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CTU leader calls for enforceable safety standards in agriculture

CTU leader calls for enforceable safety standards in agriculture

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly is calling for industry safety standards in agriculture to be enforceable.

Last year, she says there were 42 preventable deaths in the farming sector.

While 22 of them were deaths by suicide, 16 agricultural workers and four children died in accidents on farms.

She’s commended Federated Farmers for tackling the issue of depression and suicide head on – but says  the same brave action needs to be implemented to prevent the other 20 preventable deaths that occur in the sector each year.

Parliament is currently considering major changes to the Health and Safety Act to sheet home responsibility for safety standards to employers in a move that has implications for farmers.

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South Canterbury rivers fall to “exceptional lows”

South Canterbury rivers fall to “exceptional lows”

South Canterbury's rivers have fallen "exceptional" lows.

Farmers  are shedding stock and irrigation restrictions are in place.

Figures from Environment Canterbury's monitoring sites indicate five rivers across the region are below half of their average flows for November.

The Orari River is flowing at a rate of 3.9 cubic metres per second at a monitoring site in the Orari Gorge, and it’s dried up completely in some places.

Irrigation restrictions were in place yesterday on sections of the Opihi, Orari and Rangitata River catchments,.

Opuha Water Limited chief executive Tony McCormick said the Opuha Dam is now 56 per cent full, and the dam could reach its half-full trigger point for irrigation restrictions by the end of the month.

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Farm prices surged in last quarter

Farm prices surged in last quarter

Dairy prices have fallen – but farm prices have been rising.

In October, they were up 7.3 percent on the previous month, according to new data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.

For the quarter ending October, the median price per hectare for all farms sold was $27,898 compared to $24,590 recorded in the same quarter last year.

Overall, there were 346 farms sold in the latest quarter – and that’s just 0.3 percent down on the same period last year.

According to the Real Estate Institute’s rural spokesman Brian Peacock, the latest farm sales figures reflect “an awakening market, with a strong build-up moving into spring.”

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Wool prices firm at latest NZ Sale

Wool prices firm at latest NZ Sale

Priced for several key wool types were firmer at the latest  New Zealand sale – but only 77 percent of the 7,400 bales of South Island wool offered were cleared at this week’s auction.

Mid micron fleece ranged from 1 to 6 percent dearer – but a small offering of Merino fleece was 4 percent cheaper.

Fine Crossbred Fleece and Shears were 1 to 2.5 percent firmer.

Full Coarse Fleece were 2 to 3 percent dearer with 3/5 inches up to 2 percent dearer, 3/4 inches firm to 2 percent cheaper,

2 to 4 inches were firm and 2 to 3 inches were 2 percent dearer.

Short Oddments were generally firm to 2 percent dearer.

The main bidding competition was China, Australasia and India, supported by bidders representing Western Europe and the Middle East.

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Keep those exports coming – says China’s president

Keep those exports coming – says China’s president

China’s president Xi Jin Ping says “don’t worry – just keep those exports coming.”

Speaking at a press conference before his departure from New Zealand, President Xi dismissed concerns about the impact of China’s new free trade agreement with Australia.

He says concerns about the impact of agreement on New Zealand are “totally unnecessary”.

Quality products from New Zealand are highly popular among Chinese consumers and New Zealand will have to work about the fact there’s more Chinese demand than we can satisfy.

China and New Zealand have signed a series of new partnership agreements during President Xi’s visit.

Among them are

  • a new agreement to extend the China Working Holiday scheme which will enable Chinese  holidaymakers to work for the same New Zealand employer for up to six months;
  • a joint Food Supervisory and Traceability Cooperation Programme; and
  • an arrangement between the Governmenst of New Zealand and China on Climate Change Cooperation.

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$75 MILLION WAIMEA DAM PLAN RUNS INTO RATEPAYER RESISTANCE

$75 MILLION WAIMEA DAM PLAN RUNS INTO RATEPAYER RESISTANCE

The Tasman Regional Council is running into local opposition to its proposals for funding the $75 million Waimea community dam project.

Tasman council mayor Richard Kempthorne says providing the dam is a “public good issue”.

But the Golden Bay community board says local ratepayers shouldn’t bear the whole cost and it should be funded by key water users, including Nelson city and local irrigators, and it should be supported by Government grants.

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Whangarei Summer Show

Whangarei Summer Show

Barge Park Showgrounds, Whangarei  (Whangarei)

You can’t afford to miss being part of Whangarei’s Largest Annual Event.

The Whangarei Summer Show is a very cost effective way to promote your business! Site prices start from just $150.00. Make the most of the, radio, billboards and newspaper advertising already in place. Read more for details on how to get involved.
Please contact us if you have any queries or would like to add your name to the mailing list.
Compete against some of New Zealand's top breeding and showing animals for great prize money, ribbons and recognition!
Star of the Show last year, Sweet Suzie Moo and her friends are back in Suzie’s educational, informative, fun and very interactive live show. Learn how the milking suction cups work; hand feed a calf; see how to separate cream from milk, and watch Suzie Moo try her hand at butter churning.

There are prizes and giveaways during the Suzie Moo Show and at the end you can try milking a cow with your very own hands!
Come and meet the Crazy Chicken and learn about poultry at the brand new Crazy Chicken Show this year.
The Crazy Chicken and her special friends will help you learn how to raise chickens and how to get the best eggs!
You might even have thought about Showing poultry but are not sure how to get started. Come along - this show will help get you cracking!
Doug the Digger
Mr Mac has been sharing his inspiring and educational message with kids and adults alike and you can enjoy the Doug the Digger experience at the Summer Show. You only have to look at a busy sandpit to see that children really relate to machinery, the challenge of completing a project and pride in maintaining a high standard of work. Doug shares his passion for this while also demonstrating safety with machinery.
The Whangarei Spinners & Weavers Club will demonstrate their skills in the creation of woolen garments. Alpaca fleeces will be on display also. The spinners will even attempt to finish a complete garment from wool shorn at the Show.
This year the spinners and weavers will also be giving live commentary while they are conducting demonstrations of their skills and provide interesting information about the fleeces they are using and its qualities.

Carnival Rides
New Zealand’s largest carnival ride operator, Mahon Amusements, will once again be at the Summer Show. Great rides for thrill seekers young and old alike!

More info: www.summershow.co.nz