Pugging and pragmatism – Feds welcome winter grazing proposals but SAFE blasts continuance of “mud farming”

One of two ministerial announcements posted on The Beehive website over the past two days was denounced by the SAFE animal rights group in a statement headed Mud farming continues in the South Island.

Federated farmers headed their press statement Pragmatism finally prevails on winter grazing.

The tone struck in the headline on the Government’s press statement was much more in harmony with the feds’ statement than the SAFE one.  It read Proposed intensive winter grazing regulations updates are more practical for farmers.

It was posted on The Beehive website along with news about the end of NZ Defence Force evacuation flights from Kabul.

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 Final Kabul evacuation flight completed

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said the last flight by a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) C-130 Hercules evacuating people from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul landed back in the United Arab Emirates last night, prior to reports of explosions at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

Proposed intensive winter grazing regulations updates are more practical for farmers

Proposed changes to intensive winter grazing regulations are being consulted on that will make them practical for farmers to comply with while ensuring improved environmental outcomes, Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Continue reading “Pugging and pragmatism – Feds welcome winter grazing proposals but SAFE blasts continuance of “mud farming””

Prisoners with a flair for kapa haka are among the beneficiaries of the govt’s latest efforts to promote our wellbeing

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Enhancing the wellbeing of people banged up in our prisons was the subject of one Beehive announcement yesterday.  Enhancing the wellbeing of farm animals was the subject of another.  And enhancing the wellbeing of all of us by protecting us from terrorists was the subject of a statement from the PM.

Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Twyford – more grandly – had the welfare of the whole world in his considerations when he addressed a workshop on lethal autonomous weapons systems.

From our monitoring of The Beehive website we learned –

  • Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced the joyous news that – for the first time – all 18 prisons in New Zealand will be invited to participate in an inter-prison kapa haka competition.
  • Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor brought less joyous news to some farmers when he announced the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years. He acknowledged the economic benefit some farmers get from the trade, but I also noted that “support of it is not universal within the sector.”
  • The PM issued a stocktake undertaken by France and New Zealand which shows “significant global progress” under the Christchurch Call towards its goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. 
  • Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Twyford addressed a workshop on lethal autonomous weapons systems, explaining that New Zealand has strongly supported the development of 11 Guiding Principles by the Group of Governmental experts on this issue. He provided a snapshot of what New Zealand has done on this issue and where we stand now.
  • Racing Minister Grant Robertson announced he is appointing Liz Dawson as Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board.  The interim board is responsible for the governance of TAB New Zealand until the substantive board of directors is appointed. 

Continue reading “Prisoners with a flair for kapa haka are among the beneficiaries of the govt’s latest efforts to promote our wellbeing”