The Daily Blog Open Mic – 3rd March 2024


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  1. NZ Geographic – top journalism and images – about us and what we care about!
    The Weekender // The tale of Hams Hall
    You are a British lord, and the local council has turned the river flowing through your estate into an open sewer. What do you do? You sue.
    You are a Peruvian farmer, high in the Andes, and melting glaciers are threatening to obliterate the town you live in. What do you do? You sue.

    Or you’re Mike Smith, and sea-level rise is gnawing at your whenua in Northland. Warming waters threaten your kaimoana. What do you do?
    Taking companies to court for causing climate change is an increasingly common form of activism–but it’s been difficult to bring such cases in Commonwealth nations such as New Zealand because of the legal system we inherited from the British.

    But it turns out that a British court decision from the 19th century–the guy suing over his unswimmable river–may turn that all around….

    Background –

    …Karen Morrison’s been the project’s Linkwater catchment coordinator for three years.
    She runs a small dairy farm with her parents, Nigel and Christine. They milk about 220 cows.
    “There are six farms here that are now involved, and initially we decided that we wanted to do some baseline water monitoring to see what the quality was like,” she says.

    Learning about the health of their waterways gave the farmers a solid starting point to work from.
    Karen said some nitrate and E.coli contamination was picked up in the results, but they discovered that it wasn’t all from farmland.
    “There’s a lot of nitrates coming out of the gorse and broom in the forests … and some of the E.coli is from the deer and the pigs that play in our waterways.”
    Since then, they’ve worked together as a group, to sort out what the best way forward is, to improve environmental outcomes.

    “There’s been waterways fenced off, which we’ve had funding through the project for, there’s a lot of native planting gone in, there’s been funding for that too, and most of us have released dung beetles as well. So that was all at the start, and we’ve now just continued doing that sort of work.”
    The beetles, which are also subsidised, are known to rapidly break down dung, reducing the time that it is present on the pasture surface, and increasing the turnover of available grazing area.

    Karen said it will take at least five years before they’ll see any significant results.
    “Hopefully [with the beetles] there won’t be the runoff if we have a rain event and it also means too that, potentially, we won’t need to use so much synthetic fertilisers.”…

    This is about our real farmers in NZ/AO – not the ‘Queen Street’ ones.

  3. This sounds good for part of Awkwardland.
    (The Portage referred to here isn’t the one in Top of the South Marlborough.)
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    Embracing Change: Marcus Amosa Brings Fresh Perspective Into Portage Licensing Trust Leadership
    Sunday, 3 March 2024, 5:43 am
    Press Release: Portage Licensing Trust
    Auckland, 01.03.2024 – The Portage Licensing Trust, an important West Auckland community voice, is excited to announce the appointment of Marcus Amosa as the new President. The decision comes amidst a shifting public sentiment that calls for increased focus on returning more benefits to the local residents.

    Marcus Amosa, a NZDF returned serviceman and the current Chair of the Avondale Business Association, brings a fresh perspective and a deep-rooted connection to West Auckland. A Samoan father of a young daughter, Marcus attended Glen Eden Primary School through to Kelston Boys High. He enjoys working collaboratively with diverse ideas and has a passion for fostering a vibrant and thriving community….
    Portage Road in the Ōtāhuhu suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, follows the path of Te Tō Waka, one of the Māori canoe portages between the Tāmaki River (an arm of the Hauraki Gulf) and the Manukau Harbour, which facilitated access between the eastern and western sides of the North Island.
    Portage Road, Ōtāhuhu – Wikipedia › wiki › Portage_Road,_Ōtāhuhu


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