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FEBRUARY ■ FESTIVALS, EXPOS & FETES Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta January 30, various Auckland locations Celebrate the birthday of the city of sails as summer draws to an end. With a wide range of on-water events on offer, from dragon boat and tug boat racing to radiocontrolled yacht racing, this event is sure to impress... whatever it is that floats your boat! See for details including a map of top viewing points. Franklin A&P Show February 18-19, Pukekohe Showgrounds, 58 Station Road, Pukekohe Do you love your A&Ps? From animal antics (and competitions) to rides, vintage machinery, highland dancing and much more, Franklin’s own A&P offers all the fun of the fair. See for details. Auckland Fringe Festival 2017 February 21 – March 12, times and locations (Auckland-wide) vary So you thought you might like to go with the flow? If that’s the case then Fringe is probably not the best option for you! Featuring comedy, dance, art, theatre and some performances which defy almost any classification, this festival is about as far away from the mainstream as any dare venture. For a full programme of this year’s events, see Steam & Vintage Country Festival February 25-26, Glenbrook Vintage Railway, 153 Glenbrook Station Road Take a ride back in time with Glenbrook Vintage Railway and the Franklin Vintage Machinery Club. As vintage aircraft take to the skies. Clydesdales will plough the ground below and steam machinery of various types will lurch back into action




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during this celebration of days gone by. From demonstrations and rides to music, refreshments, children’s activities and more, this event boasts plenty of family fun. More information via

■ HOME & GARDEN Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival February 17-26, Hamilton Gardens, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton Set amidst some of the most stunning gardens New Zealand has to offer, this festival celebrates theatre, music, art, dance, literature, circus and even street performance. For a full programme of this year’s events see details at Heroic Garden Festival 2017 February 17-19, locations vary, Auckland-wide Some are born well endowed with green fingers, others could use another hero, or 22 to be exact. Heroic efforts in gardening will be celebrated during this epic garden festival. From the Heroic Garden Fete (February 17, 10am-4pm, at Ayrlies Garden, 125 Potts Rd, Whitford) to a tour of gardens throughout Auckland (Feb 18 & 19), this festival allows visitors to marvel at the efforts of expert gardeners, pick up tips along the way, and help raise funds for Mercy Hospice Auckland. Details via Annual Begonia Festival & Show February 18 (9.30am-4pm) & 19 (10am-4pm), Auckland Botanic Gardens, Hill Road, Manurewa Roll over daisy and give violet the news that there’s a funky little flower who’s set to steal the spotlight at the Auckland Botanic Gardens! In addition to displays of these beautiful blooms, crowds will be treated to demonstrations



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■ ARTS & CRAFTS Ararimu Vintage Country Market February 4, 10am-3pm, Ararimu Community Hall, Corner Ararimu and Steel Roads, Ararimu How many bargain buys await at a vintage country market? Find out when the Ararimu Community Hall hosts a day devoted to gardening, arts and crafts (with preserves, beverages, vintage cars, machinery and more) to celebrate Ararimu’s 150th anniversary.

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heading back to work, motorsport fans are sure to be heading at full speed to Meremere. Billed as the biggest drag racing event on the calendar, it is an adrenalin-fuelled celebration of modified automotive culture. If old rockin’ Ray Columbus (RIP) thought she’s a mod, he ought to have caught a glimpse of the machine she was driving! See for details. New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million January 29, from 3pm, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera While there may be plenty of races on the cards at Ellerslie, there is only one which is truly one in a million. Featuring the cream of the crop from the National Yearling Sale’s class of 2016, this event offers fast-paced, high-stakes racing action. And, when the races are run, ‘New Zealand’s million dollar party’ carries on into the night with live music and more. Details via Centaurs Run February 11-12, 9.30-11am, Waikato Equestrian Centre Riding School, 1340 Pukete Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton Forget riding the rails or running on roads, it’s almost time to jump in with both feet during an interesting new event. Featuring a 5km cross country run with more than 40 jumps of various sizes to negotiate, the Centaurs Run is open to children (over 13) and adults. Details via Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride February 17-18, from 9am, Karioitahi Beach, Karioitahi Road, Karioitahi When you’re on a slow ride you can take it easy. But, when it comes to the Freeride, it’s a completely different ball game. Billed as a weekend of ‘surf riding and shenanigans’, this event sees top competitors making waves and wake-ing up the locals! See for more details.

Land Rover NZ Polo Open February 19, 10.30am-11pm, Auckland Polo Club, 102 Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Clevedon Some may think that those who play polo are often up on their high horses. However, in New Zealand, this is a sport enjoyed by all, as the Land Rover NZ Polo Open is again set to prove. In addition to on-field action, this event offers plenty to follow afterwards, when organisers chukka party fit to beat the band! Details available via Sunset Coast Walk 2017 February 26, 7.30am-1pm, from 207 Kohekohe - Kariotahi Road, Awhitu Peninsula As the sun sets on summer, locals will negotiate the rugged terrain of one of the most wonderful pieces of coast and countryside in God’s Own. With courses ranging in length, this annual event is designed to be accessible to people from many walks of life. Contact Waiuku Rotary (via for details.

■ MUSIC, MOVIES & THEATRE Splore 2017 February 17-19, from 8am, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Road, Orere Three days, numerous acts and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll is on offer in nearby Orere. At least we think there will be some rock ‘n’ roll, unless (My, My, Hey, Hey) Neil Young was a complete and utter liar, that is! What we do know for sure is that Splore has gained quite the reputation for making music while the sun shines. To ex-Splore this year’s line-up, see Movies & Music in Parks February 24, 6-10pm, Central Park, Wood Street, Papakura, and February 25, 6-9.45pm, Sunkist Bay Reserve, 62 Wakelin Road, Beachlands Beginning with soulful music by Tunes

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of I and ManaLion, and children’s entertainment, the first of these two events features popular flick, Finding Dory showing from 8pm in Papakura. The following night, Secret Life of Pets screens in Beachlands. See musicinparks. and Elvis in the Gardens February 26, 11.30am-6.30pm, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa If you’re lonesome tonight it could be because Elvis is always on your mind. But don’t cry Daddy, because you’re certainly not alone! Once again, Elvis will descend on the Gardens with a show bound to leave us all shook up. For more information, see Clevedon Jazz Wine & Food Festival February 26, 10am-7.30pm, Auckland Polo Club, 102 Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Clevedon Music fans may hear violins when Smokey sings, but when the jazz men cometh to Clevedon, they’ll be shaking their brass! This year’s fest features such top talent as Nathan Haines, Kevin Field and Caitlin Smith. And, while the bands play on, visitors will enjoy a feast of tipples and treats. More information at facebook. com/clevedonjazzwinefoodfest.

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From the editor... often don’t know enough about. What’s more, this month readers, especially those with a penchant for fine horse flesh, will surely enjoy Jon Rawlinson’s article on, so timely as New Zealand Bloodstock’s national yearling sales are set to go at Karaka. Angela Kemp also gives us two ‘nanny’ stories (of a very different nature) and we introduce a new series, My Favourite Thing – find out who values what. So, by this time you should all know what to do. Yes, grab a cuppa and sit down for a spell with this latest Rural Living – enjoy!

Kylie Bosanac’s column for this month (see page 41).I can identify with a great deal of what she has written and I definitely fall into the group that is likely to go about goal-setting the wrong way without a little help! Kylie talks about making a plan for achievements over the coming year and her suggestion that many of us are more likely to scrawl an idea down on the back of an old grocery bill at an inappropriate moment than to sit down and plan seriously, hit home... only my notes to myself are usually on the back of a depressing bank statement which I then promptly throw away! However, I did take her point that regurgitating unfulfilled (even unrealistic) resolutions of the past was not the way to go. And, I also acknowledge that often the DOING is harder than the planning. But the good news is, this year the Rural Living team has planned to interview some fascinating people, feature some exciting competitions and to include great advice from people in the know on matters we

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ell, 2017 is now underway and just as we were talking about holidays and relaxing, it’s time for the kiddies to go back to school. And, I’m pretty sure they, and their mums, will be ready for it. As for me I’m more than ready for our new home to be finished and for us to move in. I did have fun during the break checking out curtains and blinds – at Kevens in Pukekohe, of course – as well as new furniture; it really is time for some of my pieces of four decades to go. With the project now drawing to a close, I am relieved there have been few problems. Our obliging site supervisor – Derek McFarlane from Signature Homes – has kept us informed every step of the way with weekly reports and photos while colourist, Nicky Booker was spot on with her decor suggestions. Although building can have its moments, when properly planned, and properly supervised (as this has been), there’s really no need to stress and, with that in mind, I had to laugh when I read




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CAN-DO KENDALL: Someone once said: ‘behind every good man is a good woman’; it appears the same can be said of horses, or tractors for that matter! Lisa Kendall (pictured on our cover) may be a downto-earth young lady but, when it comes to farming, she leads from the front. Set to compete at Young Farmer of the Year’s Northern Regionals, she’ll soon be footing it with the best of the boys. To read our interview with this likely Karaka lass, see pages 14-15. Photo Wayne Martin Editor: Helen Perry DDI 09 271 8036 Sales: Kate Ockelford-Green DDI 09 271 8090 Jackie Underhill DDI 09 271 8092 Art Director: Clare McGillivray DDI 09 271 8067 Publisher: Brian Neben Level 1, The Lane, Botany Town Centre, Chapel Road, Auckland PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 Ph: 09 271 8080, Fax: 09 271 8099


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NZB backs new venture N ew Zealand Bloodstock has proven to be no stranger to Asia following the formation of a new jockey club based at its Karaka Sales Centre. The New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club (NZCJC) has been established to serve interest in racehorse ownership amongst the Chinese community in New Zealand and abroad, club director Joshua Zong says. “Having purchased a horse at the recent [NZB] Ready to Run Sale, I now look forward to helping make the dream of owning a racehorse a reality for other Chinese based both here in New Zealand and in China,” he says. “Chinese see the chance of racehorse ownership as an investment opportunity, but more importantly as a way in which they can network with other like-minded

people who want to enjoy the thrill and excitement of owning and racing a horse.” Following the club’s official launch at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting (January 29, Ellerslie Racecourse), just ahead of NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series, it will look to running a range of events (including seminars and functions) and aims to build a substantial membership base. “[I’m] confident, that with the right support from the industry, the club has the potential to increase the size and scale of the industry,” NZB’s managing director, Andrew Seabrook, adds. “This is a very exciting time as we continue to develop the Chinese market with our partners.”

Right – NZB MD, Andrew Seabrook, speaks to Chinese investors on the eve of the 2016 Ready to Run Sale.



f you thought the ‘gala’ was all go (in the apple world, that is) or that Kiwis were in the swing with ‘jazz’ and there was nothing more ‘delicious’ than our regular ‘red’ then prepare to be dazzled. Yes, New Zealand is set to ‘dazzle’ the world with a new apple variety appropriately called, Dazzle®. Launched by Fruitcraft, Dazzle®, is expected to be one of the biggest apple varieties since Royal Gala was released decades ago. A large, red, sweet apple, it took Plant and Food Research in Havelock North, 20 years to develop and is targeted towards the Asian market. Fruitcraft manager, Steve Potbury it has all the qualities which appeal to Asian consumers. “It is a big, highly coloured and very sweet apple,” he says, adding that more than 100,000 trees are already being grown by growers in New Zealand including Mr Apple, Bostock New Zealand and Freshmax. Fruitcraft is forecasting one million cartons of the Dazzle apple – the result of cross breeding between Sweetie and Scired – will be exported from New Zealand by 2028, making it one of the country’s most popular apple varieties.

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PICKS FOR LITTER Asking the public to name anything can backfire. However, it seems as though Kiwis are quite sensible if names given to a new litter of biosecurity detector puppies are anything to go by. Children at Auckland’s Starship Hospital have dubbed the puppies of H litter: Hattie, Halo, Huia, Haze, Harley and Hunter. As reported in our last issue (see p9, Rural Living DecemberJanuary online at, the new beagleharrier hound crosses are expected to shine on the front line of biosecurity. If the puppies pass their training, they will begin work next year, tasked with detecting food and other risk items at New Zealand ports and airports. Unfortunately, Rural Living’s suggestion of ‘Puppy McPuppy Face’ was politely declined on Facebook; only names beginning with an H were considered. Rural Living — February 2017 — 5

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Sadie Jooste surrounded by her beloved goats.

Oete’s goats have own beautician No kidding Years of working as a beauty therapist have proven to be sound training for Sadie Jooste’s new role in animal welfare. Although manicures are a thing of the past she’s rushed off her feet doing pedicures – on goats. ANGELA KEMP reports.


he thought of more than 2000 clients waiting to have their feet trimmed would give most people the goat but not Sadie Jooste. She loves nothing more than getting down and dirty with her herd of milking goats at Oete Farm in Patumahoe. The Patumahoe local is in heaven when she’s working among the super-clean and contented goats. They are housed in a massive, 1.3ha open-sided shed where footcare is an ongoing and important part of their welfare. “Because they are housed inside, their hooves get less wear than they would if they were outside scrambling over rocks and stones,” says Sadie. “It takes me about a week to trim them all and I love doing it.” She began volunteering at the farm soon after it opened just over two years ago but her natural empathy with the caprines saw owner Matt Bolton offer her a job. Sadie who has always loved goats and used to keep them herself., says working 6 — Rural Living — February 2017

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with them is a dream come true and far more satisfying than being a beautician. “They are just like people. You get some more personable than others and you get to know which ones want to talk to you and which ones want to be left alone.” Sadie is so in tune with the goats she recognises each and every one and has given names to most of them. Pedicures aside, she is responsible for liaising with the vet if the goats have any health issues and ensuring they are kept in peak condition. Another part of her role is to educate people about the farm and goats in general. Last year, this involved re-homing more than 200 kids to youngsters for Ag Days. “We supplied a few the first year but it really took off last year. All the kids are vaccinated and we provide information on how to care for them as well as a voucher towards having them de-horned.” Sadie also shows groups of preschoolers around the farm ensuring they

taste the milk, play with the babies and go for a ride on hay bales on the back of a trailer. Matt Bolton says community involvement is an important part of his operation. “We are proud of what we do and like showing it off. We think it’s really important to educate people about what we are doing and about goat farming. It’s all about having happy, friendly goats.” Oete Farm has one of the largest herds of milking goats in the country. The animals are milked twice a day on a 56-bail ‘gotary’ – a converted dairy cow system. The farm has 120ha of grass, which is cut and harvested back and fed to the goats. That accounts for 80% of the goats’ diet, the rest being made up of other roughages and locally-sourced feeds including silage, canola, goat pellets and brewers’ grain. They manage the bedding by topping up the straw and shavings every three or four days when the goats go up to the

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milking shed, so it is always kept fresh and dry. Oete supplies NIG Nutritionals, which blends the milk with vitamins and minerals at its high technology, multi-million dollar plant in Paerata where it is turned into premium infant formula. The company had been developing its goat business over the years and had imported goat milk powder from Europe prior to the establishment of the Bolton’s farm. Matt says after running dairy, beef and sheep farms in Waiarapa for the past 16 years, he and his wife Sarah, and their three children, are enjoying living in Franklin. “Sarah is originally from Ramarama so it has been nice for her to ‘come home’. She and I like a challenge and we decided this would be a good thing to venture into.” Matt adds that farming goats has a lot of advantages over cows not least how much cleaner they are. “I don’t want to be disloyal to my cows but I do prefer goats. They are very intelligent animals to have around; they’re not intimidating and I can bring my children in to play among them with no worries. They are unique, special animals.”

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While not very popular in the Western world, goat milk is one of the most widely consumed milk drinks in other parts and is full of nutrients. Health benefits include its ability to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, strengthen bones, increase immunity and prevent toxins from accumulating in the body. It seems even Captain James Cook had a taste for goat milk and took a goat with him on his maiden voyage to New Zealand. This was the beginning of a long established history of goat milk in this country. In 1988, New Zealand was the first country to develop goat milk-based nutritional products for infants and it now accounts for 7% of our infant formula exports to over 20 countries. Oete Farm’s Matt Bolton says while still a niche market, he is excited about the prospects of goat milk which is high in vitamins and minerals.


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Lesson learned, EVENTUALLY Brian Neben publishes Rural Living and is also an avid lifestyle farmer



elcome to 2017! Normally we start out by saying it will be a better year than last year so, here’s hoping although it hasn’t started so well for me! Back in 2013 I wrote an article which was headed, ‘Time to heed safety message for quad bikes’. In the article I related my quadding misdeeds and outlined several areas which were of concern to me and most bike owners or riders. I also pointed out that I considered the bikes so easy to use it often resulted in off-roaders becoming too complacent and not taking proper care. There are, of course, many bad habits that come with quads but, unfortunately, one does not always learn by experience. Following that original article I received a letter which, in light of what I am about to relate, needs to be reprinted. Reprinted from Rural Living, February 2013 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment was pleased to read the recent feature “Time to heed safety message on quad bikes’ published in the January 2013 Rural Living. While we appreciate quad bike safety being promoted, the message was contradicted by the accompanying photo, which shows Mr Neben riding his quad

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Brian’s quad bike with trailer after it jack-knifed and landed in the fish pond rockery.

bike without a helmet. Quad bike safety is a priority for the Ministry and one of the key safety steps in our Quad Bike Safety campaign is ‘always wear a helmet’. It is important to send a consistent message to the rural community and we would greatly appreciate if images in future articles support the same safety measures that are promoted in this article, Kind regards, Hazel Well, you may have guessed, I didn’t follow the advice given regarding the wearing of a helmet and as a result I’m sitting here writing this article, with my head swathed in bandages following a mishap three days ago.

My accident happened so quickly that I can’t really remember how it occurred. One minute I was reversing my quad with trailer attached when the trailer jackknifed causing the bike’s rear wheel to ride up on the bar of the trailer which attaches to the quad’s tow ball. As the quad tipped to one side I was flipped out into the fish pond with surrounding rockery. No damage to the quad but 20 or so stitches in my head, a big black eye and lots of cuts and bruises. I was lucky, it could have been a lot worse. Why wasn’t I wearing a helmet? Mainly because I don’t own one and (famous last words) I never thought I would be thrown off the bike – the helmet is on its way!

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cores of local youngsters entered Rural Living’s Christmas colouring competition, proof that there’s plenty of budding artists on the brink of developing their talents in Franklin. Yes, they took no time to put felt pen, and crayon, pencil and paint to paper, stamping their colourful interpretation on our delightful Yuletide picture from Love Lis. The competition was sponsored by Pukekohe-based vegetable growers A.S. Wilcox – Christmas without our own Pukekohe carrots and potatoes just wouldn’t have been Christmas. While we offered one major prize in each category – 4-7 years and 8-12 years – judging was so difficult we added three consolation prizes to each category.

The 4-7 year category winner was Diuca Saravonua (7) who takes home a Stirling Sports voucher valued at $30, a Love Lis colouring book, Cafe Kaos voucher and a Love to Learn voucher. The three runners-up were Sammie Clear (7), Ethan Taylor (5) and Andre Meachen (5) who each win a book. The 8-12 year category winner was Sophie Vlaar (12) who takes home a Stirling Sports voucher valued at $50, a Love Lis colouring book, Cafe Kaos voucher and Love to Learn voucher. The three runners up were Brianna Collins (9) Priyanka (11) from Hill School, Pukekohe (11) and Baxter Ward, who also take home a book each. Prizes will be sent out next week.






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We all know the grass can look greener on the other side of the fence especially when it comes to town versus country living. Those caught up in the urban rat race may long to escape to the country while rural residents seeking the excitement of city lights may eye up the big smoke! But HELEN PERRY spoke to a well-known couple enjoying the best of both worlds.



reen fields and oceans blue, John and Lynne Street have both – a Bucklands Beach home with views of the sea and just a ferry ride from the city plus a pristine Franklin country estate where horses graze in tree-lined paddocks. Throw in a Sanctuary Cove pad on Australia’s Gold Coast and, really, life if pretty good! But while it’s easy enough to travel between Auckland’s east and south, hopping the ditch takes a lot more planning for this busy couple who are officially ‘retired’ but working as hard as ever. Owners of Lincolns Farms Bloodstock, renowned in racing circles for its quality standardbreds and thoroughbreds, the Streets have poured time and energy into bringing their 56 acre Pukekohe property up to scratch after purchasing it three years ago. John Street’s personal story (including initiating special racing ‘partnerships which have been applauded by the industry), and his long time business partnership

with the late Graeme Blackburn, follows a fascinating trail which would take a book to document. But, in a nutshell..... his former stables were based in Huapai during the years John also owned and operated Pak’nSave in Lincoln Rd, Henderson. However, when Auckland and Franklin Trotting Clubs merged and the trotting track at Pukekohe – Franklin Park – was set to undergo redevelopment with new training facilities for harness racing, John saw fresh opportunities. A firm believer in the new facility he says, the opportunity to live virtually on top of the track was too good to resist. “We bought this property which was extremely run down having been virtually unused for 20 years,” he says. “It’s taken a lot of hard slog to get it back up to scratch but now we have about 40 standard bred horses stabled here while our thoroughbreds [40 or so] are all in Palmerston North at top trainer, Lisa Latta’s stables.” “Really, the shift has worked out better

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than expected; from here we can train 40 horses in three hours; it used to take eight. There’s no more trucking across town; now we just walk them down to the track.” And, all this has augured well for John and Lynne who continue to have the Midas touch when it comes to buying, racing and selling.

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Skimming over its many triumphs, in all Lincoln Farms has won more than 540 races across both codes and enjoyed success both here and in Singapore where the Streets keep 10 horses trained by Bruce Marsh and Shane Bertschlinger. “Lincoln Road has won five of his 14 races up there with takings of about $350,000.00,” John says. “That’s pretty good. Here, Savabeel colt, Lincoln Blue, is presently a contender for the New Zealand Derby while another one of ours, Fort Lincoln won the Karaka Million in 2011. There’s not many of the major races we haven’t won except the Melbourne Cup; one day perhaps!” On the harness racing front, the Streets standard bred stallion, Sir Lincoln has sired nearly 300 foals over the past three seasons; many extremely promising. The couple also own two three-year-olds, Alta Intrigue and Vasari, which they have high hopes for – John says trainer, Ray Green does a sterling job. Although he’s been into racing for years and loves the whole buzz of buying,

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racing and selling – “we got rid of the broodmares; too much trouble” – John adds he’s not a trainer, he’s never even tried sitting in a sulky. What’s more, he and Lynne aren’t punters either. “We take only the very occasional bet and leave the care of horses and the running of our operation to the experts. I keep the farm up to scratch and enjoy it; working outdoors is a far cry from employing 400 staff in New Zealand’s largest supermarket!” And while bloodstock owner takes to the outdoors, Lynne says she just enjoys having her choice of lush rural surrounds or being closer to the water and hubbub of urban shopping. “John and I grew up across the road from each other; our parents were great friends. We started going out together in our late teens and married when I was just 21. “Though I trained as a hairdresser, when we embarked on our supermarket journey, I was soon entrenched too. Our first shop was a Four Square and from there we

 e take only the very W occasional bet and leave the care of horses and the running of our operation to the experts. I keep the farm up to scratch and enjoy it; working outdoors is a far cry from employing 400 staff in New Zealand’s largest supermarket!”

went on to own several stores including the New World at Browns Bay before opening the Lincoln Rd Pak’nSave. “Since officially retiring I usually spend weekends at the farm and we are back in the city during the week. “I now have the time to catch up with friends and just kick back for a bit while John enjoys his golf and bowls.. “It’s only a few months since our new home was built on the Pukekohe land so furnishing that has kept me on the go – it’s just lovely to come out here now and enjoy the property to its full extent,” Lynne adds. “We really are very fortunate to have homes in two beautiful parts of Auckland and be able to pursue our lifelong interest in horse racing. Life is never dull, that’s for sure.” Rural Living — February 2017 — 11

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Year of the Rooster


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onald has been cock of the walk with plenty to crow about as the Chinese Year of the Rooster begins. And, it’s fair to say he’s been (forgive the awful cliché!) ruffling a few feathers. So, to welcome Mr Trump into office following his election ‘coop’, renowned Kiwi fashion designer, Jane Daniels, has created an art work (part of a collection of 38 pieces by various artists) in his honour. “The rooster is an ideal way to portray Trump. It struts around, making seemingly random pecking movements and changes its directions abruptly and often,” Jane explains. “Its title [Trump: The fitting up of America] is a play on words. The jacket worn is in the early fitting stage suggesting

there was maybe something not quite right yet or amiss – ‘a fit up’ with the US election.” Chained to its leg is a globe, prisoner to this rooster’s whims, as it stands on a golden mound. Every effort was made to highlight the narcissistic nature of this particular rooster to complete the parody, Jane adds. Ironically, judging by the state of its quiff, we think this piece could use a ‘comb’ too! The Trump rooster and his fellow ‘flockers’ are on show at galleries and retail outlets throughout Parnell – see for details. These birds of a feather will come together when the pieces are auctioned off on February 16 with proceeds benefiting the Starship Foundation.

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s ‘steaks’ are raised worldwide, can Kiwi farmers compete? Record beef supplies could well see prices drop at the farm gate, Rabobank’s latest beef outlook warns. “We expect prices to come under increasing pressure as we move further into 2017,” says report co-author, Matthew Costello. “This is largely due to the expected increase in US beef production, pegged to be up by three percent this year, which will soften US demand for New Zealand beef.” Trump’s election (with chances of the Trans-Pacific Partnership coming to fruition now slim) plus an increase in supply from Brazil and Argentina, will also slow demand from these American markets, Mr Costello adds. However, other factors should help ensure prices remain well above historical averages. “The Australian cattle herd is at 20 year lows as producers rebuild their herds. As a result, there is going to be a lot less Australian beef produced and exported over the next few years, and this will help reduce competition in export markets.” However, the market balance, supply and demand will be heavily reliant on India’s ability to feed a growing South East Asian market, and on Chinese consumption, he concludes. “China is absorbing a large portion

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uncertainty a certainty for dairy industry Despite recovery expected for the dairy industry, sharemilkers aren’t celebrating a turning of the tide just yet. “Plenty of our friends and family have mortgages but their houses keep going up in value and won’t ever drop dead - cows can!” says Thames sharemilker, Tristan Dalley. “It’s been a tough time lately and, while we’ve weathered the storm so far, there’s still a lot of uncertainty. We’re not prepared to start celebrating just yet.” Mr Dalley’s comments come in response to conclusions from the latest Federated Farmers’ Banking Survey. Of sharemilkers who responded, 19 percent felt they were coming under undue pressure about their mortgage. In general, however, the survey suggests overall satisfaction with financial backers amongst farmers. Federated Farmers president, Dr William

of additional global supply and lower domestic beef production will see imports continue to increase. However, demand

Rolleston, says the survey indicates those involved in the dairy sector are more likely to have detailed, up-to-date budget plans which can help them through tough times. However: ”Make no mistake, the dairy industry is still going through an adjustment of sorts and it remains the most vulnerable of all farming sectors. “It’s no surprise the Reserve Bank continues to highlight dairy as one of the main risks for financial stability.” Although sheep and beef farmers – who usually carry less debt – have largely fared better of late, Dr Rolleston warns they may also be feeling the pinch. ”Drought, tough market conditions, and Brexit have added more uncertainty to the sheep industry, and farmgate lamb prices have been affected by a persistently strong NZ Dollar, especially against the Pound and Euro,” he adds.

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Equine vet dentistry By Katie Kindleysides, BVSc For hundreds of years, horse’s teeth have been acknowledged as requiring frequent attention. The clever design of the horse’s mouth to powerfully grind down and pulverise fibrous material to increase the digestibility of plant matter, such as grass, unfortunately also wears teeth surfaces unevenly to create sharp edges and points. These sharp areas are often very close to sensitive tissues, such as the gums and the tongue that may be injured by the sharpness. We also see other issues such as diets causing decay and affecting how the teeth wear, breed/size-related issues and packing of feed causing gum disease. Dental disease is also common in donkeys and ‘wild’ horses such as Kaimanawas. Although the latter tend to be pretty tough, they often have many complicated dental issues due to years of little maintenance. Unfortunately, most owners of horses with severe den-

enamel edges rasped down each year, our teeth are made of similar materials to horses and the problems we get (e.g. cavities/caries, impacted teeth, tarter, periodontal disease, tooth root abscess) are all commonly seen in horse teeth too. As with us, early detection allows early treatment that can prevent tooth loss and may save you expensive treatments later and that’s what modern day equine veterinary dentistry is about.

The horse should be in a position where the mouth can be fully viewed during examination and treatment

tal problems have little idea of their horses’ oral discomfort, as horses are great at masking pain due to their prey species past. Signs such as dropping feed, and poor weight are often an indication of advanced dental disease that has been developing over years. So how do we help our horses and donkeys? We need to use annual dental checks to take a more veterinary health approach and look for early signs of dental disease because often ulcers and sharp points aren’t the biggest problems in there. To do this the following is required:

■ The mouth should be in a viewable position, with the horse kept still enough to allow examination – a head stand, sling halter or sedation can be used to keep the horse still. ■ Some way of washing debris out of the mouth ■ A strong light ■ Mirrors ■ Picks & Probes ■ Education on normal dental and equine head anatomy, physiology, pathology and treatments These are similar principals to human dentistry and it’s not that surprising as, although we don’t tend to require sharp

FEBRUARY CHECK LIST ■ Facial eczema spores typically begin to rise now so keep an eye on our website (www. for up to date spore counts for the region to know when to begin preventative zinc supplementation. ■ Numbers of Barbers Pole worms present on pasture tend to increase this time of year so ensure your drench choice for sheep, goats and alpacas is effective against Haemonchus.



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Lisa Kendall

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Since 1969, many a likely lad has won the annual Young Farmer of the Year competition, but no woman has claimed the crown. And yet, as one of only a few ladies still in contention, Karaka’s Lisa Kendall is intent on making the title her own. Should she perform well at the Northern Regional competition (March 18), Lisa will join a select few at the Grand Final. We discussed her chances... over the gate. What makes you think you could be the first woman to win Young Farmer? What would it mean to you to reach the Grand Final or even claim the title? I don’t know how likely it is, but I would love to win the title sometime in the future. One thing that has given me the edge in competitive environments before is my belief that I can work harder than everyone else. However, this doesn’t always win out over people who are just naturally more talented than me so we’ll just have to see if I can pull one out of the bag! If I reach the Grand Final this year I’ll be so stoked. It would be a huge opportunity in my career and so great to get my name out there. If I ever win the Grand Final I’ll probably die of happiness! Overall, how important is it for women to take a leading role in the primary industries? We need to encourage the best in the country to take on top positions in New Zealand’s main export-earning industry. It is detrimental to all of us if we don’t encourage at least 50% of those people purely based on their gender. I think it’s important for young women to know that these positions are attainable and having more women in such roles encourages the younger ones to get involved in the industry too. Which aspects of the competition are your strongest and which are your weakest? There are some things in the practical section that I do with my business almost daily, such as using chainsaws, so I’ll probably do all right so long as I remember all the health and safety protocols. I think my weakest area would be the 14 — Rural Living — February 2017

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technical stuff that relates to dairy farming. I have worked in dairy before but I’ve forgotten a lot of it, unfortunately. A bit more hard work will be required in those areas. There are a few other women throughout the country who have qualified for regional competitions this year. Of them, who’s the strongest and why? I wouldn’t be able to say to be honest. It sounds like they all have different strengths in different fields. It is so cool to see so many of us from various backgrounds giving it a go, but we’ll just have to see who turns out to be the best all-rounder I guess. In the Northern region, you’ll come up against Rachel Blackley from Whangarei. How tough do you think she will be to beat on her home turf?

and who has worked the hardest to come out on top, male or female. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d love a woman to win! You finished 2nd to Colin Beazley (Kaipara Club) at the Lower North Districts. How do you plan on getting the better of him at regionals? Just hard work and study. He’s a pretty experienced competitor so it’ll be tough, but I’ll just have to rely on my strengths and see what happens. If he makes it to the Grand Final he will have deserved it. Friends at the Franklin Young Farmers Club encouraged you to enter. How happy were they that you qualified? They have been so kind and supportive. They are planning a road trip up to regionals in Whangarei to cheer me on which will be awesome!

I haven’t met her but, from what I’ve heard, she’s pretty onto it, especially with the theory side. She also works for some previous grand finalists, which will give her a bit of an edge. It sounds like she’ll definitely do well; it’ll be a tough contest!

You live on your parents’ Karaka lifestyle block. How many acres and what do they grow/raise? What schools did you attend and what qualifications do you hold?

There’s quite a hefty prize haul from winning Young Farmer. If you did win, how would you put it to good use?

I live in my parents barn and basically run my business and keep all my gear in it – they are very tolerant of me! They have about 20 acres with far too many horses, 20 of their own sheep and 45 of my sheep.

The cash prize would go towards expanding my business – the STIHL gear would be handy for that too – but I would be most excited about the scholarships with which I’d be able to gain useful knowledge not just within my career but also to share with other young people, including future employees and others involved in Young Farmer.

I went to Te Hihi School and Strathallan College. I then went to and gained my diplomas [Agriculture and Farm Management] Lincoln University and a Certificate in Rural Machinery, while working in South Canterbury, from Agribusiness Training.

If you can’t make it to the Grand Final, will you be cheering the other ladies on? I want the person who wants it the most

Tell us about your ‘day job’. What does your business, Nurture Farming, provide? I started Nurture Farming in June 2016. I had just finished a temporary job in the

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Lisa Kendall – managing farm machinery with ease.

kiwifruit industry and felt I should put to good use what I had learned during my studies. I also wanted to base myself in Auckland because my mum had just had a hip replacement and I thought she might need me to help with all the horses. Nurture Farming provides agricultural and lifestyle block services including animal health needs, ‘farm-sitting’, exercising and looking after horses, fencing, property maintenance, and basically anything else people need done on their land. If you could grow any plant or raise any

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animal (real or imagined) what and why? Giraffes. They’re just the greatest! Actually, imaginary giraffes which were immune to any animal health problems would be better as I’d hate to have to attempt getting one in a head bail! If you could be Minister for Primary Industries for one day, what would you do first and why? I would focus on improving industry knowledge of overseas markets and how to capture them, and what we can do to

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add value to our exports, turning them into niche products so that we can escape the commodity cycle. It may be a big ask trying to achieve all that in just one day, though! If you could invite any three women (living or dead) to dinner, who and why? Singer, Adele, just because I love her! My older sister so she could do the cooking, which is another one of my weaker areas – let’s hope I’m not asked to cook during the contest! And, Kate Sheppard, because of her courage during a time when women needed this most of all. Rural Living — February 2017 — 15

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It goes to show – shows go on!


ranklin and Clevedon A&P Shows have been entrenched in our district for more than a century – family days out which celebrate all that is country. From animal husbandry and farming skills through to the kind of traditional homemaking prudence which has made many rural homes virtually self-sufficient – think Agee jars packed with peaches – along with entertainment and food galore, these shows are what country living is all about. And despite massive industrial and technological progress over the past 50 years, these special events remain at the heart of rural communities although these days, as city boundaries creep further afield, A&P shows do a great job of bringing town and country together in a unique way. In his book, Show Time – The A&P Show for all New Zealanders, photographer Stephen Robinson has – as Jools and Lynda Topp say in the foreward – “captured the heart and soul of A&P’s good to know some things

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Farmer of the Year competition, Pukekohe, featured in Stephen Robinson’s book.

never change just like Camp Mother’s pikelets!” This impressive coffee table book is easy to browse, providing glimpses of shows around the country from Waimate North to Wanaka. And, for locals there is plenty to peruse from A&P’s within our own district – Franklin and Clevedon – surely everyone will recognise someone? A heart-warming pictorial record, it is

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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

SMUG AS A CAT ON A MAT The cat sat on the mat. As felines tend to like comfy spots this is hardly a ‘get off the grass’ situation. However, a reader from Pukekohe recently sent this photo saying she can’t quite believe that two of her ‘puddytats’ have been in cahoots to ensure ‘their new mat’ stays put! When our reader’s in-laws gave her a rug, she planned to roll it out in her living room but her cats obviously objected to her interior design plans and promptly laid down their claim. Despite the black female (Spider) maintaining a life-long loathing for her

brother, it seems the duo has formed an unlikely alliance – one or the other (frequently both) of these formerly estranged bedfellows are in residence day and night. Even when tempted with treats, the conniving cats look at each other as if to decide who should remain to hold down the fort. We’re guessing, by now, that our reader has ousted this pair from their possie, but this little kitty ditty just goes to show that a healthy dose of cuteness (when combined with ‘fur-faced’ cheek) can, at least for a time, ensure the cat will get the cream.

’TWAS THE MONTH AFTER CHRISTMAS One reader with a sense of humour (whilst offering apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) has sent us this humorous rhyme he had tucked away in a box of keepsakes. The Rural Living team loved it!

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So-away with the last of the sour cream dip, Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip, Every last bit of food that I like must be banished, ’Til all the additional ounces have vanished. I won’t have a biscuit - not even a lick. I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick. I won’t have hot scones, or cake, or fruit pie, I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry. I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore, But isn’t that what January is for? Unable to laugh, no longer a riot. Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet! ps. and maybe a wee bit of fruit cake! 

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‘Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house, Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The biscuits I’d nibbled, the champagne I’d taste, All the holiday parties had gone to my waist. When I got on the scales there arose such a number! When I walked to the shops (less a walk, more a lumber). I’d remember the marvellous meals I’d prepared; The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared, The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese, And the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.” As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt, And prepared once again to do battle with dirt, I said to myself, as I only can, ”You can’t spend all Summer disguised as a man!”



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roundworms which can cause fever, aches and chills. ◆◆Wastewater may also contain pollutants such as nitrates and phosphates which can cause toxic algal bloom in waterways. The first thing to remember is – don’t overload your system. Waste water may seem innocuous but it’s not. Most wastewater comes from the washing machine, toilet and bathroom. Avoid overloading your sewage system by reducing water usage or by re-using grey water elsewhere. If you’ve reduced your water use but your on-site sewage system still isn’t coping, consider upgrading. Multichamber, on-site sewage treatment systems can be added to existing single septic tanks to increase capacity and speed up the sewage treatment process. Alternatively, the soakage treatment area may not be big enough or sufficiently well-drained to cope. Seek expert advice to determine the problem.


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Maintenance contracts Some sewage treatment systems come with maintenance contracts; if not you can take up a contract with any one of a number of reputable companies or deal direct with a company when servicing in required. That way, you won’t have to worry about cleaning, maintenance and repairs. Tanks should be inspected every six months or so. It is also a good idea to take a soil analysis from your soakage treatment area from time to time to test for contaminants. Tanks generally need pumping out every 3-5 years to remove sludge and sediment. The frequency depends on: what goes into the system, how many people use it, the capacity of the tanks, whether you recycle grey water and, of course, council requirements. Protect your soakage treatment area so effluent leaving the tank has optimum conditions to break down. Don’t let people or vehicles on it, or anything else that may disturb or compact the surface. Trees cause problems when planted in soakage treatment areas as their roots can result in clogged pipes. Grass and moistureloving plants are good choices.

Signs of trouble Call an expert if: ◆◆You notice a disagreeable smell either from your drains or from the soakage treatment area ◆◆Toilets flush away slowly or sinks and baths are slow to empty ◆◆The soakage treatment area is permanently wet particularly where liquid seeps over the surface or if a green algae-like growth is forming. ◆◆There’s a bad smell around the soakage area as it may be clogged with organic material and have to be moved. ◆◆The smell is in the drains or toilet because sewage may be backing up. Whatever the problem and the remedy, it pays to consult an expert.

Legal Obligations ◆◆If you have a property with an on-site sewage treatment system, you cannot legally sell or rent your property if the system is not operating correctly. ◆◆If, through your system, a neighbouring property or waterway is contaminated, you can be prosecuted. ◆◆If you develop your property by adding another dwelling or adding to the existing dwelling, you must comply with the rules covering sewage treatment. ◆◆If your soakage treatment area is built over or disturbed, and you do not rectify it, you may be liable to prosecution.

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Septic tanks and multi-stage septic systems are delicately balanced environments. It does not take much to upset them. Common practice is to ignore the septic system until problems occur. Good and best economical practice is to always keep your septic system well maintained. A malfunctioning septic system can become a health hazard. When a system is not maintained or operated as a delicately balanced environment, problems occur. These problems include nasty odours, leach line blockages, untreated liquid rising to the surface, toilets gurgling and taking time to empty. At this stage your septic system is a serious health hazard to you and your children. Human waste produces faecal coliform bacteria, a source of viral and bacterial gastroenteritis as well as Hepatitis A and other diseases. Hepatitis can be a debilitating condition and cause long-term harm to children. There are only three remedies. One: stop using the septic system until it recovers. This can take over a month and is not normally practical. Two: excavate your septic system and relocate it. This is very costly and time consuming, sometimes requiring new resource consents and different systems. Three: treat your septic system with Septi-Cure™ every six months. Septi-Cure is cost effective. By far the most cost effective solution is to pour one litre of Septi-Cure™ down the toilet bowl every six months. This simple action will help keep your system working at top efficiency by reducing solids and scum. Instead of emptying your tank frequently, the reduction in solids and scum saves you expensive pump out costs. Your irrigation field and leach lines will become clear of slimes and blockages so nature can handle the gradual seepage and evaporation for you. When this is happening your system

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Summer pest control By Ditch Keeling, Coastal Pest Solutions


t’s never much fun starting back to work after a long break, but I must say I’ve had some absolutely magic evenings over the past couple of weeks working out bunnies on readers’ golden paddocks. At this time of year I tend to do a lot of lifestyle block work as owners return from holidays to find rabbits everywhere, wasps moved into the barn and other pests in residence. Horse properties are particularly prone to summer pest presence and many of these seriously impact on the health and wellbeing of horses. Rats, mice, roosting birds and rabbits are common complaints, and as summer continues, wasps also tend to become more of a problem. Lots of yummy horse feed and lovely hay to nest in is always attractive to rodents so if you have stables, you are sure to have rats and mice. Both pose a serious risk of damage to gear and can pass disease to your horses. The first and best step is to secure all feed in quality sealed drums; rats can and will chew into containers so get the best you can. The next step is to implement a sensible bait station programme with quality bait and stations. Once they are in place they will need re-filling just two to three times per year and this is a very small cost compared to even a single visit from the vet or replacing a damaged saddle. Roosting birds, particularly pigeons, are incredibly messy and also pose disease risks. Limiting their access to roosting areas is the key. This is not always easy but is definitely

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Packing – AND PACKING AN INJURY Reay and Brian enjoying New Year’s Eve at The Langham.

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appy New Year to all my lovely readers; I trust all is going well as we head into 2017. We had a wonderful family Christmas, the last one in this house. Packing then started in earnest on Boxing Day and what a job it has been. Initially, I thought we didn’t have much stuff. How wrong was I? I thought the easiest way to do this was to start in one room and then move to the next. The dining room only had a side board and a small corner cabinet so should take no time at all. Well, that’s what I thought. I found things that I haven’t seen for years. We also had enough wine glasses to supply several restaurants – ridiculous! As the packing regime, went ahead it was one for keeping, one for the bin. That worked well until Brian would come along and apply the sentiment issue. I learnt quickly what to throw out – if it hadn’t been seen for 20 years it sure as hell didn’t need to be seen again. The dining room took two days to empty and pack and I realised we had a huge job on our plates. With the weather not that great we sorted and packed every morning then relaxed for the rest of the day. On New Year’s Eve we decided that we would break with tradition and instead have lunch out and an easy day by ourselves. So, I booked lunch at, Eight, the Langham Hotel’s signature restaurant

in the city. Conveniently positioned if you are coming in on the motorway, it is right there in Symonds St with parking available. I had been to Eight before but Brian hadn’t so this was a treat for him. We really enjoyed the uniqueness of having eight different cooking stations preparing a wide variety of cuisine and, of course, service was excellent. Because diners can have small portions of fish, meat or whatever, it means one tends to just keep eating. I loved it. Afterwards, we headed for a long drive around the waterfront and then home – first time ever that we haven’t seen in the New Year. Early on in the packing I said to Brian we must get as much done as soon as possible as one of us could get sick. How do I know these things? Well it happened last Sunday. I decided to start emptying the pantry, ridding it of half empty bottle and jars. I put them all in a crate and also asked Brian to bring the

trailer to the front door so we could then dump the rubbish from the trailer into a bin we have down in the paddock. As he was reversing the trailer attached to the quad bike, the throttle jammed and the trailer flew back into a tree then jackknifed throwing Brian and the bike into the air. Unbelievably, he didn’t break anything but has many stitches in his head and a serious injury. When it happened I rushed him up to the medical centre in Pukekohe’s West St, and the team there were amazing. We looked like Hillbillies right down to the old raggy towels I had wrapped around Brian’s head – all the good ones were packed, of course. The doctor and nurses were wonderful and I thought just how lucky we were to have such a fine facility on our doorstep. Despite this setback the packing continues! See you next month, hopefully moved, AND with a well husband.

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n life, sport and in business, rich rewards are born of risk. So, rather than play it safe and stick with ‘sure things’, Karaka-based New Zealand Bloodstock (NZB) has put its money on the line, betting that a new way of horse trading will hit the nail on the head with its clients. Just as the internet changed the way we bet on horses, it’s now set to change the way we buy. Andrew Seabrook, NZB’s managing director, asserts that is on course to change the way the bloodstock industry operates here and abroad through its fortnightly online auctions. “We’ve sold horses valued at up to $138,000, some for more than $100,000, and in our first seven sales we turned over about $1.5 million. Our clearance rates are improving too, so we’re bloody pleased with how it’s going,” he says. NZB’s ‘real world’ sales at its Karaka Sales Centre will continue and the upcoming National Yearling Sales (Jan 30 – Feb 5) are again expected to see big money buyers whipping out their chequebooks. However, Andrew believes offers a more cost effective option to buyers and sellers of lower priced bloodstock, such as untried horses, foals, brood mares, weanlings, or even stallion shares and services. “It’s expensive for us to run a sale here at Karaka and it’s expensive (when you consider such factors as transport costs, travel and accommodation for staff) for many to come up from the South Island, or elsewhere in the world, to buy or sell. This way, they don’t have to. At the top end, where horses average $180,000 each, it makes sense to put on these big events, but it’s prohibitive when selling a horse which might only make $5000 or so. That’s where comes in.” Purchases through the site don’t need to be made ‘sight unseen’. Andrew confirms that photos, videos, vet reports and other information can be provided and buyers can still arrange viewings without horses leaving their home paddocks.

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“Buyers can arrange to see horses beforehand and I’d be surprised if, for the higher value ones, they don’t. When you’re buying bloodstock, you can do your due diligence, do your homework, do your study to mitigate the risk, but it’s still always a risk.” Despite focusing on the middle to lower end of the market, Andrew concedes that it could well take food from NZB’s trough, in a manner of speaking. “It’ll affect some of our sales by as much as 20% in terms of numbers, but our traditional sales certainly aren’t going to fall over. During our Yearling Sales we sell more than $100 million in bloodstock. It’s a brilliant event when people from all over the world converge on Karaka to buy some of the best horses money can buy; that’s not going to change.” Andrew is betting that an overall increase in the number of lots should more than offset any reduction in business NZB could experience at its traditional sales. In addition to attracting more buyers and sellers – those who wouldn’t usually travel to Karaka – the Kiwi company expects to net business across the ditch as undertakes a homecoming of sorts. “ was initially Australian owned but it just operated as a listingbased website through which people would advertise their horses. It was up to the buyer and seller to negotiate between themselves,” Andrew explains. “We initially kept it as a listing site but that didn’t really work. So, we developed it into a full auction site.” In November, returned to the Australian market to challenge two long-established auction houses (Magic Millions and Inglis) which run monthly, traditional sales. However, as in NZ, it will target the mid-lower end of the market. “We’ve never earned a dollar over there, but now we can really start earning some money. As people cotton on that is backed by NZB, we’re

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expecting it to take off. We have a good reputation in Australia. It’s a challenge, but we’re confident that it will do well there.” Should the company stake its claim successfully in Australia, further markets could soon beckon. “The beauty of is that we can take it anywhere in the world,” Andrew says. “We don’t want to run before we can walk but, once we’re happy with how things are going in Oz, we’ll look closely at other markets. The next could be South Africa; it could work well there. “Beyond that, we might look at England, Ireland and even the USA. There are some big players there but not so much in terms of online auction sites.”

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 t the top end, where horses A average $180,000 each, it makes sense to put on these big events, but it’s prohibitive when selling a horse which is might only make $5000 or so. That’s where comes in.”

Karaka sales steam ahead Karaka’s 2017 National Yearling Sales should prove lucrative, says New Zealand Bloodstock’s (NZB) managing director, Andrew Seabrook. “We sold 290 two-year olds for approximately $28 million during the Ready to Run Sale in November and our turnover increased $5 million on last year, which was very encouraging,” he says. “This gives us a pretty good feel as to what we can expect from the National Yearling Sales, so I’m cautiously optimistic.”

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The programme starts with the Premier Sale (January 30-31) at NZB’s Karaka Sales Centre, followed by the Select and Festival sales, on February 1-3 and 5, respectively. Full details are available via While the bloodstock industry was hit by the Global Financial Crisis, it has rallied well since. “It took us about three years to recover,” Andrew says, “but we’ve seen steady growth and 2016 was a very good year, so we’re hitting our stride again now.”

rough habits die hard Too often, in sport, it’s flash Harrys who are best remembered. And yet, while he credits legendary thoroughbreds such as Phar Lap and Bonecrusher, a dark horse shines above others for NZB director, Andrew Seabrook. “My favourite race horse was Rough Habit,” he says. “He was a bit of an ugly duckling, an averagelybred horse from the Hawkes Bay. But he went on to win 29 races – 11 Group Ones – on both sides of the Tasman and in Japan. Hard track, soft track, heavy tracks, any distance, Rough Habit had a great heart; that’s important in a champion.” Born into a racing family in Karapiro, Andrew has a life-long association with horses, although he could be considered somewhat the dark horse himself – he doesn’t ride and initially pursued accountancy. “I rode a little when I was younger and had a pony but I wasn’t really into it. I was more into ball sports, particularly tennis.” However, Andrew says he enjoyed a flutter, much to his parents’ distress. “My father [Richard] – who’s recently retired from the industry’s Judicial Control Authority – used to take me to the races every Saturday. Kids weren’t allowed in the grandstands, so I’d sit on the bank at Te Rapa; I loved it!” Despite studying accounting and finance at the University of Waikato, it was front line horse sense, rather than playing by the numbers, that Andrew’s first (and only) employer required. “I was saved from becoming an accountant!” he laughs. “I started with NZB straight out of university, back when it was known as Wrightson Bloodstock. I began in the pedigree department, researching and helping compile sales catalogues – accounting skills were’nt needed. I was then out on the road as an agent for about four years, looking at horses and dealing with clients face to face.” Today, this former Karapiro kid may hold the reins at NZB but, as he’s also a director of the Auckland Racing Club, he’s often back at the track. “I attend just about every meeting at Ellerslie and travel to races worldwide. It’s a fantastic sport and wonderful to be a part of the action.” Rural Living — February 2017 — 27

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Something old...  something blue! This week Rural Living launches a new series – My Favourite Thing – in which we talk to locals from many walks of life about a favourite item they value and which holds special memories. This month ALISHA BUTTS, from Kevens Curtains, home of beautiful soft furnishing fabrics for beautiful homes tells us about her special treasure.


ven in this modern day and age, most brides still want their wedding attire to reflect the old adage, ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. Window treatment whiz, Alisha Butts was no exception. When she married Andrew Butts seven years ago, the Waiau Pa girl, (whose family roots are entrenched in the district), wore in her hair a single cobalt blue earring, clipped to her veil and sitting prettily amongst a scattering of gerberas. “Being old – very old – and blue, it fulfilled two requirements of this lovely old saying,” Alisha says. “It was given to me by my grandmother (Barbara Boyd) but it originally belonged to her grandmother. “I was very close to Nana and although she passed away a few years ago, the earring reminds me of my special connection to her. The other half of the pair was lost many years ago but I’m now planning to have this one mounted and framed – I wouldn’t want to lose it too!” The daughter of Christine Smith, who bought Kevens Curtains from Stuart Keven

Alisha Butts – wearing her grandmother’s earring (also inset). 

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some eight years ago, Alisha says family on her mother’s side have lived In Waiau Pa for several generations. “I was born, raised and schooled in the district but thought once I had finished my visual arts degree, I would probably work closer to the city. However, while studying at Auckland University, and also doing interior design at night, I worked part time for Kevens Furniture in Pukekohe. “Then, when I finished my degree Mum and Stuart were keen for me to stay on and handle some of the advertising, marketing and interior consultancy work so I did.” “When Stuart retired some 18 months ago, closing the main shop, Mum moved the curtains to new Queen Street premises. This allowed me to work three days at the shop and two days freelancing. “My own business, Alisha Elizabeth, covers, graphic, interior, object and web design so I’m enjoying the best of all worlds and I love it.”


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Gilmour still good as – guild B efore a certain insurance company made many of us laugh when fined more than 300k for misleading sales practices, there was another ‘Ewie’. While Port Waikato’s own ‘westie’ comedy legend, Ewen Gilmour, may have shuffled off this mortal coil a couple of years ago, it seems he will still have us rolling in the aisles... vicariously at least. When the creme de la creme of Kiwi comedy were rewarded for their services at the 2016 New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards in December, the man himself posthumously became the first annual winner of the Ewie Award for Lifetime Achievement. Unfortunately, Ewen wasn’t able to

collect this, the latest in a long list of accolades, due to ‘prior commitments’. At the risk of offering a little irreverent wit of our own: we’re sure you’re resting in peace, Ewen. After all, as the great comedian you were, we know you’re no stranger to dying! Other major award winners included: Vaughan King, Paul Douglas, Rich Wilson, Raybon Kan, Justine Smith, Ben Hurley, Urzila Carlson, Brendhan Lovegrove, Rhys Mathewson, Taika Waititi, Tim Batt & Guy Montgomery, Jesse Griffin, Ray O’Leary, Patch Lambert, Pax Assadi, Sam Wills and Melanie Bracewell. To read Rural Living’s in-depth interview with Ewen, see our Sept-Oct 2013 issue via the ‘Past Issues’ tab at

HOST ROLE ON RADAR As the son of a former Federated Farmers VP, North Waikato’s Andrew Lumsden (aka Te Radar) is no stranger to country life. And, now, as host of Young Farmer of the Year, his background comes to the fore. “I have these childhood memories of watching it [the Young Farmer quiz] on telly, thinking I could answer the quiz questions but never getting them right. I never thought that one day I would be the one asking those questions!” he says. “It is one of New Zealand’s truly iconic events with some great hosts over the years that have left a strong legacy.” To read more about one of this year’s competitors, Karaka’s Lisa Kendall, see

pages 14-15. And, for a blast from the past, check out Rural Living’s Sept-Oct 2014 interview with Te Radar via the Past Issues tab at


It might be a hard row finding the perfect woman (or man) but it seems as though Pukekohe people may well have nailed it when it comes to securing a long term mate. According to a recent study by EliteSingles, Pukekohe is home to many of New Zealand’s most monogamous. Based on anonymous data from 6000 of the dating site’s members, results indicate this local town is the seventh most likely place to live should we love the one we’re with. However, as it rated fifth amongst women and only ninth amongst men, it seems at least some local ladies would be justified in asking their chaps a few questions regarding their comings and goings! A certain Rural Living wag speculated that a lack of viable alternatives when considering a replacement mate locally may have influenced this trend; our editor strongly disagrees. For more details regarding the study’s findings, see

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The tinsel town razzmatazz of Los Angeles where Zoe Dubs grew up is a world away from the remote lifestyle block she currently calls home. But this globetrotter is one of a growing number of au pairs who are eschewing city living for a rural outlook. ANGELA KEMP reports.


nce upon a time, nannies were the sole preserve of the rich and famous. Times change and au pairs became an affordable alternative to many families looking for help with the children at home. As a mother of five, I don’t mind admitting my dream would have been to come home from work every day to a tidy home, happy kids, a cooked meal and an empty laundry basket. How I wish I’d had Zoe Dubs to lend a hand. Zoe is currently working as an au pair with a family of five on a lifestyle block in Onewhero, north Waikato. She’s been with the family – Bruce Joy and Heidi Bland and their three sons – since October after they met over the internet. She loves being part of their busy household where she helps with daily chores and caring for children, Oli (5), Riley (8), and Dylan (11). Heidi is a health and safety manager and Bruce works as a helicopter instructor. This is Zoe’s fourth au pair position; her previous postings were in Denmark, Spain and Australia. While her latest job is the furthest away from ‘civilisation’ she’s had, it’s by far the best she says. “It was a bit intense when I first arrived because I wondered how on earth I would meet people. The nearest shops – in Tuakau – are a good 20 minutes drive but these days with technology there are so many ways you can meet people and I’ve already made two really good friends. “At 28 I’m a little older than your average au pair who is mostly aged from 18 to 23 so I really enjoy meeting people who are outside the au pair world. She says although au pairs are mostly city-based there are growing opportunities to work for families living rurally. “When I was looking to come to New Zealand there were a lot of opportunities to work on farms or with horses. We have horses here, and a couple of goats, but I don’t have anything to do with them, I just love the countryside.” A typical day for Zoe is getting the boys ready for school, making their lunches and driving them to school. Then she does 30 — Rural Living — February 2017

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Zoe Dubs – loving the country life.

some housework and has a few hours to herself before collecting the children from school. “It’s the first time I’ve worked with three boys and they are the coolest. They are so funny; they constantly crack me up. We have a lot in common as we all love Star Wars, Marvel comics and video games. “Once they’re home from school we do homework and I give them a snack then we just hang out and have fun. I usually make dinner which, technically, I don’t have to do, but it’s something I enjoy. “Most of the time I will watch a movie with the family in the evening but I’m free to do my own thing. We have a really great relationship. “I made it clear in my interview that I was looking for a family I could be part of and feel relaxed with. But I’m also the type of person who respects family time and don’t want them to feel they need to entertain me. I’m just fine on my own.” Zoe has one week in four off and often spends this time travelling. She has also had outings with her host family including a summer holiday to Coromandel. Zoe is a woman who lives to travel. Before coming to Onewhero she spent

the previous three months backpacking through South East Asia and Nepal. Au pairing aside, she’s taught English in Columbia and worked on organic farms in Ireland and Italy. “I love the connections I make through being an au pair and I’m still friends with all the families I’ve worked for. We keep in touch and I get to see the kids grow up. I really like that they’re still in my life. It definitely makes travelling easier as you don’t have to pay for food and rent and have minimum expenses. This makes it possible to save money for more travel. “Coming here and having this kind of experience, rather than backpacking on my own, has been amazing. You definitely learn more about the culture. For instance, Heidi’s always bringing me things that are typically Kiwi and telling me I must try them. These are things I might not try otherwise.” She says she can’t get over how beautiful the local landscape is and it was one of the deciding factors for her move to Onewhero. “Being an au pair is an amazing way to travel and see the world and its culture. I recommend it to everyone.”

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Yellow The heat’s on so make the most of fabulous February weather with Ketz-ke’s sunny Bon Voyage collection. Yes, yellow is the beacon of summer, and this meld of relaxed styling and sassy prints will have you floating through the golden weather in style. From shades of straw to a dash of canary, this selection embraces freedom and the holiday mood. Headlined with a fun, geometric print, the Holiday Dress and Freedom Top and Short are perfect suitcase essentials. A collection which will take you from the beach straight into evening cocktails, what’s not to like about its cheerful take on summer sunshine offering the liberty of carefree dress up/dress down styling? Sightseeing-chic is easily achieved with the floaty Shadow Dress flaunting summer’s hot, off-the-shoulder trend, while the Darkness Dress makes event dressing a breeze, its vibrant hue complementing summer tans and the glow of health.

Natasha Harris from Alberts Hair Salon, Pukekohe says treat yourself and your hair to summer pampering.


ime out at the hair salon is considered pure bliss by clients who appreciate the chance to relax and revel in some personal pampering while their hair is cut, coloured and styled. And, at Albert’s Hair in Pukekohe, we aim to give our clients the ultimate treatment and to ensure they love their look! While I’ve been privileged to serve the industry for many years and been invited on several occasions to join creative teams at Fashion Weeks in New Zealand and Australia, Alberts is about more than industry kudos. We have a team of highly skilled stylists who are absolutely committed to preserving the environment wherever possible and ensuring treatments promote hair health as well as beauty. Keeping up with new trends, techniques, products and advances in training is important to me – I want the team to provide the best possible. As a result they have each put in the work to ensure precision cutting and to become amazing colourists – regardless of age we want clients to see us as a destination for beautiful hair, a place where they are assured of a warm welcome, can relax and feel confident that they will receive knowledgeable advice and an outcome that goes beyond their expectations. At this time of the year, when the sun is fierce, and people are frequently outdoors, both pool and sea water take their toll. Therefore, it is imperative to treat your hair to some extra care and conditioning to prevent it becoming salt-dried or over-chlorinated and brittle. Coloured hair may need a little extra management too. So, don’t hesitate to call on the team at Alberts – we are there to help keep your hair radiant and healthy and to provide you with a little time out too!

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RED EARTH EATERY & WINE BAR 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. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. Red Earth’s truly extensive wine list offers a wide selection of fabulous wines from around the country and the world. For those after something extra special, there is a cellar list for more exclusive bottles too! Pop in and see our friendly team for a fantastic time – Red Earth caters for couples and larger groups, 7 days a week, 11.30am till late! 255 Great South Rd, Papakura Phone 09 296 9027

the kentish hotel Built in 1851 by Mr Edward Constable who emigrated from Maidstone Kent, in England, The Kentish Hotel caters to today’s clientele but is steeped in history. Mr Constable went on to apply for a publican’s special licence, and on January 10, 1853, he was granted licence number 47. That special licence still continues today and the hotel lays claim to being the longest, continuous liquor licensed hotel in New Zealand. Today, it boasts a high class restaurant which serves delicious seasonal foods and it also offers hotel guest rooms upstairs. 5 Queen St, Waiuku. Phone 09 235 8367 Email 14950

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ithout wishing to spoil any of your fun, these are the foods we see causing people trouble over the summer period and beyond – be forewarned, and just a little cautious, if your teeth are heavily filled and of a fragile nature! The top four foods to take care of are hard nuts, pork crackling, peach, plum and cherry stones and chewy toffees. The top Also beware of small bones in barbecue four foods meat; if you catch a tooth which has a large filing, the filling could come out. to take care of Remember, teeth are not tools – are hard nuts, opening bottle tops with your front teeth pork crackling, is not a good idea. peach, plum Summer, in general, is a sugar fest so try to take it easy. Ask the children to and cherry clean their teeth after fizzy drinks and, stones and remember, that with the merriment of chewy toffees. cocktails and wines, watch where you are going. It’s wise to avoid falls that cause dental trauma. On that note, if you do have an accident involving teeth it is best to register it with ACC as soon as possible. A visit to your dentist to record the injury and fill out the paperwork is essential in case future treatment is needed on the injured teeth. Sometimes problems arise long after the accident and it is more difficult to then attribute the problem to an earlier injury and claim ACC. If you have dental pain and need temporary relief until you visit your dentist, oil of cloves used on the tooth and adjacent gum is helpful. Ibuprofen is a good medication to use for toothache as long as your stomach can tolerate this medication; if not use paracetamol or codeine. If your tooth or filling breaks and leaves a sharp edge, try chewing gum over the tooth to make it temporarily smooth to your tongue. And with that, here’s wishing you an eventless and painless holiday season in terms of your teeth!

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nothing ventured, nothing gained By Tessa Arnold, Suits & Gumboots Country Daycare


he last 20 years have seen a significant shift in how we live our lives. Jobs have changed, diets have changed, even childhood has changed. Caution and safety are at the top of everyone’s list and so they should be when caring for our most vulnerable members of society. But, let’s remember that without risk nothing is gained. And, taking risks is a necessity for so many areas of our lives. Children are natural risk takers – they have to be in order to learn to walk, talk and achieve the many other things they master in the first few years of their life alone. It is so easy to underestimate these miniature humans. When you think carefully about children’s development, you can easily see that we master more in the first five years of life than we will ever pack into such a short space of time again. Children have a natural, intrinsic motivation to push their boundaries and take risks. There are cases of children mastering skills beyond what an adult first thought they were capable of, cases of toddlers playing drums, three-year-olds skateboarding, and talented child musicians demonstrating that children can achieve so much if given the chance to do so. This applies to everyday skills for our young ones as well. It is important to provide children with opportunities to challenge themselves and take risks as these allow them to develop their physical skills and confidence. It also teaches them to make sound judgements on safety and to explore the limits of their abilities.  Children provided with a safe environment within which to push boundaries soon learn what they can and cannot do.  With a little encouragement they push themselves a little further each time and have soon mastered a new skill or, at the very least, built on their ability to persevere with something beyond their comfort zone. A person able to persevere can achieve anything they set their mind to.

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Whenever a mystery must be solved, Frankie Potts is on the case. In her latest adventure, the village of Tring has gone to the dogs when a strange band of dancers with bells and blue painted faces arrive. Why are these ‘Wicked Wolves’ hounding her puppies? Frankie will need to rely on all of her animal instincts to get to the bottom of this one! And, then there’s the case of the Postcard Puzzle. With the help of her loyal sidekick, Mac, Frankie travels to Gigglesworth to discover why the mysterious Gideon R. Best, Animal Trainer Extraordinaire, sent a postcard (with two kisses on it) to her mum. Rural Living has a twin pack featuring copies of each of these titles (best suited to readers aged 7-10) up for grabs. To enter, visit One entry per person/email address; entries close February 28, 2017. Our lucky winner notified by phone or email. ◆◆Juliet Jacka & Phoebe Morris: Frankie Potts & the Wicked Wolves and Frankie Potts & the Postcard Puzzle | RRP $11.99 each | Puffin (NZ Juvenile)


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hen life hands you lemons, make lemonade. How very true because, after relaxing over the Christmas break, it can be tough to find the energy needed to fend off those ‘back to work blues’. What’s more, office air conditioners can lead to unseasonable colds. Although a healthy dose of vitamin C can work wonders, what do we do with all that excess liquid after drowning our sorrows? Relief could be as close as our own backyards. In our modern PC (or should that be WC?) world, natural fertilisation of plants has somewhat fallen by the wayside as we turn to processed chemicals to do nature’s work. But watering lemon trees – or other plants requiring nitrogen-rich soil – with urine really does assist in their growth. So, here are a few tips, as well as don’ts and dos, for using ‘number ones’ in the garden:

AND ‘IT WAS ALL YELLOW’ Urine commonly consists of 90-95% water; it is non-toxic and can be drunk. However it’s probably best not to pass this water over at your next dinner party; it may have a great nose, but your guests are sure to ‘wine’ about its flavour! The remaining five percent of human urine consists of a mixture of salts, hormones, enzymes and minerals; including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which are all valuable nutrients in stimulating plant growth.

Things are heating up - don’t forget to give your garden lots of water to keep it thriving. It’s also time to start sowing your autumn vegetables. Growing Food • Leeks: Poke a hole in the soil with a pencil or bamboo stake to a depth of 18cm. Drop in a leek seedling, but don’t throw in soil to fill the hole. This leaves space for the leek to fatten as it grows and when you water the hole fills up, bit by bit. • Vegetables for autumn/winter: Sow seeds of the brassica family in trays to plant out when the temperatures are cooler. Brassicas include cabbage, broccoli, bok choy and cauliflower plus there are some fun new ones such as Broccoli Romanesco (more cauli -like), purple sprouting broccoli and the foodie darling – broccolini.

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• Tropicalfloweringplantsarecoolandcolourful: Canna lilies, hibiscus, bougainvillea and bird of paradise plants are so lush and they come into their own this month. Makes you feel like you’re in your own island paradise. Keep them well watered.

It’s a common misconception that animal urine is just as beneficial to plant fertilisation as human pee. However, as the human variety contains higher levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, it’s always better to BYO-P!

• Hose only at night or early morning – during the day can be a waste, as heat evaporates the water quickly.

BACK TO BASE-ICS When applying this fantastic fertiliser, urinate only around the base of the tree, avoiding areas you intend to weed. And, whatever you do, don’t pee on the leaves or fruit, lest guests be unimpressed by the flavours of the fruits of your labour.

AU NATURAL? Those who would prefer not to expose certain bodily regions to the elements when ‘watering’ can use a pot or container to carry the urine from the privacy of the bathroom. Be sure to transfer the urine as quickly as possible as the temperature of fresh urine makes it more beneficial to plants. Organic solutions use many of the same chemicals as nonorganic substances, only in more natural forms. So, when next the urge strikes, before flushing away a perfectly good fertiliser, get that pee on the tree, and, as an added bonus, you won’t even need to put the seat back down!

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Right ‘Hon’, Guy! While MPs may have been on their ‘school hols’ recently, in the lead-up to the break, Parliament was a ‘hive’ of activity where few appeared busier than Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy. In fact, our mate Nate was so busy that we’ve had to take a second look at even more of his greatest hits from December.

Nate loves spuds It’s official – the chips are down with MPI! The potato industry has become the thirteenth to join the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity partnership. “It’s very pleasing to have Potatoes New Zealand working with MPI and other industry partners on biosecurity,” Mr Guy said. “As the recent Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement outlines, biosecurity is a shared responsibility. It needs everyone working together sharing their expertise and experience.” And, as we know, biosecurity is Mr Guy’s ‘number one priority as minister’.

Lane same but different While Auckland Airport was bursting at the seams during its busiest season, Guy’s guys at MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) were not shy about busting those intent on bringing food or other biosecurity risk items across the border. However, to prevent traffic jams (at least until arrivals reach George Bolt Memorial, that is!) MPI and Auckland Airport have been running a new, dedicated lane for New Zealand and Australian travellers with no declarations to be screened and processed. In addition, two detector dog teams have been on duty covering all lanes and an additional baggage x-ray machine

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employed. “These new measures will improve how we process and screen passengers for any extra, unwanted visitors,” Mr Guy said in December. “We are expecting the busiest summer ever for visitor arrivals so the Ministry for Primary Industries is now on high alert for biosecurity threats.” Mr Guy also took the opportunity to remind us all that: “Biosecurity is my number one priority as Minister.” At Rural Living we wouldn’t expect anything less!

Can ‘Nay-fin’ save the dolphins? Industry initiatives to protect endangered Maui dolphins could see MPI and DOC wrestle with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). However, Mr Guy believes WWF-NZ

will welcome proposed measures by seafood companies Moana New Zealand and Sanford. Measures are set to be discussed ahead of implementation in October. “There are already extensive fishing protections over a large part of the Maui dolphin distribution, and new steps will provide even greater reassurance and protection,” he said. “We have been discussing options with industry for the past 18 months so it’s pleasing to see them taking a proactive, precautionary stance and committing to working with the Government.” The proposed changes cover the west coast of the North Island, from Maunganui Bluff to the Whanganui River Mouth. They include: no set nets in the area north of New Plymouth, installation of electronic monitoring systems and a transition away from conventional trawl fishing methods. DOC and MPI are investing more than $2 million in research to ensure the best science-based decisions are made for future protection of Maui dolphins, Mr Guy adds. “Over the next few years we’re also rolling out the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IERMS), which includes cameras, geospatial monitoring and electronic reporting on every commercial fishing vessel. The move by these fishing companies to adopt this technology early is a big vote of confidence.”

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olden has steered its Trax small SUV in the right direction with an extreme makeover on the inside, a mild revamp to its pointy and blunt ends, and a specification upgrade. Trax, and its Barina sibling, are in the process of trading places. SUVs are becoming the small vehicle of choice, while conventional small passenger cars are in decline. Both Trax and Barina have had a refresh, but the changes to Trax are more significant and will ensure that its increasing popularity isn’t derailed. Outgoing Trax had two major criticisms levelled against it: the 1.8-litre engine was a bit wimpy (you had to opt for the top spec model to get the peppy 1.4 turbo), and the interior was bland, plastic and

The fascia has a full width ‘eyebrow’, and the surfaces look and feel significantly better than that of the old model.

downmarket. New Trax, which goes on local sale in February, is a different story. The cabin is a now a nice place to hang out. The design is thoroughly modern, has more soft-touch surfaces that look good, and is user-friendly.

All models feature rear view camera and rear park assist as standard, and are fivestar safety rated. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the ranges, and the information is displayed on a large 7-inch colour screen. Dynamically, nothing’s changed apart from kicking the 1.8-litre engine into touch. The 1.4-litre turbo, which is now standard across the range, is entertaining enough with 103kW of power, and 200Nm of torque at 1850rpm. The front-wheel drive (no all-wheel drive) Trax retains its six-speed automatic transmission, and the suspension tune is unchanged. Trax’s pricing will be carried over from the comparative outgoing models. The LS is $32,990, LT $35,490, and $36,990 for the LTZ.

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t seems that black is the new black. Amongst the many blacked-out show vehicles at this month’s 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, USA, was Ram’s imposing Ram Rebel Black. Ram Rebel Black special edition package is offered with all available Rebel colours, adding black wheels, brush guard and theme-matched all-black interior. “Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road truck will

continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA -– Global. Ram 1500 Black is a US market only addition to the RAM range – at the moment – as it is based on the Ram 1500. However, Ram New Zealand will be evaluating local interest in the Black equipment package once it is available in the USA.

Big year for new vehicles New vehicle sales in 2016 exceeded every single previous record, and Ford Ranger retained its position as the bestselling vehicle overall. There were 146,753 registrations during the year, a healthy 9.5 percent up on 2015. Toyota was the market leader with an 18 percent share, followed by Ford (11 percent), Holden (10 percent), Mazda (eight percent) and Mitsubishi (six percent).

The 2016 record year marked a continued shift in buyer preference and market dynamics. For the first time in New Zealand history, more SUVs were sold than passenger vehicles. SUVs accounted for 36 per cent of the market (52,913 vehicles) compared to 35 per cent for all other passenger vehicles (51,552) and 29 percent for commercial vehicles.

A blistering performance by the Counties Manukau Heat recently proved it’s not just our men who are the real ‘steel’ on the rugby field. In addition to Counties Manukau’s men securing the Bayleys National Sevens title for the second year running, this year our women (coached by former Black Fern, Davida White) joined in on the act. In their finals, the Heat defeated favourites, Manuwatu, 24-17, while the men overcame Waikato 14-7. “It was a great feeling to win both titles,” Davida says. “We were stoked and it was a real buzz to support our boys as they played a pulsating final to earn backto-back titles.” The sevens’ championship is just the latest accolade claimed by our local ladies; late last year, the Heat secured its first ever Farah Palmer Cup in fifteens. Davida (partner of Steelers’ head coach, Darryl Suasua) says the victories are a credit to the wider Counties Manukau union. “In both teams, the work of the union has been the key through skills’ training and assistance with game planning from the high performance unit... As a team we are not isolated, there’s a collective mentality with resources being shared.”

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Sales drop, listings grow

By Miriam Arnet, Special Counsel, Arnet Law

By David Powell, Barfoot & Thompson, Pukekohe


he new year often sees people take stock of different areas of their life and resolve to make changes. Personal decisions may include the ending or beginning of a personal or romantic relationship. Where a relationship is ending and the parties share property and/or children together, they will need to make some decisions about what is to happen with the division of their property and arrangements for their children. As far as property is concerned, it is important that they be formalised with a signed Relationship Property Agreement, certified by lawyers. What about where parties are beginning a relationship or taking ‘the next step’ in an existing one? Perhaps there is talk of moving in together, marriage, children and/or buying a house together. The default property rights of couples, whether married, in a civil union or de facto relationship, are determined by the provisions of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. The general principle of the Act is that couples share their property 50:50. There are special rules that apply to relationships of less than three years duration and particular classes of property. Otherwise, unless the parties enter into an agreement contracting out of the equal sharing principles of the Act the general rule stands. The Act specifically allows couples to contract out and make their own rules, whether this is on separation or during the course of their relationship. An agreement entered into during the course of a relationship is often referred to as a “Contracting Out Agreement” or “Prenup”. Couples enter into Prenups for various reasons. They are common when entering into a second or subsequent relationship, where one or both parties have substantial property that they want to keep separate, perhaps to leave to the children of a previous relationship. The process for entering into a Prenup is essentially the same as that undertaken in separation agreements – both parties will engage a lawyer to provide them with independent advice. The agreement is then executed in accordance with legal requirements. If you are entering into a new relationship or taking the next step in an existing one and wish to avoid the Act’s equal sharing regime, talk to your straight-talking lawyer at Arnet Law… sooner rather than later.



t the time of writing the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand report for December wasn’t available. Instead, I have used the Barfoot & Thompson media release for December 2016. Peter Thompson comments: “While prices definitely eased there was certainly no suggestion that current prices were under any downward pressure and normal sales numbers were being achieved. “For the median price the reduction was 1.8%. New listings were the lowest in a month for the whole year, but were the highest in December for five years. “The year-on-year average sales price increased by 8.6%, the lowest in four years. It compares with 13.9% in 2015, 10.3% in 2014 and 11.1% in 2013.” At the end of the year, B&T had 3270 properties on its books. This was the highest number at year end for four years, and more than a third higher than it was at the same time last year.

Average Price $913,709 $933,130 $869,492 Median Price $840,000 $850,000 $800,000 Sales 721 947 796 Month-End Available Stock 3270 3881 2431

MARKET UPS and DOWNs Median house prices rose but sales volumes stayed flat or fell across New Zealand in December 2016 when compared to December 2015 according to newt figures released by REINZ. These pretty well reflected the trends experienced by major real estate company, Barfoot & Thompson. The national median sale price rose 11% year-on-year to $516,000, just $4,000 from its record high of $520,000 in November. On a seasonally adjusted basis the national median price firmed 11.8% year-on-year and almost all regions hit new record median prices in the three months to December 2016. Outside Auckland, December saw a new record median price of $420,000. However, the volume of sales for December 2016 was 6,533, a drop of 11% compared to December 2015. Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) chief executive Bindi Norwell says: “The underlying trends we are seeing are of rising prices across New Zealand, with all regions recording year-on-year increases in the median price. By contrast we are seeing flat or falling sales volumes in many areas of the country. “In Auckland, the long-term median price trend has been consistently rising, despite a slight easing compared to November 2016. The combination of fundamental factors, such as strong underlying population growth and a lack of supply in the market to meet Auckland’s growing population, suggests that we may be unlikely to see much change to the upward trend in prices unless these fundamentals change.”

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24-Hour Callout Service • Pump & Well Services • Plumbing – Drainage – Concrete Supplies

• Bore Pump Sales & Servicing • Water Pump Sales & Servicing • Water Purification • Water Tanks • Water Testing • Electrical • Filters

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• Specifically designed to cover MK 4 or MK 6 Fenn (kill) traps • Narrow entrance guides the ferret/stoat over centre of trigger plate

Bait Station Mini


Philproof bait feeders are the answer


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• Service of all farm, industrial, agricultural irrigation and domestic pumps • Full range of galvanised, alkathene & pvc pipes and fittings • Pool pump sales and service – chemical supply • Bore pump design, installation and supplies • Drainage supplies • Water filter systems – Design and install • Bulk sand and cement • Water tanks – Agent for RX and Aqua • Deep well pump sales and service

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