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February 2017 Edition

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Improving digital connectivity is a key enabler in the Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan which is being implemented through Accelerate25. Areas set to benefit from new ultra-fast fibre services include parts of Palmerston North, Feilding and a host of rural towns including Ashhurst, Foxton, Shannon, Bulls, Marton, Taihape, Ohakune, Raetihi, Taumarunui, Dannevirke, Pahiatua and Woodville. Regional council chairman and Accelerate25 lead team member Bruce Gordon said that working with central government to enable digital services to the region has been a key Horizons Regional Council chairman and Accelerate 25 Lead part of Accelerate25. Team member Bruce Gordon “Adding so many rural towns to the network will help numerous news for the Rangitikei district. “As we businesses involved in some of the identified in the Regional Growth Study, region’s key sectors, such as agriculture the issue of the lack of high-speed and tourism. broadband is a barrier for our farming “It’s a great first step as it not and business community. Having ultraonly benefits those in the upgrade fast broadband going into all our main zones, but also unlocks potential towns removes this barrier for all for greater coverage in low-speed or aspects of our communities.” The government investment in ultrablackspot areas. “Roll-out will complement the fast broadband for roll-out in Manawatuimpressive digital connections already Whanganui is nearly $32 million dollars, made in places like Whanganui,” which is amongst the highest of he said. regions in the country. The programme Manawatu District mayor Helen is scheduled to roll out between now Worboys said it is very pleasing to finally and 2024. see the acknowledgement and support Government is also working on a from government into the district’s programme to improve rural connectivity growing business sector. and mobile phone blackspots, which “Faster and better quality broadband was identified as another key enabler services are key to our ability to continue in the Regional Economic Action Plan. to attract new business to Feilding.” Regional leaders continue to push for Rangitikei District mayor Andy Watson improved rural connectivity ahead of any said the announcement is fantastic government announcements.

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Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan progressing well Since its launch in August 2016, significant progress is being made in implementing many of the identified opportunities in the Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan under the banner of Accelerate25. With involvement from business, iwi, local, regional and central government, several project teams have been formed during the past six months to lead the implementation of the plan’s key actions. The New Zealand Transport Agency, district and city council mayors, and Horizons Regional Council chair, are progressing with the development of business cases for state highway and local road improvements to improve access to central New Zealand. Significant progress is also being made on plans to redevelop the Whanganui Port. Advances in the primary sector will feature in workshops at the Central Districts Field Days, particularly around the benefits of reticulated stock water. In addition, projects around the region are focussing on farm mentoring, farm extension, developing high-value crops, agri-food and technology. Primary Sector Implementation Group chair Shelley Dew-Hopkins said implementation is being led by farmers and real progress is being made. “We have teams currently working in Manawatu, Taumarunui and Whanganui.” A project looking at rural water supply in

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arrive days before the event and are lined up in rows set out in a paddock. Livestock, small animals and poultry of all shapes and sizes are delivered on the morning of the auction. The poultry auction, held in a shed, always attracts a large crowd of bidders. Outside, the pens of sheep are also sought after with a steady stream of bids. Amongst the rows of chattels, potential bidders look

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to bag a bargain as they browse through fencing equipment, furniture, timber, dog kennels, saddles, tools, kitchen sinks and other paraphernalia. Two years ago, one of the more unusual items was a stuffed emu that went under the auctioneer’s hammer. This year a live emu was put up for auction. “We always tend to get something unusual,” said event coordinator Ron Farrugia. Registered sellers are given a number. When the item is sold, the administration team notes the number of the purchase. The item is available for pickup when the buyer makes payment. The club keeps a database to record all the buyers and sellers at the auctions. Leading up to each event, Lions Club members send letters to all those people registered on the database, advising them of the upcoming auction. Flyers are also distributed and signs placed in paddocks near main roads for passing motorists. Professional auctioneers donate their time and expertise to the event to ensure the bidding process runs smoothly. This year’s auctioneers, sourced from Carrfields, PGG Wrightson, Farm Source and New Zealand Farmers Livestock, sold more than 1,200 chattels, 40 lots of sheep, 30 lots of small animals, and close to 235 bird lots. Ron said the event requires more than 100 volunteers on the day. “It’s becoming a community event run by the Lions Club.” All available club members, spouses, family members and several community organisations lend a hand to organise and run the smallholders auction. The work continues for a few weeks after the

The auction is held on McDonald’s farm near Pohangina event too as the administration team organise payments to sellers. This summer’s lack of fine days in the region did make a slight impact on the numbers attending the event, and some stallholders were reluctant to commit. Ron said he was a bit concerned about the weather leading up to the auction but the day turned out to be warm and sunny. This year’s auction turnover was close to $96,000 with 15 per cent of that figure going into a fund held by the Ashhurst-Pohangina Lions Club. Money from this fund goes back to the local community for various projects and needs.

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FOR THE LAND by Denise Gunn Award-winning farmers Scott and Julayne Thompson came to Rimunui Station in the Waitotara Valley to manage it and an adjoining property, Mahoe, in 2008. Six years later, the couple took up a lease to purchase agreement with Rimunui’s owners, Tom and Gaye McClunie.

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Pollution in the environment and on the farms is easily solved. We only need to go back to the beginning of the chemical age to realise that although these products looked good, the continued heavy use of toxic chemicals is increasing damage globally. According to the major chemical companies, they have run out of chemicals to control pest, disease and weeds. Mother Nature’s pests, diseases and weeds have become immune to the chemists’ toxic products. This scenario is also impacting on plant, animal and human health, where drenches, antibiotics, sprays, etc can no longer control the problems. The main deep rooted cause of the problem is a lack of nutrients. Without a full array of minerals to keep the immune system pumping, a lack of these essential minerals impacts the immune system opening life up to all sorts of problems. For the farmers who are just applying N, P and K or worse than that, taking advice from a chemically programmed system, to just apply artificial nitrogen and synthetic soluble phosphate; the two products that are eroding farms precious soil and damaging the environment — what sort of stupid advice is that! How far away from real natural farming is the chemical industry taking the farmers, and what is the point, when consumers globally are crying out for nutrient dense food! And so are the plants and the animals! Here at Agrissentials we specialise in multi-mineral, microbial-rich fertilisers. Our purpose is to increase the mineral value of the soil, using the microorganisms to

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NaturalFlow harnesses Mother Nature’s recycling processes in an enclosed ecosystem that simulates the natural forest floor. Waterflow New Zealand Ltd marketing manager Dean Hoyle explains: “Nature is one huge recycling mechanism, and what our system does is harness those natural processes and forces that have been quietly working together for thousands of years to break down and decompose waste all around us, to treat and break down your wastewater until it is perfectly safe to be reintroduced into the environment.” Waterflow NZ spent almost a decade researching and developing the NaturalFlow system before integrating it into the New Zealand market. Homeowners from Cape Reinga to Bluff now have access to advanced water treatment solutions that are synonymous with clean, green 21st century ideals. The system uses vermiculture to reduce solids by up to

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Doing things the natural way With a love of natural health, trained nurse Tineke Verkade set out to help people. Years later she is now also helping out people and their animals — the natural way. Born in Holland, Tineke Verkade immigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1977. She started out her New Zealand life as a nurse at Waikato hospital. “I’ve been a registered nurse as well as a nursing tutor since 1968, and I have always been interested in natural health especially when my children arrived.” While nursing, she studied homeopathy and naturopathy. “They were really good to me regarding the studies I did to become qualified. Her genuine concern for the overall health of the land, animals and people is the driving force behind Tineke’s commitment to natural health methods. After 16 years she left the hospital and started her own naturopath clinic “and never really looked back.” “In Waikato you have a lot of people that are farmers that come and see you, and they said ‘can do something for the cows?’” That inspired her to start homeopathic farm support in 1997. As well as supplying products, Tineke is passionate about teaching farmers homeopathic and natural methods. She goes to regional field days, holds seminars and “talks to farmers on

the phone all day long” she says. So what is Homeopathy? In short, it is a system of natural medicines that are used in small doses. It is based on a ‘like cures like’ idea, where the sick person or animal’s symptoms are cured using a medicine that would cause the same symptoms in a healthy person or animal. An animal is treated according to its symptoms, behaviour and characteristics instead of diagnosing or naming a disease. Homeopathy seeks to be preventative and therapeutic when helping animals. It is focussed on assisting the body to heal itself. “We have an amazing amount of farmers on our database, and what I’m proud of is the initial farmers that came and were taught. Most of them have become certified organic farmers which I’m very pleased about because to be a certified organic farmer you have to have a lot of skills to keep it all going — they are amazing.” She’s also proud of how her “unique and unusual business is still here, helping farmers and their animals. I have staff who I wouldn’t be able to work without — they are the best.”

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Tony Robinson has been growing the leatherleaf fern in Levin for around 18 years. He is one of only two commercial growers in New Zealand working with the species which is marketed for floral arrangement.

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ever since then.” He’s currently got two 1,000-square-metre houses to grow his ferns with one a greenhouse and the other a shade house. “We produce about 250 bunches or 2,500 stems a week for the Palmerston North and Wellington markets, which are then redistributed to florists.” On average it takes about 8–10 weeks for regrowth, except in winter when “we don’t harvest much at all. The bulk of it starts again in September until end of June, depending on the weather.” Christmas and Valentine’s Day are the busiest times of the year. Tony said that orders often double or triple. “That

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really knocks the production back and that takes a while to recover.” Tony grows his ferns using a biological system which is, in short, a natural and non-chemical farming method that focusses on soil health. “The way I was growing crops before, I destroyed the soils.” His change to a biological system started after talking to some Wellington florists and seeing the alleged damage to their hands from chemical residues on flowers. “I was fed up of using chemicals and getting very sick from using them,” he said. Tony has now been using full a biological system for the last ten years. “Being biological can start off being expensive but it works out in the long run. I do hardly any pesticide spraying

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ferns is “running into a trace mineral deficiency. That’s quite challenging to try and correct. “But after a while you learn to read the plant and you can start to pick up what’s going wrong. It doesn’t correct itself overnight and often it might take a season or two.” From his biological research, and because of family health issues, Tony is also very interested in growing nutrientdense food. “I want to put nutrition back into the food,” he said. “People were interested in what I was doing (with soil health) and they’d get me along to talk.” He found that people were always asking why their vegetables don’t taste as good as they used to. “That really got me into this area of nutrient-dense food. I grow my own vegetables and as part of my biological

work I sponsor Mark Christensen’s heritage food crops. At the moment we are working on heritage tomatoes and looking at high anticancer compounds.” When asked if he had any advice for farmers who are thinking about going the biological way he said: ”Read, read, read. There’s plenty of workshops floating around like ones with Nicole Masters from Integrey Soils. Get a good mentor in your area. The information is out there. Acres magazine USA is brilliant for all sorts of sustainable, biological farming. It’s not just purely about organics. “That’s my long-term focus, and what got me into the biological advisory group, is to help people get away from the current conventional farming systems and get into something that’s more long term and sustainable, healthier for them and their families, for everybody.”

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The New Zealand agri-food sector continues to grow, evolve and diversify. Not only should this increasingly diverse landscape be embraced, it’s vital this trajectory continues for our country to prosper. The government’s Business Growth Agenda recognises the enormous potential for growth and spells out the need for another 50,000 employees in agricultural and horticultural industries to boost exports from 30 to 40 per cent of GDP by 2025. KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot, says leaders in the agri-food industry need open minds. “In guiding their organisation towards a prosperous future, they must be prepared to pull up the anchors that have tied them to the deep traditions inherent within a conservative industry.” An open mind, however, is only the first step. There must be information

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Irrigation Matters with Clem Powell The mystery of pumps In most water reticulation or irrigation systems, you are going to need a pump, unless the water is from a pressurised scheme at farm gate or as some lucky farmers I visited recently in Middlemarch Otago have, gravity fed from surrounding hills — a whole 160psi of it! Could this be why some couplings had leaking O-rings?

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I often get asked about gravity for irrigation but there are a lot of considerations, enough for another blurb perhaps? Pumps work via energy transferred from the shaft to the water in the pump body. So what? Well the critical thing here is that energy costs money, pumping usually occurs over a considerable period and the wrong pump can, consequently, be a very expensive purchase! Just as Mum’s shopping basket’s engine has a different power curve to the farm ute, which is also different to a truck engine, so pumps are also massively different in performance and efficiency at the particular performance you require. Yes, you may get away with towing the boat with Mum’s shopping basket — for a short duration, but the fuel bill is going to be the highest ever and it can’t last.

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It’s the same with pumps. I often see pumps from clearance sales which have run a low pressure system, being applied to a medium or high pressure system. After all ‘it’s a big pump isn’t it? The guy before was running way more gear than me’. Yup, but now your diesel motor is valve bouncing trying to produce the pressure required, and also the pump is not running in its ‘happy spot’. You could also be pressurising a lot of water, which is going nowhere due to different irrigation flow. Energy cost again! Actually the chance of buying the right pump from a clearance sale are about the same as a winning lottery ticket! One in a million. The best efficiency is usually somewhere around two-thirds full flow on most pumps. This is not maximum pressure, so beware of advertising stuff from certain companies saying ‘Max flow… Max pressure’. This does not mean you can get both at once. Even then some of the claims are at best, ‘optimistic’, as observed by our technicians. Buying a pump Using a reputable irrigation professional should avoid these pitfalls. 1. Ask for proof that the pump you are considering is the correct one! Pump curves are not so difficult to read and you can always ask regional council field staff or other professionals to help impartially. Irri-Max Ltd and others have an open policy about what the client is getting. Don’t allow ‘secret squirrel’ stuff. Look for the best efficiency point — is this the same as your intended flow? Does the pump have the ability

to produce the required pressure at reasonable input speed? Ask about the pumps Nett Positive Suction Head (NPSH). You might not understand it but a simple calculation is this — start with value of nine then subtract your suction height (pump above water), then see if the balance is larger than the NPSH value at your intended flow. Say your pump is 4m above water (not the best installation), then the NPSH can not be more than five, in fact even this would be a call to get some proper hydraulic engineering done to avoid disappointment. Probably pump techs will laugh at my equation above as there are more factors to it than this, but my intention is merely to give the layman some warning signs of what may work or not. NPSH available varies massively from pump to pump! 2. Have you the right of return if it doesn’t meet specs? What is the cost of this ‘experiment’? eg you may have to change mounting points, flanges, engineering, etc. if it doesn’t work and you need to fit another model. Don’t buy a pig in a poke! 3. Pressure gauges: Insist the pump has a pressure gauge so you can verify the promised performance on your system. 4. Is the suction system large enough? Avoid the ‘thick shake with small straw effect’. 5. Irri-Max Ltd have been importing and supplying irrigation and effluent pumps for more than 20 years. Please contact Clement (Clem) Powell on 0800 426 296 for more information.

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Dairy proteins open markets A growing appetite for protein in South East Asia offers growth prospects for Fonterra’s NZMP protein ingredients brand and is teaming up with companies in the region to develop new products. “Protein’s popularity with South East Asian consumers is mounting, as people around the region turn to protein-fortified food and beverages in their quest for healthier, more nutritious diets,” said NZMP general manager South and East Asia, Hamish Gowan. “Protein is evolving from being a ‘fitness’ to a ‘health and wellness’ ingredient in food as people become more aware of the benefits of protein and as incomes rise. Although protein has long been associated with bodybuilders and elite athletes, protein-fortified food has expanded into the mainstream, even migrating into infant nutrition and pet food.” Mr Gowans said that more people are looking for specific nutritional benefits in their food, and dairy protein is particularly high quality, providing all the amino acids essential for good health. NZMP’s sales for protein ingredients in the South East Asia region have more than doubled over the last two years and Mr Gowans believes the region continues to offer great potential. “Many companies are looking for ways to ‘premiumise’ their products through innovation. As part of our collaboration with these companies, we are working with the Fonterra Research

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Mr Gowans said NZMP has led the way in developing dairy protein ingredients and offers the largest range of dairy protein ingredients in the industry, marketed under the NZMP SureProtein brand. NZMP customers use protein in a wide range of food and beverage products including cheese, protein shakes and yoghurt snacks, and protein is now appearing in new convenient formats such as chips, beverages and gels. “People are becoming more constrained in Feed the world — science must step in to help mother nature, and the time they have, so new perspectives bring fresh ideas convenience now plays a factor. This means consumers are snack bars and ready to drink beverages, reaching for products such as on-the- particularly sports drinks, as well as go snacks and drinks, such as cookies, purchasing protein in powder form.”

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It’s all too easy to slip into a boxing metaphor when talk of the tussle for top light commercial comes around. Utes are big business and right now the Ford Ranger rules the roost, with even the mighty Toyota Hilux relegated to second place. We’ve even got an ‘undercard’ of lower-priced utes out of Asia and India battling for supremacy, but there’s been a notable gap in the top tier lately that has had certain badgeloyalists fuming. Back in the day, the Holden 1-tonne ute was king. Before the idea of a utility truck was redefined by the

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The suite of electronics, both visible and invisible, are state of the art as well. It’s hard to miss the big touch screen centre console which serves as a hub for both Android and Apple’s in-car mobile platforms, as well as a reversing camera and entertainment centre. A battery of safety features — including hill descent control, trailer sway control, stability and traction control, a lane departure warning and even a tyre pressure monitor — offer another level of protection. The top utes had better watch out — one of the big names is back, cinching up its gloves to take a shot at the title. And for a heavyweight contender, it’s not bad looking, either!

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The tough and dependable little Suzuki Jimny 4x4 has a long history of use in all kinds of off-road applications — and success as a road vehicle to boot. Still the weapon of choice for many 4x4 drivers, and a companion for all walks of life from hunters to farmers to adventure sports enthusiasts. But sometimes even the toughness and utility dialled in to these machines at the factory is not enough. That’s why one company from the Bay of Plenty is set on evolving the platform, creating a range of interesting alternatives keyed in to what Kiwis want from their 4x4. Pete Weatherly’s Evolution Custom Utes company has turned the popular little Jimny into the basis for four specialised machines, after listening to what the rural market wanted and needed from an off-roader. While Suzuki themselves offer the Farm Worker ute as an alternative to their road-going Jimny SUV, the ‘overengineered’ super toughness of the Work Mate, Farm Mate, Road Mate and Z Mate variants, makes these more than just a custom curiosity, but a clear upgrade over the basic quad or UTV. The original Suzuki Jimny is no slouch when it comes to taking on the rough stuff. Developed from a long history of compact 4x4s from the Japanese company, the underpinnings of a serious farm vehicle were there all along. Mr Weatherly comes from a background in farming, but also has a literal track record racing cars and trucks. Like American innovator Mickey Thompson, this often meant going to the drawing board and the engineering shed to make necessary improvements. From humble beginnings as a project to create an affordable and reliable farm vehicle, the Evolution products

which he’s created are now distributed all over the country. Advancements in utility, comfort, practicality and toughness have all been carefully considered and thought out, and the addition of that most necessary piece of farm equipment — a flat deck tray with loads of options — is fitted to each Farm Mate, Work Mate and even the totally road legal Road Mate. With a competitive price and a design focus on unshakeable toughness in all aspects of construction, there’s not much which will slow down these evolutions of the already hardy little Suzuki. To see more, visit suzukijimnyutes. co.nz and check out the story of a 4x4 legend made even better with Kiwi know-how.

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by Joanna Manson

NESTLED AMONGST THE RANGITIKEI HILLS LIES THE FARM OF FOURTH GENERATION OWNERS ANDREW AND KYLIE STEWART.

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he land has been in Andrew’s family since 1901 and today the couple have transformed their surroundings to form a unique and unforgettable farmstay experience. It wasn’t until the couple travelled extensively in Africa and America that they realised they wanted to share their part of New Zealand with other people. “When we travelled overseas particularly through Africa we stayed in some amazing spots. We were inspired by what we saw and realised what we had in New Zealand was pretty special,” says Kylie. “Even though buffalo and lions were super exciting, for international guests we thought, so are sheep and cattle.”

Conveniently they already had a collection of animals waiting for them at home on the farm. “We took the opportunity and developed the area and it was a lot of the work with just ourselves. We used the Woofing scheme and a number of volunteer forums.” During this time Kylie continued working full time as a high school physical education and health teacher while Andrew worked as a journalist. All the buildings used to create the farmstay space are original, including the farm homestead which was used for storage for 25 years. Kylie says they are fortunate the last generation kept them, and the former The Stewart family in front of the ‘bunk house’

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homestead has now become the hub of the farmstay and fondly known as the ‘bunk house’. “We sorted and gathered what was on the property to make almost a farm museum and it’s a bit of an antique shop. We started off with East Hut and very quickly got our first guest within a month, and so it was busy from the start. “I had a belief that I knew what we had was cool, I had a vision, and nothing was stopping me. Lot’s of people would have thought I was crazy, and I remember the electrician coming out to wire the bunkhouse thinking ‘what

is she doing?’” Now when visitors see the space Kylie knows that the many hours of work put into the farmstay was worth it. Kylie and Andrew now share the farm with their two daughters five-year-old Hannah and 20-month-old Charlotte. Both girls have already taken an interest in the farm. “Charlotte loves the animals and Hannah loves the farmstay guests. For us it’s not like a motel, this is our family home and we are sharing it with people, kids and animals,” says Kylie. Every week they welcome new guests and volunteers

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Kylie likes to use furniture and other keepsakes from the original farm buildings in the farmstay rooms

onto Rangitikei Farmstay. “We started with frequent independent travellers and now we work with schools, from Massey University to the International Pacific College. Now organisations and tour groups are wanting to showcase New Zealand farming.” A typical farmstay would include getting up close and personal feeding animals and a farm walk to enjoy mountain and sea views. “You can see Mt. Ruapehu, Taranaki and the ocean on a good day. It’s a spectacular view at the top of the farm walk which is really popular.” At a cost guests can watch a sheep shearing and mustering demonstration

Kylie riding her horse on the farm

and do a number of other farm activities. The Stewarts have also managed to organise and create The Mudder — an outdoor event course which embraces natural obstacles on the farm. The competition, in September, has run for the last two years and the focus is on having fun and people challenging themselves. Obstacles include a dam which has floating moss, natural springs, a manmade water slide and a run around a tree with large roots. Only one other full-time staff member is employed to help on the farm while Andrew oversees the running of it and helps Kylie with the farmstay. Kylie

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says her favourite part about the job is offering people the experience to learn and live on a farm and hearing their feedback. “My challenge for all my guests is to give them such a great time that they feel like their time on a New Zealand farm was one of the best things they would have done. I’m a bit of an advocate for farming and how we look after our stock.” Although it’s too early to tell whether their daughters will stay on the farm as fifth generation farmers Kylie says it is not something they will be pushed into. Rangitikei Farmstay has just opened it’s woolshed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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BUSINESS PROFILE

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lenses could be fitted. This lead Kevin to develop the Barz Optics sunglasses in collaboration with the optical industry and materials manufacturers from around the world, to assist sports people and ensure maximum protection from UV rays and the elements. The photochromic glasses include an adjustable nosepiece which helps eliminate fogging when you are wearing

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them. They are ideal for all sports people, and when you stop at a cafe the lenses immediately lighten up and you can read what you need to, and they allow you to read digital instruments. The bifocal magnification which is moulded discretely into the rear of the lens is available in +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50 powers. The TR90 super lightweight hybrid frame has dualmoulded non-slip flexible temples ideal for wearing under open or fullface helmets. The adjustable non-slip nosepiece ensures optimum fit and comfort for

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Steps to joint health by John Arts

Part one: Osteoarthritis can cause anything from mild discomfort to seriously restricting quality of life. While medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs provide predictable results, nutritional therapy is more unpredictable. Experimentation is important. Some people find their arthritis is greatly influenced by diet while others less so. I generally recommend that people keep clear of common citrus fruits and acidic fruits in general. I am helping one person who by trial and error has found she is very sensitive to strawberries. I am not sure why but small joint arthritis, especially hand joints, seem to be more sensitive to acidic foods. I start most people on an anti-inflammatory diet. The key components are to reduce inflammatory fats, reduce sugars and refined carbohydrates. We target antiinflammatory oils, appropriate protein sources and increase antioxidant dense plant foods. Over the next few columns we will explore the specific components of this type of eating. Not

only will it help joints but is excellent for general health. With supplements, my general approach is to start people on a programme that is most likely to get a positive response in six to eight weeks. I like to keep things simple and usually start with high doses of Omega-3 fish oil for its anti-inflammatory function. To this we to add 1,500mg of high grade chondroitin sulphate, 1,500mg of glucosamine sulphate and 200mg of a 95% bioavailable curcumin (turmeric) extract. In some cases, especially spinal arthritis, I add antioxidant complexes and extra magnesium to relax tissue surrounding the joint. We will maintain these high initial doses usually for one to three months before reducing. Most people start to notice the difference after six weeks. Feel free to contact me for more information. John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv. Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For personalised advice, contact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abundant.co.nz. Join his full weekly newsletter at www. abundant.co.nz.

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