July 21, 2015

New Zealand will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness...

 Exciting plans from the New Zealand Veterinary world

“By 2030 New Zealand Inc will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness,” New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) President Dr. Steve Merchant said today.

Around 70 percent of human infectious diseases, including meningitis, anthrax and salmonellosis (food poisoning) have come from animals.

 “With sharply increasing levels of resistance to antibiotics worldwide, we want animals and, by extension, humans to enter the ‘post-antibiotic’ era as safely as possible.”

Dr Merchant said this is a significant undertaking, requiring considerable teamwork and commitment from the veterinary profession, working with the medical, scientific, government and relevant primary industry sectors.
He described the prize as “enormous” for New Zealand Inc and the world.
“Given the wide acceptance that the future for antibiotics is limited, and the close links between animals, humans and the environment we share, achieving this goal is essential,” Dr Merchant said.

“New Zealand is well suited to this challenge; given our size, proximity of the various specialities and relevant industry sectors, and already low use of antibiotics.”

Examples include:
  • Zero use of antibiotics in aquaculture
  • New Zealand is the world’s third lowest user of antibiotics on animals
  • Increasing focus on animal ‘wellness’
  • New Zealand’s grass-based farm management systems.

“These represent a sound platform, and veterinarians’ role at the intersection of animal life, human life and the environment makes ours a logical profession to be taking a lead,” Dr Merchant said.
“Achieving this goal will require a concerted international collaborative effort involving attitudinal and behavioural change across government, research, human health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and a range of associated industries – as well as the public.”
“Veterinarians will use and advocate for careful antibacterial management and monitoring based on responsible use of existing antibiotics, as we work with our industry partners to jointly test and develop the necessary alternatives." 

July 15, 2015

Home sweet home

Yes I am home - and to a lovely surprise. The family had a working bee while I was away and got a truck in to cart away the extra soil and box in the front garden so that we can fully landscape the driveway.  Having some happy time on Pinterest checking out ideas for plants and arrangements.  Haven't taken pics yet.... later!

While still in Nelson we went up the Maitai River and explored this swimming hole.  Such a gorgeous, peaceful spot..

 We were joined by a couple with their three dogs. Well, actually, although from a distance this looked vaguely like a Brittany Spaniel, we finally recognised from the unusual body language that it was in fact a pet goat. They brought it in the car to play with their dogs,

After a productive morning in Nelson we stopped for coffee and a peaceful spell in the sun at the Crusty Crab on the Monaco Peninsula... yum. http://thepointstudio.co.nz/cafe-crusty-crab/

And had a look at the glassworks in the attached gallery.

On my last day we went to see the latest World of Wearable Arts exhibition - the 2014 garments.  Some stunning work...loved the detialing.

Sulphur Crested Frockatoo

and we popped into Eyebright for a final jewellery haul, and alpaca wool to make a felted hat that should look something like this one! Yeah right - but I am going to give it a go :)


On the Appleby Highway we stopped to take pics of the ruined house that is soon to be demolished...so this picture is for you Meike. I was inspired by your recent post! http://librarianwithsecrets.blogspot.co.nz/2015/07/places-of-interest.html

An article about it was in the Nelson Mail
So a great week. Dinner at Three Rooms Restaurant, coffee at the Grape Escape, catch ups with friends at their home aka Cafe Angelus, and lots of good memories. And of course, five days of sun. A total blessing in mid winter.
Thanks Libby and Davy

It was a great flight home. Nose pressed to the window!

Poppy very happy to see me :)

My cousin Alison from the UK arrives for a visit here on Friday... she's a little busy at the moment paragliding with her sons in Queenstown but will be great to see her again after um um twenty years? Next month her brother Andrew is also due - it never rains but it pours! They were both born in New Zealand but grew up in the UK - and I was the other way round. We intersected for a few years in the middle of the moves.

July 9, 2015

Nelson - A freak of geography and I love it

Flew out of Christchurch yesterday in freezing weather with a southerly polar blast sweeping the country. I hear there was sleet and a miserable night there. Even Wellington was getting snow on the hills...
Flights have been delayed and roads closed as a wintry blast starts to move over the south of the country.
The cold snap was set to move up both islands over the week, bringing chilly temperatures as far north as Kaitaia.
 It had already brought significant snowfall to parts of the South Island, closing several roads.
Arrived to warm sun in Nelson and it is here again today.  Cold in the shade  but a beautiful day.
Some geographical freak of nature is protecting them from all this bad weather....

We had breakfast in the sun on the deck...

Seafood lunch with Libby at Mapua Wharf

Lots of shopping in Mapua and Motueka then home through beautiful scenery at high tide...

The mountains are beautiful with snow capped tips.

So far so good - but will it last!

Missing Poppy and Jess and the boys but loving the break

July 6, 2015

A weekend of highs and lows....

A sad weekend - our lovely cat Beatrice has finally gone.  She was almost fifteen... the second to go from the litter of three we adopted so many years ago... Just Rupert left.
We have many happy memories and I can see her grave from the kitchen window.
The house is so quiet without her.  Shed a lot of tears.
Forever remembered for her appetite and smoochy nature...

On a happier note I had dinner out at Burnham and met new baby Poppy.
So gorgeous.  Two weeks old and tiny and precious.
Was lovely to have cuddles.

Then I found out a friend's husband had died...suddenly. Very hard for her and I know what a shock it would have been. It reminded me of hearing about Arch's death. Even harder to cope with the fact it has been five years since he died. Pre-earthquake. So much has changed.  Life plays out its triumphs and tragedies and we just go along for the ride.  It is good to take stock of the highs as well as the lows.

We have recovered from our week of three birthdays in the family - Alex, Jess and Kirsty all share the same week. At least it means we get to do a lot of celebrating, and eat a lot of cake!  Haven't got all the pictures taken back yet so can't post any.

Meanwhile, Kirsty has returned to her studies in Dunedin and says it is freezing down there too - It is  -4C here tonight but not snowing yet. The days have been sunny and this week I am enjoying some time off and looking forward to another trip to Nelson.  Here's hoping the snow doesn't disrupt travel plans!


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