Friday, July 8, 2022

My Daily Digest: February 15, 2021

Time to renew our covid commitment Lockdown’s back – at least for those in the greater Auckland region. News of three community cases of what turned out to be the UK variant of covid-19 last night, sure put the brakes on most people’s relaxing weekend. The wait starts now to see if there’s community transfer further than the three known cases.

In the meantime, it’s a good time to renew our commitment to scanning, cleaning and social distancing.

We’ve been lucky enough to be able to live pretty much normally for a while now, but that status was a result of the good work we put in last year to eliminate covid-19 in the community.

We all have a part to play.


Bryan Gibson


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New Zealand Merino (NZM) launches their first 100% regenerative wool platform. NZM’s general manager for sustainability and markets Dave Maslen joins us. 


RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan has the latest weather forecast. 


A plant-based factory is expected to bring farmer opportunities. New Zealand Functional Foods chair Roger Carruthers will explain the oat milk process from seed to supermarket.

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