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New Zealand's most beautiful town and our 14 charming country villages




CONTACT US ON-TRACK ISSUE 4 The Railway Station Aorangi Street, Feilding. 06 323 3318 PO Box 463, Feilding 4702 info@feildingpromotion.co.nz

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Feilding & Manawatū District at the heart of it all and the gateway to the regions. Experience our warm hospitality and rich heritage in New Zealand’s most beautiful town, friendly Feilding, as well as our 14 charming country villages.

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Where the pace of life is easy, the experiences are memorable, businesses thrive, families flourish and heroes are raised. FAHS Feilding High School established 1921. Students past and present will celebrate 100 years, 26-28 March 2021.


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Our place, our people

"KIA ORA, GIDDAY AND WELCOME TO OUR PLACE" Autumn, a time to celebrate and enjoy our big season of events.

As the lazy hazy days of summer peel away making way for the new season, Feilding and Manawatū District will burst into a kaleidoscope of colour and activity. Just as Mother Nature will cast her incredible influence across our district, so too will our army of passionate organisers and volunteers who do the magnificent mahi (work) to bring a profusion of events, festivals and fairs for everyone to enjoy while adding a vibrancy to our place. Our events help us to celebrate, encourage cultural and community interaction, enrich lives, and build memories. They ensure that our home continues to be a landmark for attracting and growing good people, great business and investment. Locals come together with visitors who are drawn in from our neighbouring areas and across the country to share in the outstanding events hosted in our beautiful Manawatū District. Our place is renowned for its outstanding venues and generous hospitality that is second to none. In March alone we will host massive events with everything from the Central District Field Days at our world class Manfeild Park, to magnificent FAHS Feilding High School opening to the community for a three day centenary celebration, and beautiful Kimbolton village hosting the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival. The Great Manawatū Steam Fair, Dahlia Day Garden Party, Mt Biggs School 100th Celebration and Apiti Family Mountain Bike Ride plus so many more events organised, too many to name here! Visit our website to check out WHAT'S ON in full. This is where you'll find everything that's happening all in one placethe Feilding & Manawatū District online events guide:

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Manawatu Country Coast City Just down the road




"NOTHING BETTER THAN A RELAXING TIME AT APTITI TAVERN" Apiti Tavern, well worth the drive for spectacular scenery, food and hospitality.

Apiti Tavern and Eatery is located 42km north of Feilding, 55km north of Palmerston North and 19km south east of Mangaweka. Renown for their low and slow BBQ menu, with Jon James the Smoker, from the nations top BBQ team of 2019 and Grant Kitchen the Chef, Manawatū's chef of the Year 2018 – 2021. "Our philosophy is simple, great food with superb local ingredients served with local beverages and great company." Powered sights and room for camping makes this country pub perfect for a stay-over, with their facilities and an outdoor area for child to run and play and it's animal friendly too. "We are definitely a destination worth visiting and in the winter, our fire and hospitality will keep you warm." 755 Oroua Valley Road, Apiti Telephone: 06-328 4848


M&J Shoes, the prominent footwear store for men and women on Kimbolton Road.

M&J Shoe's Michael and Jenny Long have a history of providing a trusted personalised service instore, where the balance between your fit and fashion is always paramount. Michael is a shoe guru, he’s been selling shoes for 40 years, and a third generation of family in footwear in Feilding. M&J’s have a fantastic selection of footwear, carefully chosen with you in mind. “Ladies, if you are looking for a fashionable shoe that offers all day comfort, a stylish shoe for a special occasion or you’re struggling to find that larger fit, we would love to help. We also have a range of men’s dress shoes, boots, casual shoes, and accessories.” M&J’s are renowned for curating collections of high quality footwear, including shoes from Europe and Spain, countries with a rich history of shoemaking quality and excellence in craftsmanship. Here you’ll find specialty brands Riekers, Bresley, Rilassare, Sauve as well as Revere, the orthotic friendly range, and brands that other shops do not stock.

While each range at M&J Shoes has its own story, every pair of shoes can be depended on for quality, style and comfort. “Try our layby and loyalty system, view our full range of shoes online.”


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89 Kimbolton Road, Feilding Telephone: 06-323 7384 www.mandjshoes.co.nz

"TOGETHER, WE CAN DO MUCH" Feilding & District Promotion - introducing our new team. Feilding & District Promotion would like to introduce our new Chairperson – Alexandra Boustridge. Alex is a senior associate at CR Law, based in Feilding. Alex has lived in the Manawatū for six years after studying in Wellington, and thoroughly enjoys being a part of the Manawatū community. Having been actively involved in several community organisations, she is currently on the Board of the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce and the Manawatū Branch of the New Zealand Law Society, as well as her new role as chair of Feilding & District Promotions Inc (FDP). In her spare time, you will find Alex exploring the regions beaches and walking tracks or finding fun local events or activities to enjoy. Along with Alex, we have had a few new faces join the executive committee and a couple retire. I would like to give a warm thank you to Jason Smith the former chairman who is remaining as a member of the executive, Kirsten Harper and Mike Coley who have retired and extend a warm welcome and thank you to the new and remaining members of the FDP Exec. Our exec is made of locals who volunteer their time to help steer our organisation and ensure we live our values of: Connection, Growth, Cooperation, Commitment and Accountability to, with and for our community and stakeholders. Our executive committee is: Alex Boustridge, Gareth Edwards- Design Builders, Gary Massisks – BakerAg, Jason Smith – P&C Insurance, Louise Mason – Allan McNeill, Rahui Corbett – Morrison Creed, Richard Anderson – Rural and Lifestyle, Sarah McMenamin – Oroua Anglican Parish, Stuart Campbell representing

Wendy Carr General Manager

Manawatū District Council, Vonese Walker – Poutama Trust, Warren Duggan –

Feilding & District Promotion

retired and Wayne Dellow – Good Communications.



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"MANAWATŪ'S FRIENDLY PET SHOP & PARK" Tweeters and Friends Pet Shop motto: They are in our lives a short time, but you are in their lives a lifetime.

Tweeters and Friends Pet Shop & Parrot Park is

We carry a wide range of the highest

your neighbourhood pet store, complete with

quality pet foods and supplies. You’ll be amazed at all the great things you’ll

everything your pets could possibly need.

find in our store, but not as amazed as your pet will be. Tweeters and Friends is set in a relaxed country atmosphere with country prices. Look out for the fence which has many of their own pets painted on there, and come find out what all the buzz is about only six minutes from Feilding.

Being a family owned pet store in the

Kerry, Richard and the

since 2014, Kerry, Richard and the team

team invite you out to their

are committed to providing the best for

slice of paradise,

your pets/family members. Out of a love for animals, Tweeters and

just down the road.

Friends was born, with a starting point why not a pet shop with a home-grown difference. Since then Tweeters and Friends

1565 State Highway 3 Awahuri ,

has been growing and expanding into what they

Manawatu 4476

have now. “Our Parrot Park has grown which

Telephone: 06 323 8339

accentuates our passion for birds. A place to relax and

Email: tweetersandfriends@xtra.co.nz

enjoy birds from all over the globe."



KR'S Café - Savour the wholesome food, enjoy the relaxed company and taste the big new menu to eat-in or take-away!

Karen Rusling and her friendly

And, there's no better choice in the

team have been providing

Manawatū-Whanganui region for top

delicious food whenever and              wherever

you want it

gatherings or events in your home, at work, at your chosen venue or in KR’S Café with

KR'S Cafe is a social hub, where locals

functions. From high teas, and cocktail

scrumptious, good old-fashioned home

parties, to home dinners and lavish

style food that everyone loves to savour.

banquets. “Our team can cater for all your special

an all-time favourite to eat-in or take-

requirements and expectations from 5 to

way, and the new menu options are

500 people, no matter what your budget,

available for takeaway’s as well.

occasion or tastes, you can depend on us to

With a great choice all day menu and


licensed bar and after hours for private

and visitors come for fresh and

KR’S house battered fish and chips are

Telephone: 06-323 6527

service than KR'S Catering. For every occasion, private or business,

for 13 years now.

32 Fergusson Street, Feilding

quality beautiful food and exceptional

satisfy all your catering needs.

cabinet selection, the best fish n chips,

We do it all! Eat in our spacious café or

Saturday and Sunday morning all day

phone in your take-away orders from our

breakfast starting from 8.30am, plus a

big new menu or let us cater for your next

sweet selection including natural frozen

occasion, we love to be of service.”

yoghurt and soft serve ice cream -there’s no better place than KR’S spacious café

Open 6 days, Monday to Thursday 7am -

at the south end of Fergusson Street, for

2pm, Friday 7am -3pm, and every Saturday

delicious food and superb coffee.

9am -2pm.


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"EVENTS- A POWERFUL ROLE" Her Worship the Mayor, Manawatū District Council, Helen Worboys. I write this on a high, having just returned from being part of the support crew for one of Feilding’s most inspirational people, Shaz Dagg. She competed in the Coast-to-Coast event as the first amputee athlete to do so. The two-day event included road cycling, kayaking 70kms, off road running, river crossings and mountain climbing over Goats Pass - a total of 243 kms which Shaz completed in just 18 hours 29mins, all with just one arm, finishing 6th in her age group and received the Endurance Award. Another Feilding local, Megan Farnham who works at our Makino Pool, also completed the event coming in 3rd place in her age group. Outstanding results from two amazing local women! Aside from the commitment, mental focus and physical fitness required for this event by the competitors, it made me reflect on the team effort it took to do this. Every competitor needed a support team to ensure they had the right gear packed and it was in the right place to start and finish each activity change, ate enough food, carried plenty of water and medications etc. Then there are the social and economic benefits of such a major event to the local economy. Country schools used this event as their major fundraiser doing the breakfasts and dinners, 400 volunteers did the marshalling with donations going back to their clubs and organisations and local businesses reaped the benefit of having several thousand visitors to their patch. Events also play a powerful role building pride in any vibrant community. Our District and region have a number of major events every year and I’m keen to see how together we can participate, promote and benefit from hosting these events.

completed the 243 km Coast to Coast event in

I would Be keen to get your thoughts too!


Local woman Shaz Dagg

18 hours 29 minutes.

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"BEAUTIFUL SASSY SUSTAINABLE FASHION" Turnaround -in the heart of Feilding on the Square.

Turnaround is Feilding's most loved privately owned preloved clothing boutique and has been selling quality sustainable fashion since 1987 Kate Wild is the proud owner of this beautiful, sassy boutique, in her fourth year now. Hand selecting their stock from all over New Zealand, ensures they only have





ladies clothing, footwear and


quality, gorgeous pre-loved clothing and You will find everyday wear and one- accessories, holding around 3,000 items off statement pieces, great brands and at any one time in-store. Refresh your quality




prices. wardrobe ethically. We stock sizes 6 to 26."

Turnaround also stocks quality pre-

“We are worth a visit, pop in,

loved Feilding High School uniforms. “Because you are important to us, we can offer a slow shopping experience where you can immerse yourself in your own






premium, pre-loved classic items for

you won’t be disappointed.”

Open Monday and Tuesday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturdays 9:30am to 1:30pm

everyday wear.

32 Manchester Square , Feilding

Our selection in store is of the highest

Telephone: 06 323 1376 www.turnaround.co.nz


Beyond Coffee Café, on Manchester Square, Feilding- New Zealnds's most beautiful town.

Delwyn Davies brings her passion for great food and customer service to town, as well as Havana coffee. Beyond Coffee Café is the perfect family friendly place to meet, refresh and enjoy a fine selection of food made fresh daily on the premises by two resident chefs, “We use the freshest ingredients in our very own recipes, so you can taste the difference.” “Come and try New Zealand's best branded coffee, Havana, a beautiful smooth coffee, super popular in Wellington." A large spacious dining area downstairs with a private meeting room is available for free use, it’s a popular space for business breakfasts, luncheons and family gatherings, so be sure to book first. Upstairs includes a big children's play area -just the spot for parents to lounge while enjoying their favourite food and coffee. Born and bred in Feilding, Delwyn (left in photo) is delighted to have returned home after living in Palmerston North for many years where she owned the Columbus Cafe in Palmerston North’s Plaza and 15 years in the NZ Police Force.

"We have a wonderful friendly and helpful team and we'd love to see you soon, I know you'll be impressed and surprised.” 32 Manchester Square, Feilding Telephone: 06-323 2184

Open Monday to Thursday 7:30am, Friday and Saturday 7am and Sunday 8am. Close at 4pm daily.


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Love The Rangitikei River "PUTAI NGAHERE DOMAIN - VINEGAR HILL" Manawatū Districts spectacular riverside escape.

Putai Ngahere Domain or Vinegar Hill, as it is mostly known, is one of the region’s most popular and spectacular picnic and camping reserves, located alongside the majestic Rangitīkei River, where a mighty 300 year old totara tree looks over the grounds as a guardian. The bush entrance to this 30.84 reserve features giant redwood, totara and other native species. The reserve provides for a range of recreation activities including swimming, fishing, white-water rafting and canoeing. It is a popular holiday camping spot for families and large groups with three main camping areas but people can camp where they wish. There are cold showers and flushing toilets available but no BBQ's. Flat, grassy, non-powered sites with plenty of tree shelter border the river, which has great swimming holes. Here you will find relaxed camping at its very best. The majestic Rangitikei River snakes its way along the western boundary of the Manawatū District’s northern reaches from high up on the central plateau down to Tangimoana Beach where its spills into the Tasman Sea. It has cut spectacular gorges on its path, cliffs up to 200 metres high provide dramatic backdrops to a wide range of rapids and pools. Most of these rapids are Grade 2, ideal for family rafting adventures and an excellent learning ground for Whitewater Kayaking. The Rangitikei River also features a section of Grade 5 White-water, the best half day or two day white-water trip in the world! More water adventures are well worth exploring at Awastone.co.nz


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Fauldings Electrical and Sound have been serving Feilding and the wider Manawatū area since 1974. New Owners of Fauldings 2019 and Sound, Theresa Price, Kosta Markovitch and Mark Marsden, are super excited to have acquired the Kinetic Electrical franchise for Feilding. It’s the same people, in the same building, but now working under the national brand of Kinetic Electrical. "At Fauldings/Kinetic Electrical we listen to our clients. We make sure we understand fully what’s required, we prepare for the job at hand and we deliver the “right” solution. We have the systems and work practices that ensure our clients receive a service which is both efficient and professional, with minimal disruption to their business, workplace or home. We deliver this at a price that represents the best possible value for money." Kinetic Electrical also now offer Heat Pump and Ducted Heat Pump installations and servicing. "We continue to be involved with various sound events for local clubs, schools, commercial and one off functions around the lower North 45 Weld Street, Feilding

Island. If you need an electrician or want to discuss your event

Telephone: 06 323 6068

requirements contact us for a quote or come in and visit us at our




No job too big or too small.


With access to policies from more than 15O national and international insurers, you can feel confident you have all the cover you need. The trusted team are experts in fire and general insurance and can provide solutions for your commercial, domestic and rural insurance needs. Understanding your insurance cover can be complex and the results of getting it wrong can be devastating. It pays to have an insurance broker on your side. As your advocate, we work for you and not the insurance company. Our team makes sure you receive the full entitlement of your insurance contract in the event of a

P & C Insurance Brokers are very proud to have been supporting Feilding business and the wider Feilding community for the last 30 years.

claim. We take the time to understand your business and the risks you face.

"Please contact us if you would like to get in touch with a member of our team."

P&C Insurance Brokers are locally owned but are part of the Steadfast Group which is the largest general

54 Stafford Street, Feilding.

Insurance Broker network in Australasia with growing

Telephone: 0800 724 678

operations in Asia and Europe.

Email: sales@pcinsurance.co.nz


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Focused on you

"DEDICATED TO HELPING YOU REACH YOUR IDEAL SELF" Evolve with our programmes, classes, training, advice and to fulfil your New Year resolutions. Evolve offers three different membership options starting from just $10.50 per week, and all three include no contract, staffed entry, free Wifi and free group classes. Evolve Basic Membership also includes one free assessment and programme. Evolve Gold Membership also includes 24/7 entry, free sauna and one free assessment and programme. Evolve Platinum membership also includes- 24/7 entry, free sauna, free 8 weekly assessments and tailored programmes as well as free membership suspensions (maximum 3 months only) and bring a friend for free (staffed hours only). A new addition at Evolve is their Recovery Massage Room to try out the new massage chairs. With an Integration of eight sets of sensors temperature, position, strength, coverage, motor speed, acceleration and responsive feedback. Now with 4D mode enhancement to make it even more “humanized”, while optimising the sensor and movement control accuracy to target the pressure points with precision. Automatic Acupoint Detection TechnologyTM with closed-loop speed detection and high-precision calibration to locate acupressure points in the upper and lower body. An extra-long L-Track, The L-shaped track coverage spans wider from the neck to the hips. The massage chairs are great for enhancing post-workout muscle recovery, reducing anxiety and stress, helps to induce better sleep, relieving the pain from sore muscles and improving blood circulation. 10, 20 and 30 minute sessions are now available for purchase either as a single visit or as a 10 visit concession card, a great gift idea to spoil either yourself, your partner or a friend. The massage chairs are not a substitute for a qualified massage therapist or if you have specific health issues. These incredible massage chairs are not just for our members, they are also available for you as well.


18 Gladstone Street, Feilding 4702 Telephone: 06-323 3009 www.evolvefitness.co.nz

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Health for Life -For individually tailored natural health solutions.

The Health for Life team of professional natural health retailers have been supporting the natural health needs of our community for over 20 years. When you visit our store, you will be greeted by one of our certified natural health retailers. They will take the time to discuss your individual needs and help you make the right choices for your supplement program. Amanda Jackson (right in photo), a certified Health Consultant with a Diploma in Health Science has worked in our store for seven years. Amanda works closely with her customers to make sure they are getting the best results from their supplement program. Amanda hosts evening events during the year, with special focus in on sports groups and gym goers. Health for Life have a Wellness Watchers group commencing soon. Teresa Algie is a Certified Health Consultant and has worked in our Feilding store for five years. Teresa’s approach to Natural Health is also to work closely with her customers to make sure their supplement program is giving them the desired results. Teresa’s particular passion is assisting 105 Fergusson Sreet, Feilding

our youngest and teenagers. "Membership to our customer club is recommended, as this ensures that your supplement

Telephone: 06 323 8301 www.healthforlife.co.nz

program is securely recorded and if we need to contact you regarding a change of trading hours or any special events. If you can’t get to one of our stores, we will get your products to you and this is free of charge to our customer club members. We want to be available to our customers at all times."


Michael Ford-passionate about property and passionate about Feilding and the Manawatū and Rangitīkei Districts.

49 Manchester Street, Feilding Telephone: 027 542 4707 Office: 06 06 323 0333 michael.ford@bayleys.co.nz

Michael Ford has worked in the property industry Michael is no good at golf, so his hobby has been, and is, for 42 years, as both a Registered Valuer and Real making our community better. He is currently Deputy Mayor Estate Agent- 37 of those years based in Feilding. of Manawatu District. Previously he was Chairman of the

highly successful Feilding Promotion for over 20 years, was a

As well as being a fully qualified Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Michael is a non practising Registered Valuer, and has 42 years experience in the property industry at your disposal, 37 of those based in Feilding. property knowledge and local knowledge. He is often chosen to handle difficult and unusual properties and situations. He is


School Boards of Trustees. Whether it be residential, lifestyle, commercial, industrial, a business, subdivision or development opportunity, Michael would enjoy working with you to obtain the best bottom line

Michael’s strengths are appraisal, negotiation, marketing,

not a pushy sales consultant.

Manfeild Park Trustee for 11 years and served on three local

result for you. Take advantage of his knowledge and skills, coupled with Bayleys marketing grunt locally, nationally, and internationally. Phone him to talk today.

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"FEILDING'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME" Manfeild Park Motel , friendly comfortable and close to all the attractions

Manfeild Park Motel invites you to stay at Feilding’s family

Sky TV, Freeview, and ultra-fast wifi are available.

friendly motel where you’ll

From studios with kitchenette to large

find everything you need right

family units with full sized kitchen and


on your doorstep.

It’s an easy walk to all of the town’s big

everything you need to make your stay easy and comfortable.

attractions and located across the road to

“To get the best rates available be sure to

the main gates of Manfeild Park- home to

book direct via our secure website

Manfeild Trust Events Centre and Manfeild


Race Track, where all the fun is!

or please phone us directly."

The popular cafes, shops, bars, and

Helen, Karen and their team are committed

restaurants are an easy stroll away, so

to making you feel at home during your stay

too are other local attractions such as

in New Zealands most beautiful town. “You

beautiful Kowhai Park, the Saleyards,

will always be greeted with a warm smile

Coach House Museum and the cinema.

and genuinely looked after.”

Manfeild Park Motel’s spacious rooms are maintained to the highest standard with excellent facilities including a playground, BBQ, laundry and free on-site parking.

1 Fergusson Street, Feilding Telephone: 06 323 8761 www.manfeildparkmotel.nz


Mortgage Link & Insurance Link - specialist loan brokers and insurance advisers.

Mortgage Link Insurance Link Manawatū Rangitīkei opened in Feilding in February 2019. The local team are the link to a wide range of New Zealand's banks and lenders, and we help you find the right solution for your lending needs. There is a lot to think about when you look to finance your first home, your next home, a holiday home, or an investment property. It is important to seek professional advice from one of the team of mortgage advisers who will guide you. Knowing all the options before you start helps take the stress away from those major decisions.

With specialist insurance advisers, our office on the corner of Fergusson and Manchester Streets, can provide

Mortgage Link Advisers are specialist loan brokers

risk management advice and insurance quotes

who have access to a wide variety of banks and

specific to your own situation.

non-bank lenders and can therefore source the

The aim is to ensure that you will receive financial compensation (have

loan that suits your specific situation. As well as the standard bank home loans, Mortgage

the money you need) if something unforeseen happens.

Link can help with low deposit home loans, low

51 Fergusson Street, Feilding 4702

doc loans for self-employed, specialist loans for

Telephone: 06 323 0519 or 0800 466 784

people that have some credit impairment and


debt consolidation loans. FEILDING & MANAWATŪ DISTRICT

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Serving our community "OUR MAGNIFICENT VOLUNTEERS"

Feilding Health Shuttle service has been operating in the Manawatū for over 25 years. 25 years ago, the Feilding Area Committee identified a need to assist local residents to get to medical appointments at the hospital in Palmerston North. The service has since grown and extended to cover a wide range of medical appointments including GP visits, physio, optometrist, podiatrist and mental health. Based in Feilding, the service extends cover to residents of Palmerston North, Ashhurst and the surrounds of Manawatū, transporting up to 10000 patient trips each year. The local health shuttle operates a door to door service with a fleet of 4 hoist and wheelchair capable vehicles to ensure that clients with health or mobility issues can easily attend their medical appointments, helping to ease the anxiety that may come with the difficulty of finding transport to appointments. The service operates Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. As a registered charity there is no charge but a koha is appreciated to assist us to cover our operational costs. The service is run by a team of dedicated volunteers in both driving and assistant roles. Our volunteers are understanding and empathetic, endeavouring to meet the specific needs of everyone

For bookings and information about the Feilding Health Shuttle Service please contact us. Telephone: 06 323 5655 Email: feildinghealthshuttle@stjohn.org.nz

who travels with our service. Our volunteers are trained in first aid and attend a St John driver training course. If you are looking to give back to your community in a voluntary capacity, enjoy working with people and want to make a difference in someone’s life, our Health Shuttle Service could be the volunteering opportunity you’re looking for. Please contact us if you would like to express interest in volunteering and becoming part of our team..


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FAHS Established 1921


FAHS Established 1921 “KIA TOA KIA NGAKAUNUI” “Have courage, desire greatly.”

Feilding Technical School (the present Community Centre building) was the local high school but provided no ability to teach agriculture. So, with the teaching of agriculture at a low ebb nationally, a local farmer and businessman, Harry Tolley, visualized a new school. He became the driving force and “threw the whole of his energy and vigorous personality into the ‘Agricultural High School’ idea”. It was due to Harry that the foundations for Feilding Agricultural High School were laid. However, it wasn’t plain sailing for Harry and progress was slow as there was strong opposition to this revolutionary proposal. So, in 1920, Harry formed a sub-committee with other local farmers and business owners; Hugh Atkinson, Archibald Campbell and James Knight. The Hon. Harry Guthrie was a former teacher and MP for the Oroua electorate who held the Ministry of Lands portfolio. He also worked closely with the other four founders. This newly formed committee raised funds and Kiwitea, Oroua and Manawatū County Councils also provided financial assistance. A site was selected for the proposed school and the Feilding Borough Council permitted the purchase of 20 acres on North Street. In 1921 a brick building of four classrooms and a Chemistry lab were erected and the new Feilding Agricultural High School came into being. Dr L. J. Wild was appointed the first principal of Feilding Agricultural High School.

Dr Wild asked local Feilding resident, Sir Hector Booth, to provide a school motto in the Maori language. Sir Booth, immediately said “Kia Toa Kia Ngakaunui” which, when translated, means “Have courage, desire greatly.” It was Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangihiroa) who gifted the school’s crest, made up of huia feathers representing chieftainship and honour. In 2000 the school changed its name to FAHS – Feilding High School. Nathan Stewart is the current Principal and welcomes everyone to join in celebrating the school turning 100.


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FAHS Established 1921

Pictures from the past at Feilding Agricultural High School The clock tower.

1926 sports cap - one of the first believed to be used. The opening of the school hall in 1934.

The top farm -Manawanui

Belong Work being done up at the top farm - Manawanui .

Shearing back in the day.

First day pupils taken at the 50th reunion.

FAHS Established 1921

Pictures of the modern day Feilding High School The modern day school frontage.

The hockey turf.

The clock tower today.


Inside the newly renovated gymnasium.


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Renee Biggs- winner House shearing comp in 2020.

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The new entrance to the bottom farm - Ngakaunui .

Our All Blacks, Black Ferns and international sports people.

FAHS Established 1921

""COME A CAND O MJOIN MUSUON N IA TTOUR Y OF C OUR E L SCHOOL, E B R AOUR T ISCHOOL O N "FARMS & OUR TOWN." The Centenary celebrations for FAHS – Feilding High School are taking place over the weekend of 26-28 March, 2021. The celebration has been organised by a committee of ex-students, current teaching staff and the school principal and will be a time to enjoy a tour of the school, the school farms and the Feilding township. The weekend offers a wide variety of events to allow everyone to celebrate the school’s milestone.

CENTENARY PROGRAMME Friday 26th March 2021 10am: Commemoration Assembly followed by morning tea in the

Don Chambers lounge in the hostel . 11.30am- 4pm: Tours of school. 4pm-9pm: Registration collection: FAHS Hall. 5pm-9pm: Meet & Greet (FAHS Hall). Saturday 27th March 2021

The school will be open for further registration collection and to enjoy continued socialising with friends. The following are the organised timetable events for the day. Decade photos: 10am – 11am: 1960 - 2021 11am - 12pm: 1920 – 1959 10am– 2pm: Tours of school, farms and Feilding township. 10.30am– 2pm: Sports games and cultural entertainment. 1pm – 2pm: Ex and current staff gathering.

The 100th celebration project is the upgrading of the oldest existing building still at the school – the school pool.

6.30pm: Dinner (Feilding Civic Centre). Sunday 28th March 2021 10am: Church Service. 10.30am: Cake cutting and tea/coffee. 11am: Tree planting.


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CR Law-139 years' service


The Property Market is Hot -don’t get Burnt!

Manawatu’s residential property prices continue to climb,

property intending to subdivide, or intending to run a

with REINZ (Real Estate Institute of New Zealand)

business from home, it’s important that you are not

recording a year on year increase of 31.3% for median

restricted from doing so” says Alex.







Alex’s message to property buyers is that if you are

Competition amongst buyers is at an unprecedented

going to submit an unconditional offer, you must first

high, and first home buyers in particular are finding it

ensure you have completed your due diligence. You will

hard to compete.

need a lawyer to complete the conveyancing process for

“We are seeing more buyers submitting unconditional

you, so it is also worthwhile having your lawyer review the

offers to try and beat the competition, which is fine, so

Record of Title, check the Agreement for Sale and

long as appropriate due diligence is completed in

Purchase before you sign it, and make sure you really are

advance” says Alexandra Boustridge, Senior Associate at

in a position to submit that offer for your dream home.

CR Law. Tight deadlines for offers to be put to vendors is causing

“It’s much easier for us to address any issues at the precontract stage, rather than after an unconditional

some buyers to take a risk and submit offers without

agreement is in place, or following settlement,” says Alex.

having finance unconditionally approved, checking the

CR Law has a team of property experts available to

Council property file, ensuring they are fully satisfied with

assist throughout the purchase process, from assisting

the dwelling itself, and having the Record of Title reviewed.

with due diligence to meet those tight deadlines,

“A Record of Title for a property can be subject to

reviewing your agreement, and seeing you through to

certain encumbrances that buyers need to be aware of

your settlement date with confidence.

when purchasing property. These can include easements in locations people might intend to build over (but are restricted from doing so under the easement terms) and land covenants restricting use of the land (for example not allowing further subdivision or restricting numbers of pets you can have at the property). Easements and land covenants






subdivisions.” “The last thing we want for our clients is for them to buy a property and then find out they have a sewage

19 Manchester Street, Feilding Telephone: 06 323 4282 Email:law@crlaw.co.nz www.crlaw.co.nz

easement running underneath their house, or that the services to their property do not have the necessary legal easements over the neighbour’s land. If you are buying a FEILDING & MANAWATŪ DISTRICT

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Money can’t buy you love, or so the song goes, but hey, it can sure come close to it... A little bit of money can buy you an executive housewife -and that means a whole heap of time and freedom to do the things that you really love! Hire a housewife is now offering a full de-cluttering service. All you have to do is tell them what you want gone, and they will load up the trailer and take it to one of the following charities of your choice: Hospice shop, Salvation Army, Woman’s Refuge, Manchester House Op Shop. The executive housewives will take care of everything, they can relabel , purchase containers, transform your spaces, and commercially clean from top to bottom, Does life get any better than that? If it is professional advice you are after call Natasha Harding and her team today for advice and options. Time is precious and you only get so much of it in your busy life. So, use it wisely and spend it well, let us help you. Telephone: 0508 dusted (0508 387833) www.HireAHouseWife.co.nz

"TE MANAWA- A SPACE FOR THE HEART" Supporting families, whanau and our community to create safe relationships where children thrive.

Te Manawa Family Services is

offer a range of programmes aimed at

celebrating 21 years of service

supporting families, whanau and our

in Feilding!

community to create safe relationships where children thrive.

In 1999, our founders Julie Miller and Phil Stanfield were approached by members of Women’s Refuge, Police and Community Probation Service with the support of the National Network of Stopping Violence Services, to run weekly stopping violence programmes for men based in Feilding. From 1 April 2000, Te Manawa Services became a charitable trust and weekly

We offer Men’s and Women’s programmes, Family and Whanau Social Work support service, Youth and Parenting Programme, Child Safety Programme, Anti-Bullying Programmes and Projects in schools. All Te Manawa services are free. Anyone can refer themselves by either phoning the office on 06 323 8330 or by filling in the registration form on our website www.temanawa.org.nz.

programme sessions and family and whanau support began.

Come and celebrate our success over the

From the start, Te Manawa Family

past 21 years with a morning tea on 1 April

Services offered a whole of whanau approach to addressing family violence partners and children were supported

2021 at 10am at our Feilding office on the corner of Fergusson and Stafford Streets.

alongside the men in the group

117 Fergusson Street, Feilding

programmes. This approach quickly

Telephone: 06 323 8330

developed as the gold standard for Family

Mobile:027 323 7330

Violence service provision and today we



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"A place where children are at the heart of all we do -Ko te tamaite te putake o te kaupapa." Discussions of building a school in the area first started in 1913 but the Great War put an end to planning until 1919 when a letter to the Education Board spoke of a need for a school, stressing the difficulty of keeping farm workers once their children reached school age. A site of two acres had been offered free by Mr Arthur Lobb and Mr Charles Masters, who also guaranteed one hundred pounds towards the building fund as well as accommodation for the teacher

The original school opened in March 1921 with a roll of 23 pupils. In 1958 the entire school was gutted by fire and pupils were transported to Manchester Street School until a new school was built and opened

The original school

in 1959. Over the ensuing years additional resource rooms and classrooms as well as a swimming pool were added. The school continues to develop it's spaces and the role has grown to over 100 students who enjoy its many unique rural aspects such as Ag Day. Mt Biggs School is celebrating 100 years on 12 & 13 March, and invite all those with any connection to the school, both past and present– students, staff, board members, family and community members to this momentous event. If you have any history, photos or stories you’d like to share we would love to know about them. You can register on-line or contact us for information.

Telephone: 027 220 9987 Email: 100years@mountbiggs.school.nz www.mountbiggs.school.nz


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12 & 13 March 2021


Harcourts Team Campbell, Julie and Bill, true blue locals with well established contacts and knowledge. Buying and selling a home – this is one of the top five most stressful things people can do in their lives. So, to ensure that this goes smoothly, make sure you choose the right team! When researching real estate agents, going local is best. They have the knowledge and contacts already well established. Julie and Bill of Team Campbell have over 30 years in the Feilding and surrounding areas, they know the place like the back of their hands. Being local agents also helps them to provide you with an outstanding service that ensures that you get the best price, not always the first price for your home. Working for you, they get the research done right from the beginning stages of their free, no obligation appraisal, right through the many negotiations, paperwork and the final handing over of keys. 2021 is in full swing and the market in the Manawatū is not slowing. Maybe you have completed some upgrades to your home over the holidays and you're wondering what price your home could get

36 Fergusson Street, Feilding

or maybe you are after some tips on what improvements you

Telephone: Julie 027 490 1136  or

could make.

Bill 027 235 1901   www.harcourts.co.nz

Contact Julie and Bill to do what they love and get you sold!

"ACHIEVE ORGANISATIONAL AND PERSONAL GOALS" “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein

EDU-WIZE is a local training

Self-awareness forms the foundation of all

provider based in Feilding and working across the Manawatu and lower North Island.

our programs. This is further enhanced by embedding continuous improvement principles in everything we do. We will work in partnership with your organisation to upskill your employees. Our

We are a group of creative ideas people

aim is to benefit and achieve both the

with a strong focus on the implementation

organisations future goals as well as the

of sustainable change interventions.

employee’s personal development.

We are super excited here at Edu-Wize

All eligible Edu-Wize learners were issued

about the year ahead of us! Our Self-

with a free computer at the end of their

awareness program became very popular

programs in 2020. The purpose of this was to

and is currently high in demand. We had a

enable them to continue their individual

fabulous end of 2021 and we are looking

learning paths when the official program

forward to the relationships we will build

came to completion.

this year.

Edu-Wize offers services that are registered

Diane joined our team in December and

for the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

we are currently recruiting for another

(NZTE) Capability Development Voucher


Scheme. We also have access to other no-

As facilitators of learning and change, Edu-Wize offers a wide range of training programmes in the knowledge that people will contribute positively when they are emotionally invested. FEILDING & MANAWATŪ DISTRICT

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fees grants. Telephone: 021 508 636 Email: alta@edu-wize.com WWW.EDU-WIZE.COM


Hike "MANAWATŪ TOP TRAMPS TO TRY THIS AUTUMN" Explore the beautiful and tranquil scenic area of northern Manawatū.

Active explorers can get amongst the natural wonderland Manawatū offers with these iconic hikes accessible to a range of fitness levels which you can also enjoy these hikes with tamariki in tow: Rangiwahia Hut Track -Located in Northern Manawatū just outside the charming village of Āpiti, the 4.4 km (2-3 hrs) hike up to Rangiwahia Hut Track is a great day hike or overnight hut experience – suitable for families with children and new trampers. The track is well-graded offers a steady incline to the tussock tops along the Whanahuia Range. Along the way you will experience some incredible vistas – a stunning arched wooden bridge, deep ravines, red beech forests and enchanting Middle Earth scenery that will take your breath away. For those keen to stay overnight, Rangiwahia Hut is a serviced, cosy 12bunk hut with water from tap (not treated so you’ll need to boil before use), a wood burner (firewood is supplied) and the most incredible views of Mount Ruapehu. The skies during sunset are rather spectacular and a waterfall make this an Instagram worthy spot. Alice Nash Memorial Lodge Track -An ideal for families wanting to try out a bush walk; this track can be done as a short-day trip or an overnight stay. Starting off down steep farmland, the walk enters the bush via a fantastically curved bridge and has undulating climbs suitable for most fitness levels. The track is very well marked with DOC markers along the way and once you reach the hut you’ll be treated to stunning views of the ranges and lush native bush. The hut can accommodate around 12 people if need be (with a bit of squishing) and is a true backcountry option without electricity or cooking facilities. It does, however, have running water, a stand-alone fireplace and an outdoor toilet. Discover more Manawatū moments to fill your Autumn buckets at


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Fun Kids 'n Country "FEILDING'S MINI RURAL GAMES" Kids ‘n Country comes to Feilding Farmers Market Friday 5 March 2021. Rural Games for pre-schoolers comes to Feilding Farmers Market!

Kids will be able to get their hands dirty and get a taste of rural life when the country comes to town in Feilding on 5 March from 10am. The Kids ‘n’ Country family event will take place at the Feilding Farmers Market as part of the build-up to the Ford Ranger New Zealand Rural Games at Te Marae o Hine, Palmerston North, from March 12 to 14. Feilding and Districts events co-ordinator Vicki Wills said the event is specifically designed for pre-schoolers to take part in the rural sports on offer in Manchester Square. “They can have a go at digging up sand in a small HireWays digger, toss a gumboot, try hammering a nail into wood, ride pedal tractors, roll a hay bale, or get involved in the crowd favourite - the Tug o War,” “There’s something for everyone to try, it’s free, and there will be plenty of prizes up for grabs.” There will also be displays, colouring competitions, sack races, face painting, giant games, and animals to pet. New Zealand Rural Games Trust Chair Margaret Kouvelis said the children’s events were always a favourite. "We are excited to be able to include Feilding in the Ford Ranger New Zealand Rural Games in 2021 by bringing these adventurous kids events here, It’s a lot of fun and a great day out for families to give them a taste of the rural life that’s right here on our doorstep.”


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Vicki Wills Telephone: 06 323 3318 Email:events@feildingpromotion.co.nz Telephone: 027 616 6691


Enjoy "FEILDING GOLF CLUB- FOR YOUR NEXT VENUE" The perfect place, in a gorgeous setting for your next special occasion, celebration or gathering. Feilding Golf Course is a beautiful park course with mature trees lining immaculately manicured fairways.

The course very rarely closes due to its porous, well draining soils and our greens are of the highest quality and condition in the region. While an easy walk, the course is challenging to all levels and a test for even the best golfers. Lovely gardens frame many areas of the course and clubhouse, with Kereru and Tui among the many birds that reside here. With a Pro on call at all times and an extremely friendly membership, you will always be welcome to either wander in your own time or join our members on a club or competition day. If you are looking for a venue to host your next function, Feilding Golf Club has the facilities you require. Overlooking the 18th green, our award winning architecturally designed clubhouse will comfortably cater for 120 guests and is ideal for weddings, family gatherings, private functions or small corporate groups. Our resident caterer will work with you to tailor a menu to suit your requirements. We look forward to welcoming you to Feilding Golf Club. 1487 Waughs Road- Aorangi, Feilding Telephone: 06-323 4553 or021 662 702 Email: feildinggolfclub.co.nz FEILDING & MANAWATŪ DISTRICT

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A unique agricultural event that attracts over 27,000 people each year to friendly Feilding, Manawatū. Now in its 28th year, New Zealand’s largest regional agriculture event, Central Districts Field Days, returns 18-20 March, 2021. This must-do event turns Feilding into the hub for the heartland rural sector, with thousands of people flocking to Manfeild to connect with the community and discover the latest in farm machinery through to vehicles deals, and experience primary industry innovations through to new lifestyle products. Anticipation is building and the region has had to wait a lot longer for this year’s event. “We were devastate to be forced to cancel the 2020 season at the 11th hour due to the emergence of Covid-19. Hundreds of exhibitors and businesses put in months of preparation, and we know how much people looked forward to experiencing Field Days too,” Central Districts Field Days director Henry McLernon, says. “We are sure it will be worth the wait, and we are proud that it will bring a much-needed boost to the Manawatū region." A silver lining of the past 12 months is that New Zealanders are embracing and exploring their own country, and supporting Kiwi businesses – forging true local connections. "As this is the biggest rural show that Kiwis can physically attend in the past year, we anticipate an increase in visitors from not just Manawatū but greater New Zealand.” The 2021 Central Districts Field Days will encompass all facets of the rural sector, providing a platform where local and national businesses can showcase their products, services, knowledge and innovations. “Our Forestry Hub is a collaboration of the sector, showcasing safety, training opportunities and local companies. A series of speakers discussing carbon, farm forestry, industry safety, investments and training,” McLernon says.

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Connect "SEE YOU AT THE CD FIELD DAYS,18-20 MARCH" Come and connect, discover and experience the future of New Zealand’s primary industries. There is something for every member of the family – with more than 500 exhibitors, drawcard attractions including local FMX legend Levi Sherwood as part of the Freestyle Motocross, crowd-pleaser competitions such as Central Districts Doubles Power Fencing Competition and the National Excavator Operator Championships, as well as the ever-popular Chelsea Marriner’s Ultimate Canines Dog Show and Amazing Race-style AgriQuest competition for high school students. The Cuisine Pavilion will whet your appetite, there will be the latest in lifestyle products, younger attendees will love the activities at the Kids Zone and there will be opportunities to immerse yourself with experts in primary industries. One attendee will win the highly-sought-after Central Districts Field Days prize pack including a Honda XR150, a laden Brent Smith trailer plus more. “True to the event’s tradition, there will be great deals. We are in the final throes of putting together an action-packed event that will be a great day off the farm and look forward to seeing Manfeild buzzing with people getting amongst it all.” The three-day expo will also raise money for Rural Support, a charity helping the rural community in times of difficulty. “We want this to be not only the biggest rural event on our attendee’s calendar but also the best. It’s been a challenging year and we know everyone’s ready to have a day out and be immersed in the innovation of these industries – afterall, they are the backbone of the New Zealand economy,” McLernon says. For tickets and visitor information:


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The rural heartbeat


Discover our unique agricultural heritage where you can experience first-hand our iconic Sale Yard Tours, New Zealand’s award winning Farmer's Market, and the Coach House Museum. Start your Friday at Feilding Farmers Market from 8.30am until 1pm rain, hail or shine in picturesque Manchester Square. Just down the street, is the livestock market. Feilding Saleyards has been luring farmers with their stock into the town centre from across the country since the 1880s. Every Friday at 11am you can join the Saleyard tour, guided by experienced and knowledgeable local farmers who will lead you to the source of Feilding’s Friday trademark “smell of money”. Start your afternoon with a leisurely stroll through the CBD and refresh at one of the fabulous cafes before heading further down the street to the Coach House. This world class museum, is home to an outstanding collection of rural New Zealand Heritage, showcasing over 140 years of history. A place to cultivate relationships, grow minds and harvest memories.

Feilding Information Centre The Railway Station, Feilding. Telephone: 06 323 3318 Email: info@feildingpromotion.co.nz WWW.FEILDING.CO.NZ

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Join us every Friday, rain, hail or shine from 8.30am to 1.00pm in the town centre. The Autumn season at the market welcomes our pear, persimmon and feijoa growers. Two

local pear growers, will be at the market Traceys Pears from Otaki from the end of February with nashi and comice and The Sugar Pear Co from early April from Whanganui. Come and taste the difference with their tree ripened fruit direct to the market from the orchard! Pear and chocolate are a perfect marriage. Try this delicious Chocolate Pear Cake from market manager Steph Strahan's kitchen. "The contrast between the dark chocolate sponge and the whiteness of the pear creates a stunning cake that is also super yummy!"


200g Butter - 200g Dark Chocolate (chopped into pieces) - 150g Caster sugar -

3 eggs (see The Free Rangers for farm fresh eggs) - 1 tsp Vanilla extract - 100g Flour - 1Tbsp Baking Powder - 4 Ripe fat Pears, such as Comice (available from Traceys Pears & The Sugar Pear Co) - 4 Tbsp Caster Sugar for sprinkling. Method:

Line a 24cm spring form cake tin. Melt butter then add chocolate and caster sugar – set aside for 15 minutes, stir and leave until cool. Beat eggs into cooled chocolate mixture, one at a time, until glossy – add vanilla and fold in flour and baking powder. Peel, halve and core pears. Sprinkle base with remaining sugar and arrange pears cut-side down over sugar with stalk ends pointing towards the middle. Spread cake mixture over pears. Bake approx one hour in 160 degrees Celsius fan bake oven. "We look forward to welcoming Roger and his delicious Persimmons from Bremdale Farms and Mike’s Feijoas from mid April." Easter Market

*Save the date* for our EASTER MARKET on Thursday 1st April 8.30am-1pm for all your Easter holiday supplies and goodies .Be in quick for BABCO’s famous Hot Cross Buns, they are a real treat! "See you at the market, grab one of our jute market bags, $10 each


or two for $15, and fill with our market goodness."


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Feilding & District Promotion

Locals working for locals; we’re all in this together. You’ll find us track-side at The Railway Station. We are proud to support and showcase our local people, local businesses, our heroes, places, events and times, connecting and promoting locally, regionally, nationally and on the world stage too. If we can encourage all of our locals to shop locally first, supporting our local businesses, we know this helps to keep our towns working, alive and vibrant. We know too, that we are a hidden gem, off the beaten track and we’re working on telling more national visitors to come and explore our place while international borders remain closed. We’re interested in learning about everything that makes us uniquely us and is uniquely ours… Together, we can make Our Manawatū, the best place in the world to live, work and play and a great place to eat, shop stay. Every time that you shop locally and support the local businesses within FeildingManawatū district, you enable us all to, provide and thrive.

Let's keep our heartbeat strong - Kia kaha o tatou ngakau



31,700 residents across our beautiful district belong, we're all in this together.


Feilding & District Information Centre open 9am - 4.30pm weekdays.

Kia Ora and welcome from the

Railway Station and Bus Stop. What to do,

friendly team at the

what to see, who to call, where to be, accommodation, restaurants, retail plus

Information Centre.

trades and services, no matter what your need, we’re here to help.

We’re ready to be of service, helping with

everything to see and do in friendly

The Railway Station, Feilding

Feilding and Manawatū. You’ll find us track-side at the Feilding


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Telephone: 06 323 3318 www.feilding.co.nz



Amazingly resourceful, creative and intriguing sculptures, dozens of artists and craft stalls. The momentum is growing for the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival 2021 after Covid-19 scuppered last year’s event. The event committee has added in a brand new category which will open the doors to even more sculptures. The NZ Rural Sculpture Open Award will allow sculptors with a contemporary edge to get involved. Committee member Carly Thomas said the award will see more scope for different subject matter and could bring a whole new outlook to the rural theme. “We want the festival to be inclusive to those who may want to step away from the more rurally themed sculptures. Creativity can have a free rein and it will be exciting to see what comes in. The prize money kete has grown bigger to accommodate the new award and the first prize winner will go home with $2000, while the runner-up will be $500 richer. The entries will also be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. There are more than 20 award categories in the festival, ranging from the Creative Cocky Award - which encourages rural people to get on board - through to a whole raft of kid’s awards. There is a

prize pool of

over $15,000. The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival first began in 2018, driven by a small group of volunteers who wanted to see something big and positive happen in their little rural village. The challenge is to be creative with recycled objects found around the farm and the ethos is about the wellness benefits of making art. The festival was a hit and it has continued to grow and evolve. “We are always thinking of new ways to make the festival even better”, said Thomas, “and the new award is part of that growth, inviting more people in to make even more incredible sculptures.”


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Mix a country lifestyle, with a heritage backdrop, add talented artisans, producers and manufacturers, sprinkle with world leading innovators, and you’ve got friendly Feilding at the heart of the Manawatū District, a place where you can enjoy our distinct shopping experience.


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