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Dave and his son Tyler will be attending the show; Tyler (17) had been around the shows since he was 8 and has seen for himself the amazing transformations the table has given people. " Tyler loves doing the shows and has picked up a great understanding of how the Teeter works, it's a pleasure working with him". Dave told me that he realised that, had he not tried the Teeter for himself he would still be suffering, "I would still be a miserable grumpy bugger, living with pain" that is why we do the shows, people need to try it for themselves" he told me "most people actually get off with the pain either gone or considerably less" he said "we let the tables do the talking".

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THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES Hive monitoring from home Trekking through paddocks to reach your hives has always been one of the downsides to beekeeping. Now beekeepers can monitor their hives with the click of a button thanks to a new industry-leading product — Hivemind. This product allows beekeepers to keep track of how their hives are doing in remote locations and has been designed by taking on board feedback from actual beekeepers, equipment manufacturers and beekeeping organisations. Behind Hivemind, is a team of engineers who will ensure the product grows with their customers’ needs. Although the product is designed to last over five years and beyond, the team

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Beekeepers seek to build up their hives in spring/early summer in order to have strong hives to undertake pollination and honey collection. A lack of bee forage in October had been observed in the Lake Repongaere area and great effort has been made to add additional plants to provide early season support for the beehives as part of a Trees for Bees project. The detailed description of this area and project was reported in the June 2014 New Zealand Beekeeper. We have used Mark 1 Hivemind platform scales to monitor the weights of five individual hives on each

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Supporting a vital producer by Paul Campbell

That the honey bee is under threat across New Zealand and indeed worldwide is an unpalatable fact, with the rise of the varroa mite, as well as a depletion of food sources due to modern agricultural practices, including toxic sprays. The severe decline in floral resources creating a shortage of pollen for the bees in turn compromises the bees’ resistance to pests and diseases. New Zealand farmers have a key role to play in a counter offensive that could carry the day for these tiny foragers that play a key role in agriculture. The Internet is awash with advice but a good place to start would be to contact the National Beekeepers Association of NZ which is widely recognised as the peak body representing the industry. The association has some 700 members who are active in over 11 NBA branches across New Zealand. The increasing importance of agricultural sustainability and food security for New Zealand is common sense and so too is the importance of the bee in farm viability. Bees consume pollen as a protein and vitamin source and nectar for energy. While gathering these resources, they move pollen from one plant to another — a critical element in spring when beekeepers are building up bee populations for pollination services. Any shortfall leads to weakened bees

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There has recently been a spate of reported firearms crimes in the press. From shooting’s to guns in the hands of gang members they all have something in common — criminals. Meanwhile calls for action in the media have revolved around ideas about registration, more secure mail order sales, increased security requirements for licence holders, and reducing the numbers and types of firearms in circulation. These all have something in common too — licenced firearms owners. Coincidentally while all these firearms issues are happening the police are wanting to introduce new firearms regulations and yet another arms amendment bill. Remember the last bill passed December 2012 — but the police have said the last significant review of the Arms Act was in 1997. Really? (Source Quarterly Update Firearms Community Advisory Forum FEB 2016). So far the politicians have only agreed to an inquiry into where the criminal’s guns are coming from. But is more to follow? And is it really necessary given the obvious answer that the firearms are stolen from licenced firearms owners, come from existing stocks of illegal guns,

or are imported illegally? My personal view is that yes more is to follow. The police have already made noises about cost recovery for firearms licencing, charging for import permits, reviewing licence endorsement categories, and confirm that they are having issues around the distinction between MSSAs and other semi-automatic firearms. This could even result in semi-auto shotguns being E category, with the increased security costs and endorsement costs this entails. Surely if firearms thefts were given a higher priority by police, and customs was better resourced to secure our borders, then perhaps firearms in criminal hands wouldn’t be such the issue it is portrayed to be. Perhaps we could better use the money from the inquiry and firearms law reviews to fund police and customs enforcement of the existing law? Obviously there needs to be some discussion around criminal use of firearms. But this needs to be a discussion about punishment for criminal misuse not

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our company Spierings is obliged to manage not only results but expectations because if he fails to do so the consequences for the company shareholders are incomprehensible. It is apparent that 85% of Fonterra milk suppliers’ farming businesses are now at extreme risk. Fonterra is reported in the press that it is introducing a 90day delayed payment system for its trade suppliers. This will ruin many rural businesses that support Fonterra and the rural community. Fonterra’s 2015 financial repor t shows that Theo Spierings had a salary band within $4.9 million representing a $770,000 increase on his 2014 remuneration package. The statements also showed that the number of Fonterra employees who are paid more than $1 million per year rose from 17 to 22 last year. Theo Spierings predecessor, Canadian Andrew Ferrier reportedly received an $8.2 million golden handshake when he left in 2011. It is my view that Theo Spierings has lost the confidence and trustworthiness that he had with many milk suppliers. It is time for the board to consider a change in company leadership. It could prove to be very worthwhile to offer an $8.2 million golden handshake to Theo Spierings to effect the change necessary and regain the confidence of farmer shareholders. Fonterra needs to start winning again with the CEO and senior management getting a two — word sign on every desk — I’M RESPONSIBLE.

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Every new car and ute seems to have a fancy new badge these days, touting some electronic or engineering wizardry under the hood. It almost harks back to the days of American luxury cars in the 50s, with their Torque-flite, Power-max marketing. But there’s one badge attached to Mazda bumpers which actually means more than most — the Skyactiv brand associated with their 21st century engine technology. As early as 2008 the back-room boys at Mazda were on a quest to increase efficiency and power using what would become the Skyactiv method — increased compression and ideal combustion. A normal petrol engine only unlocks about 30 per cent of the chemical energy in its fuel — a terrible waste when seen in raw figures. At the 40th Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled a gasoline engine they dubbed Skyactiv-G. With its high compression, the little 1.3 wowed spectators with its power output. But they weren’t going to stop there. You see, increasing compression was always going to be an answer to some of the problem of unlocking the power of fuel. But the traditional downside of doing this is ‘engine knock’ — a product of waste gases and inefficiency in the ignition cycle. Tightening up design in the exhaust system, in the injectors, the air

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97 TOYOTA RAV4������������������������������� $5,995 97 FORD EXPLORER�������������������������� $8,995 02 FORD EXPLORER V8 4WD ������������ $9,995

97 SUBARU LEGACY RS MANUAL������ $5,995 04 NISSAN MAXIMA ������������������������� $6,995

02 BMW 318TI ��������������������������������� $6,995

04 FORD FALCON XR6 ���������������������� $7,995

98 SUBARU FORESTER AWD ������������� $5,995

04 TOYOTA COROLLA ������������������������ $6,995

03 HOLDEN COMMODORE SV6 ���������� $7,995

99 MERCEDES BENZ MAN����������������� $6,995

05 DAIHATSU BOON �������������������������� $6,995

97 SUBARU FORESTER AWD ������������� $5,995

UTES from $100/week

02 TOYOTA COROLLA MANUAL ���������� $6,495

00 HOLDEN COMMODORE ����������������� $5,995

04 HONDA ELYSION��������������������������� $8,995 04 TOYOTA WISH 7 STR �������������������� $8,995 05 SUBARU LEGACY ������������������������ $8,995 08 MAZDA PREMACY 7 STR�������������� $9,995

02 HOLDEN COMMODORE ����������������� $7,995 04 HONDA INSPIRE ��������������������������� $8,995

04 TOYOTA FUN CARGO ��������������������� $7,995

07 FORD FAIRMONT�������������������������� $9,995

06 NISSAN NOTE ������������������������������ $8,995

03 MAZDA 6 ���������������������������NOW $10,995

74 MORRIS MG BGT ������������������������� $9,995

02 MERCEDES BENZ CLK320 ���������� $11,995 04 NISSAN SKYLINE 250GT ������������ $11,995

07 VW TOURAN 7 STR����������������������� $9,995

04 TOYOTA COROLLA ������������������������ $9,995

05 FORD FALCON XR6 TURBO ��������� $15,995

07 HONDA STREAM 7 STR �������������� $10,995

09 FORD FIESTA MANUAL ����������������� $9,995

01 HOLDEN COMMODORE SS 6 SPD MAN ������������������������������������������������������� $18,995

11 HOLDEN CAPTIVA AWD �������������������SOLD

03 MITSUBISHI GRANDIS 7 STR 4WD ������������������������������������������������������� $10,995

09 MAZDA DEMIO ����������������������������� $9,995

03 FORD FALCON XR8 MAN ������������ $23,995

14 NISSAN QASHQAI ���������������������� $34,995

06 SUBARU OUTBACK ��������������������� $11,995

10 SUZUKI SX4 MANUAL ���������������� $12,995

11 FORD FALCON XR6 ������������������� $23,995

04 TOYOTA RAV4 4WD �������������������� $11,995 96 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO TX ������������������������������������������������������� $19,995

NO DEPOSIT FINANCE AVAILABLE, ALL TRADES CONSIDERED OR WE CAN SELL YOUR CAR FOR FREE OPEN 7 DAYS, SAT & SUN 9am–2.30pm A/H – Adam Campi 027 494 4145 - Peter Aukett 021 081 6666 - Arthur McKechnie 021 298 5858


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ADVERTORIAL

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THE SIDE-BY-SIDE THAT’S GOT IT ALL 1100 EFI NEW UPGRADE MODEL!!

tool oil. Administer just a few drops of CorrosionX into the intake, plug the hose back on and pull the trigger and enjoy knowing the corrosion problems are solved. CorrosionX is absolutely neutral on rubber, neoprene, insulation, and even monofilament, is MPI and aviation approved, and because of its naval and military specification, unfazed by sulphur or salt. Contact your nearest stockist found on www.corrosionx.org or call Corrosion Control NZ Ltd. 09 438 8800 for more information.

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CorrosionX is a super fast penetrant on corroded parts. On reassembly it acts as long-lasting protection and stops electrolysis. Airtools live longer with CorrosionX ! CorrosionX mobile service applications for machinery, buildings and installations. Long lasting rust protection. Authorised applicators. Solid service. CorrosionX waterproofs old and new electronics/electrics in all machinery, trucks and installations. Safe on rubber, insulation, neoprene and all plastics. Safe to 39.000 Volt. CorrosionX Heavy Duty forms a dripless, dynamic, non-hardening, self-healing film that stubbornly resists erosion by splash or spray.

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TALK TO US ABOUT FINANCE OPTIONS!* 2014 ATV Finance A4 Portrait.indd 4

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Honda has a proven 2-wheel farm bike range that is designed to work hard on-farm. Renowned for durable, reliable and economical running, there is a farm bike in the Honda range to suit every requirement. Talk to your Honda dealer today about which bike suits your needs, we’ll help you choose the best bike for you. *At participating Honda dealers only. Contact your local Honda Dealer for more information.

Whangarei Planet Honda, 20 Port Road, Whangarei, Ph 09 438 9780 Dargaville Dargaville Honda, Jervois St SH14, Ph 09 439 1089 Warkworth Honda Warkworth, 10 Morrison Drive, Ph 09 425 9498

*At participating Honda dealers only. Contact your local Honda Dealer for more information.

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Businessman recognised for excellence

Whangarei businessman, Wayne Hill, director of Hill Construction, was presented a Distinction Award at the recent Coresteel Buildings national conference. “Wayne has been an instrumental franchisee in terms of pushing the Coresteel product to its full capabilities. His construction wisdom and passionate vision set him aside from many. Within the Coresteel group he continues to be a great advocate and mentor,” says general manager of Coresteel Buildings NZ, Haemish Reid. Due to Wayne’s drive and determination, the Coresteel Buildings Northland operation has become a dominant player in the Northland construction market and has performed consistently for many years. “I have no doubt that the systems and processes that Wayne applied in the earlier years of the business will certainly continue to be upheld and bring success for business partners, James Senescall and Simon Eilering,” says Haemish. Coresteel Buildings Northland has continually featured highly in the National Coresteel Buildings Awards and won Franchise of the Year in 2013

and 2015, was runner-up in 2014, and took out the Overall Excellence Award in 2014. The franchise has also won the Highest Volume of Sales Award for six consecutive years. Hill Construction was founded by Wayne over 30 years ago as a construction company. In 1983 the company was incorporated as Hill Construction Ltd. In 2009 Hill Construction bought the Coresteel Northland franchise, adding to the breadth of projects that Hill Construction could take on. In 2013 Hill Construction also purchased the Coresteel Buildings Bay of Plenty franchise, which is based in Tauranga. “Whist it has been two years of hard slog breaking into a tight-knit, tightly held area, we are now starting to gain traction,” says Wayne Hill. “With the quality product we have, the future looks rosy for us in this area. “Some years ago I saw the potential of cold formed steel structures and

realised that if we didn’t become involved, we would lose considerable work to this innovative new way of building.” Hill Construction purchased The Barn Company’s, now Coresteel Buildings, Northland franchise and began competing in the small steel shed market. “It wasn’t long before I realised that we needed to be in the larger commercial/industrial market, as the product was so innovative.” At this time, local Donovan brothers, Brett and Kyle, purchased the national Barn Company franchise and shortly after rebranded to Coresteel Buildings, to encompass the new direction. “Through their exper tise in engineering and forward thinking they redesigned the whole process to fit squarely in the larger commercial and industrial market. Hill Construction’s involvement with Coresteel has been a game changer and now accounts for 80 percent of our work. Coresteel Buildings

Pictured from left, Donovan Group NZ Ltd director Brett Donovan, Wayne Hill, and Coresteel Buildings NZ general manager,Haemish Reid

are recognised as a quality product and we are extremely pleased to be part of it.”

Northern Rural Marketplace Acraflex Dairy Wall Coatings New or existing walls

Able to be applied between milkings during summer months

Colourcrete Dairy Floor Resurfacing System Suitable for repairing damaged dairy floors or slippery areas Bruce Cameron 027 498 8412 / 09 235 8263

S T A

ty ce per nan Proainte air M Rep &

• Kitchen/Bathroom Fit Outs • Water Blasting & Chem Washes • Decks • Rental Repairs • Section Cleanups • Fences & Repairs • Concreting • Rubbish Removal • Hedge Trimming • House Renovations • Plus Much More

027 455 7750 / 09 439 8628

Andrew Turner

ats.maintenance@hotmail.com

ATJ

Harrison Water Ram Pumps Pump water on your farm or to your house 24/7 NO Electricity Bills. Spec i Also Available 15-2 al Price f $850 5mm Mo or Solar Water Pumps del .0 (No Batteries) until 0 Inc . 31/0 G S 1/20 16. T Enquiries: harrisons@actrix.co.nz,

4 Models

SELF DRIVE MACHINERY HIRE

• Rollers 1.5 - 13 tonne • Diggers 1-20 tonne • Site dumpers 1-10 tonne • Loaders, Trailers, Plate Compactors etc

Call the team at ATJ for your hire needs

Warkworth 09 425 8845 or Aaron on 021 210 0493 4 Morrosion Drive, Warkworth

Ph 027 483 9996 John or 022 059 5166

Bouquets on Broadway Fresh Flower Bouquets and gift ideas • Flowering Plants • Cake and Wedding accessories • Balloons, cards & soft toys • Venue dressing • Daily deliveries

BRADLEY

TreeGuyz LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED IN WHANGAREI FOR 32 YEARS • • • •

Tree Felling/Trimming Dismantling/Removing Storm Damage/Chipping 13T Digger/4T Hiab/Grapples

• Shelter Belt Removal • Insurance Cover • Free Quote

“We just love your trees to bits!”

Don’t forget Mother’s Day Sun May 8

p. 09 401 1706 | bobflorist@xtra.co.nz 107 Broadway Kaikohe | www.bouquetsonbroadway.co.nz

Phone ALAN 09 435 0399 or 09 434 6946 Mobile 027 227 5095 Email: treeguyz@ihug.co.nz www.treeguyz.co.nz

NOW AVAILABLE – GRADER AND 12 TONNE DIGGER + 2 AXLE TIPPING TRAILER ALSO AVAILABLE – WOOD CHIP AND SAWDUST FOR ANIMAL BEDDING

• Patented Bridging system • Environmentally friendly • Aesthetically Pleasing • Low Impact • Robust • Cost Effective

More Milk

Kelly Wright Phone 021 437 684 kelly@clearwatercrossings.co.nz Steve Swann Phone 021 274 3831 steve@clearwatercrossings.co.nz www.clearwatercrossings.co.nz

Better Health

Less Metabolics

phone 0800 4 DOLOMITE 0800 436 566 Bio-Gro certified

110HP 4WD Tractor and Slasher.

Dempster Digger s Ltd

Phone now for pricing and bookings.

PH: 027 262 1848 A/H: 09 433 7325 www.dempsterdiggers.co.nz

Residential & Commercial Construction 17 Jackson Road, RD9, Whangarei Ph: 09 434 8178 • Mob: 022 126 9804 email: ezra@ezrabellconstruction.com web: www.ezrabellconstruction.com

Free parking and we don’t run late

Neil Johnson P: (09) 438 4273

BRIDGE BUILDING & PILING SPECIALISTS We offer design & build for bridges including plans, permits, consents and construction. Or see us to strengthen and repair your existing bridge to ensure safe access on your property. Contact: GHK Piling Phone: 09 435 4443

Address: 9-11 Hewlett St, Whangarei

Email: admin@ghk.co.nz Web: www.ghk.co.nz


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Northern Rural Marketplace IES CONSTRUCTION LTD.

• Minimum 7-10 day hang-on-the-bone

CONCRETE AND TILT SLAB CONSTRUCTION

• We guarantee all of your meat back • No mix ups! • On-site killing service • Full yield calculation • Online slaughter request and ordering • Offal disposal service• Covering 60km radius (negotiable) • Inspection welcome • Weighed on site

Your meat - from paddock to freezer 1043 Whananaki North Road, RD1, Hikurangi Phone: 09 433 9833 | Fax: 09 433 9832 www.homekillservices.com | e: office@homekillservices.com

• • • •

Bridges Farm buildings Feed pads Bins

PO Box 448, Kerikeri, 0245 • PHONE: 09 407 8784 FAX: 09 407 8770 • EMAIL: ies@concrete.net.nz

Make Your Life easier! use our services now!

•  Pipe & Steel Supplies  •  LTNZ Approved Workshop •  General, Agricultural & Structural Engineering •  Mobile Welding Services  •  General Repairs & Maintenance •  2 Ton Gantry Crane  •  Plate Roller, Profile Cutter & Press Brake •  de-CRAP-it®, Landplane®, Serious Incinerator® •  Field Rollers, Water Carts  •  Kumara Gear

Newman Engineering (2004) LTD Ph 09 439 5065 Dargaville www.newmanengineering.co.nz

www.animalherbs.co.nz

Northland Laser Drainage Ltd Neil Carter Trading as

Doug Wilson Manager Phone: Fax: Mobile: Email:

09 430 2934 09 430 2936 0274 302 934 dougw@nrh.co.nz

Specialising in Fertiliser and Metal cartage. 30 Tonne units available. We cover your country!

MARGARET & JOHN BISHOP

Subsurface Drainage Specialists (Nth) All Services & Maintenance Available PO Box 1174, Whangarei Ph 09 434 7741 • Mobile 027 273 6865

We courier to your door!

A big range of Health Solutions for you, your family and animals

• Solutions for control of fleas, ticks • Consult with Pat for solutions and worms with WashBar products, to skin problems and other Diatomaceous Earth and Flee Flea health issues for your pet • Herbal and Homeopathic remedies • Orijen Organic Dog and Cat Food — no grains for you and your animals

Ph 09 432 0820

1279 S/H 14, MAUNGATAPERE

Email: homeopat@ubernet.co.nz Visit: www.animalherbs.co.nz to buy online

NORTHERN FARMING CLASSIFIEDS Reach 33,300 Rural Homes — Phone 0800 466 793

For Sale

For Sale

Sheep Shearing

ATV MATS from $89 — Come in & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz.

NEED NEW ATV TYRES? GET 20% OFF RRP & FREE FITTING at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz.

ANY SIZE flock. Top quality job, good rates. Phone Rob 027 209 0942.

Animal Health Products

BACK 2 Wood Demolition. We buy & sell renovation materials. Servicing Northland — Auckland. Specialising in Windows, Doors, Ranchsliders, Kitchens, Vanities, Roofing and More! Check out our website back2wood.co.nz or Phone 0800 10 98 77.

ATV SAFETY HELMETS — from $119 accessories from $15. The law has changed! Have you got yours? Come & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Subject to availability. CHAIN & SPROCKET KITS DIRT OR FARM BIKE. SAVE 10% off RRP If you get them fitted at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz.

GOT2GO PLANTS: Corokia $6, Rosemary $5, Bottlebrush $1 - $6, Portwine Magnolia $6, Pohutukawa Maori Princess $6 - $8, Vibrance $8, Spring Fire $8, Cordylines $1 - $8, Nikau $3 - $6, Psudopanae $1 - $8, Griselina $3 - $6, Pittosporum $3 - $6, Kowhai $3 - $6, Flaxes (10 types) $1 - $6, Coloured Manuka $6, Grasses $1, Coprosma $4 - $6, Puka $6 - $15. Friday to Sunday 9am - 4pm or Phone 09 439 5556, 55 West Coast Road, Te Kopuru.

HIGH CELL Count? Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic & Manuka Honey 20L $49.95, 200L $450 or 1000L $2,000 +GST with free delivery. Black Type Minerals Ltd. Phone 021 185 1501. blacktypeminerals.co.nz.

Nurseries & Plants HERITAGE APPLE Trees from $20.00 — Hardy root stocks — Diversify your farm with an Orchard tree pack. Ph 09 408 5443 — 027 346 7645 — www. tastytrees.co.nz. SUBTROPICA NURSERY. A wide range of subtropical fruiting and ornamental plants by courier throughout NZ. Bananas, cherimoya, casimiroa, kava, lucuma, pineapples and much, much more. Visit www. subtropica.co.nz or catalogue $5 from Subtropica, Massey Rd, RD2, Waipu.

Firewood

Energy Efficiency WINDMILL WATER pumps by Ferguson Windmills Company. Phone 09 412 8655 or 027 282 7689. www.windmills.co.nz. sales@windmills.co.nz.

Calf Milk Powder APRIL RATE for Milk Powder. Brytec NZ Calf Milk Powder made in Matamata. $2875 included GST. N.I. delivery rate depends on location. S.I. add $150/tonne. 18% fat, 35% protein. No imported or poor quality milk used. Guaranteed to curd. Ted 020 4061 9534. tedcharlton@gmx.com. www.facebook/calfmilkpowder.

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April 2016  NORTHERN FARMING LIFESTYLES

HAWKEYE 3255 HD

$6,695 INC GST

00 0 1 $ E V SA

RANGER DIESEL 1000 HD

NO DEPOSIT

$22,495INC GST

NO

POLARIS M1400

00 0 2 $ E V SA

4.99%

REPAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHS

$11,395 $11 395 5 INC GST

INTEREST FOR 24 MONTHS

RANGER 0% P.A. OVER 24 MONTHS

1/3 1/ UPFRONT UPF

1/3 IN 12 MONTHS

RANGER 570 HD

$19,495 $19

INC GST

1/3 IN 24 MONTHS 00 5 2 $ E V SA

RANGER ETX

$13,495

INC GST

SPORTSMAN SPORTSMAN ETX GST $7,895 INC $

SPORTSMAN 570 SP GST $12,995 INC

SAVE $1000

1/3

UPFRONT

1/3

IN 12 MONTHS

1/3 1 /3

IN 24 MONTHS

ROUSE MOTORCYCLES LTD 1 KING STREET, HIKURANGI, WHANGAREI. PH; 0800 96 36 36 MAUNGATUROTO MOTORCYCLES LTD 117 HURNDALL STREET, MAUNGATUROTO. PH: 09 431 8555 CA MOTORCYCLES LTD 725 POUTO ROAD, DARGAVILLE. PH: 09 439 0170 ADVENTURE POWERSPORTS 34 FORGE ROAD, SILVERDALE, 09 444 0636 KUMEU CHAINSAWS AND MOWERS LTD MAIN ROAD, HUAPAI. PH: 09 412 8109 Subject to credit approval, fees, terms and conditions apply. Based on a 24 month Hire Purchase Contract. To approved Registered GST No Holders for business purposes only on applications for Polaris Ranger Diesel, Ranger 570 HD, Ranger ETX and Sportsman 570 SP models. Offer expires 31/07/2016. Polaris Finance is a program operated by De Lage Landen Ltd Company No: 135515.

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