Here’s the article: Fashionable anti-cancer superfoods and supplements do not prevent the disease and may even cause it, according to a scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA.
Dr James Watson said the cure for many cancers will remain elusive unless scientists rethink the role of antioxidants, which include vitamin pills and food such as blueberries and broccoli.
It is widely believed they boost health and fight cancer by mopping up oxygen molecules called free radicals. But Dr Watson argues these may be key to preventing and treating cancer – and depleting the body of them may be counter-productive.
Free radicals not only help keep diseased cells under control, they are also pivotal in making many cancer drugs, as well as radiotherapy, effective, he believes.
Writing in a journal published by the Royal Society, the 84-year-old Nobel laureate stated that antioxidants ‘may have caused more cancers than they have prevented’. (more…)
Breaking News: Mad Butcher to list on NZX.
Another NZ water-based industry goes to market in a year.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.12.12~
–All of these topics are derived from New Zealand’s water supply.
Congrats to NZ farmers. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodbog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.12.12~
A TPP DEAL AS GOLDEN AS NEW ZEALAND’s QUALITY BUTTER IS SOUGHT – NZ MUST NOT SETTLE FOR LESS THAN GOLDEN DEAL ON TPP
Photo: Gold bars NZ. Mainland Inc.
Political commentators talk of the TPP today. The NZH has good commentary. Read direct here. Or read on.
NZ gets down to business today with nine days in Auckland talking through a TPP deal. The deal recognizes regional trading between nations involved.
Protectionism is a real factor to watch. Few countries don’t see much of a future in closing their markets to foreign competition any more. Being open to a range of cultures makes you strong. A strong economy can happen as a result.
Tariff barriers haven’t risen post the GFC. A good thing. Without trade, a nation’s economy doesn’t grow. Or, new money doesn’t come into the national piggy bank (otherwise known as a nation’s total economy) unless robust trade occurs. Monopolies within nations must not dominate trade talks either. Especially in the early stages of talks for trade. Otherwise the incentives for trade can be slower than need be for the wider good.
The spirit of trade is that all people win. Thus protectionism is an area to watch there that all foreign investors and traders will be watching across trading nations of The TPP very closely.
Having written that, protecting the right things, is also healthy in trade talks. Something that NZ’s intellectual-academics look out for very well for New Zealanders, for example. If done right, their insights are healthy. We should value them too as a sounding board in the trade talks proceess.
New Zealand is one of those nations that has reduced its barriers of its own accord and has done deals with countries of a similar outlook. The TPP is one arena that reflects a desire to trade more in trade talks already started by New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and Chile. The United States, Canada and Mexico join the talks with NZ and Pacific Rim nations.
The USA’s strategic considerations are used as a heavy bargaining point in US trade policy talks. (For example the USA-Britan-France are the biggest weapons sellers in the world). The US in particular can bring that element into trade talks quite heavily (arguing -you never can be too prepared when it comes to ‘security’) in order to heavily promote the USA’s range of products, for example – that it has to move and barter with. (more…)
Units in the new Fonterra Shareholders Fund have debuted at $6.66 per unit – a $1.16 premium to their $5.50 issue price.
At $5.50, the units are expected to yield 5.5 per cent a year.
The unit’s debut coincided with the official opening of Fonterra’s new $500m milk processing plant near Christchurch.
The plant will process 2.2 million litres of milk a day into whole milk powder bound for South East Asia, China, and the Middle East.
–Reporting Jamie Gray. Gotta say… the South Island’s had a bumper year. Max use of water from the South. Fonterra’s new friends have had a good year too. :)
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Question: Now who owns the water?
~Photo: Old Skool Kiwi Dairy. Freeze, Flowing or Dried. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.11.12~
turn to superfoods beverages and lotsa miso soup. Similar to Superman, I come right in seconds. Can’t go wrong with it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.11.12~
KIWI SUPERFOODS DEVELOPMENT SCIENCE & GROSSING GROSS GROCERIES EXPORTS INTO AUSTRALIA SUPERMARKETS AISLES – FGC’s CHAT TO NZ EXPORTERS
According to the FGC, Australia seeks to triple food and beverage exports to some $65 billion by the year 2025. This is anticipating the world’s agricultural and manufacturing trends moving more the South Pacific’s way in supply chain needs heading towards 2025.
Australia sees New Zealand as being a part of that. It gives NZ a chance to export into Australia. Yet Australians want to back their own Aussie-made products first. So, there’s only leighway for NZ food producers to come up with products that are different to what Australians are already supplying their own people.
Specifically: “Supermarket chain Coles, one of the major two players across the Tasman, won’t stock kiwi products if they’re indistinguishable from Australian-sourced suppliers.”
What I think: This puts all of the ingenuity onto Kiwis to do the thinking of the new. It’s not as if Australia invented pasta or pizza, is it? Yet in Coles supermarket stores, if an Australian company makes it, it is suddenly Australian now? What a cheek! That’s too funny.
The question is then: If a Kiwi thinks of a new product, won’t an Australian company then make it, in time? So where is the line drawn here of FGC’s strategy.
Also, Australia is saying because NZ pays such low wages (in an age of high unemployment too – almost record highs in NZ history), is that they want to exploit NZ labour to provide their food needs. It’s very “Fee Fi Fo Fum…” in tone from Aussie. Just saying.
[Photos - Trade 51 & Life Foods NZ] (more…)
A New Zealand University released a new report titled: Franchising New Zealand 2012 survey.
What the study found is that franchising Kiwi ideas are worth $20b to the New Zealand economy p.a. The study found that 22,400 franchisee businesses operating in the country are employing 101,800. Even more remarkable is that 90% are homegrown franchise brands.
So, I awoke today with a really weird feeling that all Aotearoa New Zealand was is a giant panda’s food bank.
I felt really used. Sort of like a grocery cart. Or a brown paper bag, or a crinkly plastic bag (more…)
WATER + SUNSHINE + NUTRITION: AGRICULTURAL GOODNESS & THE SHOPLIFTERS LIFTING THE SHOP’S NATURAL GOODNESS DAILY
Water + sunshine + nutrition are some of the most sought after commodities in the world today.
No one knows this more than gardeners and agricultural farmers. They combine the three elements with earth’s nutrients and distribute their products via supermarkets and markets.
A TV Channel in New Zealand showed a story of shoplifting at Australian check out lines in supermarkets. The footage focused on Asian customers faces when claiming supermarket theft is up for fruit and veges purchases at Aussie supermarkets. The story was run on 12th November 2012, a story taken from months ago re-aired today. (more…)
I AM DETERMINED – FOMA’S 25th ANNIVERSARY, TAUPO – TAKING $10b MAORI ASSETS TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF GROWTH
FOMA has been working to expand the Māori economy for 25 years. It’s members have a $10b asset base. Here’s a quote from the Chair: “It is essential the Maori business network actively participates in the fundamental development of New Zealand’s economy. Maori economic development and its contribution to the growth of this country must continue to be realised and I am determined to facilitate this growth through the provision of a robust networking capability within our membership.” –Tangata Whenua news.
Their anniversary was celebrated at Rauhoto Marae in Taupo today.
Young Hinerangi Goodman was there to showcase the hope Maori entrepreneurs have as corporate entities in the collective of community thinkers.
Some facts: Forestry and fishing are two industries that Maori could develop quite well into more innovative ways. Maori could also diversify capital from these too – into new arenas of business expansion.
Watch Traci Houpapa in the clip who makes it all sound so exciting. So beautiful with a refreshing spirit too. Inspiring stuff.
Press Release of The Hui follows: (more…)
Kiwibank chairman and former Hong Kong based investment banker Rob Morrison reckons every business should have a China strategy.
The principle of: ”Whatever China produces will go down in price and whatever it consumes will go up in price,” is a factor of business. “China is a key variable in pricing of almost anything,” he said yesterday at a symposium in Wellington hosted by Victoria University and the NZ China Council to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China.
The real drivers of growth in China are increased urbanisation of China’s 1.3 billion. The shifts in China’s population to cities was at 20% in the ’80′s. It is now at 47 %. It will rise to 51.5 % by 2015 and 80 % by 2050. Thus consumption, pollution, water usage are factors to think about.
“If you’re going to do business in China, think of those market conditions. These factors apply to the global economy as China will be the single biggest economy in terms of growth globally. Kiwis should spend more time strategising about that future,” Morrison said as reported by Audrey Young.
Alright: From New Zealand: “Chiwi Coffee Cafes” on every major city blocks. Pizzerias in every hood. Sushi bars with 100% NZ supplied tuna in every city. Baby Pod Stores: for new parents premium early childcare needs in every city. English schools with high teacher ratios to students. Grains and maize product ranges from NZ. Superfoods development exports too. NZ wine exports. Smartphone banking software products. Limestone. Steel. Forestry products. Water products exports. Cosmetics. City planning in NZ must be considered (Chinese comedians can stay). So much to think of here. Water is the big one though. That will get ugly by 2050!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific, 7.9.12~
Weather reporters buzz words: “Canoodle”–Too funny.
[Image - what to do with fish exports, packaging, marketing, fish farming and freight ideas ahead--Images: blogger's own & Google Images].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
Ti Tonics celebrates entrepreneurialship with Kiwi food exports. Poutama Trust of Wellington, has big plans to launch an international Māori exports initiative. Ti Tonics is a Māori-made product from one of 18 companies that will come under the Trust’s new brand, Indigenous New Zealand. Now you too can experience what we have here in New Zealand all around the world. Way groovy! Like titanium strength superfoods brightening up the healthier lives and futures of the people of Te Ao (the world). I can see Japan really going for these. American footballers too, who do the haka before each game could dig Ti Tonics new range, as well. Hawaii and Texas, definitely!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
Best reporting today was: Miriama Kamo‘s insightful interview into water and how Maori New Zealand citizens are defined by its lifegiving flows.
Quote: Water in our veins:
"We own the water, in our concept of ownership, my flesh tells me, my blood tells me, my skin tells me - it doesnt have to talk, I know we own that water" says Te Arawa iwi.
Profound. Deep. Calming. True.
I like the name for the South Island: The Waters of Greenstone. Te Wai Pounamu – that awareness has always been inextricably linked about water to Maori reality and kinship towards land, water, sea. Fancy naming the largest land mass before you hit ice, after water. I would have been impressed by the mountain ranges alone and their majestic beauty, however… water we always are. Water we be.
[Photo: Te Rangiaheke (Yvonne) Bidois - Ben Fraser]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
TOP BUSINESS STORY – NEW ZEALAND’S LIQUID ECONOMIES & REAL ESTATE – GOVERNANCE, CULTURE & THE ENVIRONMENT
Out of the hundreds of business related stories on this Hollywood entertainment news-fusion website, the top business story being read today is: LIQUID ENERGY ASSETS, DAIRY ASSETS, REAL ESTATE EXPORT SALES ECONOMIES – FONTERRA FARMERS, MINING & NEW ZEALAND.
It combines some of the best things we know as “the Kiwi life”. It also defines the current government’s focus as real estate acquirers and sellers to foreign buyers in their time in office. So coporate governance is the story fused with how the environment (natural and cultural) can withstand the pressures of the world wanting New Zealand’s most valuable resources. In truth though, New Zealand’s citizens are the best things of New Zealand we have. When they smile… we see our culture on display in the faces of Aotearoa. Hard to beat. Read the story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.n 15.7.12~
… Kiwi invention of the day. [Fijian brown sugar, manuka honey molasses, beef marinades with heat]
[who's on that project?!].
Biltong have started. Ngati Whatua and Tainui could also give it a go, with our exclusive bretheren Amish-Kiwis perhaps. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~
Bromhead does his Kramer Vs Kramer cartoon art commentary today down in New Zealand with his cartoon titled: A More Interesting Split.
The diversions of US In Kiwiland over a cuppa of Chanui Pure Ceylon tea.
[... Far more fun than Kiwi families contemplating whether to get out of the house and go get their own damn sovereign breadmakers at the local Ware-Whare store!]. A homemade Weta Wheat Bread recipe is due about now from those myriads of reality TV Master Chefs - to show Kiwis how to make their own German bread to go with their cuppa too. :)
Love the cartoon.
[This photo: The Sunbeam Bakehouse Breadmaker - Noel Leeming's souped-up breadmaker version, NZ].
What this means: After Maori get water rights sorted with blindie, shall we start growing wheat in the South for the USA and other countries that get parched in summer? That’s so Bill Clinton down in Queeenstown, after Monica-gate back in the naughty presidents golfing club yarn-around-the-greens days.
Wheat n’ Wheels. [I think NZ and Iwi-Kiwis can more than do a big ag project for "Africa"peeps on our own!].
As this is not a Turners & Growers German distributed idea (at this stage), it could quite possibly be a Ngai Tahu and other Iwis distributed model - if the dry goods produce are to be “China” bound, here’s that look for baby pandas and Aussie friends afar off – growing up on Canterbury plains good grains and our shared Iwi-Kiwi wai ora in the future.
[grains, hops, beer, wines - Project Generation Joseph Store House Economies for the longer view].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~
[Fonterra votes to be partially globally owned].
In the biggest news story so far this year in New Zealand, concerning farming real estate, the building block of the New Zealand economy, and the biggest cash cow in our history, (dairy farming) Nadine Chalmers Ross was assigned the night shift in over-time to cover the story.
Fonterra farm co-op, made up of 10,500 farmers were proposed a scheme where they could trade shares amongst each other, and also sell to foreign (or external investors) up to 20% of the co-op. Or, to give consent to a trading scheme – where the biggest land mass of useable productive farming land in NZ, went partially on the block as collatoral.
Under strictly private filming conditions, Chalmers Ross explains how a 75% result of voters being ‘in favor of’ would have been the result needed to ensure the co-op’s shareholders would create the stable and unified environment of shareholders, showing trust in Fonterra’s managements future development plans with the $500million plus money, raised from the vote and partial sale of the trading shares plan.
The reporting was worded this way: “Farmers continue to worry that letting outsiders invest in their co-operative will ultimately lead to a loss of control. Among comments from farmers voting against the scheme today were that it takes Fonterra too far away from tried and proven co-operative principles, it is not needed and that it has not been well enough tested.
They also say 50% is not enough and that 75% shareholder support should be required to see it pass. “Anything less than that will actually create a rift in the shareholder base,” said Allister McCahon, a Dargaville farmer.”
Well 2/3rds or just over 60% of farmers agreed. Well below the 75%, the spin doctors of Fonterra, claim it’s enough and they’re romping off with 20% of farmers capitol to invest in arable farming land in new territories abroad.
The benefits: Agricultural knowledge, the scinence of the technology and expertise can now be exported to feed far reaching markets with farming ventures on foreign land. This reduces freight expenses and allows for business networking to develop for the NZ co-op in foreign territories, if the scheme goes well. I hope it does.
The risks: Those dumb balance sheets at AGM’s (in a drastic scenario, such as witnessed in an AIG styled Wall Street banking tale) that declare, ‘oh we made a loss of $200 million over there and $100 million over there.’ Followed by ‘oops, we hope to make it up to you next year,’ so your farming co-op can remain 80% yours. They do happen.
How to reduce this: A more risk-managed culture of shadow managers (of NZ citizenship and preferably children of NZ farmers, Maori farmers children even, for a change!), working with the top execs in each global territory is now needed.
What it says: Both existing capital and projected profit earnings, were drawn down on in this business gamble of measured risk in light of food needs increasing in the world. It allows for 1 in 5, virtual ’Wall Street farmers’ to now own the co-op. They’re soon to be in the mix. Then it becomes a shark chomping game of shares now. Today, farming culture changed. This is perhaps, something that the farming industry is not au fait with, as collective community objectives have made the dairy industry pony up and work together to be the world’s no.1 dairy supplier. It introduces a new element, of comptetiveness now. Naive farmers need to choose who they trust more wisely from here on in. Now the external components of investors, can put pressure on the farmers in the future.
Management: The good - Ralph Norris (who is used to getting paid $20 million a year) is on the board. He’s doing white milk and black milk (dairy and oil portfoilio mix, this year). He sits in the middle of ‘liquid economies NZ’ where soil quality while furthering both dairy’s growth and export product, as well as energy development (that includes oil, mining energy products) must co-exist side-by-side in his two portfolios. Ralph is a good manager. The Co-Op should be able to expect a lot from him. Hopefully Norris and his buds will recoop the investment in strategic ways. (more…)
Ko wai a Aotearoa?
Ko Hohepa he peka hua, he peka hua i te taha o te puna; e toro atu ana ona manga ki tua o te taiepa: I whakatupu kino nga kaikopere i a ia, i pere mai hoki, i kino hoki ki a ia: Otiia i mau tana kopere i runga i te kaha, a i whakapakaritia nga takakau o ona ringa e nga ringa o te Mea Kaha o Hakopa, no reira nei te hepara, te kamaka o Iharaira, Ara e te Atua o tou papa, mana ano koe e awhina; e te Kaha Rawa hoki, mana e tuku mai ki a koe nga manaaki o te rangi i runga, nga manaaki hoki o te rire e takoto ana i raro, nga manaaki o nga u, o te kopu hoki:
Hira ake nga manaaki a tou papa i nga manaaki a oku tupuna, tae atu ana ki tera taha rawa o nga pukepuke tu tonu: ka tau iho ena mea ki runga ki te matenga o Hohepa, ki te tumuaki hoki ona i motuhia atu nei i ona tuakana.
–Te Paipera Tapu
[Images: Kiwi pop art icons: legatum institute graphics, a tree's root structure, the adventurous Maui: Source: Google].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.6.12~
TASTY POT SOUP – ONLY IN GREEN NEW ZEALAND WOULD NUTRITIOUS MEALS OF SUCH HIGH QUALITY BE EXPORT READY
Velvety Beetroot soup in a pottle. Chorizo and chestnut creamy soup in a pottle, Thai Pumpkin with kamokamo–does winter get better than that, come snack time? Heck no!
Tasty Pot is an innovative New Zealand company. Basically they serve up meal servings, just like a traditional Maori hangi, however the meals are offered in servings of plastic pottles, just not tin foil.
New World (a supermarket chain) Victoria Park posted a Video Link to Nadine Chalmers-Ross‘s story on this groovy company’s products.
Think healthy, tasty nutritious goodness, in a pottle. It’s very Jonny & Lou Bisely, in the school of Kiwi entrepreneurs with delicious food in a package. Tasty Pot is also export ready as a company too. Whose on distribution networks duties worldwide? shadowing the German owned Turners & Growers raw veges food distribution networks – for example, with this idea?
Tatsy Pot products have zero gluten too! Los Angeles will cue for the marketing angles of this special soup.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.6.12~