New Zealand’s no.1 & no.2 favorite places to visit in summer vacations are: Coromandel and Northland a new 2013 survey says. In third place was Nelson Tasman region.
It’s nice to know all three are set up for large tourist influx numbers. There are so many magical places all around New Zealand. Many aren’t really widely known of. (more…)
Photo: The NZ beach family, community life. credit: Andy Higgs.
A new online survey reveals where New Zealand citizens like to go for a domestic travel excursion. Queenstown is no.1, Coromandel no.2, Bay of Islands no.3 and Nelson is a good draw too.
To discover a secret jet2it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteaora New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.1.13~
A new NIWA survey has listed the three sunniest NZ spots in the Asia-Pacific region.
The place where Ngati Awa Iwi (a Maori tribe) lives has landed the top spot. Whakatane is listed by NIWA as recording 2602 hours of sunshine.
Nelson had 2584 hours. Lake Tekapo in Te Waipounamu (the South Island) landed in 3rd place. It’s nice that there’s sunshine all throughout NZ.
Fun, sun, rest and recreation is the vibe.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.1.13~
A different view: Nelson from “space.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.11.12~
CrazyViews@Apple Tree Bay, Nelson New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.11.12~
US billionaire Julian Robertson said in a live cross interview on TV yesterday that what excites him the most about New Zealand is tourism and agriculture.
Both areas are quite exciting to see evolving from New Zealand.
For others aquaculture in New Zealand is the draw.
Aquaculture New Zealand Gary Hooper notes, ”The $400 million aquaculture industry – which is aiming to hit an annual revenue of $1 billion by 2025 – will gather in Nelson this week for its annual conference.
Hooper said he was all for marine reserves and conservation. “But we’re still a country that needs to grow its economy and aquaculture has this tremendous potential to contribute to that,” he said. Aquiculture’s “had some economic rigour applied to it.”
Hooper said reaching the realistic $1 billion mark required securing additional water space, increased productivity and exporting more value-added products. (more…)
SEALORD & SANFORD MUSSEL INTO THE COROMANDEL WITH MARINE FARMING JOINT-VENTURE ACQUISITION OPPORTUNITY
Jamie Gray writes today: “New Zealand’s biggest seafood companies – Sanford and Sealord Group – have joined forces to buy Tauranga-based North Island Mussel Processors Ltd (NIMPL) from its receivers, McGrathNicol.
The acquisition, the price of which was not disclosed, means 20 full time and 200 casual workers will keep their jobs, Sanford and Sealord said in a joint statement.
Sealord chief executive Graham Stuart said to buy meant the Coromandel mussel industry would survive.
Sanford managing director Eric Barratt said the new partnership would include the mussel farming businesses of the two companies as well as NIMPL’s processing operation.
Sanford and Sealord have 50% each in the new venture that incorporates Tauranga and Coromandel’s farming programs.
Shares in Sanford last traded $4.25, unchanged. Unlisted Sealord is jointly owned by Maori tribal interests and Japan’s Nippon Suisan
Photo: Akuni. Malrborough Sounds, NZ.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.10.12~
–Photo: Abelia Nelson.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.10.12~
Imagination is the ability to see a new frontier. Nature offers a mirror to emulate. Create. See. Be... more like nature.
[Photo: Tahunanui Beach, Nelson. Source: PlanetWare]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.9.12~
Astaxanthin is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that is in demand as a nutritional supplement. It has been described a “supernutrient” and “the new fish oil”. It is an algae extract product.
Tony Dowd makes the product in Nelson for the NZ and overseas markets. The product gives foods high colour eg. beetroot, capsicum, carrots, etc all a source of vitamin A.
The algae is the only carotenoidknown to cross the blood-brain barrier, hence it’s growing world demand as a nutritional supplement. Marine, aquatic marine life like salmon are a rich source too.
Tony Dowd is a Kiwi with a BSc in biochemistry and an MBA. NZ Post and Carter Holt Harvey is who Dowd has worked for prior. While in the UK Dowd became interested in biodiesel production from tallow in New Zealand and put together a business plan. Algae was a source he looked at for biodiesil fuel.
“I did the maths and it became very clear that it wasn’t economic, so I looked at other options and talked with staff at Cawthron Institute who suggested that I should look at the algae that produce astaxanthin, which was known to be valuable and that a local company was processing for an overseas client,” says Tony. (more…)
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~
New Zealand wine prices are about to go up.
Good news for the vitners of Middle Earth.
With that price hike might come an appreciation of good wines grown in the South Pacific, amongst the young adults who do drink.
There’s culture that goes with drinking that should be savored, appreciated and learned. :)
Food with wine is a good way to start enjoying the gold water grown in New Zealand’s backyard haven paradise Isles.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.8.12~
Christchurch is remembered as a city of resilience and courage today. Some news links we’re reading about New Zealand today are:
Kaitiakitanga of a nation’s mothers, fathers and their esteemed babies in hospital care – needs attention – Miriama Kamo is pictured below.
Short rich hobbits may disagree with Prof. Les Oxley‘s new findings that height & BMI determine stature of wealth health status. However, the study has a focus on”pro teen” consciousness - so I’m supporting it.
Replay: Food for thought: John Peet – Time to defy the worship of growth
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.2.12~
I hear that my peeps in Nelson are having a wet New Year’s Eve celebration this year. Unusual, as Nelson gets the most sunlight hours in New Zealand most years. So… this Kiwi classic song is for my Nelson people & Aussie fans of rock music too.
Here’s Rock N’ Roll, Kiwi Hall of Famers, Dragon with their retro Kiwi classic, Don’t You Go Out In The Rain.
Dragon’s songwriting ability is something Kiwis are very proud of. We own their work as cultural lore. Today the band consists of Mark Williams, Todd Hunter, Pete Drummond and Bruce Reid.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.12.11~
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.12.11~
Photo caption – Nelsons Beach could be a beach in Te Wai Pounamu South Island. However it is a beach in Australia. I wonder if Nelson Mandela will ever visit this beach in his lifetime?
As a break from money, mo’ money and even mo’ money news here in the US, let’s take a look at what another country sees as important news culture today. Let’s take a peek at Aotearoa-New Zealand, a nation I love as much as the USA. Here we go.
William Shatner has New Zealand on his radar for a one man show in April. Star Trek power in Middle Earth.
Pike River is more than just a brand of coffee most of America drink each day at Starbucks cafes. Go here to see a community in grief recovery.
Kia Ora Auckland City – Who wants to rumble in the jungle with Horiwood over that nasty bullet Judith Collins poster?
Te Patu marae is such a lovely marae – caught up in a bit of fuss today.
Taj Patrick Crowther gets celebrity baby press. Cute.
Schwarzenegger is returning to Hollywood flicks. New Zealand said it!
A crystal meth drug mule is discovered in New Zealand with $600k of the drug inside her. She needs a hug and a hangi. (That should be a tee shirt).
Is the government’s debt fixation ignoring social ills, one church asks? Heaven forbid!
To many, Beaches is more than a Hollywood movie starring Bette Midler. It’s about fair and moral ‘customary title’ acknowledgement. I’m with Ngai Tahu on that one!
Fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, Cantonese, Chinese and English – one future political candidate looks good.
And who are the high maintenance political poodles then, exactly? Like you need it! Ruth Dyson and the lovely Jo Goodhew too!
Meet Tini Molyneux‘s star team – the current holders of the Maori Language Awards.
Dargaville news – bogans, babes and smoking tyres – Gosh, some things never change! :)
~Star Trek imagery with Maori koru taonga via Horiwood.Com’s archives. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.10.11~