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My Daily Digest: December 7, 2020

Government needs to walk the talk  The Government’s decision to decarbonise itself by 2025 is a great one, but only if it actually uses some local know-how and innovation from the primary sector.

We got in touch with various ministries to ask if wool fibres would be front and centre in the greening of state infrastructure.

The answer? Maybe.

The Government’s pledge to hold itself to high standards on GHGs will only have an impact if it’s followed through with actions that benefit the planet and New Zealanders.

Filling new state buildings with plastic isn’t the answer.

There is an iconic NZ product – wool – waiting for its time in the sun again. It’d be a shame to throw shade on it when the country is looking for leadership.

Bryan Gibson 


No decisions on carbon neutral specifics yet

A requirement for government buildings to meet higher energy efficient ratings is not immediately translating into using wool carpets or insulation.


Beef farmers bag SFF’s silver plate

Coromandel beef farmers Brent and Kara Lilley have been named this year’s Silver Fern Farms (SFF) Plate to Pasture Award winners.


Bright prospects for biotech

Strict border controls, southern geography and a good business environment have set New Zealand up well for future biotech innovation, a recently published report has found.


Call goes out for more cashmere goat farmers

Cashmere wool producers are struggling to keep up with demand and need more farmers to get on board.


Reverse Fonterra favouritism, says Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission is recommending the reversal of changes to the regulation of dairy giant Fonterra, which only passed into law in July.


Tonight on Sarah’s Country: 

7:10pm – Meat sector unveils its four key goals for the next five years. Meat Industry Association chief executive Sirma Karapeeva explains. 

7:20pm – Natural fibres could be a game changer as wool and hemp merge. Chair of the newly-formed NZNF Craig Carr explains how they aim to be a pioneer in the global natural fibres revolution.

7:30pm –  The Productivity Commission wants the primary sector to focus more on “value-add” exports. Principal of the Dairy Link consultancy Earl Rattray explains. 

7:40 pm – How will the NZ chair of the APEC  business advisory council shape our economic direction? Newly-elected chair and chief executive of Kono Rachel Taulelei joins us. 

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