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Clarke and Tia Huia Ranginui, this exhibition focuses on the way nature is categorised and perceived while also seeking to understand how nature can reveal so much to us about ourselves. See facebook.com/FranklinArtsCentre.

auckland Fringe Festival February 20 – March 4, times and locations (Auckland-wide) vary Off the wall, avant-garde and (sometimes) even the downright strange take centre stage during this series of events. From art and theatre, to dance, comedy and more, Fringe is designed to showcase performances from the sublime to the ridiculous. More at aucklandfringe.co.nz.

n MUSIC, MUSICALS, DANCE & THEATRE love letters February 22, from 7.30pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City Particularly since NZ Post cut back on its services, it’s not unusual to receive letters (of love or otherwise) a little late. But, even if you missed the last post, there’s no need for the last post to be played on your relationship – simply take your valentine along to this show and we’re sure all will be forgiven. An absolute treat of classic music, Love Letters features masterpieces by Wagner, Robert Schumann and Mendelssohn. See apo.co.nz/whats-on.

transport and heavy equipment expo March 2-4, Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton There are many expos but when it comes to big boy’s (and girl’s) really big toys, this is T.H.E one to visit! Part trade show, part damn good fun, this event is designed for anyone who utilises heavy transport and other equipment or is simply nuts about trucks. Visit theexpo.co.nz for details. rhythm in the square March 10,17,24 & 31, 11am-1pm, Pukekohe Town Square, King St, Pukekohe Be there and be square as Pukekohe gets into the groove during these celebrations of music and more. For details, visit pukekohe.org.nz/events.

n ARTS auckland arts Festival March 1-25, times and locations vary ‘A’ may stand for Auckland but Auckland stands for art this month as creatives get set to wow the crowds at a wide variety of venues. See aucklandfestival.co.nz. ko wai koe? (Who are you?) March 3 – April 7, Franklin Arts Centre, 12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe Featuring photographic works by Conor




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the air Force On tour February 23, 7-9.10pm, BNZ Theatre, Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau From the fantastic classical works of Mozart to tunes by John Williams and even Michael Jackson, there’s bound to be plenty to love during this show. Billed as taking audiences on a ‘wild ride’ – well not quite as wild a ride as the Air Force could offer! – this show sees the RNZAF Band touring the upper North Island. For details, visit pacific.org.nz/whatson. splore February 23-25, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Rd, Orere, Auckland Looking for new tunes to ex-Splore? Then head out to Orere for this annual music festival. Not only will you have the chance



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to discover why, indeed, Dizzy Rascal is ‘bonkers’, but also to lend your ears to plenty more acts, including Chronixx, Too Many Zooz, DJ MK, KAOS and many more. And, while many such festivals are for adults only, Splore has plenty on offer for little campers too. Details at splore.net. gig in the garden (featuring Mel Parsons) March 4, from 7pm, 610 Kohanga Rd (aka Bob & Di’s house), Onewhero OSPA (Onewhero Society for Performing Arts) is celebrating as the sun goes down on summer during this fundraiser. Featuring the indie/folk/country stylings of Mel Parsons, this show is sure to set plenty of feet a-tapping. See ospa.org.nz. elvis in the gardens March 4, 10am-6.30pm, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, The Gardens Elvis never really died, he just multiplied! After spending many years in Las Vegas, Elvis is probably rather chuffed to now be a regular at the Botanic Gardens instead! Once again, the rockabilly, hounddogging, blue-suede-ing-shoe, pelvispumping rhythms of the king of rock ‘n’ roll are set to prove why we still can’t helping falling in love with Mr Presley. For full details of this year’s line-up, see elvisinthegardens.co.nz.



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the rat Pack returns March 8, 11am-1pm, Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura Set aside an afternoon to escape the rat race, and sit back to enjoy the tunes and stage antics of some of America’s greatest (and funniest) entertainers. For more information, see operatunity.co.nz. still life with Chickens March 8-14, Mangere Arts Centre, Corner Bader Drive & Orly Avenue, Mangere, and 17-24 March, ASB Cube, ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Auckland City Don’t count your chickens before you see this play! Mama may have plenty of trouble, with neighbours and family, but she’s about to encounter a most unusual friend who may just help her realise that she has plenty of blessings to count. For more visit atc.co.nz/whats-on.

n SPORT, FITNESS, RACINg & MOTORINg heineken urban Polo February 24, 2-9.30pm, Shore Road Reserve, 32B Shore Road, Remuera, and March 17, Claudelands Oval, Heaphy Tce, Claudelands, Hamilton For too long now, the landed gentry from Auckland’s leafy green suburbs have had to ‘chukka’ picnic in the old Remuera tractor and hoof it all the way out to the Still Life With Chickens



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country to enjoy the princely sport of polo. However, thanks to this event, there’s no need to leave the prosperity of one’s neighbourhood anymore! Showcasing a sport which really does stand head and shoulders above many others, the Heineken Urban Polo is quickly becoming a mane-stay of the sporting calendar. See urbanpolo.co.nz for details. sunset Coast Walk February 25, 7.30am-1pm, from 207 Kohekohe-Kariotahi Road, Awhitu Peninsula During summer, the sun rises early... so should you! That is, of course, if you’d prefer not to miss the picturesque scenery of our local slice of the wild west coast during a top community event. Contact Waiuku Rotary (via rotaryoceania.zone) for details.

Mauku & Bombay Fun runs March 11, 7.30am-12.30pm, Mauku School, 389 Union Road, Mauku, and March 18, 8am-12pm, Bombay School, 35 Paparata Road, Bombay Whoever came up with the idea of a ‘fun run’ was obviously more a fan of alliteration and ‘ass-onance’ than of sitting on one’s, well, you can guess how that thought ends! But whatever the reason, such events do offer plenty of good times, even for those who would prefer to watch from the sidelines. For more information about these run/walks visit maukufunrun.co.nz, or contact Bombay School via bombay.school.nz. karaka Vintage day March 18, 9.30am-4pm, Karaka Sports Park, Blackbridge Road, Karaka Some things (like some people!) get better as they grow older. That’s definitely the case with almost everything expected to be on show at the Karaka Vintage Day. From vintage and classic machinery and vehicles to a few vintage and classic folk too – who can prove just as interesting! – this event also has arts, crafts, stalls, family activities and much more good, old fashioned fun! Visit karakavintageday. co.nz for details.

sea Week - Waiuku & awhitu walks March 3, from 11am, Tamakae Reserve, King St, Waiuku, and March 11, from 8.30am, Wattle Bay, Awhitu As part of Auckland’s Sea Week, Waiuku and Awhitu set the scene for some splendid coastal walks with courses designed to suit long limbs and little legs too. See seaweek.org.nz/events/auckland for more information about these and other ‘must-sea’ events Auckland wide.


auckland Cup Week March 3-10, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera Whether down for some of the best thoroughbred racing New Zealand has to offer or simply to mix and mingle with the who’s who of fashionistas, one simply must be up... for the cup! Auckland Cup Week – which begins with the Vodafone Derby Day and finishes in style with the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day – is a celebration of racing, fashion and much more, with entertainment a-plenty from go to whoa! For a full programme, visit ellerslie.co.nz.

a day out with thomas March 17-18, from 9.30am, Glenbrook Vintage Railway, 153 Glenbrook Station Rd, Mauku It’s almost time for Thomas... aren’t you ‘stoked?’ Rural Living’s favourite heritage railway is all set to host Thomas the Tank Engine and friends during this fun-filled family event aimed at young and old. For details visit gvr.co.nz, and to read more about a couple of great blokes who have been at the coalface of GVR for many years, check out our December 2017 issue – e-edition accessible via www.ruralliving.co.nz.



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From the editor... Without putting my own head on the line, I’m fascinated to see what qualities will win – the aggressive style of Collins, who indeed came out swinging with a clear plan already in hand, the self-focused Simon Bridges, or hard-working Amy Adams, who has largely remained out of the limelight yet has impressive credentials. On the other hand, as I write this, the nation was still waiting to hear if Steven Joyce, and the likes of Mark Mitchell (MP for Rodney) or Jonathan Coleman (MP for Northcote), were in or out of the running. Whatever the outcome, hopefully we can expect New Zealand politics to be extremely lively over the next three years. I don’t expect to be disappointed on that front.

Is the latter enough? I venture to say Bill English had all those qualities but it seems they weren’t enough. Do we need someone like straight-talking, gutsy Judith who has enough mettle for just about the whole Cabinet but perhaps lacks immediate warmth, or is it Simon Bridges who chairs well and tries to find the common ground, so he says! Being a leader calls for many qualities – obviously those very ones Amy Adams listed, certainly some of thick-skin and bolshiness of Ms Collins and perhaps a little of Bridge’s call for renewal. But being Leader of the Opposition or the Government also calls for personality, a certain combination of warmth, ease, confidence and vision the likes of which John Key exuded and that Jacinda Ardern has also bought to the role of PM. And, through it all there has been some fascinating commentary – I just love the differing opinions of news commentators Mike Hosking and his wife Kate Hawkesby – Hosking plugging for Collins, Hawkesby for Adams and both dismissing Bridges. The couple have presented compelling arguments for their views.

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JACK IN THE GARDENS: If a bird(lady) in the hand (or butterfly for that matter) is worth two in the bush, Sculpture in the Gardens is priceless! Following yet another successful event at Auckland Botanic Gardens, we chat with widely respected manager, Jack Hobbs – pictured on this month’s cover with Butterfly (by Lew Summers). Along the way, we discover that it takes many hands to keep his (rather extensive) gardens growing strong. See pages 10-11 to read what Jack had to say to us... Over the Gate. Photo Wayne Martin

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Lifestylers’ blue heaven Escaping the stresses and pressures of a high powered job in Auckland for a slower pace on a lifestyle block is what many of us can only dream about. But as ANGELA KEMP discovered, one couple has turned the dream into a reality, thriving on the sweet smell of success.


avender Backyard Garden is a small, family-owned lavender and blueberry farm in Newstead, a 10-minute drive from Hamilton. Its unassuming signage means motorists are liable to drive straight past if they don’t have the windows open to catch the powerful perfume of hundreds of lavender plants growing metres from the busy road. Opened four years ago by Ben Jeng and Sammie Wang with help from Sammie’s sister, Tracey, they couple agree that they had always loved natural products and saw Lavender Backyard Garden as a way of sharing the benefits of nature with visitors. But more importantly, it allowed Ben and Sammie to enjoy more time with their four children and live a proper family life. “Ben was working long hours in IT development in Auckland and he stayed there during the week,” says Sammie. “When he came home at weekends he was exhausted but still had work to do. I was at home looking after our four children, it wasn’t a good life.” It was clear a lifestyle change was needed. They were already living on the 10-acre block and together they decided Ben should quit his job in Auckland and make a living from the farm. A previous owner had planted 400 blueberry bushes on the property but they hadn’t been touched in years. They were in a sorry state and completely overgrown but help was at hand from the couple’s next door neighbours who were commercial blueberry growers. “They told us how to trim the bushes and re-grow them which took about three years,” Sammie explains. “We don’t

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Clockwise from front right: Olivia Wang, Michelle Jeng, Tracey Wang, Shawn Jeng, Isabella Wang, Ben Jeng and Sammie Wang. Photos Wayne Martin

produce enough fruit to sell commercially so we opened to the public to pick their own.” Sammie’s sister, Tracey, who is passionate about natural remedies, came up with the idea of a lavender farm to further supplement their income. She leads the team developing their premium collection of skin-care products which are available from a small shop on site, along with a range of other products which use the natural healing properties of lavender.

“It took a few months for us to get the land ready and we initially planted 400 lavender plants but now we have 2000,” says Sammie. “Ben has been preparing another area ready for planting so we’ll have even more next year.” Pick-your-own lavender started this year and has been popular; people have come from as far away as Auckland to take home a heady bunch of blue heaven. All this year’s remaining lavender has now been harvested for oil but visitors still www.ruralliving.co.nz

enjoy visiting the coffee cart run by Tracey. But this talented lady has another life, too. Tracey started playing the violin when she was five. She graduated from Waikato University as a software engineer but went onto the University of Auckland to study for a BA in music. After that she attended university in Texas, studying for her Masters then PhD in music performance. “I’ve lived there for 10 years now and have my own studio where I teach violin. I also play in local orchestras.” Tracey returns to the Waikato for two or three months every summer and there indulges in her other passions – coffee, food and making natural skincare products.

“I love to cook, bake and drink good coffee, that’s my daily routine so that’s how the coffee cart came about,” she says. “I like to use natural, chemical-free products on my skin so started to make my own soap and skin cream. I have tried to build up simple recipes that we can make here at home and I’m now studying for a diploma in cosmetics to develop the range.” Products include an insect repellent made from lavender oil, a hand and foot cream for cracked skin and a brightlypackaged children’s range with labels designed by Ben and Sammie’s children, Olivia (10) and Michelle (12).

Sammie designed the logos and artwork on the packaging to appeal to traditional lavender lovers as well as a new audience who are discovering the many benefits of this old fashioned fragrance. The shop also sells delicious ice creams, including Tracey’s homemade blueberry flavour, and stocks colourful enamelware from Prague. “During the summer season it is ‘all hands on deck’, including the kids,” says Sammie. “We all work on making the venture a success.” But come the off-season the focus switches to family activities not least ferrying the hockey-mad youngsters to matches and competitions.



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Celebrating 80 years! Brian Neben publishes Rural Living and is also an avid lifestyle farmer



s usual I start my column with comments on the weather. Last month we were waiting for our super summer to arrive and when it did we had one of the hottest Januarys for some years. Then along came February, which hasn’t delivered the weather our family needed for some really special events. On the fourth I celebrated my 80th birthday with a family garden party. The day before, the weather was awful and we weren’t able to decide where to erect our tent until the morning of the event. The tent was a blessing as although it was a clear day we had a shower which lasted for about 15 minutes mid-afternoon. It then cleared for the remainder of a nice summer’s day. Our staff at work were just great and following a whip-around they shouted us a trip to Riverhead cruising on The Red Boats and then a great lunch at the Riverhead Tavern. February 6, which was Waitangi Day, happens to be our wedding anniversary. We had a delightful lunch at The Red Shed


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Bettors Delight once again the top sire. It is predicted he will be the best of all times. Of the 175 yearlings entered for the sales 44 were by him.

with our bridesmaid and her husband. What a great luncheon venue, but I suggest you book, we nearly missed out! The next day the staff had a surprise morning tea for me, which was an absolute delight. They presented me with a signed card (pictured) that I will really treasure. My next February event was taking delivery of a new Ssangyong ute. Because we are continually replanting trees and shrubs and carting bags of soil, we needed a ute to suit our gardening needs. This vehicle is ideal for that purpose. The next big February event was the Australasian Classic Harness Sale. The results were very disappointing for many

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breeders as sales were at least 10% down on last year’s result. The top three sales were all by Bettors Delight. Smooth Deal, a colt from Linda Grace, presented by Woodlands Stud sold for $230,000. Sossutor a colt from Sossusvle from Brekon Farms Ltd fetched $140,000 while another Woodland Stud colt, Line Up from Beach Parade, was sold for $130,000. From my observation the number of buyers at the sale seemed to be down on previous years. A report in the New Zealand Herald stated that Harness Racing needs to find 50 new buyers to boost the middle market. Hopefully, with the Auckland Trotting Club proposing an increase in stake money this will be an added incentive for next year. Go the Chiefs!

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hile larger scale dairy and cattle farmers have been coming to grips with Mycoplasma bovis, this potentially devastating bacteria does not discriminate when it comes to the herd size. At information evenings nationwide (Waikato area, Feb 26-28), farmers will be given screening kits to check bulk milk. While farmers will be invited to these meetings through their dairy companies, lifestylers are also welcome to attend with details to be made available via dairynz.co.nz. The samples will be then be collected from Waikato North farms (includes Pukekohe) from March 7. It is hoped that this programme will help ensure M. Bovis spreads no further. Causing serious health issues among

cows – including mastitis, abortion, pneumonia and arthritis – the disease has already taken its toll since first discovered in the South Island in July last year. And, while it has not yet been detected in the Waikato, it has spread already, most recently to Hastings. “We are taking a multi-layer approach to testing to find out how wide spread Mycoplasma bovis is,” Dr Eve Pleydell from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed late last year. “Along with the animal industry bodies, we remain committed to continuing the biosecurity response, finding any further infected properties, if they are out there, controlling the disease and, if possible, eradicating it from the country.” More about M. Bovis is accessible via various websites including mpi.govt.nz, fedfarm.org.nz and dairynz.co.nz.

Is this the ‘droid’ they’re looking for? Auckland Airport is trialling a new recruit in the war to stop invasive pests crossing our borders. However, Vai is not the typical two-legged type of biosecurity officer, nor is she a dogged furry friend, Brett Hickman from MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) explains. “MPI is always looking for innovative ways, including emerging technologies, to improve the experience for arriving passengers and to increase their biosecurity awareness,” he says. “Vai uses a database of queries and answers that is constantly updated through her interactions.” Vai (Virtual Assistant Interface) can answer simple biosecurity questions such as which items need to be declared for inspection. She can also provide directions for navigating the airport. “The idea is for her to take some of the load off MPI officers during peak times,” Mr Hickman says. “[This] allows officers to focus on their important role of keeping pests and diseases out of New Zealand.”

Outstanding in their Feilding Once again, the famed ‘Running of the Wools’ in Feilding will kick off the annual New Zealand Rural Games March 9-11. However, this is just the first in a wide range of events which will see the best country sports sorts battle it out for top honours, mostly in Palmerston North. In addition to such classics as timber sports, speed fencing, speed shearing, Highland games and sheep dog trials – with national and even international titles on the line – this year’s programme also features plenty of contests designed to make the games a truly interactive experience. “We want city and country folk alike to get in there, get dirty and give it a go,” games’ founder, Steve Hollander, says. “It is a free fun event for families and there is always something to watch or do. “Kiwis have led the world in a multiple of rural sporting disciplines and the games offer a unique opportunity to see champions from many disciplines as they face off against local and international competition.” See www.ruralgames.co.nz

Sunset rises to challenge When Sunset Beach’s surf lifesavers tested their mettle at Waipu Cove during the recent North Island IRB Championships, they left many other crews foundering in their wake. Amid the chop of difficult conditions, the Port Waikato-based club claimed an overall win, topping the table for the second year running. Despite their stoic efforts, their near neighbours from Karioitahi Surf Club finished in ninth place Sunset Beach’s best crews will now head to Waihi Beach on April 7-8 for the New Zealand Championships, April 7-8. www.ruralliving.co.nz

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Most Kiwi gardeners are familiar with Jack Hobbs, manager of the Auckland Botanic Gardens for the past 20 years, a well-known gardening presenter of various TV shows and also author of several gardening books and articles. However Jack is also a Franklin local living on a five-acre Mauku lifestyle property where he fosters both his love of gardening and of horses. Rural Living took the opportunity to talk to him…over the gate! How big a team do you oversee at the Auckland Botanic Gardens (ABG) and are you involved in any one area?

What research if any is being done by the ABG team to develop disease-resistant plants?

We have a team of 32 (not all are full time). This includes collection curators, gardeners, apprentices, a visitor services team and nursery staff. Around 110 volunteers provide invaluable support to our activities from the library and escorting visitors on the Wiri Ramber to helping in our gardens and nursery. As manager I spend little time in the gardens, but I get a great thrill out of seeing so many people enjoying their visit.

Some 15 years ago we decide to cease using insecticides and fungicides on our plants. This met with early resistance and scepticism but we think our plants are healthier today than they were when we were spraying. The overall environment is certainly healthier for visitors and staff. Our gardens are now abundant with life, from the highly visible birds, bees and insects. Just as importantly, our soils are teaming with microscopic organisms that maintain a healthy garden ecosystem. We conduct trials to determine which plants will thrive in our spray-free environment and publicly display these as well as recommending them through our website, leaflets and social media. We also breed disease-resistant hybrids.

What is the main focus of the ABG and how big an area is covered? The main focus of the Botanic Gardens is to engage people with plants and gardens. We think there are huge opportunities for people to benefit from actively gardening and spending time with real living things, and we focus our energies pm promoting these in a ways that are accessible and appealing. The gardens cover 64 hectares, with most gardens at the southern end near the visitor centre. Northern areas are more park-like with stands of large trees, and there is a wonderful remnant stand of native forest with good safe tracks.

Has there been success in either the breeding programme or other research that you are proud of? I remain proud of Hebe ‘Wiri Mist, an early hybrid that has stood the test of time. Several ornamental Manuka also perform well such as ‘Wiri Sandra’ (pink) and ‘Wiri Donna’ (red).

Plant breeding has been a focus at the gardens; what particular plants are you focusing on at present?

The ABG team has been working on a garden advice series, Growing for Auckland; do people know about it and are they using it?

My main early plant-breeding focus was to develop Hebe hybrids which remain healthy and perform well in gardens. Recently we have been working on developing camellia hybrids which are resistant to Camellia petal blight, and also daylilies (Hemerocallis) which are resistant to daylily rust. We are making good progress with our new daylilies, but the camellia programme is long term with results still several years away.

The garden advice programme is very active. I think most people access information from our website aucklandbotanicgardnes.co.nz. We also have leaflets and encourage people to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates. Every year we run Drop n Learn programmes where the public can join one of our staff who will share their expertise on a particular topic. Details are on our website.

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Mid 2017 the garden was awarded a Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business award, how significant is this and what does it mean to visitors? Qualmark provides an assessment of the quality of visitor experience, and we use it as validation of our approach. The sustainability award confirms we act in a sustainable manner and that we convey ideas and information on best practice to public. Our Sustainable Stormwater Trail is an example of this and it has attracted considerable interest from schools, public, contractors and businesses. The ABG hosts some major events, such as Sculpture in the Park (just concluded), and Elvis in the Gardens (March 4). Which event do you see as the most informative, valuable, successful or just plain fun? I am a big fan of Eye on Nature, our annual event in partnership with Manukau Beautification Trust aimed mainly at kids. It really connects young people with nature and important environmental messages, and they have great fun along the way. This year the school days are April 10-13; family day on Saturday April 14. Entry is free. What plans do you have for ABG over 2018 and beyond? We are expanding parking capacity now and will soon turn our attention to improving our pathway network. Both projects will feature attractive new plantings and enhance visitors’ enjoyment of the gardens. We are constantly reviewing and improving the gardens to make them more beautiful and engaging. Do you have a favourite flower? I love many plants, but cannot compare how I feel about say pansies versus kauri. In particular, I love seeing plants in the wild. Over the past few years I have viewed www.ruralliving.co.nz

Your great-great grandfather was an avid gardener and developed a commercially viable peach. Is it still grown today? My great-great grandfather Rev. John Hobbs came to NZ in 1823 and spent most of his time in Northland. He was a master of many skills including being an accomplished horticulturist, breeding a peach named ‘Hobbs Late’. It was commercially grown for many years and today we have a specimen at the gardens. You have been a TV gardening presenter and have also written gardening books and articles. Have you ever considered a permanent media career role? Working in the media was lots of fun and a great way to communicate my passion for plants. I loved Maggie’s Garden Show and, before that, Living Earth, but television was never something I envisaged as a career. I do love writing and photography though, and hope to do more when I finally leave the botanic gardens. You’ve travelled extensively and led gardening tours; which is your favourite ‘must-see’ garden anywhere in the world? Wisley in Woking near London is my favourite garden as it has such extensive plant displays and high horticultural standards. If you could grow any plant or species – flower or vegetable – what would it be?

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have planted many trees over the past 40 years, probably too many. We both love the magnolias when they flower, but all the trees are special. I have a large vegetable garden and an orchard from where we produce most of our fruit and vegetables. I work in my garden most nights; it is the perfect way to unwind. I also spend a lot of my weekends there and love every minute. When and how did you first become interested in gardening and when did you realise it could be a career? I became a gardener by accident when I was an arts student and had a holiday job looking after Fisher & Paykel’s gardens. A few years later I realised it was the most fun of any job I had worked in and, fortunately, found a role at Auckland Botanic Gardens.

I’d probably grow citrus as they are both beautiful and useful. However, it would be a nightmare growing only one plant group. If you could be Minister of Conservation for a day what would be the first thing you would do and why? Place more emphasis on threatened plant conservation. Plants receive relatively few resources compared to birds, but they are just as important to people and the environment. If you could ask any three people (living or dead) to dinner who and why? Sir David Attenborough who I once had lunch with along with Maggie Barry and others from Maggie’s Garden Show. Sir David was superb company, very entertaining and easy to be with. Also, Barrack Obama who I regard as a great leader and brilliant mind and finally, that great botanist, Joseph Banks. Rural Living — February/March 2018 — 11


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hether you like it or not, most farmers will probably need to fund farming operations with borrowing from one of New Zealand’s main trading banks. The main terms that borrowers look at when signing loan facility documentation relate to the cost of the borrowing – interest rate, the amount of the repayment sums and the term of the lending. The security required is usually a mortgage over the farm land and, more often than not, a general security agreement which is effectively a mortgage over all of the farming entity’s assets which are not land such as stock, crops, machinery, receivables and so on.

◆◆Covenants by the borrower to do, or not to do, certain things such as sell any of the borrower’s property without the bank’s consent – other than in the ordinary course of business ◆◆‘Events of default’ which are a list of matters that enable the bank to take action under the security if those events occur, such as if there is a change in control of the borrower with, say, a new shareholder being introduced, and ◆◆Specific provisions regarding how the bank enforces its security.

The ‘standard’ conditions Most banks have standard terms and conditions applying to their mortgages and/or their general security agreements. These days, the loan facility agreement tends to be a relatively short document setting out the main loan terms, with the bank’s standard terms and conditions usually in a separate document. However, the loan facility agreement and the master terms and conditions, together with the mortgage and general security agreement terms, form the contract between the bank as lender and the farming entity (or entities) as the borrower. Generally, most loan terms and conditions cover the following matters: ◆◆The obligation to repay any monies borrowed ◆◆Representations made by the borrower. For example, that the borrower must have the necessary Resource Management Act 1991 or Building Act 2004 consents for its farming operation and that it hasn’t breached the terms of any such consent www.ruralliving.co.nz

Read that fine print The natural assumption of most borrowers is that provided they meet their repayments, then the bank will be happy and therefore the terms and conditions – often running to 20–30 pages or more – are just ‘fine print’ and a working knowledge of what they say is not required. This isn’t the case. It’s essential that you know the representations and covenants. While many of the terms and conditions tend to be general in scope, some can be quite specific. For example, in relation to the farming sector, common representations could be that: ◆◆All, or substantially all, the livestock are in prime health and condition ◆◆The borrower will replace any livestock which die or are lost or destroyed with livestock of a like nature ◆◆Livestock must be tended and cared for

in accordance with accepted methods of animal husbandry ◆◆That crops are in prime health and condition ◆◆The proceeds of the sale of the crops or livestock will be paid or delivered where the bank directs, and ◆◆Generally the bank will have rights of access to the borrower’s property to allow the bank to inspect its security.

Additional specific covenants There will also, almost certainly, be specific covenants relating to compliance with relevant legislation such as the Resource Management Act 1991. Relating to that legislation, there will be a covenant to comply with any consents issued under the Act, not to allow any consents to be surrendered and to notify the bank if any action is taken under the Act against you. Apart from specific covenants such as those mentioned above, the terms and conditions will inevitably have a ‘cover all’ event of default such as “any other event (or series of events) occurs which, in the opinion of the bank, may have a material adverse effect on the debtor... or on the ability or willingness of the debtor to comply with the debtor’s obligations to the bank”. What the above shows is that it is not only financial obligations in which the bank is interested. If, for example, a borrower has a series of Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 or Resource Management Act 1991 prosecutions, these could give a bank the ability to call up its loan or enforce its security. ◆◆This article was first published in the Summer 2017-18 edition of Rural eSpeaking, the farm-focused e-newsletter for clients of NZ LAW member firms. Gifford Devine is a member of NZ LAW.  Rural Living — February/March 2018 — 13

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ver just seven days fortunes are often made in Karaka as demonstrated by the recent NZ Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series where total receipts finished at just under the $100m mark. NZB MD, Andrew Seabrook, says he is “extremely pleased” with series results. “The turnover increased $15m with 100 less horses offered, the average went from 86k to 106k and the median from 50 to 75k. It’s been the most successful sale in the company’s history.” This year featured changes to catalogue structure, with the Premier, Select and Festival sales replaced by three ‘books.’ “The move to the new format was an overwhelming success,” Andrew adds. The gavels continued banging at Karaka during harness racing’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale on February 13. Amid a mixed bag of results, Clevedon’s Woodlands Stud lead the charge securing the top price – Lot 157, Smooth Deal, sired by Bettor’s delight – of $230,000. For full details of sales results, visit nzb.co.nz (National Yearling Sales) and standardbred.co.nz (Australasian Classic).


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With the effects of drought – particularly in the South Island – and other adverse weather issues of concern, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities, Damien O’Connor has had his plate full. However, as this report, seen through the eyes of the Rural Living team suggests, he still found time to check out the big picture.

Green means go... to Europe While our PM may have her hands full with another mouth to feed on the way, humanity is debating how governments will cope with feeding billions while ensuring we don’t destroy the planet. “The global challenge is to produce more food with less emissions intensity,” Mr O’Connor announced recently. “This requires research and innovation and is key to meeting the projected increase in worldwide food demand of 70% by 2050,” His comments came before travelling to Berlin to speak at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture during International Green Week. Primarily, the Minister spoke about New Zealand’s role in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases and sustainable livestock production. While in Europe, Mr O’Connor also met with counterparts discussing issues affecting agricultural production and trade. “Rural communities across the world are often the lifeblood of our societies and heritage,” the Minister said. “We are confident that a Free Trade Agreement between our country and the EU will provide opportunities for farmers and facilitate greater agricultural cooperation, benefiting rural communities on both sides.” www.ruralliving.co.nz




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Alpaca skin issues Dr Laura Schwerdtfeger BVSc BSc Franklin Vets has recently started annual healthcare packages for lifestyle block farmers with sheep, goats and alpacas. These provide an affordable and preventative healthcare service to reduce the incidence of disease in much-loved lifestyle block animals. On these healthcare visits, we have seen a huge number of alpacas suffering from dermatitis skin disease. Subsequently, it has been a hot topic for discussion.

What is alpaca dermatitis?

Alpaca skin disease is a widespread issue throughout New Zealand. Alpacas with skin issues often appear to be itchy, have areas of skin that are scaley, crusty or thickened and have areas of wool loss. Affected areas involve those around the face, ears, tummy,

armpits, legs and feet. In many cases, the exact cause of skin disease has never been diagnosed and can cause ongoing weight loss and stress in affected animals. Damaged skin has the potential to be incredibly itchy, painful and, in severe cases, can even attract flies resulting in flystrike. In order to accurately treat any condition, a correct diagnosis must first be made. There are many causes of alpaca skin disease, including mites, lice, ticks, secondary bacterial infections, fungal infections, zinc responsive dermatosis and atopic dermatitis. Most of these skin diseases look the same, which can make it very difficult to make an accurate diagnosis based on looking at the skin alone. At Franklin Vets we know that alpaca skin disease is a real issue and we are determined to help clients get to the bottom of this. We start the investigative pro-

cess by trying to rule out some of the easier and more common diseases such as mites, lice, ticks and aim to treat any secondary skin infections. After this we can focus on testing for more specific diseases. If your alpacas have skin issues then don’t worry, you’re not alone. We are happy to help get to the bottom of this and to discuss your options. You can contact us at lifestyle@fvs.co.nz or phone us on 09 2988575.

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When Heather Hobman heard about Franklin Vets Alpaca Healthcare Package it seemed as if it had been designed for her busy life with full time work and nine alpacas to care for. She signed up late last year and several months later says: “We are very happy with the service, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing our pets

n Facial eczema is a risk for cattle and sheep through to May. To best protect your animals, ensure zinc boluses are inserted three weeks prior to spore counts rising. n Barber’s Pole is a bloodsucking parasite found in sheep and alpacas, causing them to become pale and weak; deaths can occur. While most drenches will control it, we recommend using a product with specific and persistent activity such as Genesis Ultra®. n Flystrike in sheep is a real issue at this time of year. Prevention is better than cure and involves avoiding dags by tailing, crutching and worm control, shearing prior to summer followed by regular treatment with protective sprays. n Fleas and Ticks are a nuisance for pets, and fleas can be laying eggs in your house too! There are some great safe and long-lasting flea control products available for dogs and cats, such as Bravecto which lasts for 12 weeks with one treatment. are being well taken care of. We now know the dates in advance and everything is done for us, including vaccinations, faecal egg counts, and condition scoring, plus the vets expert eye to notice if anything else is amiss.”

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Safer Vehicles, Safer Farms W ith nearly 90 percent of work-related farm fatalities involving vehicles and machinery, the rural sector can expect a new safety project called, Safer Vehicles Safer Farms, to deliver fresh solutions to reduce the risk of vehicle injuries on farms. A recent industry workshop in Wellington was attended by 50 representatives including farmers, growers, lobby groups, insurers and farm vehicle salespeople who were focused on

developing short and long term solutions for reducing harm from vehicles in agriculture and associated industries. Going forward WorkSafe will now work closely with the industry to share expertise and ideas as well as co-designing and implementing safety initiatives to support safer operating of all farm vehicles, not just quad bikes. WorkSafe CEO, Nicole Rosie said there were many risks to manage in farming but critical (life or death) risks – such as working in, on, or around vehicles –

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By Ditch Keeling, Coastal Pest Solutions


he winter possum control season is fast approaching so now is a great time to decide how you want to go about it and what gear

to use. The autumn/spring possum control season is based on dealing with possums during breeding as this provides an opportunity to get a “two for one deal” with pregnant females in April while the reduced amount of natural food out there during winter makes baits and lures extremely attractive to them. So, hit them hard in early autumn, apply control into winter until activity stops and then increase your efforts approaching spring to pick up any new animals moving into your area before the all important bush-bird breeding season. Pulsing your control efforts during these two periods of the year also reduces both the level of effort required and the associated costs. Too easy! Trapping, shooting and poisoning are all viable means of achieving possum control but if you are after a standardised method which requires as little input from you as possible, establishing a permanent bait station regime for use during the beginning and end of winter makes a lot of sense. The following prescription is one I have used for many years and although there are always new alternatives, this method continues to deliver results and is one of the most easily applied by even those with no pest control experience at all.

Establishing a bait station programme: Philproof mini bait stations should be placed at 100 metre spacings around bush fringes/boundaries or at the rate of two per hectare in bush. They can be nailed to the base of trees or attached side-on to the tree at head height, I favour placing them as high as possible as this removes all risk of access by pets and stock. When attaching side on, the addition of a second nail through the centre hole at the base of the station keeps it nice and level and allows for easy re-filling by simply lifting the base off the lower nail, tilting the station 45 degrees to the side and pouring the bait straight into the mouth of the station.

Additional Lure: For best results bait stations should be lured with a “blaze” of scented flour. You can make a really effective lure by adding a small amount of cinnamon and icing sugar, aniseed (or anything else that smells great) to the required amount of flour and smearing a handful of this in a line leading to the mouth of the station each time you fill them. Bait stations and bait are available from Philproof Ltd www.philproof.co.nz; if you would like to establish a bait station regime but need some help getting it set up you can contact me through www.coastalpestsolutions.co.nz.

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Fill each station with 500 grams of pestoff possum pellets. Cutting down a plastic bottle to make a cup that holds 500 grams makes this very easy. The annual filling regime for these stations is based on three fills at one month intervals commencing in early autumn; and three times again at one month intervals concluding mid-spring. This equates to six fills over two pulses or 3kg of bait per station per year. As with all toxins, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safe and efficient use. Removing any uneaten bait will allow you to further calculate what your property requires annually and leaves the stations empty, clean and tidy until next season.


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Hot chickadee weather issues By Wendy Majoor, Chooks Manor

more worrying, some runny egg whites! Neither are to be worried about – simply a side effect of the increased water consumption. If your hens are broody think carefully about whether or not you want to add to your flock with their potential new brood. Even reared by a hen, chicks still need quite a bit of care and attention as well as special food. And, of course, the age old problem arises of what to do with any roosters you may hatch and not want to keep. What’s


ith late summer and some rather hot days upon us many of our feathered friends are now slowing down their laying. Others are becoming broody and some have started throwing off their feathers and starting to moult. It is not unusual for egg laying to slow down once the really hot days settle in so make sure your hens always have access to plenty of fresh cold water at all times. You will be surprised how much they will drink when the temperatures rise and this can give rise to some dirty tail feathers and,

more, if you are looking to buy fertile eggs remember that most breeders stop hatching at this time of the year as fertility drops with the higher temperatures. In addition, any resulting chicks are doing the biggest part of their growing going into and throughout the winter months. This often results in smaller chicks which do not thrive. Lastly, if your ladies have decided to throw off their old plumage to grow beautiful new feathers you need to be aware that feathers are protein just like hair and nails but, more importantly, like eggs. Most hens will not lay while they are moulting and will utilise the protein in their diet to help them grow back their plumage so this is not the time to skimp on their diet. Rather, by keeping the right amount of protein in their diet you will help them grow back their feathers faster and subsequently they will start laying again sooner. Enjoy these balmy summer and autumn days!

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he Rural Living team likes to think it has Franklin covered – a lifestyler’s magazine with a good mix of news and humour of a local nature. But, to our delight it seems we’ve gone global…or near enough! Two emails confirm Rural Living is appreciated in Australia and Tonga. Marilyn from Queensland’s Gold Coast now subscribes to the electronic version of Rural Living. Earlier this month she emailed to say: “I commend you on a very interesting and informative magazine! I was born in Papakura and lived in Tuakau from 1950-

1966 but have spent the past 45-plus years living in Australia. “I was in New Zealand in December (2017) and picked up a copy of your magazine “somewhere” (can’t recall where!). I visited Tuakau (for nostalgic reasons) and surrounding districts. Reading Rural Living takes me back to those regions of which I am very fond! A much slower, stress-free, healthier way of living! “Keep up the good work!” Within hours of receiving Marilyn’s warm remarks this email arrived from one of our prize winners, Ginny who wrote:

“Just to thank you for delivering the DVD Country Calendar prize last week…. we always enjoy the Country Calendar programme, but do miss it sometimes….so now I can go through it at my leisure. “You’ve got a great publication and I enjoy it. I send on copies to my brotherin-law and [also] one to Tonga (in our shipments of produce) where they do enjoy reading matter as it is so rare over there. “Thanks again, Ginny.” Feedback from our readers is always appreciated and no more so than when it comes from far and wide!

Bagging compostable materials! After all the debate about plastic shopping bags, I’m aware some supermarkets will be dispensing with them in the future. However, so far I haven’t heard about any proposed alternative for impromptu shoppers such as those who, for example, pop into the supermarket after work for a few goods but may not have a reusable shopping bag with them. I’m also wondering if some sort of bags will still be available in fruit and veggie departments? Not knowing the

answers, I thought I would alert your readers (and hopefully some supermarkets) to these great little compostable bags which I came across while visiting Raglan recently. Friend and I popped down for day and while at the local hardware store I made a few purchases which were placed in a super lightweight Ecopond ‘plastic’ bag, made from compostable materials and labelled:

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BioPak – it doesn’t cost the earth (love that pun). The website on the bag was Aussie-based so I guess the bags are made there too but I would love to know more about them and whether they might be a viable option to give to food shoppers when they have no suitable carry bag. Trying to be more environmentallyconscious! – Pukekohe

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Tiny home no hobby house Often enough, the biggest ideas in business grow from the smallest of seeds. And yet, for the Bartlett family, a big dream actually involved something on a much more diminutive scale. JON RAWLINSON explains.


fter moving down the line to the Bay of Plenty, Peter Bartlett may have been looking to manoeuvre towards retirement but, instead, this former builder’s would-be hobby provided the foundations for a family business. “I thought this [building tiny houses] would be a bit of a hobby business for Dad,” Peter’s daughter and Tiny House Builders’ company director, Rebecca Bartlett, laughs, “But he’s now probably working harder than ever before!” Initially, Rebecca and her partner (Maihi McLean) were intending to build a unit to provide rental income at their Maraetai property, however building costs proved prohibitive. “Then, about a year ago, I saw a tiny house online. We started building one and a few months later it was done. We took it to the home show in Tauranga and had thousands of positive comments; people just loved it!” With the assistance of their team – which includes Maihi, Rebecca’s mother (Brenda), and sisters, Naomi and Angela – Rebecca and Peter have since seen orders roll in thick and fast. Tiny House Builders’ prototype (Pohutukawa design) now serves as the company’s show home, located near Peter’s place in the Bay of Plenty. While it may be just 32 square metres in size, the Pohutukawa packs a

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lot within its bounds including two bedrooms (on mezzanine levels) a full kitchen, bathroom and a living/dining area. Thought to have been born of the global financial crisis, the tiny house movement is gaining momentum worldwide. Here in New Zealand, tiny homes have

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been embraced by people from all walks of life. “How people are looking to use them has been very interesting. Some want them as baches; some for permanent living. Retirees see potential for living on their children’s sections in a tiny house, and others see

them as a first step onto the property ladder,” Rebecca says. “Yes, our tiny houses may be small but, then again, they’re probably bigger than some apartments in Auckland City!” They could even prove a perfect pick for orchardists or www.ruralliving.co.nz

other businesses employing seasonal labour, she adds – “easy accommodation!” Thanks to one clever feature in particular, Kiwis are also being driven towards the economical, more ecofriendly ‘tiny life’ these homes offer. “They’re actually classed as vehicles [by councils] because they’re on trailers and their maximum size is defined by New Zealand’s towing rules,” Rebecca explains. “Once

taken off, there are added building consent issues which need to be addressed.” When it comes to selling these diminutive abodes, anyone, anywhere is a potential buyer which means the old adage, ‘location, location, location’ goes completely out the window. While such compact living may not suit pack rats, size can make a difference in more ways than just one. “They make clever use of

storage space; when you really think about it, how many things do you really need anyway? As our houses are designed for indooroutdoor flow, once you add a deck, maybe a garage or garden shed, you can greatly increase the living space.” If people can find suitable neutral corners when the wheels fall off on domestic bliss, home can still prove sweet, especially when bills roll in.

“Their [environmental] footprint is smaller. Also, tiny houses require less power – they’re so easy to light and heat and so well insulated that the power bills are the smallest you could ever imagine.” Rebecca confirms. “However, yes, I think people do need to consider [the lack of space] if they’re in a bit of a ‘flighty’ relationship!” Fortunately, we Kiwis are a get-along kind of people… aren’t we readers?

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can’t believe we are nearly through the second month of this New Year and what a busy month it has been. Our daughter from Dubai flew in for her father’s birthday and was really thrilled that the weather here was very similar to that in Dubai. We picked her up at the airport and then the weather turned. By her first weekend home she had dug out her old tracksuit pants but I did think she had gone too far when she pulled on her Ugg boots! What a change (for a few days at least) but actually it was such a relief to be a bit cooler. We had Brian’s 80th and he decided he wanted the family to gather which was perfect. We decided that I wasn’t to do anything so I had the team from Cafe Kaos prepare all the food. I wanted antipasto, then light mains with ham from the Drury butcher. We sat around all afternoon

eating and chatting disturbed only by the rain which lasted just a short time. Then, all our staff put in to give him a surprise and on the Wednesday after Waitangi Day we were instructed to arrive at Botany Town Centre at the Godforsaken hour of 8am! We left home at 6.45am and on arrival one of our team jumped in the car and told me to head for SkyCity. This particular person has a history of pranks but with her sitting in the back seat, Brian and I could not discuss what we were thinking. Back onto the motorway at Highbrook and all the time I was wondering if we were being set up to jump off the Sky Tower. Well, that didn’t happen as I was instructed to stay in the left lane and turn down towards Victoria Park. By then I was really confused but when we finally drove onto Pier 21, I realised we must be going on a boat. Phew, I like boats. We parked and our ‘guide’ then announced we were booked on the Red Boats cruise to Riverhead Tavern where lunch awaited. What a wonderful surprise and a really special day out. We have talked about doing this trip for years and I must say it was well worth it – a wonderful gift and surprise.

Now that all the birthday celebrations are over, things are back to normal. The other Sunday we popped over to Puke’ to see The Darkest Hour and thoroughly enjoyed it although we had an issue with people sitting in our seats. I had bought the tickets over the internet in the morning so that we could just arrive when the movie was due to start. Normally, the theatre is reasonably empty but on this wet day it was nearly full and people were sitting in our seats. I explained to the couple that these were our seats and their reply was, “too bad!” Oh dear, not a good start. If there had been other seats nearby it wouldn’t have mattered but there weren’t. So, off I went to ask the poor young hostess to get the people to move to their allocated seats and give us ours. As I said, the theatre was pretty full so allocated seats were important on this occasion. The couple were removed nicely by the young attendant and I said, ‘sorry for the mix up’ to which the recalcitrant woman replied “what an inhospitable country this is!” I’m not sure how this phrase was relevant and I’m not quite sure what we did wrong. Oh well, it’s over now and so is another month. Catch you next time.

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◆◆Warm Copper – Seeing red in 2018? Warm copper is the top red hue — the intoxicating shade walks the line between ultra-feminine and sultry. Quick tip: Keep skin tone in mind when selecting your shade. Medium and olive complexions look best with a blend of golden and orange hues; those with fair skin tones can sport a vibrant blend of red tones – both make a statement! ◆◆Natural Balayage – This year, it’s all about soft brown locks that look like they’ve been kissed by the sun. So, what sets this style apart? It’s dark enough for these warmer months, but still inviting and playful. For best results, stick with a rich, dark chocolate shade as the base with hints of caramel and golden blonde. Ask our talented team of stylists which balayage technique is best to give your colour a natural effect.

hen people talk protein they often think first of meat, muscles and body building but it’s much more than that. Protein is, indeed, important for building and maintaining muscle mass as it also provides structural support in the form of collagen and elastin; it makes up enzymes, hormones and antibodies in the immune system; it affects cell signalling and it also moves molecules through the body e.g haemoglobin transporting oxygen in our blood. Unfortunately our peak muscle mass and strength does start to decline during adulthood. While not a major cause for concern if we are consuming protein-rich foods, it is very important for older adults who have higher needs (about 25% more) than that of younger adults. But because we lose muscle mass as we age, this leads to reduced strength and physical function which, in turn, leads to a reduction in independence and quality of life. Older adults may also start eating smaller meals as they become full quicker. Loss of taste and smell means they may no longer enjoy foods they may have in the past while loss of chewing and swallowing ability, and health concerns such as high cholesterol, may lead to a reduction in the amount of protein consumed. So, to ensure the right amount of protein, it should be evenly distributed between breakfast, lunch, and dinner as this will ensure maximum protein synthesis occurs. As protein increases that feeling of fullness, this may potentially lead to weight loss. Animal protein is more like that of humans, however, the necessary amino acids that we require are all provided by plant sources. Good sources of protein are meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, and eggs plus beans, and legumes. An example of how to include protein in all meals may be poached eggs for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and grilled fish for dinner.

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um recession happens when the gum moves slowly up the tooth surface over time; it can take years. This exposes the root of the tooth which is usually sensitive. You may then feel cold air you breathe in and/or cold foods and drinks. A ridge in the tooth often occurs at the gum line. Why does this happen? The answer often given is that you have brushed your teeth too hard and have worn away the gum and tooth, and there is some truth to this. The other reason, generally overlooked in the past, is that clenching and grinding teeth puts stress at the gum line of the teeth and causes recession. This clenching and grinding is commonly linked to stress. Now, there is recent recognition of a link to snoring and sleep apnoea as our brain responds to a compromised airway during sleep. So the things to take care over are these: ◆◆Don’t ignore tooth sensitivity, it’s the body telling you something isn’t right. Your dentist can check if this is due to recession or other issues that need attending to e.g. decay. ◆◆If you have recession do take care. Brush gently so you don’t wear the exposed tooth surface away and therefore create further sensitivity and abrasion. ◆◆Ask your dentist if the abraded areas should be filled to protect further damage or decay. ◆◆Avoid drinking acidic drinks often, e.g. soft drinks, wine or even lemon water as they will erode receded tooth surfaces further. ◆◆Visit a hygienist regularly so receded areas can be monitored and future problems avoided. ◆◆Be aware of the link between recession, clenching and grinding and sleep disordered breathing. We can monitor your sleep at home if you would like to rule this out as a cause. Please give us a call! We would love to help you.

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here was a time when buying a pair of sheets was a big outlay for many families and if quality cotton sheets were wearing thin in the middle it was common to slit them through the centre before sewing the outer edges together to form then new middle. The sheet was then considered good for another few years – how life has changed! Today, bedding options are many and varied and not always expensive. Stores provide plenty of all-in-one packages – toning sheets, duvet covers, various pillow sizes with slips to match and, perhaps, a throw too. But not all well-curated beds come in a pack. Understanding of colours, textiles and scale, together with thoughtful experimentation, can result in some impressive individual outcomes – bedrooms that suit one’s personality and encompass the desired mood – romantic, practical , masculine, feminine, tailored, frilly, calm, funny and so on. Firstly, know your colours. It’s important to find a balance between matching everything perfectly so it looks like something from a showhome and

encompassing your own preferences while avoiding a wildly clashing colours. Decide first on your main colour and one or two accent colours. Look at your bed and imagine for instance a base shade of soft turquoise with accents of grey and white with a possible injection of a subtle cerise. Alternatively take a grey and white palette and add to it a dash of mustard or soft yellow notes with a splash of charcoal. Try to tie colours together and, where you have an abundance of patterns, stick to a neutral palette so they still work together. You could add toning tablecloths to bedside cabinets. Embroidery, artworks, curtains and rugs may also influence the final outcome – if patterned these can

embellish a more neutral setting. Going big with pattern can make some folk nervous but can work well especially where there are expansive surfaces. Some duvet covers sporting big, bold graphics look fabulous. Then smaller prints or block colours on smaller items such as pillows or a throw can be used to complement. However if there is a lot happening, it’s important the scheme looks intentional and well pulled together. That’s where repetition can be effective. A home is far from static – it grows with your family and lifestyle changes. So, be confident in your choices and take time to enjoy the planning process. You may want to try some things for a few months, moving them around the room before deciding if they are a fit. And, don’t feel you need to purchase everything at once – the perfect look can be layered over time. Explore new and old for inspiration and follow your instincts. If your personality calls for a soft, calming effect in the bedroom don’t suddenly swap to loud and busy – you may regret it. But, if you are extroverted and revel in colour then yours may be the bold room bursting with texture.


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Barbecued Scotch with Summer Herbs and Labneh

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ow does a perfectly barbecued scotch with fresh summer herbs topped with a zesty homemade labneh sound? Pretty great, right? This light dish, courtesy of Beef and Lamb New Zealand, is perfect for a hot summer’s day or complete the meal with new potatoes or toasted sourdough and a crunchy green salad. Prep: 12 mins, Cook: 8 mins, Serves 4-6

Ingredients Beef: ◆◆2 x 350g Quality Mark scotch fillet steaks ◆◆Olive oil for rubbing Labneh: ◆◆400g natural, unsweetened yoghurt ◆◆1 clove garlic, crushed ◆◆1 Tbsp chopped dill ◆◆Finely grated zest of 1 lemon To serve: ◆◆1 small handful flat leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped ◆◆2 Tbsp chervil leaves ◆◆1 lemon ◆◆3-4 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin is good ◆◆6-8 small radishes, preferably with smaller leaves intact ◆◆2 good handfuls watercress (a few rocket leaves are good here too)

Method: Labneh – Line a non-metallic sieve with cheesecloth and set over a deep bowl. Mix together the yoghurt, garlic and a good pinch of salt and place in the cheesecloth. Fold over edges to enclose the yoghurt,

cover with a clean tea towel and place in the fridge overnight or for up to 24 hours. Place labneh in a small bowl, mix through chopped dill and lemon zest. Cover and return to fridge until ready to use. Preheat barbecue plate until very hot.  Beef – Rub the steaks with a little oil. Place on the hot plate and barbecue for 2 minutes each side. Turn and barbecue for further 4 minutes. Place on a plate or board, season and cover loosely with foil or baking paper and leave to rest for at least 5 minutes.   To serve – Thickly slice the scotch fillet steaks across the grain and place on a large serving plate.  Scatter with parsley and chervil. Finely grate over the zest of lemon before drizzling with the olive oil. Squeeze over juice of the lemon and season all with a little extra salt. Scatter radishes around and finish with the watercress. Serve with a bowl of labneh. For more recipes see beeflambnz.co.nz

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Spanish chickpea  and almond stew U sing store cupboard staples and spinach from the freezer, this Seville-inspired stew comes together in under 20 minutes and is sure to be a hit with everyone. You could swap the spinach for other greens, such as chopped chard, or add extra bits and bobs, such as a few tablespoons of capers, olives or chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Perfect as a stew-like soup in a bowl, but you could make it thicker and serve with a side of quinoa.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS: ◆◆3 Tbsp chopped or flaked almonds ◆◆1 & 1/2 Tbsp butter or ghee ◆◆1 large onion, finely chopped ◆◆1 large red or orange pepper, deseeded and chopped ◆◆3 garlic cloves, finely chopped ◆◆1 large handful of fresh parsley, stalks finely chopped and leaves roughly chopped ◆◆1 Tbsp tomato purée ◆◆2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes ◆◆2 x 400g tins of chickpeas, drained and rinsed ◆◆100ml stock/bone broth (see Eat Happy for Melissa’s own recipe) or water ◆◆250g spinach ◆◆1 Tbsp lemon juice ◆◆Sea salt and black pepper ◆◆Extra-virgin olive oil, to serve Spices ◆◆2 tsp ground cumin ◆◆2 tsp smoked paprika ◆◆1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

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turn up the heat to a medium simmer and cook for 15 minutes, uncovered, to thicken and reduce. Add the chickpeas and cook for another three minutes with a lid on. If you want the stew to be more soup-like, add the stock. Turn up the heat, drop in the spinach and cook for 1 minute, covered with the lid, then add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Serve each bowl with We have a copy of Eat Happy to give away. If every day a good drizzle of olive you have some trouble, don’t worry... Eat Happy! A handy oil and with the parsley compendium of dishes which can be whipped up in leaves and toasted just 30 minutes or less, this book includes 120 new almonds scattered over. ways to serve up happiness on a plate. Designed to allow even the busiest cooks to prepare healthy food Recipe extracted from fast without compromising on flavour. Eat Happy is Eat Happy: 30-minute on the menu at bookstores nationwide. Feelgood Food by Melissa ◆◆Melissa Hemsley: Eat Happy – 30-minute Feelgood Hemsley, published by Food | RRP $55 | Ebury Press/Penguin Ebury Press, RRP $55. Random House NZ

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Care moments

part of daycare philosophy By Clare Sharpe, Suits & Gumboots Country Daycare


fter 28 years in early childhood I now found myself enjoying and loving this amazing career more than ever. About eight years ago I began work in a centre that was inspired by the RIE and Reggio philosophies. This provided an opportunity to attend an amazing professional development programme with Pennie Brownlee (Dance with Me in the Heart). Since then I have not looked back and continuously wonder how this beautiful way of being with children can be more publicised. Then, three years ago, I joined Suits and Gumboots to help them on their amazing journey implementing the RIE philosophy which stems from the brilliant work of Emmi Pikler. Emmi was a paediatrician from Hungary where, during the Second World War, she ran an orphanage for babies and young children. Throughout that time, she observed the way in which babies biologically unfold and created a beautiful, peaceful way of being in relationship with children. She explored and documented their natural movements, observing that babies were very capable if left to work and figure things out without interference from an adult. This work has resulted in a new way of thinking for many people and, where I am concerned, the emphasis of my teaching has changed to focus on incredible moments called ‘care moments’ – for example, those times when a child eats, gets dressed or has a nappy change and where play and exploration is left to the child. Having a baby comes with a lot a pressure from others including manufacturers. For example, there’s pressure to put babies into a jumping apparatus, exercise modules or even a high chair along with expectations of when they should sit, walk or talk. Such expectations are often seen as normal. However, Emmi Pikler believed many of these structures and expectations were detrimental to a baby’s natural development although, personally, I had a highchair and a Jolly JumperTM for my children and have learnt that we can only act with the knowledge available at the time. The Pikler approach views infants as equal human beings, in partnership with the adult who carries out activities with children not to or at them.  As Emmi would say, ‘the relationship is ALL. It is a matter of life to the child.’ Inspired to implement this into daycare and offer our young the best start in life means ensuring the public are more aware of the philosophy. It would be great for parents to have the knowledge before or during pregnancy so that they find it entirely natural when starting daycare. If you are interested in learning more, you can follow some amazing people on Facebook: Pikler Collection, Pennie Brownlee and Dance with Me in the Heart, Kimberley Crisp (For older children) and The Heart School, Donna Stichbury – Peaceful beginnings, Helen Armstrong. Suits & Gumboots Country Daycare 12 Helenslee Rd, Pokeno. 46 Waerenga Rd, Te Kauwhata Phone 0800 464656 www.suitsandgumboots.co.nz www.ruralliving.co.nz

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f there’s one garden villain that’s dead set to bug you and foil your plans it’s the grass grub (aka Costelytra zealandica, brown beetle or Tutaeruru). Found throughout the country, the grass grub is capable of unleashing a crime spree of ‘biblical’ proportions and in some quarters is number one on New Zealand’s ‘most wanted’ list for crimes against lawns. This little bug-er-adicates grass by feasting on grass roots and, when it matures, seriously damages shrubs and fruit trees. ◆◆Born wild: Emerging from their eggs in summer, approximately 15-20cm below the surface, grass grub larvae feed on grass roots until mid winter, entering their pupal state from September to October. From mid-spring until early summer these little pests are all abuzz! At this time, grass grub beetles emerge ready to party. Usually, on warm nights they will gather to feed on shrubs and fruit trees, find a date, mate and lay eggs. ◆◆Grub’s up?:You will know when the young insects have been ‘larvae-ing la vida loca’ with your lawn by tell-tale patches of yellow-brown, dead grass. White clover and ryegrass are common targets for grass grub larvae; however, fruit and vegetables such as strawberries, raspberries and carrots are also at risk. Keep your eyes on the skies, too. Birds find these grubs a tasty treat; so watch for areas of lawn which seem to particularly attract our feathered friends! During the spring and summer months you’ll spot evidence of grass grub beetles’ activities on bushes and trees. Check young foliage for leaf damage, paying particular attention to the grub’s favourite ‘grub’ apricot, cherry, peach, plum and apple trees. They are also quite partial to roses and grape vines. ◆◆Know thy enemy: Growing to approximately 2-2.5cm, the C-shaped grass grub larvae are typically off-white or grey in colour. The grass grub beetles themselves are brown in colour, and grow to roughly 1cm in length. As with many other strange creatures, these beetles usually only come out at night and are attracted by bright lights. Although they ‘fly by night’, once these beetles are established they won’t ‘beat it’ and can make your garden their long-term abode, unless the correct measures are taken. ◆◆We don’t need their grubby patches: When the soil is dry during the warm months it’s difficult to eradicate these pests as they will hibernate deep in the earth. However, from late autumn until winter, the larvae will be closer to the surface. You can fight the good fight against them with products such as Yates Complete Lawn Insect. An organic alternative, natural pyrethrum, will also reduce damage to plants caused by adult beetles. Ensure this is applied in the evenings when the beetles are out and about, and bees have flown away home. The grass grub is a serious pest in New Zealand; in fact they’re a real pain in the… grass! www.ruralliving.co.nz

Central’s Tips March 2018 It’s time to start planting in your winter garden - whether it’s vegetables like cabbage and broccoli or flowers such as calendula and Iceland poppies - these can all be planted now. Also don’t forget to feed your citrus trees!

In the Veggie Patch • Give citrus a side dressing of sheep pellets or citrus fertiliser

• It’s the start of winter vegetable growing: plant out cabbage, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, tatsoi, and spring onion seedlings

• Winterflowersforthevegetablepatch: calendulas and Iceland poppies

• Plant out a crop of spinach.

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Steady as she goes

i’M young, fit, heaLthy –Why do i need MedicaL insurance?

By david Powell, Barfoot & thompson, Pukekohe At time of writing the REINZ figures had not been released so I have used the Barfoot & Thompson sales figures (see below) which cover the Auckland and Northland region. The average price of sales has flattened out but continues to stay firm compared with earlier months. With sales volume continuing to fall and listings continuing to rise the market is moving more into being a buyers’ market. January is always a confused market as people make the most of the summer weather and buying and selling of houses and lifestyle blocks are put on the back burner. What happens in February will set the scene with the March, April and May quarter which are normally the second best three months for property sales in the year. If sales volumes don’t keep pace with new listings, the market may pressure vendors to accept lower prices. Based on the 10-year property cycle, 2017 should have been the start of a large price correction. This has not happened and Auckland is still short of housing stock. The result is that prices are staying stable and patient vendors are managing to obtain good prices. If the volume of sales doesn’t pick up then the tide may turn and the price correction will continue at a modest negative adjustment.

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hear the above question a lot and the answer is, you don’t. Young, fit and healthy people do not need medical insurance....until they do. That’s the catch – you just don’t know when you can no longer describe yourself in this way. It may sneak up on you gradually, or it may happen in a split second. I often compare medical insurance to car insurance – you can’t insure a car that you have just crashed. Taking medical cover out early, before any symptoms or issues arise means that you will be fully covered for as long as you keep your policy in place. The longer you delay, the more likely you are to develop preexisting conditions – that is, symptoms or conditions that you suffer from prior to taking out your policy and which are then generally excluded. If you happen to have conditions or symptoms already, don’t despair. There are products on the market which offer loyalty benefits and may cover some pre-existing conditions after a stand down period. But what about the public system? Surely that will look after me? We are very lucky to have free health care in New Zealand but it is limited both in the treatments it can offer and the timeframe in which you receive treatment. New wonder drugs have been a common theme in media headlines over the past six months, however, these are often not funded through the public system. The cost of these drugs can be phenomenal and it is not surprising many people turn to crowd-funding sites such as Givealittle for assistance. Many medical insurance policies will contribute to the costs of Med Safe-approved, non-Pharmac drugs – the amount differs by policy so it is important to read the fine print. If you wish to discuss your medical insurance needs, contact Philippa Farmer on 021 432 748 for an obligation-free review.

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The Countryside Begins with Townsend... The latest national residential property figures from Harcourts NZ show a more active than usual finish to 2017. December is generally a pretty quiet month with people’s minds on other things, but this past year we’ve seen plenty of life in the market right till the end of the year. That’s an encouraging sign for 2018. As is the fact that average prices around the country have generally stayed stable, or risen. According to a recent article in the New Zealand Herald housing prices are set for a steady increase. Values rose 3.8% over November, December and January. An easing in bank lending rules together with more confidence in Government policies are helping. The market is changing so much and its difficult to keep abreast of trends and changes. Sign up to receive regular email updates from Jo-Ann. No obligation – information/ knowledge is your friend. December 2017


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Patterson pair, double threat Winning medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games will require a little more effort from a certain Kiwi couple than simply propping up the bar, either before or after they compete! Recently, JON RAWLINSON caught up with weightlifters, Richie and Pip Patterson ahead of their next big competition, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.


o Pollok-raised Richie Patterson, Commonwealth Games bronze would be good as gold; well, almost. After clinching silver in Delhi, 2010, and gold in Glasgow four years ago, any spot on the podium at the Gold Coast games would do. “This will be my last major event, so I’m looking forward to going out on a high note, he says. “I’m really determined to get on the podium, so first I’ll try to secure bronze and move from there, but I wouldn’t be disappointed to complete the set.” While this year’s Commonwealth Games (April 4-15) will be Richie’s third, his wife and fellow weightlifter, Phillipa (Pip) Patterson, will be making her own play for the podium – see secondary story. In Glasgow, Richie lifted 151 snatch and 184 clean & jerk (335 total) to win the gold medal but retaining his title is in no way guaranteed. “I will need similar numbers if not slightly higher to retain the gold. I’m going well in training so I’m reasonably confident I can be around my best come April 7. “However, I’m certainly not the favourite and there are quite a few young lifters in the mix. Hopefully, experience will serve me well on the day – it really does come down to who turns up in good shape with the right competition strategy.” When I last spoke with Richie, he was preparing for the Rio Olympics (see Rural Living’s June-July 2016 issue) where, unfortunately, victory was not on the cards. And yet, this down to earth lifter is not the kind to ‘blame it on Rio’. “I went over in good shape, but had a few little difficulties in my final week of training. I put my neck out on the flight over and had some niggles in the elbow which had an impact on my competition. “Overall, I was accepting of my 15th place and proud to pull the fern on for my 44 — Rural Living — February/March 2018

third Olympic Games.” The lead-up to Rio also saw controversy regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs, in particular, where the Russian weightlifters were concerned. As a result, the entire Russian team was banned from the recent Winter Olympics. Richie remains resolute that drugs have no place in sport. “I have a very strong anti-doping stance and believe sanctions against countries and athletes who flaunt the rules should be harsher,” he says. “WADA (World AntiDoping Agency) has done an exceptional job and I can only hope the International Olympic Committee supports continued efforts for clean sport.” Looking beyond the Gold Coast, this Pollok farmer’s son will be kept busy enough from his and Pip’s base, Functional Strength, on the North Shore. “This will be my last major event, so I’m keen to go out on a high note. I have a couple of businesses and I’m looking forward to moving my energy to them and family life.”

Pip at the podium? When Richie Patterson lifted gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he picked up a bride to boot, marrying his partner, and fellow games’ weightlifter, Phillipa (Pip), soon afterward. However, no matter what the result at this year’s games, celebrations will likely be at least a little less extravagant. “No, our wedding [at Pollok House in Scotland] couldn’t be topped,” laughs Pip. “That was an amazing day!” After finishing fifth in Glasgow, she now has her eye on a top three finish at the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. “It is pretty special for me to qualify for my second Com’ Games and putting

on the NZ uniform is a proud moment for sure,” she says. “Running a business while training, competing and raising a family has been challenging at times, but both [Richie and I] love what we do and wouldn’t have it any other way.” Although Pip helped secure a spot for a female lifter at the Rio Olympics, she chose to remain on the home front with the couple’s (then) new baby, Cooper. “I was unsure whether I’d get back to the same level due to the restricted time I had for training and being a mum on top of everything else. [However] I was able to do what I needed for qualification for the Gold Coast so I’m putting in as much work as possible to compete in these games in the best shape I can.” Fresh from securing silver at the Oceania Weightlifting Championships late last year (she won gold in 2016), Pip appears to be on track for another strong Commonwealth Games performance. She will be part of a strong women’s weightlifting team (in more ways than one), which also features Laurel Hubbard www.ruralliving.co.nz


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Richie and Pip Patterson – both aiming for a podium finish at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

and Bailey Rogers – both of whom won gold at last year’s Oceania champs – as well as Alethea Boon, Tracey Lambrechs and Andrea Miller who all claimed silver. “I was happy with my performance,”

adds Pip. “Now, I’m just focused on performing my best and getting in as much training as possible. I don’t look at rankings; I just turn up to training, work hard and trust that will pay off in the end.”

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◆◆To read more about Richie and Pip Patterson, see Rural Living’s our June-July 2016 issue, accessible via ruralliving.co.nz.

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