleswig-Holstein force in the Battle of Lottorf.
1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant captured Lookout Mountain and began to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.
1864 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter, was born (d. 1901).
1868 Scott Joplin, Ragtime Composer, was born (d. 1917).
1888 Dale Carnegie, American writer, was born (d. 1955)....
The new chair of parliaments health select committee is looking forward to making progress on some major pieces of legislation.
Louisa Wall says the committee tends to set aside party political interests as memberrs strive for a health system that works for all New Zealanders.
On the table is a government bill that will make district health boards rather than local government responsible for fluoridating water supplies.
Its an issue that has become increasingly heated in recent years as anti-fluoridation groups target local councils.
The intent of this piece of legislation is to take it out of the hands of a political process and allow DHBs to lead about whether or not we should have fluoride in our water, whose main purpose is to help prevent tooth decay, Ms Wall says.
Also on the agenda is a private bill to ensure babies are assigned to a public health organisation with the responsibility of making sure they receive all their immunisations, and its also likely there will be bills on medical cannabis and assisted dying.
Listen to the LOUSIA WALL INTERVIEW
*Original article online at https://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTc4ODc.html
lll have grounds More relative than thisthe plays the thing Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King. William Shakespeare Hamlet Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017 The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 was The Plays the Thing. Participants in the competition had to write a short, 
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Michael Cullen has been announced as chair of the Tax Working Group, and Terms of Reference have also been detailed. There are no big surprises, yet, but there are contradictions. A major aim is simplification but things that wont be considered like CGT on family homes, and things that will be considered, like GST exemptions, 
Pakuranga MP Simeon Browns maiden speech:
Thank you, Mr Speaker. As this is my first time speaking in this House, let me congratulate you today for your election as the Speaker of the House and your team, the Deputy Speaker, and two assistant Speakers. Thank you for your service in presiding over this House of Representatives and this debating chamber.
While I am thanking Parliamentary figures, I would also like to acknowledge Her Excellency the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy for her role in opening Parliament last week.
I am also grateful for the service of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, and for the service she has given to New Zealand over the past 66 years. We have the finest constitutional framework anywhere in the world. It has served our country well, and I am sure will continue to do so far into the future.
With that in mind, I am particularly humbled to find myself in this room and incredibly honoured to be standing here representing the electorate of Pakuranga.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the people of Pakuranga for the faith that they have placed in me as their Member of Parliament and representative in this House.
I am conscious that it is my responsibility to represent the views and values of my constituents and I am eager to do that because I share their values.
The values of Pakuranga are the principles that have made New Zealand great a commitment to hard work, fair reward, personal responsibility, equal opportunity, and common sense. These time-honoured values are cherished by kiwis across the country and are instilled in children by their mums and dads every day.
Mr Speaker, I am the second of five children born to Ivan and Sarah Brown, who are in the gallery today. I was born in Rotorua but my family moved to Auckland when I was 12 and I have lived there ever since. I was not brought up in a wealthy family.
We were comfortable, but there were challenging times. My parents were able to provide me and my siblings with what we needed, but I know it wasnt always easy However, when I look back, I see the truly important things they provided in great abundance.
I was raised by two loving parents, I was taught discipline, the importance of working hard to get ahead, and taking responsibility for my actions. T...
These visits will show the good reality and help counter bad perceptions:
Federated Farmers says opening dairy farms to all New Zealanders is a brave gesture and an opportunity for farmers to debunk some myths around farmers environmental management.
Dairy co-operative Fonterra has this week announced its open gates imitative where selected farms from around the country will open exclusively for one day on December 10.
This is a great idea and an opportunity for all kiwis rural and urban, to visit a farm and see at first-hand the environmental work farmers have done and are still undertaking, says Federated Farmers Dairy Industry Chair Chris Lewis.
The Federation had already staged farm days in the provinces which was a similar concept and had been successful in building community engagement with farmers.
Everyone is welcome and especially those people who have been less complimentary towards farmers. They can ground truth themselves and see what perception is versus actual reality.
To visit a farm, you have to register on Fonterras website. There were 40 farms taking part and they all represented different aspects of environmental stewardship that has been completed or in progress.
If you wanted to know what a riparian strip is, how effluent management works or look at how farmers protect biodiversity this was your chance.
There might be some scrutiny as to why these farms were selected. Well, theyve been picked for a variety of reasons including logistics.
For one, they need to meet criteria around car parking and health and safety. The reality is you cant have dozens of people trooping across properties or paddocks, it will have an impact and so these selected farms are suited to handle that rate of activity, says Chris.
The open day would also provide visitors with experience of on-farm biosecurity practices and what famers do daily to manage pests and other threats to animal care and the environment.
Those who choose to take up the invitation to visit these farms will have a greater understanding...
Tracey Watson, Natural News Waking Times Media Most of us are familiar with the actor Chuck Norris, hero of action shows and movies like Walker Texas Ranger and Martial Law. Norris is famous for taking on the baddies and always winning. Now, he may have taken on the biggest fight of his life. The Daily Mail recently reported that Norris 
An Australian Catholic boys school has covered up a statue of a saint giving bread to a boy after its design led some to label it suggestive. Blackfriars Priory School, outside of Adelaide, put a black tarp over the statue of St. Martin de Porres, which soon became the subject of controversy after being unveiled 
The post Newly Erected Statue Causes Controversy and Social Media Storm appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.
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The oil and gas multi-national ExxonMobil says it has moved non-essential staff away from its LNG project operations in Papua New Guineas Hela province.
This comes amid a surge in unrest and tribal fighting in the remote Highlands region where the gas fields for Exxons LNG project are located.
Three days ago an expatriate worker with the project was kidnapped and held hostage by landowners who are reportedly frustrated with the government over non-payment of project commitments.
Police said the hostage was released without harm two days ago.
A spokesperson for ExxonMobil PNG said that due to recent community tension in Hela areas Hides, Angore and Komo, the company has suspended non-essential work.
She said non-essential personnel were being re-deployed to other areas.
Prize Jersey herd set for the aucitoneers hammer Brad Markham:
Ill-health has forced a gut-wrenching decision on Taranaki dairy farmer Malcolm Revell and his family.
Theyre preparing to sell their purebred Jersey herd. Next April, Beledene Stud in Mangatoki will hold a complete dispersal sale.
It will be the end of an era.
Decades of breeding will go under the hammer. In a few heart-racing hours, their lifetimes work will be sold.
Its every farmers worst nightmare; no longer being able to do what they love. . .
Hogget trial trying to add value to older lambs Brittany Pickett:
Meat processors Alliance Group is trying to add value to hogget by marketing it as a premium product.
The co-operative, with headquarters in Invercargill, has been running a trial programme in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand aimed at the food service sector.
Alliance marketing manager premium products Wayne Cameron said the trial was part of the co-operatives strategy to create a portfolio of brands with different flavour profiles.
Lambs are traditionally distinguished from mutton when their first adult teeth come through. However, it was an outdated way of determining the value of an animals meat, Cameron said. . .
Dairy farmers are facing mixed environmental advice coming from all quarters, and some of it is not terribly helpful, a sharemilker says.
Matamata farmer Matthew Zonderop said farmers know the impact their business can create.
He said most farmers were doing their level-best to improve their environmental footprint and mitigate situations that are arising.
Yes, we understand [the issues] but we dont need to be told how to farm in every situation now. . .
The best of a few thousand! We have recently featured two articles by Howard Chamberlain (pictured above), about his recent visit to battle sites and cemeteries on the Western Front. (See October 29 and November 18. ) There are a number of his photos in these pieces, however Howards pick of the best one he 
Its that time of year! As a Thanksgiving treat, we offer a feast of books to accompany your regularly scheduled feeding. Posted here a bit early are our 100 Notable Books of 2017. As always, editors at the Book Review have selected the 50 best fiction and 50 best nonfiction books of...
We visited a farm 10 years ago and listened in bemusement as the owner explained his plan to plant trees.
The land had been cleared of scrub and planted as pasture when the then-government was encouraging such development in the 1970s.
But in spite of the fertiliser poured onto it, sheep didnt thrive on the pastures.
The farmer looked at other options and settled on trees.
We went back again last week and were no longer bemused. In the decade since wed first visited, many hectares had been converted from pasture to forestry and trees were thriving where sheep wouldnt.
There will be other properties where forestry with, or instead of, farming is a good option.
But the governments pledge to plant a billion trees in 10 years seemed at best optimistic if not unrealistic.
Its not surprising that the number has already halved:
Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is already backtracking from his promise to plant a billion trees in 10 years, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says.
From his statements earlier today it appears hes realised that the pledge of a billion new trees is entirely unachievable and now hes attempting to back away from it, Mr Bridges says.
His problem is that the target is recorded unambiguously in both the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement and the Speech from the Throne on the new Governments programme.
Now he wants to count around 50 million trees that are already planted every year, about half of the billion hes committed to over a decade. These are happening regardless of his slush fund or the kind of Government in power.
So his first action is to cut his target in half. Not exactly impressive.
He needs to immediately stop using his slogan of 1 billion trees to be planted because its completely untrue. He should also stand up in Parliament and correct the Speech.
This backsliding is becoming a pattern for this Government. They want to count trees that are already being planted in their tree target and houses already being built in their housing target. Its all very underwhelming.
The reality for Mr Jones is that even planting 500 million trees over a decade, if thats what the new marketing catch-cry will be, is unlikely....
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
More emphasis needs to be placed on antibiotic stewardshipOtherwise, new drugs will fail rapidly and be lost to humanity.
The first team of researchers ever to discover that the worlds most popular pesticides and herbicides increase the antibiotic resistance crisis have conducted another study to prove once and for all a frightening truth we must respond to.
Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have confirmed once again that active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, Roundup, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates.
Professor Jack Heinemann of the School of Biological Sciences in UCs College of Science said the key finding of the research was that bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.
The herbicides studied are three of the most widely used in the world, Prof Heinemann said. They are also used on crops that have been genetically modified to tolerate them.
The effect was n...
A pest control operation to protect at-risk native species in the Northern Ruahine Ranges has been completed.
The operation was part of the Department of Conservations (DOCs) Battle for our Birds programme, which aims to protect our most vulnerable native species.
Director Operations Lower North Island Reg Kemper, is pleased with how the operation went.
Its early days, but anecdotal reports indicate some wins already, with dead possums, rats and mice reported by our staff and volunteers working in the treatment area, says Reg.
A lot of effort goes in to planning and delivering an operation like this. Its a credit to all those involved; they just got on with it and did the job safely and effectively.
DOC worked with OSPRI (which manages New Zealands TBfree programme) to lay cereal baits containing sodium fluoroacetate (known as 1080) over 32,829ha of the Northern Ruahine Ranges, between 13 and 15 November 2017.
Their work will protect our taonga species across a large area of difficult terrain, explains Reg.
Aerial 1080 is the most effective large-scale pest control tool we currently have. Monitoring shows its successful in protecting our vulnerable species.
The operation will reduce rat, possum and stoat numbers in the area, helping to protect Ruahine populations of highly valued species, such as whio/blue duck, kiwi, giant land snails, bats/pekapeka, red mistletoe, Dactylanthus, and Pittosporum turneri.
Although the operation itself is complete, the work is not over.
During the coming months, teams will be gathering data to assess
the impact of the operation:
Rat and mouse numbers will be monitored in early December.
Whio populations in two catchments will be surveyed using conservation dogs in late summer.
Powelliphanta snail populations will be monitored in February/March 2018.
Access points into the operational area have warning signs in place. The presence of these signs indicates that pesticide residues may still be present in bait or animals.
For more information, see www.doc.govt.nz/battleforourbirds
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