Archive for September, 2012

Alliance to transfer Mataura sheepmeat processing to Lorneville

September 28, 2012

Alliance Group announced this afternoon its intention to close its sheep and lamb processing operations at its Mataura plant and transfer them to its main Southland lamb plant at Lorneville. Mataura’s beef facility which has recently had a $15 million upgrade will continue to process beef with its remaining staff count of more than 400. (more…)

Meat Workers Union must report correct accounts by 12 October

September 27, 2012

The Registrar of Incorporated Societies, Neville Harris, has given the NZ Meat Workers Union (NZWMU) a deadline of 12 October to provide consolidated accounts for the 2011 financial year. The union has been given more time to provide similar details for the previous five years which cover the period since the national union took over the branches which were previously Incorporated Societies in their own right. (more…)

Government attempts to involve primary sectors in biosecurity cost-sharing

September 17, 2012

Last week the Biosecurity Reform Bill passed into law. As it announced in June, the Government wants primary sector groups to participate in the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for biosecurity decision making and cost sharing. The Primary Production Committee which was responsible for the final draft of the Bill received more than 40 submissions. (more…)

Meat inspection no longer exclusively provided by AsureQuality

September 9, 2012

Last Tuesday AFFCO’s Imlay plant in Whanganui was the first to be allowed to introduce meat inspection by its own employees. Till then this function has been performed exclusively by government employed meat inspectors, originally employed by MAF, subsequently by the SOE AsureQuality. (more…)

Boot Camp stimulates insights and understanding of consumer demand

September 3, 2012

My readers may be pleasantly surprised that I have decided to return to less contentious topics than my last piece about overseas investment. The downside is that this will be far less provocative and may not give the readers the chance to question my intellect, political leanings and status in society or to accuse me of treason for having the gall to support overseas investment in land. (more…)