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Biosecurity minister Damien O’Connor has announced a package of technical law changes to support the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme after the response to cattle disease M bovis highlighted problems in the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme — primarily farmers not registering animal movements and a lack of compliance activities to ensure NAIT’s use. “A well-functioning NAIT is a key part of our efforts to protect our vital primary industries from pests and disease,” said Mr O’Connor. Changes to the NAIT Act 2012 will align the NAIT Act search powers with the Search and Surveillance Act. It will make it clear that all animal movements must be declared to NAIT, even if the new location is not a registered NAIT location and it will hold to account those who fail to declare those movements to NAIT. These changes go no further than powers that already exist under other acts, which allow officers to lawfully obtain information where noncompliance is an issue. Three infringement offences have been created under the Animal Products Act 1999 related to non-compliance with certain Animal Status Declaration requirements and M bovis is being made a notifiable organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993, meaning people who suspect the presence of the disease in a new location must report it to MPI. Prompt reporting is necessary to eradicate the disease. “Farmers and industry have been asking MPI to increase compliance so that people who are not complying can be held to account. Since getting the NAIT Review in April, compliance activities have been stepped up with hundreds of on-farm checks, compliance warnings, stock truck checks and 39 infringement notices — compared with one in the previous five years,” he said. “This legislation marks another meaningful step in bolstering NAIT. We are already implementing nearly two dozen changes that don’t require legislative change and will revisit NAIT

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Robbie Hill is the third generation working on his family’s property where they finish 1,000 bulls, 10,000 lambs and run 250 velveting stags.

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Robbie’s parents are involved heavily on the farm — the property originates from his mother’s family. “We are very fortunate and live in an awesome part of the world. My parents are open-minded and have the entrepreneurial streak in them. That comes from my grandfather who was a visionary; he built a yacht on our lawn, brought kiwifruit to Hawke’s Bay and had an orchard here, but due to health and safety employment issues we removed that. “Our land is suited for finishing, and we buy in lambs to fatten, predominantly over the winter time, which is when the money is best, and it is easier, as we don’t have to bother with lambing. “I have spent time working in Australia

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driving a combine harvester, worked on a ranch run by Kiwis in Canada and on a dairy, sheep and beef farm in Scotland as well. “I learnt things in Canada that we are utilising now such as self-feed silage pits. You put electric wires up, and the stock come to the pit and eat out of it. The advantages include less feed loss, no tractor use in winter and no vehicle depreciation. “Scotland is all indoor farming, and the cattle stud side was interesting — they showed cattle as well.” Robbie is a former competitive snowboarder and has travelled to 40 countries, and has been involved in Young Farmers for three years. “I competed in the Young Farmer of the Year Competition last year and got to the finals. Entering helps you learn new things and challenges you — it broadens your knowledge and skill set. “Getting out and off the farm is vital and the club nights mean you catch up with others. It is important to have hobbies and other interests — I go snowboarding, fishing, diving and hunting and am establishing a farm discussion group to get other young farmers out socialising. My long-term goal is farm ownership, which I am in the process of at present. “I am very interested in finding ways we can tap into overseas markets with increased populations, such as Australia, with exporting fresh vegetables and diversifying off-farm such as with tourism, which we have done for 15–20 years.

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The Hill family rear 600 bulls and 10,000 lambs annually and also invest in cropping, tourism and deer “We originally started with a bed and breakfast and progressed into glamping by our river. Being able to diversify helps keep your farming business profitable.” The family do their own cropping including grass, fodder beet, peas, barley, rape, kale, oats and lucerne. They are researching hemp and are considering shifting into small seed production. “We are looking at producing vegetable seeds as we have irrigation here and have a guaranteed water supply. We always question the status quo and try new things because we believe you need to be experimenting to improve our business. “I am also completing the Kellogg’s Leadership Course and have learnt

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Wetland restoration projects are in action around the region and improving the ecological health of our country.

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ichard Hilson and Karen Middelberg are the third generation on their 220 ha property at Takapau. They farm cattle, 700 red deer and 700 composite sheep plus 200 hoggets and they have undertaken a few wetlands projects on the property. “Wetlands are important as they provide food and control flooding and support a wide range of wildlife species, they can also have significant cultural and recreational values,” says Richard. “We have fenced off several areas across twelve hectares of the farm including a woodlot. The deer and cattle are excluded from the largest riparian area, but we sometimes

lamb our single ewes in there.” The family fawn three hundred hinds and have a small herd of Mesopotamian fallow deer, the rarest deer in the world. “The fallow deer also graze the riparian area on the Mangapoho Stream as they don’t like to play in water like red deer do. About seven hundred metres is planted with willows and they keep the area clean of weeds, and the lambing ewes graze here, so it looks great,” says Richard. “When we established the deer farm nearly twenty years ago we received regional council grants for wind erosion planting and planted 700 poplars plus flaxes and Pittosporum ralphii. The pittos are good because the deer

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nibble and trim them, they are an excellent wind barrier and the birds like it. When the flax flower there are tui all through them.” Richard and Karen’s son, Jonty, has planted 650 plants around a new dam on the deer farm as a project for his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award for college. The pond covers about a third of a hectare and is fully fenced off from stock with four hundred metres of deer fence. “The dam was built where the last remnants of the Takapau flax swamps stood. There was a massive open springfed drain that animals played in so we installed a pipe, and now the water goes directly into the dam, and we have a nice stream that runs out into the spillway and into the Mangapoho Stream — it is a multi-way win. We could have made a dam and used it for stock water — but now the water stays clean and goes back out into the stream. “The areas will look natural, and we chose native plants to encourage wildlife habitat and wading birds. There are cabbage trees, ribbonwoods, hebes, two types of flax plus North Island toetoe and a variety of grasses and sedges all providing food and cover for wildlife. We left space to drive the digger for maintenance and access ways to build a maimai. “The deer fence around the project cost $25,000 and the support of Warwick Hesketh at Hawkes Bay Regional Council, and John Cheyne from Ducks Unlimited was phenomenal. I have been a member of Ducks

Unlimited for more than 30 years.” Ducks Unlimited is New Zealand’s leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group working to save wetlands through protection, funding, technical aid and education so that the flora and fauna of our most endangered ecosystems can be passed down to future generations. They harness community support and government resources utilising findings from wetland global research programmes. “Once we added shelterbelts to the deer farm it made the management much easier. Deer are social animals, and the shelter meant they can’t see each other in neighbouring paddocks so don’t get so disrupted now. The shelter from wind, rain and sun are also hugely beneficial. “There is a lot of flax history here, and we planted 140 flaxes around the pond to recognise what the area was like a century or more ago. When our dam was being built the contractors found an old Clydesdale horseshoe — more than likely the horse threw it when they were hauling the flax out of the swamp 120 years ago. “It is an interesting project — even the overflow pipe where the water comes in is hidden and follows the old water lines through the swamp with twists and turns. Our neighbours, the Dakins family, farm Rawai and they say it is special because ‘Rawai’ means sunny water and that is what we have again — lovely rippling water. On two sides it is shallow and good for ducks and wading birds, it’s not just a big hole full of water. Riparian

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BY ANN VAN ENGELEN Hamish and Nichola Apatu are based in the Cable Bay area and take great pride in their kai moana connection and role as custodians of the sea.

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The Apatu’s use natural smoking method to produce food with depth of flavour, colour, and texture

Nichola produces freshly made Kina and Eel pate’ along with other seafood delights in small quantities guaranteeing freshness

“The experiments were really successful and we expanded to include local mullet, snapper, kahawai, and salmon from Bluff.” The Apatu’s use natural smoking methods producing food with depth of flavour, colour, and texture. “We start the fire at 2am with manuka logs and we occasionally turn the racks to get a nice even smoke for around 10 hours. It is all done by hand, not mechanically controlled and we cook up to 300kg of kaimoana at a time and send orders all over the country, including to supermarkets.” When extra fish is needed Hamish and Nichola source locally to support others. “All our fish is caught here in New

Zealand. We supply a loose range of kahawai and mullet, along with a packaged range that is labelled with our branding. You cannot take shortcuts to produce quality. Slow smoking gives the fish fullness of flavour that comes from respecting our traditional methods. “Along with fishing, smoking fish and making pates, we offer a professional service for smoking and vacuum packing fish for others. The secret to our success is minimal intervention and having the freshest catch to start with. We are 100 per cent natural and preservative free.” Nichola says seafood is naturally low in fat and high in protein and omega-3. “Our pates are made in small batches to ensure consistency with natural

ingredients and have become a popular alternative to mass-produced dips. “I grow my own herbs and our pates contain 60 per cent premium fish. We have one staff member on the boat and two in the factory.” The Apatu’s say the best way to care for your fish is keep it cold and recommend to buy and eat it straight away. “It takes a while to build a successful business and we have had our share of ups and downs. It is particularly harder here in the beautiful Far North as we are isolated, therefore a lot of freight cost. “Hawke’s Bay is beautiful too, but up here we don’t get frosts. We have a view of the sea wherever we look — it is amazing. We have taken a couple of direction changes along the way, but I think we are in a good place. Through the lows you keep going, you don’t give up.”

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At any given time I am helping hundreds of people improve their joint health. My goal is to help prevent further cartilage loss, reduce inflammation and improve the function of the joint. In most cases, we can get significant improvements in joint comfort and mobility. I have one client who was referred to an orthopaedic specialist with suspected OA in his left knee. It was sore, stiff and swollen. He had X-rays, which confirmed that there was significant cartilage loss and changes to the bones of the joint. His right knee caused him no problems, but the specialist decided to X-ray that one as well. What he found was that arthritis in his ‘good’ right knee had more cartilage loss than the sore one. You would wonder how that could be. How can moderate arthritis cause significant pain while the worst knee did not? The answer is probably inflammation. The sore knee was obviously inflamed. It was swollen (puffy), stiff and very sore. The more degenerated right knee had no swelling and no pain. After a few months, his sore knee is much improved. The body can be quite cynical at times. The normal way damaged tissue is healed is through initiating the process of inflammation. In simple

terms, blood vessels allow more fluid into the damaged area — it causes swelling and pain. I have found that OA symptoms are caused as much by inflammation than actual cartilage loss. The first step is to reduce inflammation. We do this by adding omega-3 from oily fish and antiinflammatory antioxidants especially curcumin from turmeric. The second thing is to add therapeutic amounts of chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine sulphate to stabilise cartilage. Chondroitin is most important as it is an actual constituent of cartilage but only at levels of 800mg plus daily. Initially, I like to target 1,500mg to help get faster results. Feel free to contact me for personalised advice. John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv. Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For questions or advice contact John on 0800 423 559 or email john@abundant.co.nz. Join his full weekly newsletter at abundant. co.nz.

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Time to get a prostate check

It’s Blue September again, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation is getting the message out to Kiwi men to get checked for prostate cancer.

Research shows that rural men in New Zealand are not good at getting checked. That needs to change. Early detection is the key. With one in eight men getting prostate cancer, diagnosing the disease early and getting effective treatment saves lives. That’s the central message this Blue September. Don’t wait for symptoms. A recent survey has shown that 61% of men diagnosed had no symptoms, so getting a routine check is very important. Farmlands has joined the fight against prostate cancer this year as Blue September sponsors along with AGPAC supplying blue silage wrap. Up and down the country people are organising Blue Dos. Farmers, tradies, workmates and radio hosts are all getting in on the act. You can check out the website for upcoming events and get ideas for your own Blue Do. Perhaps you fancy a blue breakfast, a blue BBQ or a blueberry bake-off? Or organise a Blue

Friday like many workplaces organise. It gets people involved in dressing up, preparing some novelty food and focusses on awareness of the number one cancer in Kiwi men. More than 600 die from it every year. It doesn’t need to be that way. Jason Gunn has joined the great team of Blue September Ambassadors — he tells how his Dad was diagnosed with the disease and how hard it was to talk about it, and what the prospects might be. Fortunately for them — the outcome was good. Family members can be a great incentive and encouragement for the men in their family to go to the GP and get a check. Don’t leave it to the men — they are often a bit slack in looking after their health. If they won’t go to get a check themselves, make an appointment and get them along. Find out more information and register for a Blue Do at blueseptember.org.nz.

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COLORSTEEL®

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IMAGE: COLORSTEEL® IN METCOM 7 FROM METALCRAFT ROOFING. COLORSTEEL® ENDURA® is suitable for everything from mild and moderate inland settings to severe coastal environments. COLORSTEEL® MAXX® is incredibly resistant to corrosion and is ideal in extreme building environments like New Zealand’s rugged coastline.

ZINCALUME® coated steel combines the corrosion protection of aluminium with the sacrificial protection of zinc, giving the advantages of both metals. The resulting alloy coating enhances corrosion resistance, making it ideal for farm buildings.

ZINCALUME® and COLORSTEEL® are available from your local Metalcraft Roofing branch in Hastings. Also available, metal fencing, metal gutters downpipes and solar energy panels.

1454A Omahu Road Hastings T 06 873 9020 F 06 879 8284 www.metalcraftgroup.co.nz

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The cost of ownership Pay attention!

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CROPPING LAND TO LEASE If you have land suitable for cropping, either irrigated or non-irrigated, then we would like to hear from you. • Short or medium-term lease options • A chance to improve soils and renew pasture • Competitive rental and prompt reliable payment A great opportunity to add a risk-free source of summer income into your farming operation.

Contact: James Hamilton 0273 508 464 or Bridget Margerison 06 874 8672 or email our team cropenquiry@brownrigg.co.nz www.brownrigg.co.nz

by Jill Dickie

A question most smaller-scale farmers are faced with at some point in their year is “Do I do it myself or get someone in?” A decision can be made with some simple calculations and consideration in weighing up the pros and cons. Farmers should consider whether investing in machinery is affordable for their business, especially the more expensive items such as hay balers, seeders and sprayers, and whether the upgrade will generate further revenue or become a drain on resources. Upgrading or purchasing new equipment has benefits, such as maintaining control of jobs and getting them completed when required, and the individual farmer may also have the skill level required, but at times when there are several jobs demanding attention — it can be easier to call a contractor for assistance. Doing so frees up the farmer’s time for other tasks, and contractors generally have the right tools for the job — and can get the job done faster. Hiring a contractor is also a tax deduction for businesses. There are services available for a range of farm tasks ranging from paddock preparations, crop planting and harvesting to animal management and

husbandry practices such as lamb and calf marking, crutching and shearing. The costs of repair and maintenance, as well as registration and overall care of plant and machinery, falls on the contractor. On the other hand, at times of peak demand, such as haymaking, for example, a contractor can be held up or run behind schedule, or bad weather may affect the job’s completion, resulting in penalties for the farmer. Building a good relationship with a reliable contractor is essential to success, as is working in with

neighbours to secure several jobs for the contractor while in the area. Ownership costs are relatively high if a machine is only used for a short time during the year, such as a hay baler, but some implements, for instance, a tractor, can be used often, so there may be a ‘break even’ point when the cost is calculated over a per hectare basis. When evaluating machinery options, farmers should not only consider the capital cost of the equipment — but also their seasonal challenges and the risk of delays in getting the job done on time.

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RURAL CONTRACTING

Great fence, man!

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by Jill Dickie

There is not much better to a farmer’s eye than looking down a straight fence line, all the posts in perfect position, no tops poking one way or another, and all the same height. A simple feat to achieve? Not if your fencing contractor doesn’t have the skills! It’s important to choose someone who will do the job you want done. You need to be specific about your needs, and these needs may vary depending on the location of the fence. For example, a new fence along your driveway, or that is visible every time you look out your house window; you are going to want that completely perfect, compared to a short length down on the back boundary that you mostly look at from the paddock as opposed to down the line. You will need to establish with your contractor whether they are supplying all materials for a complete job, or whether they will use items you already have available, which would save you money on the job. If you already have a box of fencing staples in the shed or three to four rolls of clean wire — there is no point in them supplying those for the job. Next, are they collecting the required materials and bringing to the job or is it feasible for you to provide what they need? It may be another cost saver for you. Arranging payment terms is another consideration. Do they require some of the payment up front to purchase posts,

or will they invoice you the total amount at completion? Will that payment be required within seven days or on 20th of next month? One more thing to think about — does your neighbour need any work done? It could be worth asking, particularly if either of you only have a small job needing done, as it may save the contractor some running around with their post driver! When the job is

complete, and you can cast an eye down that tidy new fence, you’ll appreciate the money invested in not doing the job yourself and consequently annoyed at the one post that leans the wrong way!

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BOURKE CONTRACTORS | 176 Napier Road, Havelock North 06 877 7186 | bourkecontractorsltd.co.nz

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Hillsides of gold by Jill Dickie

It is a view that farmers definitely do not want to see — their precious farmland returned to gorse scrub — and completely eradicating it is an ongoing challenge. Gorse is a particularly stubborn plant to remove permanently, as it thrives in poor soils and its seeds remain viable for around 40 years. Burning can be successful but needs to be done with accuracy regarding temperature and depth into the soil. Ploughing often doesn’t have a huge success rate, as cultivating the soil aids the germination process, and the resulting acidity of the soil means few other plants or trees will do well. There are many organic ways of trying, some of which actually work, though take some patience and persistence. For example, small plants can be grubbed out successfully if the entire

root crown is removed, or running sheep through followed by goats will graze the soft seedlings although work will need to be done in controlling the regrowth, and they will not eat the more mature parts of the plant. Biological control is another method, though a very long-term project, and researchers believe this method could take up to 50 years to achieve a favourable result. An efficient and fast way to remove the gorse plants is to use an appropriate weedkiller, and depending on the area and location a contractor may be required. There is an obvious cost involved in this option, in paying for the

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spray and the service if the landowner is not in a position to do it themselves. A contractor may use any of several options for application, from small spray units behind a bike or tractor to the use of a helicopter for efficient coverage

over a large area. There may still be a small amount of regrowth if some plants don’t receive enough herbicide, and a repeat procedure may be required, but persistence and perseverance should prove productive.

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An ear for a good story by Jill Dickie

One of our fondest childhood memories may well be sitting on the couch or laying in bed having a favourite story read to us, and then we continue through life growing our own story as the years go by. A single maize kernel also has a story to tell as it develops through various growth stages to reach maturity. Your local contractor will cultivate for planting in spring or early summer, then direct drill the kernels with fertiliser and slug bait for safe and successful germination. They will return in the autumn for the harvesting process. The first growth stage covers the timeframe from planting to germination of the seedlings, which in warm moist conditions can be after six to ten days. In cooler or dry conditions this may take two weeks or longer. The suggested ideal would be temperatures ranging between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius and with the moisture content of the soil is approximately 60% of soil capacity. The next phase of growth sees new leaves unfolding about every third day. By the time there are eight leaves, the actual leaf area will have increased five to ten times and stem mass increased up to 100 times. The seedling should be approximately eight centimetres above the soil surface and ear initiation will have commenced. Once there are 12 leaves unfolded,

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lateral shoots bearing cobs from the sixth to the eighth nodes above the soil surface are formed, and the potential number of seed buds on each ear has already been determined. In the following days, the final leaves will unfold, usually around 16, and the tassel will have been visible for two to three days. At this stage the plants’ demand for water and nutrition is

especially high, the ear and its support system fully developed, and starch beginning to replace the milky substance within each kernel. Maturity is reached when the kernel has achieved its maximum dry mass, which is recognised by a black line near the kernel base, and harvesting may be completed by your contractor. Quite a life story!

Earthworks Division For any commercial or rural work that requires excavators, graders & rollers etc. Transport, Ph Sam: 022 156 2548 Earthworks, Ph Willie: 027 442 9332 Email: office@agnewtransport.co.nz

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SECURITY & ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS Fields Way Engineering – SPECIALISTS in Automated Security gates. With the Introduction of their affordable newly designed solar package kit for rural properties. In addition there is a security camera option run off the same system including GSM mobile phone entry and Exit.

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HOME&LANDSCAPING

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Dream Doors is a franchise that might be new to Hawke’s Bay but is already well established internationally for offering quality ‘facelifts’ for tired kitchens, but without the expense of a brand new kitchen. Kelvin and Kelly Hall are no strangers to the industry. Kelvin spent 12 years making and installing kitchens in Taranaki before moving to the Bay four years ago. Not only is the weather much better here, but Kelvin has spotted an opportunity to provide a service that will allow people to make their kitchen look new, modern and fresh without having to replace everything. Dream Doors offers New Zealand made cabinet doors, new drawers and a huge range of bench tops. Everything comes with a 10-year warranty. If you need more than fresh doors and handles, Dream Doors also provides cabinetry and can make a space for a new dishwasher or other appliances if needed. If you’ve been thinking about giving your tired kitchen a spruce up, Dream Doors can come to your home with samples of products and provide a free quote. DREAM DOORS – A local business, backed by an international brand Call Kelvin on 021 061 9606 or 06 650 7715 Email: kelvin@dreamdoors.co.nz www.dreamdoors.co.nz

Landscaping with thought

When landscaping a property, good plant placement and choices enhance your home, making it more attractive and comfortable for yourself as well native birds and bees. Your decisions can affect how much enjoyment you get from your outdoor living areas so think about your site as a whole and have a clear idea of what you use the outdoor area for such as entertaining, playing, growing fruit and vegetables or space for pets. Your design will be a determining factor in the amount of effort you need to spend watering and maintaining the area. Soil type, house placement, waterways, climate and how much sun and shade you have helps determine what and where to plant. Too much shade from plants in winter might make your home cold and damp; however, planting certain plants in full sun may not be good for them. Knowing the mature size of trees and shrubs you may include in your project is important. Trees and shrubs can create screens between your home and neighbourhood or road noise to lower noise levels creating a healthier mood for all to enjoy. Planting to protect against erosion is beneficial if your site is near a stream or on the coast. Trees also provide some protection against stormwater erosion

and reducing run-off, whilst their root networks hold the soil together. Your local or regional council often has lists of suitable plants for your area and nurseries also have a variety of information and options available. Talk to your neighbours and see what works for them.

If you choose plants that are suitable for local conditions, your garden will be easier to look after and might not need as much water. Selecting native plants that are endemic to the area can give you a low maintenance garden and attract wildlife such as tui and woodpigeon.

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HOME & LANDSCAPING

The dream to build

Whether you are designing and building yourself, or buying set plan, there’s nothing more exciting than a brand-new house or fully-renovated historic home. Whether you are living on a farm, lifestyle block or in an urban setting, the kiwi dream is home ownership and no matter what scale you are thinking, it is important to have an understanding of council regulations for your area, contracts and exclusions, time frames for the project completion, costs and possible hidden extras. The time difference for project completion varies and generally unless you are buying a ‘house package’ an accurate final quote can be difficult, particularly if you are not set in your plans and ideas. Every ‘change’ you make once the build is underway will add to your costs as you are charged for such so ensure you have a set layout of the complete house design before starting. Ensure when you are asking for quotes that you are comparing the same things because at times cheaper quotes will leave out items you have to put in later, or under-quote on items your contractor expects you to change later. It is suggested that you allocate at least 10 per cent extra funding for unforeseen costs to help keep stress to a minimum. Websites such as BRANZ.co.nz and building.govt. nz have useful information explaining building codes, safety standards, sign

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ON THE FARM

LOOK OUT FOR YOUR WORK MATES

off and maintenance. BRANZ is an independent and impartial research, testing and consulting organisation inspiring the building and construction industry to provide better buildings for New Zealanders — transforming insightful research into accessible, actionable knowledge. When requesting a build with your own plans a good way to estimate the cost is to engage a Quantity Surveyor to price your project. Group home builders will generally be cheaper for one of their standard plans; however, these can be restrictive in the options you can choose. Designing with an architectural draughtsman will usually give you what you ask for, and an architect will give you a lot more, but you may find that

KNOW HOLES BAA-ED Fencing Contractors and More Over 30 years experience - a 2 man team. Our Machine makes our job faster, more efficient & safer especially on hill country. • Orchard development • Vineyard Development • Life Style Blocks – agile with low compaction • Conventional Fencing

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what you want is more expensive than what you initially expected to pay. Check the reputation of the builder you choose and be wary of altering any contract with variations unless it is agreed to in writing and discuss progress payments in advance where necessary. Ensure your financial institution is reputable, have personal and builders’ public liability insurances in place before your build begins. With all builds, ensure you read and understand all the warranties that you are presented as these come with clauses such as ensuring you maintain and clean your roof annually and the warranty may exclude the use of specific cleaning products meaning your warranty is then void if these instructions are not followed.

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POP’S

Pop’s chainsaws and mowers Pop’s Chainsaws and Mowers located at 349c Gloucester Street, Taradale is a lawnmower and outdoor power small engine retailer/service centre run in conjunction with Bay Mowers and Saws at 16 Latham Street, Napier.

Chainsaws & Mowers All makes & models of Outdoor Power Products Serviced www.popschainsaws.co.nz/ buy-parts-online.html Over 9000 items. Order through our website. Door to door delivery to your home/business. Taradale’s Local Supplier & Service Centre for:

“My wife Margaret and I have been in operation since 2009, whilst Bay Mowers was a much older operation that had been closed,” says owner, Colin Dyer. “We were given the opportunity to reopen Bay Mowers three years ago and kept the original shop name. “Our website is linked to one of our main suppliers, and we are getting very good results for online shopping with a lot of happy customers throughout the country from North Cape to Bluff.

349c Gloucester St, Taradale Ph. 06 844 7757 E. sales@popschainsaws.co.nz

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Eastern Truck and Marine has 35 years of experience providing services for the Heavy Transport and Construction Equipment Industries. We can offer workshop or field service options, with lubricants, filtration and parts to support your operation. Our highly qualified staff have all the required resources readily available to undertake any service/maintenance requirements. - Maintenance, Service & Parts for Construction & Earthmoving Equipment - Farm Plant & Machinery including Tracked & Rubber - Fixed and Portable generation plant - Diesel powered irrigation & frost protection plant - Castrol Lubricant Dealer - Parts & Service dealer for Kenworth, DAF, Cummins & Iveco. Other services available including - Automotive repairs & service - Air Conditioning & Auto Electrical - Truck Repair & Maintenance

“We have more than 9,000 individual parts and products available online, and this works well for all concerned.” The company sell new Lawnmaster and Victa lawnmowers along with a range of Stiga ride-on mowers. They also stock Oleo-Mac, Echo and Shindaiwa garden power tools including chainsaws, trimmers, blowers, hedge trimmers and pumps. “We stock associated extras for all outdoor power products and sell new Forza brand scooters and dirt bikes from our Taradale shop. This is proving to be

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popular with customers from all walks of life,” says Colin. “We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and backup — this has always been important to us. Margaret runs the Napier store, and I run the Taradale one. Our aftercare service is carried out by our own mechanic in-store and if you can’t find what you need let us know and we will research it for you.” Check out our parts online at popschainsaws.co.nz. Colin Dyer, Owner

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Return of the warrior by Andy Bryenton

Suzuki has been producing a small, super-compact off-roader under various names for the past 40 years now — the Samurai was the first in this lineage, and the current Jimny is the latest. In between, we’ve seen the boxy, military-jeep inspired form move with the times, but the recipe has remained the same. It’s one beloved of real off-roaders — take a peppy, high-revving engine, add a generous amount of ground clearance, simple, wheel-at-each-corner chassis design, a gearbox and differentials, which can take the hard knocks, and wrap it up in a price which makes the big boys of the off-road world look bloated and expensive. Like the light little Caterham on the race track or the Toyota MR2 on the road, it’s an exercise in cutting right to the core of what a machine should do, then adding absolutely nothing unnecessary. Which brings us to the latest iteration of the Jimny. It has added something, which the outgoing model doesn’t have, inspired, perhaps, by the success of the retro-cool Ignis, also in the Suzuki stable. It looks fantastic. Cute as a button but still sharp-edged and eager, like a Rottweiler puppy or a baby version of Mercedes’ G-Wagen. The crisp, boxy creases and sharp lines hint at serious off-road chops, evoking everything from the old Willy’s world war two jeep through to the first edition Toyota Land Cruiser. Moreover, because it’s part of the Samurai-Escudo-Jimny heritage, it has a 1.5 litre four-pot motor, proper fourwheel drive with high and low ratios,

Wear a helmet. A helmet is a must while riding a quad bike around the farm.

Tyres & Mechanical and that absurdly lightweight to actually deliver on its promises. For decades, the smallest Suzuki off-roader in the garage has offered supreme value for money. It’s even been a weapon of choice for serious off-road racers, who value its lightness and power to weight ratio when skipping over mud puddles and hitting terrifyingly steep slopes.

Now, Suzuki has added a real sense of retro-inspired cool to the mix, in the same way, Fiat or Mini did when they reinvented their 1960s classics. For practicality and style, this is definitely one to pick!

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www.ecrl.co.nz | 0508 367 554

526 Omahu Road, Hastings | (06) 876 8442

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August 2018  HAWKE’S BAY FARMING LIFESTYLES

Hawke's Bay Farming Lifestyles, August 2018  

10588 copies DELIVERED FREE to rural delivery address in Hawke's Bay Region

Hawke's Bay Farming Lifestyles, August 2018  

10588 copies DELIVERED FREE to rural delivery address in Hawke's Bay Region