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PLEASE NOTE: information regarding times & dates of these events was correct at the time this issue went to print. However, due to the pandemic, events may be postponed or cancelled. In some cases, tickets may be limited or social distancing measures employed as appropriate. Readers are advised to check events online for updates.

NZB Ready to Run Sale

NZB Ready to Run Sale November 17-18, from 1pm, Hammers will fall hard and fast when some of the hottest prospects among two-yearold thoroughbreds go on sale. Due to the pandemic, this year’s sale won’t be held at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Sales Centre, Karaka, but it will go ahead online. Break Bread November 30 – December 19, session times vary, Triumphing over disaster, some of ‘the naughtiest theatre-makes in Aotearoa’

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OPEN AT L3/ PHASE 2 Coming attractions… Although we may need to wait a little longer before most events can take place, Alert Level 3/Phase 2 does allow public facilities – such as libraries, museums and galleries – to open their doors, albeit with social

Break Bread

negotiate the pandemonium of their homes hinting at how regular people adapt (and don’t!) in the face of some of history’s most tumultuous times – including the Exodus, the sinking of the Titanic and more. For more information about this online event, see Wild Film Festival Taking viewers for a walk (or ride) on the wild side, this film festival showcases adventure in the great outdoors, while marking Wild Magazine’s 40th year in

distancing and masking measures in place. With everything from smaller, local venues to MOTAT, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Auckland Art Gallery and more opening up, there are many sites to see and things to do.

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print. Even though the Auckland screening can’t take place, the festival is accessible online. Sculpture OnShore A highlight of the arts calendar, Sculpture OnShore sees a wide range of sculptures enrich the landscape on Auckland’s North Shore. Despite the pandemic, this year’s show will still go on... online. Featuring a eclectic variety of works, Sculpture OnShore’s website includes vivid photos and videos as well as detailed information about the pieces and their creators.

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Late Night Festive Fun & Santa’s Grotto December 10, from 5pm, Great South Rd, Papakura Papakura’s shops are planning to roll out the welcome mat for Santa with Christmas shopping, festive entertainment and fun family activities all in store – and out on the street too. And, don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Grotto (11am-3pm) on December 16 and 20 to meet Mr Christmas himself. See Celebrate Christmas & APO Kids Christmas December 10-11 & 12, times vary, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Cnr St Stephens Ave & Parnell Rd, Parnell, and Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City Celebrations may be muted but Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is aiming to set the tune for the season. With everything from hymns to carols and contemporary songs, Celebrate Christmas is scheduled to take place in magnificent setting of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, with children’s concerts following at Auckland Town Hall. Additional details at Waiuku Christmas Parade December 11, 10am-2pm, Bowen St, Waiuku Although numerous Christmas parades have been cancelled this year, as Rural Living’s events pages were finalised, it appeared Waiuku’s Christmas Parade could still go ahead in some form. So, while we ho-ho-hope this popular event can go ahead, do keep an eye on developments via Mary Quant December 10-March 13, Auckland Art Gallery, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Sts, Auckland City

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Mad Mike's Summer Bash

Showcasing the work of fashion icon, Mary Quant, this exhibition features garments from the swinging sixties and those that set the tone for the decades following. Credited with overturning the dominance of Parisian couture, Mary’s designs became synonymous with liberation. Details via www.

Toyota 86 Championship December 3-5, Pukekohe Park Raceway, 222/250 Manukau Road, Pukekohe Pukekohe is expected to serve as the opening round of the Toyota 86 Championship. However, it is just the first of three rounds close to home for Franklin locals; on February 11-13 and April 22-24 Hampton Downs will take its turn to host this action-packed racing series. See for more information. Mad Mike’s Summer Bash December 4, 8.30am-7pm, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Hampton Downs Road, Te Kauwhata Anyone organising an event during a pandemic must be mad! But legendary drift car racer, ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett has never claimed to be otherwise. Packed with on-track action, this event also includes a Kids Zone, Show ‘n’ Shine and much more. See


Ironically, gleanin g the best advice renovating or and inspira just decorating our homes often tion for designing, buildin front doors. Although there g, requires we step are beyond our own choose, we have plenty of home and garden events from included our which to top picks for shows to visit. Please note: due to the Covid-19 Alternatively, pandemic, some ticket sales may of these events be limited and/or may be postpon social distanci ed or cancelle ng measures d. to check events employed. Readers online for updates are advised .




February 17-20, from 9am, Claudelands Events Centre, Brooklyn Rd cnr & Heaphy Looking for inspiratio Tce, Hamilton n? Why the show on the road – or not take hit the road to go to the show? The acclaime and popular d Waikato Home Show, showcas & Garden ing a wealth and services of products , is well worth a jaunt motorway to visit. More informat down www.waikatohom ion at



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April 7-10, Eden Avenue, KingslanPark, Reimers d It might be a little to ever develop beyond most of us the perfect ‘garden of Eden’ but we can try! Held iconic Eden Park, this event at the as a ‘one-sto is billed p-shop with a massive range of exhibito from street food rs’, with everything to live entertain also on the program ment me. Details www.nzhomean dlifestyleshow.covia .nz.


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Franklin Arts Trail December 4-5, various locations, Franklin region Postponed from October, this popular event is again preparing to take visitors on a tour of artist’s studios and galleries throughout our region. More details via


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March 26-27, Winsford Gardens 35 Mceldow , nie Rd, Opahek Ramarama e, A fanciful festival, this event designed to raise funds to is also assist fantastic work of Franklin Hospicethe With markets . to and more, this live entertainment event offers a wheelbarrow-loa d of inspirati Details via www.fra on. nz and nz.


April 9-10, 10am-4p TYLE EXPO m, PIA Centre, Pukekohe’s 59 Ward St, own home show Pukekoh Designed to showcase local attracts visitors from near e for designing, and far. living building or decorati as well as everything community. needed ng, this More info at www.franklinexp show is a celebration of

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■HOME SHOWS NOT FAR AWAY Whether held home (in Franklin) or away (elsewhere in Auckland and Waikato), there is an exciting range of home and lifestyle shows ahead of us, all going well. Below, we’ve included just a few events topping the calendar. And, for a comprehensive guide to designing, building and renovating – or buying – a home, see our 2021-22 edition of our popular Design & Build annual, out now! ◆ Waikato Home & Garden Show: February 17-20, Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton – ◆ The Auckland Home Show: February 23-27, Auckland Showgrounds, Epsom – www.aucklandhomeshow. for more information. ◆ Tiny House Expo: March 25-26, Auckland Showgrounds, Epsom – ◆ Franklin Hospice Garden Festival: March 26-27, Winsford Gardens, Ramarama – ◆ NZ Home & Lifestyle Show: April 7-10, Eden Park, Kingsland – ◆ Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo: April 9-10, PIA Centre, Pukekohe –

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With two holiday trips booked, I’m applying for our vaccine passports although I’m not confident Aucklanders will be crossing borders come Christmas. If not, I’ll be devastated as we have a nephew’s wedding in Whanganui but I’m relieved the ludicrous idea of booking a space for passport checks at borders has been dropped. Imagine major routes clogged by people heading to holiday destinations? But let’s be positive – here’s to the festivities and freedom for Aucklanders! And, with that, it’s goodbye to all; I will miss you!


Like many Aucklanders, I’m hanging out for my hairdresser. Blessed with a good




head of hair, it’s growing at speed. I’ve snipped here and clipped there but, I’m now desperate for more than a trim! Hair aside, Covid-19 restrictions are taking their toll in other ways. Most can identify with calls to get back to some form of normality and with retail re-opening, that’s a start although hospitality, many contact businesses (hairdressers!) and border crossings were yet to be given the green light as Rural Living went to print. Sadly, it’s the Auckland/Waikato border crossing that has made buying a home in Hamilton virtually impossible for daughter’s family. Her Pukekohe home has sold but, so far, all Hamilton house ‘viewings’ have been online or through video tours. Daughter has twice applied to travel down for one day to pre-arranged viewings with one agent. I was astounded that her application was refused. Apparently, my doubled vaccinated, Covid-free tested daughter is more of a risk to the country by doing this quick, virtually contactless trip to buy a home than she would be as a teacher in the classroom with umpteen students. What’s more her risk to the country is of much more concern than the risk of her children being homeless on December 10. Frankly, some Covid decisions make a mockery of



s 2021 draws to a close and Rural Living prepares to say goodbye to an extraordinary year, I too must say a fond farewell to all our wonderful readers and advertisers. This will be my last editorial as I am retiring at the end of November. I’ve been a journalist for more than 50 years, the past 33 with Times Media where I’ve had the privilege of holding many roles including magazine editor for nearly 10 years. I will find it extremely difficult to abandon my daily media routine but, hopefully, I will discover fresh challenges where my journalism skills can be used. So, thank you to all who have supported my journey and, in particular, to those who have helped my team and I, together with our amazing production department, to produce magazines we are proud of. The very capable and talented Jon Rawlinson, whom I have worked with for the past decade, will take over the role as Rural Living editor but, hopefully I will bump into some of you at the Franklin Club, while shopping locally or dining out. Warmest to you all but, before I go, one last word....or two!

‘being kind’ and being practical. I support the call to ‘vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate’ so that Covid outcomes will be manageable, not disastrous but I don’t think this travel decision is kind or sensible especially as daughter is now prevented from re-applying for the same reason. A similar application for her son to sit his new school's entrance exam, was also refused. Daughter says she knows her situation is minor compared to some, but, finding a family home is a priority. Mapping a Covid future is an unenviable task but the Government is floundering. Moving forward requires bravery and level heads and, I hope, a tad more commonsense – in the meantime, I’m still hanging out for my hairdresser!



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Bright fights on Could it be (to misquote Allen Ginsberg) that the ‘best workers of our economy are being driven to madness’? With plans in gear for a second Howl of Protest, JON RAWLINSON spoke to local co-ordinator, Scott Bright, to learn more about the grievances voiced by grassroots group, Groundswell.


he ground shook in July as tractors, utes and other vehicles converged on cities nationwide in efforts to assert their disapproval of a raft of government measures. Despite a clear message already delivered by protest body, Groundswell, local organiser, Scott Bright, maintains the fight must go on. The Howl of Protest drew approximately 60,000 people nationwide, Scott estimates. Billed as ‘the mother of all protests’, the second effort is scheduled (alert levels permitting) to steam ahead on November 21. “The first Howl was hugely successful, we had people throughout the country standing up for farmers,” the Karaka lifestyle farmer says. “Someone said they stopped counting at 500 tractors and

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I think we would have had about 2000 people all together [from the Franklin region alone]. We expect there will be more than double attending next time. “Nationwide, I hope it will be at least the same size if not bigger. Groundswell wants to get more towns on board this time. There were 50 something towns last time and I think they want to double that.” Appreciating that protecting New Zealand’s natural resources as the world seeks to feed a growing population is essential, Scott is clear that Groundswell is not against all regulations; tying farmers’ and growers’ hands in red tape, however, will hinder rather than help them achieve this, he says. “Farmers have always been in tune with the environment anyway because

their businesses and their homes are on the line. We’re not against doing the right thing by the environment, but [regulations] need to be workable and there are so many that are unworkable and very damaging. The regulations are just draconian; it’s crazy!” Reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA) are having a broad impact on farmers, especially the Significant Natural Area programme (SNA), which restricts how landowners may develop parts of their land. The Three Waters reforms are intended to clean up waterways, but they also impose a raft of constraints on farmers and growers. In addition, the Clean Car Discount (colloquially known as the ‘ute tax’) increases costs of running some

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“Overall, lifestylers probably aren’t as aware or concerned, but they do need to be because [these regulations] are coming for them too!”

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petrol and diesel vehicles – effectively, the workhorses of modern farms. The primary aim of the protesters is to encourage the Government to think again regarding these (and more) initiatives. “We are hoping to raise awareness and [encourage] binding referenda on these issues [so] the Government might then listen to the people,” Scott says. Born and raised on an Otaua dairy farm, he is now a lifestyler; in a sense, this means he has worked both sides of the fence. “Farmers are more aware of just how destructive these policies are because they’re already affecting their businesses to the point where a lot of them just won’t be able to continue to farm; it’s that serious,” he contends. “Overall, lifestylers

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probably aren’t as aware or concerned, but they do need to be because [these regulations] are coming for them too!” It could be said that Groundswell has had more than enough ‘Labour’; in another way they can’t get enough! Labour shortages caused by border closures have taken their toll on many primary sector businesses. Although restrictions at the border have been eased somewhat – especially through the Recognised Seasonal Worker programme – more must be done, Scott contends. “There are some growers out there who are really struggling with their harvests [and] getting workers to do the job. People seem to underestimate the skill level these workers have. The only instant fix is to allow more workers into the country.”

The Labour Government ushered in the latest regulations to which Groundswell is objecting, but Scott does not expect opposition parties to ride to the rescue should they reclaim the top spot in parliament. “Successive governments have been doing the same thing. Instead of going out and genuinely listening to farmers, the bureaucrats seem to be dominating policy making – that’s the problem,” he adds “Some may want to support us (on their terms), but they’re not confirming they will wipe out these unworkable regulations and that’s what we need to happen.” More information about Groundswell and the Howl of Protest is available at

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Kim and her family moved to Franklin eight years ago and adore the area. “We absolutely love it here – the beaches, the harbour (I caught my first marlin this year – a 102kg whopper!), the rural vibe, and the fabulous and diverse community. We feel very fortunate to be able to call Franklin home.” It’s not just the team that’s been expanding. This year Kim graduated to grandparent status as she welcomed her first grandchild. “Becoming a grandparent has added a whole new dimension to my life. Who knew you could love a little bundle so madly! I’ll be blessed again in February when number two makes an entrance, and can’t wait,” gushes Kim. A business is nothing without the support of its clients and as the Refresh Renovations Franklin team get set for an awesome 2022, they’d like to wish all of their clients and their community a beautiful and safe summer, with lashings of love and sunshine.

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Stewart (Howick Ward) has long Auckland City Councillor, Sharon , initially with the former been involved in local body politics kland City Council for the past Manukau City Council and on Auc the Civil Defence Emergency 11 years. She is currently Chair of provides direction and Management Committee which tor and oversees coordinated leadership across the CDEM sec ss the Auckland region in civil defence arrangements acro ural disaster such as an the event of civil disorder or a nat ural disasters have rocked earthquake or tsunami. Several nat ging from the Christchurch New Zealand over the years, ran ding and even a tornado earthquakes to severe winter floo ron about how the city in Auckland. Rural Living asked Sha civil defence emergency. would cope in an Auckland-wide

How did you become Chair of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee? The Mayor makes decisions regarding the Council’s committee structure and who chairs each committee. Eight years ago, I expressed my interest and experience in civil defence to the then Mayor who supported me in taking on the role. I have been interested in this field for a long time and was involved in organising New Zealand’s first international search and rescue deployment, to help in Taiwan after an extreme earthquake in September, 1999. More than 2400 people lost their lives, and over 11,000 were injured. Howick (my ward) has a large Taiwanese community and I reached out to see how New Zealand could help. While there was no budget to send a team overseas, I spoke with several Taiwanese businesspeople who generously provided funding. Having had the hands-on experience in such seriously quakeaffected areas, the team returned with a lot of new knowledge and skill which was passed to others in the search and rescue sector. What is the role of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee? The committee is a legislative requirement under the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002 and is the 12 — Rural Living — November/December 2021

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Do you liaise with the Ministry of Civil Defence? Absolutely. Our Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Plan (2016-2021) is our vision and goal for emergency management in Auckland and was developed to align with the Ministry’s vision to ensure we are working towards a common national goal. We also have a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) (formerly the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management) representative as an observer at our CDEM committee meetings.

Auckland is on an isthmus; how likely is it that we would experience a tsunami? What advice is given on this? Auckland’s coastline is vulnerable to inundation from flooding and tsunami, particularly in low lying areas. We are, however, somewhat sheltered by large land masses such as Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel Peninsula which could reduce the force of a wave. Aucklanders can view the Auckland Council Hazard Viewer online to see if their home is in a tsunami evacuation zone, or at risk of flooding or coastal inundation. In the event of a tsunami, those near the coast should immediately go to high ground or as far inland as possible. Do not go to the shore to watch! Take pets and an emergency getaway bag if you can. Emergency response agencies will send out warnings and with updated emergency information being broadcast by radio.

Does the Army have a role in emergency management? The New Zealand Defence Force provides support and assistance by supplying resources and equipment during civil defence emergencies. Auckland Emergency Management co-ordinates emergency responses in Auckland and liaises with key partners such as the NZ Defence Force as required.

What about the likelihood of other natural disasters such as an earthquake or a volcano, given that Auckland is home to some 60+ volcanic sites? The Auckland Volcanic Field has a low probability of eruption. Our alert level is currently at 0, ‘No Volcanic Unrest’, and experts believe we’re unlikely to see a volcanic eruption in our lifetime. The National Geohazards Monitoring Centre is

strategic forum for civil defence and emergency management planning and policy. When an emergency happens, the Mayor is authorised to declare a state of emergency. In his absence, the Deputy Mayor, Chair, or members of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee are empowered to do so.

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"I have been interested in this field for a long time and was involved in organising New Zealand’s first international search and rescue deployment, to help in Taiwan after an extreme earthquake in September, 1999. More than 2400 people lost their lives, and over 11,000 were injured. Howick (my ward) has a large Taiwanese community and I reached out to see how New Zealand could help."

continuously monitoring for earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic activity throughout New Zealand. Earlier this year, Papatoetoe was hit by a tornado which took one life and caused severe property damage. What role did Civil Defence play? Auckland Emergency Management played an important part in response and ongoing recovery, working with emergency services, Auckland Council and other partners to co-ordinate an effective response to community needs. This included arranging emergency accommodation, assessing buildings, providing residents with tarpaulins to secure properties, and removing green waste and storm debris. A Civil Defence Welfare Centre operated from the Otara Pool and Leisure Centre, and later the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre and Papatoetoe Library, providing support to those affected. Financial assistance was made available through the Mayoral Relief Fund and through the Ministry of Social Development. When we moved into the recovery phase, support continued to be available to those affected. How important is it for Aucklanders to be familiar with civil defence procedures, and be prepared? Is it necessary for households to have an emergency kit?

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Emergencies can happen without warning so it is important for families and households to familiarise themselves with what to do in such events. Have a plan for your household and your family’s specific needs: Be Prepared! If anyone in the home is reliant on power for medical needs, talk with your GP who will help you plan for such an event. The more information the public has on what to do in these situations, the more resilient our communities will be. We have some fantastic tools available to help educate families and ensure communities are prepared – look on the Auckland Emergency Management website. Here’s a list of the basics every household should put aside: ◆ At least a 3-day supply of water (at least 3 litres per person, per day) ◆ Torch and radio with spare batteries ◆ Wind and waterproof clothing, strong outdoor shoes, sun hats ◆ First aid kit and essential medication ◆ Blankets or sleeping bags ◆ Pet supplies ◆ Toilet paper and large rubbish bags ◆ Face and dust masks ◆ Non-perishable food (including food/ formula for babies and young children) ◆ Can opener ◆ Gas barbecue Most households will already have

many of these items, so there’s no need to buy a special emergency kit unless short of items but it’s important to know where everything is – you may need to evacuate in a hurry. A phone charger in the car is also a good idea and, if you don’t have a portable radio, listen to your car radio. If you could be Minister of Civil Defence for a day, what would you do? I would love to meet with civil defence teams around the country and hear how they are educating their communities to improve resilience and ensure they are prepared for an emergency. There is some really amazing work being done by the sector across New Zealand. It would also be fascinating to learn more about emergency management approaches internationally. If you could ask any three people (living or dead) for dinner, who would they be and why? Queen Elizabeth II, who I greatly admire and who has lived through many significant times and events; the late Sir Dove Myer Robison (a former Auckland mayor); I would love the opportunity to discuss his vision for Auckland and, finally, Richie McCaw; I really admire has mental toughness, and I’m a big All Blacks fan! Rural Living — November/December 2021 — 13

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Gains, goals at the grassroots Although the International Day of Rural Women (October 15) was cause for celebration regarding the essential role of rural women in feeding the world, it also gave pause for thought about the particular challenges they continue to face. Despite notable gains, bias about women’s ability to perform some jobs on farms still needs to be overcome, says Gill Naylor from Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).


t’s a matter of seeing that women and girls can do jobs on farms – it’s not necessarily a man’s role, women are perfectly capable," Ms Naylor asserts. "If there is a way to do a task in an easier and more efficient way, rather than putting a lot of strain on anyone’s body, male or female, maybe farmers and growers need to reconsider the way things are done.” Another enduring issue is restricted access to maternity services. “Mums and babies are our future, so it’s absolutely critical we have a wellsupported midwifery service in rural areas.

That means looking after our midwives properly – making sure there’s enough of them and ensuring it’s a profession which is worthwhile for them.” Encouraging women to join the primary sector is at the heart of RWNZ’s efforts. However, rural women continue to take a leading role in supporting the roots of rural communities, which underpin primary sector businesses. “Part of being in a rural community is doing all that community service, and building your social network too. It’s the real heartland stuff – organising activities in the local hall, playgroup, schools, the

local A&P show, sports clubs and more.” Established by the United Nations, International Day of Rural Women, appears set to measure gains but also set new goals. “Often, women are holding things together quietly, so it’s important to recognise that, as it usually goes unnoticed,” Ms Naylor adds. “We’ll just keep on keeping on – strengthening, supporting, and connecting our people and rural communities, that’s what we do.”

RURAL SPORTS AWARDS – ENTRIES OPEN When New Zealand celebrates the best and brightest in rural sports, a new shining trophy will be presented to the first FuturePost Rural Sportsperson with a Disability. The latest addition expands a Rural Sports Award winners circle which includes people involved in sports ranging from wood-chopping, fencing, shearing and shooting, to tree-climbing, gumboot throwing and more. “Every year, it is awe-inspiring to hear the stories and achievements of rural sports athletes, many of whom are 14 — Rural Living — November/December 2021

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world champions in their discipline,” Tim Myers from awards’ sponsor, Norwood, says. “It’s also heartening to hear about the dedication of rural sports administrators to their sports. Many of them are the glue that keeps heritage sports alive in rural Aotearoa today.” Nominations for the 2022 awards are open until January 17 – see www. for details. The awards’ evening (March 13) is scheduled to run as part of the New Zealand Rural Games programme.

Fencing champion, Nick Liefting (Clevedon) claims 2021 Lifetime Legacy to Rural Sport Award.

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SPRING + WARM CONDITIONS = WORMS Dr Jennifer Stone BVSc (Dist.) talks about the need to worm and drench farm stock and be on the lookout for common summer afflictions.


pring is finally here and with the warmth comes the worms! Unfortunately, our lifestyle block animals are infected by a variety of different worms. These produce eggs which pass out onto the pasture in their dung and then develop and become infective larvae. The number of larvae present on pasture is directly affected by weather with spring’s warm and moist conditions being the best for larval development. These larvae are infective to other animals grazing the pasture and hence the cycle of re-infection continues. The number of eggs and larvae present on the pasture is much higher than the number of worms inside animals, therefore effective worm management requires more than just drenching. Lambs, kids and calves should receive their first drench (de-wormer) at about 6-10 weeks old, once they’ve been grazing the grass for a few weeks. It is important to use First Drench in lambs and goat kids to protect against tape worm — those grotty white segments you see in their stools. Expect to see more after drenching as all the dead adults flush out! Remember that any drench can be dangerous if overdosed, so make sure an accurate weight of the animals is estimated (even better is getting a weight). If you are drenching a group, try and dose to the individual.

Under drenching can be just as problematic as this means the strongest worms will survive and breed, creating an army of SUPER WORMS resistant to our drenches. As many lifestyle blocks graze animals between one to two paddocks throughout the year, this can become a headache very quickly. Some things to look out for if you believe drench resistance is becoming a problem on your property include failure of animals to thrive (even after drenching) and animals which continue to have diarrhoea after treatment (but again, not always). If you are concerned about this, then it is best to have a discussion with your vet about your management strategies going forward.

This will involve taking some poo samples to look at the egg burden before, and then 10 days after a drench. Changes in grazing strategies and cross grazing may be recommended. Adults require regular drenching during summer to protect them against barber’s pole, a nasty blood sucking worm which makes affected animals very anaemic. Sheep, goats and alpaca are at high risk, especially if run together. Also, when drenching your alpaca and goats, they require 1.5x the sheep dose rate you will find on the label. Certain drenches are required at specific intervals during summer, so talk to us inclinic to ensure you get it right.


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Greenpeace contends plans to reduce Some may think ‘green means go’ when it comes to government just yet. emissions, however Greenpeace is not signalling the go ahead


action from Wellington, change is already underway in rural New Zealand, with many farmers already adapting away from intensive dairying, Ms Rose adds. “By supporting farmers to shift to regenerative, organic farming, we can have a thriving countryside with vibrant rural communities and plenty of jobs, which is restoring nature, protecting the climate and looking after people’s health.”

espite her ‘nuclear-free moment’ pledge and even after four years in charge, [Jacinda] Ardern’s Government continues to fall [short]. The climate crisis has enough hot air already,” Greenpeace campaigner, Christine Rose, says. “While the Government’s lack of vision is deeply disappointing, I’m confident that New Zealanders will continue to stand up for a better future. Ultimately, sanity will prevail.” Ms Rose’s comments come in reaction to the recently released Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document. “The document is, frankly, full of meaningless waffle that won’t turn the tide on an accelerating climate crisis, and it is clearly pandering to the dairy industry… Instead of doing what we know works to cut climate pollution from agriculture – such as lowering cow stocking rates and phasing out key drivers of intensive dairying, such as synthetic nitrogen fertiliser – the Government’s discussion document does little to broach the conversation on reducing agricultural emissions.” And yet, despite a perceived lack of

BAN THE BOTTLE, ‘CUT TO THE CRAP’! In addition to its plans to reduce emissions, Greenpeace is similarly sceptical about the Government’s Waste Strategy. “A billion plastic drink bottles are discarded in NZ every year which is horrifying and unnecessary,” the organisation’s ‘plastics campaigner’, Juressa Lee, says. “More recycling and new ways of handling plastic won’t fix the plastic pollution crisis. We are drowning in it. It’s in our bodies, our babies, in our food, in the deepest oceans and the highest mountains. We need to cut through all the false solutions. The

problem of too much plastic can only be addressed by stopping production at the source.” The strategy must minimise waste, not just replace one material for another, she contends. With return schemes and refill systems something many of us are familiar with, it makes sense that this is the logical next step in plastic phase outs. Ban the bottle today!” Greenpeace Aotearoa’s ‘ban the bottle’ petition aims to eliminate throwaway plastic bottles altogether.


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e Our Minister of Agriculture, Trad and Export Growth and more has been hitting ‘high’ notes (in more ways than one!) over the last s month or so, as our summation based on reports from Damien O’Connor’s office show.


WITH D.O’C... SEED MONEY FOR ‘WEED’ CROP Despite New Zealand’s decision against legalisation of recreational cannabis use through last year’s referendum, D.O’C has a prescription to ensure medicinal marijuana will not go up in smoke. “A successful medicinal cannabis industry will earn significant export revenue, provide jobs, and produce locally-grown pharmaceutical options for patients,” Mr O'Connor said when recently confirming funding of almost $760,000 for biotech research group, Greenlab. “New Zealand’s primary industry is built on excellence in applied science. This investment will see Greenlab’s researchers carrying out rigorous trials and lab testing to ensure a consistently high-quality and effective pharmaceutical product.” Issued through the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF), the investment is an important step towards growing this fledgling industry, Mr O’Connor contends. “Less than 50 hectares is currently planted in medicinal cannabis and the current domestic market is supplied almost completely by imports, at around 1,800 prescriptions per month,” he says. “This funding will ensure these [licenced] growers have access to essential industry knowledge and insights much further and faster than would have otherwise been possible.”

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D.O’C LANDS UK FTA Although flying around the world may be risky business at presant, our Minister for Trade and Export Growth appears to have secured quite the deal as a result. During his travels (to the USA and Europe) in October, Mr O’Connor announced an ‘in principle’ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the UK. “It was crucial our agreement needed to provide comprehensive and commercially meaningful access for [our] exporters and businesses, and especially to those sectors that are the backbone of NZ’s economy such as our dairy and meat producers. This deal achieves that." Expected to deliver a billion-dollar boost to NZ GDP, the agreement cuts tariffs on our exports, including honey, wine, kiwifruit, onions, dairy and meat products. “By removing tariffs and other barriers that have limited the growth of our goods and services trade, as well as our investment connections, our exporters and businesses can now enter a new era of market access they have never before had available.”

‘HUMBLE HERO’ GIVEN HELPING HAND One of Franklin’s most famous crops is set to benefit from a $2.83 million government-funded programme. “New Zealand’s onion industry punches

well above its weight globally, and there is still significant opportunity to expand. It’s time to move out of the commodity market and capture emerging high-value opportunities,” our Minister of Agriculture confirmed regarding the new Humble to Hero venture. “This programme seeks to differentiate our onions from those of the rest of the world. Consumers around the globe are, increasingly, looking for values-based products that are light on the environment, and sustainably produced… We’re aiming to be the champion nation for producing top-quality onions with low inputs.”

PRICES ON RISE NZ is commanding high prices for primary sector exports, paving the way for economic recovery, Mr O’Connor says. “The resilience of all export sectors is vital to our ongoing economic strength. Just as we aim to have diversified export markets, we’re also focussed on growing all our export sectors… Our farmers and growers have been working hard maintaining their volumes and, together, we’ve been able to keep supply chains ticking and freight links open.” In late October Fonterra predicted a record milk price of $7.90 to $8.90 for the coming season. Red meat export returns have been buoyed by increases across the board, from beef exports to record mutton and lamb prices.

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s a consequence of government's Three Waters move, rural people concerned about the management of water, sewerage and stormwater infrastructure should step up and have their say before it’s too late, Federated Farmers president Andrew Hoggard says. “We remain opposed to this plan. The [decision] that this will be mandatory is a huge call,” he says. “[The] majority of local authorities and many New Zealanders have

voiced serious misgivings over the plans. Top of Federated Farmers’ list are issues around governance and accountability. The complexity of rural water scheme ownership and operations has rural people worried.” Although transfer of responsibility away from councils to the new water entities is now mandatory, a working group of local government, iwi and water industry experts will work on operational aspects. “This group will have its work cut out

to allay a multitude of concerns… How will the new entities ensure the needs of smaller and rural communities are not crowded out when setting investment priorities and plans?” Mr Hoggard adds. “We’re also in the middle of resource management reform and examination of the future of local government. The Government has yet to convincingly demonstrate adequate planning… into how the water services reforms integrate with these two very significant processes.”

FISH & GAME TAKES AIM AT WETLAND REFORMS Changes under the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F), intended to protect wetlands, have drawn fire from Fish & Game, claiming they could prove counterproductive. “The Ministry for the Environment is missing the opportunity to incentivise activities that restore and enhance wetlands,” Ben Wilson from Fish & Game NZ asserts. “The Ministry hasn’t addressed the issue that consent fees are the highest cost for maintaining and restoring wetlands… Landowners who want to

restore wetlands, and game bird hunters constructing traditional maimai, face ludicrous restrictions and consent fees.” The NES-F ‘Managing our Wetlands’ discussion document suggests resource consents will be required for building new maimai, boardwalks or even signs within 10m of a wetland. However, it actually makes allowances for quarrying and mining. “We’re stunned that the Minister [for the Environment, David Parker] is considering making the drainage of wetlands much

easier for developers,” Mr Wilson adds. “Fish and Game fully supports any changes to make the process of restoring and maintaining wetland habitat easier… Any person who wants to reverse the alarming trend of wetland destruction will not be able to unless these rules are changed.” As outlined in our previous issue (Oct-Nov), the Aggregate and Quarry Association says quarrying can help produce new wetlands; however, Forest & Bird also has strong reservations about proposed changes.

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CLIMATE CHANGE — NZ FARMERS TOP RATINGS New Zealand’s primary industries are not just rising to the challenges of climate change but topping the table, a recent report indicates. “With [some] regularly pointing the finger of blame at our farmers, it’s pleasing to see an independent and in-depth assessment tell a very different story,” Andrew Hoggard from Federated Farmers says. “Unlike so many other studies and commentaries, [this one] recognises that feeding the world has to be balanced with emissions reductions.” New Zealand ranked first among 32 nations in the Agriculture, Land Use and Forestry section in the 2021 Net Zero Readiness Index (NZRI). More than 100 aspects related to addressing climate change were examined by the study; New Zealand rated ninth overall.


he talent demonstrated by finalists in the 2021 Young Grower of the Year competition reveals the horticulture sector is growing from strength to strength, Barry O’Neil from HortNZ contends. “This year’s [competition shows] optimism in our industry as well as the pride inherent in providing New Zealand and the world with tasty and healthy, fruit and vegetables,” he says. “At times like these, having a cause and taking time out to celebrate it is even more important than it was before.” Among the finalists was Heather Feetham, from T&G Covered Crops (Pukekohe), who featured in Rural Living’s Aug-Sep issue. However, Bay of Plenty’s Melissa van den Heuvel (Apata Group) claimed top spot in October’s national final. “It was great to be part of this competition and get to know my fellow competitors,” the avocado grower services representative says. “I am very proud to be in this industry, it is Melissa van den Heuvel. something I am very passionate about.”

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nefit ahead of Franklin onion growers could be new free trade French onion sellers thanks to a agreement (FTA) with the UK.


f immediate benefit to the onion sector is the expectation of tariffs being eliminated on onions, once the agreement comes into force,” James Kuperus from Onions NZ confirms. The UK’s ‘Brexit’ from the European Union saw opportunity knock; recently, the door appears to have been answered through an ‘in principle’ agreement with one of New Zealand’s oldest trade partners. And, the sweet smell of success is expected to permeate throughout our primary industries, from agriculture and horticulture to apiculture and more.

“[We have] been seeking the removal of tariffs for some time and we extend our thanks to the Government for persevering and progressing this on our industry’s behalf,” Apiculture NZ’s Karin Kos says. “The free trade deal will be a great outcome for our industry and will improve our competitiveness in one of our largest export markets.” The agreement provides welcome relief to primary sector organisations, exorcising the spectre of a ‘worrying trend’, as Andrew Hoggard from Federated Farmers explains. “In the past two years we have all been

starkly reminded of this as our country has lent heavily on our global exporters to maintain our economy,” he says. “There has been a worrying trend of growing protectionism for agricultural products since the outbreak, [however] this FTA shows trade liberalisation remains the way forward globally.” The agreement follows negotiations involving Damien O’Connor (Minister of Agriculture and Trade and Export Growth) – see page 17 to read more. Next on the agenda will be attempts to secure a similarly favourable deal with the European Union.

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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 –

LOCKDOWN LESSONS The extended spring lockdown has been an adventurous time for our three tiny humans – running races, watching the birth of spring lambs and kite flying in the top paddock on the Paerata Bluff property we're blessed to live. In particular, the wind has been exceptionally strong which has been very exciting and invigorating. We have embraced these feelings and, rather than be discouraged by the loss of our ‘regular’ life, we have made an effort to apply a quote from Shanti to We our every day – “and, at the end of the day have made your feet should an effort to apply be dirty, your hair messy and your a quote from Shanti to eyes sparkling.” our every day – “and, at R. Moore Paerata Bluff the end of the day your

feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”

GAME DOG EXTRAORDINAIRE! Pukekohe’s Gundersen family’s much loved pet, Cookie, a French bulldog/ bull terrier cross, has featured on Rural Living’s Get Off the Grass pages in the past and we love hearing about her antics – dressing up, climbing cliffs, jet skiing and more. However, her love of a game takes the cake. Cookie is an avid board game fan – if she could truly participate she would. Here she is pictured ‘playing’ Risk and Sequence with the family, who tells us she watches every move made and, when everyone is seated at the table, she has to be there too. “What’s more, she is perfectly behaved, the only time it gets a bit out of hand is when the ‘game’ is paper planes – see her here in goggles and aviator hat – how she would love to fly too!”

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The Acacia Cove Lifestyle Acacia Cove is a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula. For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, bowling green and gym. Whether you choose to live in a villa or one of our luxurious apartments, you’ll have the security of a 24 hour, fully monitored emergency call system built in. If you’re aged 60 or over, value your independence but want greater security, come and have a look at the superb properties we have to offer.

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At present, I’m spending a lot of time in Karaka, Pukekohe, Waiuku, Waiau Pa, and Drury. These areas have a lot of rabbits and this won’t improve on its own over the next six months.

Rabbits Galore By Ditch Keeling, Coastal Pest Solutions


’ve taken lots of reports of dead baby rabbits in paddocks since our recent heavy rain – a promising sign – but then I shot 101 on just a few paddocks around Bombay last week so spring breeding is well underway. Sadly, a few dead young at this time of year is unlikely to make much difference to those of you suffering big-ish rabbit numbers. Rabbit mortality (that's things that kill them) in the wild is hugely driven by moisture. Basically, rabbits become sick really easily when living in damp conditions, so much so, that populations can almost completely disappear during extended wet periods. In particular, long, wet grass is really bad for rabbits; short, dry grass is really good. The last two winters have been comparatively dry. Spring 2020 produced a phenomenal number of rabbits and,

now, following yet another relatively dry one, I’m seeing bunnies coming out everywhere. The biggest moisture-led impact on rabbit numbers is always on the new young. While many rabbits will breed all year up here, something like 60-80% of those born between autumn and spring will die within just a few weeks. These moisture-led mortality events are actually the single biggest killer of rabbits (besides me) and one of the few things that can actually have a controlling impact on rabbit numbers. Cats, stoats, ferrets, hawks, cars and the formidable calicivirus all kill a few rabbits but even combined, they fail to remove enough of the population to halt a constant increase in numbers. At present, I’m spending a lot of time in Karaka, Pukekohe, Waiuku, Waiau Pa, and Drury. These areas have a lot of rabbits and this won’t improve on its own over the next six months. If you have rabbits, do some work on

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them now; it may save a lot of damage over the coming summer. Removing cover is a really good start. Burn fire piles before it is too late. Rabbits love living in these and, once they have burrowed in under them, we really struggle to find entrances for fumigation. Lifting other paddock debris and fence posts etc up off the ground a couple of feet is also well worth it. If the lay of the land is open and breezy, rabbits can’t use it as cover. The fumigation and shooting service we offer will do the job every time, but the success of even this can be limited when there are rabbits living in a fire pile or under 50 posts alongside a shed. Sometimes, a good tidy-up on its own will remove the only cover being used by rabbits and the problem can disappear – for a time at least. That’s it for this month, Make the most of your spring and don’t hesitate to drop me a line if the rabbits getting away on you.

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Welcome to Rural Living’s annual Business Showcase in which local companies tell readers about themselves and the great opportunities they offer across a wide range of retail, commercial and professional services.


espite Covid-19 uncertainties of this past year, the region continues to grow rapidly so, new residents and new businesses moving into the area, need to stay up with the play. Both town and country people can benefit from learning more about the companies which serve them and which pride themselves on their integrity and trustworthiness. Many business owners are also local

residents, who know the district and believe passionately in the services and goods they provide. They genuinely want to ensure locals receive the best in every way possible. So, why traipse the city looking for the right company to meet your needs when it’s likely you’ll find the perfect fit on your own doorstep? But, if you don’t need assistance just now, keep the magazine for the day when you will need to reference a business to meets your needs. Franklin, and beyond, has some of the best.

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JUST DOES IT BETTER Outstanding real estate results don’t just happen. They rely on knowledgeable advice from agents who know the area, understand their clients’ needs and are known to achieve great results – mother and daughter team, Jo-Ann Day-Townsend and Victoria Day fit the bill perfectly.


lexible, self-motivated and with sound industry experience, Jo-Ann Day-Townsend and daughter Victoria Day, are a dynamic real estate team, focused on the best outcome for their clients. Subsequently, they have each earned respect for integrity, dependability and results. Rather than competing with each other, the duo have combined their individual strengths, ensuring they complement each other in this market which has seen buyers scrambling to purchase property before it is snapped up by someone else. With Jo-Ann largely focused on the rural market and Victoria on urban/ residential, they can also assist each when and where there is demand. And, right now, the demand for properties across both domains has never been higher. “The demand for property keeps rising, outstripping availability,” Jo-Ann says. 28 — Rural Living — November/December 2021

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“With mortgage rates already starting to rise, yet still low in comparison with rates of many a past year, now is the time to secure property – no one wants to miss out. “With demand so high, it’s also a great time to be realising top value for your home or lifestyle block. Sales are being secured quickly at prices properties deserve. There has been real delight among people who have sold well and gone on to their next property with confidence.” Because this mother and daughter team know their markets, with both having received industry accolades for exceptional performance over the years, vendors and purchasers are in the best of hands. Jo-Ann has a passion for property which, she says, may sound clichéd but is absolutely true. On a personal note she renovated many houses and assisted

friends and family to buy property long before she formally entered the industry. “Prior to returning to New Zealand I also enjoyed an extensive corporate business career which provided a sound backdrop to dealing in real estate,” she says. On the flipside, having moved from central Auckland to Pukekawa some 12 years ago, her early appreciation of rural life provided a learning curve, invaluable when talking with newcomers seeking a country lifestyle. “My number one goal has always been to understand my clients’ needs and expectations and then to meet them,” Jo-Ann says. “My clients always come first and it has been enormously satisfying to provide them with the right outcome.” On the other hand, daughter, Victoria entered the real estate industry four years ago, joining her mother initially as her assistant.

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Victoria Day and Jo-Ann Day-Townsend

“However, I was quickly bitten by the bug so I took the plunge and sat my real estate exams. I’ve not looked back since.” While Victoria’s extensive work in support of Jo-Ann gave her the skills she needed to undertake the role of agent, it is her previous experience in customer service which gives her an edge. From the beginning, clients have described her conduct and achievement as, ‘impressive result’, ‘excellent communication’, and ‘highly professional.’ “I understand that a much-loved home represents hard-earned savings and is also the place where families build attachments and memories so, when it’s time to sell and leave it behind, I am committed to leaving no stone unturned to ensure the homeowners receive the best price possible before starting a new journey. “I’m the kind of person who tells it like it is; no ‘fluff’, just the facts and I keep clients

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well informed so the whole process runs smoothly and is stress-free.” Working across the real estate board, means Jo-Ann and Victoria, complement and benefit not only each other but their clients too. Their successful working relationship, built on mutual respect and understanding of each other’s strengths and individual talents, puts them at the forefront of the industry. Recognising that success on behalf of clients is a combination of an effective selling system, excellent marketing, expert negotiation skills, top-notch communication, and unwavering

dedication to hard work, Victoria and Jo-Ann combine traditional marketing techniques with the latest and cutting edge technologies. This includes extensive social media marketing, to attract buyers and to achieve the best sale result for their clients. So, if you are looking for someone who treats friends like family and family like friends then you couldn’t ask for better. Whether you are seeking a home in the country or urban panache talk to this dynamic duo – Jo-Ann Day-Townsend and Victoria Day – at Harcourts Pukekohe.

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hether renovating a room or remodelling the whole house, the team to talk to is Smith and Sons Franklin, local specialists in renovations and extensions. Having owned this respected business for more than nine years, Lane Lane & Melissa and Melissa van den Brink, together their van den Brink knowledgeable team, are committed to turning clients houses into spaces they love. For them, it’s not just a job, it's a role they enjoy and gives then great satisfaction. Experience has shown them that no renovation is the same, every project is different. Therefore, there are no square metre rates at Smith & Sons – something they are often asked about. Instead Melissa says the company uses a simple process to take clients through their project step by step. “From the initial conversation we take clients through drawings and council approval then construction and completion so everything is understood,” she says. “And, at Smith & Sons Franklin we use tried and true, modern building materials and methods, offering exceptional customer service to deliver a renovation which exceeds our clients’ expectations.” She adds that one of the most important parts of this threestep process is the initial conversation with clients. “We believe in being upfront from the start and discuss budgets and ideas to fit with those of our clients. Having all the information at the outset, makes moving forward easy; if we don’t have all the information, moving forward is more difficult.” Each Smith & Sons project is guided through the construction phase by the company’s project manager whose role it is to communicate with clients and to relieve them of any renovation stress. He makes sure all subcontractors and building materials are on site when needed so building delays are avoided. “One of the biggest challenges the building industry faces at present are delays due to supply issues but, with careful planning regarding products and project start times, we can minimise these delays. That’s why one person overseeing the entire project from start to finish is key to a successful and stress-free renovation. Ultimately our aim is to ensure every client ‘s project is finished to the ultimate standard.”



he global pandemic has had a huge impact on every aspect of the way we live and funerals are certainly no exception. With borders closed and heavy restrictions on the amount of people able to attend a funeral, we cannot necessarily say goodbye in a way which feels meaningful to us. In these uncertain times, we can even feel as if the loss of our loved one has somehow been marginalised, and yet, saying goodbye is as important as ever. Holding a funeral or memorial service gives us the opportunity to publicly honour the memory of someone we have loved, but a funeral is as much for the living as it is for the dead. It is our chance to express our love, our grief, our support and to share our memories. A gratifying funeral gives a baseline from which we can begin to learn to live without our loved one in our lives, and a good funeral promotes healthy grieving. Fortunately, there are still good options available at this time. Some families choose to hold the smaller funeral and use technology to web stream the ceremony to all those who cannot attend. We have had some really positive feedback around this. Some have loved the intimacy of the funeral and those watching online have felt as if they were part of it too, particularly if they were able to send through tributes to be read out on their behalf. We’ve lit candles to represent those who cannot attend and even floated helium balloons in their place in the chapel. Another option has been to hold a private cremation or burial and, at a later date, hold memorial services that everyone can attend. Memorial services can be a great opportunity to be creative and truly personalise the ceremony. A large photo of your loved one can provide a strong focus, as well as special personal effects which reflect their personality and all the things they loved. Our Funeral Directors can provide the advice and guidance you need to make this happen in a way feels right for you. Give us a call anytime at Papakura 09 298 2957, or Pukekohe 09 238 2221. We are always happy to help!

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omeowners should always enjoy a feeling of pride and comfort when driving up to their home, not just for the first time, but every time, and that’s exactly what the Homes by Nest team works hard to create. Over the past few years, owners, Bru and Linda Goldfinch, have grown Homes By Nest on the belief that appreciated subcontractors and suppliers will deliver only top quality, longlasting family homes with features which please year after year. “We want our clients to be completely satisfied in their decision to build with Homes By Nest and to be absolutely delighted with the home we give them,” Linda says. After 12 years as a new home consultant, she and Bru made the decision to create Homes By Nest within their local stamping ground of Papakura and Franklin. “Being locals, and having operated in this area for a long time, the decision was easy especially as we already had excellent contacts in the construction world, many of whom we consider good friends.” Today the couple are proud of the company tagline, Premium Service – Personalised Solutions – Fair Price, which reflects their dedication to excellence from initial consultation through to planning, construction, price, timeliness and more. “We carefully consider everyone involved in the build project and genuinely believe that happy subbies and suppliers will ensure onsite energy is positively charged. Subsequently, the only possible outcome is the delivery of a ‘happy’, well built, long-lasting family home,” Bru says. With Bru the first point of call for any enquiry, he ensures all queries are met with complete professionalism and expertise and says Linda’s added input means clients benefit from a close knit team who know communication is key. With an eye for décor, Linda also works alongside Picturebook Interiors for interior design and colour schemes to finish each home with individual and personalised style. “We are intent on helping clients achieve their dream home therefore, our first priority is to talk them through exactly what they want in a home. “We also believe the total process should be great fun and hugely satisfying. So, if you are seeking a new home and have the time to talk, we have the time to listen. “We’d love to hear your ideas and priorities then use our expertise to bring it all together, keeping within budget and ensuring the highest standard of finish. At Homes By Nest we want you to enjoy a stress-free build and have fun along the way.” Phone: Bru Goldfinch 021 215 8368 Email:

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hen there’s water, water everywhere, the firm to call is Drill Force, a specialist water bore and geotechnical drilling contractor New Zealand owned and operated, Drill Force employs approximately 40 staff in the Counties Manukau/ Franklin districts making it a ‘force’ to be reckoned with. “Whether they wanted it or not, drilling was bred into the blood of several staff members,” says company director, Zane Brown. “We have an increasing number of second-generation drillers and three are fifth generation drillers.” Specialising in drilling domestic, farm supply, irrigation and municipal water wells along with other drilling markets, the company, strives to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ type experience for water supply requirements. WE CAN: ◆ Assist with and apply for drilling permit consent applications on clients’ behalf ◆ Work closely with local pump agents to provide a complete service including water bore drilling, pump and reticulation solutions on your behalf ◆ Perform aquifer pump testing for water and apply for consents to meet council requirements ◆ Perform down hole camera inspections of new and existing water bores up to 500m depth ◆ Take water samples and provide laboratory chemical analysis Drill Force prominently operates American-made drilling equipment and has 30 specialist drilling rigs with depth Overfrom 40100m years drilling capacities to 2000m depth.experience The team applies the most appropriate drilling methodology to suit the unique geology of a client’s property. “We have the abilityto to Irrigation drill and complete water bores in soft Domestic Water Bores sands and clays through to gravels and hard rock in cased hole  Free Pump Consultation with Local Agents diameters from 100mm to greater than 600mm,” Zane confirms.  Water Divining Service Servicing the greater North Island, DrillAvailable Force has drill crews  All Workmanship and Materials based in Northland, Auckland, Taranaki, the Guaranteed Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. The company provides free quotations and advice, based its extensive experience and its historic data base of wells drilled in the Counties Manukau/Franklin districts and other regions over the past 45 years. “We especially thank our clients many of which are loyal repeat customers and also our staff for their efforts and dedication,” Zane adds. “Without our clients and staff, Drill Force would not be the company it is today.”


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t Grahams Funeral Services we understand every funeral is different because every person and family situation is unique. We always strive to arrange a funeral carefully and sensitively in order to ensure the service provides a meaningful ceremony to farewell a loved one in the best way possible. We believe a funeral is meant to tell a story of your loved one’s life and we want to help every family tell the best story they can. A funeral service is an opportunity to share, remember and be united in grief. There is no right or wrong way to plan

and arrange this. A meaningful farewell is made up of so many things and may include music, photos, readings, stories, symbols and memories. A service to suit your loved one can be held in a church or hall, at your home or outside in your garden. Our wonderful facilities in Tuakau, Pukekohe and Waiuku are designed to accommodate all families, religions and cultures and are a place of comfort and warmth. As well as viewing rooms and chapels, we have in-house caterers, live streaming capabilities and, most importantly, a passionate team committed to making one of the most

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difficult times in life, as easy and as memorable as possible for you and your family. Following a funeral, our care continues. We offer grief support and counselling, and our monumental team can assist with designing and providing a headstone, plaque or monument which will stand the test of time and continue to memorialise your loved one for years and generations to come. A personal, 24-hour telephone service ensures a funeral director can always be contacted to discuss your needs. Our caring staff members are here to help answer any questions you may have.

For a goodbye to remember let our experienced and caring team take care of your loved one.

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B’s Flooring Xtra, your local Flooring Xtra store is your one-stop shop whether you are looking for carpets, vinyl, laminate or timber flooring. “From your initial enquiry and sampling to a final selection, plus measure, quote and installation, we can help you from start to finish. Whether you’re building your dream home, doing a quick renovation or working to a tight budget, we are able to point you in the right direction,” owner, John says. The team of consultants will walk clients through popular collections so they start their personal search with friendly service. Each consultant has vast knowledge in their field and will assist customers to find the perfect options for every room from the store’s wide selection of colours, patterns and styles “We cover a wide footprint from Drury/Ramarama to Te Kauwhata and all areas east and west of the main trunk line. Our team takes pride in customer service, our showroom and floor covering installation,” John says. Part of the Flooring Xtra group for over 10 years now, JB’s Flooring Xtra has been open for business in the Pukekohe area for the last six years. Having seen many changes regarding products and colour trends during their 40 plus years in the industry, John, Catherine and the team remain committed to staying in step as fashions change. You can be sure that your purchase supports your local Flooring Xtra store and the hard working families behind them. John adds, “For a floor that completes your home, come and visit our showroom today and we will be happy to discuss your needs and provide the best solutions for you and your family”

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orget painting the town red – paint the house and redecorate too but, remember, there’s no trick to successful outcomes – outstanding front to back, roof to floor results come from knowledge, experience, and expertise. Because first class finishes are stock and trade for Pukekohe Decorators and Door Finishers, owner Mike Watson and his team are the folk to call when making over your home. “From the front door to back, inside and out, we offer a comprehensive interior design, painting, plastering and wallpapering service,” Mike says. “Building new, renovating or just want to refresh, we’re ready and able to help.” In particular, a colour and interior specialist has joined the team, her eye for detail, colour and special touches ensuring clients’ personal décor style shines. On task for some 17 years, Mike and his team work with residential and commercial customers. Every job starts with a client consultation then the best solution is mapped out to meet taste and budget before a detailed, written quote is provided. “We want our customers’ to get the best value for their money and that applies to every job we tackle.” Although, homeowners mostly see the need to redecorate inside first, Mike says the roof is often the place to start. “Preventing deterioration, painting and repairing roofs saves money and we have the expertise to prepare and paint all surfaces including corrugated iron and terracotta tiles. "Generally, we start with water blasting to treat moss and lichen and remove or treat rust before any paint is applied.” When it comes to the outdoors, the team is also expert at painting residential and commercial pools. “As well as painting, we can ensure a pool’s protective coating is up to scratch as this prevents damage to the substrate,” says Mike. “Our contracts have included painting the Pukekohe Jubilee Pools so we know what we’re doing.” But not all jobs are that big. Because Pukekohe Decorators and Door Finishers has its own spray shop, it deals with a wide range of cabinetry, doors, furniture and more as well as various surfaces such as wood, cast iron and steel, to achieve an enduring, good as new finish. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPANY’S WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES CONTACT: 103c Manukau Road, Pukekohe Ph 09 238 1163 Email or

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Counties Honda is back in business! Despite the trials of Covid-19, recent changes announced by the Government have seen this local business reopen, while operating in accordance with restrictions.

Before stopping by Counties Honda, visit “Although we’re loving having people return to our showroom, our comprehensive website remains a great place to start,” Brett says. “This will help you get a ‘handle’ on what we have to offer.”


ven with the challenges of global material shortages, manufacturing and shipping delays, Counties Honda has a showroom full of products,” owner, Brett Aspden, says. “From new quad bikes and side-by-sides, to farm, trail and motocross bikes and the latest road bike range – including the brand new Rebel 1100 – our bikes are good to go!” Since Brett took the reins at Counties Honda in February, the business has faced an uphill struggle. However, as essential service providers, his team members have been delivering workshop services to local primary industries, ensuring the backbone of our economy remains strong. “We’ve been proud to do our bit; it’s been a tough time, but I’m confident we’ll come out of this stronger than ever. Having said that, as with many community businesses we have been desperate to open our showroom doors and return to full retail operations – it’s feels fantastic to be back!” The showroom’s reopening is perfectly timed to fulfil Christmas wishes. “We have a wide variety of kids bikes, and my top pick as a gift idea for adults is our Honda Versa Tool,” Brett recommends. “With numerous attachments – from brush cutters, hedge trimmers and pruners, to blowers, cultivators and edgers – a single Versa Tool powerhead becomes an extremely versatile piece of kit.” The Versa Tool is part of the Honda Outdoor Power Equipment portfolio, which is ideal for those keen to get stuck into summer maintenance both before and after Christmas. “As summer is a busy season with maintenance jobs on the agenda, it’s

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also the perfect time to ensure existing equipment is serviced and to invest in new gear. From generators and water pumps to our popular Lawn and Garden care range, Counties Honda is a ‘one-stopshop’ before getting stuck into property maintenance.” Before we even begin to plan projects, or set our hearts on a new bike, it pays to speak to a member of the Counties Honda team. “From riding the high country to simply getting from point A to point B, Honda has the right motorbike to suit. We also offer safety equipment and apparel – for road, dirt and the farm – so all bases are covered. “Honda has become renowned for quality and reliability. As a Honda franchise

owner, it’s very rewarding for me to routinely receive positive feedback about our products from across our wide and varied range.” Before stopping by Counties Honda, visit “Although we’re loving having people return to our showroom, our comprehensive website remains a great place to start,” Brett says. “This will help you get a ‘handle’ on what we have to offer.”

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t’s one thing to open up our homes and invite guests over for those all-too-Kiwi summer barbecues but do we want to give visitors the cold shoulder when temperatures drop away? Thanks to a little help from Franklin Aluminium (now based at 4 Alpito Place, Pukekohe) homeowners (and their guests) can enjoy the best of both worlds. “Sliding and folding doors allow us to better utilise outdoor areas but it’s important to ensure we choose doors – and windows, for that matter – which won’t leak heat during the evening and (especially) over winter,” the company’s owner/manager, Robert Brown, says. “Boasting high thermal efficiency the ThermalHEART system, when combined with the latest Low ‘E’ glass options, offers efficiency equivalent to the best triple glazed options most often seen in Europe. Whether you want to keep cool or stay warm, it’s a ‘clear’ choice!”

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THE STRESS-FREE WAY! Moving house, downsizing, declutttering can all be extremely stressful but they don’t need to be. Given over to local company, Moving On, these tasks become a breeze.


oving On owner, Katie Fitzpatrick says some people live a lifetime in one house, others move several times but whatever the situation, people inevitably accumulate ever-growing possessions. “When it’s time to move, be it to a new home in another suburb or city, a smaller house or a retirement village, in most cases that means downsizing possessions and selling or gifting unwanted items. Then comes the huge job of packing and organising the actual move,” Katie says. “But, it doesn’t stop there. At the other end is the mammoth task of unpacking boxes, filling cupboards, arranging heavy furniture, making up beds and more. We do that, too.” She says for some people, busy lives means time is at a premium, for others there are health issues; subsequently, the process of making the hundreds of decisions around any move can create so much anxiety the job is never finished. “What’s more, if people have to go it alone – and they often do – both the decision-making, and the physicality required, can become overwhelming. Everyone needs someone to lean on I like to think we are there for that reason,” she says. “We can manage all aspects of moving day including cleaning. We’ll help sort items to go to family or friends, be auctioned, donated, or disposed of. A lifetime of memories can be difficult to let go of, we respect that. We are empathetic and we understand the challenges downsizing and moving can bring.’


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from their family home. However, she says when everything has been done for them, clients tell her Moving On’s service made them feel at ease and secure – “the hard decisions became easier.” “Moving house should be an exciting time,” she says. “If we can help remove the stress of uprooting, hopefully, the move will be filled with a dollop of humour and stress-free.”

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A shocking terrorist bombing plot at Auckland International Airport is the starting point for the latest book from Franklinbased author, Ian Austin. It’s his fourth and, as he tells ANGELA KEMP, his best so far. Ian Austin


hile most of us have endured Covid-19 lockdowns through gritted teeth, Ian Austin has used them to good effect, writing another gripping crime novel featuring ex-cop, Dan Calder. Since featuring in SOUTH magazine three years ago after publication of his last book, Frozen Summer, UK-born Ian has been busy designing and building a new house in Tuakau while working on not one, but two new books. “I started my new book, Bonded and another during the first lockdown. Bonded was the one which took over as time went on and I finished it during the current lockdown,” Ian says. “It has its roots entwined within a real-life story, almost too amazing to be true. “I wanted to find a subject which, from the outside, you’d struggle to think had a dark side. When I found out a little about the Plate 77 Penny Red stamps, the whole subject opened up such brilliant possibilities I couldn’t resist. “Fiction and non-fiction are literally bound together and it’s that combination which, to me, means that Bonded is the best thing I’ve written.” For the non-philatelists among you, Plate 77 Penny Red stamps are considered some of the rarest and most sought after stamps in the world. Millions of Penny

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Reds dating from 1841 were printed but the Plate 77s printed in 1863 contained a fault in the printing and were scrapped. It’s thought one sheet of 240 stamps was circulated before the fault was noticed. Only 10 are known to exist today and five years ago one sold to a British collector for the equivalent of $1million. Bonded follows ex-cop and careerdamaged Dan Calder, who readers have come to know through Ian’s previous novels, The Agency (2012), The Second Grave (2015) and Frozen Summer (2019). Calder is thrown in at the deep end to help police make sense of a terrorist bombing plot at Auckland Airport. After being dumped from the investigation, an aggrieved Calder is hell bent on solving the audacious crime. “I’ve worked so hard through the previous three books to create a character with personality, a moral code and a voice which demands attention,” says Ian. Drawing on his own experiences as a former police officer, detective, covert specialist and private investigator both in the UK and New Zealand, Ian’s natural storytelling ability transports his readers to the thrilling and unpredictable world he once was a part of. Subsequently, crime fiction fans can expect unrivalled authenticity in Bonded’s powerfully evocative plot and protagonists.

“I started my new book, Bonded and another during the first lockdown. Bonded was the one which took over as time went on and I finished it during the current lockdown,” Ian says. “It has its roots entwined within a real-life story, almost too amazing to be true.

With Calder’s investigations taking him to the USA, it could be Ian’s opportunity to break into the lucrative American market, perhaps becoming the next Lee Child. Bonded is available from November 12 and now Ian is working diligently on its follow up. “The other book I started at the time I began Bonded is well under way now,” he confirms. “It’s Dan Calder again but a new story set in 2002. Readers of the previous Calder books will love the concept.”

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Melanie Kennerley


This year, at the same time, there was very little sign of these flowers but I’ve been enjoying the self-seeded sweet peas which are running rampant. The bearded irises are looking majestic, along with large numbers of chubby headed, bread seed poppies. These are fantastic when dried but I also love to use them fresh in bouquets so not many make it for drying in my She Shed. Thanks to Covid, this year's Christmas Market for Franklin Hospice is postponed and I am spending very little time in my garden. That’s because Christmas is fast approaching with shortbreads, Turkish delights and panettone plus many other delicacies, ordered in May, now arriving at Paddock to Pantry in abundance. Many are running a bit late, some quite late and, sadly, some may not make it in time for Christmas. But, it is a lot of fun opening every delivery as it arrives. With so much time elapsed between ordering goods to them finally turning up in store, I tend to completely forget what I have ordered – the grins are huge

Melanie Kennerley, Master of Science (1st Hons), DIP and Interflora qualified florist, local business woman.


with each new item extracted; it’s just like Christmas morning! Then it's just a problem as to where to put it all. After so many weeks of click and collect, I am looking forward to welcoming customers in person. However, if I don’t see you at The Wild Rose, please pop by and experience all the Christmas fun we are having at Paddock to Pantry. There is a slim chance I’ll be at home in the garden, where dahlia tubers are waiting to be planted, not to mention packets of zinnia and cosmos seeds which have been waiting over a year for their time to shine. But, with luck, I’ll be around to greet you all again.


his time last year I was spending every spare moment planting, weeding, cleaning, painting – everything except picking. Like most passionate gardeners who are on land with paddocks, we had just moved the fence to provide more garden and I had taken the opportunity to turn the shed, used for many years to raise all those Calf Club calves, into a “She Shed”. I did have to give the resident possum the boot but pre and post transformation photos make it hard to believe this was the same space as before. All this was in preparation for the 2020 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble and the expectation of seeing more than 1000 visitors during the middle weekend of November. I couldn’t pick any blooms as I needed to have maximum floral impact in the garden for the event. The hydrangeas were flowering quite prolifically. They tormented me every time I passed as hydrangea foliage and flowers are such a huge part of a florist’s repertoire across summer.

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LOCKDOWN TRIALS Reay Neben is the publisher of Rural Living



ancy that! We are now in November with Christmas just around the corner and like most people we don’t yet know whether we can have family up from Tauranga for Christmas day. Like so many people, I think this harsh lockdown has had such a bad affect on such a lot of folk. It’s not only that businesses cannot open but the fact that families have been isolated for more than three months. My girlfriend, originally from Waiau Pa, has not been allowed to visit her husband Tony who has been in the Bruce McLaren Retirement village for more than three months. We have had Brian’s eldest son seriously ill in Waikato Hospital and it took a lot of research, as well as a detailed letter from the hospital, before we were allowed to cross the border. Interestingly, no one asked if we were vaccinated or checked our I.D. so there are exceptions for emergency crossings which we were unaware of, not that we were in a place with any difference in freedom. When we made the trip, Waikato was at the same alert level and stage as Auckland so, no lunch or anything down there; just a sandwich when driving home.

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This is just one of our wee problems although, I must say, it is has been unbelievably difficult to run a business remotely. The workflow happens but it is the lack of face to face interaction with the team which has made it so stressful. What would normally be a call out across a room, especially on a production day, turns into a lot of phone calls and delays. However, there’s no point grumbling about it now; summer has arrived and the mood is changing as the sunshine comes out. On a bright note, since we have moved into suburbia I have started growing salad vegetables in pots on our deck. What a success that has been. Every night, even this early in the season, I step onto the deck and pick a variety of lettuce leaves plus radishes, chives and basil but not the tomato or chillies yet although they are flowering.

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After having a potager garden and growing everything, it’s so simple to grow these plants with no weeding or bending down then, after a couple of weeks, plant some more especially lettuce. But, where we are the sun is extremely hot all day so I may have to cover them and that could look ugly. Back to the affects of the lockdown! I am so missing my JPilates classes where the problems of the day are sorted by exhaustion at the end of each class. I’m also missing my hairdresser (my hair is pure white and very old looking), the beauty salon (my fingernails just break every time I do anything) and being able to meet friends and family for lunch or just a coffee in a local café. These are the things we took for granted which have now become precious. Hopefully, they will be back on the agenda soon. See you next month!

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n keeping with its name, the range exudes a Scandinavian influence with cheerful, rainbowembracing hues of seafoam, bold pinks, bright cherry reds and delicious blues. The new 25-piece collection includes revisited and new hej hej signature dress styles, easy-to-wear separates and an iconic new daisy bucket hat. A ‘healthy obsession’ with linen, means this natural and breathable fabric features in three weights – lightweight, medium weight stonewashed linen and a more structured heavyweight.

Hero dress styles, the ‘tie one on dress’ and ‘Hej baby dress’, are revisited with shorter hemlines and updated tie back detail. They are designed to be thrown over swimwear on a summer’s day. And, there’s plenty more to love among new separates and garments designed to transition into summer evenings – fashionistas will surely love the new ‘shade parade bucket hat.’ Designed for women who are equal parts playful and effortless in their style, hej hej invites you to parade colour and say ‘hello’ to summer.

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ell, what a trying time for everyone since our Alert Level Four lockdown in August of this year but, finally, some welcome news that our retail businesses can open early November with all the correct protocols in place. With so many fabulous retail businesses and shops in Papakura, this is wonderful news and we encourage you all to shop local, support local, eat local and love local businesses here in Papakura. Check out for a list of businesses which are presently open in town to visit, for click and collect and for online orders. DECEMBER: Sadly, the Rotary Santa Parade for Papakura, Chilling in the Park and Carols in the Park have all been cancelled but we hope to do something exciting and fun in the New Year so, watch this space! What’s more, we are planning a wonderful, late night shopping event for Papakura, 5pm-7pm, Thursday, December 9! This will be a great event to help you with your Christmas shopping and provide some festive cheer. Shops will be open, there’ll be music to keep everyone entertained and we suggest grabbing a take home dinner from one of the many eateries. If by chance restaurants/cafes have re-opened for dining by then, it may be the perfect opportunity to enjoy some dinner in town. Christmas flags and decorations are going up midNovember, dressing the town with colour as well as some beautiful new lights across Broadway and in centre court. We want to make this season joyful! The Santa Grotto is still on schedule to open with FREE Santa Photos from December 16-23. A Santa Mailbox will be available to send your important letters to Santa and the team and there’ll be gift wrapping plus an amazing Scavenger Hunt for the kids with some super cool prizes.

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Here’s something to smile about – Ecostore Whitening Toothpaste formulated with Fluoride (to help protect teeth from cavities and to strengthen enamel) and baking soda (to help neutralise acids and gently whiten). With natural essential oils to create a strong, fresh minty flavour, this plant and mineral-based formulation contains antibacterial native Kanuka oil, with magnolia bark extract to support overall oral health. Ecostore Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride is available at select supermarkets nationwide (RRP $4.99 per pack).

Australian beauty company Raww has launched its superfood-infused natural skincare, make up and aromatherapy ranges onto the NZ market. With its innovative use of concentrated superfoods, Raww unlocks the power of avocado oil to soothe, apricot kernel oil to reduce fine lines and kakdu plum to brighten. Loaded with vitamins A, C and E to speed up cell turnover and clarify the skin, the Raww skincare range features a line-up of serums, face oils, cleansers, toners, and moisturisers. Its cosmetic range is gentle on the skin and the aromatherapy range is made up of pure essential oils, blends and ultrasonic diffusers. Raww products available from selected pharmacies nationwide.

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christmas VICTORIA’S EGG-CESSORIES: Christmas wish lists vary but some may get exactly (note: we avoided an obvious pun!) what they ask for thanks to Victoria Eggs. With its Christmas range, the gift and homewares company has plucked out some festive items liable to make many a Mary merry and a Daisy be merry and bright to boot – sorry, we did not avoid the not-so-obvious puns! Producing seasonal items ranging from baubles to aprons, coasters, mugs, tea towels and more, this English designer has come to the party well and truly. So, where do the eggs come into the equation? In effect, everywhere! Since selling her first mugs at markets in London, the company’s founder (named Victoria Eggs) has grown her business and now ships her quirky products worldwide. For more information about the Victoria Eggs’ ranges, or to arrange purchase and shipping, visit



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of the local ecology as well,” Drury South Crossing CEO, Stephen Hughes, advises. The 90-hectare area will also serve as a stormwater detention and treatment basin, providing vital infrastructure for the new developments around Drury. However, its four kilometres of walking and cycling tracks, additional park areas and extensive native plantings plus other recreational features, including one of the country’s largest constructed wetlands (an

iwi-inspired design in the shape of an eel), are expected to appeal most to residents of our fast-expanding city. “We have already seen how popular the current open space is not just with locals enjoying the space, but a diverse array of birdlife,” Mr Hughes adds. “The current freshwater area has also become the perfect habitat for native eels and fish, and we hope to encourage more wildlife to the area as part of this new gifting project.”

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Jingle bells rhymes with ‘smells’; the rest practically writes itself! Foul smells are always funny – and we mean always! – and any reinterpretation of well-known stories will delight little ones (particularly those aged 4-7). Complete with a hilarious song and video to stream, this rip-roaring yarn about a stinky Santa is sure to please.

With ribbons, baubles and bells, a Christmas tree is quite the attraction in any home. But, when that home ‘belongs’ to a certain mischievous minx of a feline, catastrophe is almost certain to be present come Christmas, as this enchanting board book by legendary children’s author, Lynley Dodd, reveals.

The way we holiday may have changed over the last couple of years, but there are some things we must remember (or never forget) from: ‘use the toilet one more time’ to: ‘don’t leave Grandma behind!’ Another classic in the making from the iconic Suzy Cato, this book is best suited to readers aged 3-7, as well as grandmas who (for some strange reason) may not want some time off from grandkids!

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Everybody needs ‘good neighbours’ and, to be fair, our cobbers from across the ditch are pretty good in that respect as the young heroine in this book discovers. When Lily builds a bridge so she can explore both sides of the ditch during a magical sightseeing tour she learns that, although New Zealanders and Australians may be different in some ways, we share many similarities too.

It’s a pirate’s life for Glenn! In this book, author Glenn Jones tells the story of a pirate and his cheeky companion as they undertake a fantastic voyage. A treasure trove of rollicking rhymes – with classic Kiwiana also on board – this book is sure to appeal to little readers with big imaginations and a thirst for adventure.

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HOMECOOKED Award-winning food writer, Lucy Corry (aka the Kitchenmaid), shares original recipes, inspired ideas and wise ways to use food in this book. Intended to be accessible to novice home cooks, Homecooked is focused on fresh, seasonal produce and served in Lucy’s often humourous style, typical of her popular Three Ways With column.



Travel and food have long been creature comforts for acclaimed cookbook author and TV presenter, Rick Stein. However, with travel curtailed, this time he’s focusing more on the home front. Although it includes recipes he’s picked up when out on the road, this book is all about home cooking, preparing dishes for the family in his own kitchen.

He may not be at home in the hallowed halls of parliament but, when it comes to fishing, Clarke Gayford is the ‘reel’ deal. Along with his co-creator of TV’s Fish of the Day, Mike Bhana, Clarke has developed a new book loaded with many a fishy story and well-cast lines. In addition, this book includes seafood recipes from top chefs.

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Rick Stein: Rick Stein at Home | RRP $60 | BBC Books



Rugby is a numbers’ game; it’s all about scores on the board. So, it’s not surprising that Dan Carter is known by his numbers – from the 10 most often on his jersey, to the 112 for his total test caps. But one number, 1598, stands out above all the rest – the career record number of points he scored for the All Blacks. And yet, behind the numbers, underneath the jersey Carter was all too human, as this insightful autobiography reveals.

Dan Carter: Dan Carter – 1598 | RRP $69.99 | Mower (Upstart Press)

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New Zealand is a colourful country, and that’s just as true of our painters as it is of their work and our environment as a whole. From the pioneers of painting in Aotearoa through to more contemporary artists, this book looks not just at some wonderful works but at the inspired, talented people who created them.

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Clarke Gayford and Mike Bhana: Fish of the Day – Stories and recipes from New Zealand and the Pacific | RRP $55 | Penguin

HOW TO TAKE A BREATH Breathing may be as simple as, well, breathing! And yet, this most basic, most often subconscious action has huge repercussions as physiotherapist and breathing dysfunction specialist, Dr Tania Clifton Smith, reveals. Thought to be connected to stress and anxiety levels, achieving better, deeper sleep and even encouraging clarity of thought, focusing on our breathing patterns can lead to healthier, happier lives.

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Try our latest flavours of the month and experience a range of new products with a real taste difference.

A VERY CHOCOLONELY CHRISTMAS Roll over candy canes, it’s time for another treat to take ‘top spot’ on this year’s Christmas trees! Tony’s Chocolonely is set on having many a belly jiggling all the way with Milk Chocolate Gingerbread and Dark Chocolate Mint Candy varieties. Once we’ve gobbled around the edges, the central pieces of these 180gm blocks (available from supermarkets, RRP $9.99) make great festive ornaments – although best not hang them out too long before gobbling them down.


TASTI BY NAME, TASTY BY NATURE Known for its wide range of snacks, Tasti has added two new ranges, one of which allows us to dare to Indulge and the other is especially well suited to those who love fruit. The Indulge range of chocolate-coated cereal bars may taste delightfully decadent but, as they feature less than 100 calories per bar, they weigh in with a cost that won’t bust that waistline. In addition, Tasti has raised the bar with three ‘next generation’ fruit bars, in strawberry, banana and pineapple flavours. All these treats are available at supermarkets – RRP $4.99 per box.

PERK UP, DOWN THE ‘HATCH’! While adults may draw on Jed’s coffee to help them get up and go in the morning, the same can apply for younger Kiwis too. For every specially marked Jed’s Bean Bags pack sold, 20 cents will go to help the Spirit of Adventure Trust take enterprising teens on inspirational and educational voyages. Jed’s ‘Give Back’ Bean Bags are available (RRP $6.99) from supermarkets nationwide. 50 — Rural Living — November/December 2021

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Members of a Beachlandsbased team have devoted ‘olive’ their love to growing a business hopelessly devoted to playing dirty. Made from sustainable NZ olives, Dirty International’s olive brine (RRP $24.90 per 375ml bottle) delivers an off the wall addition to cocktails. However, this versatile tipple is also a star in marinades, casseroles, dressings, dips, in bread and ‘saucy’ dishes too. To order, visit

WHICH HAZEL? THIS ONE! Encircled and asked to surrender during the Second World War, American General McAuliffe replied, simply: ‘Nuts!’ The world might be fighting a new foe but, sometimes, nutty responses are just what the doctor (or general) ordered. The latest addition to Whittaker’s Artisan range, Canterbury Hazelnut combines roasted Canterbury hazelnut with hazelnut paste and creamy milk chocolate. These 100g blocks are available online and at supermarkets nationwide – please shop responsibly!

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Pesto perfect Hamlin Road Organic Farm in Ardmore (part of Pathways), is a certified organic farm providing unique employment and education opportunities to people who have experienced mental health challenges. The farm’s story featured in Rural Living, April-May 2021 and, with the holiday season looming, the farm has supplied this easy pesto recipe for summer meals. Basic Pesto Recipe: ◆ 60g (handful) lightly toasted pine nuts ◆ 60g fresh organic basil leaves (2 handfuls)

◆ 1 Tbsp lemon juice ◆ ¼ cup olive oil ◆ 2 cloves garlic ◆ Sea salt ◆ Grated Parmesan

Method: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high. Substitute either the nuts, oils and/or herbs/leafy greens to suit your menu or what is in season. Our suggestions: ◆ Herbs/Leafy Greens: Flat leaf parsley, mint, coriander, dill, rocket, watercress, spinach ◆ Nuts: Cashew, almonds, macadamia, brazil, pistachios, walnuts, sunflower seeds ◆ Oils: Sesame, walnut, chilli, lemon, lime.

Recipe courtesy of Hamlin Road Organic Farm.

HEALTHY BOOST Ararimu local Heather McCoskey’s seven years living in Thailand was recently featured in Rural Living, the 81 year old reluctantly returning to New Zealand when Covid-19 emerged as a global pandemic. Here Heather shares her prebiotic cocktail recipe for those keen on maintaining a balanced gut. Heather McCoskey

Having a healthy and ‘no cost’ use for pineapple skins must surely be a winner in any country! I have a brew on the go, around the clock when I can get in season pineapples! And, it’s so simple. After scrubbing the pineapple, cut off the top and bottom (also use these) so fruit will stand up on the chopping board then slice off rest of skin lengthwise (top to bottom). Chop strips into shorter lengths and lay them face down to fit in a non metal/non plastic bowl so there is only about 2cm headroom from the top – it’s important to have the right sized bowl. Cover with cold water to the top of the bowl (use overflow method) then stand bowl on a plate. The aim is to keep air out of the fermentation process. Cover with another plate/saucer so

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skins remain under the water. Then sit bowl at room temperature for about seven or eight days in New Zealand (Thailand needs only three or four days). At end of stand time, liquid will have a slight fizziness, a bit like ginger beer. Strain and drink 1/4 to 1/2 cup every morning before breakfast. I should add some Thai friends weren’t too keen because it wasn’t sweet enough but the ‘foreigners’ liked it! For those wondering about the difference between probiotics and prebiotics simply put, probiotics are foods (or supplements) which contain live bacteria in sufficient quantities to provide a health benefit. Foods that contain probiotics make their way down into the gut where there is an ecosystem of bacteria working hard to

help the body stay well. Probiotic foods include yoghurt (with live cultures), some cheeses and fermented foods. However, not all fermented foods contain live organisms. Kefir, kimchi, miso and sauerkraut are examples of fermented foods which have been present for thousands of years, yet the quantity, stability and strain of bacteria is not well understood. Prebiotics are fibres which feed the healthy gut bacteria and are important in maintaining a balanced gut. They lay the groundwork for the probiotics to flourish. If probiotics were flowers in a garden, prebiotics would be the soil in which those flowers thrive. Prebiotics include fibre-rich foods such as whole grains, beans and legumes, fruits and vegetables. Rural Living — November/December 2021 — 51

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uring its second full month of restricted sales activity, the Auckland property market edged back towards normality in October with stronger sales numbers and firmer prices. The market showed its resilience in October with an increased level of new listings, excellent sales numbers and rising prices. Given the restraints under which the market was operating, it was an outstanding month’s trading. New listings at 2012 were only five per cent down on last year’s level, which was unaffected by any lockdown, and were more than double those for September. Vendors had to overcome many challenges to prepare their properties for sale and buyers were presented with the

greatest level of choice they have had for seven months. At 814 for the month, sales were nearly a quarter higher than those in September, but more than a third down on where they might have been without restrictions on sales activity. Both the average price at $1,188,946, up five per cent on September, and the median price at $1,150,000, up 4.5 per cent, re-established the gradual increase in sales prices being experienced in 2021. The average sales price increase in October, over last year’s price for the same month, is 13.8 per cent, and for the median price it is 18.9 per cent. Contributing to the increase in average and median prices was buyer focus on higher priced properties. In October, 85 per cent of sales were for properties which sold for more than $750,000. In September, the percentage


was 77 per cent. The high level of new listings in October has contributed to available property at month end increasing to 3041. Although this is at the highest level in five months, it is still 19.1 per cent behind the monthly average level for 2020. In the lifestyle and rural markets of Northland and Auckland, buyer enquiry was strong but sales were limited by availability and activity did not have the same uplift in numbers and prices experienced in urban Auckland. The inability of Auckland buyers to inspect Northland property continues to impact on sales in the region. Also, slowing sales activity is the growing practice of banks requiring their own valuers to view rural property prior to contract. To find out what your property is worth call Darren on 021 676 004.




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Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale. The objective is to present the property in as appealing a manner as time and budget allow. Ensuring the home is attractive to the highest number of potential buyers also enables the promptest and most effective sales results. STAGING YOUR HOME FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT

• Include coordinated accessories and fresh flowers in the bathroom and WC.

Given time, effort and meagre financial outlay, most homeowners are equipped to implement their own home-staging touches. Larger-scale home improvements, such as cosmetic makeovers and landscaping projects, might require specialist assistance.

• Matching, freshly laundered linen, plump cushions and soft music in the bedroom create a relaxing atmosphere. • Decorative pieces spaced in odd-numbered arrangements offer the most pleasing effect for visual symmetry, but keep these to a minimum.


• Make sure wardrobes, cupboards and cabinets are neat as a pin and stocked with the bare minimum. Potential buyers always look inside as further proof of the type of storage they are seeking.

Whether you do it yourself or enlist professional help, preparation and design vision will add immeasurable value to your staging projects. These include: • Freshly painted interiors in white or neutral colours provide a new look to any property. • A coat of lacquer will brighten a dull, woodbased kitchen. • Declutter your furniture, decorative pieces, books and items that are not necessary or eye-catching. Less is always more in the presentation stakes. A couple of key furniture items, side tables instead of a central coffee table, adding a framed or wall-hung mirror for the illusion of extra space, one feature artwork and elegantly potted plant per room often create all the style and pizzazz required to win over your customer base. First impressions are lasting, so the exterior must dazzle the eye to attract potential buyers inside. Investing in light landscaping work, such as fresh planting, a statement outdoor sculpture or artwork and, if budget permits, installing an outdoor cooking zone or calm-inducing water feature, will work wonders for

your resale value in the long run. At the very least, decluttering the extraneous elements of your exterior, weeding out dead plants and shrubbery, cleaning gutters and removing moss or mould build-up, will provide a new lease on life for your outdoor area.

DETAIL OUTLINES THE BIG PICTURE Lastly, ensure that everything is spic and span for home inspections. Extend the impression of solidity, uniformity and personal style with little touches that you can impart on the day. These include: • Freshly brewed coffee, subtle incense or interior fragrances create olfactory evocation that is designed to draw in new or unexpected buyers. • A bowl brimming with seasonal fruit and fresh baguettes in a basket in the kitchen add to the aspirational quality of homeownership.

Talk to Jo-Ann she is happy to advise and has some professional contacts for creating home staging that is designed to secure your home buyer with the quickest and most valueadded approach.


Jo-Ann Day-Townsend 0800 TOWNSEND or 021 1696 056 Port Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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WHO DO YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR IN YOUR WILL? POLINA KOZLOVA, Senior Solictor, talks about Wills providing for family members.


enerally, while alive, a person can choose what they do with their property. What most people do not realise is that upon their death, the Family Protection Act 1955 (FPA) provides that a person has a moral duty to provide for the “proper maintenance and support” of certain close family members in his or her Will. These family members can include a partner, children and grandchildren, and sometimes parents. If these family members haven’t been adequately provided for in the Will, they may bring a claim in court seeking further provision from the estate. The court has a discretionary power to intervene in the terms of a deceased’s Will if it finds the deceased has breached his or her moral duty. The purpose of the FPA is to protect children and other family members from being disinherited, one child favoured over another, a partner being left with no or insufficient funds to continue the life they would have had while the deceased was alive. That, however, does not mean that every person’s Will must divide everything equally or just give to those people. Every

family circumstance is different and there is sometimes good reason to provide unequally to your family, or to leave someone out of your will altogether. For example, a parent may want to provide for a child who has greater needs; or the parents may have benefitted one child during their life more than the other. It may also be that there has been a serious falling out with a family member or the family members have been estranged from each other and a Will maker may want to not provide for those reasons. Bearing in mind that a claim by a disinherited family member is possible, here are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of a court changing your Will.

For example: ◆ Consider the needs of each of your family members and their degree of financial reliance upon you. ◆ Talk to your family and discuss with them your intentions before making your Will. ◆ Discuss the issues with your solicitor and explain why you have made those decisions. ◆ Consider how your wishes might be viewed after your death and if you/your solicitor think may be subject to a claim, leave a letter in your Will file setting out the reasons for the decisions you have made.

WHO DO YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR IN YOUR WILL? The Family Protection Act 1955 provides that a person has a moral duty to provide for the “proper maintenance and support” of certain family members in their Will. If you want help constructing a fair will that best suits your wishes, contact the team at Wynyard Wood. Tel. 09 969 0126 JU0910-v21

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