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Silver Fern Farms' Silverstream lamb
processing plant near Mosgiel will not
open for the start of its season as usual in
December --- but it is not being closed.
While the plant's 12-strong management
team are in consultation over potential
redundancy, Silver Fern and the New
Zealand Meat Workers' Union are confident
the Finegand plant near Balclutha could
take the up to 180 boning staff should they
choose to transfer there.
With no staff meeting or statements sent
to individual staff, there is confusion over
the plant's future and it was "inadequate
for workers to be left dangling", Otago-
Southland Meat Workers' Union branch
president Daryl Carran said.
"Because Silverstream is for overflow
processing, to bone lamb at the peak of the
season, it 's more open to volatility."
Silver Fern chief executive Keith Cooper
confirmed when contacted there would not
be a start in December, but he was confident
Finegand had the capacity to take the
When asked if or when a meeting would
be held or a statement would go to staff,
Mr Cooper said the company was "in
consultation with staff and did not want to
mislead them" in making a statement, given
the "fluid situation" of the meat markets.
"We are dealing with the management team
first," he said. It could include redundancies
or transfer to other Silver Fern plants.
Mr Cooper said declining numbers meant
about 300,000 fewer lambs this season for
Silver Fern, but both he and Mr Carran
hoped a European turnaround in demand
and prices could open Silverstream.
Mr Carran said staff not wanting to go
to Finegand should not have their re-
employment rights disadvantaged, while
for those going to Finegand it would not be
considered a permanent transfer.
Mr Carran said with Finegand's
seasonal turnover at 25%-30% and
coupled with internal job moves to the
recently reinstated casing department,
Finegand would have the capacity to
employ Silverstream staff. However, he
expected some staff would opt to remain
in Dunedin and look for work elsewhere.
--- Otago Daily Times
Silver Fern plant stays open
Rich and famous globetrotters
visiting Queenstown will be
made welcome by a new $200,000
dedicated corporate jet terminal
early next year.
e Queenstown Airport
Corporation (QAC) announced
yesterday it had signed an
agreement to lease land next to
the terminal building to develop a
fixed-base operation for corporate
jet passengers to be developed
by Auckland-based corporate jet
handling company Air Centre
One and Capital Jet Ser vices, of
e lease begins on January 1,
2014 and the new mini terminal,
to be known as "Queenstown
Corporate Jet Ser vices", will be
built on a small strip of land
between the international arrivals
area and the Hertz building.
e building will cater for up to
eight passengers, plus crew, and
be designed to make their transit
through Customs and immigration
as efficient as possible.
e terminal is expected to
be operational by March next
year and is intended to be a
stop-gap facility for the next
three years, pending the resolution
of land acquisition plans by
e development of a larger
multi-million dollar purpose-built
operation, on the southern side of
the runway next to the threshold of
Runway 23, is planned. However,
the land required is owned by
Remarkables Park Ltd.
Air Centre One chief executive
Rob Leach, of Auckland, said
Air Centre One and Capital Jet
Ser vices would build, finance
and manage the facility as a joint
Mr Leach said the users of
corporate jets came to only two
destinations in New Zealand
--- Auckland for business and
Queenstown for pleasure.
Airport chief executive Scott
Paterson said the new building
was a long awaited improvement
jet facilities and a big step
forward in positioning the airport
as a key gateway for premium
About 20 to 25 corporate jets
visit Queenstown Airport each
month during summer and this
summer was expected to see an
increase, Mr Leach said.
Private and corporate jetsetters
who have recently visited
Queenstown Airport include
former Australian prime minister
Julia Gillard and heads of state,
American business magnate Bill
Gates, disgraced cyclist Lance
Armstrong and Hollywood actors
Robin Williams and John Travolta.
--- Otago Daily Times
survivor allowed to
lay charges against
Fonterra chief executive eo
Spierings says the roll-out of the
dairy co-op's infant formula brand
in China is "on track" despite
the ongoing fallout from the
company's botulism fiasco.
Addressing the Trans Tasman
Business Circle Luncheon in
Auckland on Friday, Mr Spierings
said Fonterra's Anmum baby
milk brand had been launched in
Guangzhou at the beginning of
September and was now being
"tested" in 35 mother and baby
stores in the southern Chinese city.
"It's on track," Mr Spierings said. "From the
looks of it it's very good."
He pointed out that Anmum maternal
formula --- for pregnant women --- was already
sold in 65 Chinese cities and Fonterra could take
advantage of those existing sales channels when
it introduced the baby milk product to other
parts of China.
"With these kind of out of the box channels
to market we have to ensure the model is 100%
right before you start rolling it out to other
Mr Spierings had told Reuters that he expected
Anmum infant formula to be available in 70
Chinese cities within three years and the co-op's
expansion in China --- particularly in branded
products --- was going "full steam ahead" while
in other parts of the world, including India and
Africa, some plans had been put on hold.
Small-scale New Zealand baby milk exporters
have said they are losing up to $2 million in
weekly sales as a result of the botulism false
e scare followed Fonterra's revelation at the
beginning of August that 38 tonnes of whey
protein, used in a range of consumer
products including infant formula
made by French dairy giant
Danone and sold in China, may
have been contaminated with a
News of the contamination ---
which turned out to be a false
alarm after further testing was
carried out --- received widespread
media coverage in the world's
second-biggest economy, where
parents remain highly sensitive to
food safety scares.
In 2008 at least six babies died and
thousands more became sick after consuming
dairy products tainted with melamine, a toxic
Fonterra's connection with the melamine
disaster through its part ownership of
Sanlu, one of the firms with contaminated
milk products, put a big dent in its plans for
China and is likely to have delayed the
company's introduction of Anmum in the
Mr Spierings told the business luncheon that
up to 55% of Chinese consumers remained
unaware that the botulism scare had been a
"We need to work on that, and that's what
we're doing right now," he said. "We should
not keep on going back to the botulism issue
because that, we say in Dutch, is putting salt in
wounds. We have to make sure that in the rebuild
programme, in a subtle way, you're bringing the
message across that there was nothing wrong."
Mr Spierings said the 45% of Chinese
consumers that realised the contamination
had been a false alarm respected the
company's transparency around the scare.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
'on track' despite
A bag stuffed with what are
believed to be Ukrainian melons has
Christchurch Airport biosecurity staff
e mystery bag was recently found
unclaimed on the baggage carousel
following the arrival of a charter flight
It contained some 40kg of whole,
large melons --- one of the biggest fruit
seizures of its kind at Christchurch
Airport, Ministry for Primary
Industries team leader south Craig
" ere have been outbreaks of
Mediterranean fruit fly in Ukraine.
As melons have the potential to carry
this serious pest, they would have been
stopped at the border."
e bag, which also contained some
shoes, may have been meant to travel
domestically only, but ended up on an
international flight, Mr Jorgensen said.
"It's also possible that a passenger
was afraid to claim the bag, believing
they had broken our biosecurity rules."
It was not illegal to travel with fruit
and other foods, but that there was a
legal requirement to declare or dispose
of them before leaving the airport's
secure arrivals area.
" is is about protecting New
Zealand from pests and diseases that
could wreck our economy and natural
environment." --- APNZ
Flying melons a mystery
e mystery melons, believed to be from Ukraine, at Christchurch airport.
e sole sur vivor of the Anzac Day
helicopter crash has been allowed to lay
health and safety charges against the
Sergeant Stevin Creeggan had been
travelling with three other members
of the Defence Force in an air force
Iroquois when it crashed in bad weather
above Pukerua Bay north of Wellington
Flying officer Daniel Gregory,
flight lieutenant Hayden Madsen and
corporal Ben Carson died in the crash.
Mr Creeggan, who suffered serious
injuries, was found 25m away from the
In June, he applied to lay criminal
charges against the Defence Force and
the Chief of Defence for breaches of the
Health and Safety in Employment Act.
Wellington District Court Judge
Bill Hastings has now allowed the
application, making Mr Creeggan the
first ever individual to successfully
apply for leave to lay charges under
the act outside the six-month time
Mr Creeggan's lawyer Charles
McGuinness said Judge Hastings had
considered the reasons for the delay in
seeking charges, including the failure
of the then Department of Labour to
investigate because of confusion over its
e reasons also included Mr
Creeggan's serious injuries and the
Defence Force's court of inquiry process,
which took over 20 months to issue its
redacted report to the public.
Mr McGuinness said consideration
was also given to the interests of justice
and the public interest in a prosecution,
with Judge Hastings finding that both
"Stevin is seeking one key outcome ---
that all possible steps are taken to ensure
an accident like this never happens
again and members of the armed forces
are kept as safe as practicable," he said.
"Judge Hastings' decision is an
important step towards this goal."
Mr McGuinness said Mr Creeggan
was very happy about the outcome.
Judge Hastings also heard argument
about whether the office of the Chief of
Defence or the person in that office was
the most appropriate to be prosecuted,
but determined the issue could be
decided later. --- APNZ
A pregnant former Dunedin security
guard has been sent to prison for burgling
a client's premises almost two years ago.
Amy Jane Byrne, 31, denied
responsibility for unlawfully entering the
North East Valley Cricket Club rooms
and stealing the $600 bar takings early
on December 13, 2011, but a jury found
her guilty at the end of her trial in the
Dunedin District Court in September.
e fact she was now 20 weeks
pregnant did not preclude a sentence of
imprisonment, Judge Michael Crosbie
told Byrne yesterday.
Pre-meditation and serious breaches
of trust involved in the offending meant
prison was the only appropriate penalty,
He sentenced her to 12 months' jail.
Crown counsel Craig Power said
while the amount taken had not been
significant, it had been a serious blow to
Defence counsel Louise Garthwaite
said Byrne --- although maintaining her
position that she had not committed the
offence --- accepted there had been far-
reaching effects for the victims.
She was offering to pay the $600
reparation by weekly instalments of
While currently on maternity leave
and having some health issues with
her pregnancy, the defendant was not
relying on her present situation to affect
She described the whole court process
as a hugely deterrent experience for
Byrne, who had no prior convictions
and was of previously good character.
--- Otago Daily Times
Queenstown gets new corporate jet terminal
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