Wednesday, July 6, 2022

My Daily Digest: June 15, 2021

Making history come to life   We can learn a lot from history. The problem is that the history we are taught is often one-dimensional, written from a single perspective. But that’s beginning to change and it’s a change for the better when it comes to New Zealand food production.

More and more we’re beginning to really hear and better understand the stories of food from a pre-European NZ.

Genomic scientists here are working with iwi to better understand significant native species such as mānuka and rewarewa.

Mānuka especially is a vital species for the primary sector, with significant value being achieved from its healthy properties and its history in Māori medicine.

There are undoubtedly many more native species that could be developed in this way, but it takes the knowledge of tangata whenua, science, and production and processing to bring success.

With more collaboration, we can make this happen.


Bryan Gibson


Code for taonga offers provenance protection

Cracking the genomic codes of New Zealand’s native taonga, including mānuka and rewarewa, are proving valuable exercises not only for what they reveal, but for the skills fostered and a new sensitivity among researchers about the significance of taonga iwi.



Bremworth signs up to NZFAP

Bremworth has signed up to the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP), signalling its support for and adoption of a national wool standard.



High country Angus bull fetches $88k

The first on-farm bull auction for Mt Possession Angus recorded an amazing price of $88,000 for lot 3, bull Q53, paid by Max Tweedie of Hallmark Angus, Tutira, Hawke’s Bay.



NZ pig farmers back petition

New Zealand pig farmers are supporting a petition calling for imported pork to be required to meet the same animal welfare standards as NZ pork.



Concern over SNA costs

It will cost an estimated $9 million or $3000 per site for the Southland District Council (SDC) to map significant natural areas in its territory as required by the Government’s proposed biodiversity strategy.


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