Wairarapa News : January 11th 2012
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Farming is the deadliest job in New Zealand, claiming a life every three weeks on average. Thirty-six people died in work- place accidents up to the end of November last year, including 14 farmers, Department of Labour figures show. But the workplace death toll appears to have fallen compared to 2010, when 75 workers died on the job although that included the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine explosion. Last year, farming was the riskiest occupation, followed by construction, forestry and transport. Quad bike and tractor accidents were the most common causes of death on farms. Other fatalities included the deaths of a Pahiatua farmer crushed by a hay bale in July and a Tuatapere farmer who drowned in a sewage pond in January. Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills said the toll made sad reading. No death is acceptable. We've got to do better. The culture needs to change in some farming com- munities. It's probably more the older group, the traditional, rug- ged, independent farmer,'' he said. If the science says to wear helmets on quad bikes, farmers must take heed, he said. There can be a bit of aggra- vation and dragging the feet but it soon becomes common practice.'' He said farming had always been a risky business. It's an outdoor occupation involving machinery and stock. There's dangerous animals to work with. It's part and parcel of farming that every day you're at risk of injury.'' One of the worst dangers was fatigue. You're too long on a chainsaw or rushing on a motorbike to get a whole lot of jobs done before it gets dark. When you rush, that's when accidents happen.'' Safety could not be compromised. We can't just accept that it's a dangerous occupation so we're going to have injuries.'' Forestry was once notoriously accident-prone, but major improvements in safety standards, equipment and train- ing had resulted in a fall in work- place deaths, Wills said, calling for a similar approach in farming. The average age of those killed in workplace accidents was 54. Fairfax NZ News Plaudits for rush ' Despite being a national icon for our sports teams the silver fern has never featured in the top 10, not even this year after the Rugby World Cup win. ' Philippa Crisp Plant Conservation Network A native species of wetland rush has beaten the silver fern and pohutukawa as the favourite New Zealand plant for 2011. The winning species -- Bam- boo Rush (Sporadanthus ferrugineus)-- highlights many of the issues sur- rounding New Zealand's plants and ecosystems. The tall rush is now only found in the Waikato region because 95 per cent of its wetland habitat has been destroyed. Thousands of votes were cast by plant enthusiasts from New Zealand and around the world with more than 140 different species nomi- nated. The top 10 ranking plants for 2011, according to the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN), range from lowly liver- worts to lofty kauri, and include many rare or threatened species. Some old favourites returned, such as pohutakawa which has won the title twice before. Less well- known species also emerged, such as the New Zealand calceolaria (Jovellana sinclairii) whose showy bell-like flowers mean it is often mistaken for an exotic. Despite being a national icon for our sports teams the silver fern has never featured in the top 10, not even this year after the Rugby World Cup win.'' said network president Philippa Crisp. However, one voter managed to work rugby in to his vote explaining that he voted for Golden Speargrass because the area Richie McCaw comes from is called Hakataramea valley of dancing speargrass','' Ms Crisp says. For full results and more about the nominations, visit nzpcn.org.nz. Water quality better when we are working together Improving levels of dairy farming compliance in the Wellington region reflect growing collaboration between the regional council, dairy farming organisations and the region's dairy farmers, Greater Wel- lington chairwoman Fran Wilde says. The Dairying and Clean Streams Accord Snapshot of Progress report shows 92 per cent of dairy farmers in the Wellington region were fully compliant with the Resource Man- agement Act and resource consent conditions in 2010/11, a significant increase from 53 per cent in 2007/08. Over the same period minor non- compliance has fallen from 41.2 per cent to 6.2 per cent and significant non-compliance dropped from 5.9 per cent to 1.6 per cent. We believe that working closely with farming industry bodies and farmers is contributing to improved levels of compliance and a move towards better farming practices generally,'' Ms Wilde says. During the past few years Greater Wellington has supported DairyNZ and Fonterra in running on-farm seminars to improve practices around dairy effluent management. It has also worked with these and other farming organisations on guidelines for managing stock around waterways. Collaboration between us and the farming community is absolutely imperative to identify and spread best practice rather than solely focusing on the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff -- enforcement action. As the snapshot shows there is still more work to do in our region, '' Ms Wilde says. It's clear that our community wants an improvement in water quality. By working together, we have a much better chance of success,'' she says.
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