Tag: Strange and Bizarre

Another primary export joins the top-10 list

Press Release – Federated Farmers For the second consecutive month, exports of caseins and caseinates are New Zealands tenth largest export replacing aluminium and aluminium articles.Media Release 26 May 2014 Another primary export joins the top-10 list For the second consecutive month, exports of caseins and caseinates are New Zealand’s tenth largest export replacing aluminium and aluminium articles. “The latest merchandise trade statistics for the year to April 2014 point to how the primary industries are hitting the afterburners,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President. “For every dollar in primary export earnings another 50 cents is captured off-farm, so the April trade result is massive for New Zealand in so many ways. “While the standout remains dairy, up almost $3.8 billion on the same point last year, logs have surged by over a quarter meaning almost all the primary industries can stand up and take a bow. “While exports of caseins and caseinates debuted at number-ten in the year to March, the April statistics sees it still in tenth spot. Caseins and caseinates generated $39 million more for New Zealand in this period than exports of aluminium and aluminium articles. “Indeed, off this latest trade result, this category is now only $10 million behind exports of electrical machinery and equipment. “Of course we are now in the shoulders and the drop off in peak dairy prices is yet to...

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TPPA secrecy scales bizarre new heights

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The government has maintained an absurd veil of secrecy over the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and it keeps getting worse, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey.12 May 2014 For immediate release TPPA secrecy scales bizarre new heights ‘The government has maintained an absurd veil of secrecy over the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and it keeps getting worse’, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘The only detailed information available to New Zealanders has been the result of leaked texts and me going to the meetings to talk to negotiators and get a sense of what is happening.’ It has become extremely difficult even to find out when and where meetings are taking place. ‘I have been forced to rely on urgent Official Information Act requests, usually to confirm information received from elsewhere, and to find out who is attending on behalf of the New Zealand government’, Kelsey said. Despite the lack of information and very late notice, Professor Kelsey has been travelling to these meetings at considerable personal expense and talking with negotiators from various countries about the areas she is monitoring most closely. Officials are negotiating again in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this week before a meeting of ministers in Singapore on 19-20 May. As Professor Kelsey observed ‘no one would know....

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Asset sales “a (wheelbarrow) load of bullshit”

Press Release – John Maynard The opening day for applications for shares in Mighty River Power will be observed today with a wheelbarrow load of ‘bovine excrement’. News media statement Monday 15 April 2013 Monday’s partial asset sales float – “Its a (wheelbarrow) load of bullshit” The opening day for applications for shares in Mighty River Power will be observed today with a wheelbarrow load of ‘bovine excrement’. (See attached photo). Anti asset sales protestors will be visiting some of the Wellington offices of stockbrokers and advertising agencies being paid up to a total of $100 million by the Government to implement its partial asset sales programme. “The wheelbarrow will be delivered to one of the companies representing all the bullshit involved in the asset sales programme”, says protest organiser John Maynard. The protest group will move off from the Lambton Quay gates of Parliament 1.00pm Monday 16 April going along Lambton Quay to stockbrokers Forsyth Barr, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and public relations company Senate Communications. “The Government has claimed that Mighty River Power and other state asset floats are for the warm fuzzie mums and dads. However the 2009 report of the Capital Markets Task Force reveals that it is stockbrokers who are driving the Government’s asset sales policy. “The share bonuses are a bribe, shareholdings will move overseas and power prices will increase...

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2012 In Lyndon Hoods: Satire & Images

Column – Lyndon Hood Satire, editorial images and the occasion piece of non-news from The Year Of All The People In The News Basically Being A Bit Useless. Except Keith Ng. He’s cool. 2012 In Lyndon Hoods: Satire & Images Satire, editorial images and the occasion piece of non-news from The Year Of All The People In The News Basically Being A Bit Useless. Except Keith Ng. He’s cool. *** January February March April May June July August September October November December *** January [top] As part of worldwide action against Megaupload.com, police raid Kim Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, making arrests and seizing property. “Well that went rather well: sorted,” police sources report. Prime Minister John Key proposes ‘keeping things interesting’ with a year-long game of Tory Roulette, where National ministers take turns shooting their mouth off. 10/1/12: 2011 In Lyndon Hoods: Satire, Pics, And News In Review For those of you who weren’t paying attention: 2011 in satire, images and coverage of some of the less official kind of news. More>> Click for big version. Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa – Time for Government to Get Back Into Insurance Business Click for big version. Tom Frewen – NZ on Air Spooked by Political Interference Scoop News – Megaupload.com shut down; Four Arrested In New Zealand *** February [top] Local youths pay agreed price for scalped tickets to Homegrown...

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Producers and food processors call for trade liberalisation

Press Release – Federated Farmers Farmers and food processors from Australia, New Zealand and Canada are calling on Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries to conclude a 21st century trade agreement in 2013 that liberalises trade across all goods and services.11 December 2012 Agricultural producers and food processors call for full trade liberalisation through the Trans Pacific Partnership Farmers and food processors from Australia, New Zealand and Canada are calling on Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries to conclude a 21st century trade agreement in 2013 that liberalises trade across all goods and services. At the 15th round of TPP negotiations taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, agri-food groups from across the TPP region are meeting together and call for negotiators to uphold a high level of ambition in the trade talks. “The TPP was established to eliminate all tariffs and to bring a new level of discipline to the use of non-tariff barriers,” said Bruce Wills, National President of the Federated Farmers of New Zealand. “Trade generates jobs and wealth. Negotiators must adhere to the TPP objectives – a high quality comprehensive agreement – to ensure this deal is of real value to the region.” TPP negotiations, which include New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Chile, Peru, the United States, Mexico and Canada, have been on-going since 2009. Canada and Mexico joined the TPP in 2012 making this their...

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