Barnaby up for Kiwi gong

August 30, 2017

Steven the cockatoo rocked up to the Fonterra factory opening.

Embattled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is in the running for the 2018 New Zealander of Year award.

While Mr Joyce’s citizenship is a major constitutional issue in Australia, the Kiwis seem to have seen the funnier side.

New Zealander of the Year award manager Glyn Taylor on Friday revealed Mr Joyce was the second-most nominated person on the prize’s long list so far.

‘‘At the conclusion of the nominations period, the award’s office will assess Mr Joyce’s eligibility based on his citizenship and other criteria,’’ Mr Taylor said.

Steven gets cocky at factory opening

A large part of Stanhope was at the opening of the new cheese plant at the Fonterra factory recently, and that included Steven the cockatoo.

The bird was hand-reared by a local family but now has his freedom and is often seen in the main street trying to coax some food out of the shop patrons or just paying an interest in whatever is happening.

He has frequently roosted on the walls of the construction site at the Fonterra factory and entertained the workers in the hope of picking up a snack.

However, he got a bit too cheeky and spent a few weeks in confinement after sampling the Gyprock plaster too often.

But we can report he has his freedom again.

The media contingent was doing the rounds of the factory prior to the opening of the new cheese plant, and there was Steven, sitting on a cyclone fence, wondering what was going on.

Monkeying around with picture copyright

American animal rights group PETA is arguing a legal case that a monkey should be able to own copyright of a photograph.

The case centres around a picture, snapped by a macaque monkey named Naruto in Indonesia, which has become known as the ‘monkey selfie’.

PETA has argued in court that the monkey should have ownership of the photo he snapped, when he picked up the photographer’s camera.

PETA wants to be allowed to administer the copyright for the benefit of Naruto and his community of macaques.

Wikipedia has published the monkey selfie without the photographer’s permission, as it has decided the photograph was created by a ‘non-human’.

The photographer argues that he set up the circumstances and it was taken on his camera, so he holds the copyright.

A judge has already ruled the monkey does not own copyright, but the case was appealed.

The photographer is saying he is now broke and considering changing a career.

‘‘Everything I did to try and highlight the plight of the monkeys has backfired on my private life. I’ve had my life ruined,’’ David Slater said.

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