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The Northland Regional Council’s work for the next decade and how it will be paid for should be known by the middle of June, with council expected to adopt its Long Term Plan in the middle of this month. A big question for the 1,278 submitters to the plan was the future of funding for emergency services, with cuts proposed to funding for the emergency helicopter service. Council chair, Bill Shepherd said among key issues in the plan were funding for emergency services, rating levels overall with a five percent increase proposed for the 2015/16 year, a mid-North bus trial and pest management at Whangarei Heads, all of which had attracted large numbers of submissions. “We’re aware that ours is just one of a number of local authority plans our communities were asked to comment on and are very grateful to those who took the time to do so.” As well as hundreds of written submissions, councillors also heard from 54 submitters at feedback meetings in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Kaikohe and Whangarei. “We’ve had some big decisions to make which will affect ratepayers at a collective regional, local community and personal level and the public feedback has been invaluable as we’ve debated these issues around the council table.” Funding for emergency services had attracted the largest number of

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Overlooked by many within the fine details of last month’s budget from the government was a $10 million package over four years designed to beef up New Zealand’s animal welfare systems – supporting a new law that too, has just taken effect. Primary Industries minister Nathan Guy said the investment will support changes in the new Animal Welfare Amendment Act, which passed into law last month and some of the money will go to informing the industry of those changes. “Some of this funding will go towards creating targeted education that ensures the right people know what is required of them. As well as strengthening the enforcement of animal welfare requirements, the investment will also contribute to the SPCA’s work in animal welfare. In particular, it will further support its compliance function.” “New Zealand already has a strong reputation for animal welfare,” Mr Guy says. “However, the expectations of consumers and society are constantly changing and our farming systems are continually evolving. This investment will support changes in the new Animal Welfare Amendment Act, which passed into law this month. These changes have made animal welfare obligations clearer, more transparent and easier to enforce. They will also ensure New

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he Alexander’s dairy farm has been in the family since the mid 1990s and they have unhesitatingly improved the property creating a stable business in the Mangakahia River Valley just out of Whangarei. Both from farming backgrounds, Rachel grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Purua and Greig has experience as a sharemilker. The couple have carefully matched land uses to the capability of the various land types for sustainable production. They have designated the steeper areas to be planted with forestry species and they have also established riparian and wetland areas in the valleys. “It is the diverse nature of our land that makes it different from other farms.

As the country is steep to rolling, we pay particular attention to match forestry and stock to the soil type,” says Rachel. They have received numerous awards for their work including the Ballance AgriNutrients Soil Management Award, LIC Dairy Farm Award, Massey University Innovation Award, and the WaterForce Integrated Management Award. Their operation milks 350 cows, making good use of home-grown feed with imported supplements to make up the total. Waikopani Holdings Ltd practise on-off grazing to lessen damage from pugging and pasture damage and decreasing the amount of sediment lost in heavy rain. They have established wetland traps to capture these run-offs which have become a feature of the property.

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“We have planted natives and made the wetlands look as natural as possible. It is a matter of working hard to make sure we are doing the right thing so the future generations can continue on.” This creates a safe habitat for wildlife and aquatic species and also stores a certain amount of water in the wetland and collects any nutrients from the farming operation. The couple have two young boys aged 11 and 13 who help their parents out on the farm. “One loves machinery and the other one loves animals,” says Rachel. Greig says: “They get to be outside and learn life lessons. It is hands on and they can make mistakes and learn from them. It is important that they understand consequences. “We want to make sure that our farm will offer business opportunities for the future.” All waterways on their properties are protected by fences, bush and wetland areas which show their long term environmental awareness. Reservoir water levels are monitored electronically and the health and safety of the farm was judged as ‘well constructed and maintained’ by competition judges. “We enjoy the challenge of farming and we enjoy working together. It is good to see the results and positive benefits from farming the way we do and seeing a job well done,” says Rachel. The couple have found winning the Ballance Farm Environment Award encouraging saying: “As farmers it is a sign that we are farming the right way.

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put sustainable practices into action. The aim of the day was to demonstrate how they are able to maintain profitability across their farm including their beef and forestry operations. Visitors had the chance to explore the 486-hectare farm giving them an overview of the business. It also provided information on the innovative use of clover silage as a supplement, pest control and bush management, saving water, and how to combine beef and forestry operations. For any farmers starting out an operation similar to Waikopani Holdings Ltd, Greig believes that as long as the techniques enhance the property and is profitable, he doesn’t see any negatives.

It is something we have done for a long time and it is nice to be recognised.” When they aren’t farming, the Alexander’s keep themselves busy with sports, calf club preparation, school hostel management, and they have established a scholarship fund for their local primary school. As for the future of the farm Greig says it is always evolving. “There will always be changes that happen over time. I especially enjoy the variety of ventures and the challenges that come with that. It is not just one single operation and the winning of the award is an acknowledgement that we are heading in the right direction.” The couple hosted a field day to show visitors and interested parties how they

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WORKING AS A TEAM IS IMPORTANT TO THE RUNNING OF THE GANG an average of 175–185 kilogram bales. The bales are then branded, pulled out and stacked. They sweep the board for the shearers and keep every fleece separate to avoid any cross contamination. Different prices are paid for oddments according to length and colour. Each section of wool has a different quality. She explains the lower the micron, the finer the wool — the better quality, which gives the best price and makes better clothing and products. The work is seasonal, although some workers are full time and stay on to help with crutching and other necessary jobs. “Some of the families we work for have been on these farms for many generations with properties passed down since the 1800s. They are really hard workers, and are always checking we are ok and that we have our needs met. It is a family atmosphere and we

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all look out for and support each other,” she says. “Ultimately the end result is rewarding and the travelling side gives variety. Often the scenery is beautiful and we see places people never get to see. We can be looking out over the snow capped alps or a beautiful lake or up north we see the giant sand dunes and gorgeous forests like a kauri kingdom. The jobs can also take you overseas. “After hours there are still chores to be done and cleaning our personal shearing equipment to keep it all up to scratch. “I would definitely recommend others look at this as a career option. This line of work it is never boring. Training happens on site and there are also shearing and wool handling courses available. “We learn about back and body care and participate in stretching and warm

ups before starting work, which helps reduce injury. “When my children were young, my commitment to the job was limited and I didn’t travel so much. The nature of the job allowed me to work part time which made things easier as in those days there was no day care. It is versatile and according to where you are at and your ability to commit — generally there are allowances if prearranged. “I love the job, all aspects of it, and the industry has been good regarding my family and they also love it. Three of my sons are in the trade now. Hura is in the United States, Michael is in Australia, and Taare is in the South Island. My daughter Hutia is a wool handler and cook. “My whole family love the work and lifestyle and the generations before me did too. I guess future generations will as well.”

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The finished project — An aesthetically pleasing, environmentally friendly Clearwater Crossings Limited construction The bridge only took two weeks to construct and is built with hard fill concrete. The Beatty’s were hit hard by flooding in 2014 and are keen to stop the same damage from happening again. The Clearwater bridge system means that water is able to keep its natural path during a storm and minimises damage unlike traditional culvert arrangements which become bursting with water eroding riverbanks and creating unhealthy water environments. Along with representatives from Dairy NZ, Opus, Guyco and Fonterra, 8 farmers attended the day and were interested to see Mr Beatty’s covered feed pad. This pad is made of concrete with drains to collect the cow muck. The effluent is then collected in covered bunkers until it is dried, then spread over the pasture by a contractor. This reduces the need for ‘sacrifice paddocks’ and

the consequent sediment discharge. Farmers have reported good results by using this process as effluent promotes good growth in maize and chicory. “Everything is contained in one building,” says Mr Beatty. “Some farmers have the feed pads but the sheds are somewhere else and there have been problems with the effluent in between the two where the cows walk. “The cows love the covered feed pad. On wet days they don’t want to leave. They will stand around for a bit and when the weather improves they’ll slowly wander off. Environmental monitoring officer Dennis Wright spoke about how far Northland has come regarding compliance. Everyone was quite pleased about what they got out of the day.”

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to waka ama, and many performing arts opportunities.” Whangarei Boys’ High School prides itself on offering a wide range of varied curriculums, from the strongly academic to the vocationally focussed. The school also offers a Gifted and Talented Education programme, Supported Learning Trades Academy and Gateway work placements. Cambridge Exams are also available to seniors. Applications are also open for the LW Nelson scholarship, which covers Carruth

boarding fees for three years. It is open to year nine Northland students who want to study at WBHS, but who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to do so. Information on this and other scholarships available, along with Ministry of Education

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A Ministry of Primary Industries report entitled ‘People Powered’, indicates that to meet the government’s target of doubling our primary sector exports by 2025, there is a need to increase the skill level across primary industries. Approximately 44 per cent of workers in the primary sector currently have a formal post-school qualification and this is expected to reach 62 per cent by 2025. New Zealand’s largest Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre’s mission is to build workforce skills in primary industries, with programmes designed to meet a wide range of needs within the agricultural sector. It is New Zealand’s largest agricultural training organisation, educating over 3,000 students every year. Taratahi delivers ‘Real Training on Real Farms’, focusing on developing real skills using a large network of farm partners, and thousands of hectares of leased or owned land farmed on a commercial basis across New Zealand. Hemoata Kopa from Matawaia decided to enrol after speaking to a Taratahi representative at a careers expo. Since starting she has learned she values the outdoor lifestyle and the ability to work independently on farm. She enjoys the variety of farming —

doing something different every day. Education has given her the confidence to believe she can have a high level career in agriculture and she has achieved the finals of the Auwhenua Young Maori Farmer Awards held in Whanganui. Maori make up 28% of all students at Taratahi. Initiatives with iwi to meet Maori-agribusiness needs include marae-based training programmes and customised programmes designed to support iwi needs. In addition to full-time and parttime programmes, Taratahi also offers secondary school learning through Primary Industries Trades Academy (PITA), STAR and extra mural programmes. Enrolments are now open across all campuses for the midyear intake in Northland. A 28 week, Level 2 Introduction to Farming programme is offered at both Taupo Bay and Whangarei, and a full year National Certificate

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Northland farmers and landowners have just the remainder of the month to take full advantage of a government forestry grant scheme, with the Northland Regional Council advising it also has options to help. The government has re-launched its Afforestation Grant Scheme , or AGS to spend $22.5 million over the next six years subsidising the planting of forests on erosion-prone land. The scheme previously saw more than 12,000 hectares of new forest planted nationally between 2008 and 2013. The re-launched scheme administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries is accepting applications until June 30. Grants will be allocated at the rate of $1,300 per hectare, with the objective of allowing recipients to start planting in winter next year. “For those who had already started planning planting projects on their land, this is a great incentive to take action over the next month and we encourage Northlanders to do so,” says the NRC Hokianga-Kaikohe representative Joe Carr. Councillor Carr, an Okaihau-based beef farmer and forest owner who chairs the council’s Environmental Management Committee, says the regional council

can assist applications to the AGS in two ways. “The council’s land management advisers can prepare farm water quality improvement plans at no cost to support applications, while its environment fund can provide for fencing to exclude stock from areas that have been newly planted for soil conservation benefits.” The environment fund is open for another year from July 1. Cr Carr adds that farmers and landowners who aren’t able to get their applications into the AGS over the next month could still use it as an opportunity to plan projects for next year. For more information on the Government’s Afforestation Grant Scheme, go to: w w w. m p i . g ov t . n z / f u n d i n g - a n d programmes/forestry/afforestationgrant-scheme

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“If we all do a little, an immense amount can change. We are all leaders. It’s about how we go about our day to day lives, and we can all ‘lead’ by example,” said Ms Shipley. Deputy Mayor Tania McInnes and Annika Dickey of Whitelaw Weber chartered accountants hosted the event. “Nexus is about bringing women together to support and encourage each other. “We all have potential and if we work together, especially in the rural environment, we can achieve a lot,” said Ms McInnes. “It was an incredible night with over 180 women and four men. The enthusiasm was really special.” Dame Jenny talked of planning for the future, and being focused on what is ahead. She said, “tourists are certainly interested in our stories and lifestyles. We have a rich culture and history, and people want to know about our past and experience our culture.”

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KeriKeri & Waipapa

Waipapa’s pioneering spirit by Ayla Miller

Situated along State Highway 10, and a ten minute drive from the tourist hub of Kerikeri, is the quiet rural town of Waipapa. With many old farming families on the surrounding land, and metal roads until recently, chairman of the Waipapa Business Association Mal Liddington says the town is happy to be known as a pleasant place to live and an attractive stopping place for travellers heading north. The Waipapa Business Association are a group of business owners that share a love of the area and would like to see it reach its potential. Mr Liddington has been a resident since 1981, owns a mandarin orchard and runs Waipapa Autocourt. He has been chairman of the Business Association for the last seven years. “In the last 15 years the infrastructure has moved really fast and we as a group like to have a say in what is happening. We have done quite a bit of work around beautification of the town such as having roads named and new tarseal put down. A few years ago the group received a beautification grant which they put towards creating iron pioneer silhouettes which they placed around the town, parks and gardens. “We are mainly a lobby group. As we are located on the state highway, we are continuously trying to get the speed limit lowered as people speed through.”

In time Mr Liddington believes the association will amalgamate with other business associations in the area. “It is difficult to put in the required time on a volunteer basis but we are keen to keep our place going with a pioneer theme.” Unlike Kerikeri, Waipapa has plenty of room to expand. “I can see Waipapa becoming bigger, subject to council approval. Kerikeri will be the small boutique area and Waipapa will become a commercial hub.” With recent developments such as an RD1, Farmlands, a hairdresser’s opening, a Gull service station in progress, and other projects in the works, Mr Liddington has visions of the town becoming a successful commercial retail centre growing together with Kerikeri, connected by the new bypass. As Waipapa is situated on the state highway, the township is in a valuable position to offer small comforts such as cafes, shops and resting places for those headed for the Bay of Islands. “We were hit hard by the recession but it is good to see the growth that has taken place in the last 18 months. I don’t think Waipapa can be a tourist destination on its own but, combined with Kerikeri and the other popular tourist destinations of the Bay of Islands, Waipapa will continue as a growing little village.”

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KeriKeri & Waipapa

Mayor visits shed for men by Ann Morgan

With the philosophy to keep men active after they have retired from the workforce, Men’s Sheds also create the opportunity to form friendships which extend out into everyday life. It took just three and a half months for the Kerikeri Men’s Shed to move from a public meeting to the opening of their own shed on the corner of Kapiro Road and State Highway 10 near Waipapa, Kerikeri. “With over 50 blokes turning up to a public meeting in November 2014, we have since formed a steering committee, then a full committee, adopted a constitution, became incorporated and obtained charitable trust status,” said chair of the Shed, Terence Playfair. “On top of that, a benefactor has leased a premises to the group for two years at a peppercorn rental. “The community and members have donated machinery, tools and timber and we have already completed a raft of projects.” In late May, Far North District Council Mayor, John Carter, visited to meet with the men. “That day we had already put in a morning’s work building planter

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Breach of banking code costs bank millions Australian customers and small businesses taking on their banks over rip-offs have won a massive boost after a landmark court ruling in the Australian Victoria State Supreme Court that requires financial institutions to stick to their own code of conduct. The precedent setting judgement will cost the National Australia Bank Limited millions of dollars and has sparked a scramble from the banking industry as it means the banking code of conduct goes from being a guide to contractually binding. The National Australia Bank suffered the defeat in court after it tried to argue that the industry’s self regulatory code of conduct has no legal effect. It is ironical that our own New Zealand banks also claim that their code of banking practice is voluntary and is also not legally binding. Australian Supreme Court Judge Justice James Elliott has ruled that the banking code has contractual force and because the National Australia Bank breached it, the bank could not recoup $6 million in loan guarantees for a series of Gold Coast property investments. The judgement means that the National Australia Bank cannot enforce the guarantees made by Mr Rose. This judgement places a spotlight, not only on the Australian banking code of practice but also on the New Zealand Bankers Association code of banking practice, as New Zealand Court decisions commonly follow Australian Court decisions, and those of Canada and the United Kingdom. Farmers of New Zealand support the New Zealand code of banking practice becoming enforceable in New Zealand law. It is not good enough for banks to simply hide behind the code of banking practice, claiming it is a voluntary agreement based on goodwill and intentions. The majority of New Zealand banks are owned by Australian banks, therefore the

New Zealand banking code of practice should become legally enforceable in New Zealand where they operate and enjoy ever increasing profits. Farmers of New Zealand also support the re-introduction into Parliament of the Farm Debt Mediation Bill which, in the past, has not been supported by the vast majority of politicians. While in New Zealand the number of bank foreclosures has declined, economists warn that those who currently have extended themselves in taking out mortgage loans could be exposed in the next New Zealand economic downturn, which may not be too far away if the Auckland real estate market funded by overseas immigrants crashes. New Zealand Institute of Economic Research said even when mortgage sale numbers were high during the global financial crisis, New Zealand did not have the same default rate as the United States, where homeowners could “post back their keys” if property values collapsed.

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by Ayla Miller

The National Torpedo Tournament is shaping up to be bigger than ever this year with a brand new name and venue. The event, previously named Karikari Kontiki Klassic, will be held at Ninety Mile Beach, East Beach and Tokerau Beach from July 9 to 11, with the new venue at Ninety Mile Beach Holiday Park. For first-time organisers, Anita and Mark Dancaster, the competition is a thrill. They are keen fisher people themselves and will donate profits from the competition to Men’s Health Awareness. “There are a lot of men who go fishing, and blokes are the worst when it comes to going to the doctor, so it is all about raising awareness. Every little bit helps,” said Anita. Entry is $250 and there will be over $20,000 in prizes up for grabs. There are four categories in this event and contestants can weigh in up to three of each species a day, per team. The categories are snapper, kahawai, gurnard and ‘other’. Other does not include stingray, eagle ray or sharks. Each category will have prizes for first, second and third place, and the overall winner is the team with the heaviest combined total weight. “We are hoping to get more people entering this year as we have a Facebook presence. There is also more awareness around torpedoes.

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“They are easier for older people and families to use, or people that have never fished before. “It is held in the beautiful far north and it is a great opportunity to meet people who have done it for years. “It is a social gathering, although it is a competition and it is not just men that are entering. There are a huge variety of people that can torpedo fish.” With enquiries coming from as far away as Australia, this years National Torpedo Tournament looks to be an experience for the whole family. “We are organising this as a sideline as we both have other jobs and I’m really enjoying it. I love talking to people,

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Farmers using a biological farming system and spraying biological tea on the land, believe it is more sustainable to the health of the land, and animals, which means healthier products for people.

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group of farmers met together to discuss biological farming strategies. “Once the bio system gets established, less fertiliser is needed. It boosts productivity, improves water quality, reduces pests and weeds and animal and crop health improves. It is soil biology that takes the minerals you apply to supply the plant,” said Russell Simmons from Tellus Co-operative Ltd. “To discover how well your soil is functioning, dig a hole and count how many earthworms per spade split you find, above 30 is good. Worms are the

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DAIRY bio tea and changing the fertilisers around grew to 36 worms in one year. This showed the health of the soil returning. Doug Butcher lived on the West Coast of the South Island, and started using biological compost tea and soil conditioners when they moved to a property riddled with porina caterpillar and other grubs. “The bugs disappeared after the first year using compost teas,” said Doug. “Biological farming focuses on re-establishing mineral balance and enhancing beneficial microbiology in the soil in order to promote good soil health, healthy crops and healthy animals. “We started in the South Island with 320 cows, 94,000 milk solids and 15% empty rate in the first year. The second year, with our biological tea, we dropped to 300 cows, produced 109,000 milk solids and an eight per cent empty rate. The third year, a drought year, we were on target for 130,000 at Christmas, but the drought made us dry off a month early so we finished at 110,000 milk solids, nothing else changed, we ran the same programme.” Living in the Kaipara for the past two years, the farm they are on needs improving so they import products to make their bio tea and soil conditioners from the South Island and mix them on-farm.

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The group discussing the advantages of the biological farming system

Russell Simmons shows a healthy root “The farm is improving and getting into shape. We started last year with 240 cows, 50,000 milk solids and a 22% empty rate. This year, we have cut down to once a day milking and achieved 54,000 milk solids with 200 cows and had an eight per cent empty rate. “Things are starting to come together and next year the soil health will be better still.” If you would like to discuss the programme Doug practices on his farm, call him on 021 622 854.

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ova century. They spint ten hole minnits at tha begginin’ ova news, ta tell us wot happens in winta time in New Zilland. It get’s blimmin cold, an’ we get snow, an’ people gotta wrap up warm.” Sharlene lookt at me an’ I cood see she thort Boss was a wurry. But then she sed she agreed. “Yes deah. Wot about those Orkling house prices eh? My Mum says her house is werth a million dollars, and last year it was only five hundrid thousind. She reckons its all down to those rich immigrints coming inta the country and spending up large. All well and good, but wot about all the kiwis wot can’t afford to keep up. They gotta live sumwhere and why don’t the TV ana newspapers reelly get stuck in too the govmint to find a good solootion. Bet you anything you like, wen the proppity market hasa collapse, then the news peeple will get stuck in. When the geenee is outa the bottil eh? That was a long speech fer Sharlene, ana Boss an’ me lookt at each other. Then Boss saw that Sharlene had her lap top komputa with her. He askt her to look ata news page. I hada look too, ‘cos it’s pritty amazin. Boss has got sumthing called whyfi,

an’ ya kin look ata computer wen it’s not plugged inta anywear. “Well hear you go,” sed Sharlene. “Yep, it’s ona news. As a north westirly wind moves through tempritures should rise but with it comes rein…” Ah well, readas. If thats orl we gotta wurry about… Oh gawd, TV gotta story about sum fat dancing man… !’m outa hear… Til neks time… Billy

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With requests from his many readers of his previous book, ‘Farming and Yarning’, Barry Styles’ latest work ‘Priceless Bullshit’ recounts more stories, experiences, events and happenings he was involved in, heard about or yes, made up over time. He is described by some as an interesting character, and people refer to him as somewhat like Barry Crump. Now in his 80s, he lives near Mangawhai in Northland with his wife Jan, whom he dedicates the book to, ‘considering she stood beside, behind and in front of him for 40 years,’ not forgetting his children of course. “Some of the yarns you will find here may appear to be a little risqué. If you can’t remember how to spell that just say ‘a bit over the top’,” says Brian. Bull’s, sheep and home gardeners all have something in common, a very valuable product which makes manure, and as his humour talks you through such stories, you will quite possibly smile for days. The mostly real stories will give you some good laughs as you get a picture of what rural New Zealand back block living was like from the early 1940s onward. Back in the day with potties under beds and “when at boarding school perfectly good lamb roasts and chops obviously went to waste, because we

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only ever got stew for the three years I was there.” Priceless Bullshit is well worth the read, for fathers, brothers, uncles and others, anyone who appreciates good, easy humour. Real or not, it doesn’t really matter, what matters is it is a book of mystery, memory and humour. Written by a man, who has been there and done that, or so he says, and the best part about it is he is kindly donating all profits to the ‘Make a Wish’ foundation. To purchase go to jfts.clickfunnels. com/bs_lp1 or call 09 435 3613.

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It’s been more than 80 years since Nissan — once known as Datsun — first produced a light commercial truck for tradespeople and industry.

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In those intervening years there have been some big changes in the market, but two key factors remain evergreen. Those who are seeking a deck-backed workhorse still want to know that their chosen machine is going to last the distance. And, as it has been for many of those decades, it’s a tough battle at the top in this hotly contested sector of the market. Nissan’s 12th generation Navara builds on the success of their D40 model, though the 2015 ute offers rakish styling and a commitment to the new philosophy in light commercials — the concept of a vehicle which can carry heavy loads all week and still handles like a sedan when finesse is required. Certainly, the Navara’s interior bears this out, with a car-like dual instrument cluster and a seven inch infotainment screen taking pride of place. But the underpinnings of this vehicle guarantee heavy-duty performance, with the Navara boasting 1,000kg payload capacity and triple that number when hooked up to the towbar. While a range of specifications will be available for the global market, it’s likely that Kiwi drivers will enjoy the same 2.3 litre advanced turbo diesel engine as

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anticipated, following Nissan’s claims of a first quarter release. In a market recently dominated by the Ford Ranger, and hotly contested by the ever-popular Toyota Hilux, car makers are well aware that their A game is required to make an impression in the light commercial sector. With bold exterior styling, ample power and the hint of an aggressively sharp price, expect this new contender to aim high, delivering both on-road and off-road capability to impress.

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Power without the price tag by Andy Bryenton

This month, a veritable super-fleet of agricultural machines from every major brand on Earth will descend on Mystery Creek, Hamilton, for the nation’s biggest farming expo. work. Reliability has been prioritised, and ease of access for technicians means that servicing is no mammoth task either. Built to keep on going in arduous conditions, this turbocharged mill is mated to a 12x12 synchro shuttle transmission, allowing the 6110 to undertake a wide range of tasks, hook up to a whole shed full of implements, and even pack a handy loader bucket up front for silage handling and feed-out duties. The ability to lift 1,600 kilos is just the beginning. To put all that power to use, Mahindra have used a similar design aesthetic with the 6110 as they have with their rugged Pik-up and Thar vehicles. That means solid, hard-wearing components, a heavyduty chassis, and construction built to weather anything you can throw its way. But, with a fully enclosed and airconditioned cab, this practical tool is not without its comforts. Mahindra have made every effort to ensure that the most important component — the driver — is as immune from fatigue as all those moving parts.

Fieldays® crowds have come to expect innovation and versatility from the tractors which take pride of place at this three day showcase, and they won’t be disappointed. But amongst the pack this year is a relatively new contender — a badge which offers something very much in line with the Kiwi farming mentality. Mahindra tractors are gaining ground in public perception, and for good reason. The world’s biggest producer of diesel engines, Mahindra is the name at the forefront of India’s agricultural revolution, providing the motive power to feed not just over one billion people, but also to drive a burgeoning economy. Their 6110 range of tractors are a lesson in simplicity and practicality, eschewing both over complication and a big ticket price, and instead delivering just what farmers need — a robust, practical tool for day-to-day rural chores. Mahindra’s global reach means that this machine is actually manufactured in South Korea, a nation famous for its heavy industry. The heart of the 6110 range is a 2.4 litre, 60 horsepower, four cylinder diesel engine that’s designed for intensive

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During the 1950’s New Zealand pastoral farmers were the best and most cost effective producers on our planet and the rest of the world was trying to emulate us. New Zealand was the envy of the globe with our cows, sheep and beef being outdoors, grass fed and healthy, everyone wanted our products and our financial position was very strong. The average dairy farm back then was 40 hectares, supporting up to 2 families and beef and sheep farms were all sizes, our country was pumping and from the flow on effects of our agricultural people, these were good times. The country towns were booming and everybody had a job and money was

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the chemical corporations had partnered up with our agricultural universities. In the mid 1980’s I had set up business in central California growing and marketing Kiwano (horned melons) which together with New Zealand production kept me in the global markets for 12 months of the year. During this period I came across, what is termed as industrial farming where animals are kept in huge sheds and feed and water is supplied to them. I first recognised this system of production by the nostril biting stench of urine and excrement — not nice. You could smell it from miles away as you drove up the I5 freeway in California. The latest figures out this year, for industrial dairy farming in the USA are; the average milking life for a cow is 20 months, they are milked 4 times per day, injected with hormones to produce more milk and because of confinement are regularly injected with antibiotics. The bulk of feed supplied to them is maize, (more than likely GMO maize). Grains are great for chickens and hogs but when fed to rumen animals the maize causes acidosis resulting in mastitis. During milking the pus from mastitis is going into the milk making it unfit for human consumption — so much for industrial farming. While I was in California last month, farmers were talking about going back to family size farms in an endeavour to produce better quality food for a better

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Registered pursuant to the ACVM Act 1997 No. A11041 RVM. Available only under Veterinary Authorisation

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

Able to be applied between milkings during summer months

110HP 4WD Tractor and Slasher.

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

Dempster Digger s Ltd

Phone now for pricing and bookings.

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

Free parking and we don’t run late

Neil Johnson P: (09) 438 4273


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Northern Rural Marketplace More Milk

HOUSE WASHING

Better Health

IES CONSTRUCTION LTD.

HIGH PRESSURE OR SOFT HAND WASHED

Less Metabolics

All Concrete Surfaces FREE FREE mould treatment QUOTES Pensioner discount All Farm Buildings | Roofs | Windows and more

phone 0800 4 DOLOMITE 0800 436 566 Bio-Gro certified

Contact John - johnecoast@gmail.com or call 021 ECOAST (326 278)

CONCRETE AND TILT SLAB CONSTRUCTION • • • •

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

We courier to your door!

Subsurface Drainage Specialists (Nth)

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

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

All Services & Maintenance Available PO Box 1174, Whangarei Ph 09 434 7741 • Mobile 027 273 6865

Ph 09 432 0820

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

1279 S/H 14, MAUNGATAPERE

TOTAL AG Kathryne Easton

Agribusiness Consultant Total Ag Limited

For all your Tractor, Truck, 4wd & Car Tyres 45-46 Station Rd, Kaikohe • PH: 09 401 0838 • A/H Phone: 09 401 0803 Email: graeme.karen.kaikohe@gmail.com

Please Note: The incorrect mobile number for Kathryne was published in the April issue.

The Ultimate Compression Socks for air travel & exercise

LTD

KnOwLeDGe & UnDersTAnDinG

24/7 FLEET CALL- OUT Service

MARGARET & JOHN BISHOP

PO Box 75 Maungatapere 0152 Mobile: 021 285 0663 Email: kathryne@total-ag.com www.total-ag.com

Suitable for short and long haul flights to minimise Deep Vein Thrombosis. Beneficial for every day wear, exercise, travel & recuperation.

To learn more: www.txgsocks.co.nz

info@txgsocks.co.nz Tel: 0800 894-769

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

For Sale

For Sale

ATV MATS from $89 — Come in & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick offer ends 31/4/15.

SINTERED BRAKE PADS — for MX and FarmBikes — from $39 at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz

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.

WEED EATERS & CHAINSAWS — GET 10% OFF STOCKED ITEMS at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick — offer ends 31/4/15.

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 FARM BIKE MX SPARES

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. Be quick — offer ends 31/4/15. NEED NEW ATV TYRES? GET 20% OFF RRP & FREE FITTING at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick — offer ends 31/4/15. NEW YAMAHA FARM ATVs — 5.9% interest & 3 year warranty. Only at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi — phone 0800 963 636 & Yamaha MC Whangarei. Phone 09 438 0804. Offer ends 31/4/15.

Don’t Drink and Drive

INTRODUCTORY OFFER New Customers Receive 7.5% discount off RRP for all stocked items with this voucher at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636 www.atvtyres.co.nz Be quick – offer ends 31/4/15. Conditions apply.

MX FARM BIKE SERVICE Receive 7.5% discount off RRP for standard service parts* with this voucher when you get your MX / Farm Bike serviced at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz *Conditions apply, offer ends 31/4/15.

For Sale

ATV SERVICE

Receive 10% discount off RRP for standard service parts* with this voucher when you get your ATV serviced at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street Hikurangi Phone 0800 963 636  |  www.atvtyres.co.nz *Conditions apply, offer ends 31/4/15.

Firewood For Sale DRY FIREWOOD for sale. $75+gst/mtr. 2 mtr minimum. Pine/Macrocarpa mix. Free delivery Ruawai, Paparoa and Maungaturoto areas. Call Glenn 021 983 734 for your order.

Cabins To Rent

Nurseries & Plants 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.

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

SMOKE ALARMS

Save Lives

CABINS TO RENT, only $55/week, 3.6x2.4m, minimum hire 6 months. Fully insulated. Northland based. WINZ quotes welcome. Delivered to your site. Phone 09 459 4996, 0800 111 344 or visit www.roommatecabins. co.nz for more info.

Animal Health Products 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.

BE FIRE SAFE THIS WINTER


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RANGER 570 HD + 570 ATV & UTE FINANCE OFFERS 0%P.A OVER 24 MONTHS

1/3

UPFRONT UPFRON

1/3

IN 12 MONTHS

o

1/3

IN 24 MONTHS

OR

*

SAVE $1000 + $1000*^ FREE ACCESSORIES • 31HP EFI Pro-Star Engine with Polaris Variable Transmission • Seat Belt Interlock • Speed Key capability • On Demand true All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) • Independent Front & Adjustable Rear Suspension • Towing Capacity - 680kg • Certified Roll-Over Protection Structure (ROPS) • Dump Box Capacity - 227kg

$10,595

* INC GST

• Built for New Zealand with Heavy Duty “HD” Features • Mirrors, Indicators and Horn • Dump Box with 180kg Capacity • On Demand True All Wheel Drive • Engine Braking System & 4 Wheel Descent Control (4WDC) • Electronic Power Steering • 567cc EFI Engine with Polaris Variable Transmission • Narrow Seat and Back Rest

MAUNGATUROTO MOTORCYCLES LTD 117 HURNDALL STREET, MAUNGATUROTO. PH: 09 431 8555. KUMEU CHAINSAWS AND MOWERS LTD MAIN ROAD, HUAPAI. PH: 09 412 8109 CA MOTORCYCLES LTD 725 POUTO ROAD, DARGAVILLE. PH: 09 439 0170 ROUSE MOTORCYCLES LTD 1 KING STREET, HIKURANGI, WHANGAREI. PH: 0800 96 36 36 o

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 Sportsman 570, UTE 570 and Ranger 570 models. Offer expires 30/06/2015. Polaris Finance is a program operated by De Lage Landen Ltd Company No: 135515. **Offer ends 30/06/15 or while stocks last. Offer only available at participating Polaris Dealers. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes fleet clients. ^This accessory offer is only valid for genuine Polaris Accessories on the purchase of a new Polaris Ranger ETX model only. *Conditions apply. Offer period May

11, 2015 – June 20, 2015. Must be returned within 30 days with reasonable ‘wear & tear.’ Finance and repair costs may apply. See the ‘Love it’ Terms and Conditions at a participating Polaris dealer.

www.polaris.co.nz |

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