Newsletter 21.06.15

Commerce
Farmers sailing close to the wind should look at the option of fixed milk pricing for next season, and perhaps contact their power supplier and ask for a fixed rate as well. Kerry Adams of DAA Chartered Accountants says it is a type of futures market, but it will certainly help budgets and cash flows, and although they’ll lose if the prices go the wrong way next year, fixing the power rate is probably the safest bet. He says it’s a case of talking it through with bankers and accountants and making an informed decision.
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Livestock
The 50,000 sheep and 3000 cattle are well on their way to their new lives enjoying sunshine and sex for the rest of their days but everything possible has been done to make their voyage comfortable. Early indications are that all the precautions taken have worked and life on board is totally relaxed and all living very happily together.
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Community
You don’t have to spend lots on a holiday and when you do have one, you’ll be a lot more efficient. That’s the call from Nicola Knapp who admits she only went on holiday after her Doctor insisted she should and it made a huge difference. Nicola, who works for World Travellers in Christchurch says it’s amazing how a little money can go a long way if you ask a travel agent to dig the packages out for you, and the difference in attitude when you come back is amazing.
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Innovation & Technology
We should be looking at ways of utilising what we are treating as by-products. That’s according to Lincoln University professor Charles Brennan. He says there’s research looking at reusing such things as the malt extract after the brewing process has finished with it, and that in the near future we can expect there to be nearlyzero waste in the farming industry.
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Commerce
The focus on Auckland house prices isn’t just a media beat up, New Zealand and Australia are a long way ahead of the rest of the world with respect to housing and the Government is running out of options. John Walley says in the mid-1990s New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA and the OECD averages were all about the same. But now Australasia prices have bolted. John is a long term advocate for Capital gains Tax but says with interest rates dropping and the dollar dropping, the Reserve Bank has to bite the bullet to bring us back in line with the rest of the world.
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The dollar and interest rates dropping, with a forecast of another drop next month, is very good news for farmers, but now it’s the turn of the export marketing people to get a move on. Brent Rawstron, himself a successful exporter says as our dairy produce drops in value, the marketing people have to sell even harder. Fonterra have dropped off a raft of employees in a move to reduce costs, but as any marketing base company knows, it’s more efficient to increase sales than to save money.
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Community
After a huge weekend of successful motor sport events for New Zealanders, awareness has to be huge across the world. Haddon Padden was second in the WRC rally of Italy, a feat that caught the organisers who didn’t have a NZ flag and had to borrow an All Black silver fern from a member of crowd, plus Kiwis were first and second at the 24 hour Le mans race, and a Kiwi won his class at the Isle of Man TT.   Brent Rawstron says the billions of motorsport fans around the world are now very much aware of our small South Pacific Islands.

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