At the crossroads

December 9, 2015

  THE WRITING is on the wall for Fonterra’s chairman John Wilson, his board and management; fed-up farmer shareholders are demanding changes. The co-op’s board and management have again been caught out of step with the owners of the business; it seems the TAF debacle five years ago has been forgotten. Last week nearly 54% […]

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Gutless and boring

December 9, 2015

WINSTON PETERS has been at it again, hiding behind the cloak of Parliamentary privilege to deliver another conspiracy-riddled attack, this time on the directors and farmer shareholders of Silver Fern Farms. Last week Peters took a call in Parliament’s weekly general debate to rant and rave about the SFF/Shanghai Maling deal and made all sorts […]

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Common sense prevails

August 26, 2015

IT APPEARS much of the angst and anger percolating through the farming sector over proposed changes to health and safety regulations may now have eased. The parliamentary transport and industrial relations select committee – charged with reviewing the Health and Safety Reform Bill – has recently reported back and proposed changes, many of which the […]

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Trade deal on the way?

August 25, 2015

IT IS understood that top officials from 12 Pacific nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact are planning to convene in Hawaii at the end of this month for a final push to get agreement – an indication that we may be nearing a deal. The US Congress last month expanded negotiating authority […]

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What’s wrong with simplicity?

August 25, 2015

THE NEWS that Fonterra is to hire international consulting firm McKinsey & Co to see what needs to be changed in the organisation is breathtaking. It seems a lot of people in the co-op are earning a million or more dollars a year, so what don’t such people know and why can’t they fix it […]

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Unbuggering the muddle

August 25, 2015

WORKPLACE RELATIONS Minister Michael Woodhouse recently described the existing workplace safety legislation a ‘bugger’s muddle’. It seems the proposed new legislation isn’t much better, given that it’s been sent back to the transport and industrial relations select committee for “further consideration” – code for “it’s still a bugger’s muddle”. Everywhere farmers are revolting at the […]

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What is going on at Fonterra?

April 8, 2015

FONTERRA’S HALF-YEAR results make unhappy reading to its 10,500 farmers, many struggling with drought and a precariously low payout. The co-op’s much heralded ‘V3’ strategy – volume, value and velocity – is leaving farmers vexed. Last week’s round of farmer meetings were heated, with some threatening to pull milk supply, others questioning the co-op’s ethos. […]

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That’s it!

March 17, 2015

  ENOUGH IS enough! That’s our message to the nutter or nutters responsible for the latest food safety scare to hit the dairy industry. Whoever sent those anonymous letters containing white powder laced with high concentrations of 1080 to Federated Farmers and Fonterra three months ago is an eco-terrorist; this person or persons must be […]

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Another doorstop?

March 4, 2015

THE MEAT Industry Excellence Group’s (MIE) much-vaunted and so far highly secretive report into meat sector reforms is due to be released later this month. No one can accuse MIE and its supporters of lacking passion or determination, and their initial efforts in rousing farmer support and getting endorsed candidates onto the boards of Alliance […]

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Mindset change needed

February 19, 2015

  THE SAFER Farms initiative, recently introduced by WorkSafe NZ, is a timely one. Since 2008, 120 people have been killed working on farms in New Zealand: four times more people died on farms last year than in forestry or construction. Figures show that someone is killed on a farm every fortnight; this is a […]

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