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the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill is now law of the land.
New Zealanders are hopeless at demanding transparency from their investment providers.
The Prime Minister’s speech to the United Nations in September last year called for a new world order based on “kindness”.
Last week I introduced the concept of Regenerative Farming as practiced by Ian Mitchell-Innes, a South African guru, using mobs of animals to quickly take off the top third of the swarth and move them on to the next patch.
Next time you're in a meeting, try this: don't say anything. Just listen.
The article on Warren Buffett last week caused a bit of a stir where he claimed that people were wasting their time trying to pick companies when they could be buying an index fund.
There is a new game in town, and it has had a boost from a visit by one of its guru’s, a South African farmer, with an eye to improving farmers’ profitability.
I spoke to a Rotary group last week and out of 15 or so people in the audience, only two had hearing aids. Given the age of the audience, and the guilty looks when I mentioned untreated hearing loss being a significant problem, there were several in the group who should have been getting some help.
The ‘Oracle of Omaha’ has spoken, as he does every year in his letter to shareholders.
Life can be brutally short.
The Forbes 400 is a list of the wealthiest Americans which is published every year and I am sure it brings a mix of prestige and annoyance to those who find themselves on it.
This is the most incredible looking carpet I have ever seen, and it is 100% New Zealand Perendale wool, made in Denmark.
Frances (10) is back-to-school but at a totally new school, Balmacewen Intermediate, where she knows no-one.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Is there a farmer out there who would support the introduction of a comprehensive capital gains tax in New Zealand?
Our farming book of the year … The Resilient Farmer, by Doug Avery, a man to speak the language of farmers, with a soaring message of hope and redemption.
I have two of Nigella Lawson’s Ultimate Christmas Puddings on the bench at home waiting for their final steam.
The Intelligent Investor, The Definitive Book on Value Investing, by Benjamin Graham.
If we were to meet in three years’ time, what must have happened for you to consider those years a success?
The other week I was in Sydney for an investment conference.
Had a Hayward lately?
As a recreational hunter myself I consider Kiwis so lucky to be able to head into the hills and harvest free range, organic meat … with the added benefit of full traceability!
Share markets have been on a roller-coaster for the past 7 weeks.
For a long time, it has been assumed that the ability of the brain to change itself based upon new experiences, peaks at a young age and then gradually decreases as one gets older.
There are four areas of contaminant loss that farmers are busy addressing:
I recently made a great investment.
Spending in retirement – “Where is the money going to come from to support our lifestyle and how much do we need?”
Blake Holgate, a sustainability analyst with Rabobank based in Dunedin, gave us an overview of the issues farmers are dealing with on the environmental front.
Could Leo Tolstoy have something to tell us at this time?
I was reminded the other day of the value of celebrating mistakes rather than feeling guilty about them.
I am not so interested in swimming in rivers, they are a bit cold for my liking, but I do like to fish in them.
Is this diversification?
It is Friday afternoon and I have just received a text from my new cleaner who started today to say that our home is all done.
When a business outsources some of its operations it can be to save money, or it can be to obtain expertise.
Men have a reputation of not being good at talking about their feelings and this might be part of the problem we face with our mental health and in our relationships with women.
Lately, it has been impossible to avoid media articles about how the next market crash is over-due.
I have been let down by promises made around digital technology in the past and I was intrigued to discover whether the hype around digital technology in farming was delivering what was promised.
10 years ago, Wall Street imploded.
I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to generalising from small samples.
Two days with Doug and Wendy Avery and their team in Blenheim, exploring resilient farming with a group of farmers?
I am trying to radically improve the quality of my sleep.
The Retirement Pyramid is a nifty little graphic I came across recently which I have adapted.
In the last two weeks we have seen two surveys published on famer confidence.
Our sensory systems (taste, smell, hearing, balance and vision) pull information from the outside world for our brains to make sense of so we can react appropriately.
In a June 1999 interview, Warren Buffett, one of the most famous investors of all time, said, “Success in investing doesn’t correlate with IQ.
When talking about money with your partner, you know the #1 Rule don’t you - no shame, no blame?
I have just read an opinion piece in the NZFarmer by Pita Alexander about a farmer’s son back from looking around overseas.
I have just discovered the Farmstrong website and I can recommend it.
Mild hearing loss?
When someone tells me about the money habits of their partner, I ask them if they have mentioned it to them.
We have had two days at the South Island Dairy Event known as SIDE here in Dunedin.
“Why are we as dairy farmers worrying about life after farming?
Years ago, Goldman Sachs, an American investment banking organisation, had a brilliant idea, since copied many times.
These three names are etched on my brain after attending an Otago Field Day on their 290 ha farm at Waipahi where we helped them celebrate winning three significant Otago awards:
Many of the worthwhile things in life look easy but don’t always turn out that way; in practice they turn out to be harder than first imagined.
As a father of three young boys who grew up competing quite strongly with each other I am relieved that as adults they are extremely close and supportive of each other.
I just listened to a Southland vet, Mark Bryan, talking on Radio NZ about the uncertainty facing Southland and South Otago dairy farmers.
The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water.
If you 65 or over or are interested in the broken promises of political parties, you will be interested to learn that the Labour Party election promise to pay all superannuitant couples $700 over winter to help with their winter heating bills has been fiddled.
An aspirational target was set by the Red Meat Sector Strategy Report back in 2011.
Some clients recently told me that apart from their farm and their family they didn’t have any hobbies.
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.
Two bold experiments by dairy farmers in the South Island have closed recently.
Our brains often take shortcuts when we are trying to assess a new situation.
The head of one of the world’s biggest investment organisations has spelt out the urgent need for change in the funds management industry.
I had feedback on my article last week about a talk I heard from Professor Frank Griffin.
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.
“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.
I heard Professor Frank Griffin, Director of Ag@Otago, speak last night in Balclutha and I am still buzzing with the excitement he created.
Jared, my off-sider at work, tells me he only has so many heart beats and he doesn’t want to waste them.
A bank is just a business, set up like most businesses as a limited liability company, and just like any business, it can fail.
Did you catch the open letter to Kiwi farmers penned by Matt Shirtcliffe, a latte-sipping Aucklander, a while back?
Two world-wide studies on happiness have just been released.
This time I can’t help myself.
Lake Taupo, The Rakia, The Taieri, The Mataura.
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.
What is normal in investment markets, as in life, is not what you think.
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.
If we're taught anything about money, we're taught that it's a math problem.
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.
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 …
My, what a fascinating man … How he stares rapturously into that electronic device –
The start of the year brings a flood of forecasts, most of which turn out to be hopelessly wrong.
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”.
As I get older my ability to absorb and break down alcohol reduces. I knew it!
Bitcoin is more than a currency and has important implications for food producers.
“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.
My clients tell me that health is their number one priority in life.
To misquote Shakespeare … It seems bitcoin is flavour of the month.