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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Hi all, The daylight hours are getting longer, and we are certainly having a mild winter but I’m sure a lot know that’s it’s not over yet and the tail of winter can still bite.

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Our recent Conference was a huge success with nearly 100 people booked for the Saturday night Gallagher Dinner. We were lucky to have local All Black hooker Andrew Hore speak and tell us a little of his life in words that we all understood. The weather was very kind to us and let us all enjoy what Central Otago has to offer, with daytime temperatures around 16 degrees. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who made this event a success: Noksee, Mike and Suzy who organize the venue, activities, buses plus a whole lot more; the partners that support us through the year and the conference; the people that attend, the wives that tell their husband “We are going”; those that can’t make it and want to be there; and the staff left behind keeping the ship running. I was pleased to see some of the next generation of fencing

contractors at the conference as they had taken the time to travel a great distance, from as far as Northland so I hope you got a lot out of networking and meeting like minded people. This year we set targets regarding our Conference and the outcome was pleasing, with this being the most supported one yet. Our new Board was elected at our AGM and I would like to welcome on board Mike Billinghurst and Andrew Hibbert from Pacific Steel Group. At our next Board meeting (21st August) we will be voting on the new President, Vice President and Accredited Fencer Liaison. Thank you to outgoing President, Nigel Broadbridge and also Mike Samuel. They did not stand again this year, as they are both busy men and need to spend more time in their own businesses. During their time on the Board they have both contributed hugely to FCANZ and the fencing industry. Your input will be missed. Thanks guys, from the Board. Over the coming months the Board will be setting new goals to work on during

the year, and one of those is being more involved in recruiting members from the industrial sector of fencing. This has always been sitting on the table but we wanted to get more established before trying to climb that fence. So if there is anyone out there who has ideas about this goal, please get in contact with either Suzy or a Board member. Some may have seen the reference to FCANZ in a tender document from CERA. This is a huge step in being recognised by official bodies. NZFC is moving forward to the Golden Pliers competition. Most will know that this year it’s being held at the Hawkes Bay Show (more details in the following pages). FCANZ is very positive and supportive of these competitions. I know not everyone wants to compete but most enjoy watching these guys at work with the skills they display.


Welcome to everyone.

On a final note, go out and enjoy what you do, do it well and, finally, make sure you are making a dollar. All the best from the Board. Simon

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FCANZ Conference and AGM 2013 Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell

by John Noakes

What a buzz! An outstanding turnout in Cromwell, a unique place with friendly people and great camaraderie amongst Conference participants. I heard it said, “If it wasn’t for FCANZ we wouldn’t see this much of NZ”. A big thank you to all our members that attended and made it an outstanding success. Special thanks to our partners and sponsors of the Conference. Without your input FCANZ wouldn’t be where it is today going from strength to strength. A lot of members arrived at the venue in Cromwell on Thursday which created a great atmosphere. Friday kicked off with registration, AGM and discussion time. Board members who stepped down were Nigel Broadbridge, Mike Samuel and Andy McDonald from Pacific Steel Group. These guys have put in an enormous amount of time and energy into FCANZ and will be missed. Welcome to new Board members Andrew Hibbert from Pacific Steel Group, and Mike Billinghurst. See you at the next Board meeting.


It’s also great to have NZ Fencing Competitions (NZFC) on board with us. Paul van Beers and Tim Stafford gave us a talk on where things were going with NZFC and the Golden Pliers. It’s to be held at the Hawke’s Bay Show towards

the end of October 2013 so watch this space! We had an interesting presentation from Robin Hyde, Wire Mill and Process Improvement Manager from Pacific Steel Group. He filled us in on problems that have occurred with product and what they are doing to remedy the situation - stringent testing is now in place within the different sections. I’m sure the outcome will be very positive. Before lunch, Noah Heath, Relationship ManagerIntermediaries of ACC, gave a

very informative presentation on what ACC can do for those of us in business. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch and boarded the bus for our first excursion - a tour of the goldmine in the Kawarau Gorge, on the road to Queenstown. There is a lot of history locked up in the gold, from when the rush was on up to today. The primitive conditions the Chinese lived and worked in were very tough and hard going. We had a working display of water guns, thumpers etc. Then members tried their hand at gold mining, some being

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very successful. I’ve heard they are hooked and likely to give fencing away!! The next trip was to Lochar Downs, just north of Cromwell, to a big farming development managed by Andrew Bendle. Terraced country to lake flats with pivot irrigators for their farming of sheep and wintering dairy cows. They have kilometres of new conventional and electric fencing installed by Samuel Fencing, with the help of Struan Moore from Strainrite who gave technical advice on electrics and crossings for the pivot irrigators. The addition of a Kiwitech fence made for a very good operation. We headed back to the Bannockburn Pub for more discussion and late afternoon refreshments. On Saturday most of the ladies went by bus to Queenstown for some shopping, wine tasting and coffee, while the rest of the ladies and the men headed to the yard of Samuel Fencing. We were welcomed by Jack, Marg and Mike Samuel plus their staff and were able to see all the gear that Samuel Fencing use. They gave us live demonstrations and we were able to check out the gear and attachments.


A full-on morning started with impacting a spike and then a post into the ground with a vibrating head on the digger. We then saw an array of drilling attachments and a demonstration of how to bore and fit a post into solid rock - very impressive. A rock drill, run by a compressor, drilled a hole and fitted a Y Post. I think some contractors don’t know how easy they have got it!

Just a rough outline of the gear list (you needed to be there to get the full story): A wire winder fitted to a tractor with forward and reverse for winding old fences up; simple home-made tension locks for deer and sheep netting; netting dispensers for deer and sheep; an extremely tidy workshop and shed with tools and materials all laid out and ready to go. Thanks to Gallagher and Stockade for their demonstrations on the day, and we even had caterers installed in the shed to keep us fed and watered. The only regret was that the day wasn’t long enough to take everything in, so we will just have to go back again. Marg Samuel project-managed the building of their beautiful log home and we were lucky enough to have a tour through the house. An outstanding finish and what a setting! It is called The Log House Retreat and staying here is a must for special occasions and scenic safari tours where guests will be

well catered for in Alexandra. Craig Shortall and I were lucky enough to stay a night at the Log House Retreat after the Conference and can highly recommend it. A big thanks to Jack, Marg, Mike and staff for the effort that went into hosting the FCANZ members. The feedback I have received from the day is that members learnt so much, got many new ideas and many have been inspired to design their own gear to fit the job. Jack, I think you should write a book. I’m sure it would be snapped up, and thanks Marg for the lovely meal. We will be back! Our next excursion for the day was to the old Hayes factory at Oturehua, which happens to be on the Rail Trail. Just a note the temperature can get down to -24 degrees in some winters. The Hayes factory dates back to the early 1900s when it started producing fencing products. It

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is still fully operational but is not used anymore. It ticked over like clockwork for the FCANZ members, which was very fitting.

Later on that evening, in another bar, Craig Shortall won the Bucking Bull Competition – well done Craig.

Amazing that just a little 3hp motor drives the whole plant, whereas today you would probably have 20 motors and a high power bill to go with it. The original homestead has been done up by members of the Historic Places Trust and I would like to thank the members that were present on the day who assisted with the tours through the factory and homestead. Also, thanks to Warren McSkimming of Tru-Test for enabling the visit to the Hayes factory.

On Sunday, we had an address by Peter Nation of Gallagher - 75 years in business is no mean feat and it was well received. We had some lucky draws for Accredited Fencers and members. The Stockade draw was done by Warren Herlihy and the lucky winner was

We had a quick look at the Old Clyde Hotel on our way back to Cromwell, and the beer there still tastes good. Back to the Golden Gate Lodge for the famous Stock-ade Happy Hour and to listen to guest speaker, Andrew Hore. Andrew gave a very entertaining outline of his life from schoolboy rugby to life as an All Black. He was well received and there were plenty of questions. Looks like steak, beer and hard work still takes a lot of beating (pasta - what’s that?). Presentations were made to Nigel Broadbridge and Mike Samuel for their time on the Board, with many thanks.


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Kate Haugh. More discussion time and points taken to use going forward. From my point of view we had a great Conference, heaps of networking, good atmosphere and that’s what conferences are all about. A big thank you to Suzy and the Board for making things run so smoothly. See you all next year at (watch this space). Dates are 25th to 27th July 2014

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Vodafone opens gates for Gudgeon Pro inventor When Vodafone sponsored the Innovation Centre and associated competition at the National Fieldays in May they expected to see rural gadgets take centre stage, but they weren’t expecting 12-year-old Matamata inventor Patrick Roskam to be the star of the show.


Patrick invented the Gudgeon Pro, a 4 in 1 design solution for quickly and effectively hanging gates around the farm, and he charmed the audience and judging panel in the innovation competition with his slick and entertaining pitch.

Vodafone’s Rural Marketing Manager Darren Hopper was so impressed with Patrick he was invited to spend a day at Vodafone’s Auckland headquarters, to help with the marketing and development of his product. With the help of Vodafone’s advertising agency and marketing team, Patrick and his mum Angela spent the day learning about target markets, segmentation, product distribution and partnerships, and were presented creative concepts for advertising, in-store displays and packaging to help take the Gudgeon Pro to market.

Vodafone’s Rural Marketing Manager, Darren Hopper said showing Patrick marketing 101 was an absolute pleasure. “At just 12 years old, Partick’s hit the nail on the head. Innovation is about making things better, and the Gudgeon Pro absolutely does that for its target market.” “Innovation is at the heart of what we do at Vodafone so we learnt a lot from Patrick too. The future of the fencing industry is in good hands – and it’s great to see young entrepreneurship within the sector.”

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similar process to me. Darren who a great guy that spent a lot of time with me that I really appreciate.

Hi everyone. What an amazing ride this has been. I always dreamed of taking my invention to the Fieldays and the dream came real when I applied and got accepted into the Innovation Centre this year. I then applied for the Dragons Den and was so excited and surprised that I had got chosen. The whole experience of the Innovation Den was amazing and I feel really lucky to be picked as one of the 12 that went through. The business course I was a bit scared about, but found it really interesting and gave me an insight about things like marketing and manufacturing and the linked processes. To win the best pitch at the Fieldays was just an amazing and unbelievable feeling. To have Sir William get up on stage and talk to me was awesome, along with Darren Hopper from Vodafone. Vodafone was a real cool experience and Auckland is way different to Matamata. Vodafone and their agency were so helpful and gave me ideas and mock-ups of print media concepts, designs and final advertising. They gave me advice and it was great to see they all go through a

Next was Gallagher it was fantastic to spend time in the R and D department and talk about my tool and developments I had made. The factory tour was great and really cool to see all the things being made under one roof and then all put together. I liked that they have done it all themselves and have gone from start to finish which is what I want to do. The Fieldays was great and I had orders waiting when I got home. I handed out 420 business cards to interested farmers and business people. Feedback from many farmers said they need it to be telescopic so it fits different gates, so that is what I have been working on for this year’s science fair. I have nearly got my final

design and have some amazing people that are going to help. Roger from Stafford Engineering has been great with giving feedback on my design, and was so impressed a few calls have been made and I have now been to Inex ,an aluminium extrusion company and are working with them to get a die made so I can have it extruded here, along with Don Evans that imports steel bushes who has agreed to help out as well. Inex have just brought a 3d plastic printer and have offered to make my prototype on this so I can’t wait to see this happening. I plan to have the final product ready for market in the next 6-12 months and I want to enter the Launch Catergory at next year’s Fieldays. I plan to sell it direct at this stage and have a Facebook page

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Thanks to those that have helped me on my journey be it a big part like SODA, Angel Foundation, Fieldays, Gallagher, Vodafone, James + Wells and Inex, or a small part. It all has helped me to keep going with my dream of producing and selling the Gudgeon Pro and thank you for always treating me as real business person and inventor and not just a child. pages/Gudgeon-Pro-4-in1/556336071068911?fref=ts

The outlook for Safety Week 2013 – just fine! This year Safety Week will run from 14-20 October 2013 and the focus is on injuries related to sport and recreation, alcohol, and steps and stairs. In 2012, ACC spent $2.6 billion on treatment, rehabilitation and weekly compensation payments. But for every dollar ACC spends on treatment and rehabilitation, there’s a broader cost to employers of lost productivity, reduced efficiency and diversion of resources that represents a significant drain on a business, and in some cases, severely compromises its performance. Not to mention the pain, suffering and inconvenience caused to the person injured and the impact on their family. So to help reduce injuries we’ll be encouraging people to: • get involved in sport and recreational activity because it’s good for them and encouraging them to keep safe while doing so, to reduce their risk of injury • drink in moderation to reduce the likelihood of injuries because 1 in 7 adults have been injured (at some point in

forecasts” throughout the week their life) when they’ve been - based on real claim statistics. drinking • take extra care on steps and • We are creating an online tool that people can go to and enter stairs because 20% of injuries their demographic details as that happen in the home are on well as a few of their favourite steps or stairs. Safety awareness activities. The tool will then on steps and stairs is relevant reveal their greatest injury risks for the workplace too. and tell them what they can do to minimise these risks. With fewer injuries related to these and fewer lost work hours due to injuries, your workplace will be What you can do better off too. Workplaces and organisations throughout the country can do What we’re doing a lot to spread the word and help We’ve taken a fresh approach keep their employees from having to the campaign and are doing an injury related to sport and something a bit different. We’ll be: recreation, alcohol, or steps and stairs. • Using a fun TV weather presentation format to draw To make it easier for you, we’ve attention to the impact of put together a range of resources alcohol; sport and recreation, and materials for you to use, so and steps and stairs related you can take advantage of this injuries, on people’s lives. year’s campaign and benefit from a • Using ACC claims data based healthier, fitter and safer workforce. on the five-year average for the same week in October, to Make sure you are registered create a daily ‘Injury Forecast’ for each day during Safety To access the resources and receive updates about the activities planned Week. • Broadcasting nationwide TV for Safety Week, email your contact and radio advertisements details to to and printing regional “injury register.

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Cutting Costs - Time and Efficiency by Mike Samuel Last week I was looking at a job with a client who trains staff for Delta and we started talking about tailgate meetings. The term is derived from the gang and bosses taking time at the start of the day to discuss a plan so everyone is on the same page on the day’s proceedings and they’re all usually leaning on the Ute deck.

This trainer said the best example he ever saw was a road verge maintenance crew turning up to the job (which was on site at 6am), pulling off the BBQ, camp chairs and last night’s pork chops. The billy was on and smokes were lit.


The next half hour was then discussing the job, who was doing what, and in what order, all with the advantage of visually noting everything at the site and in a very relaxed manner.

as the trainer and I agreed it was money well spent because a team of guys just doing a job with no direction may look busy but I bet they are not efficient.

the remuneration reflects their responsibility. I talk to just three people instead of all staff, as many mornings I was babysitting tools, vehicles and a bombardment of questions. This was causing poor I am a fan of the tailgate. We used decisions by having too many to rush away from the yard because things on my mind. the client was being charged or we were not making money standing Staff now leave organised and we around if it was a meter rate. don’t look foolish to clients for not having the right tools or gear Traditionally what was happening because you know damn well that was we would be on site but it’s when you don’t have them the tools were not present, saws were client is watching. present but not sharp, someone left their belt at the yard, or key items EFFICIENCY 2 - TWO OF like nails or chisels were in another Like the human we have two of vehicle at another job! in case one breaks. Two saws, two strainers, two shovels, two chisels. SO FRUSTRATING and costing The time lost when you are in the money! middle of nowhere and something breaks is devastating to the bottom We are very lucky in the fact that line. our team generally shows up fifteen minutes early than start time, I have the fires going and we all talk about the day and discuss what’s needed. My foremen then organise their workers for tools and gear.

EFFICIENCY 3 - THE LIST Every truck with the gang has the core tools. A laminated list can be a useful tool in the truck so those who don’t remember can check.

I’m sure if my clients witnessed EFFICIENCY 1 - MANAGEMENT EFFICIENCY 4 - BITS AND BOBS this practice while on the clock I promoted foremen so they How many times does a client not they would not have a bar of it. But can organise their team and have the right number of hinges,

staples, triplex, insulators etc. We carry small amounts of each. Some of my team even have their own stashes of nails and staples because they invariably are the items you need eight of to finish the job (the loose ones from a belt that spilled on the back seat and fell under GOLD). Hence why we have backups. I watch those programs with truck drivers, tree fellers and goldminers ,and so often I see big operations fail for the day because of a nut and bolt. It’s so easy to carry a selection and you will know which ones do go from time to time. For those with post drivers, spare hoses and fittings can save the day, and carry some hydraulic oil at all times. It’s a cost to have sitting

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EFFICIENCY 5 - THE ONE STOP SHOP Prevention is far cheaper than the We carry a selection of items cure! that are day to day materials for fencing jobs. Regardless if it’s us supplying or the client - to take a coil of wire, a set of hinges, posts and strainers etc. straight from our shelf means we don’t have to wait in the morning to go to the shop, especially when you go there and they don’t have what you need. EFFICIENCY 6 - VEHICLE CHECKS Monday morning – check rego warrant, diesel miles, water and oil.

ON THE FIELD EFFICIENCIES There are hundreds of these and we welcome your hints and tips. Many of you who came to the Conference

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will have seen homemade tools and gadgets to make life easy. Precious McKenzie, a former weightlifter, taught me in my hospitality days that “a lazy man will find the easiest way.” The “work smarter and not harder” principle applies Ever walked straight up a hill and you are stuffed? Ask the four legged locals for the easiest way up. Their tracks are all over the hill. 1 View every job before you start. Turning up on the day just does not work. You can get a feel for the country, soil type, track safety and an idea of cost. Try and view every inch of the line even if you walk it while the client drives. I have missed so much by assuming and it has cost me dearly. You know that assumption is the mother of all %#*&^!


2 Employ the use of motorised, battery and pneumatic tools. They have been designed for speed and efficiency and are

sometimes better for your body than the manual tools. The secret here is to know when manual labour will beat the machines due to the terrain and the amount that is being done. I have definitely lost time and money using tools that were taking longer to set up and move. 3 Space staff along the factory line, if they work close together (say one for one stapling posts) or bunching as I call it. Inevitably chatter happens and two men walk the same distance and only complete about the same amount of the work as one. If you had 500 m to staple I would start one at the beginning and another drives the vehicle to half way. Number one gets to the vehicle and picks number two up at the end. If there is more line repeat the process. This gets the work done in half the time and two men are not walking back to the start to get a truck. You

can lose 30 min of combined man time here alone over half a km. 4 Never walk empty handed. Embed into the gang to pick up rubbish, collect sighters, take insulators to tie or look for knots to tidy 5 We have made an array of netting rollers, barb rollers and boards to strain. The use of a bike to attach these to can make life easier. We would appreciate any measures you have adopted to make life easier and reduce costs. As you all know, to share this information gives another point of view that you may choose to use or not. I know that I have learnt a lot from many of you from exchanging ideas. A great benefit of belonging to FCANZ.


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Perspectives of a Kiwi Abroad

by Rob Sheppard

For those of us familiar in some way with New Zealand agriculture, a boundary of one sort or another is generally an important thing. A boundary defines what or who can go where.

enforce boundaries with varying barb wires sagging from post to degrees of success. post with permanent strainers at random intervals and box stays in Then I ran out of money and had to the line every odd while. These had go and work for Central Fencing. a brace wire going each way too, I did a few seasons in Northern even on the terminations. Maybe there was a reason for this but I Fencing is an integral part of British Columbia where a friend of never managed to figure it out. rural New Zealand and anyone mine has a small guiding territory involved with farming quickly for hunters: about a million acres The icing on the cake was coming becomes aware of what type fence of wilderness. across a dip post with a large rock is required to ensure a boundary He’s from good Kiwi stock and on tied to the top with barbed wire. serves its purpose. my first stint over there wanted It was a still midsummer’s evening During a few separate stints a good fence put up on a ranch when we turned up, although there overseas, mainly to Northern nearby, where he wintered his were three hours of daylight left this Canada and then Africa, I saw a horses. This was my first look far north, and the two locals with number of vastly different styles of at Canadian fencing, and it was us had already made inroads into fencing, all of which attempted to appalling. Usually two to six loose a box of the local beverage, Glacier

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Beer. After a bit of discussion, they hauled out a small tractor with the equivalent of entire continent’s carbon footprint coming from the exhaust and began driving posts with what they termed a ‘post basher’. Imagine a post driver with a five foot mast on top of which is fixed a thick steel plate. Then imagine the entire mast, moving up and down. The fact that no one wanted to operate it unless Rob the mechanic was around spoke volumes. We duly got the required posts in and I set about building the stays, watched with interest by two slightly tipsy Canadians. “Where’s the other wire?” one asked as I completed the first stay. “It only needs one.” I said. “The wire is only pulling one way, right?” He blinked. “Yeah, I guess.”

Dip post with rock attached, BC

Somehow I didn’t think the message made it through the Glacier Beer.


Another interesting innovation was a set of chain strainers, which didn’t seem to exist over there. I’d brought these ones over in my suitcase and they’d attracted a lot of unwelcome attention when the good people at Vancouver Airport saw them under the x-ray. There was a slasher blade in there too, but that’s another story. The strainer’s application was watched with interest, the result judged with approval, and the finished fence celebrated with another beer. Such was my introduction to Canadian fencing, although I can’t speak for the standard farther south. Up here stock were predominantly cattle, grazed on lease land in the bush during the summer while the entire farm was devoted to hay making to raise enough feed for the long winter. In

One of many various inline stay arrangements, BC fact the only sheep I saw were four multi-coloured mongrel looking things owned by Clint, the local taxidermist. First there were four, then there were two, then there were none.

“Oh, we had a grizzly come by,” he explained. “Then he went up the valley and killed a steer. I think the cops shot him.”

“What happened to your sheep?” I asked him.

Clint didn’t bat an eyelid. “Nine feet long.”

“How big?”

Another stint saw me even farther north, working as a wrangler on a bigger territory in the Yukon, ten thousand square miles to be precise. Horses were a big part of this outfit and several strings of seven animals, attended to by a guide and wrangler, would each operate from a different lake in the territory which allowed a float plane to drop in supplies and a new hunter every ten days.

Bear protection around base camp, Yukon Territory

We hunted stone sheep, moose, caribou, grizzly and wolf in country which I shall never forget. A New Zealander had to expand his horizons a bit. And each time we left the lake we put up an electric fence around the bare plywood cabin which was basecamp, to

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dissuade bears. Nobody said anything about stopping them. We’d initially been flown in an archaic-looking (although new) unit and a roll of electric string. No insulators, no wire and nothing for an earth. Fortunately there were a few odds and ends floating around the camp and we managed to jerryrig a passable arrangement. A word here about the unit. This had been proudly manufactured in the US of A, the place that put a man on the moon and gave us Microsoft. It was the most primitive piece of equipment I have ever set eyes on and consisted of a simple steel box with three terminals on the underside and a tiny plastic switch in the centre. You flicked the switch and if it was working the entire box went live. If it wasn’t, you didn’t know until you touched the box. That seemed to be the wrangler’s job. I don’t think a bear ever touched it but it dissuaded me a number of times.

travelling yukon-style of standards would have improved matters. I guess there will always be a wrangler to track them down.

Namibia Recently I found myself in a completely different environment, about as far removed from Canada and New Zealand as is possible. This was in the heat, thorn trees and haze of Central Namibia, where I spent an interesting couple of months with an Aussie friend, hanging around on a few of the game farms over there.


Our horses were free-ranged every evening, hobbled at the front with four of the string wearing bells, each of a different tone, for when a dull tone was muffled a clear tone would be heard and vice versa. They have lots of animals, mainly This system worked and had been big animals, and by god do they working for decades, but suffered know how to fence. It was plains from a couple of drawbacks. The game country harbouring thirty first being that a hobbled horse odd species of antelope alone, can run bloody fast when it wants which ranged from the diminutive to and the second being that the duiker to the massive eland. In wrangler can’t hear a bell ringing addition there were all the oddball when the horse hears him coming, African things ostriches, baboons steps behind a tree and stands and giraffes. dead still. They aren’t stupid. I The block I spent a bit of time on often wondered if an electric reel, a was ten thousand hectares in size decent portable unit, and a handful with a single ring fence encircling

it. They gained their income from tourists, hunters, wild meat sales and live export to other farms. As it so happened the game catching outfit was operating for about a week and I ended up spending a few days with them. With a superbly piloted R22 and thirty employees, the two South Africans had the ability to catch just about anything so long as they were able to scream swearwords constantly in Afrikaans. This seemed to frighten their crew of into submission. I took a photo of the high scrim corral, or Boma, they had set up. “Ja Rob, this is nothing eh, you should see what we use for giraffes., they said. I said I’d take their word for it and asked if they’d ever had any accidents. “Nah, nah,” Mark replied. “It’s quite safe. We only had three last season.”

It transpired one guy had been killed by an oryx (skewered on the horns, which occasionally get up to forty inches long), another had been hit by a waterbuck bull, and the last had been leaning on the loading ramp, unfortunately managing to attract the attention of a zebra stallion. It promptly seized his arm and tore it off at the elbow. Safe, eh? Occupational Safety and Health isn’t very well developed in Namibia. We spent some time in the north of the country as well, although I was out of action for five days with a violent stomach bug. Africa is Africa. Never assume water coming out of a tap is drinkable. Chances are it’s hippo piss. I did end up having an interesting conversation with a professional hunter who ran a fencing gang in the off-season. Seventeen to twenty-one plain wires were the norm, with tightly spaced droppers (battens), although these were similar to New Zealand ones in length, meaning a fence required a top and bottom row, evenly staggered. I gathered there wasn’t a huge amount of machinery involved; a crew of twenty Africans with spades can get quite a lot done. Wire came in fifty kilo coils and all timber used was African Hardwood. Nothing was stapled. Every dropper and post was laced to the fence. So imagine a fence with seventeen wires at least, posts at fifteen metre spacings, droppers six hundred mm apart... that is an awful lot of lacing. At first glance the fences looked pretty rough, mainly due to the timber, which was unprocessed branches and trunks, cut to length and put on

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the fence. But they were tight, they were strong, and they were really high. Farther south, in the desert country, a lot of steel posts were used, simply due to the difficulty in obtaining timber. Tie back anchors were tyres buried in the sand and stay assemblies were welded steel: very strong. And electric wires were good for lions, they assured me. Overall I was impressed by what I saw and more so by what they managed to keep in. Africa is unique in many ways.


Back in New Zealand I came to the conclusion that the standard of fence is dependent on whatever the boundary is for. Obviously a more substantial fence is required for an Elephant than for a well fed cow. It was sad to see in urban namibia, the boundaries that required broken glass, steel spikes, razor wire and networks of electric wires. I’m grateful we can be content with the high standard of fencing inherent in New Zealand agriculture without having to apply the same principles to our neighbours.

oryx antelope (Gemsbuck) Namibia

A new Post and Thru Rail concept by Malcolm Webster Wanting to build a neat looking post and rail fence with the rails going through each post but still allowing all posts to driven in with a post driver, Malcolm Webster thought there must be an easier way than drilling all post holes into the ground, placing the posts in it one at a time, then fitting the rails before ramming the soil back or concreting each post in. That’s when he thought of pre-slotting the posts before treatment and removing the slotted timber after the

post was driven into the ground. It allows the integral strength to stay in the post until it has been driven, even into hard ground, plus it keeps the slot parallel to the final rail position. The insert (being the timber that gets removed from the slot to allow the rails to go through) become the pieces that make up the gaps between the rails. With a careful measure and cut of this insert, the exact timber piece that was removed goes back into its original place in its post. This makes it look like the rail holes were very carefully cut into each post.

By clamping each spacer and rail with a bugle head screw through the post they stay tightly together. The capping rail is made from gauged 75mm thick half round posts and gives the fence a rustic look. With a bugle head screw screwed down into each side of the post it makes for a strong finish. It is possible to get quite reasonable curves in the fence line and still look good. For further information about this contact Malcolm Webster phone 09 425 4300 evenings.

Pictured left: New post and rail concept

Pictured left: Driving all posts in with post driver

Pictured left: Rails through look nice and neat

Pictured above: Showing curves can be done Pictured below: The finished fence with the gauged half round cap

Building Landmarks by Andrea Billinghurst

It is 15 years since Mike and I were down in the lower region of the South Island. The rugged but beautiful scenery is amazing and reminds me of similar terrain and beauty that I saw while travelling through Scandinavia and Lapland.

As Noksee said “Knowledge is power”. Knowledge comes from personal self-motivation in the form of reading, watching or participating on the fence line, and/ or in the competitions. Growth also comes from these events and the field trips organised by the I looked at this terrain in a whole FCANZ Conference committee. new way this time though. The fencing challenges of the landscape I am of the opinion that fencing is has obviously been managed for not only a trade but also an art. As years by the local contractors a Radiographer I always take pride but it is thought provoking: the in the images I produce, aiming to difference in financial outlay for include all the tissue so it can be contracting equipment required checked hopefully to rule out the in this region would certainly be presence of disease. I therefore can much greater if you were setting up completely understand the sense of as a contractor. pride a contractor might get from a well constructed fence line. Mike and I were talking about his need to harden up about his shoulder knots if he was to go fencing down in Central Otago!

I even found the talk from Pacific Steel related in a small way to the Statistical Process Control that I carry out at work relating to the monitoring of film processing chemistry. My role includes reporting and monitoring all equipment faults as well as overseeing the quality control of the entire imaging chain, so when Robin Hyde stressed the importance of feedback for continuous quality improvement of product or equipment, I had to agree that it is paramount for the quality improvement model to work effectively. Meeting with the ladies was always going to be good, but I have left the


I was amazed, as a ‘non-fencer’, at the variety of conversation that could take place about fence lines over dinner when it had also been the focus for a good part of the day! The FCANZ Conference is a fantastic opportunity for folk from the same trade to exchange ideas, build their knowledge and foster the development of younger members who are also striving to be successful in their business. It was really impressive to see the number of successful businesspeople willing to share their ideas and help others to gain knowledge.

Enjoying a tipple or two at the Wine Cave at the Gibbston Valley Winery

first conference that I have been to feeling that I would like to meet up with the ladies again next year. Raising the profile of fence contracting is very exciting for the future because it is a skilled trade which produces a landmark that is visible for years, so it deserves to be constructed well to be in keeping with the beautiful landscape on which it appears. Tomorrow I attend a careers evening with my two teenage daughters. There may not be fence contracting there as a career choice tomorrow but as this Association grows and develops, maybe it will be there when I attend with our son in the future – who knows?

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From the ladies... by Sue Higgins Learning that the FCANZ Conference 2013 was to be held in Cromwell seemed like a great excuse for a mid-winter break and the chance to drive around our beautiful South Island. Having never attended an FCANZ conference before we thought it was high time we supported our organisation. What a good decision that turned out to be! Friday dawned beautifully, highlighting the stunning scenery surrounding us. After a leisurely start to the morning the Conference was opened. Often it is only by sitting in on an annual meeting that you fully appreciate the work required to run an organisation being carried out behind the scenes and I enjoyed putting faces to names and understanding more about FCANZ. Our speakers were informative and after hearing from Noah of ACC I hope to gain the workplace safety discount for our business. Learning about Pacific Wire got even better when I was lucky enough to win a fabulous coat which has since been claimed by one of the men in my life... With such amazing weather we happily headed off on buses to Goldfields Mining Centre for a

fascinating insight into the lives of the early miners and history of the area. Panning for gold was an exercise in patience but I was rewarded with a tiny flake. Not bad for a first effort! It was really interesting seeing the scope of Mike Samuel’s work at Lochar Downs high country station but when the temperature dropped we were all happy to relocate to the Bannockburn Hotel to warm up. Deciding on Saturday morning which of the two well-planned day trips I’d participate in was a tough choice but a chance to have a look around the Queenstown shops with the ladies won. This was followed by lunch and wine tasting at Gibbston Valley – what more could a girl ask for? A great day was capped off by our sponsor happy hour and lovely dinner while gaining snippets of rugby life at high level shared with us by Andrew Hore. He was an entertaining, informal speaker and I especially

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enjoyed his insights around his pathway to a successful rugby career. Sunday morning was such a glorious day I found it hard to believe it was winter! With just some FCANZ business to attend to everyone seemed very relaxed as friendships had been made and renewed over the weekend. I’m really pleased that Phil and I attended the conference. Meeting other business owners like ourselves is always encouraging as we all seek to raise the profile of our industry. Thanks to John, Suzy and the executive team for arranging a fantastic timetable with the right balance of business, networking and fun! We’ll look forward to seeing you all again next year up north.

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Hello fellow competitors, We wish to update you on the formation of New Zealand Fencing Competitions (NZFC), plus the upcoming fencing competitions for 2013 and the first quarter of 2014. NZFC has been formed by a group of fencing competitors to progress competitive fencing competitions within New Zealand. NZFC will work in a proactive manner alongside the Fencing Judges panel and with sponsors to ensure that fencing competitions are well promoted and profiled. Special attention will be paid to ensuring that all needs – including competitors, judges, sponsors and spectators are catered for.


A number of sponsors have come on board and more news will be out shortly as further confirmations are received. Of prime significance is Pacific Steel/Wiremarks’ continued strong support for fencing competitions. They have come on board as Strategic Sponsors of NZFC, alongside FCANZ who are also Strategic Sponsors. We have listed our Gold Sponsors, many of whom have continued their long term support of fencing competitions in NZ. Please support and acknowledge these sponsors as much as possible in your business. The Golden Pliers™ competition has been identified as having huge significance to the competitors and we are honoured to announce that Pacific Steel/ Wiremark have confirmed in writing that NZFC will be the only organisation that to plan, organise and execute fencing competitions that will carry the name Golden Pliers™.

In 2013 NZFC are organising the NZ Fencing Championships at the Hawke’s Bay 150th A & P Show, October 23rd to 25th 2013. Three competitions will be held at this event. Golden PliersTM “Maintaining fencing traditions” NZ Fencing Doubles Championship “Encompassing modernisation” Bill Schuler Novice “Supporting the future of fencing” The Hawke’s Bay 150th A & P Show has been very welcoming of this fencing competition. They expect 50,000 people through the gates during the Show. The Show enjoys a strong agricultural base and the Friday is the Hawke’s Bay Show Day which is an annual holiday in the region. NZ Fencing details:



Competition specifications and entry forms are currently being compiled and we hope to have them online by September 1st. Everyone on our database will be mailed an entry. To join our database please contact Kathy Newdick by email:, or phone 07 895 6899. The Timetable is as follows: Tuesday

October 22nd 8am Wednesday October 23rd 8am Thursday October 24th 8am Friday Friday

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Gloden Pliers TM Singles Championship October 25th NZ Doubles 8am Fencing Championships October 25th Prize giving 2 - 4pm

The site layout accompanies this article and is online so please view it to get your bearings. The heats location is TBA. There will also be a meal provided prior to the finalists being announced.

We hope you plan to enter and suggest you will need to sort accommodation ASAP. Hawke’s Bay Show have provided the following options: Hastings Top 10 Holiday Park 610 Windsor Ave, Hastings 06 8786 692 Anvil Court Motor Lodge 1400 Karamu Road 06 876 41 22 Valdez Motor Lodge 1107 Karamu Road 06 876 5453 Kathy Newdick continues with her valued role on providing sustenance for the competitors’ and any heats entrants who stay on to watch the finals. This year the Wiremark marquee will also host a number of sponsors and their guests. Competitors are asked to mingle. There will be protocols we ask you to respect prior to 3pm.

Regional Competitions will be held at Competition Regional Competition Regional Competition Regional Competition

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Date/s November 12th 2013 February 8th 2014 March 14th 2014

For further information please visit the FCANZ website and click on the NZFC webpage (tab along the top). Here you will find a number of contacts for NZFC listed. We look forward to your support and entries this year.


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