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Planning key to prevent erosion Two significant erosion incidents at farms near Taupo have prompted calls for more planning to prevent soil being washed away into catchments and streams.

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The two ‘sizeable incidents’ occurred this month in the Pueto Stream catchment on a property near Aratiatia and were on pumice soils which can be particularly prone to sheet and gully erosion. The upper Waikato-Taupo area manager for the regional council, Anne McLeod said the washouts “underline the need for farmers to take measures to help prevent erosion, especially at times of the year, such as spring, when sudden downpours can occur when land is being worked on.” “There’s a danger that these downpours can wash large amounts of sediment into waterways and affect water quality.” Details of exactly what has happened in the two incidents are still being checked but the erosion on the Pueto Stream catchment farm appears to have followed cultivation and pasture

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establishment which has exposed loose soil. The Aratiatia incident is thought to have been a ‘reactivation’ of erosion that was occurring previously. Council staff have flown over the two sites to assess the magnitude of the incidents and help establish what has happened. “As we look into these events, we will contact land owners to reinforce best practice land management principles for pumice soils given the types of downpours that can occur around Taupo,” said Ms McLeod. “No regional council rules are known to have been broken at this stage but it is important that property owners are following best practice, given the vulnerability of pumice soils to erosion in the type of intense storm events experienced in our area at this time of the year.” Ms McLeod said land owners could also help minimise erosion risks by “limiting the amount of work undertaken at any one time rather than trying to do all of the work at once. “We encourage property owners to seek advice on such issues before they start work.” She stressed the latest incidents did not specifically involve so-called “pine to pasture” conversions in the upper Waikato catchment but added these also needed to be carefully managed to help avoid sediment ending up in waterways. “Pine to pasture conversions can play a role in sedimentation of waterways as they can be a catalyst for ground disturbance,” said Ms McLeod. Comprehensive guidelines for good soil management can be found at: w w w. w a i k a t o r e g i o n . g o v t . n z / Community/Your-community/ForFarmers/Soil-management.


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Staff from the Waikato Regional Council will be assigned to patrol some of the region’s busiest waterways over the festive season and summer and have put together the top five safe boating essentials. “While you’re enjoying the holiday season, our harbourmasters will be on the job patrolling our inland and coastal waterways,” said navigation safety programme manager, Nicole Botherway. “Harbourmasters will be focussing on spreading the word about the new lifejacket rules which are aimed at keeping everyone safe when out on the water. “In a boat, the skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board, which includes making sure lifejackets are being worn. “If you’re in a vessel that is six metres or less and you are not at anchor, everyone on board needs to put on a lifejacket that is a good fit for them. This rule applies to all types of vessels, including power boats, kayaks, dinghies, yachts and jet skis.” Mrs Botherway listed the top five safety tips from the council’s harbourmasters: • Wear a lifejacket — make sure it is a good fit and securely fastened. • Carry communication devices — check for coverage and make sure they are waterproof so you can get help when you need to. • Avoid alcohol and boating — save it until you’re back on dry land. • Check the weather, tides and swell before you head out — it’s better to know what is happening than playing roulette with people’s lives. • Use the 1⁄3 — 1⁄3 — 1⁄3 rule with your fuel — a 1⁄3 for your trip out, a 1⁄3 for the trip home and a 1⁄3 just in case. Mrs Botherway also encouraged water users to download the new MarineMate app — free from the app store for any iPhone or Android device — so they can access critical information from the palm of their hand. Anyone unsure about Waikato’s navigation safety rules can contact their local harbourmaster by calling 0800 800 401 or go to www. waikatoregion.govt.nz/boatsafety.

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and doctors discovered she had contracted Legionnaires Disease, presumably from the aircraft’s air-conditioning. “I was in isolation and bedbound for some time, losing 12 pounds in 10 days.” Yet Sheree was still determined to compete at the World Championships. She said Alastair agreed to take the four-day drive to the contest venue in Hayward, Wisconsin. “I lay in the back of the car the whole journey — it was a nightmare. “In saying that it also gave me the time I needed for mental preparation and focus.” On their arrival in Hayward, Sheree spent most of her time in the first aid unit in an air-conditioned room. The competition just happened to coincide with a heat wave hitting the area. With Alastair’s help, Sheree Photo courtesy of Al Subera appeared in the line-up, Sheree has won several world titles draped in cold, wet towels. Sheree said when the event started, exhibitions at the Ohio State Fair with her mind overtook her body and she won Hank Peters Lumberjack Shows as well. Sheree also competed in the ESPN the race. “My first world title on half a banana Great Outdoor Games which included and drink supplement which I had woodchopping and sawing events. As only eight women and men from around consumed in the past ten days.” Sheree has since won two more world the globe are invited to participate, titles in the Jack and Jill double-sawing, Sheree was delighted to be selected six in the women’s single-sawing, two and won four gold medals.In both 2003 in the women’s underhand chopping and 2005, Sheree was nominated for and been awarded all-round women’s the American Sports Awards. “What an incredible experience — champion in 2001, 2005 and 2006. Alastair and Sheree later travelled first class flights, my own limousine through Canada and the United States and driver, first class hotel — the on an annual basis, competing on the complete works.” Sheree said she was astounded to be lumberjack circuits for up to ten weeks at a time. The couple took part in nominated for such a prestigious event.

“My category was best outdoor sportsperson along with Venice and Serena Williams, and David Beckham, to name a few. “Although I didn't feature in the awards, I was honoured to be part of this wonderful event. It’s something I would've never imagined in my lifetime.” With frequent, international competitions, the New Zealand Axemen’s Association decided Sheree should have her own official representative uniform. Sheree planned the uniform, incorporating a fern design which also currently features on the New Zealand men’s and women’s uniforms. Alastair and Sheree both originate from Taranaki, moving to Te Aroha 14 years ago. They belonged to the Taranaki Axemens Club for many years prior to their move to the Waikato. The pair are currently members of the Rotorua Axemens Club.

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“We both have farming backgrounds so the sport of woodchopping was quite fitting for us both,” said Sheree. The Taylor’s poultry farm, which sits directly under the Kaimai Range and adjoins Department of Conservation land, has provided an ideal training base for the couple. “Alastair has been my coach and only sponsor, as well as support crew, as long as I’ve been involved with the sport,” said Sheree. “We’ve had some amazing journeys and experiences together. “To share the same interest is something I will always consider very special in a partnership.” Sheree aims to stay with woodchopping for some time yet. “I could not imagine my life without it.”

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While our farms are drying up due to the hot, dry weather it is making the stock feed supply decline and recently harvested supplements are already being fed out by farmers. Last week we met our legal consultants in Auckland who specialise in dealing with banks. It is surprising the number of actions that are currently against the banks, taken by individuals who claim that they have been wronged. Some of these claims now amount to some millions and there has been some success in actions that have been taken, where banks have not followed the due process that is required of them, when lending out their money. Bank clients do have the right to seek a review as to whether the bank has followed due process, in their particular borrowings. We all know there have been a significant number of farms coming on the market and are being sold at less than the bank’s mortgage. While we accept that people should be prudent in their borrowings and seek the appropriate advice that they can afford to borrow the money, there have been cases where bank lending personnel have processed the loans without acquiring the independent valuations and the projected income streams have been overly optimistic.

There is case law that shows that Banks can be liable where it has been proven that they have not followed due process in their lending and have become a contributing factor, in setting up clients to fail. If you are being pressured by your lender and you feel that you are being unfairly treated and wish to seek further information as to what options you can take in having a review of your position, you are most welcome to contact Farmers of New Zealand Inc. The big news this week was the 24 year prison sentence that was dealt to Allan Titford following a recent court hearing dealing with a multitude of charges. I personally was involved in seeking a settlement package for Allan Titford and the Aranga farmers who were affected by the Waitangi Tribunal recommendation that their land be returned to Maori claimants. It came as a big surprise to me, the actions of Allan Titford and the charges that were laid against him, but I concede that Allan was a very complex individual. I found Mrs Titford to be a very quiet

person. She was a prolific record keeper. Every time I met her, she was always writing copious amounts of paperwork concerning Allan’s view of the claim. I was directly involved in persuading the Hon. Doug Graham the Minister of the Waitangi Tribunal in settling Titford for the sum of $3.8 million. Prior to this, the then government had resolved not to deal with him due to the fact that they claimed that he had made

threats against the Prime Minister of the time. At the time I maintained that Allan Titford’s behaviour resulted from the pressure that he was placed under, due to what we all believed was a threat against his property rights. When one looks at the charges that he has been convicted of, I can only say that I hope that Mrs Titford and her family receive the necessary support that they deserve. Her apology to the Te Roroa people says it all.


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The terms ‘Great Wall’ and ‘value for money’ have been seen next to each other in the automotive sections of newspapers and magazines around the world for several years now. So it’s no surprise to learn that the new V-series dual cab ute from the Chinese manufacturer represents a savvy investment, especially for those who want a no-nonsense work vehicle. But to simply focus on the price of the V240 is to do something of a disservice to this new offering from Great Wall, who are making a concerted effort to win over New Zealand and Australian buyers by improving the styling, features and quality of their fleet. It’s a strategy which the now well-established Japanese automakers went through in the 1970s and 80s, but one which has been

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compressed into a shorter timeframe by Great Wall. Beginning with the outer skin, there have been big cosmetic changes to make the new Great Wall ute look better than ever. The V240 double cab Sports edition gains the same kind of trim you’d expect to see on a much pricier vehicle — alloy sports bar, running boards, 20" rims — along with a profile which (by no accident) recalls the popular Holden Colorado or Isuzu D-Max. Certainly still the look of a tough work-horse rather than a chrome-laden show pony, but that’s all to the good

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considering the hard-working market which Great Wall utes appeal to. Inside, the spartan approach has also been rolled away, with leather trim, air conditioning and all the buttons and dials you would expect to see on the latest Ford, Holden or Toyota. A threeyear warranty, backed up by three years of roadside assistance are also a clear sign that Great Wall take their build quality seriously. The 2.4L petrol engine of the V240 may not set the world on fire with sheer power, but it’s a gutsy and willing powerplant, mated to a tried-and-true

manual box, forgoing all of the highspec dual clutch, semi-sequential or CVT tech which comes loaded as standard on many new vehicles. Here, under the hood, is a glimpse of the of the Great Wall philosophy which has seen the brand grow into a trusted name. Build it simple, build it tough, and keep the customer happy with good fundamentals. Adding a little luxury and a fresh look to this basic recipe has only made the allure of Great Wall sweeter, and the V240 Double Cab Sports may be the ‘crossover’ point which sees this growing brand become truly mainstream.

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Capturing thrills for a lifetime

by Andy Bryenton

Yamaha’s range of fun bikes have proven understandably popular with their target audience over the years. They combine thrills and speed for young novice riders with the kind of safety features which keep their Mums and Dads from fretting — and they manage this with race-proven technology. Whether on two wheels or four, the Yamaha range has steadily kept up with the latest off-road engineering forged in the MX arena. This year’s crop of blue and white machines are a prime example of why their popularity remains evergreen. But there’s one accessory which Yamaha are offering this year which has not been seen before on its fun bike range. It’s something a little out

of the ordinary too — not a new kind of brakes, a sportier exhaust system or a gel-padded seat, but a camera. Think about the sheer popularity of sites like YouTube, and this suddenly makes perfect sense. From the classic PW50 (the bike which has launched many an MX career), to the bigger, more powerful TT-R125, there are going to be moments which riders want to show the world. Everything from the first start of the engine to the first lap of the paddock — then all the way up to recording mud-slinging tight turns, big air and memorable victories for posterity.

Yamaha dealers are giving away free waterproof high-def action cameras, complete with mounting kits, with every fun bike sold this holiday season. With easy tools to rip your video files from the HD cam to your computer, there’s never been an easier way to share with

relatives, friends and the world your adventures out there riding trails and enjoying the outdoors. After all, there’s plenty of great scenery to show off here in New Zealand, and a Yamaha fun bike or quad is a great way to get amongst it.

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“This is an event that a number of large machinery businesses have been waiting for to come back, and they have been very suppor tive,” says Mr Reymer. “After the last event we held here ‘Ag in Action 2011’, we knew the concept was right, and the importers and New Zealand manufacturers were keen for a followon event. There’s nothing like seeing it working in front of your eyes. The large demonstration plots were snapped up quickly by major machinery importers and manufacturers who instantly saw the value in getting their machines moving. “The machinery buyers are becoming more discerning and overseas shows such as Grasslands and Muck in the United Kingdom have proven that buyers want to see it working before making the decision to buy.” As well as demonstration plots the site will feature an AgTrader Alley

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where companies who fit the criteria will gain access to buyers and sellers at the show, uniting people who can do business together. Site sales have been strong and organizers expect a flurry of sales after the Christmas break. For more details visit www.grasslandz. co.nz or give Andrew a call on 027 498 8496.

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Last month I was talking about knives and made a start on talking about sharpening knives. I want to stress again that a knife should never be sharpened on the back side because you tend to cut into the hoof rather than taking a slice off.

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If you use a bench grinder with either a linishing belt or a rubber disc, you will need to be careful not to overheat the knife. If the knife goes blue while you are sharpening it the steel will soften because it cools down too slowly. Having a knife with a soft steel blade will go blunt very quickly so you ruin the knife when you do that. Have a cup of water next to your grinder and dip the knife in the water on a regular basis. You can’t overcool it but it is easy to overheat. When the blade of the knife is sharp, and you can see that there is a burr along the full length of the blade, you can sharpen the hook. This can be done on the outside or on the inside if you have a rubber disc. We use a rubber disc with a groove in the side about 5mm from the edge. This groove is there especially for the hook of

the knife. Because this disc is made of rubber it is important to have the disc turning away from the operator. You can achieve this by just turning the grinder around so that the start is at the back. If you don’t do that you will damage your knife, your disc and possibly yourself. Once the hook has been sharpened you can take the burr off. We use a cotton disc on our bench grinder for that. Burn some paste into the cotton disc as it is rotating. Just hold the paste against the disc as it spins around. Without the paste the disc is too smooth and it will take a long time to polish the burr of the knife. So every now and again when the cotton disc doesn’t perform very well you just burn some more paste into the disc. The cotton disc is another reason why you have to have the disc rotating away from yourself. If you have followed this procedure properly you will have a knife

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that is sharp enough to shave yourself with, however a safer way to test it out would be by trying to cut a normal piece of paper by holding it up in mid-air with one hand and cutting it with the knife in your other hand. It should be sharp enough to slice through the paper by itself — just about! Most people don’t have a bench grinder with the right discs on it and we would be happy to discuss the options available to you. There are sharpening pens on the market. They may get your knife reasonably sharp but it will never do as good a job as a bench grinder. However it can be handy to use a sharpening pen while you are trimming to get the dents out of the edge of the knife if you hit a stone. Using the backside of another knife is very effective for this as well. One more thing I would like to mention concerns the use of doubleedged knives. If you use the proper technique you should be able to trim a cow with one knife. The problem with double-edged knives is that you end up with quite a wide blade which makes it hard to steer your way out of the hoof when you are going too deep, and it is for this reason that I would not recommend them.

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FISHING, HUNTING & OUTDOORS

by Andy Bryenton

From the skies to the surf

Anglers love their secret spots — those magic places where the scenery is beautiful, the weather is always just right, and the fish seem to hook up willingly. Some, unfortunately, have become common knowledge, ruining their sense of mystery, but others remain inaccessible, especially around the rugged coastline of the north. Hunters, too, are keen to get out into the back blocks, accessing areas which would usually require a day or two of backpack slogging through tussock and bush. After all, this is the ‘real New Zealand’, the kind of wilderness which you could imagine legends like Barry Crump striding through with rifle and pack. Modern technology has provided the answer to both these outdoor riddles, with the rise of helihunting and helifishing. Growing out of the need for pilots to diversify their portfolios and step outside the bounds of simply topdressing farmers’ fields, both industries have literally taken off in recent years, touted as the perfect way to experience the ‘back of beyond’ — without the back-breaking hike to and from the wild country. Helifishers enjoy the scenic view from the air as they descend on rock-fishing locations that can’t even be navigated by boat. Spots in the Bay of Islands, Cavalli Islands and more are able to be hooked

into by this new method of transport, and as well as just fishing the same pilots can grant access to new horizons for divers as well. Helihunting grew out of the deer boom of the 1980s, which saw many chopper jockeys shooting from the air, or even performing live capture missions. Now these seasoned guides bring hunters into remote areas, with some having access to DOC and private land not available to those on foot, or even on four wheels. And it’s not just the locals who are keen to take to the skies for a day or two of shooting and angling adventure. Foreign tourists have embraced this unique way to get up close and personal with the Kiwi countryside, growing our nation’s popularity as a haven for outdoor pursuits. Nowadays, you’ll even find snowboarders and mountain bikers hailing a helicopter to get them to the best spots — a boost to the industry which keeps many companies flying and allows them to be there when firefighting, search and rescue or agricultural duties call.

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Perfect Christmas Pudding Ingredients 350gm of mixed raisins, currants, dried cranberries, and sultanas 50g cherries — real ones or glace, your call! 15g slivered macadamia nuts or almonds 50g plain white flour (not self raising) Zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon Freshly squeezed juice of ½ orange and ½ lemon 50g vegetable suet (you can get this from most supermarkets, and in a pinch you can substitute it for frozen, grated butter)

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new and innovative treatments never before available at CACI clinics, ensuring programme affordability, and allowing ladies to feel fantastic and to take great delight in the changes in their appearance through the results of their treatments. Importantly, Michaela and her team have strived to set a positive business model for their industry. “It has been a team effort but our passion, drive and dedication for our clients has lead us to having a very successful clinic,” says Michaela.

Caci Cambridge, 47 Alpha St 0800 458 458 | caci.co.nz

We are closing Dec 23- Jan 6 for the holidays

07 823 3233

*One gift per $150 transaction. Offer excludes programs and appearance medicine.. While stocks last.

I have worked for CACI for seven years now and in that time there have been many amazing success stories with my clients. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is being able to help ladies feel good about themselves.” 159 Rora St, Te Kuiti 07 878 8913 Monday ~ Friday 9 till 5

Wendy Graydon is taking over the reins from Michaela as the new Clinic Manager and the team look forward to continuing the success of CACI Cambridge.


WAIKATO FARMING LIFESTYLES December 2013

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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FREE DELIVERY ORDERS OVER $1500

Retailer of Rural Piping and Farm Supplies

0800 RURAL DIRECT MDPE pressure pipe 9 Bar Rural Pressure Pipe

Outside diameter

25mm 32mm 40mm 50mm 63mm

$ per 100m

$ per 200m

$127.00 $159.00 $216.00 $325.00 $495.00

$248.00 $310.00 $421.00 $634.00 $965.00

DECEMBER 2013

LDPE water pipe ID nominal bore

Other pressure ratings also available Suits compression and electrofusion fittings

Pressure rating (PSI)

$ per 100m

15mm

130

$ 76.00

20mm

116

$141.00

25mm

94

$182.00

32mm

72

$223.00

40mm

65

$264.00

50mm

50

$346.00

Twinwall Culvert Pipe

100mm 150mm 225mm 300mm 375mm 450mm 600mm

$141.00

Anka & Hansen fittings available

MAXI culvert SIZE NOMINAL ID

20mm x 100m 116PSI

6M PRICE

3M PRICE

$ 30.00 $ 65.00 $159.00 $275.00 $349.00 $499.00 $749.00

– _ $ 95.00 $165.00 $209.00 $299.00 $449.00

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499.00

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299.00 $299.00

110mm OD x 100m 160mm OD x 45m

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Wall

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Price

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Waikato Farming Lifestyles, December 2013