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…)
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~
I ate avocados so much in California with corn chips and the most delicious salsa recipes ever, I swear I was an honorary martian of avoca-enhanced-health at one point.
Avocado’s nutritional benefits are green sunshine in a deep purple shell. Back here in the paradise Isles of New Zealand, Kiwi chefs latest offering is: The Art of Making Avocado Taste Like Tuna.–ScoopIt. Eugene Hamilton of Euro’s latest creationz kinda rock!
HealthTip: Apparently, the Guinness Book of World Records states an avocado is the most nutritionally complete fruit in the world. Avocado is all about good fats to help keep the heart healthy. Avocados are chocca with essential vitamins and minerals like iron, folate and vitamin C.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.9.12~
I just tuned into the Marae Investigates TV program. Willie Jackson and Scotty Morrison were discussing the NZ All Blacks rugby football team. Liam Messam and Piri Weepu were the shizzle. Hosea Gear should have played better. And the New Zealand Maori All Blacks team when they go on tour, should really be playing England and Wales to help these two teams get up to speed with their level of international rugby. Not a bad idea at all! There’s a lot of talk too on the Q+A program about jobs creation, water’s economic profits distribution flows and water’s conservation, and the NZ government still flogging the horse of selling the New Zealand citizens’ owned assets program.
In regards to jobs, I often wonder how we can create more without stripping the landscape so much. Renewable flows as products are more sustainable (like dairy as grass that makes milk regrows itself, whereas coal does not for example) to develop. Of course we need a blend of non-renewable exports and renewable exports leaving NZ, right at this time. We’re in the red as a nation and need to get out of that quagmire of vampiric debt. The Maori All Blacks on tour should help show England, Wales and rugby fans of the world, the creative strength of Maori in creating play. These are the skills also needed to grow an economy from a gridlocked position, into one that is thriving, through decreasing debt by creating more.
Talk is cheap. Promises are mirages without delivery. Promises not delivered on are not as real as an awa (a river) before us. (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~
"Fill up my cup, mazel tov"--Yiddish song lyrics
Alright, it’s the photo rugby football fans and rugby league fans have all been waiting to see on the website, Mr Sonny Bill Williams of The Chiefs, modelling rugby football’s latest silver trophy.
Photo caption: Liam Messam & Sonny Bill Williams (R) of New Zealand’s All Blacks celebrating after beating Australia’s Wallabies’ in their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Auckland August 25, 2012. Photo: Nigel Marple for Getty Images, courtesy of Yahoo Sports.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
[Music - Stan Walker's music video is a beauty as it shows acres of land, as a concept raising the idea of where agricultural crops could be growing - for our baby panda nations populations of the world].
New Zealand Citizens World News From Aotearoa New Zealand: In New Zealand, we are most concerned about USA’s drought problems, driving up food prices worldwide.
This means that people who live in concrete jungle cities, with no access to a backyard to grow a garden, are very disadvantaged by this news. Held ransom, by the US drought on this issue when shopping.
As too, are the famine stricken nations of the world, we need to be more mindful of.
New Zealand needs to get stuck into agriculture more. We also need a new distribution supply firm (separate to the now German-owned Turners & Growers) to create new supply distribution chains from NZ. Grains, wheat, maybe even maize are what NZ should get more into. Alongwith growing some good stodgey potatoes and kumara (yummy sweet potatoes) to boot. We need to stockpile these crops. The produce should belong to NZ citizens, (our youth should own them), to mediate Peace in the world’s future and reduce wars and blood shed too. It is our children’s futures we all serve, if we are humble enough to actually view it with eyes wide open, looking out to a brighter world where there are dark clouds on our horizons we need to bring light to in our humble yet pivotal New Zealand future, destined to be world-changing people.
Anway, for the latest on the news: Melissa Stokes 12 o’clock news report gives some of our news views in NZ. We’re are a little bit Vincent Ward today with a tragic: vigil watch in New Plymouth. A bit rattled in Hawke’s Bay too. A plume bubbly at Tongariro as well. Busy.
Andrew Allison gives a rough NZX report too. (We’re pretending that NZ is still worried about the Eurozone, when really the bank is in our backyard to grow. We need to be less lazy, do some real work and feed the world). If every politician was allowed out of ‘school’ to spend two days a week in their own provinces, encouraging their home electorate folks to begin this work, NZ would be 100% wealthier in a years time. Kind of, be a cheerleader (or a top coach) of the real people in each province, is what our politicians redeeming qualities are, ahead.
I have a Generation Joseph section on this blog, (created as a blueprint for youth of NZ’s strong future), that addresses that situation from NZ for the world. I like Melissa and Andrew’s reports today. Also of interest is the story of schizophrenia and medical science. In the GFC years or world re-engineering, people wearing ties at banks developed schizophrenic economies. The economies looked like: One for them and another for everyone else. The rise of this disease with suits (that is still prevalent) was best summed up in the American pop anthem, Poker Face many chart hits ago now. So I love that story too. A fav.
And: you can’t go past the world’s “oldest” flash mob dancers either today. Age is nothing but a number, so I admire the humor of our Kiwi grey-power set actors rocking out in this clip too. In their own special way, these outrageous silver hori headed people are creating world history too. Ye-ah!
Live life each day to the fullest is their very groovy message at our 100th medal milestone for NZ. Always have fun is the Auckland City’s Lifemark Homes team‘s inspiring crazy message. “Give it death” they reckon!!! I love them! JH Peace!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.8.12~
TOP BUSINESS STORY – ASIA PACIFIC’S SIR RALPH NORRIS ON SMART PHONE BANKING SHIFTS AS VIRTUAL CURRENCY
At the time of writing, who’s hot in the business world? The no.1 business news story today on the blog is:
ASIA PACIFIC’S SIR RALPH NORRIS ON SMART PHONE BANKING SHIFTS AS VIRTUAL CURRENCY – read it again at the smart phone swipe.
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At the moment given the fact that bankers and economists could be jailed for current manipulation of funds and world markets (eg: Barclays case in London right now, of the 1 in 20 banks that could see bankers jailed), banking culture needs to be a lot more honest if the ‘virtual currency’ technology is to take off with mobilly telephony.
In any event, every major franchised business with a large customer base should be approached for smart phone banking apps capacity to grow business faster, to align with what Sir Ralph posits as being the big shift in banking across Asia-Pacific. (more…)
ASIA-PACIFIC OVERTAKES NORTH AMERICA AS THE REGION FOR GROWING THE MOST MILLIONAIRES WITH INVESTABLE MILLIONS TO INVEST
CNN News reports the changing face of Asia-Pacific’s millionaire populations.
Focus, dedication and working at a business can help grow economies quicker if people opt to be less distracted.
For the first time in the World’s history, Asia-Pacific is home to the highest number of millionaires in the world. The news was announced in the form of an annual global wealth report by Capgemini and Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management.
Asia-Pacific has over-taken North America in 2011 on the growing millionaire citizens front. Asia Pacific now has 3.37 million high-net-worth individuals (HNWI). A millionaire in the report is defined as anyone who has a lazy US$ 1 million available for investment. This excludes personal assets such as primary homes, collectibles, and consumer durables. (more…)
[New Zealand model - Tahora Leyma EX]
TVNZ News writes: The Chinese company given the go-ahead to buy the Crafar family dairy farms is now putting together a deal to sell two of them back to local Maori.
Shanghai Pengxin has got the Government’s approval to buy the 16 dairy farms. Minister of Maori Affairs, Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples told TVNZ’s Marae Investigates he believes Shanghai Pengxin will sell or give back two of the farms to Maori and respect the wahi tapu in the others.
[Great news for China and their growing food needs! What do Iwi and Sir Michael Fay think of this proposal? From 14 to 2? And whatever did happen to the India bank backing Mr Crafar was prattling on about to retain the farms as well?].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.6.12~
The same things we need now, just that by then, the quality of all these things is uncertain, unless we change our piggish ways of consuming too much, too quickly.
Solutions: 22 scientists warned last week of rapid and unpredictable environmental changes. (We are already experiencing these).
The conservative camp of brains believes the answer is for humans to do less of everything. (That’s not what the government tells people on a benefit in NZ). The radical camp believes technology and human ingenuity will prevent catastrophe. (If the corporate nature of greed doesn’t stuff that up).
Technology and innovation has already saved us from plagues, low crop yields, water shortages, reliance on fossil fuels and more. The report via the BBC also sounds a bit fishy. One suggestion (that is probably highly likely) is: Conservatives argue that we should reduce consumption, waste, population, fertiliser use, pesticides, fishing, etc., and in this way reduce our species’ influence back to being just another part of the biosphere, rather than its driving force.
To read in full, conserve here.
What this means: Countries that can grow our own grass, crops, regenerate safe water supplies, produce abundant food supplies all year round, replenish fisheries supplies around coastlines of minerals rich soils, are winning. We need to negotiate stronger in trade deals ahead. Abundance is the guide to provide our shared future.
Major lifestyle changes need to happen in many parts of the world.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.6.12~
35 gallons of water go into making each cup of coffee. That’s if you account for the H20 utilized to grow and cultivate coffee beans. 635 gallons go into making one hamburger. That’s because our cash cows can be expensive to farm.
As populations rise, standards of living improve, the world’s demand for clean fresh drinking water has rapidly accelerated. In some places, such as central California, the North China Plains and India – water demand has outstripped local supply. Global water consumption will rise 40% within 20 years. Desalination technologies, water reuse, and conservation are of vital concern. Tremendous economic, ecological, and geopolitical impacts due to quality water suppy – means that water is a currency to invest in. If you’re an investor, start thinking this way more.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.5.12~
Much of the impending wars (tussles) in Asia of ocean ‘real estate’ territories are simply about fish. Or more precisely, fish oil. It’s like a drug to the brain’s of those who eat more than their fair share of fish each day in the world. To not have it stored in advance, leads some nation’s to a bloody melt-down.
That’s perhaps why I liked columnist Wendyl Nissen‘s commentary today on Frozen Sushi. She writes: Frozen sushi’s nearly the same as freshly made. You can happily eat this healthy fish, rice and vegetable convenience food without having to worry about any of the preservatives.
Highlights for Wendyl are noted as being: Unusual to eat defrosted sushi, but tastes okay. Has a few more additives than fresh, but none with health concerns. Uses some natural colors.
That brings me to my next point, when will Taiwan stop catching too much tuna and freezing it in bulk freezers, for themselves and Hainamana friends. Or, do we all just go the full fish and start freezing and exporting frozen salmon (farmed is fine) too to help supply Haina’s inland markets of almost a billion rural or city dwellers get fed – to preserve the peace in Asia more? I’m seeing a sushi pack and a biodegradable pack of ice tea as the novel lunch deal. That would go down a treat in some nations abroad.
Maybe Ngati Whatua o Kaipara iwi, or, residents of Hobsonville and tribal members of Ngai Tahu Iwi in the South of New Zealand might want to help meet this high protein superfoods need ahead. As Japan thought of the idea (originally) perhaps we could give a small % to Japan’s earthquake tsunami recovery fund. We could also give Haina a complete miss and take on a humanitarian mission instead, supplying people in Africa with high protein food needs too. Or do a mix of both.
Thanks Wendyl for the commentary! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.5.12~
The Maori-Kiwi words for today (apparently) are:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.4.12~
NEW ZEALAND BUTTER WRAPPER – A MUSEUM PIECE OF TASTEFUL ART FOR USA’S BUTTER OBSESSED CONSUMER MARKETS
Because American butter is crap
True fact: New Zealand butter is 200% better quality than much of the USA’s butter. Ironically though, in oily pancakes obsessed USA, most Americans love butter more so than most New Zealanders do. Thus, Americans are deprived of having their butter cravings satisfied with quality NZ butter products. It’s a deception that, most Americans don’t know how good New Zealand butter is.
How can we change that to make the USA happier?
With NZ dairy giant, Fonterra rather miraculously gaining a green light to develop dary hubs in China recently – looking at an integrated model of hub creation – producing 1 billion litres of milk within China each year, you can’t help but think, why doesn’t the same thing happen in the USA – for better butter production?
It would be a shame if China gets quality New Zealand standard butter produced in China for the Chinese consumer, even before … America gets to buy it? What is the world coming too, right?! So, perhaps New Zealand can collaborate with USA’s dairy farmers and… teach America what good butter looks like – as we have been given the green light to do within China.
This idea is perhaps something to put in the hat of things to get done that are renewable good things, for Americans to have more happiness.
You know, if you melt butter… it becomes like an oil, in texture! It’s golden too. New Zealand advertising agencies could also collaborate with Hollywood studios and make really cool 3D cows, TV commercials to market the butter on US TV. It would be a win-win combo where people could clearly taste the difference, offering the liberty of consumer choice for the pancake loving and cupcake making, hot corn on the cob, American palate.
What do you think of this idea?
[Artwork photograph: A museum piece - Wrapper, butter; Fernleaf (New Zealand Dairy Foods Ltd); from Owaka Museum : Wahi Kahuika the Meeting Place – a rest on your journey. NZ Museums website]
Key facts about artwork: Place Made:Oceania, New Zealand; Medium and Materials: processed material, paper; Inscription and Marks: Printed on wrapper: ‘EXPORT QUALITY / FERNLEAF / Butter / CELEBRATING 150 years / of / NEW ZEALAND BUTTER EXPORTS; Measurements: l 250mm x w 190mm; Subject and Association Keywords: animal culture, cattle, dairy processing. dairy products; Credit Line: From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place “a rest on your journey”; Object Type: Packaging: Object number: 2010.892.
This was a post for my Chicago people – but California can own the NZ butter imports idea too, if you like. Peace!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.4.12~
New Zealand loosens its grip on homegrown fruit and veges produce distribution.
In today’s business news: “Germany’s BayWa Atiengesellschaft has secured (New Zealand) Overseas Investment Office approval for its takeover of local fruit marketer Turners & Growers, and has declared its offer unconditional.
The German company, which has global investments across the building, energy and agriculture sectors, has bought some 72.5 percent of T&G shares at a cost of about $157 million and will close its offer today, it said in a statement.
“The takeover is a ground-breaking step towards internationalisation of BayWa,” the company said.
Group chief executive Klaus Josef Lutz will take T&G’s chair, and the company will appoint chief financial officer Andreas Helber, board member responsible for agriculture and fruit Josef Krapf, and head of fruit Dietmar Bahler to the board.
T&G posted an annual loss of $18.9 million prior to this sell down decision due to unforseen attack disasters affecting crops and fruit harvest yields. New Zealand wholesole also rose 2.5% during that same period.
Though the German company wanted full ownership, Scales Corp, which owns the Mr Apple packing business, bought up 10.3 percent of T&G’s stock, saying it wanted the fruit market to stay listed.
T&G owns Enza, New Zealand’s largest apple exporter and Mr Apple is one of Enza’s largest customers.
BayWa’s shares fell 1.6 percent to 28.57 euros on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange yesterday.”
This is a huge coup for a German owned company to secure. My only concern for Kiwis is that if New Zealanders aren’t in charge of the distribution relationships of our own produce – than the flow on effects of these relationship meets – cannot be leveraged in creative New Zealand ways in the future across sectors – as Kiwis have always done with our produce in taking it to the world.
It means we have to have faith in our German friends to do right by us in the future.
Congratulations Germany! Perhaps it is time for a new distribution arm to open up in New Zealand now covering markets of distribution T&G don’t cover.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.3.12~