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Taranaki’s top dairy award winners announced The 2018 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year winners, Owen Clegg and Hollie Wham, hope the win will help them to achieve their future farming goals of farm ownership or equity partnership. Owen and Hollie are in their second season herd-owning sharemilking on Murray and Edna Saxton’s 56ha Patea property, milking 180 cows. Hollie, 25, holds a bachelor of business studies, majoring in management, and has completed two papers towards the PrimaryITO diploma. Twenty-six-year-old Owen has studied all stages of PrimaryITO, and began his dairy industry career as a farm assistant 10 years ago. The couple said entering the dairy industry awards enabled them to learn about themselves and how much they actually know. “We don’t give ourselves enough credit. Meeting industry professionals who can guide us, our business and career, means we can recognise our strengths and improve our weaknesses, ensuring we are on the right track to achieving greater things.” Owen and Hollie believe their strength lies in a team approach to business. “We work together well, regardless of the task.” Future farming goals include an equity partnership or farm ownership of a 250 cow farm, and to continue to improve their business efficiency. Other major award winners included 2018 Dairy Manager of the Year, James Holgate. James, who was runner-up in the 2014 Taranaki Dairy Trainee of the Year, is currently herd manager for Tony and Lorraine Lash on their 130ha Midhurst property. “Coming from a town background has presented some challenges, however I
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From left: Winners of the 2018 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards — Andrew Trolove, Owen Clegg and Hollie Wham, and James Holgate
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BY DENISE GUNN A cavalcade of tractors, jeeps and trucks has driven the length of New Zealand to raise funds for hospice. The journey, dubbed the second Great New Zealand Tractor Trek left Bluff in mid-February and reached Cape Reinga on March 9.
rek founder, Phil Aish, was raised on a Taranaki farm and moved to the Waikato and bought a dairy farm in 1967. He married Janice that same year. Although Phil now lives in Auckland, he still owns and oversees a couple of farms in Huntly, and is a keen tractor enthusiast. The fundraising trek is a labour of love for Phil. He organised and participated in the first trek in 2016, to honour a promise made to his late wife Janice in her last weeks of life. Phil and Janice wanted to say thank you to Hospice New Zealand for the ‘immeasurable support’
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“Most people became involved after hearing about it through word of mouth and wanted to help hospice.” “Everyone got on well in the 2016 trek and there was a high-level of camaraderie between the drivers.” Phil, who has devoted the latter part of his life to ministry, wedded a couple from the US just over a year ago. This year that couple have joined in the trek in a two-seater tractor. “What better way is there to see New Zealand,” they said. Planning for the 2018 trek began about a year ago. Initially Phil was weighing up the time and commitment to takes to organise the event, but then decided to go ahead. Phil said some of the tractors had minor mechanical issues, but these were easily solved with help from local mechanics. He also found the endurance required for the journey testing: as mostly rough farm tracks were used to avoid the roads. “Spending long days bouncing around at my age,” said Phil. However, there were plenty of lighter moments during the trip. “In Tapanui, the guys dressed up as women and did a ‘tractor dance’.” On another occasion, one of the drivers was reaching down to pick up a tin off the floor of his tractor and crashed into a tree. Another driver’s handbrake came off, whilst parked, and crashed into the sign of a motel the group were staying at. “Phil and the team behind The Great New Zealand Tractor Trek capture the
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hearts of people across the country,” said Hospice NZ CEO, Mary Schumacher. “It’s such a wonderful way to raise awareness of hospice services in local communities.” Hospices receive some funding from the government, but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall each year. “We are so grateful to people like Phil and his supporters, who help ensure hospice care remains free of charge
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When Amelia Nichol moved back to Taranaki, after six years of university studies in Christchurch, she joined Young Farmers to meet people and have fun. Last year she was elected chairperson of the recently formed South Taranaki Young Farmers.
melia graduated from Canterbury University three years ago with bachelor degrees in psychology and biology, along with a master’s degree in industry and organisational psychology. Full-time employment as a business transformation manager for Fonterra Brands New Zealand in Hawera followed. Previously, Amelia had worked for the dairy co-operative during the summer breaks between university years. Amelia said the position involves managing
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Amelia and her partner, Benjamin, have set goals to buy their own herd and eventually own a farm and standardising across the five sites,” she said. Amelia is also furthering her studies, working towards a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialisation in technology, through the University of New South Wales. Growing up on a Hawera lifestyle block, with three steers and a dog, was
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The benefits of turmeric My motorcycle tour around Rajasthan in India in 2015 was a feast for my senses, including of course, my taste buds. Most curry recipes contain the brilliant yellow spice turmeric. It has also been a mainstay of Indian Ayurvedic medicine where it is used for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune supporting qualities. The active ingredient in turmeric is the yellow pigment curcumin, which makes up about five per cent of turmeric powder. While the benefits of curcumin have been part of Indian healing for centuries; it is now the focus of western scientific research. I have numerous clients who have benefitted from curcumin often to calm tissue affected by inflammation. Scientists have identified the potent anti-inflammatory capacity of curcumin. An excellent study titled Curcumin: a new paradigm and therapeutic opportunity for the treatment of osteoarthritis. (Henrotin et al, Springerplus 2013) investigated the application of curcumin in osteoarthritis. The study concluded ‘curcumin represents a new paradigm since it is not yet a recommended intervention in osteoarthritis, but should be considered based on its safety and efficacy.’ I speak to people almost daily who get benefit. The study outlines the impact of curcumin on several anti-inflammatory pathways including inhibiting the highly inflammatory enzyme COX-2. This enzyme is the target of most anti-
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A dairy consultant, a district mayor, and a leadership coach are finalists in the 2018 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year awards. The winner receives a scholarship prize of up to $20,000 to undertake a professional/business development programme. Hawke’s Bay dairy consultant Rachel Baker, Tararua district mayor Tracey Collis, and Southland dairy leadership coach Loshni Manikam are in the running for the coveted dairy award. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during Dairy Women’s Network’s conference in Rotorua on Thursday March 22. “The three finalists highlight the wide scope of skills and expertise evident among women in New Zealand’s dairy industry,” says Dairy Women’s Network CEO, Zelda de Villiers. “The role of women in this industry is unique and unparalleled, and we are proud to recognise and celebrate their success. The skills and experience Rachel, Tracey and Loshni bring to the dairy industry range from local government and leadership development through to board and governance expertise. “These women show an unwavering commitment to progressing the dairy industry internationally, yet still retain their links and involvement at a grass roots level in their home regions and communities.” Jo Finer, Fonterra’s general manager NZ Industry Affairs,
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Kia managed to shock and surprise everybody last year with the arrival of the speedy, slick and dynamically impressive Stinger, their answer to the best of Europe’s grand tourers. Now they’re back to surprise the world again, with a touring machine of a whole different stripe. Enter the Kia Niro, a combination of some of the hottest trends in modern motoring, and a definite one to watch. When looking at the Niro without context, it’s easy to assume that the Korean automakers simply wanted something small, compact and sports utility shaped to fit into their range between the quirky Soul and the popular Sportage. In an era when even Range Rover has a ‘crossover’ and the Toyota CH-R is the new Corolla, it makes sense. But that’s not what the Niro is all about. Sure, it’s got that nifty ‘fun size’ sports utility shape, the same voluminous cabin with clever cubbies and storage spaces, the same higher driving position and nice safety features. But it’s also a plugin hybrid. With Elon Musk at the door and the mass production of Tesla cars at hand — soon — the addition of a crossover hybrid hits all the zeitgeist buttons. This particular combination of internal combustion and voltage power means that you can drive for 55 kilometres without using a drop of the go-juice, and even on the open highway you’ll sip a mere 1.4 litres per 100 kilometres. That’s a sum measured in the change under the seat. However, the Niro doesn’t fall into that other trap of frugal hybrids — it’s not boring. In eco mode it may seem a touch leisurely, but hit sport and all 140 horsepower comes out to play. It’s no supercar, but it’s grin-inducing, especially as the electric motor joins in much like an old school turbo used to, kicking in a surge of added fizz. The dual clutch six-speed box keeps it smooth, while the twin power systems do their
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Incorporating the strength of corrugated outer shell with the smooth Mad e in inner wall to optimise hydraulics. n ew Z ea land Full range of fittings available. Rubber ring seals available for water tight joins.
TARANAKI / WHANGANUI 83 Wallscourt Place Normanby Phone (06) 272 8187 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
MANAWATU / HAWKES BAY 77728 State Highway 2 Dannervirke Phone (06) 374 8971 Email email@example.com
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Published on Mar 9, 2018