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Farming Lifestyles

May 2012 edition

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Growing persimmons

A taste of the Mediterranian

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We Northlanders could perhaps be forgiven for suggesting that the Mystery Creek National Field days are a curtainraiser for our own event early next year, but this would perhaps be a little presumptuous. Many months apart, the two events are majors in their own right, and there will be plenty of interest in, and travel to, the Waikato for the June 13 to 16 rural exhibition. We take a look in this issue at what’s on offer at National Field days, which is booked about to capacity with more than 1,000 exhibitors over 1,400 sites. Back in the north, we continue our look at different facets of Kiwi agriculture with a visit to an orchard property with a difference. Persimmons are grown by Terrie and Lindsay Wells near Kamo. Markets for the exotic fruit are set to expand into China and USA next year. Elsewhere, near Wellsford, Greg Scopas runs an olive press. We step inside his processing plant as he harvests the essence of freshly-picked green, red and black olives. All in the farming and growing sector know that financial uncertainty can be part of the game, and we have some advice on financial planning this month. There is always the chance of the unexpected and creating a successful financial plan requires sound advice. This

extends to planning a will to ensure it’s both fair morally and legally, and there’s some good direction available in our pages. Back on the land, Nick Boakes introduces us to the family firm, KD Spreaders, where he’s been at the wheel of large fert-trucks since his teenage years. Now 22 years later, he still enjoys doing a different job each day. Nick sits atop 330 horsepower when he goes to work. And speaking of power on the property, elsewhere in this issue we test what our reviewer calls the ‘Swiss army knife’ of off roaders — the versatile UTV. He says the Yamaha Rhino has a ‘power-to-weight grunt like a locomotive on steroids’. And we can’t pass June without Gypsy Week, when it’s all change in the dairy industry. It’s a chance to update and refresh yourself over the red tape and best practice in the movement of stock. Finally — what’s the best dairy cow? Northland’s Luke and Lyna Beehre are convinced Jersey cows are the highest performing dairy animal due to their efficient conversion of pasture to milk. It’s all in the following pages. Allan Mortensen Managing Editor

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supervise the quality all the way along the line and keep track of each batch and where it came from.” Mr Steed, from Kereru Station, and chief executive-designate Murray Lynch, are holding small meetings of interested farmers who will own a substantial interest in the company. Northland carpet was the brainchild of Mr Lynch, who has wide experience as a wool buyer in Northland and beyond, with retail experience from his foundation of the Great New Zealand Wool Company which has a retail outlet in Whangarei. The initial shareholders came through his industry contacts. He said with the New Zealand market experiencing ‘carpet dumping’ the overseas top-end markets were an obvious choice. “We don’t see the product’s future as being in New Zealand.”

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Growing persimmons by Annette Lambly-Robinson

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seen by the public and see some awesome scenery.” In many cases the same farms are hunted each year, but some hunting venues are being lost to subdivision or new landowners. “Without the farmers we don’t have a sport,” says Mr Duff. While some hunts do a ‘drag hunt’ where an artificial scent is for the hounds to follow — Northland hunts hare. “Hare are incredibly clever; they are built to run up hills, regularly work in pairs and very often out-smart the pack,” says Mr Duff. However he says the hunt is more Photo Limelight Photography about the ride, the adrenalin, the The hounds take a break under the watchful eye of huntsman Steven Lynch (red jacket) challenges and the camaraderie and the awesome scenery. Hunting is not exclusive to rural riders — Northland currently has an even 50–50 split of urban and rural riders. Among 135 Lower Cameron St, Whangarei 0110 the riders is foundation member 88 year-old Lou Thompson Phone: 09 438 7371 (almost 89) who is joined by his wife Wilma. Although Mr Fax: 09 438 7374 E-mail: Thompson did not ride in the hunts in those early foundation Visit our website: years he and Wilma have not missed since. “He’s still jumping a full wire (seven wire fence),” says SMARTRIDER BREAKAWAY STIRRUPS Mr Duff. “He’s an inspiration to us all — we only hope to emulate NEVER WORRY ABOUT BEING DRAGGED AGAIN!!! him, but likely never will.” Check them out here: Anyone interested in hunting can attend one hunt for free as a guest.


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May 2012

A taste of

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by Cliff Taylor

Autumn in the Mediterranean is traditionally the time for the olive harvest, and the same is increasingly true in Northland where growing olives is both a thriving industry and a popular hobby


t’s a busy time for Greg Scopas who runs an olive press in Hoteo North, near Wellsford. Surrounded by crates of freshly-picked green, red and black olives he has to shout to be heard above the sound of the press, crushing and whirling in the background. He moves ceaselessly, tipping more fruit into the washer, checking the outflow of the oil, emptying jerry cans of the green gold into the separater to remove excess water. As he works, people b a r n s s h e d s g a r a g e s 0 9

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by Cliff Taylor

(Clockwise) an office with a view, andrea at work and home in Rapaki Bay, Mahinepua. Rapaki Bay, Mahinepua. animal Farm — Penny on her pony ayla, with Chico the parrot and ragdoll cat angel

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ndrea (Andy to her friends) works at her desk within sight and sound of the sea in Mahinepua, north of Kerikeri, and it’s a view she never tires of. “It’s really lovely to have an office here, right on the water,” she says. “It’s a very positive working environment.” Solo mum Andrea combines running a tourism website with caring for her four daughters, who range in age from 20 to eight years, and tending their stunningly picturesque 10-acre lifestyle block with its large vegetable gardens, stone fruit and citrus orchards, and olive grove. She and her daughters live alongside a range of animals including horses, chickens, rabbits, birds and ragdoll cats. It appears to be an enviable existence, but it takes plenty of hard work to make it happen. The five Thackwray females all pitch in, whether it’s picking crops, fertilising the garden with seaweed and horse dung, or producing videos and photos for the website

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which extols the virtues of Northland’s and New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations. The two eldest girls contribute web design and video editing, while the younger ones get to hone their acting skills in front of the camera. Andrea also makes promotional videos for schools, corporates and local businesses. Working from home enables her to choose her own hours. “I can work any time of the day or night,” she says. “The good thing about what we are doing is I can play with the kids during the day. I can take three or four hours off and go kayaking.” Andrea started her business career in Auckland making fabric sculptures and kitchenware products. She had a dozen staff working for her by the time she was 21. Entrepreneurship seems to run in the family. Eldest daughter Michelle has set up her own business breeding ragdoll kittens for sale, which has a waiting list of 30 people. After moving to Northland Andrea worked as

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“I can work any time of the day or night,” she says. “The good thing about what we are doing is I can play with the kids during the day. I can take three or four hours off and go kayaking.” Penny and Holly with dogs Jasper, Tipsy and Louie and Tigerlilly the ragdoll cat

a diving instructor. These days she still catches the odd crayfish to supplement the produce the family harvests from the property. “We haven’t had to buy any fruit or vegetables this year. We have strawberries every day, bowls and bowls of feijoas. I think persimmons will be next. And I must get the kids onto picking those olives.” Living in a tiny place like Mahinepua

is not without its drawbacks. It’s a 35 minute drive to school in Kerikeri, something Andrea has to factor into her daily routine. The family’s biggest expense is petrol. But, typically, she puts a positive spin on it. “I have a lovely relationship with the kids because I spend so much time in the car with them — 35 minutes talking about their day. Not everyone gets to do that.” Her life may seem idyllic, but she has seen plenty of people who have moved to Northland seeking a laid-back lifestyle fall by the wayside. “A lot of people don’t make it work. You have to have a bit of personal drive because you still have to work, like everybody else. But after 25 years here, I don’t really want to lie on the beach so much.” She spends a lot of time visiting tourism operators in Northland and further

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Hope is not a strategy…

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Every time we buckle-in for a drive in our car, we face at least a faint possibility of something unexpected happening that could prevent us from reaching our intended destination. Putting on a seatbelt, following the road rules and controlling our driving speed are some of the many tools at our disposal to control the risks we face when we are behind the wheel.

Each of these risks has the potential to interfere with the success of a financial plan so, wherever possible, it is important that an appropriate risk management strategy is put in place to mitigate that risk. Risk management doesn’t necessarily mean buying an insurance policy, although this is often one of the options you can consider.

The same is true for financial planning. Creating a successful financial plan requires more than just identifying someone’s goals and objectives and putting an investment plan in place to achieve those aims. That is important; but equally important is identifying and managing any risks that may prevent someone’s financial plan from arriving at its chosen destination.

In general, risks can be controlled, retained or transferred. Choosing to ignore significant risks, or hoping that an identified risk doesn’t eventuate, is usually not recommended. You only have to look at the plight of uninsured homeowners in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes to be left in no doubt that “hope” is not an effective strategy.

Some of the common financial risks facing you on retirement include:

So, bearing in mind each of the above risk management options, let’s look again at some of those common financial risks we identified earlier.

• A loss of investment capital, as it cannot be replaced by future salaried earnings

• The prospect of health insurance eventually becoming unaffordable

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a day in the life of a spreader “Basically, I went to school to eat my lunch,” laughs Nick Boakes. After all, he was fairly sure he’d land a job working for his father, in the family firm, KD Spreaders He was right. After riding with his dad for a couple of years, he received a special licence to drive a truck on the road at age seventeen. Twenty –two years later, he still looks forward to doing a different job each day. “You see different things, and you never know what will, crop up,” he says. The truck Nick now drives, has a three hundred and thirty horsepower diesel engine (the average car has about 160 hp), a nine speed gearbox, and is a standard Mercedes production unit. Fitted with tractor tyres, and an average fuel consumption of just over one kilometre per litre. Right now, Nick is busy spreading a lot of lime, which would normally have gone out over the summer months. However, last summer was the one we didn’t have, and it was far too wet for safe or effective spreading. The trucks carry five or six tonnes of product, and

have a tare weight of nine tonnes, so it is too dangerous to attempt a steep grade, with saturated and slippery ground. “I had one time, in slippery conditions, and it took off sideways a hill.” Nick recalls, “So the best thing is to get your nose pointing down, if you can. I hit a lump on the side, which tipped out quite a bit of my load, and then after a while she came down again on four wheels. It was a bit of a wakeup call. It was a good warning — a cheap warning.” Nothing was wrecked. One of the first things Nick had to learn, for safety, and fuel efficiency, was not to drive up and down hills. “You make a steep paddock flat, by going round a hill, not up and down. The spreader trucks are designed

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Plants have evolved nutrient uptake systems that most suit their particular environment Before we learned we could increase growth by applying organic manures and ultimately, manufactured fertiliser, plants had to make do largely with whatever they could scavenge with their roots from the soil, supplemented by deposits of excreta from grazing animals or, even less evenly, the decay of dead animals themselves. Plants can also take up nutrients in gaseous form — like N as ammonia gas — through their stomata, which are tiny holes in the leaves. Some plants have developed smart ways of improving the availability of nutrients that are in the soil, such as excreting acid hydrogen ions from their roots, which replace calcium and other cations on clays, allowing them to be ‘swopped’ for the hydrogen. Others excrete chemicals that make existing soil acidity, particularly soluble aluminium, less toxic. This is not to say however that plants cannot take up nutrients through their leaves. They are opportunists, like most living organisms. The main difference in the design of leaves and roots is that the former have a layer of protective wax covering them, which is produced by the outer or cuticle layer of soils. This cuticle wax provides protection against excessive sunlight, dust and so on. Cuticle wax is repellant to water, more or less depending on the plant type. Therefore products designed for foliar uptake often contain what is called an ‘adjutant’, chemicals designed to improve passage of the product through the cuticle.

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ter say welkome ta Ruawai.” We shot inta that shop it Paparoa, ana Boss wuz drivin’ back outa town win he spotted ‘s mates truck atta Pap pub.

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A Northland farming family continues to play an important role in the genetics of the nation’s dairy herds Northland dairy farmers Luke and Lyna Beehre are convinced Jersey cows are the highest performing dairy animal due to their efficient conversion of pasture to milk. The belief in the benefits of the jersey breed is somewhat of a family affair which has already been passed down four generations.

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In 2008 Luke and Lyna purchased the balance of the business. Luke works full time off farm as a National Bank Rural Manager based in Dargaville, and Lyna manages the farm with assistance from Elvis Roskam and Tina McLean. They milk 265 cows off 100 hectare — 88ha effective on Kowhai Properties and 12ha of an adjacent 32 ha lease block. All stock are wintered on the combined properties supplemented with silage, palm kernel and some home grown maize and turnips.

“This stocking rate is used to achieve the 1000kg/MS/ha, and just under 400 MS/cow. The property is a mix of alluvial flats, and clay and volcanic hills. A nice balance, while the hills can get dry in summer, they come into their own during a flood.” says Lyna. The properties are at the top of the Hikurangi Swamp so usually manage to escape all but the worst of the flooding. The couple are very proud of the pedigree herd and have retained the Okura prefix.

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“Dad has been a really successful breeder and has bred industry changing bulls for many years — the most significant being Okura Manhatten ,” said Lyna. The herd breeding worth is (BW)152 and production worth also (PW)152. This put Kowhai Properties among the top seven herds in New Zealand last year for breeding worth. This year the farm has three bulls named in the Livestock Improvement Corporation’s premier sire teams. Two daughter proven bulls Okura LFN Ivins Et and Okura RFS IceaxeET, who have been on the LIC jersey Daughter Proven Premier Sire team for three years since 2009, and also Okura LRT Integrity who was named on the 2011 DNA Proven Premier Sires team. “We are proud of the presence of our bulls in the premier teams and continue to work towards a national breeding programme by supplying dairy bulls for

both AI breeding and natural matings. “Breeding elite genetics for the New Zealand industry is a big focus for Kowhai Properties.” she said. “Every year we sell 30, 15-month-old bulls to the local natural mating market,” said Lyna. They also annually raise around 100 heifer replacements, some of which are sold as yearlings along with 50 mixed age cows. “Northland genetics are transferring really well and making significant improvements to the New Zealand dairy industry,” said Lyna Farming is a family affair at Kowhai Properties. Balancing farming, family and community involvement is part of our mix. To add further to the Cuthforth breeding successes is Lyna’s brother Murray and his wife Jodine. They farm at Opuawhanga and have had a Kiwicross bull — Cutforths Lord Brian named in the premier team for the past two years.

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Farmers demand control of Fonterra Parliament’s primary production select committee met recently to hear submissions on the proposed Dairy Industry Restructuring Act While the government describes the Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill as being enabling and Fonterra will make the final decision, many dairy farmers voiced major concerns overtrading amongst farmers and the Commerce Commission having oversight of the Fonterra price setting mechanism. Many see this as being the introduction of draconian intervention whereby the government could intervene in public interest initiatives to control Fonterra’s milk price. The future of New Zealand’s economy is closely tied to the performance of agriculture. Government intervention in the economy should be kept to a minimum. This includes any legislation pertaining to the structure and operation of the Fonterra Dairy Co-operative and the company’s shareholders must retain the final say on any legislative changes. While the detractors have argued Fonterra sets the domestic milk price

in New Zealand, the reality is that supermarkets stock a range of milk products, not only processed by Fonterra but also other New Zealand proprietary milk processors. Other milk products such as cheese are manufactured by a number of independent processors and the prices for these products vary in range. The New Zealand housewife has a large selection to choose from, simply on price and supermarket mark-ups vary considerably. If the government and the Commerce Commission were seen to be getting into the role of price setters this would be counter to free market policy.

The one thing about New Zealand dairy farmers is they have very long memories, and so they should have. Some shareholders remain suspicious that the proposed stages are simply the first stages in the process of incorporation. They fear a loss of control and a risk to their long term profitability. Fonterra is holding a special meeting of shareholders on 25 June to discuss the detail of the trading among farmers. Sir Henry van der Heyden, in a letter to shareholders said that while the majority of shareholders are urging the Fonterra board to get on with it, a small group of shareholders had concerns and were vocal in New Zealand media causing the issue to split the shareholder base and it was not in the best interests of the co-op’s future.

He was critical that instead of the shareholders resolving the matter in the family, debate was now spilling into international media and damaging Fonterra’s reputation. Farmers of New Zealand are disappointed that Sir Henry had admonished the farmers that have continued to voice their concern and that they should have kept it quiet within the family. Well, Sir Henry, you may not be aware, that over the last hundred years there were many debates amongst farmers, and when Sir Walter Nash and the first Labour government formed the origins of the New Zealand Dairy Board not all farmers were happy about the then government’s proposed plans to legislate the sale of New Zealand dairy produce through the dairy co-operatives. Sir Henry should exercise patience to allow for full discussion and disclosure of all information to enable Fonterra dairy farmer shareholders to confidently support change.

New Zealand dairy farmers today, understand and are fiercely loyal to the principles of cooperation as a means of working together to sell their products. It is clear from comments made by Prime Minister Jon Key that he would like to see external investors involved to maximise Fonterra’s profit. This rings alarm bells with a substantial number of farmers who are suspicious of the government’s intentions. Farmers of New Zealand pointed out to the primary production committee that in 2001, during the Select Committee process hearing, there was one submitter who is now a Fonterra board member who then openly advocated incorporation


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A bird’s eye view of farms Viewing farm properties from a helicopter would once have only been an option for the rich and famous buyer But now Northland Bayleys country property specialist, John Barnett, has done the hiring and flying on the buyers’ behalf, with a new video option to showcase rural properties. “Videos of houses in the residential sector are not so new and I wanted to step outside the square and offer similar promotion options that make that whole farm assessment stage a lot simpler for potential buyers,” he says. John Barnett — ready for another flight

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Would you drink the water out of your troughs? Now is your best time to service your water system… Give us a call and let’s check it out.

PHONE 09 438 9103 (24HRS) CALL FREE 0800 McQUINN

Galvanized Towbar BUY ONLINE $195 Inc GST

0800 627 8466 148 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei

Advanced Secondary 027 891 6852 Septics OFFGRID / Don’t want to use electricity No Power Secondary Septic System No need for extensive gravel beds

We can also UPGRADE old failing septic tanks improve your quality of effluent Use your outflow to water your garden.

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•  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

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

Pumping Equipment


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




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Subsurface Drainage Specialists (Nth)

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Windy Ridge ContRaCting Phone Colin 09 439 7266 ~ Mob 021 882 857 • Round Bale Hay and Silage • Medium Square Baling • Conventional Baling • Cultivation • Undersowing • 8 Tonne Tip Trailer • Mulching • Fencing

Mechanical Repairs New Car Servicing Petrol & Diesel Servicing Wheel Alignment Fault Diagnosis Brake & Suspension Repairs Fuel Injection Servicing

09 438 2892  147 Cameron St

Servicing the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts

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


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Part Time Work

aTV MaTS from $89 – Come in & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636 Be quick offer ends 31/05/12.

SINTeReD BRaKe PADS – for MX & FarmBikes – from $39 at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636 www.atvtyres.

WaNTeD. HUDSON & Terraplane Car parts. Any condition considered (mainly 34) Contact John by email: Also wanted, Morris 1000 Countryman (Traveler).

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 Subject to availability.

WeeD eaTeRS & CHAINSAWS – GET 10% OFF STOCKED ITEMS at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636 www.atvtyres. Be quick – offer ends 31/05/12.

Water Services

aVON SaLeS Reps Wanted. No startup costs. Your own business, with free training and support. Have fun, meet people while you earn. Sales Managers also required. Must be self-motivated, goal setters. Phone/text: Tracey 09 436 2055 / 021 02377 508.

BaCK 2 WOOD Demolition. For your renovation needs. Servicing Northland – Auckland. Specialising in windows, doors and ranchsliders. Also kitchens, vanities, roofing and more. Ph 09 408 7163.


BOaT TRaILeRS, full range to suit 12ft to 27ft boats, very competitive prices and immediate delivery for most models now. Call us to discuss free on 0800 162 500 Xpress Trailers. BOX TRaILeRS, single and tandem axle trailers at very competitive prices, full range of sizes, 6x4 $1695, 7x4 $1895, 8x4 $2095, 8x5 tandem $2795, 10x5 tandem $3395, 10x6 tandem $3795 Ph 0800 162 500 Xpress trailers. 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 Be quick – offer ends 31/05/12. CHICKeN MaNURe $20 per cubic metre plus freight. Supply, cart and can spread. Call Jeff 09 432 2444 or 027 476 5458.


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NeeD NeW ATV TYRES? GET 20% OFF RRP & FREE FITTING at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636 www.atvtyres. Be quick – offer ends 31/05/12. 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 31/05/12.

ATV FARM BIKE MX SPARES 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 Be quick – offer ends 31/05/12. Conditions apply.

WINDMILL WaTeR pumps by Ferguson Windmills Company. Phone 09 412 8655.

TaNK WaTeR TESTING. Detect ‘bad bugs’ in drinking water. Report gives results and recommendations. Sterilisation of water/gutters/pipes and vacuum cleaning. Contact Simon on 422 9345 or at

Work Wanted

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 *Conditions apply, offer ends 31/05/12.

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 *Conditions apply, offer ends 31/05/12.


CONCReTe PaDS, shed floors, feedout pads, house floors, driveways, footpaths, concrete cutting and drilling, retaining walls, paling fences, excavation work. Waipu, Ruakaka, Whangarei, Mangawhai & Langs Beach. Phone Mark 027 443 3130 or 09 432 0107. FOR BULLDOZING, Roading, all general earthworks, subdivision work, house sites, landscaping, dams – 43years experience CALL AND TALK TO MICK on 0274 983 0806.

Services FaRM BRIDGeS Phone Pat now 0800 222 189, visit Bridge It NZ Ltd. FURNITURe MOVING Around NZ or around the world. Single items or house lots. Pro Packing, moving, insurance. Via trucks, containers, shared loads. Ph 0800  496  753 “Experience & Advice You Can Trust”.

Farm Supplies HOP ONLINe AND CHECK OUT THIS MONTH’S GIVEAWAYS. Plumb-it Kits with your water tank, chocolate bar with every order! Novaflo, Buteline, Tanks, Pipes, Valves, Bathroomware. PLUMBING SOLUTIONS Online. Value for money, Saving you time. or 0800 428 376. SHaDe MeSH FABRIC REDUNDANT STOCK. Mesh Tarpaulins, Bin Covers, PVC Tarps, Windbreak Screens, Shade Sails, Waterproof Shade, Custom Covers, Design & Build Shelters, BEST PRICES - Guaranteed Workmanship, FREE Quotes, Speedy Service phone NOW 0800 166 722

Travel eXPLORe NORFOLK ISLAND CUISINE. Escorted Foodies’ tour 15–22 July 2012. Incl airfares, accommodation, five dinners and other cuisinerelated activities. Skylark Tours 09 432 8065. GOVeRNOR’S CUP Golf Tournament Norfolk Island. Escorted tour 4–11 November 2012. International Amateur Pairs Event. Incl airfares, accommodation, entry fees, green fees, gala events. Skylark Tours 09 432 8065. VaNUaTU & Mt Yasur Volcano. Escorted tour 11–18 August 2012. Incl airfares, accommodation, Mt Yasur excursion and great optional extras. Skylark Tours 09 432 8065.

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Northern Farming Lifestyles, May 2012  

The Northern Farming Lifestyles is a full colour monthly tabloid newspaper, its print run of 33,400 is delivered free to every farm and rura...

Northern Farming Lifestyles, May 2012  

The Northern Farming Lifestyles is a full colour monthly tabloid newspaper, its print run of 33,400 is delivered free to every farm and rura...