“Cafes and opshops and antique stores” are places to visit over summer in New Zealand, apparently. Excellent!
That and star gazing and creating enchanted forest cubicles from tourism photography of NZ landscapes too after touring, New Zealand too. :)
Art: Alenka of Sydneyshares: “So I embarked on a little diorama project after being inspired by the majestic landscape of Lake Tekapo on the south island of New Zealand. I could stay there forever. This place is famous for it’s cerulean blue lake, oceans of night stars and auroras.. ah the marvels of this planet.–YellowPaperKite blog.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.12.12~
New Zealand has opted for a “go for your life” carbon price signal at any landowner contemplating deforestation or dairy conversion.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
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…)
Some Maori News:
Ngāti Manawa dispute CNI land deal: Eight tribes are trying to share ownership of Kaingaroa Forest and held a meeting today to discuss this issue further. This forest is part of the biggest claims settled under the Treaty of Waitangi and power was handed back to the tribes three years ago. But Ngāti Manawa has come out saying their lands are being used as compensation for another.
Protest against proposed Makaroro River dam: Māori in Hawkes Bay are protesting plans to dam Makaroro River, near Hastings. The Hawkes Bay Regional Council wants to store water from the river and use it to irrigate nearby orchards. But there’s concern about the environmental damage the dam may cause.
Auckland primary schools hold their kapa haka regionals: Across the country, regional primary school competitions are taking place. Today, Auckland held their regionals which included the current national champions, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi.
Superstorm USA News – A Maori Speaks on it: New Yorker Sarah Smith is currently in NZ but her husband is at home in New York. She says people in her home town are focused on the clean-up. The damages Sandy has caused is estimated at $18 billion in costs. (more…)
Some questions: So, were carbon credits even real? (more…)
When it comes to gift giving, nothing says Aotearoa New Zealand, more so than a native kauri tree.
Every person wanting to be a resident of New Zealand, needs one as a gift.
The kauri tree is a specific symbol of New Zealand’s rare and defining place in the world. Love them! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.9.12~
DELIVERING THE RURAL MAIL – KEEPING UP WITH RACHEL HUNTER & WILMA SCHIAMANSKI’S HIGH TECH AWARD WINNING DAIRY FARMING WAYS
It’s a long standing Kiwi tradition to deliver the mail.
The simple pleasure of checking the farm letter box is the most exciting event in rural communities. I remember it being that way growing up in my teens on a farm.
To this day, TV that I love watching is Rural Delivery. It’s a TV series featuring stories about New Zealand people who are the unsung heroes of our City populous mindsets. In Rural Delivery I tune in to the faces of people just like us, whose earth romance daily, shows a connectedness to landscape and place that I appreciate, admire and respect. Well mannered people living sun up to sun down as a rule.
On this week’s show: Find out how pine trees in Nelson are being used to create high-tech, architecturally designed buildings that can better withstand earthquakes.
What I learned from last week’s show: The Young Farmers Club have grown their club numbers by 20% during the 2005-12 farming calendar. That’s awesome. Mentoring programs have been established, with new field trips in key areas of agricultural growth teaching skills younger to equip youth showing interest in farming earlier.
What I was thinking: How can the Young Farmers Club help young Maori learn about farming? How can the YFC integrate with Iwi programs to impart knowledge, grow the club in a culturally aware way of New Zealand, showing a good lead for NZ’s bright future in this manner? How can Iwi Development work with the YFC’s Club for win-win partnerships in the upcoming years through cool cross-pollination of ideas, resources co-management and dreaming big as one?
When my mind walks down that country road of thinking, I could spend an entire day, exploring the new frontier of the Aotearoa prairies on that one. However, I don’t want to get too excited about the bright possibilities too much. Iwi and Farmers must do this as one themselves. In future years, delivering the rural mail is just going to get more exciting. More scientific, yet allowing nature to be king too, the story of Aotearoa New Zealand’s stunning cast as observers of all that the land produces for us all. There’s a pretty high standard of rural post delivery traditions to uphold in NZ.
A story that reminds me of my late grandad: Schimanski Dairy Award Winners: Otorohanga farmers Don and Wilma Schimanski are the winners of the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012. The national competition looks at all aspects of a dairy farm owner’s business, in particular farm profitability. Entrants in the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012 were scored out of 70 for their financial performance, 15 for environmental care and 15 for human resources. The competition is organised by Intelact director Chris Pyke. The judges were independent – Professor Keith Woodford of Lincoln University and Emeritus Professor Colin Holmes of Massey University.
Don and Wilma Schimanski have been dairying together for 23 years, and built up their business by putting three farms together. They now milk 748 cows on 184ha. Previously Don was a bulldozing contractor. Their philosophy is to fully feed the cows, keeping them healthy and well. They pay particular attention to grazing at the three leaf stage. Good management means keeping a finger on the pulse all the time, Don says. “You can’t really stop criticizing yourself. My philosophy is to look after my managers and workers. I have been lucky there. The focus of our team is on pasture harvest, and utilizing as much pasture as possible.” The figures show the Schimanskis have higher than average pasture harvested at 13.7tDM/ha compared to the Waikato average of 12.2tDM/ha.”–More@TheGumbootDiaries.
Important too: Is Bruce Wills, National President, Federated Farmers interview on water and its relationship to farming in NZ. “It is our number one issue by far, water,” shares Bruce.
Thank you for the news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
In cargo containers, two giant pandas from mainland China, Jia Jia 4, and Kai Kai 5, arrive at Changi International Airport in Singapore, Sept 6th 2012. The pandas are on a 10-year loan from China. River Safari in the Singapore Zoo is where Jia Jia and Kai Kai will be exhibited. Photo: Agencies. China Daily.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.9.12~
JAMIE TUUTA & DON McKINNON’S CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN FISH OIL HIGH PROTEIN NUTRITIONALS & KUMARA STRING CHEESE NOODLES PRODUCTS – IWI, KIWI & CHINESE TRADE RELATIONS TALKS
Jamie Tuuta will lead a Maori delegation of Maori business leaders to China next month to talk to Shanghai Pengxin about potential investment opportunities.
The delegation’s haerenga (journey) is a follow up biz meeting with Shanghai Pengxin chairman Jiang Zhaobai‘s recent visit in July to meet iwi leaders and Maori economic authorities, trusts and corporations with an agricultural focus.
Jaime’s vibe is about getting more creative, creating product continuously as a normal means of wealth creation as a normal mode of living entreprenuerially, when stating:
“Too often we have been just an asset holder, very passive, nothing beyond the farm gate. If we are to create wealth for our people we have got to be participating throughout the value chain. Most Maori and iwi were not going to be selling land and “and the capital game play is not part of our psychology. We’ve got to generate cash from the business enterprise on land rather than get capital gain and sell it at future date.”
Jamie was at a conference held at Parliament recently chatting about China-NZ trade relations.
Sir Don McKinnon, Chair of the New Zealand China Council sought advice on what else the council could do “to help educate the people in Hastings, in Wairoa, in Greymouth, in Hokitika, in Gore, in Ashburton to move forward with collaborative partnerships that are sustainable and win-win for New Zealand and China’s peoples useful interests, living lives beyond wasted investment or no investment at all.
NZ’s PM John Key had opened the conference and emphasised the role of China in the New Zealand economy, saying:
“Our relationship with China is critical to achieving the Government’s aim of building a competitive and more productive economy.”
He said the investment relationship was much smaller than the trade relationship, which totalled $13.3 billion on a two-way basis in 2011. China was New Zealand’s 11th-largest investor with $1.8 billion of investment in 2011, including in forestry, manufacturing and agriculture. (more…)
I wonder how our forests are growing: Canterbury building activity gathering pace.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.8.12~
Forest watch: NZ, Australia to work together on illegal logging
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.8.12~
Although black gold, is normally associated to black milk sales worldwide, this story is about compost gold.
I have a Maori tribe with some trees, apparently.
Maybe for that reason, I really liked the story of LivingEarth entrepreneurs, who make gold from oxygen, bugs, water, waste from trees.
So, if my “huge pearl-marquee peoples” are reading, this one’s also for you! Work it!!!
Like Living Earth, make some money in the new city planning blue-prints and the gardens, yet to be designed! :)
In a slightly left-of-field field trip in Northland once that wasn’t sports related at all, I actually visited some really cool Exclusive Bretheren blokes, who are early twenties and doing the exact same thing in Northland. They’re doing okay out of the compost project they’ve got going on.
It’s not glam, yet they’re self employed mini-moguls on the rise. Gotta respect that.
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TVNZ: Thank you for cool stories. Reporting Mark Sainsbury and Close Up Team.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific 10.8.12~
Two things you can do with water are: farming and foresty.
What do Farmer’s want? Probably, time off. Catch up with Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills who takes some time out of the office to work on his farm.
What do forestry workers need: Probably, hot dates on their time off. Catch up with Stormy Merritt‘s career hopes, unusual life, and her family’s mahi (work), in the forest of the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Cute story.
~Posted by Horiwooodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.7.12~
He mano te hinga ki tou taha, tekau hoki nga mano ki tou matau; otiia e kore e tata ki a koe.
Ka titiro kau ou kanohi, ka matakitaki ki te utu mo te hunga kino.
Ko koe hoki, e Ihowa, toku piranga! kua waiho e koe te Runga Rawa hei nohoanga mou:
Kahore he kino e pa ki a koe, kahore ano he whiu e tata ki tou teneti.
Ka korerotia iho hoki koe e ia ki ana anahera kia tiakina koe i ou ara katoa.
Ma ratou koe e hiki ake ki o ratou ringa, kei tutuki tou waewae ki te kohatu.
Ka haere koe i runga i te raiona, i te neke: ka takahia e koe ki raro te kuao raiona me te nakahi.
Ob tausend fallen zu deiner Seite und zehntausend zu deiner Rechten, so wird es doch dich nicht treffen.
Ja du wirst mit deinen Augen deine Lust sehen und schauen, wie den Gottlosen vergolten wird.
Denn der HERR ist deine Zuversicht; der Höchste ist deine Zuflucht.
Es wird dir kein Übel begegnen, und keine Plage wird zu deiner Hütte sich nahen.
Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir, daß sie dich behüten auf allen deinen Wegen,
daß sie dich auf Händen tragen und du deinen Fuß nicht an einen Stein stoßest.
Auf Löwen und Ottern wirst du gehen, und treten auf junge Löwen und Drachen.
[Photos - Image 1: The Fog, Principality of Liechtenstein. Image 2: A sculpture of a cow stands in Verduz, Liechtenstein. Source: Our Surprising World website].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.6.12~
STARS OF MATAARIKI IN SONG – THE SKYLIT SEVEN SISTERS OF A NEW YEAR & BEING GUIDED BY CREATION THE COMPASS OF ABUNDANCE
Better than supergroup Destiny’s Child with their vocal harmonies blend are the Maori and Pasifika stars of the He Mataariki season. Betty-Anne Monga, Annie Crummer, Ria Hall and Maisy Rika are a world class act. When they sing together, their combined meaning of what they represent as people and Indigenous artists, stirs the deepest depths of Kiwidom with meaning – as high as the heavens are above.
Stars of Mataariki unite and perform with healing soul music for the land and the people of the land at this moment in history.
They make the tears flow, for all the loved ones we’ve lost in New Zealand in our communities in the last two years where we too have been in an invisible economic war that has had very visible effects on our people and the form of our communities structuring.
They render open the heavens in gentle song, with the new possibilities and opportunities awaiting to be gifted to the dreams and the imaginations of New Zealand people. So amazing!
What is Matariki?Matariki Northland defines it as being: “In Northland the Maori New Year begins with the rising of Puanga (Rigel), its rises closely to the east. Puanga gives notice of the approaching dawn, which will be visible from the end of May. Matariki will soon follow, rising on the northeast horizon, around the same spot as the rising sun. The best time to see Puanga and Matariki is around half an hour before dawn.
What is Matariki? Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters; and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New Year.
When is the Maori New Year? The Maori new year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. (more…)
I was thinking… unless we think greener, our planet is being consumed too fast.
So, what if,
Entrepreneurial Iwi (Maori tribes of New Zealand in conjunction with Pakeha Kiwi tribes) set up pine energy hubs. The energy produced from pine tree wood pulp processing could then be fused into petroleum produced from New Zealand.
The resulting fusion of petroleum could be called Green Pine Gas. The new gas would be an expression of being more earth conscious in making a start towards renewable energy powered lifestyles.
Green Pine Gas (GPG) could be made up of the 20% pine gas fused into petroleum (oil based) fuel mix. GPG could be offered at gas pumps alongside normal fuel, to give people the option of saving the planet in their fuel consumption choices, if they wanted to.
If the idea was a hit at the pump, then we’d perhaps all be setting a trend to save the earth 1/5th more with cars’ fuel useage, than we currently are in the world. It’s a start to living a bit smarter on the roads of the world with our mobility habits that constitute our lifestyles we live currently.
What do you think of this idea? I know that some descendants of Ngati Whatua Maori tribe for example own a forest of pine trees.
[Photo - Woodhill Forest courtesy of Southern Edge website].
~Posted by Horiwood.Wordpress.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.5.12~
[With some of the best bike tracks, Woodhill forest is a mountain biking mecca. Photo credit: Southern Edge].
In a previous post we explored the business of converting pine trees grown in your backyard, into bioenergy fuels.
This is achieved by breaking down the protective shield naturally embedded in wood’s lignin to protect access to carbohydrate wood sugars, that can then be turned into ethanol – a fuel that V8 engines can power on quite happily.
This post picks up from where we left off:
How long might that wait be?
Once upon a pine tree, two Modelling by Infometrics economists named Adolf Stroombergen and Daniel McKissack posited that making biofuels from wood would yield a profitable, market returnable harvest for NZ when certain conditions were in place for this to occur. The factors that needed to be in place were:
- Affordable efficient production techniques were in operation.
- When oil prices rose higher than $150 a barrel.
- When a carbon price became higher than $100 a tonne
- When land diverted from agriculture or trees diverted from regular forestry is within market’s reach to be a financial option for fuel conversion.
The lads said this in 2009, and by the unfortunate black magic of the World Bank’s economic engineers, some nations eating their grandchildren’s economic futures like insane piggies, and the rich of the world deciding to increase their wealth 3 fold during the same period – we are now in these ‘right’ conditions for pine trees to become biofuel.
Indeed, NZ oil prices have jumped 50% in the same period to just under $150 a barrel. Carbon prices have dropped to $8 a tonne on the local market.
Biofuels from wood are almost carbon-neutral. If you sell veges, then buy oil from the revenue and burn it – this mode is carbon-intensive. Lignin makes up 1/4 of the dry weight of pine. A complex compound, consisting of mainly carbon and hydrogen, lignin has a range of potential uses. (more…)
[Photo caption - Woodhill Forest as photographed by GoRentals].
So here’s the deal: Half the ports in New Zealand are stacked with raw logs.This form constitutes half NZ’s wood export medium. No value is added after the hack down from the forrest stage. Still, raw logs earn $1.7 billion.
In liquid resources, NZ shipped off $8 billion of oil and petroleum products ($2b in refined petrol and diesel). The Marsden Point refinery’s capacity has been tanked to the gills for years now.
For every boat that arrives at Marsden, allegedly filled with Singaporean oil refinery cargo – one boat is headed to China, with raw logs. The value adds happen outside of New Zealand.
NZ had net debts of $147 billion or $33,000 per person. It’s a heavy ugly picture. Dumb, stupid, not very bright. We love paying interest on the debt to our banking friends at the tune of $10 billion (5% of the value of all the goods and services the NZ economy produced). Again, it reads like Dumb & Dumber - Jim Carey‘s sequel script.
No longer can NZ rely naively on foreign leaders opinions(most nation’s have their own woes to solve). Clearly, whatever these leaders have been saying anyway has not been working for New Zealand – with this debt remaining unchanged for too long. Different skill sets are needed. Green thinking scientists and creative entrepreneurs may be the ticket to ignite the Kiwi spirit of ingenuity that has always gone hand in hand with NZ’s slightly isolated geographical location. Many green thinking scientists want to do a James Cameron and live here, so that’s not too much of an issue.
What should be done with the 6 million tonnes of raw logs is the next logical step to think about. We are now reaching for the How To Produce Biofuels recipe books, our great grandmas never told us they’d developed. We’re looking at how to reduce imported oil bills, looking at restructuring our transport industry to guzzle up less fossil fuels too. We quite fancy the Madonna song, like a virgin, when it comes to altering our track record of fossil fuels abuse.
Enter Dr Richard Griffiths. Richard tinkers with bioenergy at North Carolina State University. International Paper was once his main boss. Ironically International Paper was a main shareholder in Carter Holt Harvey, the firm the sold off over 35,000+ hectares of NZ owned whenua (land) to Denmark, Liechenstein (total population 35,000), Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong in the last 13 months. I have a hate on for Carter Holt Harvey because they (and Graeme Hart did that) with no value add to NZ except to their own pockets. Ugh, now that kind of selfishness is totally ugly.
Anyway, Richard has involvement with the pulp and paper industry here – because Kiwis are so used to not thinking for ourselves the last 15 years. Thank goodness we have Richard, otherwise we’d forget to do it ourselves.
R&D always suffers in ‘get rich quick nationally owned asset sell offs,’ that are driven by banks who try and run countries and advise governments to sell a nations assets. Thankfully though, because of the fuel shortage in the globe, R&D in “second generation” biofuels has still occurred in the world. 2nd-gen biofuels start with ligno-cellulosic (woody) material – a different organic matter than edible plantlife such as corn or sugar.
Lignin is a problem. Nature ensured the wood’s carbohydrate wasn’t easily accessible. It is protected by a shield. However, lignin can be used to produce ethanol. Biofuel proponents want to break the shield down. Kraft pulp mills have been breaking it down for over a century, separating cellulose from lignin.
Mills come in all ranges of pricings. It all depends on how refined you want the refining of ethanol production to be with what you invest in ethanol producing mill technology. If you built a brand new pulp mill the export price of logs for the mills feedstock – would have to be market competitive to ensure an adequate ethanol production return on R.O.I. Log prices, thus determine ethanol prices.
The option value of wood pulp could improve a mills returns. If lignin useage is done smartly, even more the R.O.I’s prospects. $800 million worth paper is sent out from NZ each year from the pulp. Yet the cellulose content of a log isn’t utilized very well as yet.
Pulp is really long strings of sugars (think sugar cane). It needs to be hydrolysed, fermented then distilled into fuel ethanol. Cars can use ethanol to run.
More on this rather geeky ‘scientific process’ (that sounds more like beer brewing than forresty to energy conversion) in a bit.
Biofuel is so important because many countries freeze in winter and need biofuel to have lifegiving warmth in large cities of the world. It’s just not a transport industry situation.
News source: Brian Fallow.
As previously shared on the blog, Ngati Whatua O Kaipara’s deed of Settlement for 8,000+ people, spanning the last 171 years of history was signed. The figure offered was $60 million in the form of a forest, carbon credits, lease payments on the forest, rents from four local school grounds, and some cash assets. The apology from the Crown said that the tribe had been left ‘virtually landless.’
The signing was a key moment in moving forward.
Planning the future aspirations of the tribe is now all ago! On the 12th February 2012, a meeting occured in Helensville. The Kaiparamoana Website gives an account of a very creative planning session. Margaret Kawharu facilitated the brain storm time. Here’s some aspects of what the tribe collectively decided during this planning meeting:
“Let’s see what you see, and what I see. Let’s paint a picture, create a vision! It’s all about engaging, having lots of conversations, and in the end – making it happen! Here are some of the ideas put forward from our hui last year:
- Ko te tirohanga, kia kaha te iwi, whānau, ko wai te iwi, ko Ngātiwhātua o Kaipara!
- Put Kaipara on the map!
- Create an organisation that provides strategic resources, that projects accountability, policies and structure that encompass education, housing, health and employment for now or future generations, to regenerate better opportunities and wellbeing for whānau, hapū, iwi.
- Promote te reo & tikanga Ngāti Whātua
- Invest in our people: reconciliation & restoration of our people, shift from victim to victorious! Chur! (more…)
Maiden Speeches – Wellington:
List MP Jian Yang [Shipley Jr.] becomes NZ’s 1st mainland China born MP. Woot! ‘Freedom and human rights’ Yang’s thing.
Ian McKelvie, Rangitikei MP said ‘more cows, sheep than people in his electorate’ & ‘forestry not as good as agriculture revenue.’
Scott Simpson spoke of Coromandel’s spirit of ‘prefect beach summers.’ Between Scott & Maggie we need a local cartoon show made now.
Expansive Growth Talk
Metiria Turei combats swarmy bullying by saying she will not be locked into tuakana-teina supply political relationships. No one person is a dictator or sole ringmaster of others growth and performance art in and out of The Beehive she says. Fair enough!–Sunday Star Times 19th Feb 2011.
Phil Heatley says in the 30 sites being fracked in New Zealand, he’s all cool with that. Christchurch, Selwyn, Kaikoura, Gisborne says “no,” it’s the ‘new nuke-free’ hot spud issue of politics. Agree or disagree?
Best Political Commentary
Playing it ‘man blonde’ with Dimwit maths – Matt McCarten
Best Humanitarian Commetary
Blinkers off to give elderly a fair go – Deborah Coddington
On that note, in honor of Jian Yang’s history making arrival into The Beehive, I wonder if all Maori Te Kohanga Reo will get with the program and have tamariki (children) learning both Te Reo Maori and Chinese at Kohanga. Now… that would rock!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.2.12~
Think Tank thought for today: Big forestry sales is really land sales with a pine tree fringe put on it to sell the land.
Think Tank thought for today 2: Farm sales is really land sales with a few cattle and sheep put on it to also sell land.
Think Tank thought for today 3: How was this land acquired in the first place? From whom originally & how?
Some New Zealand News bites we’re reading today are:
Matakaka Station, No longer in Kiwi hands- Photo credit: N.Ad.
Aotearoa is rapidly changing. Good change? Or, what could be better about change in New Zealand?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.2.12~
[Photo caption Te Karearea, or the NZ Falcon- Craig McKenzie]
We have yet to have a report of what New Zealanders own what land acquired in land sales in the past five years. However, the figures for foreign buyers are in for New Zealand land acquisitions. We’re more American now than ever, in New Zealand!
TVNZ reports (unsurprisingly) that the biggest buyers of New Zealand land are Americans of North America.
Figures released by the Overseas Investment Office of NZ for land sales over the past five years reveal that of the 872,313 hectares of gross land sold – the United States made 194 purchases totalling a chunk of 193,208ha. So, it would be far to say there is a strong American power club working hard to engineer New Zealand with more American models, than ever in New Zealand history. That could be both a positive thing for New Zealand and a big minus too. Time will tell.
The tiny nation of the tax-free haven Liechtenstein that resembles in actuality a New Zealand township (Liechtenstein’s total population is only 35,000) have purchased 2,144ha.
China (a nation of 1.3 billion people) bought only 223ha. Or one tenth of the land Liechenstein buyers purchased. That is about to change with the approval of the 16 Crafar farms totally 7,900ha.
Last week it was revealed that Canadian director James Cameron had also bought more than 1000 hectares of South Wairarapa for $20 million.
US billionaire Julian Robertson owns a 2000ha property at Cape Kidnappers. He also owns the Kauri Cliffs golf course in Northland where scrub fires in the area nearby recently happened clearing many hectares of land near Kauri Cliffs although Kauri Cliffs was thanfully unscathed.
Over the past two years, 357,056 ha of agricultural land has been approved for sale to foreigners with the United States, Britain, Switzerland and Germany purchasing the most.
Overal the top buyers were the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Israel. The United States had 194 purchases for a total of 193,208ha. (more…)
So in One-77 may-jah car fans news, I notice that car enthusiasts have been ramping up, Horiwood.Com today via chat thread situations. (Thx). Let’s share those comments back then:
GraniteV8 writes: “It was by far the best looking of all the hypercars. It was technically incredible, not just a DB9 with fancy bodywork. Some of the body off shots were absolutely awesome. Chassis being part of the airbox and inboard suspension, nearly everything looking like a piece of machined billet.
I remember seeing a spotted post on PH of one but other than that I haven’t read a review or anything about what appears to be, imo, the best car of its type currently… Dave! The engine of the 500E is like a very good blue-cheese dressing.
Mark BT52 is not a fan, sharing: “I don’t like it. Impreza WRX STi Spec-C V-Limited Toshi Arai Edition/ GTR/ BMW 750i MSport.”
Zedleg adds his Pipper pegleg’s full on who actually owns one adding: “I’m pretty sure they all sold so I guess they are probably gathering dust in some billionaire garages now.
full of red bull and hate.
Orange Cola notes the limited edition specialty of this road beast, saying: “Bit of a waste IMO, but they probably knew they couldn’t keep up with the other manufacturers.”
OllieInGear writes: “Ironically, I’ve written an article on this very subject for the February issue of Gridlock (see sig.) Will post a link here when it’s published. Definitely an interesting car, and perplexing policy not to publicise it. CarThrottle / TyreRoar blog / Gridlock Mag / Teapot.” (more…)