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apRil/May n ANZAC DAY anZaC day parades & services April 25, locations & times vary Contact your local RSA for details of this year’s events — Pukekohe & Districts (09 238 7869), Papakura (09 298 5091) or Waiuku (09 235 7518). Alternatively, visit

n ANIMAL ANTICS Cats in the garden – all breeds show May 13, 9am-3.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton People who take ‘pride’ in their felines will be making a beeline for Hamilton this month. Whether it be a pur-fect puss or a wilful moggie, all are welcome. For details, including how to enter your cat into one of the shows, visit

n COMEDY heath franklin’s Chopper – Bogan Jesus May 11-12, from 7.30pm, Sky City Theatre, cnr Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland City Basing a comedy persona on a self-confessed multiple murderer should be, quite simply, a bad idea, right? Wrong! If it wasn’t for the horrific actions of one Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, there’s a good chance Aussie comedian,

Heath Franklin, may never have risen to the heights of fame he has. Even though Chopper (the real one) has now gone to that big ole stony lonesome in the sky (more likely, located somewhere a little more ‘tropical’) his legacy lives on, just in a much more society-friendly way. Irreverent to the extreme, Heath’s shows are well worth their cover charge. Details regarding this New Zealand tour accessible via whats-on.

n MUSIC, MUSICALS & THEATRE sonic delusion feat Chris kawa April 20, 7-10pm, Nikau Cave & Cafe, 1779 Waikaretu Valley Road, Waikaretu Apparently, Sonic Delusion is: ‘too funky for folk and too folky for funk’. If we’re expecting to see the love child of Bob Dylan and George Clinton, we would probably be disappointed, but this band still sounds (and we’d hope ‘will sound’) intriguing. For details see sonic-delusion. com and auckland Country music awards finals’ Concert April 22, from 10am, Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura Even a Super City can develop superstars of country! Top country music talent – such as 2016 NZ Golden Guitar winner, Alice Fraser – will take to the stage during this event. To read more, see our interview with Alice on page 30. Contact the Auckland Country Music Association (via for details. Because you asked for it! April 26, 11am-1pm, Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura




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Billed as offering ‘the best of the best in melody and memory’, this show is guaranteed to include audience favourites. As all numbers featured – whether they be pop, classical or rock ‘n’ roll tunes – have been specially requested by people intending to attend, Because You Asked for it! proves that good things come to those who request. Details via operatunity. mrs warren’s profession May 1-16, ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Auckland City Soon after George Bernard Shaw penned this play, it was promptly banned, as much for the hypocrisies it exposed as its subject matter. Thanks to Auckland Theatre Company, however, this story of sexuality and empowerment is set to be told on the Auckland stage. See whats-on for details. Olive Copperbottom – a dickensian tale of love, gin and the pox May 6, from 7pm, OSPA Theatre, 24 Hall Road, Onewhero Tom may have had Renee Zellweger at ‘Hello’ but this show had us as soon as we saw the title! A comic take on Dickensian Britain, this romantic musical is set in a time when gin palaces came close to drowning the poor. Named the Best Overall Show at the Victoria Fringe festival in Canada last year, this rollicking tale follows on from OSPA’s 10-year



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anniversary variety show (April 20 & 21). For details about both these shows, visit the planets May 10, from 7.30pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland City ‘Holst’ on to your hats, classical music fans, because the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is about to blow the roof off the Town Hall! English composer, Gustav Holst, was so spellbound by astrology that he created beautiful music about the devoted deities after which the planets in our solar system are named. Works by Debussy and Tchaikovsky also feature during this star-studded show. Visit apo. for details of this (and more) concerts on this month. One man, two guvnors May 11-26, times vary, Off Broadway Theatre, Elliot Street, Papakura An English adaptation of Italian comedy Servant of Two Masters , this West End hit expects to pack them in Papakura. When Francis Henshall finds himself in the employ of both an upper class twit and a hard-nosed gangster, he finds that, while a tangled web certainly deceives, in practice, it can also serve more than a few mirthful moments too. For more information, see

n ARTS garden figments – Judith Boyes exhibition April 17 – May 5, Franklin Arts Centre, 12 Massey Ave, Pukekohe When it comes to creating beauty, few can rival Mother Nature. However, that doesn’t mean mere mortals can’t capture her finest moments on canvas. With this exhibition, Awhitu-based artist (and former horticulture student), Judith Boyes, showcases her passion for painting



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beautiful blooms, engaging with the juxtaposition of chaos and light with shade with colour. Visit FranklinArtsCentre and

n FITNESS & MOTORING waiuku steel ‘n’ wheels April 29, 10am-2pm, Waiuku Town Centre, 40 Queen Street, Waiuku You could get your kicks on Route 66 but it’s much easier to simply blitz on over to Waiuku! From classic and vintage cars and hot rods, to motorbikes, this event is ideal for all who love their motors. However, the party doesn’t stop there. With music, food and more also on offer, Steel ‘n’ Wheels delivers much for all to enjoy. Details via

markets pukekohe market Every Saturday, 8am-12pm, Massey Street, Pukekohe pokeno market Every Sunday, 8am-2pm, main street, Pokeno Crafty Cows market – pokeno Second Sunday of each month, 10am-1pm, Pokeno Town Hall awhitu Country market Last Sunday monthly or long weekend Sunday, 10am-2pm, Matakawau Hall, Awhitu Road, Awhitu Peninsula

waiau pa 5000 fun run & walk May 6, 9am-12pm, from Clarks Beach Yacht Club, Torkar Road, Clarks Beach By raising a sweat, we can all help ensure the Waiau Pa Netball Club can continue to pursue their hoop dreams! After the 5km course has been tackled, runners and spectators alike are invited to stick around for refreshments and more fun. For details, or to register, visit cgchomes. Jennian homes mother’s day fun run pukekohe May 13, from 10am, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe Giving mums the run-around is par for the ‘course’! However, this Mother’s Day, it’s time to show her some solidarity during this fun run designed to help raise funds to fight heart disease. For details, see



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From the editor... First World War, it also salutes those who fell in other battles and later conflicts. For many, the day is not taken lightly. It is a way to show respect for the men and women who have served and are still serving in our defence forces today, some in dangerous locations where the likelihood of combat is very real. For those who have never attended a dawn service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, I encourage you to try and do so. It is an unforgettable experience from my own childhood and I thank my late mother, (a Scandinavian immigrant to New Zealand), for instilling in me great pride in this country where I was born and which she embraced in every way possible. Come April 25, I, like so many others, will, ‘remember them’– those who gave their lives, tragically, so we could all have the life we now enjoy. I hope readers will also say – ‘we will remember them.’

machinery tips, pages 16-17. This will help you establish the right equipment for the job at hand. Weather, winter, and work, aside, this month’s Rural Living offers plenty for those who think it’s time to stay warm, curl up on the couch, and enjoy a good read. We take a look at our local onion industry in the wake of the official opening on the Seminis Onion Breeding Station in Pukekohe and we also chat with ‘the bee lady’ who is seeking properties for hives. If bee-keeping isn’t quite right for your property then perhaps the kitchen will prove the perfect place to test some of this month’s delicious honey-based recipes – very yummy – and do check out this month’s, Over the Gate with Gary Graham, Warbirds’ wordsmith, and a favourite with the Rural Living team. Who could be more appropriate as the nation again readies itself to mark ANZAC Day, a commemoration that continues to move not just the older generation but also young people who are turning out to dawn services and local Returned Services Association parades. While this poignant occasion pays tribute to all those who fell at Gallipoli, during the

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‘Shore’ fire solutions sought Science sorts worldwide are requested to dive deep in coming up with ideas which could help save ecosystems, netting themselves a $10,000 reward in the process. The Novel Methods for Controlling Non-native Marine Species challenge seeks to help stop the spread of invasive marine species, Dr Graeme Inglis from NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) explains. “Invasions by non-native marine species are a growing problem for coastal ecosystems all around the world. They can have dramatic effects on native biodiversity, marine industries and recreation,” he says. “Someone may have developed technology for other applications but never thought of its application for biosecurity – they’re the kind of people we want to try to bring in to solve this problem.” New approaches to pest management

in marine environments need to be species-specific, cost-efficient and capable of being applied over a large area. “Attempts to eradicate marine pests or reduce their abundance have, so far, relied mostly on divers or shore-based observers spotting and removing them. This is labour intensive, expensive and often unsuccessful, meaning that the pests and their impacts are here to stay.” The challenge – run by biosecurity scientists from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA – is open until May 10 with a winner announced late June. More information is accessible via; select ‘Problem Solver’, then ‘Challenge Center’. “Finding a pest and killing or neutralising it without harming our native marine ecosystem is difficult,” Dr Inglis adds. “We need solutions that are sensitive to, and effective on, particular pest species but which will not degrade the environments we are trying to protect.”

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RaW Milk, RiSky buSiNeSS It may seem innocuous but raw milk can be dangerous, even deadly, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) warns. In 2014, new rules were implemented requiring farmers selling raw milk to meet food safety requirements. However it can still harbour harmful bacteria, advises Dr Paul Dansted from MPI. “We have seen a number of recent recalls of raw milk and it’s important that consumers remember and understand that there are risks,” he explains. “Pregnant women, young children (particularly babies), the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems should not drink raw milk as they are at greatest risk and the consequences for them can be more severe and, in some cases, can lead to death.” Dr Dansted recommends raw milk is heated to 70°C for one minute before being consumed and refrigerated; it should be purchased direct from a farmer and only for personal consumption. “Some people who drink raw milk may not always fully understand the risks and don’t realise that there is the possibility of getting sick,” he adds. “No matter how carefully the animals are milked, there is always a risk that harmful bacteria can get into it.”

beST FaRMeRS FoRWaRD Despite a strong showing from women during the 2018 Young Farmer of the Year regional contests, it’s looking likely that, for the 50th time, it will be a lad rather than lass to claim national garlands. Last year, Karaka’s own Lisa Kendall became just the fifth woman to compete at the grand final but, this year, Daniel 6 — Rural Living — April/May 2018

Bradbury from Kawakawa will represent the Northern Region, with Edgecumbe’s Josh Cozens competing on behalf of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty. Daniel and Josh will be joined by other regional winners at the Grand Final in Invercargill, July 5-7; the last regional competitions conclude in late April.

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hen it comes to preserving our precious kauri forests the Department of Conservation’s ‘never say die’ attitude has resulted in the roll-out of 20 innovative cleaning stations for busy, high-risk DOC-managed tracks in the kauri region. Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage has announced that in an effort to reduce the spread of kauri dieback, the Kauri Loop track in the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve, near Huntly will be the first to have a new cleaning station. Other stations will be installed in Auckland, Waikato, Whitianga, Hauraki, Tauranga, the Kauri Coast and Bay of Islands districts, and Whangarei, including two tracks managed by Auckland Council and Whangarei Regional Council. “Human traffic is the main way kauri dieback is spread, so cleaning footwear and gear and staying on the track is the best way to contain the disease and save

these forest giants,” Ms Sage said. “Research shows people are far more likely to use cleaning stations if they

see others do it, and if they can see the stations are good quality and well signposted.” DOC has trialled various cleaning methods and stations over recent years. Two years ago it piloted world-first prototype cleaning stations at four sites in Northland and the Coromandel. Extensive testing, monitoring and evaluation of the stations resulted in further improvements. This led to the installation of a large walk-through, partly-automated cleaning station at Tane Mahuta in Waipoua Forest last year. This is helping to ensure every one of the almost 150,000 people who visit the site every year arrive at the tree – and depart again – with clean footwear. The cleaning stations feature a brush fixed to the base, so people can clean their shoes while holding onto a rail, rather than balancing on one foot holding a scrubbing brush. They also feature a pedal pump to spray disinfectant on to the bottom of footwear.


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Boy Scout lesson well learnt! Brian Neben publishes Rural Living and is also an avid lifestyle farmer



ood-bye summer, hello winter! Well, we were totally unprepared for the onset of winter when we were hit by hurricane-like winds mid-April. I can’t remember winds so strong and powerful as those we endured for three to four hours that night. Although we had no major damage to our property, losing power was quite scary. It came back on at about 2am although there were a number of areas still waiting for most of the next day for power to be restored. Fortunately, we are reasonably well prepared for power outages and one of our best buys has been our night lights. We have two of these which we plug in and leave on in our passageway. The good thing is, ours turn into torches when activated and have a good, bright light which seems to last for quite a few hours. Made by Orbit Lighting, we purchased them from Mitre 10 and they have become a ‘must have’ in the home. Another problem we face in rural areas is that no power means, no water. Our water is pumped from our tanks. Another precaution we take in case of an outage is having battery packs which are kept charged most of the time. These enable us to have radio contact via our phones although a transistor radio

is still a good bet in emergencies. We also have an old kettle which is kept filled. It can then be boiled on the barbecue to make a tea or coffee. I guess you could say we are following the Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared. One recent highlight has been the Franklin Home and Lifestyle Expo. Each year it just seems to get bigger as can be judged by this year’s numbers. Our Rural Living stand attracted many readers and I am pleased to say a number came and spoke to me, saying they enjoyed my column. Most knew all about my horses and said they enjoyed reading about them and wanted to be kept up to date on what was happening – I’ll do that. Of course, the hard part of the show is

setting up and dismantling again at the end of the weekend. This year things were made easier as I had recently purchased a new Ssangyong ute which allowed me to load up all our stall requirements in one go the night before. This included three bales of hay, our fake grass and a pile of other items to use as props. The ute goes well too – so useful around our block. I suggest readers take a look at them at Takanini Ssangyong. I’m also pleased to say that our ‘name the foal’ competition winner, Margaret Glass has now taken her prize dinner at Alexander Park’s Top of the Town restaurant – I do hope it was enjoyable. And, with that, it’s – keep going the Chiefs!

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Get off the grass! Comical anecdotes, cute photographs and other bits and bobs sent in by our readers. Keep sending us your briefs, trivia and photos of country life – email to



s a monthly magazine, Rural Living doesn’t feature ‘letters to the editor’ debating ‘hot topics’ but the team does appreciate the feedback and comment we receive. However, after both managing, director Reay Neben and editor, Helen Perry both sounded off last month about Franklin’s traffic woes, we felt compelled to publish this letter and photo from local resident Robin Paterson. And, where better to place it than on ‘Get off the Grass’, a sentiment often expressed about the failure of our ‘powers to be’ to tackle Franklin’s rural congestion. Take a bow, Mr Paterson: I read your editorial on traffic with great interest, and the article by Reay Neben. I am a 15-year resident of Te Hihi and over the past two years, I have noticed a substantial increase in traffic. Two years ago at 8am it used to take 10 minutes to get from Te Hihi to the motorway. Now it takes 30 minutes on a good day. There are a number of reasons for this but one of the main problems is the development of piecemeal subdivisions with no consequent investment in roading infrastructure. The capacity of Linwood Road has not increased for 60 years (since the ‘new’ Hingaia bridge was built.) There have

EWE & CRY at first, the Rural Living team thought that these socks – found at eclectic studio in Buckland – were just another plastic-tiki-type throwaway souvenir (not so) cunningly created in efforts to part over-enthusiastic tourists from their dosh. then it dawned on us; considering the ratio of sheep per head of population in new Zealand is falling – currently around seven to one – going forward, whatever will the australians

been safety improvements and regular maintenance in that time, but Linwood Road is essentially the same country road it was in the mid 1950s. I have been in touch with our local councillor, [and Deputy Mayor] Bill Cashmore, on this matter. He is very responsive and cognisant of the issues but it is clear there are no solutions in sight. Major Franklin country roads, such as Linwood Road, are well on the way to

use as a premise for poking fun at we kiwis if it’s not our implied overfriendliness with sheep? perhaps whoever developed these socks is hoping to launch a new ‘red socks-style’ campaign, only, this time, in aid of ensuring those good-natured, rib-tickling, sheep s-ing gags from across the ditch, continue to flow unabated. although we have no evidence to support this theory, just to be on the safe side Rural Living is encouraging all who care about our beloved fellow antipodeans’ myopic capability for wit, to wear these socks with pride. Come

becoming gridlocked. I have attached a photo of Linwood Road close to Walters Road on a typical weekday morning. The traffic banks up for several kilometres to Karaka North Road and beyond. It would be great if you could continue to give this matter prominence in Rural Living. It is only through a strong local voice that we stand any hope of curtailing this mess, let alone fixing it.

on, new Zealand, let’s lend them a hand (or two feet at least) because, after all, we know that it... socks to be them. This ‘story’, and I use this term liberally is nothing more than grade A sheep plop (aka ‘Fake News’) and testament to what can happen if inmates are left (even just for a day) to run the asylum – Ed. Rural Living — April/May 2018 — 9

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ust as hotshot pilots need dependable ground crews to keep everything (air)ship-shape and Bristol (bomber) fashion, so too does the NZ Warbirds Association. While Ardmore Airport-based office administrator, Gary Graham, may be a reliable kind of guy, he’s also a dab hand at keeping Warbirds’ flyboys (and girls) rolling in the aisles – when they’re on the ground, preferably! With ANZAC commemorations set to launch at Ardmore, we chatted with Gary... over the gate. How and when did you begin working for NZ Warbirds and what does your role involve? I started in November 2014. My mother, the previous administrator, fell over and broke her wrist so she couldn’t write the cheques (a novel thing!), which upset some people who wanted those cheques. I came in to help out and I’ve been trying to leave ever since! My role involves a lot of paper shuffling, tapity tapity on the keyboard, talking – a LOT of talking (the stories around here are fantastic!) – and doing the Ops Order, our regular-ish newsletter. I also get the dubious honour of being told off for most things that upset pilots, such as not organising the correct weather. It also involves moving aircraft and arguing with 10 — Rural Living — April/May 2018

other people about who gets to go in the spare seat! What is NZ Warbirds doing at Ardmore to commemorate ANZAC Day? Every year our members get together and liaise with the RSA to do a flypast with as many aircraft as possible, culminating in a massive flypast of the Cenotaph. This year, we also hope to fly our two WW1 aircraft, joined by the Harvard Formation Team, TigerMoths, CT4’s, Chipmunks, Stearmans, Bird-Dogs, Mustang, Kittyhawk, Spitfire, Trojan... pretty much anything we have. This is all paid for out of the pockets of our members because they want to show their appreciation to the men and women who protected our freedom. I’ll be here on the airfield watching them take off and land again approximately 45 minutes later. It’s a real spectacle to see so many different makes and models flying at the same time. If I’m lucky, there might be an owner who takes pity on this dishevelled looking waif, and straps me to the wing; I’m not fussy how or where I fly! What does NZ Warbirds do and why is it so important? We are passionate about preserving our flying heritage. We don’t want to just have the aircraft in a static environment, we

want people to come out and see them flying. Possibly even go for a flight in one (or more) of them. It’s important to let the next generations see what advances in technology there have been in air travel and defence. What is it about aircraft (old warbirds in particular) that spins your wheels? The history of them; each and every aircraft has its own story. When you get up close and personal with them, you just have to wonder how these things stay up in the air. Think of the best roller coaster ride you’ve ever been on then multiply the feeling by seven, divide by nine, and add the smell of banana – that’s how much fun flying is! What do the people subscribed to Ops Order think of your sense of humour? Have you cracked any funnies that went down like led balloons? Generally, it’s well liked and can certainly generate a bit of conversation in the bar on Sunday evenings. I’ve had about five complaints in the three years or so that I’ve been doing the newsletter, but that’s what it’s for! Otherwise, all the blokes would just let their wives do all the talking for them (can I say that? I feel a complaint coming on...). I’m never nasty, but I do like

Gary (right) with Warbirds’ GM, Trish Reynolds “aka T-X, a Terminator reference”!.  finding out how far beyond a line I can go. You know something isn’t funny when you have to explain it. Usually it’s an in-joke that not a lot of people would get. Did your parents ever ground you when naughty? Was it effective in clipping your wings, ensuring you straightened up and flew right? Absolutely. Three boys in Beachlands, how could we NOT be naughty? We were raised before the lawyers took over so we were smacked, not hit. I think my parents did a pretty good job. My ex’s disagree! They think more smacking was required. What flying experience do you have? Were you ever in the RNZAF? No, I didn’t serve. They wouldn’t have me anyway because they’re not allowed to smack anyone! As for flying experience, I’m strictly a passenger. Have you ever owned any aircraft yourself? What’s your dream aircraft? Have you ever flown in one? No, I owned a boat. If my motor stopped, I put a line over the side, cracked a beer and rang the coastguard... try doing that in a plane! Incidentally, did you know that the propeller is for keeping the pilot cool?

If you don’t believe me, you watch how hot he/she gets if it stops! Dream aircraft? Easy! A Hawker Hurricane. I’ve loved them ever since I can remember but, no, I’ve not been in one... yet! What’s the most fun you’ve ever had up in the air – flying or otherwise? Aerobatics. Hands down the best thing you will ever do, with or without clothes. I wonder if I could persuade someone to take me to do aerobatics without clothes... we shall see!

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If you could grow any plant or raise any animal (real or imagined) what and why? I would grow a concrete palm because plants need to be that hardy if I’m expected to look after them. And, a unicorn... well, you asked! If you could be Prime Minister for one day, what would you do first and why?

An old song tells of ‘magnificent’ men in their flying machines. Which word best describes the flyers you’ve come to know?

My answer would get me in trouble, so here goes: Fire all bureaucrats, clipboarders and knee-jerkers and make them get real-life jobs. Then they’d appreciate the fact that common sense and selfpreservation are inherent in most people and we don’t need them interfering in our day-to-day lives.

Nutters, but I mean that in the nicest possible way. The stories they tell of their experiences flying would blow your mind.

If you could invite any three famous people (living or dead) to dinner, who would you invite and why?

In general, how crazy are pilots and how alarmed should the general public be?

Dynamo (magician). I love magic. Magic is how planes fly! Ron White (comedian). Part of the Blue Collar group of comedians. I just love his stuff. Phil Collins (of Genesis fame). He’s a fantastic musician (one of my inspirations) and he has a really good sense of humour. What’s more he could afford to pay the bill.

Airliners are just big buses to these guys and gals so don’t be alarmed. They’re extremely well trained. However... put them into a Chipmunk, TigerMoth, CT4 or the Heavy Metal (Harvard, Mustang, Spitfire, P40) and they’ll turn into Mr Hyde – still as safe as ever but just let off the leash.

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What’s up with D. O’C... When country matters matter, O’Connor’s on the case! As minister for rural communities, agriculture, biosecurity and food safety, Damien O’Connor has his fingers in lots of pies... even cow-pies sometimes!

Culling in kindness With more than 22,000 cattle being slaughtered down South, Mr O’Connor has his finger firmly pointed at the opposition benches. “It has taken some time to get to this point,” he said of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak which has affected farms in the South Island and as far north as Hastings. “The previous National Government’s complete failure to enforce the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme has promoted poor farming practices and seriously compromised our response to the outbreak.” The previous government ignored deficiencies in the NAIT system – which tracks animal movements to hamper the spread of disease – and was slow to react to the outbreak from July last year, the Minister contends. “Mycoplasma bovis is mostly spread through movement of infected cattle from farm to farm. This means cattle traceability between properties is critical to finding all affected animals, and stopping further infection. “The [NAIT] system is not working well enough. Only 57 percent of farmers who record their animal movements do so within the required 48 hours. I’m told overall farm-to-farm recording may be as low as 30 per cent. NAIT is an important part of our biosecurity net and it needs improvement.” Although the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has now resorted to a scorched earth policy, at least farmers

have some much-needed certainty over their futures with compensation on offer, Mr O’Connor said. “Everyone across New Zealand can understand how incredibly difficult it is for these farmers to lose their herds – many of these animals will be known individually. While we still have challenges ahead in managing this outbreak, these families can move forward with their farms and lives. MPI is boosting its compensation team to ensure prompt payment.”

On John... Although Rural Living usually uses this column to take a light-hearted look at politics, this month we’ll end by sending our heart-felt condolences to Damien following the passing of his father, John. A West Coast dairy farmer like his son, John O’Connor worked tirelessly for organisations such as Federated Farmers,

the West Coast Rural Support Trust, and the Buller Valley, Karamea and Westland Dairy Companies to name a few. Perhaps more importantly, as Fed’ Farmers’ president Katie Milne recently expressed, it seems he was a top bloke too. “Mr O’Connor epitomised the true West Coaster spirit through his determination and resilience to withstand the local climatic extremities... [He] had a kind, wonderful personality, could relate to most people and the trials and tribulations they faced as farmers. He would always back the underdog and would seek out those doing it tough,” she said. “As his name goes, he definitely had that Irish charm. He was also a great orator and was adept at getting his point of view over in difficult conversations without offending anyone.” Rest in peace, John, it sounds like you’ve earned it!

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Beware of toxic plants While most toxic plants taste bitter, and are usually avoided by stock, occasionally hunger, curiosity or a deceptively tasty plant will lead to illness. Here are just a few of the plant toxicities we encounter in New Zealand.

Rhododendron: Probably one of the worst offenders; a small amount can be very toxic. Poisoning is usually seen when garden clippings have been dropped over a fence into a paddock and is not uncommon in livestock, particularly goats and sheep. This toxicity results in salivation, abdominal pain, unsteadiness and difficulty breathing and can be fatal very quickly. Box Hedging: All parts are highly toxic and, again, stock are often poisoned by discarded clippings which are thrown over a fence. Immediate clinical signs of buxus toxicity in animals include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain which can lead to drowsiness, convul-

sions, and breathing difficulties. Macrocarpa and Pine: These trees are common on pasture. Occasionally disease may be seen after grazing a pasture contaminated by pine needles for a long period of time but is more common after a large amount is eaten when branches have been pruned or fallen to the ground. Toxicity causes late pregnancy abortions, occasionally followed by an infection of the uterus. Ryegrass: “Ryegrass Staggers” is common in all stock, usually seen when animals are forced to move. You may see a subtle head tremor and twitching of the skin, developing into a staggering, stiff-legged walk and collapse. The animal will recover when removed from the grass, but accidental deaths do occur following injury such as falling into water or being caught in fences.

 corns: Unlike most toxic A plants, sheep and cattle seem to crave acorns and oak leaves and even seek them out. Beware, after strong winds, when dangerous green acorns may litter the ground. You may see watery discharge from the eyes and nose, bloody diarrhoea or constipation, and death occurring 4-10 days later.

Tips to keeping your animals safe from toxic plants: Ragwort: Abundant throughout New Zealand, this plant causes liver destruction and an unhappy end. Horses are known to be highly susceptible and, like cattle, become lethargic, unsteady on their feet, and


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easily sunburnt. Sheep detoxify ragwort in the rumen somewhat, so are less susceptible, but disease is still seen especially in young, growing animals.

n Avoid allowing stock to graze garden plants or hedges n Do not throw tree clippings into paddocks n Monitor paddocks after a storm for any fallen branches or acorns n Fence off wetlands n Beware of illness when

As the warm, wet autumn weather continues ensure a parasite control strategy is in place for your property. This may involve the use of drenches, particularly in young stock which haven’t yet developed good immunity against internal parasites. For horses, ensure tetanus vaccination is up to date; check skin daily including legs and under rugs for mud fever; and monitor for lameness as seedy toe and hoof abscesses are common at this time of year. Drench your chooks against internal parasites, with a product such as Aviverm added to the drinking water. A spoton treatment can protect against lice and mites.  By drenching after your hens have stopped laying for the season, you will not miss out on any of the eggs that would otherwise need to be discarded.

rain comes after a period of drought n Call your vet for a post-mortem exam if you have a death on your property. Many garden plants can be toxic, as well as many natives. If you are unsure, contact your vet for advice.

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Know your onions They are one of the most widely-used vegetable in the world but perhaps one of the most underrated – did you know New Zealand exports around $112 million worth of onions each year and that most of them are grown in Franklin? ANGELA KEMP discovers what makes our produce so special.


ike many locals i suspect i was unaware of how ‘big’ onions are, not only to our local economy but to the nation’s trade figures. that was until i visited a popular bar and eatery on pukekohe’s main street, the longkeeper. it’s named after the legendary pukekohe long keeper onion, a game changer in the crop’s cultivation. it was bred almost 100 years ago by John turbott, a grower from harrisville. he was interested in improving the storage quality of onions as it was impossible to store existing cultivars past four months and most of the onions used in new Zealand were imported from usa or spain. in 1923, turbott grew two crops of onions, Brown spanish (australian Brown) and straw spanish, both from imported seed. he found, that planted in the volcanic soils of the pukekohe region, some of the straw spanish seed produced onions with golden coloured bulbs and a much better storage ability than the current standard storage type, Brown spanish. these plants became the basis for his own selection, which he called ‘turbott’. in 1929 he offered his seed for sale to other growers. after several generations, the storability of turbott improved even further, and the variety was renamed the ‘pukekohe long keeper.’ the pukekohe long keeper was handed down to the next generation of breeders, morgan and adamson, and on their retirement in 1953, they offered the seeds to another harrisville family, may and ryan. the third generation of the

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ryan family still proudly maintain the pukekohe long keeper seed source in harrisville today. there are currently over 20 different selections of pukekohe long keeper that growers, breeders and seed companies across the world maintain which are all derived from John turbott’s original selection. now, just five kilometres from where turbott’s ground-breaking selection was made is seminis’ Onion Breeding station, part of its global onion breeding network. despite operating for the past three years, the world-class which houses state-of-the-art sheds, crop covers and irrigation systems was only officially opened in february this year. it is part of seminis global midday onion breeding programme, supporting key markets including new Zealand, australia, south africa and Brazil. the $2million facility has access to dedicated plant pathologists, vegetable quality laboratories, a cell biology lab and a team of statisticians. station manager, anthony Julian (pictured) says of the many new onion hybrids it produces, perhaps only one variety reaches market. “these odds are okay with us, because we need to develop breeds that can flourish in a specific set of conditions. the station pours energy into creating the best possible plant for the circumstance.” Bringing a new onion hybrid to market is a lengthy operation. the process of research, development and testing can take up to 15 years. Once a seed is developed, it takes a further 12 months for the seed to grow into a bulb.

Over the subsequent year, the onion spends time in the ground growing and producing the next generation of seed. anthony says half of new Zealand onions are grown within 20km of pukekohe so opening the breeding facility here was an obvious choice. “pukekohe has repeatedly shown that it is a good place to breed onions by virtue of its location. in breeding onions (or any crop) it is important that the onion is adapted to growing in the environment in which it is being grown. therefore, onions grown in new Zealand need to be ideally bred in new Zealand. “from long past experience onions selected and bred in pukekohe perform well in new Zealand, australia, tasmania and south african markets.” as the nZ onion industry is 95% export, anthony says it must be competitive on the international market. “as onions make their way thousands of kilometres around the globe, they need to store for a long time and maintain a high quality. the strength of our seminis new Zealand pukekohe midday onions is that they are among the longest storing onions in the world. “producing higher yielding, better storing varieties allows nZ growers to remain competitive. in addition there are increasing pressures (from government and customers) for onion growing to be sustainable. Breeding varieties that use less fertiliser and water is also important. “ultimately our efforts at the breeding station are about giving growers firstclass hybrid onions that perform well agronomically and find a home in markets all around the world.” Photo Wayne Martin

WhaT goeS RouND coMeS RouND With its nutrient rich volcanic soil and warm temperate climate, Pukekohe is a great area for growing all kinds of vegetables, many of them year round. The area has built a solid reputation for producing top quality, fresh vegetables with onions a major player in its success. According to Mike Ahern, chief executive of Onions New Zealand, it’s the mix of crops grown that gives local produce its edge. “Onions give a certain bulk for rotational purposes, which goes nicely alongside other vegetables grown in the area such as potatoes, brassicas and greens,” Mike says. “That’s a very important piece of the picture. “Onions are a large export-based business which relies on regular crop rotation. This perfectly suits the other vegetable growing activities in the Franklin district. It’s a synergy that many people miss, that onions are very important to the total vegetable scene.” Mike ads that being an export crop, it’s incredibly competitive even though there are 45 markets globally to which NZ onions go, including from the Franklin area. “Onions are a fundamental product so we have to be really good in terms

of what we produce by way of yield, quality, viability and so on. “Subsequently, having a big company like Seminis make a commitment by opening a facility in Pukekohe, can only be good, not only for onions but the wider vegetable industry in Franklin too. They deserve a pat on the back for the investment they’ve made here.” Mike said there was still a breed (no pun intended) of enthusiastic, dedicated professionals in the area who continued their own breeding programmes but numbers were dwindling. “Successful onion breeding for a particular area, latitude and climate is not easy so both local- independent breeders – as well as multinationals, are welcome.”

OniOn faCts ◆ Onions are dependent on day length for bulbing – they are divided up into short day , midday and long day. Short day onions are grown near the equator while long day onions are grown in the north of the northern hemisphere. Pukekohe is predominantly a midday growing region; it is also able to grow short day and long day types which are very useful for breeding. ◆ Some 85% of NZ grown onions are exported, usually in containers by ship, which has meant that NZ has some of the longest storing onions in the world. ◆ Onions NZ says the first exports were in the 1960s, but volumes were small at around 15,000 tonnes a year. ◆ In the mid-1970s, Japan developed a taste for our onions. Exports there peaked at 50,000 tonnes in 1984. It declined as Japanese growers started muscling in on the industry. ◆ The focus turned to Europe and the development of the United Kingdom market, where New Zealand has become one of the leading onion suppliers. ◆ While Europe is the number one market, taking around half of New Zealand’s onion exports, the Asian market, in particular Indonesia and Malaysia, is rapidly catching up. ◆ Only Kiwifruit and pip fruit exports in the horticulture sector are higher, but onions can still claim to be our largest vegetable export. Rural Living — April/May 2018 — 15

Lifestylers – on task Lifestyle properties offer space, privacy, tranquillity, outlook, and room to create gardens, plant trees or to accommodate one or more animals. It’s no wonder they appeal to those seeking a more sustainable way of life and to pressured city professionals who yearn for a weekend escape. But owning a lifestyle block comes with upkeep responsibilities. Today Rural Living starts a series of articles courtesy of Norwood Farm Machinery Centre to help novice lifestylers determine the best equipment for their properties.


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The one thing that can’t be ignored on a lifestyle block is the grass – most owners will have several paddocks, some more than others and undoubtedly mowing of varying degrees will be required. The amount will depend on the size of the block and its application, i.e. does it have a large garden-like area, paddocks or areas of overgrown vegetation? Is it grazed by animals or not? There is a mower for all types of application and it is important to buy the right fit for the job. Ride-on lawn mowers come in all shapes and sizes with price points to match. The first question – how much area is there to mow? The larger the area, the larger the mower deck and the horsepower required. What type of finish do you want on the lawn? Does the grass need to be captured or will a mulching deck be okay? Mulching mowers leave the clippings on the lawn. Better results are obtained by mowing the grass regularly – so the cut length of the grass is minimal. Don’t make the mistake of cutting grass too short. A good 50mm (or 2 inches) of grass provides a plush mat and helps keep broadleaf weeds at bay. If your lawn has a lot of trees and gardens to navigate then a zero turn mower may be the best option. These are generally two-wheel drive units with the ability to direct the driving wheels in opposing directions allowing the mower to turn within its own area and cut all the grass without leaving an uncut mowing strip. Nimble and versatile zero turn mowers are ideal around properties where excellent manoeuvrability is required but being two-wheel drive means care needs to be taken on undulating and sloping

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terrain. Four-wheel drive ride-ons are better suited for slopping or steeper areas. Ride-ons come with a number of different transmission options. The two most popular are belt drive and HST (Hydrostatic) drive. These are price point options with a belt drive usually being offered on lower price point mowers; the HST on more optioned units. The HST transmission does make handling the mower very easy and smooth especially around tight corners or tricky to navigate spots.

To achieve a good cut the mower blade tip speed is important. The faster the revolution of the blades the more cuts per second – e.g. you can expect a very tidy finish from a rotary type mower deck. When choosing your ride-on, ask how to get the best from the machine and be sure you are. The difference between operating a ride-on correctly can save downtime, additional wear and tear and unwanted costs. If in doubt, talk to a professional so there are no purchase regrets.


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ith vehicles or machinery implicated in almost 90 percent of farm fatalities, WorkSafe NZ has launched a major drive to reduce the number of injuries and deaths involving vehicles on farms. In the belief that there are instances where the decision by the farmer can be the difference between life or death, WorkSafe will, over the next three years, focus strongly on reducing the critical risk of working in and around farm vehicles. “Making even a small improvement in this area will have a significant impact on reducing injuries and saving lives on farms” says Jo Pugh, WorkSafe’s deputy general manager – assessments. “As part of this focus, our inspectors will be discussing safer use of vehicles with farmers during assessments….they’ll be asking farmers what they are doing to ensure vehicles are not a factor for them or their workers being hurt or killed.” Through the Safer Vehicles, Safer Farms programme, WorkSafe will encourage farmers to share their knowledge, expertise and ideas to help create safer ways of working with vehicles and machinery. “Engaging farmers, to tell us what works for them, will be crucial,” says Ms Pugh. “Farmers will know safer ways of doing

jobs, which equipment is safest in different situations, and what engineering solutions are out there.” Al McCone, WorkSafe’s Sector Lead for agriculture, says farmers need to always consider if a vehicle is the right one for the job. “Operator protective devices and the use of seat belts in vehicles are two key areas farmers can reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring,” he says. “Among front seat passengers and drivers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45% and the risk of serious injury by 50%. People not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.” While roll over protection has contributed to a decrease in fatal injuries, he says most recent tractor fatalities could have been prevented by the driver wearing the seatbelt. “This focus isn’t about telling farmers how to farm but helping them make the right decisions when using vehicles, so they can go home to their families safe and well at the end of every day.” Julie Dee, whose husband Paul died in an ATV side-by-side roll-over close to their Waihao Downs home, last year, supports the greater focus on vehicles. “Accidents can happen at any time to anyone and when things go wrong they escalate quickly and can result in death.

“Lives are lost on small margin mistakes and can be saved also by making small changes. Wearing seatbelts in all farm vehicles that have them fitted is a very good step in….getting every member of the farming team, including the boss, home safely every day. “This change in seatbelt culture on farm will not happen unless a change of thinking in our culture occurs and farm bosses step up in their responsibilities and expectations for their farm.” Katie Milne, president of Federated Farmers commented: “Any time a vehicle is involved in the work we do, we need to be aware of the elevated level of risk. “Vehicles are part of everyday farm work but numbers show they are the biggest risk to our safety, and the safety of our staff and family, so it’s crucially important we don’t get complacent or lose focus. “In particular, know where risky parts of the farm are in terms of steep country or country that can get more dangerous depending on the weather. A short amount of time spent planning for risky situations can make the job a lot easier and more efficient, as well as safer.” Ms Milne added that forming good habits right from the very start was imperative as was the need for farmers to continue to focus on good training and competency. Rural Living — April/May 2018 — 19

Safety first, DEER STALKER SAYS The recent death of a hunter in the Waikato has highlighted the importance of gun safety, echoing warnings issued by New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association boss, Bill O’Leary, ahead of the roar and game bird season.


ill O’leary says: “the media and the public tend to focus on the failure to identify incidents [but most of these] are the result of failure to observe basic rules, such as always pointing the firearm in a safe direction.” to the layperson (or the media), this means guns should always be pointed away from other people. although he says that 2017 was a good year with no “non intentional shootings”,

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even experienced hunters make mistakes, mr O’leary concedes. “Bad habits, complacency and deteriorated eyesight have been linked to past incidents. tiredness and dehydration increase the likelihood of making that fatal mistake. each and every hunter needs to look hard at their own and their mates’ attitudes and conduct and ensure that safety is the most basic of considerations when hunting.” analysis of past ‘incidents’ has identified

‘red flags’, such as unlicensed shooters and illegal hunting, he adds. Comprehensive information regarding gun safety – as well as the roar and game bird seasons – is available via websites including nz, and fishandgame. ◆ personally, speaking as someone from ‘the media’, i would be delighted if i never had to write another word about the ‘incidents’ mr O’leary outlines – ed.

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Get ready to duck! Duck shooting season – Auckland/Waikato – is set to start on May 5, ending a month later on June 4 for mallard, grey and shoveler ducks while paradise shelduck and black swan can be hunted until June 24. Therefore, now is the time to be targeting favourite hunting spots, preparing maimais and applying for a licence from Fish and Game New Zealand.


f it’s a-hunting you will go but with little experience of how to bag a sitting – or flying – duck then its time do some research especially when it comes to what can be shot and what can’t. The best place for advice is Fish & Game NZ but as a start here are some wild fowl species which could make your table: Mallard Duck: The mallard is the most common duck in New Zealand which has a population of about 4.5 million of these birds – that means they can be a nuisance but big numbers means they are a mainstay of the duck hunter’s bag. Grey Duck: The native grey duck was once a popular quarry. However, draining wetlands resulted in loss of habitat as well as closed hunting seasons for grey duck. The much more adaptable mallard kept the game seasons open, thus maintaining the flow of hunter licence money that helped turn the tide against wetland destruction. In areas where there are still large natural wetlands the grey duck continues to hold its own. Shoveler Duck: The “spoonie” has comb-like openings in the side of its spoon-shaped-bill that let it sift fine insect life from the surface of biologically rich wetlands. There are now around 150,000 in New Zealand but because of its specialised habits, it is unlikely to ever be very common although birds have moved into wetlands designed for them by Fish & Game NZ. Paradise Duck: The paradise duck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, which means it is a rather gooselike duck. “Parries” are another conservation success. When the country was first settled, paradise duck were rare. The conversion of bush to pasture, and the creation of many

stock ponds, (thousands of which were subsidised by hunters’ licence fees), has caused numbers to explode. In fact, special paradise duck hunting seasons are necessary to stop large mobs damaging farm paddocks with their grazing. In February a special paradise duck hunting weekend was held in Northland and North of the Harbour Bridge to cull ducks and help prevent such damage. Black Swan: The black swan is an Australian bird that flew into New Zealand last century at the same time as acclimatisers were releasing it, resulting in an explosion of numbers. However, from the 1970s on, farm silt run-off killed the water plants that swan depend on. Starving birds began to eat grass, leading to culls in which many thousands of the birds were killed until their numbers adapted to their impoverished circumstances. In other areas, where water plants persist, swan numbers remain strong so most regions can still allow limited swan hunting. The issue of lake pollution, and therefore the swans’ future, is one in which Fish & Game NZ takes a special interest. the Canada Goose: ‘Honkers’ were introduced from the USA as a gift from President Theodore Roosevelt. However, they also conflict with landowners by eating farmers’ best grass. This is the wariest of all waterfowl and the hunters’ most challenging target, which doesn’t always help with achieving target harvests. Now declared a pest, these birds can be shot at any time of the year. Fish & Game NZ staff count waterfowl populations and evaluate their habitat each year. This work includes aerial counts of swans and paradise shelducks, banding

of mallard ducks and the management of hunter diary systems to monitor the harvest of all waterfowl breeds. As a result, game bird seasons and limits are set with a precision that ensures the birds are not over harvested. Fish & Game NZ is active in saving habitat and even creating it.

prOteCted speCies (nOt hunted): Grey teal: This Australian duck was thought to have come to New Zealand last century. However, its bones have since turned up in centuries-old midden sites, suggesting a much earlier arrival. Their fondness for nesting in hollow trees has led sportsmen and women to put up thousands of nesting boxes to encourage an increase in numbers. Scaup: New Zealand’s only diving species, the native scaup, (also known as black teal), is a dumpy little duck common on clear water lakes such as those around Rotorua. Farm sediment has clouded many other lakes, causing scaup to abandon them. “Streamcare” groups which aim to restore water quality may hold hope of the scaup’s eventual return. They have been protected since the 1930s. Blue Duck: This native New Zealand duck is a “torrent” species, at home on forest streams and rivers where it feeds among rocks on aquatic insects. Because of this specialised niche, blue duck have a flexible bill unique among the world’s many waterfowl. ◆ For more information: Rural Living — April/May 2018 — 21

By royal appointment Sara Russ is ‘The Bee Lady’. When she’s not busy raising new queen bees she is busy visiting schools to talk to children about the wonderful world of bees. ANGELA KEMP discovers what all the buzz is about.


ualified early childhood teacher, Sara Russ is passionate about educating people about bees. She and her observation hive of honey bees visit schools and childcare centres all over Auckland to share her knowledge of these fascinating creatures. She has been a bee keeper for several years, taking it up after the family placed a hive in their suburban garden. “About 10 years ago my husband Dallas put a bee hive in our backyard in Mt Wellington and he soon started getting more. Neighbours told us their trees were giving them plums for the first time in years from having the bees nearby.” The enthusiastic couple learnt all about beekeeping by doing a lot of research and talking to other beekeepers. They started to increase their bee numbers by collecting local swarms which had been reported to the council and pest controllers by concerned residents. “I became the swarm catcher; people referred to me as ‘the bee lady’ and the name has stuck,” Sara explains. “Unfortunately, I often came across misguided, but well intentioned people, who had a swarm on their fence or tree and thought that the bees were going to make their home there. “They did things like hosing them down to try to make them go away. One person lit a fire underneath them thinking the smoke would force them to leave. He just ended up cooking the bees and killing them. “I realised that there was a real lack of education about bees so I visited our daughter, Bobby-Jean’s kindergarten with an observation bee hive and received an enthusiastic response. “Having trained as an early childhood educator I realised other schools could be interested so I contacted a few centres who asked me to visit.” Soon Sara was buzzing around kindergartens and schools across Auckland; she has lost count of how many appearances she has made. “Some schools have me back every year. The kids and the teachers love it, as do I. I’m a thespian at heart – being the Bee Lady satisfies my desire to perform!” 22 — Rural Living — April/May 2018

The Bee Lady, Sara Russ – she’s a honey. 

For several years Sara tread the boards with Papakura Theatre Company and appeared in My Fair Lady with North Shore Music Theatre. But as her speaking engagements grew so did the honey production, turning a one-time hobby into a supplementary income which demanded time. Dallas also branched out into producing queen bees. This came about when he struggled to find a queen provider who would supply him with just one or two queen bees.  So after some research and a bit of trial and error he began producing his own.

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“As well as making them for himself he started selling them. The customer base grew and every year we started looking for more locations to put our hives and mating nucs on (see side panel),” Sara says. “We have many wonderful site owners who allow us to put hives on their properties and we’re very grateful for them as we couldn’t do what we do without them. “But, we are always looking for more. In exchange for letting us share their land we always keep them well stocked with plenty of honey.”

QueeN beeS MaDe NoT boRN Bees make their own queens when they need one so, commercial queen bee producers just copy what happens in nature says Sara Russ. “The bees make a queen cell and the queen will lay an egg in it. The egg hatches into a larvae and is fed nothing but royal jelly for eight days. After it pupates, it hatches into a queen. We manipulate the bees so that they think they need to make a new queen. It’s quite technical and labour intensive. Once they’ve made new queen cells we take them out of the hive and put them into the mating nucs.”

Initially, Dallas was working fulltime in IT and putting in an extra 30 hours a week in order to keep up with the burgeoning bee business. So, after some deliberation and looking at the numbers, he and Sara decided to go all in thus Lion Apiaries was born. Around 800 hives are spread downwards from the couple’s Mt Wellington base through East and South Auckland all the way to the Waikato. Several schools have hives and sell the honey as a fundraiser. Some even incorporate the story of bees into their curriculum giving students a new experience. Queen bee rearing is the business’ mainstay and the hives provide not only honey, but a ready supply of bees to populate the mating nucs of which there are several thousand. Queens are available from October – April. The queens, worth around $46 each, are couriered across the country and Lion Apiaries has become one of the top queen bee suppliers in New Zealand. However, Dallas is quick to say: “you’re only as good as the last queen you shipped”. There’s no doubt Sara and Dallas love

Mating nucs are essentially small hives used in a queen mating yard. A capped queen cell is put into a mating nuc together with a sufficient number of attendant worker bees. When the virgin queen emerges and matures (a process that takes around five to 10 days from the point at which she emerges), she flies out and mates with up to 20 drones before returning to the mating nuc. A mating yard allows dozens of queens to mate and begin to lay. The hives in a mating yard are primarily mating nucs or drone-producing hives.

bees and don’t even mind the inevitable sting which does come when dealing with thousands of the insects. “It hurts every time but for most beekeepers, the reaction and swelling lessens each time,” says Sara. “The first one’s free, the second one you swell up, but thereafter it gets less but, of course, everyone is different.” Depending on how good a season has been, the couple harvest between 10 and 18 tons of honey a year. They sell it under the label, ‘Big Dal’s Honey’ through Farro Fresh food stores in Auckland but the majority is sold in bulk to the main packers and exporters. There’s been a surge in home beekeeping and Sara says it’s one of the most popular pastimes of the moment. “That’s fantastic, I just encourage people to be smart and educate themselves first before diving in. You just can’t put a beehive in your backyard and think sweet, I’ll get some honey. “The biggest threat to bees isn’t viruses or changes in habitat but uneducated beekeepers who don’t understand how to manage the hives and therefore can cause the spread of disease.”

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hile the honey industry may be feeling the sting from pests and diseases, kiwi bee colonies are holding their own, a recent report suggests. mpi’s (ministry for primary industries) dr michael taylor attests. “many of the pests and diseases that negatively impact beehives overseas are not present in new Zealand, and we have a robust biosecurity system to prevent them from coming into the country and deal with them if they do,” he says. according to mpi’s most recent survey on bee colony losses, annual hive losses here have been relatively stable (at around 10 percent) since 2015. typically, the suspected causes related to the presence of varroa mites and wasps, or as a result of starvation (often due to


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weather conditions), a queen’s death, disappearance or inability to lay eggs. dr taylor adds that overseas losses have been consistently higher. “the information from the survey is a valued resource for the other ongoing work mpi undertakes with the beekeeping industry to promote good colony health and beekeeping practice, as well as the Bee pathogen programme which looks at the prevalence of honey bee diseases and parasites already in nZ.”

while theoretical beekeeping could be loads of fun, to some the rewards reaped are seldom so sweet. since the first edition of Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand was released, this book has bee-n creating a buzz among those keen on making honey at home. this 5th edition, available in full colour, includes details for combating the catastrophic varroa mite and features pollination tips for horticulturalists and farmers. suited to professional beekeepers and amateur apiarists alike, Practical Beekeeping is available from bookstores nationwide. ◆ andrew matheson & murray reid: Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand (rrp $49.99) exisle publishing

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A taste of honey… Honey from your honey is one way to sweeten the days as winter approaches. So, in keeping with Rural Living’s bee feature, here are three Recipes courtesy of Happy Valley Honey. easy recipes which are just the bee’s knees!

CREAMY HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN ingredients ◆ 1 tbsp oil ◆ 500g chicken breast strips ◆ 200g button mushrooms, sliced ◆ 1 medium onion, thinly sliced ◆ 375ml Campbell’s real stock (chicken) ◆ 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard ◆ 2 tsp borage honey ◆ 1 tbsp cornflour ◆ 200g green beans, sliced ◆ 1/3 cup sour cream

methOd Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chicken, and cook for 5 minutes

or until golden brown. Remove and set aside.Add mushrooms, onion and 125ml (½ cup) Campbell’s real chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes, stirring until the stock has evaporated and vegetables have softened. In a jug or bowl, combine remaining 1 cup of stock with mustard, honey and cornflour and whisk until combined. Add to mushrooms with the beans. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beans are just tender. Return chicken to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until heated and cooked through. Stir in sour cream and serve.



◆ 6 roma tomatoes ◆ 2 tsp capers, chopped ◆ 6 basil leaves, roughly chopped ◆ 1 tbsp olive oil ◆ 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar ◆ 2 garlic cloves, crushed ◆ 1 tsp honey ◆ sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat barbecue grill or flat plate on high until hot. Cut tomatoes into quarters lengthways. Barbecue skin-side down for 4-5 minutes, or until charred and warmed through. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, combine capers, basil, oil, vinegar, garlic and honey in a bowl, season with salt and pepper. Pour over tomato, toss gently to coat. Serve.

APRICOT CROISSANT PUDDING Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 20-25 min

ingredients ◆ 3 large croissants cut in half lengthways, or 6 thick (1.5cm) slices brioche bread ◆ ½ cup runny clover honey ◆ ½ tsp ground cinnamon ◆ ½ cup mascarpone or crème fraîche ◆ 3 eggs ◆ ½ cup milk ◆ 8 ripe apricots, halved and stoned, or 1 can apricot halves ◆ 3 tbsp brown sugar ◆ Remaining mascarpone or crème fraîche or vanilla ◆ Ice cream, to serve

methOd Preheat oven to 180°C. Lay croissant halves (or brioche slices), slightly overlapping, in a round or rectangular casserole or baking dish. Drizzle honey over croissants and sprinkle with cinnamon. Whisk mascarpone or crème fraîche to soften, then whisk in eggs, and then the milk. Whisk until smooth. Pour custard over croissants/bread and push down to soak in the custard. Top with apricots and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 20-25min until the sugar is bubbling. Allow pudding to stand for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with mascarpone, crème fraîche or ice cream. Rural Living — April/May 2018 — 25

The pests they march in two by two… By Ditch Keeling, Coastal Pest Solutions


espite the gorgeous weather these last few weeks, winter is definitely on the way. The neighbour’s giant Kowhai came down in the mid-April storm and next morning the workshop was absolutely freezing. I have just completed pulling in all my summer predator traps and I’m mid-write-up for end of season reporting. One rural site has produced 341 rats, 103 cats, 252 hedgehogs, 36 stoats, 15 ferrets, 2 weasels, 9 possums and 23 mynahs! And they still keep a-coming! We are still taking a few wasp calls, Janet has done some real monsters this month (and received a few stings even through the suit) but this cold snap will slow them down soon enough. Rabbits have had an amazing season and I’ve been pulling some very big numbers since Christmas. Breeding is finally starting to slow down so rabbit control will be doubly effective from here on in. Now is a great time to fumigate and block all burrows fumigated as occupancy is much higher now than during summer. A good portion of numbers will be removed with fumigation alone. Possums will also be doing it pretty hard soon so this will make the lures at your traps and bait stations much more

effective. Be sure to use some plain flour with a little cinnamon or aniseed sprinkled at your trap and you should pick them up no problems. If you have possum bait stations, fill them now and repeat at 15-28 day intervals, three times, and you’ll be sorted for most of the winter. Rats and mice will now be heading indoors; These guys are continuously trying to find their way into our homes and sheds in search of warmth and, once they do, more are sure to follow. Bait stations, folks, are the best answer. Two to four bait stations per house and one to two per shed is all that is required to avoid many of the risks that these guys pose. As always, Pestoff Rodent Blocks are outstanding as bait. This is the only product I have ever had 100% success with and I use it exclusively. Each bait is roughly 40gms and every 20gms is a lethal dose for a large rat. Stations, which will take three to four baits at a time, are my preference; add a little peanut butter as an additional lure, its irresistible! If you have a rodent issue that is beyond your abilities just give us a call and Janet or I will pop over and sort it. That’s it from me this month, call us to fumigate your rabbits, trap your possums or load up your rat stations, and I’ll be seeing you real soon!

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Sunny times, DaRk TiMeS Reay Neben is a Franklin resident and publisher of Rural Living.



am writing my column the afternoon after that almighty April storm. We certainly didn’t get much sleep as the trees thrashed around and some items were sent flying through the air. Fortunately, we received only superficial damage but that was the worst wind I have ever experienced in Auckland. Then, this morning, with the temperature down to nine degrees, we were both scrambling to find warm clothes to put on. Brian wanted his slippers and, lucky for him, I found them but they had been out of sight and mind for months. I guess this cold spell is a reminder of what is just around the corner. I am definitely not a winter person. The clock going back at Easter has made the nights so long although, for a few weeks, it will be lighter in the mornings. Easter weather was marvellous and it was a good opportunity to pop up to Pukekohe daughter’s house each day and make a start on readying for sale. It’s amazing how small things can make a place look so different. Emma (daughter) had organised to have her house chemically washed and what a difference it made. The paintwork came up a treat. I then took a scrapping of her paint up to Crosbies to try and match the colour so we could touch up where necessary. Needless to say, the colour

Chemical washing completely refreshed daughter’s house.

match was perfect so we started the lovely job of sanding and painting. Meanwhile, Emma, who now works at Café Kaos, was at work missing all the fun. Yeah, right! We could work for only few hours as it was soon so hot we had to come home. That was two weeks ago; now we are almost shivering. Last weekend Rural Living had a stall at the popular Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo. What a well run, organised affair. Unfortunately, at the end of the show, when all the exhibitors were taking down their stalls, we stood out as the messiest. I suppose we are rural so the trail of hay all over the floor was to be expected. One thing that made the show so enjoyable was its truly local content. We were especially pleased by the huge number of people who popped by and made such nice comments about our magazines – what a lovely area we live in. The night before we were to set up at the show Brian and I loaded up our ute with hay, magazines and props, ready to set up the stall first thing in the morning. However, when we woke up, Brian was

unable to walk a straight line. His face was so white and I was really worried. We rushed up to the emergency clinic in Pukekohe and were there when it opened at 8am. The staff were marvellous. Within half an hour an ambulance was called and Brian was off to Middlemore Hospital. I couldn’t go with him as I had the loaded ute to take to the show. I wasn’t in a good place as we didn’t know what was behind the ‘vertigo’ but my team of Jon and Kate, together with gardening guru and friend, Chris, just took control. I went home, Emma picked me up and we rushed to the hospital. What wonderful doctors and nurses. Tests were already underway and Brian was constantly monitored. His blood pressure was really high which is not normal for him. After a variety of tests and a CT scan it was decided he was severely dehydrated. He was given two bags of fluid intravenously and lots of water by mouth. He was home the next day and is now back to normal. Previously Brian never drank water but that has now changed – a big lesson for us all! What a month!

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Winners on the day For the third time, Pukekohe rolled out the welcome mat giving visitors from near and far a taste of how we locals love to live during the recent Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo. Once again, all Rural Living team members enjoyed partaking and meeting so many of our readers in person.


hanks so much to all involved with orchestrating this event and everyone who simply dropped by our stand to say ‘gidday’ – y’all come back next year, ya hear!

Chipping away... From educated estimates based on the likes of ‘approximate serving size’ to hints from mums and dads, young show-goers employed many methods in trying to guess the number of spuds in our handpacked sack of Perlas, kindly provided by AS Wilcox. Although guesses varied strikingly, our winner, 9-year-old, Riley Berry with his guess of 236 came remarkably close to the actual number of 233. Riley will not only discover just how amazing Karaka’s Amazing Maze ‘N Maize actually is but will also exercise his creative thinking with a junior artist’s set. As for the potatoes... let’s just say that our team ensured all 233 of them found a good home!

Pamper hamper a hit Our team was also kept on its toes by visitors keen to be in to win our $500 prize hamper; chock full of goodies, which included: a scarf from Madly Sweetly, a Kaos cafe voucher, Wet ‘n’ Wild makeup, confectionery and more than $340 of

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Alice takes her music to town While Auckland may be a metropolis, you’ll find gifted musicians who are more than just a little bit country, as JON RAWLINSON reveals.


ashville, Memphis, Tamworth... Papakura? While Auckland’s southern suburbs might not seem like a country music hub, some talented performers are intent on ensuring that, even in a ‘super city’, audiences can sway to the sounds of country music. The Auckland Country Music Awards’ finals’ concert (from 10am, April 22 at Hawkins Theatre) will see such top talent as rising star, Keith Pereira, and 2016 NZ Golden Guitar winner, Alice Fraser, entertaining both urban and rural cowboys and girls. “I’m a bit of a fish out of water up here!” laughs Alice, who originally hails from Southland. “I’m really starting fresh. I wanted to give living in the big smoke a go and it’s a good place to move forward with my music. “Back home, there’s a real love of country music but, because of the sheer number of people in Auckland, there’s definitely a strong following here too.” Alice will be back on stage on May 2 at East Auckland’s Bucklands Beach Memorial Hall as the Eastern Districts Country Music Club raises funds for this year’s Young Star Awards. The show will be headlined by well-known Pukekohebased Kiwi country superstar, Dennis Marsh.

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“I’m quite the fan of Dennis’ music,” Alice says. “I’m going to enjoy working alongside him as well as the other musicians involved. I’m really looking forward to it!” In ‘a-chord-ance’ with the stories behind many a country song, Alice has faced adversity on her journey to the top of the genre down-under. “I first sung in public [as a teenager] at the Riverton Sound Shell – in a little beach town near Invercargill. I sang the same verse over and over because I was so nervous! I’ve come a long way since those days but it’s never easy.” Despite her inauspicious start, Alice went on to learn how to shake off her demons in pursuit of her lifelong dream. After cutting her teeth on musical theatre, she won the Southland Entertainer of the Year title (2013) followed by the muchcoveted NZ Golden Guitar award in 2016. “The nerves were just insane but, once I was on stage and singing, they just dissipated; I was living and breathing the song [Tami Neilson’s Lonely], it was like I was in my own little bubble. Athletes talk about being ‘in the zone’ and I guess it’s the same with music. “It was an amazing opportunity; the Golden Guitar is massive! Once you’ve won, you have that title for life so it’s definitely helped my career.”

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The win also gave this talented primary school teacher an invaluable opportunity to learn from some of the best at the Australian Country Music Academy ahead of 2017’s Australian Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth, New South Wales. “I wrote a song over there, which I performed live and, as an academy, we sang to thousands of people. “The Tamworth Country Music Festival opened up a whole new world, giving an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the greats and learn from them.” Drawing from a wide range of influences – including former APRA Silver Scroll winner, Tami Neilson, and nine-time Grammy winner, Norah Jones – Alice is looking forward to sharing her passion for music no matter where her dusty trail leads. “I love all sorts of country music – particularly the stories that often lie behind the songs – but also jazz and blues; anything with soul to be honest,” she says. “It doesn’t matter whether I’m singing in front of two people or two thousand, the nerves are always there. But you learn to embrace them; it’s a matter of mindset. “On the other side of that fear is the adrenalin rush and awesome feeling when you know you’ve touched someone through your music it makes it all worthwhile.”

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keViN.MuRphy SeSSioN.SaloN Natasha Harris of Alberts Hair Salon talks about the benefits of becoming a KEVIN.MURPHY SESSION.SALON.

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EVIN.MURPHY SESSION.SALONS is an elite group of salons which has set the benchmark in editorial styling excellence. Alberts has stocked the brand since 2010, but early last year we were invited to join this elite group. As a KEVIN.MURPHY SESSION.SALON we are first to hear about and experience everything that is happening in the world of Kevin Murphy, including sampling products before they hit the shelves. Each autumn a Kevin Murphy salon stylist is chosen to participate in a yearlong education programme specifically designed to teach hairdressers the ins and outs of the latest editorial styling techniques and ultimately to become an accredited session salon stylist. Zoryana began the 3 class programme last June in Auckland and graduated on April 9, 2018, with a presentation, photo-shoot, and graduation ceremony. Her teacher was none other than Wade Blackford a KEVIN.MURPHY STYLE. MASTER and the primary educator for

Zoryana and her graduating class with their models

Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Throughout the process, Zoryana learned about the products, the brand, and gained an insight into editorial work and session styling. It was jam-packed. For her graduation piece, she wanted to create a voluminous goddess, taking inspiration from one of Kevin Murphy’s previous classic hair shoots. Our goddess boasts an abundance of sensual curl and textured hair with a modern take on young elegance and innocence. The fabrics are metallic and textured with a beautiful sheen and embellished floral pattern paired with casual Chuck Taylors. To complete the look Zoryana used Jane Iredale makeup to enchant and to offset the youthful innocence of her beautiful model; the result was soft and romantic. Z (Zoryana) created a mood board to depict the concept, with images of inspiration, information on products used and samples of the fabrics and makeup. The shoot took place in Karangahape Road, Auckland City, Not only does Kevin Murphy care about who’s using and selling their products, they really care about the environment and recognise the seriousness of dangerous climate change.

Kevin Murphy packaging is recyclable or biodegradable and is square in shape meaning that the bottles take up less shipping space as they fit snuggly, side by side. Essentially, this means less packaging and less waste. When searching the world for ingredients, KEVIN.MURPHY looked for companies that use micro-cultivation, organic growing practices, or ecologically sound wild harvesting techniques. A lot goes on before these wonderful products arrive at the salon. Alberts Hair Salon totally believes in the KEVIN.MURPHY brand, the products and the concept. We believe that we are stocking and using the best products in our industry – we achieve seriously amazing results from the entire range! Our stylists are being trained, supported and nurtured by the best educators, and have been given an opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside one the most influential session masters on the scene at Melbourne Fashion Week. To be a REAL part of the KEVIN.MURPHY team is beyond exciting and we are looking forward to passing on the benefits to our clients. For the ultimate Kevin Murphy experience, look no further than Alberts, a proud KEVIN.MURPHY SESSION.SALON.

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Those ‘bare’ necessities S pending valuable time sprucing up for an important business meeting, it seems, is a luxury some can afford to do without. According to a recent survey, 53 percent of Auckland millennials (aged 18-24) believe WiFi to be a greater essential than a hot shower. Thankfully, for all those who do need to meet face-to-face, 41% of Aucklanders (overall) still consider a hot shower to be more important than internet (32%) connectivity. Commissioned by Rinnai, the survey also found that only a relatively small number of Super City dwellers use shower time to contemplate the important things in life (16%) with bed (51%) the preferred option for dreaming up bright ideas. The shower can cause disharmony, however, according to 40% of respondents who confirmed that hogging the cubicle often puts pay to domestic bliss. Rinnai managing director, Ray Ferner says as we move away from the traditional

Kiwi quarter acre lifestyle, with more people living under one roof, greater pressure has gone on hot water supply. “Kiwis are now more likely to live in intensified housing environments but the capacity of the hot water cylinder hasn’t really changed,” he explains. “This can mean more pressure on water supply, increased strife amongst household members. ”Interestingly, fights for the right to be clean were higher amongst younger respondents, so perhaps that answers why so many millennials prefer to avoid the whole hornets’ nest of showering... (al) together! Asked what activities they engaged in while in the shower (aside from washing, of course!), singing was the most common (65%) followed by listening to music (54%). An unnerving eight percent actually took multitasking to the extreme, wolfing down food while washing away filth!

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issing teeth? There’s no need to any longer when the All Dentures team is on the case! While some may be able to keep their teeth in tip top condition, others are not so lucky. Fortunately, clinical dental technician, Dr Marc Adams, and the team from All Dentures (in Pukekohe and Papatoetoe) are on hand to ensure smiles can last a lifetime. “Years ago, dentures could be cumbersome and uncomfortable, but we’ve come a long way since then,” he says. “These days, by drawing on the best techniques and equipment modern technology can offer, at All Dentures we can tailor-make top quality dentures to suit.” From full or partial dentures to repairs, relines and even mouth guards,

Marc’s highly trained team can ‘make it, fit it and fix it.’ “From initial consultation to dental work – undertaken by dentists and oral surgeons – we provide a comprehensive service, offering the highest level of care during every step of treatment,” Marc explains. “We’re committed to making quality dentures that are comfortable and functional for our patients so they can get back to sinking their teeth into life!” To take that first step to a brighter smile, contact Marc and team at either of their two clinics. “Simply give us a call and we’ll take it from there,” says Marc, “Our clinical dental technicians offer full dental laboratory services and no dentist appointments or referrals are required.”

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New school – Hipkins keen


o cope with the growing number of young minds needing to be nurtured in Pukekohe, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed construction will begin on a new school next year. “Data projections show the population in Pukekohe is expected to double from 21,000 people now, to more than 40,000 by 2040,” he says. “We’re building a new school to make sure the local schooling network is set up to cope with [this] projected population growth.” Initially to be known as Pukekohe West School, the development will take place at a four-hectare site in Belmont. The school is expected to open its gates in 2021 to an initial roll of 350 Year 1-6 students and will feature special education facilities, Mr Hipkins adds. “This is an exciting new development for Pukehohe and I’m looking forward to watching the school take shape over the next few years.”

Sedation a big help! By Yvonne Vannoort, The Dentist


f you classify yourself as a scaredy cat at the dentist, these days there are many ways that the experience can be made easier for you. We get that we need to listen to you, understand what you need from us, and never judge you. We also know that we need to be gentle and caring in what we do and how we go about your experience whether it’s a discussion, an X-ray or any other treatment you may need. For some people, intravenous sedation is a great technique to use. A sedative is placed in a vein in your arm. It means that you can snooze through whatever procedure is being carried out. This is a wonderful way to achieve either a lot of treatment in one appointment or when you are scheduled for a difficult treatment and it’s really best you are unaware of what needs to happen. The time passes very quickly for you and the whole experience is smooth and easy – later on, you won’t remember. Our team is here to cater to your needs; call us or book online to make your first step towards visiting dentists that really care about you!

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Fill The buckeT oNe Re-coNNecTioN aT a TiMe By stephanie griffin, suits & gumboots Country daycare


ver have one of those days where every word that comes out of your mouth doesn’t sound like type of parent you ever imagined yourself to be before you had kids? Sometimes the cycle can be pretty hard to break when you are juggling work and life and all those little bits in between. Trust me, you are not alone. Here are a few tricks to help you re-connect with your little ones and turn those negative moments into positive connections. Sometimes we put such high expectations on our children to be the ‘perfect child’. Realising that it’s okay to have a bad day, and allowing them to recognise their emotions in whatever way they may come out, is important. We are their role models. Reflecting on how you deal with your own frustrations may be all it takes to understand where a child is coming from. When those moments of whining have hit THAT point and you feel yourself reaching your limit, reach out and hold your baby. Investing five minutes into just having a cuddle can do wonders not only for grounding your child but also for you. Breathing and tuning into each other, lending your calm, and re-connecting again may be all it takes to move the current frustration past that struggle point. Long term this will help show your baby how to restore his or her own balance and strengthen your relationship. Babies know you hear them and your arms are the place to find calm in their storm. Don’t forget to be gentle with yourself. Raising children is no easy feat. Breathe and cherish those difficult moments. Put down your phone, leave the washing till later. This journey through life is all about the ‘journey’. They grow too quickly to not find time to connect with them on those bad days. Do it one cuddle at a time.

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Make mum’s day We all know kids say the darnedest things but little ones can also do the most loveable deeds that leave us glowing for days. So, when it comes to Mother’s Day here’s a chance for family members – dads, grandparents, older siblings and more – to encourage little hands to get busy making mum a personal gift she will cherish. Try this easy idea to make mum’s day special.

make a ‘faVOurite mum’ BOOklet It’s easy; just take three plain A4 sheets of white paper and one sheet of lightweight coloured card. Fold each paper sheet in half, slotting one doubled sheet inside another to make an A5 size ‘booklet’ of 12 pages. Then fold the coloured sheet in the same way to make a cover. Slip the white pages inside and staple three times down the spine to hold pages firmly together. each white page write a bold heading – use a strong 2 On colour. Your series of headings could include: ◆ My Mum is the best because: ◆ My Mum makes me feel: ◆ My Mum make me laugh when: ◆ My Mum bakes the best: ◆ My favourite memory of Mum is: ◆ My best day out with Mum was when we: ◆ My Mum smells like: ◆ My Mum loves me because: ◆ My Mum looks really lovely when she wears: ◆ My Mum is sad when: ◆ My Mum thinks I’m: ◆ My Mum always: write your answers or thoughts underneath in a 3 Then different colour. Draw pictures to match your feelings on each page or cut out magazine pictures and paste on the page to show how you feel about your mum. the front cover, paste a photo of you and your mum 4 On together – decorate it with glitter, or stickers such as butterflies, flowers or her favourite animals. Be creative with each page and give your booklet a name on the cover such as The Best Mum in the World or What I Love About Mum. On the back cover write: THE END and add a little more decoration. When you give mum her special book on Mother’s Day she is sure to smile – a lot – she might even cry, just a little bit…with happiness!


Siers’ stories say so much Growing from farming roots, Sophie Siers has been inspired by living on the land. Since winning ‘Best First Book’ for ‘Allis the Little Tractor’ at the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards, she has been highly commended in the 2017 Enterprising Rural Women Awards and produced even more entertaining works including these little gems.

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We’re told we should never look a gift horse in the mouth, which makes perfect sense as trying to ride a horse while doing this can prove rather tricky! When Olivia’s world is turned upside down following her mum’s passing, she feels as if she doesn’t fit in, as this moving book reveals. However, when her father brings home a horse that’s been through trauma of its own, Olivia forms a bond which could help them both find their way to a brighter future.

On TV, spinoffs don’t always work out so well... just ask our Friend, Joey, about that! However, we’re picking that this literary spinoff will take off, especially if readers aged 2-6 years have any say in the matter! In this book, Nibbles – made famous in Allis the Little Tractor – is the star of the ‘show’. Unfortunately, while he loves to gallop and prance, the lively pony is having some trouble finding a playmate. But there’s no need for Nibbles to get his fetlocks in a twist because, eventually, he will find someone who’ll join him in his reindeer games... surely!

It’s time to rise and shine, Rosie Joy. There are plenty of chores to be done down home on the farm! With crops to sew and little lambs to wrangle, spring is always a busy season. But, add to that a special project involving chickens, famous explorers and more and Rosie and her best friend Polly are rushed off their feet. Along with the talents of illustrator, Judith Trevelyan, award-winning children’s book author, Sophie Siers, presents another delightful tale for readers aged 5-12.

◆ Sophie Siers & Katharine White: The Gift Horse | RRP $19.99 | Millwood Press

◆ Sophie Siers & Judith Trevelyan (illustrator): Do You Want to Gallop with Me? | RRP $19.95 | Millwood Press

◆ Sophie Siers & Judith Trevelyan: Rosie Joy — Here, There and Everywhere | RRP $19.95 | Millwood Press

bobby, The liTTleST WaR heRo When our diggers went to war, some of the smallest soldiers made the biggest sacrifices. In this charming children’s book by historian, professor and former soldier, Glyn Harper, one of the smallest heroes takes centre stage. Along with his best friend, Jack, Bobby the canary is assigned to the Royal Engineers and tasked with digging tunnels deep under

no-man’s land. It’s his job to ensure that his men don’t fall victim to deadly gas. Brought to life in illustrations by Jenny Cooper, Bobby, the littlest war hero tells the story of two birds of a feather who both long to fly free. Glyn Harper & Jenny Cooper: Bobby, the littlest war hero | RRP $19.99 | Picture Puffin/ Penguin Random House

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Hot Spots RED EARTH EATERY & WINE BAR Red Earth, open 7 days a week, 10am till late for brunch, lunch and dinner! Red Earth eatery & wine bar offers a premium dining experience in Papakura, with fare ranging from smaller Tapas-style sharing plates and platters to full meals. Glutenfree and vegetarian options available. Red Earth’s extensive wine list offers a wide selection of wines from around the country and the world. For something extra special, there is a cellar list for more exclusive bottles too! Don’t miss live music every Saturday night. Pop in and see our friendly team for a fantastic time. 255 Great South Rd, Papakura Phone 09 296 9027 become a fan today

poco loco restaurant Welcome to Franklin’s original Tapas restaurant! Poco Loco means “Little Crazy” in Spanish, so come along for a different and fun eating experience. We have been serving the people of Franklin since 2004 utilising fresh, seasonal, local produce using authentic Mediterranean and Spanish recipes with a Kiwi twist. Italians call it antipasto, Chinese call it yum char and Spanish call it tapas. It’s a delightful way to enjoy great food in a fabulous local restaurant with friendly service. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm till late. 15 Queen Street, Pukekohe, Email Phone 09 238 1607



red shed palazzo WINNER of Rural Cafe of the Year 2017. Recommending this cafe is easy – the food and service are that good and directions couldn’t be more straight forward: head along Karaka Rd and look out for the big... red shed! Along with their team, Paul (a chef with 30 years’ experience) and Kristina Smith serve quality food amidst beautiful, family and animal friendly, garden surrounds. Creative breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, gourmet-style lunches and moreish cakes are all on offer at this fully licensed slice of rural paradise, open 8.30am-4pm. Come along and check out the Sunday Markets. 64 Jesmond Rd (just off Karaka Rd), Drury Phone 09 294 6687

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CANOPIUS Canopius has a new menu bringing as always the finest, freshest and free-range product to the area’s surrounding Papakura. Paired with our 100% fair-trade, organic coffee for the best brunch in the South. Be it Eggs Benedict for brunch, or our Canopius Burger for lunch, with beef ground fresh in house, Canopius’ focus on high quality is sure to please. Whether you choose your favourite from our menu, or grabbing something from the extensive cabinet selection, Canopius will cater to what drives your hunger. 145 Great South Road, Papakura Open Tues-Fri 7am-4pm Sat-Mon 8am-3pm Phone 09 299 1180



Meet chef Poh Ling Yeow


eaders are likely to have seen the incredible tV chef and personality, Poh Ling yeow when she competed in MasterChef Australia. Poh now has her own show, Poh’s Kitchen and has published several cookbooks too. Her passion for re-creating delicious Asian dishes has made her something of a household name and a go-to when looking for a healthy and delicious meal to whip up! So, check out this delicious vegan curry – it’s an ideal 20-minute winter warmer to whip up mid-week especially when seeking something comforting and hearty for those cooler nights to come.

Cauli COCOnut lentil Curry (Vegan) Serves 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

INGReDIeNtS ◆ 2 cups SunRice topaz Jasmine Rice ◆ ¼ cup vegetable oil ◆ 2 large brown onions, peeled, one sliced and one chopped ◆ 12 sprigs curry leaves ◆ 1 head cauliflower, chopped roughly into bite size pieces ◆ 1 cup split red lentils ◆ 3 tsp grated fresh ginger ◆ 1 tbs ground turmeric ◆ 3 tsp ground cumin ◆ 1 cup coconut milk ◆ 1L vegetable stock or water ◆ 1 tsp dried chilli flakes Optional: ◆ Handful of fresh coriander, chopped ◆ Salt, to taste

MetHoD Cook the rice following packet instructions. While it’s cooking, slice one onion

and combine with 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and the curry leaves in a saucepan over a medium-high heat. Cook until the curry leaves are popping and crisp and the onions are beautifully fragrant and caramelised. Drain the leaves and fried onions in a sieve to catch the excess oil, reserving the oil. Return the oil to a medium-large saucepan. Finely chop the remaining onion and add to saucepan together with the turmeric and cumin, and the chilli flakes if you are using. Cook until the spices are foaming and very fragrant and the onions are nicely browned. Add the ginger, cauliflower, lentils and coconut milk, and stock or water, depending on what you are using. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir and bring to the boil, then simmer until the lentils and cauliflower are tender. turn the heat off, taste and season further if required. Fold the fresh coriander through, then cover to keep warm. Serve the curry hot with rice. Sprinkle the fried onions and curry leaves over the top – and maybe even some cheeky pappadums on the side!

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Lifestyle Living – is it for me?

Think about what you really want. This is obviously true for any property purchase, but lifestyle properties come in many and varied shapes and sizes with different pros and cons. Start by creating a perfect wish list of what your new lifestyle might be. Then start thinking about the kind of property and location that might match that. Be realistic. There is a certain amount of romance about chucking it all in and moving to the country, but it can also be a lot of work. Some questions to consider, which can have a huge impact on the size and nature of the property you buy and the location, are: n Will you still need or want to work? n Will you need or want to draw an income from your lifestyle property? And if so, will that be passive income such as renting land for grazing animals to your neighbours or income from your own work on the property such as fruit trees or grapevines? n Do you need to be near schools, medical facilities or other essential services? Do your due diligence. Again this is standard before committing to any property purchase, but things to consider in regard to lifestyle property are:

n What are the ongoing maintenance/ upkeep costs? Do a thorough examination of things like fences, gates and outbuildings. n Are there any restrictions on building or development of the property? Are there protected areas of native bush? n Are there paper roads crossing the property? They may not ever be constructed but they can come with restrictions on how close you can plant/ build. n How is water and power supplied, is it on the grid/town supply or will you need to supply and maintain your own? Of all these considerations probably the issue of whether you will keep working or aim to generate all your income from your property is the most crucial. If you want or need to keep your job, take into account your commute times – which can often be a lot longer when you move to the country. Add to that the possible need to feed animals or keep up with maintenance, and you can be in for some very long days. On the other hand, if you’re giving up your job to work on your property to generate income you need to do some maths, to make sure you have enough land to create sustainable income in your chosen field, and that it is manageable in the time you have available. Or will you need to hire hands to assist, which in turn impacts on your bottom line.

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The idea of giving up on the rat-race and moving to the country for a simpler life is one that’s occurred, at some point, to almost everyone who lives in the city – often while you’re stuck in nose-to-tail commuter traffic. And it’s a dream that plenty of Kiwis turn into reality. But there are some crucial factors to consider before you buy to make sure you find the right lifestyle property for your dream lifestyle.




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Baby, it’s cold outside! By Kylie Bosanac, Nick Bosanac Builders Limited


his time of year is a time of preparation – we ready ourselves, our gardens, crops and our animals for the winter. As you do this, please remember to think of your home too! Cavemen lived in damp caves and kings lived in draughty castles. These days, a few small changes mean you don’t have to put up with either of these issues. There is a raft of solutions that can make a huge difference to how your home performs during winter and, in turn, how that affects your family’s health. There are obvious choices which will have your favourite tradies back over for a cuppa in no time! For example, adding or increasing the insulation in your home, double-glazing your windows and ensuring heating and ventilating systems are up to scratch. There are some great subsidies out there too if you are retrofitting any of these items and, if building new, have a chat with the pros about how you can up-spec your home’s thermal performance. But here are some easy ideas not to be overlooked: ◆◆Curtains: Pretty obvious, but pretty crucial. They don’t need to be the same throughout the house – you can bargain hunt like crazy and brighten each room one at a time. But, before it gets dark, draw your drapes to trap the warmth of the afternoon sun. ◆◆Window vac or squeegee: Damp windows won’t let warmth into your home. Dry them off in the mornings. This will maximise the heat your home gleans from the sun throughout the day. ◆◆Draught stoppers: These are quick and easy to make from repurposed material or can be found at a hardware store. ◆◆Get cozy: Block off the areas not in use so you can concentrate on heating a smaller area. Keep a plush throw rug handy too! ◆◆Crock pot dinners: Sounds silly but not only is it the best smell to come home to, but the low all day heat will make a difference to inside warmth. If you would like more ideas on how to make a big difference in your home this winter, visit us in our showroom at 151 King Street, Pukekohe or give us a call on 09 236 8413.

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any first home buyers are relying on accessing their KiwiSaver fund to help with their deposits. So, how can you increase your KiwiSaver balance? 1. Increase your regular contributions The obvious way to grow your KiwiSaver account balance is to put more money into your fund. Many employed KiwiSaver members signed up with the minimum contribution of 3% but this can be increased to 4% or 8%. This approach is also pretty flexible as KiwiSaver allows you to change your contribution rate every three months. 2. Make one-off voluntary contributions Got a tax refund or an end of year bonus? Paying it into your KiwiSaver account is quick and easy via your online banking login. Simply choose the “Pay Tax” option, enter your IRD number, and enter tax types “KSS” and period “0”. This is also a good option if you are a little short on getting the full Member Tax Credit –more on this shortly. 3. escape the default fund If you didn’t actively choose a fund (very common if you enrolled via your work scheme or bank) chances are you’re in the conservative fund of a default scheme. Returns from these types of funds can be far lower than high growth funds and you could be missing out on thousands in returns each year. 4. Make sure you get the full Member tax Credit For eligible Kiwisaver members, the Government will contribute $0.50c for every dollar you put into your KiwiSaver account, up to a maximum of $521 per year. So if you put in $1,042 per year (approximately $20 per week) then the Government will put in $521 per year to match you, every year. 5. take interest in your KiwiSaver statement It really does pay to take an active interest and keep track of your investment. Review your current fund provider to ensure their returns are meeting your expectations. For a quick and easy comparison of providers check out To check you are getting the most out of your Kiwisaver, call Philippa on 021 432 748 for an obligation-free review.

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Anyone suggesting to an Aucklander that they could purchase a one bedroom home for less than $70,000 could easily be dismissed as a ‘space cadet’! However, Graham Bloxham from Eco Tiny is most down to earth while thinking beyond the box. Portable and stack-able, Eco Tiny’s homes are available for a lot less (from $69,000 for a single bedroom design, to $139,000 for a three-bed) than deemed ‘affordable’ by government standards. Measuring 22-60 metres square, these snug abodes pack a lot into their diminutive dimensions. What’s more, they can be constructed in as little as seven days, which is rather impressive by mortal standards! In addition to saving on construction costs, those keen to live life on Eco Tiny’s scale can also expect frugal running costs, thanks to such off-thegrid features as wind and solar energy generation systems.

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atest data released by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) showed there were 192 fewer lifestyle property sales (-11.1%) for the three months ended February 2018 than for the three months ended January 2018. Overall, there were 1530 lifestyle property sales in the three months ended February 2018, compared to 1809 for the three months ended February 2017 (-15.4%), and 1722 lifestyle property sales for the three months ended January 2018. In total, 7469 lifestyle properties were sold in the year to February 2018, 1406 (-15.8%) fewer than were sold in the year to February 2017. The value of lifestyle properties sold was $5.90 billion for the year to February 2018. The median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the three months to February 2018 was $650,000. This was $50,000 higher compared to the three months ended February 2017 (+8.3%). Interestingly, North Island regions experienced a reduction in lifestyle property volumes compared to the equivalent three monthly period 12 months ago, whereas all South Island regions held ground or achieved gains, albeit relatively small. Sales of rural and lifestyle properties also lifted significantly in March, with 62 sales for a total sales value of more than $80 million. A good level of new listings recently is giving potential buyers in the rural and lifestyle market greater choice and the prices at which sales are being made is contributing to a narrowing of the gap between vendor expectations and what buyers want to pay. Rural Living — April/May 2018 — 41

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others’ Day is almost here and some will say it’s looking Rosie... that’s if mum was named for this best loved of flowers. However, with many women named after garden beauties, Rural Living has chosen to remember Veronica, Bryony and Hyacinth. Hyacinth: Who could forget the airs and graces of Hyacinth Bouquet (or rather Bucket) from TV sitcom fame and her sisters, Daisy, Violet and Rose? In Greek mythology, Hyacinth (Family Asparagaceae, sub family Scilloideae, genus Hyacinthus) was a youth loved by both the god Apollo and the West Wind, Zephyr. Apollo and Hyacinth loved to take turns at throwing the discus but tragedy struck when in an effort to impress Apollo, Hyacinth ran to catch a spinning discus. It struck him and he fell down dead. A twist to the story seemingly makes the wind god Zephyrus responsible for Hyacinth’s death. Envious of the lad’s beauty, Zephyrus argued with the beautiful Apollo whom he thought Hyacinth preferred. In a fit of jealousy, Zephyrus blew Apollo’s discus off course ensuring Hyacinth was injured or, rather, killed. However, it is said Apollo refused to let Hades claim Hyacinth and instead made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood. Subsequently, hyacinths are sometimes associated with rebirth. But gardeners should remember that hyacinth bulbs contain poisonous oxalic acid; handling them can cause mild skin irritation so wear gloves. Veronica: Much has been said about roses, daisies and violets, but less is known about Veronica from the family Plantaginaceae. Common names are speedwell, bird’s eye and gypsyweed. Of the many species, Veronica americana is edible and similar to watercress; another Veronica umbrosa or Georgia Blue is a vinelike ground cover and then there’s Veronica spicata, Royal Candles, with upright flower spikes resembling candles. Bryony: Today we also remember...Bryony, a genus of flowering plant in the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae). The perennial, tendril-climbing Bryony is native to western Eurasia and regions, such as North Africa, the Canary Islands and South Asia. Sometimes known as mandrake, the only English species, white Bryony, grows in hedgerows. Known, for its small green flowers, Bryony has a large, pale root containing a bitter-tasting, milky liquid, which has been used in some herbal medicines – the Greeks and Romans favoured it for its purgative and cathartic properties. Some old-time herbalists thought the root was good for ‘stitch’, palsy, cramp and convulsions,’ and it has been used to treat sciatica, and rheumatism as well as coughs. However, these plants, especially the red berries, are usually poisonous and can be fatal. On a different note, Augustus Caesar was said to wear a wreath of Bryony during thunderstorms to protect him from lightning. But, today we salute just a few floral ladies knowing many a mum has named her own little ‘flower’ after a garden favourite.

Central’s Tips May 2018 It’s starting to cool down so now is the time to make sure your outdoors is ready for winter - mulch and compost gardens and trees and insulate your worm farms. Plant winter vegetables such as brassicas, beetroot and silverbeet, plus rake leaves off your lawn.

In the Veggie Patch • Worms can be sensitive to cold - Rugs and old blankets are great for insulating worm farms

• Green crops such as lupins should be cut off at knee height - trim them into lengths of 15cm. Leave on top of, or cover with soil to break down

• Plant raspberries, currants and rhubarb crowns plus, get some colourful crops going such as mixed Swiss chard

• It’s not too late to plant brassicas - cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, as well as beetroot and spring onions.

Lawns • Rake up leaves off the lawn – if they lie there, they intensify the moisture on the lawn and promote disease

The rest of the Garden • Remove spent foliage of perennials and layer compost around them and other plants

• Leave blooms on roses and hydrangeas, they should not be pruned until July and August

• Plant out winter flowering annuals such as cyclamen, polyanthus, stock and primulas.

• Autumn colour is a beautiful thing on exotic trees. In warmer climates oaks, maples and liquidambars offer best colours

• Add a layer of mulch - it’s like a ‘blanket’ for your garden and helps your soil retain warmth. KAT5290A-v6

Hyacinth, Veronica and Bryony –

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