On twitter: “Fill in the blank! I never leave Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation without eating…”
A. other peoples land, water + future exports industry capability + gasoline.
or: converting rooftops to supply souplantation city populations.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.1.12~
McFARMS – BULK REAL ESTATE LAND OWNERSHIP, FRANCHISED FARM SYNDICATES, WATER USEAGE CONVERSION TO PROTEIN EXPORT SUPPLY 2013
franchised farm syndicates in New Zealand are the new craze of land-acquistors. By franchising bulk real estate land buys in the form of farm management systems allows investors to leverage water useage (or water conversion) to dairy product.
Think Starbucks, yet instead of a store the store is an entire farm.
How that looks? MyFarm (a farm management business) has $500 million of assets – comprising 44 dairy farms and 31,600 cows – under management. NZ’s state-owned Landcorp has 52 farms, covering 13,000ha. Dairy Holdings of the South Island has 58 units covering. 14,189ha. Combined the three run 112k cows.
So… McFarms is the look and vibe, where the real game is real estate, water useage (or water conversion) and protein supply. The main game though is real estate acquistors (of land mass) land management. Think syndicated buy ups of NZ whenua and resources then.
Reasearch: APN. Where are all the beef cows going to go in a similar run farming system, for rising export markets too?
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.1.13~
New Zealand is set to get more China-friendly: Chinese travel agents touch down in NZ. Their plane arrival let’s China know NZ has lots of water as the China Southern Airlines’ Airbus A380 was given a water-arch welcome by firefighters when it landed at Auckland Airport yesterday.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.12.12~
INVESTOR CONFIDENCE CAUSES NZ PROPERTY MARKET TO SOAR – RURAL REGIONS OF NZ ARE WHERE THE BEST DEALS OF INVESTMENT PROPERTIES RESIDE
In New Zealand, investor confidence has caused property markets and home prices to soar. The median sale price in central Tamaki Makarau for example of a home is now NZ$690k.
This is 12.5 up on ’07 figures. Yet provincial areas (rural regions) outside of NZ’s no.1 most populated city, Auckland, needs a bit of love flowing their way. So, let’s turn a spotlight on these regions then. They are divine.
Let’s face it, fun sells. Fun attracts. Rural regions are fun in their own attractive ways.
Nature’s views in New Zealand are always fun. Look at this view above. Wow!
[Photo: Far North, North Island - New Zealand].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.12.12~
“If people are going to invest in our economy and in our markets [they] have to have confidence in the markets and the justice system.”
–SFO acting chief executive Simon McArley comments on white collar crime in New Zealand… the next frontier of justice’s sweep in NZ.
Add to that the inherent racism of economic flows rigging, needs to also be addressed in order for investors to feel safe investing in NZ’s markets.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.11.12~
GRAEME WHEELER’S NOVEMBER CHAT – FARM DEBT TOO HIGH, BANKS IN NEW ZEALAND ARE SOUND, HOUSING MARKET TOO HIGH, NO FAKE CURRENCY PRINTING
Graeme Wheeler had to read a tough financial forecast to Kiwis today. Graeme says, New Zealanders still carry too much debt and an overvalued housing market is not helping, Wheeler said in his role as Reserve Bank governor.
New Zealand is not as friendly as we could be to young adults looking at buying their first home. That’s going to change.
It’s a necessity for NZ in order to keep our brightest talent as a lot of young adults have moved to Australia where wages are higher due to a minerals boom and China’s money. As a result Australia provides 40% higher in take home pay per person, each year. For example the average NZ wage is NZ$46k (US$37,800 ). The average Australian wage is AUS$64k (US$66,250). We also have a market that is overpriced. Young adults are in the middle of these two factors. In addition, Wages haven’t risen to reflect the rise in living costs, rising rates too.
Therefore a ’price divide’ is a real barrier for the young and the first time real estate owner. Thankfully, the government is working on it. (more…)
Boats as vessels to export oil. Let’s do the math again with billionaire Graeme Hart‘s shipping politics observations (check out link).
Exporting oil is another way of “printing money” – it’s just super harsh on the environment. A ship full of oil in exchange for some pine trees’ paper, printed with ink, as foreign currency?
Is that a good trade for New Zealand?
Or should NZ just swap NZ’s oil for foreign land lots instead – of the same value? That could be more real.
What do you think in this age of over-printed fake currency circulating in the world?
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.10.12~
There is nothing more powerful than ideas whose time has come, filmed on landscapes that are resources rich. ImagiNATIVE writers are the world's first architects of a future new world and new frontier.
–The way of global film sales marketing patterns observed over a few years now.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
–Winston Churchill as a writer, storyteller, peace maker and boozy warrior leader.
Developing a sustainable film industry in New Zealand really comes down to investing in New Zealand writers more and fostering relationships with the world’s best screenwriters too. It is vital that New Zealand encourages writers, as writers become the billionaires after all the effort has gone into producing successful film franchises. We need some Maori billionaires in New Zealand. Maybe some could write their way into the history books invisaging a cinematic light to project the new way.
We must write films from New Zealand, as if we don’t other people’s written ideas of the South Pacific, will be written about our territory. So, it makes sense to always be writing our own version of the world and attaching our definitions and meanings of landscape of the South Pacific to our own words and ideas in our films. We can write futuristic films, yet the messages in them attached to our landscapes have a resonance all over the world for the good.
We have the locations and enough filmmaking capability now in New Zealand. We just need better scripts, film franchise ideas created in New Zealand and a belief in fast tracking screen-writers to a global level of writing ability. Film crews travel (actors included) to where whoever has the best ideas - to collaborate on – film projects of significance.
New Zealand is soon to become that place even more so, then we have been already on some major film projects.
So what kinds of writers could happen in New Zealand? As a precursor to Mitt Romney‘s rise in politics as a star figure for the US, novelist Stephenie Meyer was a Mormon housewife of Arizona, who mimicked the UK’s JK Rowlings star template as a novelist.
Meyer’s story as a humble writer is one of a stand out success for relativiely new billionaires. Meyer’s novel ideas, even created a brand new studio to make her novels into films. It was then aquired by Lionsgate to import a strong youth audience following into Lionsgate’s entertainment brand.
The young actors cast in Meyer’s films now lead California’s box office (Kristen Stewart being one). JK of course, mimicked Brit authors like C.S Lewis and JRR Tolkien to find her own voice as a single parent writer. Magic was JK’s theme of children learning at school. Meyer’s was a voice of fantasy, romance, angst – youth under threat. Meyer’s creative literary bent, was a huge hit.
What this tells us: Perhaps we need to invest in single parents and-or Kiwi housewives more. (more…)
Auckland City New Zealand’s real estate values are at a high.
If thinking of buying a home in Auckland, never miss the NZ Herald’s daily quiz as in: Who is the current Chief Executive of Telecom?
Most of the questions are too Jaffa and their relevancy factor considering world events is sitting at 15% today, but hey take the quiz anyway.
In taking the quiz you just might also learn what a Jaffa is too and how easy it is for people who move to Auckland, to adapt a Jaffa tone before too long. :)
[Photo: Princess Wharf Apartments real estate. Coles, NZ].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
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~
Ten Things To Do in Auckland City are:
1. Buy a house.–If in the market to buy read up.
2. Opera, ballet, theater, music, the arts: Check out Aotea Centre.
3. Always attend the Grey Lyn Festival. Grey Lyn, Auckland is a culturally infused Polynesian city where both British royalty and Hollywood’s 3rd top box office star for 2012 have all lived at stages of their lives.–Details to Grey Lyn Festival are at 17th November 2012.
5. Wine and dine on Ponsonby road dubbed Auckland’s Hippest Strip. Take a virtual tour here. Don’t miss pizza, vino & martini time at the famous bar & cafe SPQR. Always watch a Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club match too. It’s Auckz history to do so.
6. Go weekend shopping in the cultural melting pot zone of Avondale Sunday Market. For the best urban Pasifika apparrell as gifts to friends and family back home, check out Otara Markets too. Good tee shirt shopping as well as Pasifika peoples culture is on display during outdoor shopping.
7. Stay harbourside at the the viaduct. Wine and dine there too. Always festive fun. Complete with upmarket restaurants of the ilk of Euro and my Maori mom’s fav Soul Bar. The viaduct even has an Irish pub waterside as well.
8. Movies: If you have a car, cross the Auckland Harbour bridge to Hoyts Wairau Park Auckland, heading North. This cinema is perhaps closest to an American movie theater experience in a large Cosmopolitan City.
10. Cityscape Views: A Helicopter Tour puts you right in the bird’s eye view. To avoid traffic, while being swept up in what Auckland City has to offer, definitely go that route.
A wild beach excursion is always Piha. Wind swept natural beauty.
Auckland City is always lotsa fun to visit. Explore. Have fun. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.9.12~
Auckland City is to ban prostitution in certain areas. A new Bill is to be passed that would ban street workers from some residential, school and sports areas. Residents in Manukau hope a new report will bolster their case on Hunters & Hookers corner.
The document is aimed at putting pressure on the Government to allow Auckland Council to outlaw sex workers from certain areas. Auckland’s Mayor Len Brown says, “it’s a simple straight forward document that tells a story.”
Parliament’s local government select committee is expected to report back on the Bill by the end of this month.
The Prostitutes Collective says outlawing popular streets will only encourage sex workers to stop carrying condoms to avoid getting caught.
“They’ll be expected to pay a fine which they can’t pay of up to $2000. They’ll go to court, then they have to come back on to the streets and work to pay the fines off. It’s just going to clog up our justice system,” said Prostitute Collective Auckland spokeswoman Annah Pickering.
Bernie Taylor wants his children protected from witnessing sex acts on his street. In addition, the real estate market isn’t ideal in such conditions.
The Prostitution Reform Act created some of the most liberal prostitution laws in the world and has continued to attract global attention since it was passed in 2003. Supporters of the bill say the Prostitution Reform Act simply needs to be better regulated.
Reporting TVNZ: Kim Vennell.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
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~
Tonkin & Taylor are doing way too much, with their Geotechnical Playground virtual world on their website.
Zoom in for a look. Nice website pictures. Clever.
The “nic” part, cracks me up!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.7.12~
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~
“Cultural Capitol” is a term that’s effecting school’s roles in zoning stories. Wealthy kids, are moving their children to perceived wealthy areas, so their children can be with ‘their own kind’ is the idea.
Good? bad? or just a reflection of inequality messages trickling down to the ‘wannabe’ wealthy.
The best people share. Are not afraid of sharing across class lines.
What this means: If all schools have a strong financial management focus as well as a strong scientific focus – than it shouldn’t matter too much, what school a child goes to – as the building blocks to grow an economy in the future are in every school.
Often wealthy kids, do not have the skills to create the next wave of economic growth. Kids who struggle do. (more…)
NEW ZEALAND’S OCR UNCHANGED AT 2.5 PER CENT – NEW ZEALAND GETS SET FOR STRATEGIC CITY PLANNING,HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, ENERGY EXPORTS & SUPERFOODS DEVELOPMENT
The world in a decade of winter
I’ve been avoiding this one all day. The next ten years, will be tough for the world economically.
That means the existing class divides (deepened and entrenched in GFC years) will run at great risk of being maintained if we believe what banking architects designs tell us. (Yawn!). The last four years have seen unacceptable greed from a few increase substantially, sacrificing entire nations’ peace and re-altering their identity, in the wake of economic re-engineering kick-started by the USA. Altering, compounding the Eurozone’s debt issues too.
On a day like today, Kiwi’s found out that our economy is set to grow at 1/3 of the rate that other developed nations are developing. This means an emphasise to produce sits on our shoulders to change. On that note:
New Zealand’s news went like this: PRESS RELEASE: “The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 2.5 percent.
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said: “New Zealand’s economic outlook has weakened a little since the March Monetary Policy Statement.
“Political and economic stresses in Europe, along with a run of weaker-than-expected data, have seen New Zealand’s trading partner outlook worsen. Furthermore, there is a small but growing risk that conditions in the euro area deteriorate more markedly than is projected in the June Statement. The Bank is monitoring euro-area developments carefully given the potential for rapid change.
“Increased agricultural production and the weakened global outlook have driven New Zealand’s export commodity prices lower. The resulting moderation in export incomes, although partially offset by depreciation in the exchange rate, will weigh on economic activity in New Zealand. Fiscal consolidation is also likely to constrain demand growth going forward.
“Offsetting these negative influences, housing market activity continues to increase, supported by recent reductions in mortgage interest rates. In addition, repairs and reconstruction in Canterbury are expected to substantially boost construction sector activity in coming quarters. Aggregate GDP growth is projected to pick up slightly to just over 3 percent next year. Given this economic outlook, inflation is expected to settle near the mid-point of the target range.
“It remains appropriate for monetary policy to remain stimulatory, with the OCR being held at 2.5 percent.”
View the Monetary Policy Statement at http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/monpol/statements/
Media Contact: Sonia Speedy, External Communications Adviser.
It mirrors the ‘zero budget’ talk a few weeks back. It gives SOE energy assets sales a stronger chance to seem feasible to sell and privatize in such a climate.
ELECTING OURSELVES A PROSPECTORS’ REALTOR IN THE LAST ELECTION & WHY “MINING” IS SUCH A HARD WORD TO SAY FOR NEW ZEALANDERS?
The most requested artwork today is the artwork: Colour, Value and Perspective by the artist Ngatai Taepa. On the 7th of July 2011, I posted the work online as a reader asked me to. Back then I wrote: Toi Iho writes: “Kia Ora Whanau check out A sneak peek of one of Ngatai Taepa’s incredible new works from his upcoming exhibition, “Colour, Value and Perspective”. The work was on display at Page Blackie Gallery in City-Of Wellington“
“Wow! What a piece from a New Zealand artist!”
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It’s time now to look at why a record number of New Zealanders have left permanently for Australia, in eleven years. What are the key repellents that have been introduced into our culture, political rhetoric (policies favoring some over others) that are causing this record exodus? Are the right topics even beeing discussed on the political landscape at this time? History is simply a matter of editing conversations (records and files), media and thus political consciousness too – simply by the buzz words that are introduced by ’gatekeepers’ that are either attractants and/ or repellents in a culture.
So far, it’s fair to say that a lot of ‘the wrong words’ are being used that are not ‘growing’ the economy (on a declared visible level) or ‘keeping’ many Kiwis to want to be here. (more…)