We are pleased to report that science continues to loom large in the considerations of government policy-shapers.
We say this on the strength of something we noted in the Food and Beverage Information Project Report – Ice Cream, released this week to promote ice cream and its export potential.
The report says its information
“… will provide much greater insight into the industry, which is useful for a range of policy developments, from regulatory frameworks to investment in science and skills and facilitating access to international markets.”
We are uncertain, of course, whether this is a reference to science as we knew it before the Treaty of Waitangi was reinterpreted in recent years to require the merging of matauranga Maori with the teaching and practice of science.
On the other hand, we may find that ice cream was being made here long before Captain Cook turned up and appropriate Treaty partnerships – injections of the Maori knowledge that has become a politically critical component of modern-day Kiwi science and research – would greatly enhance the quality of the results.
Continue reading “Nash delivers a tip top report on ice cream and its export potential – and maybe scientists will scoop up some research funding”
Labour ministers are beating the farming drum (as never before).
On stage at the Fieldays at Mystery Creek, one of the first out of the block (given the absence of Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor negotiating free trade in London with the UK) was Oceans and Fisheries Minister David Parker.
He was singing the praises of the sector, which might have come as a surprise to many within the farming industry, who have found the strictures he has delivered from his Environment portfolio rather hard to digest.
Parker used the Fieldays platform to talk up the sector which he declared had performed remarkably well in the face of Covid-19.
“NZ’s farmers, growers, fishers, processors, makers, and crafters have risen to the challenges that 2021 has presented”.
Farming exports are forecast to hit a record $49.1bn, up 3.4% over the next year, and The Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report says by June 2025 the sector’s exports are forecast to reach $53.1bn. Continue reading “Look who’s singing the farm sector’s praises – none other than the Minister whose environmental rules constrain them”
The PM’s farmer and grower audience would have been heartened when she said the election success of Labour in rural New Zealand was a huge honour, but with it came huge responsibility and huge opportunities. They would have been braced, too, for her promotion – and defence – of the government’s environmental agenda.
The vote represented both an endorsement of the direction the government is heading and a requirement to work more closely with rural communities, Jacinda Ardern told the Primary Industries Summit.
I have made it very clear to our all our MPs, as well as those in provincial seats, that the primary sector is a key partner and stakeholder for this Government, and I want to see ideas permeate up from the grass roots as well as our engagement at a leadership level.
She then articulated three key objectives for the Government –
- continuing to keep New Zealanders safe from Covid,
- accelerating our economic recovery, and
- laying the foundations for the future.
And she insisted (hurrah!):
Primary industries are at the heart of each objective. Continue reading “The PM reminds summit of state funding on tap to help farmers meet the demands of govt’s environmental agenda”
Audrey Young, political editor of the NZ Herald, writes that Jacinda Ardern has her A team to handle the Covid-19 crisis and then her AAA team. There are four members in the A team – herself, Grant Robertson, Winston Peters and David Parker.
“They are keeping watch on the bigger picture to how NZ emerges from the crisis. Her AAA team has one member, Robertson”.
Point of Order won’t quibble with Young’s arithmetic on the AAA team because the point she is seeking to make is valid: Robertson is now the undisputed leader in Labour’s bus test — the informal test that answers who would take over if the leader accidentally fell under a bus.
“It would be Robertson, no question. Kelvin Davis is deputy in name only”.
As Young notes, when Robertson deputises for Ardern, it is an effortless switch.
Robertson will consolidate his position in the Labour hierarchy if he succeeds this week in building a smooth road to recovery in this week’s budget.
Behind the Ardern-Robertson leadership in the Covid-19 crisis, David Parker has supplied much of the intellectual grunt. Continue reading “Parker has kept the trade channels open – now let’s see how Robertson’s budget can boost production”
As New Zealand faces the most brutal recession in living memory, the battle to preserve the core of the economy deepens. Companies are cancelling dividends to protect what cash they have, others are reaching for financial aid from their banks or the government.
Yet for some businesses, notably the big supermarket chains, the crisis is accelerating their cash flows.
Point of Order has surveyed an array of companies listed on NZX, particularly in several sectors—food production, health and pharmaceutical supplies, transport, agriculture services— which have issued updates. These should provide comfort to their shareholders, and the market generally.
Latest to do so is King Salmon, the world’s largest aquaculture producer of the premium King salmon species. Employing 500 people, it operates within the primary industry food producer category which has been included in the government’s list of essential services.
In its update to the NZX, it says : Continue reading “Updates from listed companies bring some economic comfort during the Covid-19 crisis”