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Farming: Does nepotism hold the red meat sector back?

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An aspirational target was set by the Red Meat Sector Strategy Report back in 2011.

Lifestyle: The case for hobbies

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Some clients recently told me that apart from their farm and their family they didn’t have any hobbies.

Money: The timeless parable of Mr. Market

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In the famous 1987 letter to his Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett, the so-called Oracle of Omaha and currently the third richest person in the world, unfolded the concept of Mr. Market for us.

Farming: Putting your money where your mouth is

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Two bold experiments by dairy farmers in the South Island have closed recently.

Lifestyle: Our brains take shortcuts and sometimes get it wrong

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Our brains often take shortcuts when we are trying to assess a new situation.

Money: Stock pickers are “under duress”

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The head of one of the world’s biggest investment organisations has spelt out the urgent need for change in the funds management industry[1].

Farming: More on alternative proteins

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I had feedback on my article last week about a talk I heard from Professor Frank Griffin.

Lifestyle: 5 drinks a week, max!

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If good health is your objective, a massive new study on the safe level of alcohol consumption published in The Lancet medical journal will make you think twice.

Money: Is your bank credit-worthy?

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“Bank depositors’ funds are at risk and we are all responsible for assessing the credit-worthiness of the banks we use,” says the Reserve Bank.

Farming: Leave the cheap end of the market to alternative proteins

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I heard Professor Frank Griffin, Director of Ag@Otago[1], speak last night in Balclutha and I am still buzzing with the excitement he created.

Lifestyle: How old is your heart?

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Jared, my off-sider at work, tells me he only has so many heart beats and he doesn’t want to waste them.

Money: 10 things you need to know about bank failure in New Zealand

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A bank is just a business, set up like most businesses as a limited liability company, and just like any business, it can fail.

Farming: Staying connected

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Did you catch the open letter to Kiwi farmers penned by Matt Shirtcliffe, a latte-sipping Aucklander, a while back?

Lifestyle: Money and happiness

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Two world-wide studies on happiness have just been released.

Money: Noise, from America

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This time I can’t help myself.

Farming: Would you pay $8 more for a steak that protected the waters of Lake Taupo?

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Lake Taupo, The Rakia, The Taieri, The Mataura.

Lifestyle: 10 ways to build resilience

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Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors.

Money: The new normal

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What is normal in investment markets, as in life, is not what you think.

Farming: Life after farming. A study of retired farming couples in Otago/Southland

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I have spent the last two years interviewing retired farmers on how their lives have gone since they moved off the farm and I am publishing the study in a booklet in the next couple of weeks.

Money: Ouch, that fence was electric

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If we're taught anything about money, we're taught that it's a math problem.

Lifestyle: So, you think you are ready to retire?

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It is important to plan for the emotional aspects of retirement as well as the financial ones, says Barry LaValley, a Canadian self-help retirement Guru who recently visited our shores.

Farming: The future of farming. 9 action items

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The success of the agri-food sector is dependent on individuals across the industry placing consumers at the centre of everything they do, according to the …

Lifestyle: Society’s standards

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My, what a fascinating man … How he stares rapturously into that electronic device –

Money: The boy who cried wolf

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The start of the year brings a flood of forecasts, most of which turn out to be hopelessly wrong.

Farming: Paddock to plate

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I am always on the lookout for food producers who have moved up the value chain and I recently discovered a brilliant example of a food producer who … “had a dream”.

Lifestyle: Growing older with alcohol

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As I get older my ability to absorb and break down alcohol reduces. I knew it!

Money: Bitcoin is more than a currency

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Bitcoin is more than a currency and has important implications for food producers.

Farming: What business are farmers in?

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“With all the things we are told about the future of farming, how can I tell what is real and what is a dead end?” asked one of my clients the other day. 

Lifestyle: Health - Looking After Your Nuts and Bolts

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My clients tell me that health is their number one priority in life.

Money: Bitcoin – Bubble, bubble toil and trouble

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To misquote Shakespeare … It seems bitcoin is flavour of the month.