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Daily review 25/03/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 25th, 2019 - 39 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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39 comments on “Daily review 25/03/2019 ”

  1. Anne 1

    A bit of irony in that picture today.

    35 plus years ago, those of us who had the temerity to stand up to racist ideology (eg.
    Apartheid South Africa plus racism generally) – and were sufficiently exercised by nuclear proliferation to march in the streets – became ‘marked’ individuals.

    I wonder if the authorities responsible – including the police – will ever have the guts to formally apologise to the New Zealanders who were ousted from their jobs/careers and treated like second class citizens simply because they cared about other people and the preservation of the planet.

  2. Anne 2

    Thanks Macro.

  3. Johnr 3

    I cannot believe that in these sensitive times some dickhead fed farmers from Marlborough, Phillip Neal has a neo fascist rant about useless dole bludgers.

    Can I remind Mr Neal that the agri/farming industry is NZs biggest welfare beneficiary. Why do I say this.

    We have two universities dedicated to agri welfare, Lincoln and Massey. The peasants pay for that. We have Ag Reseach dedicated to agri welfare. The peasants pay for that. We have a govt dept, MPI dedicated to agri welfare. The peasants pay for that.

    Then we need to mention the agri subsidies.
    Bloody hell, my cows have microbovis I need the peasants/govt to buy them off me.
    Bloody hell, my kiwi fruit has PSA I need the peasants/govt to pay for that.
    Bloody hell, we’ve got a drought on our hands, I need tax relief.
    Bloody hell Ive got a drought I need the peasants/govt to fund an irrigation scheme
    Bloody hell my farms flooded I need tax relief.
    Bloody hell my farms flooded, I need the peasants/govt to build stop banks.

    And so it goes on, farmers are all too keen to say they are a business. Fair enough, but level the playing field. Ive founded and operated a successful engineering business. Bloody hell, can I have this corporate welfare too. Nah I’ll side with the peasants.

    • Sabine 3.1

      bloody hell i need to grow cows in the Canterbury plains, someone please pay for that irrigation, cause otherwise i can’t make money of cows.

      yep me too, i bloody hell would enjoy a bit of corporate welfare.

    • Pat 3.2

      it was an interesting , though I would suggest extreme version of a common complaint…..I believe its called hyperbole

      • Johnr 3.2.1

        You may well consider it hyperbole. But bloody hell which statement was untrue

        • Pat

          I wasnt suggesting your points were hyperbole…it was the fed farmers reps statement that was hyperbole…its the sort of thing said in the pub every week and most recognise that it is an exaggeration, though with an element of fact….your statements were in the same vein…an element of truth but not necessarily widespread…..most farmers are more economically literate than your average punter, though there are exceptions.

    • Robert Guyton 3.3

      Hard core, Johnr.
      But fair 🙂

    • bwaghorn 3.4

      You seem to be suggesting farmers pay no tax .?

      • marty mars 3.4.1

        mate you farmers are letting the side down. First that dick with his pretty commie sign then the poor woman that wanted a job and got abused and now this guy. Disgraceful – clean your act up you farmers.

    • patricia bremner 3.5

      Good for you Johnr, we need more of you and less of them.

  4. Kat 4

    Can’t bash the PM …..so lets bash the deputy…….the usual poodles are at it again.

    Lice, tick, flea bitten, cock eyed blue faced poodles that is……

    • Sabine 4.1

      well they get away with it all the time, so why would they not?

    • Anne 4.2

      Links kat? Or can you point to where they are?

      It’s currently a hoot to read their rants and raves. 😉

      • Pat 4.2.1

        Consider…Talley’s is an appalling employer, nobody who had a choice wouldnt work for them (sweeping statement but largely true)….however Talleys dont taint all processing/manufacturers….unfortunately whenever a poor employer from the ag sector makes the news they are all tainted…..there are dickheads in all walks of life.

      • Kat 4.2.2

        Oh Anne its mostly in the fish wrap and stuffed, apparently Winston has been sleeping through recent major events and the govt is “gullible”. I am almost now of a mind to think that the commentary is just light relief after a week of horror. But then that is just my positive side, like a force field against the unrelenting stench of creeping crap from the troika of tripe…..herald, hooton, hosking….et al

        Where is Tom Scott when you need him………….

        • Skunk Weed

          Kat I think he has been traumatised by the whole episode and he is not a young man anymore, you try travelling for 40 hours after dealing with a major terrorist attack on your home soil, he represents the country well in the Foreign Affairs Portfolio.

      • Anne 4.2.3

        If you’re referring to the herald article about Peters falling asleep at a Turkish convention…

        I think he’s getting too old for all this gadding about the globe.

        Edit: Oops our comments crossed. 🙂

        • Kat

          You may be right about the age factor, however I have always thought if Winston wasn’t a practicing politician he would be a practicing actor……..must watch to see if he falls asleep in parliament, that would be a first.

  5. Evidently the Waitaki Salmon Fishery is absolutely buggared ?

    • Robert Guyton 5.1

      How so, Skunk?

      • Skunk Weed 5.1.1

        No fish according to my m8’s getting 1 in 2000 fingerlings back in the river ?

        • greywarshark

          ‘‘There is a problem with the salmon fishery — there’s no doubt about that — but it’s not the river,’’ Mr Hill said.
          ‘‘Everybody agrees that the problem is out at sea. Exactly what that problem is, we don’t know, otherwise we would possibly be able to do something about it.’’

          The society established a salmon hatchery programme to supplement the river’s wild stock seven years ago, and like other programmes further north — for the Rangitata, Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers — the salmon were not returning from sea, he said.

          Hatcheries at the other alpine-fed braided rivers were putting ‘‘a lot more’’ fish into the river, after raising them for about 12 months, and those fish were also not returning…

          The Lindis River had been included because of low-flow issues, the Pomahaka because of water-quality issues and the Kakanui because of the effect of irrigation takes, and awareness needed to be raised about improving the Waitaki as well, he said. ‘‘The salmon fishery is sort of a shadow of what it used to be and it is certainly a declined river. It’s just not related to agriculture in that river,’’ he said.

          NZFFA president Graham Carter said because trout and salmon fishers used the rivers differently, the association had its own criteria for calling a river ‘‘lost’’.
          ‘‘The Waitaki has got didymo in it, hasn’t it? So it’s a lost river. ‘‘Other rivers have suffered through intense extraction of water through irrigation. Other rivers have got willows.‘‘We’re coming from a trout fisher’s point of view.’’Also, the designation did not apply to entire rivers but just parts of them, Mr Carter said….


          • Skunk Weed

            Chinese trawlers perhaps or is that being racist ?

            • Graeme

              More like domestic ones, and the fish going through the farmed channels. That only a suspicion and surmising but I’ve had salmon served in restaurants that was sold as farmed but had a wild fish’s muscle tone and flavour. There’s a huge difference between a fish that flops around in a pen in still water, one that was raised in a hydro canal and one that had to actually swim fast for a living. Some salmon out of ocean cages is almost inedible, it’s so oily and mushy, a fish just about to enter the river is something else

            • AB

              Or ocean temperatures?
              The reason we don’t have salmon running the North Island rivers is that the surrounding sea is too warm.

  6. Fireblade 6

    New Yorkers congregated in Times Square today to stand in unity against racism and to show solidarity with New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern was praised for her leadership.

    “She showed dignity to these humans and the victims and I think that’s essential to what we do,”

    “I mean she wore the hijab, she was there – she hugged the people, and you could see the love and honesty in her presentation. She’s genuine and we love her, and we want her to know that.”


  7. greywarshark 7

    The latest biosecurity risk to the country – avocado beetle.

    The wood-boring granulate ambrosia beetle has been detected in four Auckland areas since late February, according to Biosecurity New Zealand.

    The beetle is known to feed on a wide range of broadleaf trees, including horticultural species such as avocado, and can spread fungal diseases.

    The discovery of the beetle is the first of its kind in New Zealand, but Biosecurity NZ said early evidence suggested it may have been in the country for at least two years.
    Biosecurity NZ surveillance and incursion manager Brendon Gould said the potential risk of the beetle being in the country was being assessed.
    “We need to know if New Zealand has a wider population, which is why we are asking the public to report any possible sightings.”

    Mr Gould said the beetle lives under bark, making it difficult to detect.

    However, he said a tell-tale sign is distinctive protrusions of frass (compacted sawdust) from bark that look like toothpicks. They are caused by the beetles pushing frass out of tunnels bored into the trees.

    Other symptoms include sap oozing from the tunnel entrances and branch dieback.

    • Robert Guyton 7.1

      They’ll keep on a ‘comin’.
      Let’s all play whack-a-mole!

    • Exkiwiforces 7.2

      Looks like someone been asleep at wheel and it aren’t Winnie or old mate from the Coast/ Tasman Bay Area or is it the result of the MPI restructuring under the last mob?

    • Rosemary McDonald 7.3

      “Ambrosia beetles are beetles of the weevil subfamilies Scolytinae and Platypodinae, which live in nutritional symbiosis with ambrosia fungi. The beetles excavate tunnels in dead or stressed trees in which they cultivate fungal gardens, their sole source of nutrition.” Wikipedia

      They are wee gardeners! Respect.

      (I’d be cheering thinking that this little fellow just might slow down the inexorable advance of the water hungry avo…but no…they will just spray icides leading to even further negative impacts.)

  8. Lets us always ,… and keep in our prayers, … to remind ourselves of those out at sea…while we sleep,…

    What a marvelous rescue.

    Crew waited two hours before being rescued from shark-infested …

    Johnny Collins – Leave Her Johnny (sea chantey) – YouTube

    • These are the unsung people we never do meet. In the far flung regions of New Zealand,…. we have neither the knowledge of ,…nor even the inclinations to learn , of how our fellow New Zealanders earn their daily living.

      Here are your people, New Zealand .

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