September 24, 2008

Reduced Fonterra Payout will hit economy says Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman

24 September 2008

Reduced dairy payout will hit economy

Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Lachlan McKenzie warned while New Zealand’s major economic tap is not being turned off, it is being turned down.

He made the comments following today’s announcement by Fonterra Cooperative Group, that in the space of the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons the payout is set to go from the $7.66 announced today, to $6.60 per kilogram of milksolids (/kgms) forecast for next season. Mr McKenzie said this reduction will suck $1.2 billion out of the economy in 2008/2009.

“Bearing in mind the champagne corks popped over the billion dollar gain from the proposed multilateral free trade agreement with the United States, this is more than offset by the $1.2 billion that will be lost to the economy over the next twelve months. Dairy is not the ‘one-way bet’ some commentators, politicians and policy makers may have believed until now.”

“That said, if we were looking at a forecast of $6.60/kgms even three years ago, dairy farmers would have been celebrating. The difference from three years ago is the New Zealand economy is now in recession with farmers facing increased year-on-year working costs of 10%. With large on-farm debt levels this reduced payout forecast will have a major economic impact.”

“In the last three years alone my personal on farm costs alone have increased by the equivalent of $1.50/kgms. We hope Government and councils alike will show restraint and discipline on new compliance costs affecting the agricultural industry.”

Mr McKenzie called on Dr. Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, to institute a one percent cut in the Official Cash Rate on 23 October to avoid a hard economic landing.

“Around a year ago the dairy sector was singled out as the reason interest rates were kept high. That logic no longer holds as the entire business sector needs relief from crippling interest rates.”

Federated Farmers also asks councils to plan for restraint in the setting of rates for the 2009/10 financial year.

“With the economy in recession Federated Farmers calls into question the wisdom an emissions trading scheme that includes agriculture. There is also concern over the unknown costs associated with the proposed National Animal Identification Traceability (NAIT) system let alone potential regional fuel tax levies. If ever there was a time for prudence it is now,” said Mr McKenzie.

September 22, 2008

Back Roads Kaipara Issue 1

If you want to have a little read of some of our local history try Back Roads. Three Issues were released in print Issue 4 though will be in digital format only due to a tight budget.

September 21, 2008

Don't Forget we turn 150 years old in 2013

Hard to believe that in just five short years Maungaturoto, Paparoa and Matakohe will celebrate 150 years of settlement. Celebrations like this take planning and some willing people to get involved. How about giving Alan Flower a call and having a chat. This is important enough that we should be getting a group together and networking with other interested people in the area. I'm in the process of digitising some of our photos and now well used and tired looking local history books. A CD-rom is available at the Community Library for anyone keen to have a read of the Maungaturoto Co-operative Dairy Company History 1902 - 1952. Full digitised version is below - enjoy

September 15, 2008

Finally A Coach for Parents!!!

With deadlines approaching one particular email that came in caught my attention. It came from Gloria Ramsey who is a Parenting Coach. What a great idea. Gloria is a great person to talk to. Don't feel embarrased to give her a call - afterall there is no manual around for being a parent but having the positive encouragement and support of a Parenting Coach like Gloria - things will be looking up and yes perhaps I'll admit it this is a shameless plug but a good one.
Read this document on Scribd: ESP for Parents Course Brochure

September 14, 2008

Maungaturoto Matters September 2008 Parts 1 and 2

Read this document on Scribd: Issue 84 September 2008 Part 2

Mangaturoto Matters August 2008

Read this document on Scribd: Maungaturoto Matters Issue 83 August 2008

So I've started a blog for Maungaturoto - Why?

This is one of those very quick so why start one at all posts. I'll make it simple enough - it was needed. We can't print letters to the editor in the Maungaturoto Matters so I decided as Editor to start a blog especially for Maungaturoto People. There's a lot of issues of late affecting our community. Now and then I get notes asking me why things are they way they are or to go digging into things that have been going on. Well I'm not a journalist. Just the mother of three daughters, working fulltime and living on a Lifestyle Block. So folks this blog is for you. Join the team write an opinion - or better still if you're blogging as well send me the link and I'll add you onto the Maungie Bloggers list. Until the next post - see you then.