Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Will Lusi deliver rain from the sky like diamonds?

Will Lusi deliver rain from the sky like diamonds?


With Cyclone Lusi having potential to be a significant adverse weather event for farmers nationwide, others on the parched West Coast of the North Island, Waikato, Auckland and Hauraki Coromandel, will be hoping for long overdue rain.

“While Cyclone Lusi has the potential to destroy, its unpredictable tropical nature also has the real potential to bring life back to parched pasture,” says Katie Milne, Federated Farmers Adverse Events spokesperson.

“Being a Coaster myself, I can tell you we are getting prepped right now as ought to be every farmer in New Zealand. While the rain will be of huge benefit we’ve got a storm to negotiate first.

“Federated Farmers hope is that Lusi will correct severe soil moisture deficits in the upper North Island and see drought concerns recede.

“I know there'll be a fair number of members in Waikato and Northland who’ll dance a jig at the first drops of rain. Some on the North Island’s West Coast haven’t seen decent rain since last November.

“For other farmers this is like the calm before the storm. It is an ideal time to take stock of farm preparedness because there is some talk of Lusi being of Bola-like proportions.

“That’s why we’ve put together some quick tips that we’ve just sent out to members. It’s common sense really, but in a storm like this, your first duty is to your kith and kin.

“Going out into the teeth of a storm only invites disaster. The best thing you can do is to ensure your family, your stock and your property is prepared for any eventuality Lusi will bring.

“Federated Farmers will be watching developments over the weekend should we need to swing into gear,” Mrs Milne concluded.

Federated Farmers Quick Tips

FARM HOUSING/OUT BUILDINGS:
§ Talk to your neighbours about needs and pooling resources
§ Top up bottles, jugs with potable water in case the storm disrupt water supplies
§ Check your household for torches/batteries as well as food and a portable radio
§ In case power fails, make sure your BBQ has a full bottle of gas for cooking
§ Ensure you have tarpaulins just in case house or shed roof lift in high wind.

AROUND THE FARM:
§ Move stock away from the expected prevailing wind direction/low lying flood prone areas
§ Check supplementary feed is protected from the elements
§ Check generators work with adequate fuel/lubricants to hand
§ Ensure your farm has fuel available for tractors, utes, quads etc
§ Ensure chainsaws and safety gear is in good order
§ Check around your property and secure loose items that become dangerous in high winds.

COMMUNICATIONS:
§ Make sure you have old fashioned corded phone
§ Charge up every mobile phone you have (as long as it takes a SIM it will work)
§ If power does fail, use SMS text instead of voice to conserve cell tower batteries
§ Ensure handheld UHF radios and battery packs are fully charged.

DURING THE STORM:
§ Wait until the storm has passed to undertake any remedial/repair work. There’s very little that can be achieved in the eye of howling gale, aside from putting your life and that of others in jeopardy.

AFTER THE STORM:
§ Once it is safe undertake a stocktake of your farm and approaches:
o The state of road approaches and farm tracks
o Identify damaged or highly strained fence lines
o Look for downed or leaning trees including exposed root beds. Take care and if it’s too big a job then call in a contractor
o Survey the farm for damaged buildings, bridges or infrastructure
o Be aware of downed power lines, or lines which are still on farm buildings or fences. Please treat all downed lines as LIVE and consult your lines company
§ Discuss needs with your insurer, for example, specialist rural insurer FMG.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hager Revelations: Inquiry Into NZSIS Release Of Goff Docs

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information to Mr Cameron Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes...

“I am satisfied there is a sufficient public interest justifying the commencement of an own-motion inquiry into the substance of the issues raised with my Office,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

Goff: Director’s Letter Contradicts Key’s Claims

At yesterday’s media standup, when asked on the topic John Key said ‘I wasn’t told’...
“In a letter dated November 2011 former SIS director Warren Tucker states three times that ‘in accordance with the usual practice of keeping the minister informed’ the Prime Minister had been told. More>>


 

Parliament Today:

Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Fish Pun Warning: By Hoki! It’s Labour’s Fisheries Policy

A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More>>

ALSO:

It's Official: Governor General Gives Direction To Conduct Election

The Governor General has signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the General Election on 20 September 2014. This is the formal authority to run the 2014 election, and enables candidate nominations to open tomorrow Thursday 21 August 2014. More>>

Gordon Campbell: No More Mr Nice Guy

When future historians seek to identify the exact moment when the prime ministerial career of John Key hit the downward slope, they may well point to Key’s interview yesterday with Guyon Espiner on RNZ’s Morning Report. More>>

ALSO:

Dirty (Politics) Weekend: Collins’ Admission Reason For Key To Act

"Despite claiming that the evidence about her in Nicky Hager's book was ‘false’ Judith Collins has now been forced to admit that she did send information about a Ministerial Services staff member to Cameron Slater for him to use in a baseless smear campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Potential Disasters: Underground Coal Fire On Denniston Plateau

Forest & Bird says one or more coal fires have broken out beneath the Denniston Plateau, and that the Department of Conservation (DOC) must stop Bathurst Resources’ preparatory mining work going on there until the fire or fires are extinguished. More>>

ALSO:

Bikes: Nats Plan $100 Million For Urban Cycleways

Prime Minister John Key has today announced $100 million in new funding will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres. More>>

ALSO:

New Tax Bracket, Child Poverty Fund: Greens Launch Billion Dollar Plan To Reduce Child Poverty

The Green Party has launched a billion dollar package to significantly reduce child poverty in New Zealand. The details of the plan were released at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news