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by Ian McKelvie, MP for Rangitikei

As an MP in the most rural of rural electorates, I am lucky to live quite near to what must be the pulse of the nation. You get to know the feeling of the electorate pretty quickly. I’m in the fortunate position of having an electorate office right across the road from the Feilding Sale Yards, where in excess of a thousand farmers walk through the gates in any given week, and so I get the chance to talk to them quite easily. In fact, they never hesitate to give you their opinion, candid as it comes! In my fifty years’ involvement in agriculture, I don’t think I have noticed the uncertainty we’re seeing on a daily basis right now in rural New Zealand; this, after taking the pulse of farmers from all over the lower North Island and upper South Island. There can be no doubt that this nervousness is not caused by a downturn in prices because prices, particularly lamb, are in great order, and even the milk price is holding up. In fact, right across the board, the agricultural sector is in great order. The uncertainty and lack of confidence to invest is caused by a government who are moving apace into the unknown: potential changes to the banking system driven by an idealistic Reserve Bank putting pressure on bank portfolios, the Climate Change response (Zero Carbon) Amendment bill, which with its current methane targets could strip $50 billion out of the sector in 30 years. An ill-conceived tree planting regime, the result of poor settings in the carbon trading scheme and the plantation forestry policy statement, driving forestry and farming investors to plant land that should not be in trees. The great concern here is if the carbon price is freed up and is allowed to find its real value, under the current policy settings we may see massive increases in planting on land that I think

in 50 years we’ll seriously regret that we ever planted in trees. The changes in the overseas investment regime have ensured that much-needed foreign investment has all but deserted Kiwi agriculture (other than the dreaded trees) except of course the carte blanche opportunity that is there for overseas investors to buy up our processors. In my view, this is the quickest way to turn our farmers into peasants we’ve ever thought up. The proposal to charge a climate change levy at the processor’s gate sends completely the wrong signal to our farmers, as only those fronting up with product at the gate get to pay the levy. There’s no doubt that the farming sector feels they’re under siege, and they are. Rural New Zealanders accept the vital role we have to play in change. However, if the pace of change is not steadied, the demands not eased and the real connected discussions not engaged in, we’ll soon see our productive sector take this country into recession. It will be a disaster for us all — not just our farmers.

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Plant in our region campaign taking off


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Tree planting projects, as part of Horizons Regional Council’s Plant in our region campaign, are gaining momentum around the region. Manawatu Rugby players and management joined forces with civil construction business Higgins, and Horizons freshwater staff to plant more than 1,000 native trees and shrubs at Colyton this month. Horizons freshwater manager Logan Brown said the plants are funded by a Horizons freshwater grant and will create a riparian margin along the Upper Mangaone Stream, a tributary to the Manawatu River. “It will help reduce soil run-off into the stream and establish a rich habitat for native aquatic life,” he said. “The plants will be spread across two properties through an area both landowners have fenced off to exclude stock thanks to 50 per cent funding from Horizons. With a combined planting and fencing area of nearly 1.5km, they have made a solid contribution to improving water quality.” Turbos head coach Peter Russell said the event is hoped to be the first of an annual planting day between Manawatu Rugby and Horizons, with future events being opened up to the public to join. Higgins, as sponsors of Manawatu Rugby, provided planting tools for the day. “We have a huge planting season each winter, with more than 160,000 plants going in this year alone — so many hands make light work of projects like this,” said Mr Brown. “We know the landowners also appreciate the help and everyone involved can walk away knowing they’ve had a positive impact on the environment

here.” Kopane School pupils, staff and parents have also taken part in the campaign, helping Kairanga farmer Alistar Collis plant a wetland area. Mr Collis has retired some of his farmland to form a pond and wetland area, which will eventually drain into the Oroua River. He explained to the pupils that the wetland area would create a natural habitat and help keep sediment out of rivers and drains. The planting tied in with the pupils Oroua River ecology and health studies this year. With the assistance of a parent who holds an ecology degree, teachers and pupils have been looking at river health, measuring flow, taking samples and using a net to catch aquatic invertebrates. The pupils are learning about sustainable practices and


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The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, operated by Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT), provides a vital service throughout the Manawatu and surrounding districts.


ime is crucial in life and death situations. Reaching and treating accident victims, and those suffering medical emergencies, within the ‘golden hour’ makes a huge difference to a patient’s outcome. In just 10 minutes, the rescue helicopter can be airborne with the crew on their way to assist. The rescue helicopter also has the capacity to access patients in remote and rugged locations. The PSRT was founded in 1985, following an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft incident near Turangi. The accident claimed the lives of two Philips New Zealand Limited’s personnel. Base manager and pilot Mike Garrett said the PSRT is now New Zealand’s largest rescue helicopter trust, operating

four rescue helicopters throughout the central North Island. Other rescue helicopters within the trust cover the Waikato/King Country, Bay of Plenty and the Central Plateau regions. Last year, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter clocked up 357 missions in the Manawatu/ Whanganui area. “Within that area are districts Stratford, Ruapehu, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Palmerston North city, Tararua and Horowhenua,” said Mike. Pre-hospital treatment, often for patients in remote or rural areas, is the most common call-out attended by the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew.

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“Dispatched through the 111-call system, our rapid response rescue helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient. “The services provide air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis.” Mike recalls being tasked to assist with a young farmer who was trapped beneath his quad bike following a rollover event on a dairy farm east of Taihape. There was limited road access, and the drive time was significant. “Thanks to the versatility and speed of the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, the young farmer was able to be transported to the hospital quickly to enable treatment for two broken legs.” Six team members form the current Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew: two pilots, two crewmen and two intensive care paramedics. Mike said the current crew comes from various backgrounds and have extensive experience in aviation and paramedicine. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter has contracts with the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) and District Health Boards (DHBs), providing 50% of the operating costs. The remaining 50% of its operational funding needs to be fundraised or donated from the community. “We have many different activities run to raise funds for our local rescue helicopters. “Many groups and clubs run events such as sporting tournaments, bake sales, sausage sizzles, dress-up days, gold days or tackle a challenging event.”


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Dave Jordan first established hemp growing in 2008 with the health and wellbeing of the environment in mind and a vision to create a new industry in New Zealand.


orking in adventure tourism, Dave was disturbed by the pollution showing up on the land and in waterways around the country. On meeting Anne in 2011, she joined him in his mission, and they formed HempFarm NZ Ltd. “Dave’s brother mentioned hemp, so Dave researched and discovered it is an amazing plant with many benefits,” says Anne. “There many varieties of hemp, including the shorter variety, which is grown mostly for the seeds that are used to make hemp food. The taller dual crops are grown for the seeds and stalk to make products such as food, fibre and building materials. We grew our first

acre crop in the Waikato and saved the seeds and grew two acres the next year. In our third year, we planted 32 hectares and planned on growing more crops in Waikato as the land is excellent quality, however, there is a shortage of seed drying and infrastructure. “My son Harley Aspinall developed the brand look and feel and built our website and digital marketing. Every weekend Dave and I would attend markets around the country and pack orders at night in our shed. We harvested mostly by hand and after a lot of research now use a dedicated harvesting machine.” The couple now works with farmers through a growers group who are cropping across five regions.

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“We have recently moved into a 4,000 square metre hemp food dedicated facility in Tauranga and work alongside Carfields, on the agricultural growing and machinery arm of the business. It is about enabling industry with sustainable solutions. Hemp has no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant as it is a totally different cultivar. “It is planted October and must have good, fertile soil. We do not use pesticides or herbicides in our growing programme. It takes four months to grow up to four metres tall and is harvested in March for seed and fibre. This year we have planted 500 hectares, and in the coming season we will be planting around 2,000 hectares.” A dual variety supplies food, fibre, medicine and fuel. “We have recently produced our first press cold pressed oil, which we call Kiwi Hemp Seed Oil and it has helped people with various issues like eczema, psoriasis and joint issues. You can have it in salads, dressings, dips, or just drizzled on food. The testimonials are all on our website. “We will be installing a dehuller to produce hemp hearts. They are similar tasting to pine nuts, very nutty and delicious. They are nature’s most nutrient-dense seeds and are a complete protein supplying all the essential amino acids, fatty acids, magnesium, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon a day is the recommended daily amount. “We are in the process of producing flavoured protein powders and hemp milk. Our milk is already in the hospitality

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Molly Milne comes from a family with several generations involved in dairy farming.


o it was no surprise that as soon as she could talk, Molly spoke about farming and wanting to be a farmer. When Molly’s great-greatgrandparents emigrated from Ireland to settle in New Zealand, they and their three sons went dairying in the Whanganui and Rangitikei regions. Molly’s grandfather, his five brothers and one of his sisters, were all dairy farmers. Her mother grew up milking

cows in Whangaehu. Molly said her parents worked on dairy farms in Taranaki initially, then in Rongotea where she was born. “They then bought a dairy farm in Pahiatua, where I first remember bringing in the cows, helping feed out, feeding calves and developing my love of animals.” Later her parents bought a dairy farm in the Manawatu, which they eventually sold, retaining a lifestyle block.

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There’s a fine line between a handyperson’s dream and a renovation nightmare if you’re committed to doing it yourself. It’s all about picking a home with the proverbial ‘good bones’, and knowing exactly what lies beneath before you make a budget. Here’s a list the experts use. 1. Check out the roof first. A complete reroof may be necessary for older homes, which have been neglected. It’s hard to scope out the top of the house at an open home, but a careful look is best practice, including popping up through the ‘manhole’ into the ceiling cavity to check for damp. A top tip — spiders hate the dry conditions in a wellsealed roof. Lots of webs and a clammy feeling may mean a leak. 2. What lies beneath. Just as important as the top end is the bottom end. Is water collecting under the house? How are the pilings? A repile is a major task, so make sure the foundations are solid, especially in old villas and bungalows. It’s also possible to check the state of plumbing and insulation while underneath. There have been cases of showers draining to nowhere and pipes held up by plastic tape only discovered by a trip under the deck.

3. Joinery bears the brunt of storms, heat and rain, so check windowsills, window frames and doors for rotten timber, a snug fit and draughts. Sticking or leaning doors and windows might tell you that the whole wall is out of true in the worst case. Of course, it is possible to switch out old framing for modern aluminium, but a leaky window may well have damaged the wall below. 4. Take a very thorough look at the two big impact area, which raises or lowers the value of a home and kitchens and bathrooms. Can a quick paint job resurrect the area, or will it need to be gutted? Are appliances installed correctly and safely? As both of these areas are filled with steam,

water and moisture, has the flooring protected the wood underneath during the years? By taking a good look at these factors, and having paperwork from all required tradies for previous renovations or installs, you can be sure that you have picked a blank canvas worthy of your DIY attention that will make money in the future and be warm and comfortable to live in.

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Blue sky thinking

The smart money on any upgrade to your home is on crunching the numbers, and in the case of photovoltaic solar, those numbers have been hotly debated. Here in New Zealand, the final verdict is that solar power is cost-effective, so long as 100 per cent of PV power is used on-site, and none is pumped back into the grid. That’s good news for those who want to sever ties with the wires and embrace rural views — like many of those building or renovating here in the Kaipara. Solar panels are proliferating across the country despite our government lagging behind other developed democracies in offering incentives and tax breaks for their implementation. At last count, the nation sported approximately 91 megawatts of solar power attached to homes and businesses, with 19Mw of that installed within the preceding year. The uptick has begun, and it’s being spurred on by large-scale projects such as the solar augmentation of Kaitaia College this year, where 368 panels now adorn the roofline. Kaitaia maybe a little further north, but Kaipara with its wealth of sunshine hours to match Nelson and Marlborough is also a prime spot to ditch the grid and adopt solar energy solutions. Between PV outfits for the roof, solarpowered pumps to channel water to the tank, and the ability to mount solar


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Entertainment beyond television


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It’s been a while now since the glory days of the big, wooden-boxed CRT television, dominating a corner of the living room with its fishbowl screen. Even the palatial three-telly set-up of Elvis in Graceland looks positively prehistoric, compared to the latest options on display.


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Part of this is because we are living in a post-television world. Ask most millennial kids when a particular programme is on air, and they will look at you like you have asked them to swap their iPhone for a rotary dial landline. Television is less and less something beamed into an aerial with shows at rigid time slots, and more a pick and mix of broadband-streamed content, selected whenever we like. That means the modern entertainment system is likely to centre around a smart TV, or even more likely a console or PC. The systems, which once only provided games now connect to Netflix, streaming conventional television channels and the internet, delivering services like YouTube. Most pack in a Blu-ray player as standard. A hefty hard drive connected directly to a big 4K capable screen means stored content can be watched as well. The key here is to select a machine capable of very high-resolution output to match a very high-resolution screen. A crisp picture is only achieved with good data coming in as well as the ability to display it. Very large rooms may still benefit from a projector and screen, but

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RURAL CONTRACTING When the name says it all by Andy Bryenton


Car manufacturers, and to a lesser extent, their counterparts in the agricultural world, spend quite a lot of time coming up with the perfect names to market their products. Not so Krone, who, upon developing the most powerful maize and forage harvester the world has ever seen, took a look at its size and extreme capacity and called it the Big X.



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where the chop is longer than in biofuel sourcing, Krone’s VariLOC technology does the business, augmented by an efficient corn conditioner. The Big X 1180 uses massive 305mm rollers, with slanted teeth to ensure that every kernel is cracked for greater digestibility. These hefty rollers are carried by an equally hefty spring assembly, and, of course, all powered by that giant Liebherr 12. Precision continues into the cab, with a suite of electronic aids to help fill trailers more accurately and at greater speed. The operator has more control over the output stream than ever before,

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The grain of civilisation

Maize is a huge part of the agricultural world a vital source of feed-out protein across our dairy and beef herds. It’s also a staple for the production of modern biofuels, with large areas of land in some nations now devoted to growing the crop just for the provision of liquid energy. Maize had been shaping human society for centuries before the advent of biodiesel and the modern farm. The plant itself, as traded for by European settlers in the New World, was not even a ‘natural’ cultivar, but a carefully bred version of the ancient wild plant teosinte. This plant may have been domesticated up to 6,000 years ago, according to evidence found in the Guila Naquitz Cave in Oaxaca, Mexico. Maize was the cornerstone of empires, as it was able to be harvested, stored and transported. Hun Hunahpu was the Mayan god of maize, and not surprisingly this deity was high up the celestial pecking order. Maize benefits from further selective breeding today. A worldwide programme seeks to produce drought-resistant strains to help feed African nations, for example. Other initiatives include creating stains which resist insect pests and deliver superior yield. Key players in this process are the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, modern-day ‘disciples of Hun Hunahpu’ who invest

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Lord Palmerston’s legacy by Andy Bryenton

The man whom Palmerston North is named for would likely appreciate the irony that the town, which ended up getting a small addendum to differentiate itself ended up being the larger of the two. Lord Palmerston, considered by some to be one of the all-time great prime ministers of Britain, famously had two towns named for him in New Zealand, one in Otago and one in the Manawatu. It is this northernmost settlement that forms the hub of that region today. In fact, there’s a bit of contention yet about the name Palmerston North. The minutes of the meeting in which the name change was finalised, in 1873, is somewhat open-ended. Nevertheless, it’s with the added monicker (which has led generations of school kids to look up the atlas for a more southerly


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As a nobleman, young Henry Temple was not required to take formal exams to pass his master of arts degree like the common folk. However, he petitioned the professors for the right to take the examination tests and pass fairly. When they declined him, perhaps fearing that the ‘better class’ of the nobility would be outed as less intelligent than the commoners, he took separate exams to prove his point and passed with honours. His powers of scholarship and his straight-talking oratory led him to stand for parliament to represent Cambridge. When he was defeated, he signed on as a volunteer in the Napoleonic Wars and was made a junior Lord of the Admiralty. In a move, which showed his fierce determination, he defied France and secured the neutrality of Denmark by sinking their entire fleet in Copenhagen Harbour. Defending what his opponents called an outrageous act of aggression, he said: “if Denmark had evidenced any hostility


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2016 HONDA PIONEER 500 Tidy 2 seater, 7632kms, & 1035.8hrs, roof, screen & wiper, poly rear panel, alloy flat deck tray, mudflaps, storage box, good tyres, 2WD/4WD, 15.5L tank & reserve, 500cc single fuel inj, ind rear susp, 5speed paddle shift, 453kg towing.

2016 HONDA PIONEER 500 Tidy 2 seater, 18263kms, 1367hrs, roof, screen & wiper, alloy flat deck tray, good tyres, 2WD/4WD option, 5.5L tank & reserve, 500cc single fuel inj, ind rear susp, 5speed paddle shift, compact chassis, 453kg towing

2017 SUZUKI KINGQUAD LTA500 Good cond, 7665kms & 1067hrs, new tyres, heated grips, CVT trans, Hi/Lo ratio & difflocks, 2WD/4WD & downhill engine braking, fuel inj, ind rear susp, one owner op, from drystock farm, bullbars & mudflaps

2016 YAMAHA WOLVERINE 700 EPS R 20967kms, 1 dry stock owner, good 26’ tyres, roof, fold down screen, clear rear panel, front rock crawler bar, 2WD/4WD & difflock, full engine braking, Hi/Lo ratios, auto trans, fuel inj, pwr steering, cert ROPs cage

2016 YAMAHA GRIZZLY SPEC ED Gen 1 bike owner, ex sheep farm, 13693kms, EFI 700cc 4 stroke with CVT, Auto Hi/Lo trans, 2WD/4WD & Difflock, power steering, bullbars, alloy mag wheels, good tyres, 1055hrs.

2016 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 Good cond, 1 owner op, ex sheep & beef farm, 16187kms, 1893hrs, EFI 700cc 4 stroke & CVT, Auto Hi/Lo trans, 2WD/4WD & difflock, power steering, bullbars, shock spacers, good tyres.

2017 POLARIS RZR XP TURBO EPS Gen 1 owner, only 58.9hrs, 1301kms, 168HP, 3500lb synthetic rope winch, rear LED lights, rear storage box, sport roof, convex rear mirror, loaded with gen accessories.

2015 SUZUKI LTA500 KINGQUAD Good cond, 1 owner op off drystock farm, 19835kms, good tyres, CVT trans, Hi/Lo ratio & difflocks, 2WD/4WD with downhill engine brakes, fuel inj, ind rear susp, bullbars & mudflaps fitted.

2014 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 Good cond, ex sheep farm, genuine 1 owner, 27148kms & 2696hrs, EFI 700cc 4 4 stroke & CVT, bullbar & overfender kits, new tyres, auto Hi/ Lo trans/2WD/4WD & difflock, pwr steering

2016 POLARIS RANGER 570 Tidy, 1 owner op, 2141hrs, 23,580kms, roof, front/rear screens, good tyres, CVT Belt drive, Hi/Lo Ratio, Turf Mode/2WD/AWD/ADC Mode, 570cc Pro-Star engine, dumpbox, tilt tray.

2014 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 Good cond, Ex sheep & beef farm, 19166kms, 1571hrs, EFI 700cc 4 stroke with CVT, bulbar kit, new tyres, Auto Hi/ Lo trans, 2WD/4WD & difflock, power steering, ready to work, hunt or play



2011 SUZUKI LTA500 Solid bike from drystock farm, 39169kms, 3842hrs, good tyres, CVT Trans, Hi/Lo ratio & difflocks, 2WD/4WD with downhill engine brakes, fuel inj, ind rear susp, bullbars, recently serviced by us











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TAUMARUNUI: 07 895 7994 | OTOROHANGA: 07 873 8196 A/Hrs Joel Rees 027 279 5425 or Jette Josiah 027 446 4849 For your local Bike Servicing call Harry Sircombe 027 499 2051


August 2019


A bigger and brighter business From its formation in 1946 by locals Brown and Brownlie, The Tractor Company (TRC) had humble beginnings in a small tin shed in Eyre Street, Feilding.


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

Artist’s impression of TRC 4 Turners Road, Feilding

More than 70 years later, this locally owned and operated business, vacated premises it shared on Aorangi/ Gladstone Streets Feilding to move to 4 Turners Road. The new premises are a 7,000 square metre purpose-built site at the easterly entrance to Feilding, the heart of the Manawatu agricultural region. From its new high-profile site, TRC continues its relationship with AGCO — the world’s largest agricultural company and holder of brands, Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Valtra, Iseki and what was Lely Hay and Harvest Equipment. The big, bright new look workshop has five double-height bays, from where TRC can service and repair the largest of agricultural equipment using the latest technology while harnessing the vast knowledge and experience of our loyal technician team.

The well-stocked parts department, with helpful front counter staff, now carries more than 1,600 lines on the floor with access to thousands more within 24 hours. TRC is proud of the brands we work with, and the showroom holds a wide range of merchandise from technical outdoor clothing and apparel to agricultural toys for children of all ages! While the premises are new, the foundation of TRC is the same. The team continues to build and support long term relationships with our customers and community, right here in the mighty Manawatu and beyond. TRC — The Tractor Repair Company invite you to visit us at our new site, 4 Turners Road Feilding. With ample offstreet parking, an amazing customer lounge and friendly staff — we look forward to seeing you.

Work Hard. Play Hard. Right Now.

When it comes down to business, Mazda BT-50 is ready to be put to work. It’s built to take on any task, and it’s equipped with all the creature comforts anyone could ever want. Plus, when each Mazda Commercialcare Fixed Price Service costs only $200, the BT-50 is great for office overheads. And for a limited time, get a BT-50 with No Deposit and Interest-Free Mazda Finance*. So work hard, play hard, right now. Based on Mazda BT-50 Recommended Retail Pricing effective 1st July 2019; valid for sales concluded on/ or before 30th September 2019 to approved purchasers. On payment to the Dealer of On-Road Costs (ORC) and the cost of any accessories, the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) plus a $360.35 Establishment Fee are financed and paid over 48 equal monthly instalments* with an interest charge of 0% per annum. See full terms and conditions at 645 Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North Ph (0800) 424 642 Kieran (0274) 969 020 Andrew (0275) 512 684 Shaun (0274) 819 082 Shane (0211) 904 474

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• EV / Hybrid / Car / Light truck servicing and repair • Courtesy car available • Warrant of Fitness $55 Kyle Flynn Workshop Manager Ph (06) 353 3473 FREEPHONE 0800 895 133

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August 2019





Sam Whitelock, Massey Ferguson ambassador

Massey Ferguson tractors are designed for exceptional performance and efficiency. The new S-series covers a huge range from 100 HP to 370 HP. With a low finance rate of 0.99%* across the S-Series range, now is the time to secure your new S-Series Massey Ferguson tractor. MF 5700 S SERIES 100 – 130 HP

MF 6700 S SERIES 120 – 180 HP

MF 7700 S SERIES 150 – 280 HP

MF 8700 S SERIES 300 – 370 HP

NOW MOVED TO: 4 Turners Road, Feilding

06 323 0309

*For new orders placed from 01/08/2019 to 30/09/2019 and delivered before 5pm on 31/10/2019. Finance with an interest rate of 0.99% p.a. available on Hire Purchase agreement based on minimum 30% deposit, the GST component repaid after 3 months and monthly repayments in arrears over a 36 month term. Fees and lending conditions apply to approved GST number holders who use the equipment for business purposes. Finance is approved by AGCO Ltd, GST number 88-831-861.


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