Opinion Gareth Vaughan looks at how the major rural lenders are placed as the screws tighten on the dairy sector 21st Jan 16, 10:35am by Gareth Vaughan Image sourced from Shutterstock.com FonterraRBNZANZASBBNZRabobankWestpacDairy NZFitchMoody'sDairy debtDairy farmingDairy payoutCommodity PricesDairy farm salesDavid HiscoBarbara ChapmanGraham TurleyAnthony HealyCon Williams Help interest.co.nz grow our coverage, independent as always. Why? Read this. We welcome your help to improve our coverage of this issue. Any examples or experiences to relate? Any links to other news, data or research to shed more light on this? Any insight or views on what might happen next or what should happen next? Any errors to correct? We welcome your comments below. If you are not already registered, please register to comment. Remember we welcome robust, respectful and insightful debate. We don't welcome abusive or defamatory comments and will de-register those repeatedly making such comments. Our current comment policy is here. Log in or register to post comments 1 Comments by Henry_Tull | 21st Jan 16, 5:10pm 1453349405 0upThe Magpies When Tom and Elizabeth took the farm The bracken made their bed and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle The magpies said Tom's hand was strong to the plough and Elizabeth's lips were red and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle The magpies said Year in year out they worked while the pines grew overhead and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle The magpies said But all the beautiful crops soon went to the mortgage man instead and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle The magpies said Elizabeth is dead now (it's long ago) Old Tom's gone light in the head and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle The magpies said The farms still there. Mortgage corporations couldn't give it away and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle The magpies say. Dennis Glover Artists are people who make us see the world differently. Altho' Glover may not have been the greatest poet of all time he was an entirely real one, but he has always been easy to underestimate because his versification is so domestic and so easy on the ear that one doesn't notice how skilful it is. Ars celare artem. Once you know this poem, whenever you hear a New Zealand magpie call, you will hear it as Glover tells us to hear it: magpies say ``Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle''- they really do. Ask any New Zealander. The fact that is actually quite a good wee poem about what the Great Depression did to farming is a pleasant bonus that is in danger of being overlooked. Janet Paul once told me that I was better company than Glover because he was drunk all the time. I treasure this compliment: to judge by the poetry he wrote Glover must have been very good company indeed. (memo to self: stay off bottle!) https://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~tf/poem10.html Login or Register to post/report comments.