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How has New Zealand First got away with a $300,000 gagging contract for its MPs?
Revelations that Government MPs are required to sign a legally enforceable contract meaning they must pay $300,000 if they do not follow their Leaders instruction is an affront to our parliamentary democracy, Nationals Electoral Law spokesperson Nick Smith says.
The 2016 amendment to NZ Firsts constitution states its MPs must pay damages of $300,000 if they personally disagree with Winston Peters, turning them into indentured workers with an extraordinary price tag hanging over their heads.
It means every time an NZ First MP votes or comments on an issue, they have 300,000 reasons why they should just parrot Winston Peters and not to speak out even if doing so would be in the publics best interests.
This is abhorrent. These types of contracts are illegal in other workplaces and would be unconstitutional in most democratic countries, so why are they at the core of our current Government? They turn elected representatives into puppets of a party leader who is now attempting to impose the same restrictions on free speech on Parliaments other MPs, in spite of universal opposition to the Waka Jumping Bill.
It is a sad commentary on the NZ First Party and Mr Peters that such draconian contracts are required to maintain caucus discipline and now to keep the Government together.
It also contradicts Mr Peters previous hollow position that MPs have to be free to follow their conscience. They were elected to represent their constituents, not to swear an oath of blind allegiance to a political party.
The contracts were revealed after I was contacted by a concerned NZ First source who advised that all NZ First MPs had signed them except Mr Peters.
NZ First must publicly release the full details of these contracts, outlined in article 57 (h) of its constitution, so the public can see the restrictions imposed on its elected MPs. This is even more important with NZ First playing such a pivotal role in the current Government.
Disclosure is also required to be consistent with the Governments pledge to be the most open and transparent ever, a claim looking increasingly ridiculous when even the Minister responsible for Mr Peters Waka Jumping Bill, Andrew Little, had no idea about the clause....
At a time when a major construction boost is needed things look a bit shaky. Fletcher Construction has had major problems Roll call of Fletcher Buildings massive loss-making construction projects Earlier this month: Ebert Construction in receivership, major apartment site locked down Full story: Forcing builders into risky contracts: 'How crazy is that?' https://t.co/wqBh3mwHJz 
Greens have not been united on everything in the past, but in opposition they were at least able to appear to be largely working together. A simple reality of being in Government means that those MPs who are ministers James Shaw, Julie Anne Genter and Eugenie Sage, and to a lesser extent Parliamentary Under-Secretary 
The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didnt live boldly enough, that they didnt invest enough heart, didnt love enough. Nothing else really counts at all. Ted Hughes who was born on this day in 1930.
Over 300 newspapers from across the United States have published editorials in a coordinated response to ongoing attacks by President Donald Trump. Boston Globe: A central pillar of President Trumps politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather The enemy of the people. This relentless 
17 August 2018 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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A group calling itself the government of New Zealand has banned sales of homes to foreign nationals in an attempt to curb rising prices (archived). Under the measure, which exempts buyers of Australian and Singaporean nationality, foreigners would be restricted to purchasing apartments in large scale block developments.
In recent years New Zealand has seen substantial real estate demand from wealthy buyers from China and the US looking for a retreat from instability in larger Anglophone areas. With home ownership among adult New Zealanders floating around ~25 percent, this measure has the potential to deliver some serious pain to their rental market.
986 A Byzantine army was destroyed in the Battle of Gates of Trajan by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron.
1786 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier, was born (d. 1836).
1807 Robert Fultons first American steamboat left New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
1839 The NZ Companys sailing ship Tory dropped anchor in Queen Charlotte Sound to pick up fresh water, food and wood before proceeding to Port Nicholson (Wellington Harbour).
1862 Indian Wars: The Lakota (Sioux) Dakota War of 1862 began as Lakota warriors attacked white settlements along the Minnesota River.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville Confederate forces defeated Union troops.
1883 The first public performance of the Dominican Republics national anthem, Himno Nacional.
1893 Mae West, American actress, was born (d. 1980).
1904 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician, was born (d. 1984).
1907 Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opened in Seattle.
1908 Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, realized by mile Cohl, was shown in Paris.
1914 Battle of Stalluponen The German army of General Hermann von Franois defeated the Russian force commanded by Pavel Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
'Crisis point': New Zealand hit by primary school teacher strike Zoos, community halls and churches hold all-day events to help keep 400,000 children occupied Primary school teachers have gone on strike in New Zealand for the first time in 24 years, weeks after 30,000 nurses walked off the job. An estimated 29,000 teachers stopped work for a full day on Wednesday, demanding a pay rise from the government of 16% over two years. The industrial action affected 400,000 children. The teachers are striking over large class sizes, low pay, a teacher shortage and excessive administration requirements. Louise Green, the lead negotiator for teachers' union the NZEI, said the profession was at a "crisis point" and the government needed to invest in the future of the country's children, as well as making the profession desirable again to new recruits.
Yesterday it was daffodils. Today its a rhododendron.
This one was transplanted by my mother-in-law from the garden of her parents-in-law.
It survived successive droughts when the only water it got had to be carried to it in a bucket.
Its also survived frosts and snow.
Tonight Im grateful for the lesson from natures resilience, and for a garden where the plants hold stories of generations past.
The subject of a forthcoming Discovery Channel treasure Hunter show, and found by consulting the data supplied by ex astronaut Gordon Cooper (a confirmed UFO/ET believer). I say its too premature to be talking aliens or vehicles just yet, especially considering this is going to be hyped to the max by Discovery. Anyhow, heres some 
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Its surprising to suddenly see that NZ First have a clause in their constitution that seeks to impose a $300,000 dollar cost on and MP who resigns or is expelled from the party. Surprising because it is not news I posted on this four years ago May 2014 NZ Firsts $300,000 fine threat NZ First 
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Cover photo from Chern, Mexico, where inhabitants have expelled the Mexican State, political parties, and police in favor of an autonomous system of assemblies.
We live in truly interesting and horrific times. Our age is marked by both large segments of the population having access to massive amounts of information, as well as a culture that thrives on the suppression of reality itself; with distraction and demonization of our own abilities and agency to accomplish much of anything as individuals and as human communities, but also in terms of the grave dangers our world faces in the present moment.
One section of the elites points backwards to the past, in the name of the nation and tradition, while another to the future under the guise of progress. But in reality, both beckon to the same end point: one defined by war, ecological collapse, and massive stratification, repression, and misery.
Thus, we are told to applaud our thriving economy on one hand, and prepare for the coming apocalypse of climate change on the other. To get tired of winning, but to also get ready for an economy defined by automation, weaponized data, and the growth of electronic feudalism.
What would it look like to permanently #AbolishICE, not just replace it?
Imagine a north american autonomous movement connecting struggles in Mexico to the movements to abolish ICE in the US & reached all the way up into Canada, linking w/ indigenous land struggles #SurroundICE
Inhabit (@inhabitglobal) July 7, 2018
Meanwhile, camps are forming, as figures from Bannon to those in the Alt-Right proclaim, just as they did after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that now the lines of war are drawn between globalists and nationalists. Meanwhile, some of the few that still have faith in our instit...
Dousing a technique for searching for underground water, minerals, ley lines, or anything invisible, by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally a forked stick, now often paired bent wires); a form of divination involving a rod or wand, especially the art of finding underground supplies of water or minerals; the changes in direction of a pendulum, supposedly in response to unseen influences; plunging into water; drenching.
IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE Video Stefan Molyneux Almost immediately after returning from a speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand, and after getting my final all-clear cancer checkup, the YouTube strikes against Freedomain Radio the...
Figures released to Mike Hosking Breakfast under the Official Information Act show police launched 121,739 thousand family violence investigations last year - or 333 a day.....Yet as those numbers increase, the number of apprehensions and prosecutions is trending down with 16,764 prosecutions made last year down more than 2500 from 2008.I had to read the report twice cause I couldn't understand the point they were trying to make. Why?
Changes in traditional family structures and dynamics that may contribute to violence in Pacific families include an increase in single-parent households and the absence ofThat's highly unusual from anything funded or published by MSD.
fathers (and male role models) within the immediate family structure (Pacific Advisory Group, 2009).
Fonterras latest move, appointing Miles Hurrell as interim CEO with immediate effect, has sent fresh rumbles through the dairy industry.
The co-ops chairman John Monaghan, announcing the move, spoke of the need to breathe some fresh air into the business.
He is not alone with this observation: several politicians have been calling for just that but many of the co-ops 10,500 farmer-suppliers may be wondering what exactly a blast of fresh air may do. . .
Legislation to properly enforce the animal tracking guidelines, which were found to be hugely inadequate during the Mycoplasma bovis response, is to be debated under urgency tonight and through tomorrow.
It will mean farmers compliance with the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme (NAIT) the countrys cattle and deer tracking system will be properly monitored.
Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor said there would be penalties for those who did not comply.
We will certainly have enforcement of these new guidelines, I can promise you that, he said. . .
Farmers encouraged to open homes to drought-hit Australians Esther Taunton:
Kiwi farmers are being urged to extend the hand of mateship to their drought-stricken Australian counterparts.
Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne said the organisation was working on ways to help farmers hit by severe drought across the Tasman.
Much of southeastern Australia is struggling with drought but conditions in New South Wales are the driest and most widespread since 1965. . .
"Protectionists find unjustified comfort in some theoretical curiosa ... such as 'optimal tariffs' and 'strategic trade theory.' But just as the operation of the private economy must be modelled realistically, so too must the operation of the state be modelled realistically. And when the operation of the state is modelled realistically, the prospect of the state acting scientifically and apolitically is recognised to be so close to negligible as to be zero. Equally negligible is the prospect of even the most scientific and apolitical state ever possessing sufficient knowledge and information to intervene productively.
"The case for unilateral free trade rests no less on the venality and ineptitude of the state as it does on the pro-social incentives and creativity of the market."
~ Don Boudreaux, from hist post at Cafe Hayek.
QotD: "On the political labelling system most people useincluding experts and scholarsan advocate of total freedom and an advocate of total fascism are the same thing. Sure, this makes sense. Let's keep using this idiotic system instead of switching to one that makes any sense at all." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"I talk about this all the time, but I really cannot express strongly enough how abjectly terrible the 'left vs. right' description of political positions is. The terms are left undefined, and whatever vague nonsense of a definition there is, does not identify the right essential.
"On the political labelling system most people useincluding experts and scholarsan advocate of total freedom and an advocate of total fascism are the same thing. Sure, this makes sense. Let's keep using this idiotic system instead of switching to one that makes any sense at all.
"It's getting the point where I'm starting to think that many people who insist on continuing to use this idiotic terminology are not doing so innocently. It muddies political thought to the point where someone's 'ideological label' tells you next to nothing about their politics. I'm actually at the point where I have a hard time considering anyone who uses the 'left and right' labels uncritically and without caveats to be any sort of deep or serious thinker at all.
"They are just so obviously complete trash that I don't see how anyone who gave the subject more than 5 minutes' serious thought would just say, 'yeah, those sound good, let's stick with those'."
~ Twitter rant by user Sam
First the good news the government is providing $8.5 million to better manage freedom camping.
. . .Recycling collection facilities, infrastructure and operating costs in Grey District will receive a $850,000 funding boost.
Westland District Council has been allocated about $780,000 for new camping facilities and to cover operating costs, education and enforcement.
Tasman District Council is set to receive $660,000 from the fund to improve tourism infrastructure in the lead up to summer.
Queenstown Lakes, Buller, Mackenzie and Waitaki district councils will receive more than $500,000 in the lead up to the tourism season, with Mackenzie and Waitaki receiving a joint payment. . .
Visitor numbers are well in excess of ratepayers ability to fund infrastructure for tourists. This money will be thinly spread in areas with great and urgent need but it is a good start.
But then theres the bad news.
The working group set up to review freedom camping wants five more reviews.
One of the Governments infamous 140 working groups has, incredibly come back with a recommendation to have five more reviews, Nationals Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.
Tourism Minister Kelvin Daviss Responsible Camping Working Group has reported back not with a plan but with a recommendation the Government reviews the Freedom Camping Act, the compliance regime, the administration system, the camping-grounds regulations and the responsible camping rules.
Thats right. Five more reviews leading us to the extraordinary situation where we have working groups calling for working groups.
These working groups are like mushrooms, breeding more of their kind in the dark.
In a damning indictment on its lack of work in Opposition this Government came to power with so few ideas its launched 140 working groups and inquiries costing $170-odd million, to tell it what to do.
Now it turns out not even those working groups have any answers and decisions are being kicked further down the road, with Mr Davis saying his cross-Government plan of action is still off somewhere in the never-never. Were talking two years before any major legislative cha...
Britains way of life is threatened by a culture with strange accents, wearing unusual clothing, who attended special schools and are part of a closed society that doesnt integrate with the rest of us. Britain's way of life is threatened by a culture with strange accents, wearing unusual clothing, who attended special schools and are 
Im not sure whether most of the public will care much about the leaking of Simon Bridges expenses, but it seems to have been a big deal for Bridges, for the Speaker, and for political journalists who have given it a lot of coverage. RNZ: Inquiry launched into leak on Simon Bridges expenses Parliaments speaker, 
Jacinda Ardern criticised teachers for striking too soon, rearranged her diary in order to speak to a crowd of protesting teachers at Parliament, but one response from teachers was to follow up with a two day strike to keep the pressure on the Government. Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, long a champion of teachers unions, 
Donald Trump attacks the US media a lot. He attacks a lot he attacks his own Justice agencies, he attacks his Attorney General, he still attacks Hillary Clinton as if she is still a serious opponent, and he attacks a procession of people who write books about him and reveal recordings about him. All 
Simon Bridges tried to attack Jacinda Ardern over the teacher strikes in Question Time in Parliament yesterday, but waas largely ineffective as Ardern showed her mettle and not only frustrated Bridges attacks, but returned fire adeptly. There was a side show during the questioning, with Bridges being required to withdraw and apologise after a remark 
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By Jerry Merriman
A little over a year ago, 122 countries nearly two-thirds of the worlds total made history by adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Between 20 September 2017 and 3 August 2018, 60 of those countries took it a step further by signing the treaty. On 31 July 2018, New Zealand became the 14th country to take the final step by ratifying it. With no deadline for signing and ratifying the treaty, it will become part of international law when 50 countries have ratified it.
Countries opposed to the treaty include all nine countries with nuclear weapons and all 29 members of NATO. That the treaty is viewed as controversial in some circles should come as no surprise, but it is worth noting that the treaty has overwhelming support from countries in Africa, Central America, and South America. It is also supported by all of the countries in the Middle East (including Iran) except for Syria, Turkey, and Israel. Syria participated in treaty negotiations but was absent for the vote to adopt on 7 July 2017. Turkey, along with four other NATO-member countries (Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands), allows the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons as part of a nuclear sharing agreement. Israel has its own arsenal of nuclear weapons and has never signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The NPT was originally adopted in 1968 and includes 190 countries. Palestine is among the 14 countries that have ratified the TPNW.
In 2017, a letter from over 3,000 scientists worldwide in support of the nuclear weapons ban treaty was delivered to the U.N. General Assembly during negotiations to adopt the treaty. The letter begins:
Nuclear arms are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they are the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created. We scientists bear a special responsibility for nuclear weapons, since it was scientists who invented them and discovered that their effects are even more horrific than first thought.
Will the treaty, once it is ratified by 50 countries, guarantee a world free of nuclear weapons? No, but it will be a tremendously important step toward that goal. A September 2017 article from Human Rights Watch explains:......
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes. But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community - held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on...
963 Nikephoros II Phokas was crowned emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1513 Battle of the Spurs (Battle of Guinegate) King Henry VIII of England defeated French Forces.
1777 American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark routed British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at theBattle of Bennington.
1780 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden The British defeated the Americans.
1792 Maximilien Robespierre presented the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
1819 Seventeen people died and more than 600 were injured by cavalry charges at the Peterloo Massacre at a public meeting at St. Peters Field, Manchester.
1841 U.S. President John Tyler vetoed a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
1859 The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposed the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
1865 Restoration Day in the...
The referencing of referencing family of MPs, plus hints of and MP being anti-Mori,r arose in an exchange in Parliament today, in relation to the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner. Theres co clear conclusion (to me) but some interesting discussion. It came out of this primary question: 8. Hon PAULA BENNETT (Deputy LeaderNational) to the Prime Minister: 
The Alt Media has been pursuing this subject for a long time and the evidence has been steadily mounting. Heres a new report from the mainstream via Popular Science: Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how The blue screen of death is taking on a whole new meaning. By Eleanor Cummins 
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the "Unite Union" in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. Continue reading "How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing"
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An appeal to Environment Canterburys Plan Change 5 nutrient modelling rules has been resolved with a major win achieved for irrigators, says IrrigationNZ.
A Hearings Panel on the Plan Change proposed a new requirement that would have effectively required that all older spray irrigation systems in Canterbury be replaced with new ones by 2020. It was estimated that this change would cost irrigators $300 million.
All parties to the appeal agreed that an error in law had been made when the Hearing Panel introduced this as a new requirement because no submitter had asked for this change.
INZ carried out testing on 300 irrigation systems in Ashburton and Selwyn districts over two summers recently which found that older spray irrigation systems can achieve good levels of water efficiency if regular checking and maintenance is carried out
The first case of M. Bovis has been confirmed in the Nelson region.
Biosecurity New Zealand said on Tuesday a property near Motueka, in the Tasman district, had tested positive for the bacterial cattle disease.
Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) said the affected property was a mixed sheep and beef farm.
The farm was identified through tracing animals from known infected farms and it was now under a Restricted Place Notice, which meant it was in quarantine lockdown, restricting the movement of animals and other risk goods on and off the farm. . .
At the grassroots: farmers contribute too John Barrow:
I recently returned a little disappointed from the Local Government New Zealand conference in Christchurch.
From a dairy farmers perspective I was disappointed at the lack of recognition of the cost of farming and issues we are facing all the emphasis was on urban.
The conference theme was We are Firmly Focused on the Future: Future Proofing for a Prosperous and Vibrant NZ. . ....
The furore over the leaking of Simon Bridges expenses has highlighted the real rort:
. . the fact that Crown limos for the Opposition leader are charged out at a higher rate than is charged to Government . . .
If there is a reasonable and responsible reason for that, please tell me.
The only one I can think of is neither reasonable nor responsible its a political decision to somehow disadvantage the opposition.
Ministers are running the country and they need to get around the country to do that. The opposition is there to hold the government to account, it cant do that sitting in Wellington. Its leaders travel is essential to the role, in the public service and making it more expensive is adding to the cost of democracy.
Why should taxpayers pay more for the opposition leaders travel than that of government ministers?
Fonterra has announced the appointment of an interim CEO, Mike Hurrell, who will take over immediately:
Mr Hurrell is currently the Co-operatives Chief Operating Officer, Farm Source the unit responsible for working directly with the Co-operatives farmer-owners. In that role, he is responsible for Fonterras global Co-operative farming strategy that includes farmer services and engagement, milk sourcing and the chain of 70 Farm Source rural retail stores throughout New Zealand.
Mr Hurrell first joined Fonterra in the year 2000. His 18 years experience in the dairy industry has spanned four continents, including roles in Europe, the United States, Middle East, Africa and Russia.
Fonterra Chairman John Monaghan says the Co-operatives Board is clear that it is not best practice to have the Chairman and CEO stand down at the same time, but events have overtaken that decision. I have agreed with the Board that we will stop the global CEO search while we review the Co-operatives current portfolio and direction.
Its important that we give ourselves the time to take stock of where we are as a Co-operative, breathe some fresh air into the business, then determine any changes that are needed.
The board has to know where its going before it works out who is best to lead it there.
Appointing a new CEO is the most critical decision a Board will make. We will take all the time we need to find the right person.
In the meantime, we need a new leader that can hit the ground running. Miles has great mana. He has a deep understanding of our business and has demonstrated his ability to manage large, complex business units in most of our global markets. Miles is well-respected both within our Co-operative and by our key global customers and wider stakeholders.
Our CEO role requires intellect, energy and commitment. Miles brings that in spades.
Mr Hurrell said he was excited by the challenge and as a proud New Zealander understood the responsibility that comes with the role.
Ive been part of the Co-operative for 18 years and understand that its true potential really comes down to its people.
Theo leaves behind a talent...
Radio New Zealand | 14 August 2018
Authorities have closed a gold mine in Korowai in the southern part of Indonesias Papua province, following uproar over the company hiring newcomers ahead of local tribe members.
The Jakarta Post reports the mine was closed on Friday by the Papua Governor Soedarmo, along with the police and military chiefs.
Two helicopters that were to be used to transport workers to the mine site, were sealed at the Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digoel regency.
The mine is understood to employ about 3000 workers..
Separately a Papua councillor, John Jose Gobay, said the mine should be managed by the local residents of Korowai, as stipulated in the 2014 law on local administrations.
He urged the Papua governor to propose to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to hand the mining site over to the local tribe.
Fonterra chair John Monaghan says the regulation forcing the company to pick up all milk, anywhere is no longer needed :
We will push to get rid of the open-entry and open-exit provisions of DIRA; its well past the use-by-date.
Fonterra believes open-entry provision is no longer needed because the industry has become competitive.
Monaghan points out that main purpose of DIRA was to promote competition and to give farmers and Kiwis choices: today New Zealand farmers can choose from roughly 10 independent processors, only five of which are New Zealand-owned.
Farmers have more than enough options when they are looking for a company to take their milk.
They no longer need the safe-guard that forcing Fonterra to pick up milk from any farm, anywhere provided.
Competition is a good thing for Fonterra and we believe competition is here to stay; Fonterras milk share has dropped from 91% to 82% because of competition.
Monaghan says if the open-entry provision is left in place it will wipe out the progress thats been made.
Because once you have a few processors whove made inefficient investment decisions that only stack up with open entry, it has the potential to lead to significant excess manufacturing capacity in the industry.
This creates a risk of a downward spiral of low-margin competition that will hold back moves up the value chain and ultimately result in business failures.
Fonterra, and its shareholders, are forced to subsidise competitors and to prop up the inefficient ones.
Fonterra also points out that it cant refuse a farmer joining the co-op based on environmental or animal welfare issues. . .
A dairy company must have the ability to refuse to take milk from any farm which doesnt meet its environmental and animal welfare standards.
Forcing Fonterra to pick up milk from anywhere has led to dairy conversions in places where it isnt environmentally sustainable.
It also adds costs which have to be borne by all shareholders.
The Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) under which Fonterra was established is up for review now.
Changing it so the co-op is no longer forced to take milk from any and every farm that applies to supply it will bring environmental and ec...
MEDIA RELEASE: Not naming fathers a
MSD Minister Carmel Sepuloni, and Green Party MP Jan Logie are promulgating misinformation about sanctioning mothers who won't name the fathers of their children.
The sanction, which takes around $28 from beneficiary mothers who do not provide the name of the father, is neither cruel nor excessive. If the mother fears risk of violence from a named father, Work and Income already provides an exemption. The Work and Income manual clearly states:
'Your benefit payments may be reduced if you dont legally identify the other parent or apply for Child Support. In some situations you may not need to do this, for example if you or your child would be at risk of violence. Work and Income can tell you more about this.'
'Repealing Section 70a could provide an incentive for clients not to apply for Child Support and establish private arrangements with the other parent. This is because clients would retain their full benefit rate and receive the child support paid privately.'
'It is a rort, and I have said time and time again in this Parliament that fathers must front up to their obligations, and we will make sure they do, as much as we can...It is not unreasonable to expect that single parents bringing up children on their own identify who in law is the other parent, or to expect that they seek financial support for the child from the other parent. It is not unreasonable to penalise financially those who do not.'
Its hard to work out what the aim of the leak of Simon Bridges expenses was, given they will be officially released soon anyway. And its hard to get very excited about the media overkill of the story. It raises more questions over the motives of the leaker and the journalist than over Bridges expenses. 
Last month it was nurses striking for better pay and conditions, this month its primary school teachers. The benefit of patients was promoted, todays strike is justified as being for the good of children and education. RNZ: Teachers strike: What you need to know Primary and intermediate school teachers who are members of the Educational 
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