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For this month’s cover shot, Rural Living chose this heartwarming Ag Day photograph from Waiau Pa School of Catalina Young with her Jersey calf Luv Lee It is just one of many joylful images entered into Rural Living’s Ag Day Competition for local schools. Images feature a variety of aspects from each event and we are asking readers to vote for the photo they like best. See details page 21.

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From the editor... It’s been a mixed spring weather bag but with tuis singing – very loudly – in my garden, many shrubs in bloom and the lawns growing like daisy, there’s plenty to be joyful about. But there’s no time for just smelling the roses. Lifestylers on small blocks have plenty to do – silage and haymaking should be underway, many small holdings will need to deal with young livestock now that family members have proudly shown them at local calf club days and fast-growing hawthorn hedges are likely to need cutting back. Although our spring hasn’t been exactly dry, the weather is rapidly warming up with longer fine spells expected. What’s more, raging bush fires in New South Wales have been a timely reminder that even on our local farms there is a need for caution especially when dry hay is waiting to be baled. And, as our story on page 19 points out, there is a real risk of bird nests built in tractors

catching fire – something we don’t always think about. But enough of the lectures about getting on down at the farm because this week in Rural Living readers can see some of the rewards – proud youngsters parading their farm pets at school calf club days, country days or ag days. We want readers to go on line and vote for the images they like best because one lucky school stands to win $1000 worth of prizes for their camera efforts. Our three-page spread – pages 21-23 – is just a taste on what’s on line so do take some time out to view and vote. Of course, with Labour Weekend behind us, the countdown to Christmas has begun and so has my festive shopping. I’m usually fairly organised by now, tending to buy gifts, especially for my grandies, as I see them on special. Then, I put them away in my goody bag ready for wrapping closer to the big day. But this year

I’ve barely started and I’m in a dilemma – lots of little fun prezzies or one biggie? Initially I was for the latter but a recent visit to the Night Markets revealed a wonderland of clever gadgets. While they might well run out of steam in a short time, for the few dollars outlaid, less than the cost of a ice cream in some cases, I think they might bring more pleasure. What do you say? Finally, what a wonderful response we’ve had to our Bumpkin Banter page – some heart-warming photographs and funny farm tales. Keep it up, readers, we love to hear what’s happening at your place! Until next time, cheers,

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RURAL Page 8 Brian’s Diary – a country lad’s perspective

Page 9 Bumpkin Banter and images from down on the farmlet

Page 10 Over the gate with Russell Warwick – Westbury Stud

Page 12-13 No time to lose – spring growth ready for baling

Page 14-15 Red alert – all fired up over tomatoes

Page 16-17 We’re still talking turkey – north and south

Page 21-23 Ag Day photo competition – we need your vote

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Big Splash big attraction in Rotorua – page 31

Living Page 26 Rock guitarist helps promising musicians

Page 27 Local man dishes up his take on breakfast

Page 28 Reay’s Diary – an electric month

Page 35 Younger skin in 28 days

Page 36 How to catch your goat and cook it too

Page 40-41 Inside out for different settings

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Fun with dung On a dung day afternoon, what’s a beetle to do but roll along? And, with 700,000 hectares of pastoral land in New Zealand covered with excrement, work can be like shifting the proverbial uphill. After the recent release of 500 dung beetles onto an organic dairy farm in Southland, Bruce Wills from Federated Farmers is interested if these miniature workhorses have what it takes to dispose of the works of cows and other animals. Bruce says, if successful, beetles may be released on other farms nationwide. “Dung beetles have long been paired with livestock overseas to process their dung, but New Zealand, to date, has not had the right species to withstand open fields. We are looking forward to the Onthophagus taurus and Onthophagus binodus species making their debut,” he says. “Bruce says dung beetles process dung for food and reproduction, eventually breaking it down into a sawdust-like material. “Without them it can take up to a month for the dung to break down.” The process also improves soil health and pasture productivity, reduces water and nutrient runoff, and has been shown to reduce parasitic infection in livestock, Bruce says. There is also potential to reduce reliance on drenching stock in the longer term as dung beetle populations grow.

Fowl conditions... A new report by the Ministry of Primary Industries has a Green seeing red, and she’s not chicken about ruffling a few feathers either! Green Party animal welfare spokesperson, Mojo Mathers, says the report – the result of a survey conducted on 20 chicken farms – shines a spotlight on the harsh reality of factory-farmed chicken meat. “The report highlights the urgent and ethical imperative to close the loopholes in the Animal Welfare Act that allow the keeping of animals in cruel conditions,” says Ms Mathers. “Raising chickens for meat in these conditions cannot be considered humane by any use of the word.” The report shows: ■■ Thirty percent of the birds had such bad leg problems that they affected their ability to move around. In some cases this meant they were unable to walk at all. ■■ Total mortality rates before birds reached slaughter weight were 2.65 percent, equating to more than 2 million chickens each year. Of those, 65 percent were birds found dead, 9.2 percent culled for leg problems and 25.9 percent culled for other problems.

Report highlights the need to close loopholes in Animal Walfare Act. ■■ Problems described included joint infections, twisted legs, kinky back (a disease associated with rapid growth), and femoral head necrosis (interruption of blood supply to the bone). ■■ None of the farms surveyed provided chickens with any behavioural enrichment devices. ■■ All of the farms’ feed contained antibiotics. Ms Mathers says it is appalling that a third of the chickens were unable to walk properly. “The routine use of antibiotics is also highly concerning,

especially given the growth of antibiotic resistant superbugs around the world,” she says. “The chicken industry has claimed that it only uses antibiotics when recommended by a vet, but the routine use in feed revealed in this report puts that claim in doubt. “We need to see an end to factory farming that ignores the most basic requirements of animal welfare and move to ethical food production systems that focus on giving an animal a decent life while it is being reared and humane slaughter.”

Postman delivers good news in-deed! While the postman may only knock three times in the city, rural delivery service will remain unchanged, according to New Zealand Post’s 2013 Deed of Understanding, announced recently. Rural addresses – except on runs that are currently less frequent – will continue to receive mail five days per week, while urban addresses may see a reduction to three day mail from July 1, 2015. Federated Farmers’ national president, Bruce Wills, says the decision by the Government and New Zealand Post is great news

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for rural people and businesses. “Whilst technology is changing the way we communicate, there are still some 86,000 rural people off-line, where rural post is a daily fixture.” The announcement follows submissions by organisations including Federated Farmers and Rural Women New Zealand stressing the importance of postal services to rural people. “We would like to thank all parties involved for highlighting the unique situation that rural New Zealand is in when it comes to postal delivery,” Bruce says.

Rural Women national president, Liz Evans, also applauds the move. “It is a wraparound distribution service that is part of the fabric that holds rural communities together,” she says. “Our rural delivery contractors provide a lifeline, delivering supplies, repairs and spare parts, animal health remedies, medicines and courier parcels. “The five day service ensures that people are able to run their farming enterprises and other rural businesses effectively, even when that’s from remote locations.”


young cows hot to trot Virtuous young ladies play hard to get, or so we’ve ‘herd.’ However, when pickings are slim it seems heifers (younger cows) need to offer up a little service. According to red meat genetics company, Focus Genetics, farmers throughout the country are mating yearling heifers, or more heifers than usual, to try to replace cows culled due to the summer drought. Focus’ animal breeding specialist, Daniel Absolom, says the most cost effective way to rebuild is from within the herd. “On the back of drought there is limited supply of cows and the quality can be variable. So the best way for farmers to replace capital stock is for them to breed. By exposing

John Petersen with daughter Lucy more cows to the bull, farmers can achieve this,” he says. Farmer, John Petersen, is just one example; he was forced to cull more than 25 cows during the peak of the drought. “Feed got very tight during

the drought,” he says, “so we decided to drop our older cows and off loaded our 12 year olds earlier than we usually would have. However, we now have more heifers in calf so we hope to replenish these numbers.”

Burning issues... Constant 5 o’clock shadow may cause some to become all fired up, but the resulting stubble burn can often be the final straw. Now, particularly during Movember, that’s all townies need to know about stubble burn, but in the countryside, it takes on a whole different meaning! Ian Mackenzie from Federated Farmers says, while crop residue/stubble burning should not be used indiscriminately to dispose of unwanted material, it has proved vital for agronomic, economic and

environmental reasons. “New Zealand has some of the highest grain yields in the world. That translates to more straw than in other countries, so we need all tools available to farmers to control weeds and establish crops,” he says. “It doesn’t mean we have to burn every paddock every year, but we can use it rotationally to avoid using more chemicals and more cultivation which can damage soil structure.” Ian’s comments follow the release of a report by the Foundation for Arable Research, reviewing the role of

stubble burning and its importance to arable farming. He says the report indicates farmers are largely acting in accordance with regulations. “There is a code of practice to manage some possible adverse effects and our members need to ensure they are keeping to that. “We also need to be good neighbours. Where there’s smoke there’s fire, but the opposite is also true. “Growers using this tool must be considerate of wind direction and strength before lighting.”


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Game for a change? Brian Neben publishes Rural Living and is also an avid lifestyle farmer

COUNTRY LAD Well, here we are into summer but who would think so with the weather we’ve had over the past few weeks. We lost two or three trees in the recent strong winds which has meant many hours of cleaning up although it will be great for the wood pile next winter. Apart from the wind, spring has been a great growing time for the gardens and trees and it has given us a ton of grass. At present I’m just waiting for the wind to drop so that I can start spraying my hay paddocks with broad leaf spray before locking them up for a few weeks. Another task that should be done by now is drenching your cattle. Of course, that task will have to be repeated again in January. Fortunately, it’s not a hard job nowadays; it just involves a pour-on solution that gets rid of worms and other nasties. On the horse scene we’ve missed having Elsudoku racing but I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs in Australia. Our last year’s foal is now

a yearling and was being prepared for the sales in February but since selling Elsudoku we have withdrawn him from the sale and intend to race him ourselves. Some of you may remember our competition last year to name him with Will Desire being the outcome. He is a nice looking colt and is the first foal from our brood mare Willowbrook. Willowbrook has just had her second foal which is a lovely colt by Elsu. So, get your thinking caps on as we will have another naming competition for the foal which I’ll outline next month. Driving through Pukekohe last week was great for rugby players, the town and, in fact, all of Counties. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tana and his super team. What a great effort to win and then retain the Ranfurly Shield. Well done! This brings me to my next point. Why do we retain the name Counties Manukau? It started out all those years ago as just Counties and most people I have spoken to would like to see the Manukau tag removed. At the games the crowd chants, ‘Counties, Counties, Counties’. They’ve forgotten about the Manukau; perhaps it should be removed altogether. Anyway, that’s my thoughts on the matter. This brings me to my second bone of contention. News items on TV and radio, which cover

Brian with his hand on the shield a few years back. any place below, say Ellerslie, tend to lump the lot as South Auckland. I believe areas in question should be named i.e. Otara, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, Papakura, Drury, Ramarama and Pukekohe to name just a few. I don’t like us all being

lumped together as South Auckland. Most people would be aware of the location of these individual areas and if they don’t they should jolly well learn. See you next month, Brian.

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Bumpkin Banter Another month of Bumpkin Banter – comical anecdotes, cute photographs and other bits and bobs sent in by our readers. Keep sending us your briefs, trivia and photos of country life – email to

have a cow, man! Sometimes it’s an animal of a different variety that will turn up the heat, often grilling pickled people about their activities until it is they who are squealing. However, corny stories aside, this month’s reader, Murray Patterson, confesses the secrets needed to prepare his recipe for…

Glazed Corned Beef 2kg corned beef, trimmed 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 tablespoon orange flavoured liqueur (such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier) 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1½ teaspoons packed dark brown sugar ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon dry mustard Vegetable oil cooking spray Combine corned beef with enough water to cover by 5-8cms in a large stockpot. Add 2 or 3 black peppercorns to the water. Bring to a boil over high heat,

then reduce heat and simmer for 2.5-3 hours, or until the beef is tender when pierced with a fork. When cooked, lift the corned beef from the water, cool slightly and pat dry. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and stir well. Place the corned beef in a shallow glass or ceramic dish and spoon the orange-brown sugar mixture over the meat, rubbing it into the beef on both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight – I sometimes leave it for a couple of days. When ready to use, lightly spray the grill rack and heat the meat gently over the barbeque to warm through, basting with the marinade until golden. Serve and enjoy!

Last month we put Pearl before swine, with a photo of Kune Kune, Pearl. Owner, Alita Dickinson, writes: “I gave her an extra apple now that’s she’s a page 6 pin-up!” Alita was so chuffed that she also sent this photo of Sarah Soo and her little piggies, all of whom are far too cute to go to market!

If it were for your gumboots, here’s where you’d be, standing alongside Roger Hebberd at Gumdiggers Park in Northland. Roger’s partner, Lois Moreland, who snapped this bootiful arrangement, says she thinks it represents the gumdiggers who wore gumboots, but can’t be sure. If other readers have explanations please send to

the red devon from hell By Liz Clark Once upon a farm, there was a Red Devon cow named Ruth whom I renamed, ‘The Tart’. She was shockproof, fenceproof and everything-elseproof. But the biggest problem was that she had brains, which is bad for a cow because it means just one thing – trouble and lots of it! Problematic bovine began her quest to be packed off by a hacked off owner to the works when she was a yearling and broke through the back fence, disappearing into the neighbours’ forestry block for three months – it took five motorbikes and the boys next door to get her out! After she had a calf, we decided it was time to sell her. We yarded The Tart but it was downhill from there. A loud, cracking sound, followed by the sight of her fat, red head appearing through the railings, spelt a jail break in progress. There was no way that was

going to happen! So, there we were, me with a cattle stick and the kids with hunks of rubber pipe running around the outside of the yards trying to stop this nutcase, carrot-topped cow from escaping. The Tart tried to break through every gap, including a five wire fence! When the truck finally arrived, the driver wasn’t too keen to take on an ‘amped up’, insane bovine with escape on her mind; I was left with the job, but quite enjoyed merrily booting The Tart all the way up the loading ramp and away from our despoiled farm. And the moral of the story? Well, it doesn’t take a genius to understand. If you end up with a nutcase cow with brains, the answer’s simple – eat it!

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Russell Warwick

Russell Warwick is the general manager of Karaka’s prestigious Westbury Stud, synonymous with the New Zealand thoroughbred industry and home to some 400 horses, including eight stallions.

How is the future of New Zealand’s bloodstock industry looking? New Zealand is recognised as one of the world’s most successful breeding nations, and while this has not changed during the GFC the investment in the industry in recent years has suffered accordingly. I feel the past 6-12 months has seen renewed interest from people investing and, hopefully, we are heading on an upward spiral again. Are New Zealand horses prized by buyers from abroad? If so why? New Zealand has a ‘gift’ when it comes to breeding horses – this ‘gift’ being our climate. Traditionally NZ horses and horse people have been very successful overseas, from show jumping through to horseracing. In 2012 NZ-bred horses won two of the feature races at the esteemed Royal Ascot meeting in front of The Queen, the top two horses in Hong Kong were NZ-bred, the top two horses in Singapore were NZ-bred, and four of the five Derby winners in Australia were NZ-bred. How well did Westbury fare in the Karaka Yearling Sales early this year? How well do you expect to do next year? Westbury is very much in the development stage with owner Gerry Harvey’s involvement only four years in the making; we have invested heavily in new stallions and imported a large number of broodmares to support our stallion line-up. We produced NZ’s Champion 2YO last season Ruud Awakening. He won the country’s richest race, the Karaka Million Classic. Were you passionate about horses from a young age? I was first introduced to horses at the age of 13. It was an immediate fascination for me, particularly the breeding and history attached to each horse. I have been most fortunate to work

ment and dedication to the task at hand. It is definitely possible for lifestyle farmers to breed/ own champion racehorses and some of our top horses have come through this style of upbringing. It comes down to having facilities and time to provide horses with the necessary training to maximise their opportunities on the racetrack. When purchasing a horse, what are the three crucial things buyers should look for? Sound conformation to allow the horse to race successfully; good strength (muscle) to allow the horse to be competitive as a two or three-year-old and provide the owner with a return sooner rather than later; good balance which allows the horse to gallop fluently and maximise full use of each stride.

Russell Warwick in an industry (and an environment) which provides great fulfilment and constant satisfaction each day. However, it isn’t always easy and each day presents a new set of challenges. But the excitement and sense of achievement gained when one of the stud’s horses wins a major race is unmatched. Do you ride, or do you prefer to keep both feet on the ground? I don’t ride now, but I did ride from 13 to 21 years, having an amateur rider’s licence and riding a winner at Ellerslie in this role. I rode track work regularly during this time but was no great shakes as a rider. I still enjoy working with our horses on the ground and keep my hand in where possible. Is Karaka a good place to raise horses? If so why? New Zealand generally is a great place, and Karaka is not only a good place to breed horses but also offers Auckland-based

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investors a closer involvement with their horses, while the close proximity to the NZ Bloodstock Centre is an advantage. We have been based at Karaka for 12 years and produced some great performers. Do/have you ever become emotionally attached to a horse, or is it all just business? Getting attached to our horses is unavoidable for most of us as it is ‘part and parcel’ of the day to day involvement. We use a catchphrase in our marketing of, Passion-Dedication-Reward; without the first two the other one doesn’t happen! What’s the most important advice regarding care you would give to lifestylers who raise horses and is it possible for them to raise champions? Raising horses, or even just looking after them, is not a part-time hobby. If you want enjoyment and success from having a horse of any level, it requires commit-

What is the first thing you would do if you became Prime Minister? Develop the New Zealand thoroughbred industry to its full potential, resulting in the creation of new jobs; provide good revenue in the form of exports and taxation to the country and provide existing stakeholders with a higher return on their investment. The thoroughbred industry has all the natural attributes which has seen our dairy and wine industries flourish but we need investment and structure on a national level to maximise the business. If you could invite three people to dinner – living or dead – who and why? Renowned Italian horse breeder Fredricko Tesio, Steve Hansen, and Bart Cummings. Tesio to learn more of his breeding principles which gave him success as a breeder/owner/trainer; Steve Hansen around the techniques and principles with the All Blacks (and he has a good interest in breeding); and Bart Cummings one of the most gifted horsemen of the past 50 years.


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in the body without the normal lowering of blood sugars. Excessive insulin can damage the sensitive soft tissues in the feet resulting in laminitis. EMS horses typically carry heavy crests and are ‘good-doers’ with the highest prevalence in ponies and donkeys. Cushing’s disease results in the overproduction of steroids within the body and can also result in laminitis through a similar pathway. The sudden change in diet caused by spring growth is a laminitis risk whatever body

condition they are in; however, EMS risks can be lowered by avoiding obesity. Control options include the use of muzzles, restricting paddock access and avoiding grazing during daylight hours when sugar levels are at their highest. When choosing feeds opt for low grain feeds and unmolassed sugar beet and chaff. If the horse isn’t in work, fibre only feeds are useful. Rich hay can also be soaked for 10 minutes to ‘fizz’ out some of the sugars. Probiotic products are

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On the farm With the weather improving, workloads on farms and small blocks is picking up and many landowners are now cutting pasture for silage and hay. On The Farm this month delves into this exacting seasonal job. Talk of hay, haylage, baleage, silage, small bales, big bales and a multitude of other terms associated with the busy pasture season can put novice small block farmers into a spin. So, if new to the land, do some research, and talk to experienced farmers and contractors in the area. In a nutshell, silage is fermented high moisture fodder fed predominantly to cows but also to sheep. It is fermented or ‘pickled”, then stored in a process called silaging – even citysiders have

seen the tall cylindrical silos that pockmark many bigger farms around the country. Using this type of silo is just one way of making silage. Three common methods are: ■■ Placing cut green vegetation in a silo ■■ Piling cut green vegetation in a large heap covered with plastic sheet (a very common sight in the countryside) ■■ Wrapping large bales in plastic film. This is generally referred to as baleage. The grass is cut when it is leafy, and highly digestible. The cut is usually carried out on a

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this month fine morning following several sunny days then sugar levels will be good. Those all important sunny days have been a bit up and down of late but there is promise of good weather to come. However, if a run of fine weather suddenly disappears then cut after at least four hours of sunlight. Leave the cut grass to wilt for a few hours to reduce moisture content. Avoid wilting for too long so sugar content can be maintained. If left too long, the grass may dry out too much or get wet from rain – both will hamper fermentation and result in loss of nutrients. For an effective fermentation process, chop grass reasonably finely and compact as tightly as possible to remove oxygen. An oxygen-free environment is required for fermentation to occur. Plastic wrap should be sealed as soon as possible after baling to ensure maximum compacting and to create the proper environment for bacteria to convert the sugars into lactic acid, thus preventing loss of protein in the feed. Remember, exposing silage (baleage) to the air can cause it to break down so after feeding out a portion of the bale (or stack) it will need to be resealed. While hay has high feed value it is of lower feed value than silage. Though some farmers

would love to be cutting hay now, it is often cut later in the season when long sunshine hours have done their work. Ideally, the new hay should be leafy, green, and have a pleasant smell which will indicate it has been dried rapidly. It should not contain weeds or mould. Hay that has been rained on soon after cutting may survive any damage but hay that has been exposed to severe rain or high humidity, and which doesn’t dry properly before baling, is likely to turn mouldy. Mouldy hay can cause pregnant cattle to abort. Lifestylers running a few cattle should be aware that large bales of silage and hay are difficult to transport and hard to pull apart if left in the shed. And, allowing stock to feed from a silage bale in the paddock causes pasture damage. The bales are also prone to rat attack and stock can break through the plastic so, fence them into an area away from the bales. Small bales are usually best for lifestylers. They are easier to move around, to split up and to feed out from the back of a quad bike and trailer but take care not to feed out on new pasture. Sometimes hay will contain grass seed or even a few weeds which will contaminate new pasture. Be sure to protect it by feeding out where no damage can be done.



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Plastic electric fence standards with shopping bags tied to the top make good markers. Put them out now while you can see those rocks! Most people can’t remember everything that’s hiding once grass has grown and covered various objects. It’s becoming more common for contractors to expect land owners to carry public liability insurance to cover damages to machinery from objects the operator hasn’t been forewarned about. Again, ensure access is wide enough! If you only have 11 foot gateways, then cut the wires from your fences to make a larger gap before the tractor turns up. Even with wide gateways think about the length of the vehicle and the angle of the gate to a race. ■ Tip: Offer the children, and their friends, ‘prizes’ for every rock, stick etc they find and remove in your paddocks. Over time you will end up with a clean paddock for little cost. It also lures the kids away from playstations or computers to do something productive!

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Hot tomato has, perhaps, fresh meaning now that irradiated Australian tomatoes and capsicums are available in some New Zealand retail outlets. Keen to ensure customers are informed about this issue, Tomatoes New Zealand is calling on those importing, selling or serving tomatoes to understand they must comply with the NZ Food Standards Code. The code states all food that has been irradiated or food that contains irradiated ingredients or components, must be labelled or have a label displayed on or close to it stating that it has been treated with ionising radiation. Alasdair MacLeod, Chair of Tomatoes New Zealand says all food and hospitality retailers are being asked to understand the responsibility they now have to customers. “They must work to clearly label their irradiated produce

at point of sale and on menus to avoid any public confusion.” Tomatoes New Zealand represents more than 150 commercial fresh tomato growers, with a farm gate value of $110 million per annum, including $10 million of exports sold last year, Mr MacLeod says unlike Australia, New Zealand does not have compulsory labelling of fresh produce so, unless retailers clearly label the irradiated produce, consumers won’t be able to distinguish irradiated tomatoes from NZ tomatoes which are never irradiated. “We acknowledge irradiation is a vital tool to protect New Zealand’s vulnerable horticulture industry from fruit fly and we support its use on at-risk produce,” he says. “However, we do want consumers to have information at point of sale so they can make an informed decision on whether to eat irradiated tomatoes.”

TWICE THE VEG How things change. The ing concept. commercial release of a ‘Is it a potato or a tomato, grafted on to a tomato’? The Potato Tom™ potato – the Potato Tom is a cherry tomato with – is expected to give ‘benefits’! Treat and experimental gardengrow as a cherry tomato. ers a lot of fun this Avoid frosts; grow in year. a sunny spot in fertile Katikati-based, soil; stake and train as Incredible Edibles normal. has successfully To reap the grafted the prolific ‘benefits’ of the fruiting Gardeners’ potatoes, let the Delight tomato on emerging potato to favourite potato shoots grow variety, Agria. underneath the Tomatoes staked tomato. As are members of the crop of tomathe Potato family toes grows and (Solanaceae) and is harvested the so are naturally Agria potatoes are compatible with developing below. Image supplied / potatoes. Once the tomatoes The idea of grafting a have finished, simply dig tomato onto a potato to get two out and harvest the potatoes. vegetables from the one plant The Potato Tom™ also grows is not new but has not been happily in a pot size of 30 to 50 commercialised here before. litres. Good rich growing media Improved growing methods or compost is essential as is regand better use of space has ular watering and a sunny shelpaved the way for this intrigu- tered location.



Rosy, ripe taste treat News that irradiated Australian tomatoes can now be found in our supermarket, makes Anna McNaughton’s look at tomatoes, timely. While many people believe the very best tomatoes are homegrown, picked when ripe and eaten within hours, tomatoes are no longer considered purely a seasonal fruit adding flavour and colour to summer meals. Consumers now expect to purchase tasty, fresh tomatoes year-round. What’s more, greater awareness of the health-giving properties of lycopenes, which tomatoes, and other bright coloured fruits contain, has only enhanced the reputation of these ‘love apples’ which took the old world by storm when introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 1600s. Outdoor, home-grown tomatoes have a three or four-month intense season. If the challenges of spray drift, blight, whitefly, too much rain or too little rain can be overcome, one might have a glorious few weeks of tomatoes on toast for breakfast, tomato salads for lunch, tomato sauce, tomato relish, tomatoes to freeze and the last green tomatoes going into chutney. As the New Zealand spring

settles in, plants for the home garden are readily available at garden centres. At Labour Weekend, gardeners flock to purchase two or three punnets for an easy start to growing, although keen gardeners also enjoy setting their own seeds. Franklin is particularly fortunate to have a great range of proven modern and heritage seeds available from Running Brook Seeds, operated by Stella Christopherson at Kohekohe and available at the Clevedon markets every Sunday. While there’s nothing like fresh tomatoes from the garden to add cheer and nutrition to sandwiches, fresh salads, hors d’oeuvres and more, some people aren’t lucky enough to have a garden of their own so shopbought is the only choice. However, constant research and development of various tomato strains grown under glass has improved both taste and appearance of commercial varieties. Growers have focused on producing high-quality, packaged, branded, high flavour

fruit including vine-ripened tomatoes, which look attractive in the fruit bowl and ripen as required. Franklin has become by far the biggest producer of hothouse tomatoes in New Zealand, with more than 1,000 people employed locally to keep the fruit flowing year-round. Yet, the number of growers has shrunk, as larger operators have developed high-tech growing units with which smaller, low-tech glasshouse owners cannot compete. Brett Wharfe, manager of one of the district’s largest glasshouse growers, NZ Hothouse, says the company is proud of the food safety standards achieved



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Bird’s eye view Back in 1959 when a 12-year-old Kiwi farm boy, looking to make some pocket money, spent his £5.00 savings on a pair of turkey hens and a gobbler he never envisaged that one day he would head a thriving turkey farming business. By Angela Norton It all began when a neighbour mentioned that there might be some money in turkeys. So, a young Philip Crozier took his meagre savings and bought three turkeys with the intention of breeding them. There was a lot to learn and a lot of mistakes to be made, but that was, indeed, the beginning of Philip’s lifetime obsession with breeding turkeys. Today, Philip ‘The Turkey Man’ and his wife Judith run their own 80-acre, free-range turkey farm as a small yet thriving family business in Dromore, near Ashburton, on the midCanterbury Plains. Although turkeys sell well during Mid-Winter Christmas and the American Thanksgiving celebration, the upcoming festive season is the time of year when turkeys are at their highest demand by New Zealand families planning a traditional Christmas dinner. What’s more, Croziers are well prepared! ‘Turkeyville’ is home to 20,000 Australian White Beltsville turkeys which are farmed using traditional methods in line with the birds’ natural breeding season. After incubation, the turkeys are hatched from November to February and at about five

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Philip and Judith Crozier checking out new season’s chicks. weeks, they are moved outdoors into the paddocks. By 12 weeks, they are ready to be gathered for processing and freezing. Turkeys on the Croziers’ farm are not only hand-reared, but also hand-processed at their own processing plant. They are dipped into ozonated water to kill any microorganisms rather than a chlorine wash, a procedure used by some operations to kill bacteria and to whiten the turkey skin. As a result of Crozier’s water process, their outdoor lifestyle and eating natural foods, the company’s turkeys have a naturally yellowed skin. Aside from ideal climate conditions, most commercial tur-

key farms are in the south as the main grain growing areas are there, which means the farms are closer to food sources. Harsh, southern, winter frosts are welcomed as a natural way of killing off any pests or diseases that might be tempted to take up residence on the farm. Birds raised outside are exposed to natural light and sunshine which is important for their health and wellbeing. Philip says they have room to exercise and don’t suffer the stresses of being cooped up inside barns or sheds which, at the moment, can still be classified as ‘free range’. And he is currently campaigning for industry standards to be

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put in place so that consumers will know whether they are really buying free-range poultry and to ensure they will not be misled by false claims. “As our turkeys are truly freerange, they can forage outdoors on their own for foods such as grubs, bugs and grass seeds. The birds are also supplied with a mixture of natural grains, some grown on the farm.” In the event of rain, Philip rounds them all up and leads them to shelter. “And that’s not always an easy job,” he says. “Turkeys aren’t the brightest of birds! Good thing, too, as they don’t appear to have any inkling their time is nearly up!”


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Rural royal set to return? Old Macdonald had a farm, and on that farm he had a prince. Yes, once upon a time, Prince Charles visited Macdonald’s Farm in the Bay of Plenty. And now Kiwis have the chance to purchase this right royal spread, fit for a king. Flown to the farm during the royal family visit in 1970, Charles had to seek special permission from ‘mummy’ (aka Queen Elizabeth II) to be excused from royal duties for a day’s trout fishing on the property’s secluded river waters. However, while he may have enjoyed his visit, it looks unlikely that our prince will come (back). Rural Living contacted the Prince’s office to ask if he would consider becoming the new owner of old Macdonald’s, but we are yet to receive a response. And, it seems, in addition to the visit of Charles the Fisher

King – or king to be, at least! – Macdonald’s Farm has more claims to fame. Settled in the 1950s, the farm’s homestead consisted of a jail relocated from the Te Whaiti township. A new home has since been built, but the historic jail remains and is now accommodation for fly fishermen wading in the steps of Prince Charles. Graham Beaufill from Bayleys

Rotorua says Macdonald’s Farm is historically intriguing. “Not only does it have the royal history and the former jail house, but in 2003 some 278 hectares of the current farm was purchased from a neighbour. The block had been developed in the 1950’s/1960’s by the Presbyterian Church as an agricultural training school for young Maori boys.

“Since its inception in the 1950s, Macdonald’s Farm has evolved markedly – both in size and stock diversification – as undeveloped scrub land was turned into productive pasture, and at one stage even intensively deer farmed.” The farm consists of predominantly flat to easy contoured topography, divided into 140 paddocks. It currently runs 10,000 stock units under a selfsustainable feeding model with no winter supplements. In addition to the old jailhouse and five bedroom homestead, the property also features two four bedroom, and one three bedroom home. Infrastructure includes two wool sheds, cattle yards, barns and sheds. What’s more, the farm boasts its own airstrip so, perhaps, Charles will one day drop by the Bay again for a flying-fishing visit.

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Of Church and politics... Local Rural Women NZ member, Jacqui Church, may be preaching to ‘the choir’ when voicing her vision for the Awaroa ki Tuakau ward of Waikato District Council, if preliminary election results are confirmed. Jacqui is one of at least 10 members of RWNZ who secured or retained seats in the recent local elections. Jacqui says her membership

influenced her decision to stand. “I realise how precious our rural lifestyle and values are and how very cool the rural women are that I’ve had the privilege to meet since moving to the country over 15 years ago,” she says. “This gave me the strength to ‘put myself out here’, to hopefully add value to our community. Rural Women gives me strength of purpose and I feel supported!” Other successful Rural Women

candidates from the local area include Theresa Stark (Waikato Regional Council) and Fiona Gower (Onewhero/Tuakau Community Board). Fiona acknowledges her membership in RWNZ was a driving factor in her decision to tackle local politics. “Being a member has shown me the importance of supporting our communities, and this is one way of doing it.”

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Tractor fires a starling issue Did someone say farming was for the birds? Maybe not, but bird watching at this time of the year is no idle pastime for farmers. That’s because maternal starlings are busy feathering their nests in farm tractors creating a fire hazard that is all too real. Federated Farmers is remind-

ing farmers to check their tractors for starling nests in order to avoid tractor fires. Federated Farmers’ rural fire spokesperson, Anders Crofoot says starlings like to build their nests in dry areas and their favourite spot is in tractor engines. “Being nesting season, now is a good time to be vigilant with pre-

ventative measures,” he says. “This is a safety issue as well as being costly to farmers. It can be avoided by simply popping the tractor hood to check for nests before starting the engine and keeping a fire extinguisher on board.” Mr Crofoot says FMG runs a ‘Stop and Pop’  cam-

paign which, over the past three years, has helped reduce tractor fire claims by 40 percent saving farmers time and money. “Farmers also need to make sure staff are aware of the risks and preventative methods; it takes a starling only 18 minutes to build a nest so it pays to check each time you use the vehicle.”

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100th show for A&P Kick off those boots for the hay-raising, cart-stopping event of the year – the 2013 Clevedon A&P Show! Now in its 100th year, there are bigger and better farm shenanigans to be had at this annual big weekend out on November 9 and 10 at the Clevedon Showgrounds. The new Family Zone will bring down the barn with rambunctious games such as egg and spoon, sack, and three legged races running throughout the day. And, with sweet prizes sitting high on the haystack, every family stands a chance to walk away with a prize. Take a look at the exciting Wine Bar featuring local vineyards in the Wine and Food area. And if tummies start to rumble, also check

out the new Farm Kitchen. Free for all hungry rovers, there will be recipe cards, three cooking demonstrations a day and two cooking competitions. Deviating from tradition, the ever popular Wool and Sheep Pavilion will be dedicated wholly to visitors. It will include sheep exhibitors, shearing demos, and spinners who have set up spare stations for those interested in trying their hand at turning wool into yarn. Of course, not forgetting the show’s family favourite – the Farm Yard – resident animal expert Norma Brown and her team will answer all livestock and petrelated questions.

Families will have the chance to meet and greet this year’s furry, feathered friends from ducks and chickens through to donkeys and calves. If the feet grow weary, take a ride on an authentic wagon pulled by three magnificent Clydesdales. With loads of other attractions such as an equestrian competition, mounted games, a Spanish dancing horse display and the local volunteer firefighters competition to turn up the heat, this show is one for the farming books. Extremely affordable, family passes for two adults and up to three children are just $25. Separate adult tickets cost $10; and tickets for children aged five to 14, as well as senior citizens with gold cards are only $5. So, bundle everyone in the cart and take a ride to the Clevedon Show – parking is free!


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Anyone can play guitar and won’t be nothing anymore, according to Radiohead, that is. But guitar hero in the making, Ryan Kershaw, believes making music requires more than just an understanding of notes and chords. To read more about this local musician, author and music teacher’s views about making it in the biz, see page 26. And, to be in to win guitar tutelage or band coaching and career guidance to the ‘tune’ of $200, simply enter the draw.

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Anyone can play guitar? By Jon Rawlinson When local rock guitarist, Ryan Kershaw, decided Clevedon would be the perfect place to make music and serve as a base to help promising musicians, destiny played its part.

will teach how to play, but not how to think in order to get the best results. Even a natural on the guitar, without a great attitude towards learning, will come up against many more obstacles. So my book’s designed to look beyond the technical side.”

He says the decision was an easy one, once he followed the signs. “I was looking for a place and one morning I saw a big treble clef on a gate so I stopped to take a look.

American songwriter Harlan Howard said a great song is defined by “three chords and the truth.” Ryan agrees, adding that while the future of Kiwi music is promising, help is needed.

“Then, my girlfriend Sarah emailed saying there was a place in Clevedon on Trade Me with a musical note on the gate. I said ‘I know; I’ve just seen it!’ I’ve never been into the idea of fate, but I figured, if the signs are there, go for it. We moved in.”

“The thing about three chords is that you need honesty and integrity to0 and that’s where a lot of pop music fails. We have great players, but they’re not getting the exposure they need, so we’re left with plastic, pop kind of stuff.”

Ryan then set about planning the next steps for his brainchild, Guitars on Fire – a tour series to help promising musicians break into the music business.

However, Ryan says things don’t need to be hard to be good. “That’s also something you learn as you become more proficient with an instrument. You learn when to keep it basic, when to pull back. Sometimes you need to do that in life; keep it simple.”

“Guitars on Fire came out of my frustration in seeing heaps of talent in New Zealand unable to get their music out there and not receiving the exposure they needed,” he says. “I want to help because I know what it’s like; if you have the passion for music, but not necessarily the knowledge of the business.” In addition to Guitars on Fire and another initiative, the NZ Underground Festival, which support musicians unnoticed by the mainstream, Ryan has recently written a book, Use Your Buzz to Play the Guitar. “There are thousands of books that

The guitar teacher of 15 years insists that all music is of value to inquisitive and dedicated students. “The band that started it all for me was Guns n’ Roses, but the first songs I learned to play were by the Shadows. I’ve developed a really eclectic taste in music. A chapter of my book, called Appreciate Different Styles, looks at finding the benefit in whatever you’re learning. You don’t have to love a song, but it’s important to find out what’s in it, where its roots lie, why it’s good and how it can be developed.”

While creativity may be crucial in the music industry, Ryan says a little business acumen can go a long way. “Many young rock musicians think it’s all about partying and don’t see the darker sides. You have to know about the business side of the industry otherwise it’s easy to get ripped off.” He says the biggest mistake made by musicians is waiting for someone else

to make them successful. “In reality nothing works like that, you become successful through what you contribute. If you can equip yourself with the necessary skills, then the industry won’t seem as tough. It’s still hard, but it won’t seem as tough.” To be in to win guitar tutelage or band coaching and career guidance from Ryan, see page 25.

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Marvellous muesli Karaka man Frank Hogan is going against the grain and mixing up his legal occupation with a sprinkling of his own muesli. NATALIE BRITTAN follows the trail mix to document the muesli maker’s journey. There was a time when muesli was just the new kid on the Kiwi breakfast block – more than 40 years ago. But it grabbed the attention of Frank, then a young law student living in the Auckland suburb of Morningside.

Frank says their home was not what they initially had in mind. “We had dreams of 10 acres, a big old house and a magnificent view. What we had instead was one acre, a little house and no view.

“It was essentially a European idea,” says the jovial 64-year-old. “The early ‘70s was a time of experimentation during which New Zealand became exposed to world trends.”

“But it was enough.” And with homemade muesli still in the equation, it was more than enough.

So, Frank began mixing his own breakfast formula which sustained him and his flatmates through their university years. After graduating, Papatoetoe-raised Frank embarked on a legal career which now spans 40 years. Initially working in the areas of family and civil law, Frank found himself increasingly drawn to the grim domain of criminal defence. “I wanted to try and make a difference to people. I wanted to be alongside people at a time of real crisis in their lives and use my skills to fight for the person who was let down or challenged.” This resulted in highly specialised legal work as a barrister, which Frank undertakes from home in an office surrounded by boxes of paperwork. “It’s the flexibility that has kept me interested in law for so long,” he says. This line of work has seen Frank argue cases at the highest levels, including the Supreme Court as well as at the privy council in London for crimes committed such as murder.

“Muesli has been the cornerstone of our family life. We’d trundle off to the supermarket to buy the ingredients and I’d make up the mixture.” The Hogans made regular family trips to the Pak‘nSave in Pukekohe to source bulk bin goods, eventually buying 50kg worth of ingredients once every three months. It seems this wholesome diet of muesli has well served the three Hogan children – Katie, Juliette and Michael . And, if the name Juliette Hogan rings a bell, that’s because she is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated figures in the fashion industry. The Rosehill College student’s career in fashion design was launched when she won a competition sponsored by Karen Walker to study at a top fashion school in New York. Frank points out one of Juliette’s early fabric artworks from her school days hanging in the hallway. “Before launching her own label, she lived at home, worked in her bedroom and created her clothes.”

While law and order have ruled Frank’s professional life, his personal life is governed by family. However, juggling these two facets has never been an issue. “I’m fortunate to have an understanding wife and family.”

In fact, Juliette credits Frank as the reason for her enterprising nature. “I’m sure that he’s part of why I wanted to have my own business because I grew up with him doing what he wanted to do,” she says in an article from Viva.

He and his wife, Janet have raised three children who have now flown their Karaka family nest of 34 years.

Likewise, Frank is hard at work building up his own online muesli business, Granpa BB’s Premium

Frank Hogan Toasted Muesli, which launched at last year’s Auckland Food Show. Coined randomly by the first of Frank’s three grandchildren, Haden, the name Granpa BB stuck, and these days, BB could well stand for Beautiful Breakfast. That aside, it’s just as well Frank looks every part the doting grandfather with his bushy beard and twinkling eyes. Initially a home operation, Granpa BB’s muesli production today takes place at high-tech food production facility, The FoodBowl near the Auckland Airport. Partly government funded, this million-dollar project is available for hire and allows Frank to produce up to two tonnes of muesli per production run. Here, Frank’s 28-ingredient recipe is chopped, weighed, toasted and

blended. Unlike most mueslis, rolled oats is not a major component, with only 20% to be found in Granpa BB’s muesli. Fruits, seeds, and nuts make up nearly 60% with the remainder being four types of grains toasted with cinnamon, vanilla, honey, maple syrup and canola oil. On any given day, Frank sells up to 60kg of muesli, receiving orders from all around the country and he also supplies muesli to a five-star hotel in Wellington. He says it’s been a great journey. “I’m constantly uplifted by the response people have to my muesli. “A lot of people make their own muesli because they’re dissatisfied and I understand that because it’s what has motivated me to make my mine. It’s been very satisfying.”

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Powerless to halt weather The only working phone in Reay’s house during the recent storm was her 300 series 1935 bakelite telephone.

Reay Neben is a Franklin resident and publisher of Rural Living.

CITY LASS communication relied on our only non-digital phone, the 1935 bakelite.

When my editor asked me for my column I could not believe another month had gone by. Last month I was wondering if Team NZ would win the America’s Cup and if Counties would hold on to the Ranfurly Shield. Well, a 50 percent win rate isn’t bad. And, isn’t it great that we will hold the shield for the summer? When I walked up the street and saw all the shops with a shield in their windows it really showed how, as a community, we get behind local success. There is such a good buzz around the town and it really is, ‘Go the Steelers’ with the best coach Tana Umaga guiding their progress. The wonderful crowds that have supported each defence have arrived at the park all dressed up in the black, white and red scarves and shirts, carrying flags. It was great to see all the young locals and families wrapped up warm and in good heart. What’s more, Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union must be thrilled with the extra money the shield has brought to the club. I have noticed lots of changes in the main street with some long time retailers leaving. It is sad to see

The thought of our neighbourhood having no power overnight was starting to worry us... a lot. I must add, at that point I was still enjoying power and cups of tea down the line at Highbrook. Judith from Top Drawer Lingerie and Sheryl from Catwalk on the move. I wish them all the best in their new adventures. Of course, with long time Pukekohe favourite, Georgia Boutique, taking over the Top Drawer site and newcomer, Magazine moving into Catwalk’s space, the main street remains a true-blue shopping precinct where retail therapy is guaranteed to provide a boost.

had rung Counties Power to find out what lines were out in our area. At 3pm he rang me again to say that we still had no power and, wait for it, the problem was on OUR property. It turned out that wires to the two power poles in our paddocks had become caught up and twisted by a falling tree and, yes, we were responsible for the outage. What’s more until the tree was chopped down power would not be resumed to us or the neighbours.

As luck would have it, I rang Malcolm from Norton Trees and he wasn’t far from the house. What a star in an emergency! He called around home a few minutes later and had a look at the scene then headed off to get the right chopping gear and was back before we knew it.

On another note, this month I really felt some of the disadvantages of rural living. Firstly, with the high winds we lost trees that have been standing for years.

At this point Brian was most stressed. He thought the power board would cut the tree down but not at all! It was all up to us.

Within 20 minutes or so the offending tree was down. The Counties Power men had said that they would hang around until it was done and they did. So, it all ended well. I must say that the service from both Norton Trees and Counties Power ensured we could remain in the neighbourhood. Had things gone the other way, I’m not so sure!

This resulted in a lot of mess. The final blow came when, sitting at my desk, I received a call from Brian to say we had no power at home. He

At 4.30pm an even more agitated Brian was beside himself that there was still no power, no water, the rain was still pouring down and

I am now aiming for a very quiet end to October and a positive start to November. With my life, that might be wishful thinking.



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well-appointed race courses in the country, Pukekohe Park is surrounded by magnificent old trees and this year the recent motorsport upgrade will be clearly seen.

admission tickets and a reserved 6x6 metre, numbered site by the home straight on the running rail. Betting facilities and a cash bar are conveniently located close by.

With numerous grass banks providing great viewing of the track, Cup Day offers plenty of options to make it a grand outing. For family groups planning to picnic on the banks there is children’s entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting and Mr Whippy.

There will be a prior set-up option should extra tickets be required at a cost of $15 each.

A safe bet for fun-loving race-goers are the catered marquees, including the Lindauer Marquee, the Colts and Fillies Marquee (for the young at heart) and The Village Marquee where the Fashion in the Field contest, sponsored by Annah Stretton will be held. D.J. Rob is also back by popular demand. In addition a trackside street of mini marquees for 10 to 30 people will

also accommodate various groups. And, this year, Counties Racing has introduced the Running Rail Lawn Party to bring race-goers closer to the racing action. For $100 they can book their own site at the Running Rail Lawn Party. Site booking includes four racecourse

Those booking running rail sites are welcome to bring along their own food, unopened non-alcoholic beverages, umbrellas, chairs, picnic tables and mini-marquees but the stronger stuff must be left at home. Pukekohe Park is a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted; security checks will be in place. So mark the date in your diary, gather up friends and family, put on the summer glad rags and be first past the post to grab your tickets for a flutter and a great day out at DHL Counties Cup Day.

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Destination Rotorua Summer on the land is a busy time but even farmers need a break from chores. For those keen on a short sojourn without travelling too far from home SARAH ELLIS recommends Rotorua. Having not been to Rotorua for some 10 years, I thought a family minibreak to explore God’s own and be a tourist in my own country, was just the ticket. So Rotorua’s Novotel Lakeside was booked for its central location, indoor pool and generous buffet breakfast – on this occasion kids stayed and ate for FREE! We were off. A detour to Candyland near Gordonton was obviously in order on the way down, and it didn’t fail to wow the children. However, when we piled back into the car after the brief visit our three-year-old was somewhat indignant, thinking we were off back home and THAT was the big trip to Rotorua mum and dad

had been raving about for weeks! Our first day was sunny and a trip to Hell’s Gate to view the bubbling mud and smell the sulphur was on the agenda. The highlight was a picturesque waterfall cascading down at a balmy 40 degrees. Together with a hands-on wood carving lesson then dipping our toes in the therapeutic mud, this was a great day out. What’s more, the staff was friendly and very helpful, even lending us a pushchair for our weary three-year-old when we set out on the 2.5 kilometre walk around the geothermal park. The weather was somewhat inclement on our second day so a trip

to the Polynesian Pools was a great tonic and a whole lot of family fun. What’s more, the young barista at the café made a great latte. Day three was action-packed. First stop was Rainbow Springs. We had heard good things from friends who had already visited and we weren’t disappointed. We could not fault walkways and infrastructure built around the native bush, not to mention the opportunity to get close to New Zealand native birds and reptiles. It was world class, a venue and conservation effort we should be proud of. Of course, the BIG highlight for our children was the BIG SPLASH – in the words of my eight-year-old, “the best

Hell’s Gate waterfall water ride I’ve ever been on!” Even I have to admit, it was exhilarating. Next stop and just next door was the gondola and luge – just awesome and, as always, my three-year-old took it all in her stride – what a danger freak! The next day it was time to return home and having injected some hardearned Auckland cash in the local Rotorua economy we were ‘spent’. But for anyone who thinks they have seen it all at this tourist Mecca, think again. We only touched the surface of a huge range of attractions for a wide age group and heartily recommend Rotorua for its diversity and mix of free and paid activities.

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Perfect new fashion site Fabulous Georgia Boutique is now in the heart of Pukekohe. After opening in May 2010, and trading at 4 Manukau Rd for three years, Georgia Boutique has now moved into the former Top Drawer Lingerie store at 107 King St. Owner, Carla Van Tiel, says the evolution of Pukekohe as a truly diverse and sophisticated shopping destination prompted the move. “We were incredibly conscious that if we were going to move, that we had to find the right space for our store. We wanted space, light and a great central location.” Stocking sizes 8 – 24, Georgia Boutique recognises that women have ‘body’ challenges regardless of their size or style. Therefore, they stock a wide selection of styles and labels to suit all shapes and budgets. There is a fantastic selection of outfits to wear at the

races or to a wedding, starting from as little as $89. For those wanting something a little more exclusive there is a large range of designer occasion wear, and gorgeous fascinators and accessories to match. “Judith, of Top Drawer Lingerie, carried a great selection of shape wear, hosiery and undergarments which we have continued to stock,” says Carla. “This means that we can help you get everything you need for your special occasion.” The store has a diverse selection of clothing for women of all ages and sizes. This includes a great range of shorts, pants, dresses, tops and even a new selection of swimwear for the summer. Georgia Boutique will continue to

stock a large selection of NZ-made merinos from their own ‘in house’ label The Merino Story. These products, and other essential travel garments, will be carried through the summer for those lucky enough to be heading to the northern hemisphere in the coming months. At Georgia Boutique, the team feels strongly that your shopping experience should be fun and enriching. They listen to their customers and strive to provide fashion that fits your life. The experienced team of Carla, Anne, Sharon and Pat love helping you create the perfect look. Call in to the new store and have a look. You may be surprised at what you find.



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Book looks at nutrition FOR IMPROVED SKIN HEALTH “Your best weapon against skin ageing is your fork,” says nutritionist and author, Karen Fischer who specialises in health programmes for beautiful skin. She has helped hundreds of patients with eczema and other severe skin disorders and her latest book, Younger Skin in 28 Days, is based on her belief that beauty is a direct reflection of inner health. Karen believes eating the right foods supplies the skin with the nutrients it needs to produce new collagen, fight the bad guys in ageing known as AGEs (advanced glycation end products) and to look healthier and younger. Subsequently, in Younger Skin in 28 Days, she tells readers how they can firm and tone their skin and take years off their appearance in a matter

of weeks, largely by paying careful attention to what they put on their forks. She also provides the top 12 antiAGE foods for younger skin and the 12 factors which will age skin prematurely. With a 14-day meal plan and 80 delicious, quick and easy recipes Younger Skin in 28 Days is this year’s hottest health fix for looking your best no matter what your age. It also includes her nutritionally balanced, 28-day health programme aimed at boosting energy and concentration, promoting healthy weight loss, strengthening bones, hair and nails, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, lowering cholesterol and preventing bloating with the result that participants will look and feel younger.

Karen, who has extensively researched the relationship between nutrition and skin health, believes beauty is more than skin deep.

Her book also reveals the best skin-care products and supplements for younger skin, and includes a 3-day alkalising cleanse to fast-track results, including the latest information on AGEs and a skin problem chart. Younger Skin in 28 Days provides the perfect quick-fix programme for those wanting to look their best for a special occasion such as a wedding, holiday, reunion or even the summer party season! It can improve a host of skin conditions including cellulite, wrinkles, dry skin, sun damage, acne, rough and bumpy skin, age spots and hyper-pigmentation.

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Here comes the hunter... For millennia, man has honed his hunting and gathering techniques. However, these days, many Kiwis tend to gather at the supermarket, straying from the path of our ancestors when it comes to walking softly and carrying a big gun! To redress this imbalance, a former school principal living in the wild Wairarapa, Paul Adamson, has come out all guns blazing with a new book, to teach the couch potato generation precisely why man is top of the food chain. The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand covers a wide range of techniques, from rabbit hunting, duck-shooting, possuming and large game hunting, to eeling and whitebaiting. Designed for beginners of all ages, it features the where,

when, how, and what to look for of New Zealand’s most popular hunting and fishing pursuits. With an emphasis on safety throughout, this book has important information on the right firearms for the right animal, how to hunt with dogs, bushcraft and the essentials of mountain safety, complete with diagrams, fun facts and a comprehensive hunting glossary. What’s more, Rural Living has a copy of this great book to give away, see page 25. But first off, readers might like to try this bucking good goat stew featured in Paul Adamson’s book. • The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson. Published by Random House. RRP: $34.99

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• 10 garlic cloves, pressed • 2 tsp oregano • 1 1/2 tsp ground pepper Put a large pan on the stove element at medium high. Add the meat, salt and chopped onions and brown for a few minutes in the oil. Stir in the flour and brown lightly. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well, turn down the heat to low and simmer covered until tender.

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Clearly for summer CHRIS BULL from Inner Concepts Design Consultants gives a different furnishing perspective whilst still accommodating the latest summer shades. Homeowners keen to revitalise tired furnishings will find this summer’s colours are fresh, vibrant and clear. There are a variety of blues from strong cobalts to inky blues with aqua having its moment to shine. Coral is experiencing a big resurgence and orange is on fire. A very clean yellow plus lots of mustard is also coming through for the warmer months. By combining these wonderful,

tangy colours with crisp linens and then co-ordinating drapery, cushions and wallpaper, summer interiors promise to be fun, refreshing and colourful. Also check out wallpapers, which are making a strong comeback, with fascinating graphics that tell a story – something for every room. Finally, a look in dress shop windows will show that people are wearing these very same refreshing hues – a fabulous trend so clearly defined for the 2013/2014 season.


Bunking DOWN The old adage, ‘you’ve made your bed, now lie in it’, loosely translated to mean, ‘you’ve made your decision now accept it’ is, strangely enough, appropriate for new householders buying their first ‘sticks of furniture’. Make the wrong decision and you may regret it within a year or two; choose wisely, especially when it comes to the all important bed, and you’ll reap the benefits. First and foremost, buy quality wherever possible – a lot of time is spent in bed and good support is essential. When confronted by the options – plush, super plush, ultra plush or body plush, dual comfort pod, sensorzone or elite, beautyrest, torquezone, king coil or posturepedic – it’s obvious everyone needs to know some bed basics. Poorly sprung, sagging in the middle beds can result in sore backs, posture problems and roll together. Similarly, a hump in the bed is unlikely to be

your partner – a centre ridge and sloping sides will definitely have bedmates rolling apart! If partners are of different size and weight there are beds that adjust to accommodate those differences, some allowing head and knees to be raised to relieve pressure points.

disturbance. Pocket springs are considered more luxurious than the standard coil spring, which is also made from wire but held together by a single wire in a wire frame. Mattress quality may depend on the number of coils but coil springs are usually considered the cheaper option.

Of course, mattresses come in various compositions with pros and cons to each. Seek advice as to which bed will best serve your needs without compromising health.

New technology in foam production has resulted in memory foam (viscoelastic) which contours to the body and has the ability to absorb heat, keeping the bed at a more even temperature. Body heat softens the foam so the mattress moulds and re-moulds to the body. Memory foam offers good support and enables natural movement during sleep. It helps to maintain correct posture and align the spine horizontally when lying on one’s side. It is good for no partner disturbance, no roll-together and for relieving pressure points.

Innerspring mattresses use the hourglass or continuous coil spring to give support. The pocket spring features individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets. The springs work independently to respond to individual body weight. These can be made using different grades of wire to provide the core of your mattress with superior support. Pocket springs eliminate the ripple effect and provide minimal partner

Another aspect is the comfort layers and pillow-tops. The latter aren’t for everyone, especially lightweight people who might not compress the foam enough to take advantage of the underlying support system. But a very firm bed may not be good either. Too firm a bed can create pressure points and won’t provide correct spinal alignment. So do your research and ask advice.






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Kids dig nature space their attention. “Gardens also help youngsters respect and value papatuanuku (all living things).”

Growing greener children is best not left to those who shirk hard work! So, locals rolling up their sleeves to redevelop the Tuakau Playcentre garden, expect their efforts to reap rich rewards.

Glen says, as a case in point, his sons have both developed green fingers. “My boys love helping daddy in the garden. At four, Elijah can distinguish a weed from a vegetable. At two, Samuel loves to ‘help daddy’ dig with my tools and ‘work’.

Lending his talents to the project, landscape gardener, Glen Brassey, says the garden has been a work in progress for several years. “I’ve been involved in the playcentre through my two little boys, Elijah and Samuel, for a few years now,” he says. “This is an opportunity to say, thanks, that fits in with my philosophy. As a horticulturist and stay-at-home father, our veggie garden has provided the foundation of many meals. You just can’t beat home-grown for taste and health and the kids love it too!” Glen has provided the care and establishment of fruit trees, while

others have donated time, money and expertise. “This project wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of locals. Patron, Kay Wicks, who sadly passed away recently, donated a reflection seat – a timber chair where visitors can reflect on the environment. After three generations of involvement, it is a legacy of her caring.

Glen says the garden is a natural point of interest for most children, whether it is snails, worms, caterpillars or fruit that attracts

The Tuakau Playcentre officially introduced the revamped garden to the community with a bi-cultural garden opening on September 27.

Pukekawa 609 State Highway 22

Miranda 1832 Miranda Road

Lifestyle with income Hardly a twig out of place! A simple life awaits you on this property. Neatly fenced into several small paddocks make stock handling easy. Shedding – enough for his and hers – no arguments! Huge attached garage workshop plus a 15x6 steel frame free standing shed with power. Never run dry with both tank and bore water supply. Everything on this property appears well maintained and very well set up. Brick construction with colour steel roof and simple grounds means low maintenance – mow and walk away. Time to do what you want. Off for a weekend? Straight down Mercer Ferry Rd leads you to the expressway. Left into the city for evenings out or east to Pauanui and the plethora of beaches within easy reach. South? Mmmm! Tourist mecca Taupo and Rotorua. National Park and the snow. Inside the home? Neat as a pin. Spacious kitchen, dining, sumptuous carpet in the lounge and bedrooms keep you warm especially with the log fire burning. On that note, hot water from a wetback. Never ending showers washing away your daily cares. Sounds like you? There is more! Extra rooms, big rooms off the garage. A myriad of uses from media room, office, gym to extra accommodation. Walk to the northern boundary and enjoy the solitude and birdsong by the covenanted native bush. And then the BONUS! INCOME! – Ask Kevin how and what!

URgent Action ReqUiRed

View Auction $795,000 Open Home Sat, Nov 2 9.30-10.30am & Sun, Nov 3 10.00-11.15am

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“Another favourite addition is the ‘troll bridge,’ donated by local, Eric Gornt. The kids love spending time ‘fishing’ from it and have further been involved in weeding and making mosaic paving stones.”

“It’s great to see them taking an active involvement. Not only is it a wonderful way to bond as a family, and encourage them to make better nutritional choices as they grow up, but it also teaches them about the rewards of good, old-fashioned hard yakka.”

The troll bridge and reflection seat within Tuakau Playcentre’s revamped garden.

How often are we asked if we have one to two acres in a rural setting with a family home? Enough land and space for kids and pets, enough distance that neighbours are not a worry, enough comfort in your home that it is pleasant to come home. Enjoy warm wood fires in winter, sunny decks that access through bi-fold doors from ample living areas during our long kiwi summers. Enough distance that the drive home allows us to unwind and enjoy what is important to us, our rural oasis and our family. Pets too! Fancy a hot mineral pool, a summer day at the beach or fishing in the snapper filled waters nearby? This renovated, four bedroom home may fit the bill. A classic rural property on 5969m2 (1½ acres), garaging, sleepout, rural setting and zoned for very good schooling. Exceptional primary and then to Hauraki College, reportedly one of the top six in the country. Close to Miranda Beach, Hot Pools and the Firth fishing grounds. View Auction 11.00am Sunday, November 10 onsite Open 1 hour prior (Unless sold prior) open Home Sat, Nov 2 3.00-4.30pm & Sun, Nov 3 10.00-11.15am

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Glenbrook $699,000

Awhitu/Waiuku 60 Kauri Rd

Private Paradise

The X Factor – Harbour’s Edge

Finally we’ve found one for you… a beautiful character family home set on a small lifestyle block of 1.09Ha with enough space for self-sufficiency, and gardens plus it’s all incredibly private. The refurbished Californian bungalow has space with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 living areas. Elevated home, with delightful rural views, 2 open bay sheds to store all your tools and only minutes to Glenbrook School and Waiuku. View

Unique opportunity here to own a 28 acres organic, permaculture designed farm, well established. The sunny, spacious 4-bedroom home is sited overlooking a pond and enjoys seaviews with additional cottages/studios for family or workshops. A must to view to appreciate. GV $920,000. View Monday, Oct 28, Labour Day, 3-4pm and Saturday, Nov 2, 11am-12 noon

Maria Davis P 0800 224 071 E BCRE Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Karin Verryt P 021 103 7404 E BCRE Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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Mangatangi 1513 Kaiaua Rd – $Neg

Owners Are Moving On

Unique Lifestyler – Don’t Wait!

Nestled privately down a country road this 4.71 hectares is not far away from beaches and a quaint country township. Both dwellings were built around 2008 – this is an excellent family set-up. Pack up and move onto a lifestyle many can only dream about. These two homes are a must to view, extremely tidy and well presented – perfect for the extended family. You can be proud new owners of this property – buy today. View

This large beautiful B&T home has a substantial list of quality chattels to ensure your utmost comfort. The immaculate presentation of this property becomes visible from the moment you enter the sealed tree-lined drive. Perfectly balanced 3940m2 parklike grounds with an orchard, raised veggie gardens plus a paddock for your pets. Outstanding views towards Table Mountain when entertaining family and friends. View By appt or as advertised –

Trudie Clarke P 09 238 4244, mob 0274 727 361 E BCRE Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Carola Hehewerth P 09 238 4244, mob 0275 973 558 E BCRE Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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Villa Exquisite! It is one thing to fall in love; another to feel this home fall in love with you, to feel that love, to feel the warmth and protection for you and yours. See the love that has been put back into this grand old lady.

Open Home Please phone Kevin for viewing

A grand home with real historic connections. Come see what I am talking about. Four generous sized bedrooms 2 with ensuite another with partial ensuite, wide hallway and high stud. Gloriously generous and welcoming home. Kevin Seymour M: 0800 345 563 P: 09 238 4244 E: BCRE Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Pool area for summer entertaining. Extra accommodation, plenty of space for the animals. This is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and all set on 19.5 acres.

WAIUKU 175 Gleeson Rd Villa Lovers! How do I put on paper the experience of arriving at this peace filled scented garden, the home, the perfect period piece set in surroundings designed to enhance, relax and enjoy! The home and lifestyle encompasses the entire kiwi dream. How many of us look forward to a contract from our ultra modern, fast paced minimalistic business life to a home that more reflects our character, a home that expresses family values, keeps us in touch with our colonial roots? Our lives are about choices, life choices, exploring and challenging! These challenges made easy by the planning and development already there. This property offers the chance for your family to prosper with the personal growth found in a mix of modern and idealistic lifestyles, the rewards and challenges of tending and growing gardens and animals.

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3.00pm, November 10, 2013 onsite (Unless sold prior)

Open Home 1 hour prior to auction

Kevin Seymour M: 0800 345 563 P: 09 238 4244 E: BCRE Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Papakura 09 298 8029

Papakura 09 298 8029




Spring has sprung By Suzy Causebrook, Barfoot & Thompson, Papakura

have pushed prices up slightly and is encouraging quick sales.

The lifestyle and rural property market has sprung into life and along with the weather it’s starting to shine.

Lifestyle properties under $500,000 are mainly found only some distance from main centres and roads although with new roading throughout the district I encourage those looking to take a drive. You may find these properties aren’t anywhere as far away as first thought.

The countryside is looking fresh and green, grass is growing, trees are budding and blossoming, there’s young livestock bouncing around and properties are definitely selling. Those moving out from town are seeing excellent value in the lifestyle market. Tidy properties with a good home look like real value for money for those that have been out-bid on sought after residential houses. Buyers have done their homework and can recognise value when looking for well priced country living. There is a shortage of quality listings in the $700,000 to $1,000,000 range that are within a reasonable distance to the motorway. This seems to

Knight Lane $575,000

With subdivision happening at a steady rate those looking for bare land are a little more spoilt for choice. If building your dream home is where you want to be then there is a good variety of land packages around and you may still find the odd bargain. More and more, farmers are out looking for run offs and feed blocks now that calving and lambing is mostly over. Confidence is encouraging throughout the rural market place.

Maxwell Road $499,000 For those thinking of selling, now may be the time to take action as most good agents will have a list of purchasers just waiting for the right property – yours could be it.

Your Lifestyle Agent Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

Ultrawood Homes 212 Great South Road Takanini NEW SHOW HOME NEARING COMPLETION Ph: (09) 299 6556 | 0508 Lockwood Email: Like us on Facebook



Franklin Selling anywhere in Top Agent in the Papakura Office 2012-2013

Suzy Causebrook - Rural Sales M. 021 485 606 DDI. 09 2390235 E.


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Worth making By Alistair Davidson

roomy feel of a big car, and the exhaust burble.

There’s a pretty good chance that you chose to live in the country for the lifestyle. You love the peace and quiet, which is why you’ll adore the Holden VF Commodore SS-V Redline. Holden’s latest high performance sedan is the automotive equivalent of a Lear jet: it’s fast, and whisper quiet. The fast bit I can live with, but the lack of the V8 soundtrack? The silence is deafening.

Above: the doors and roof section are carried over from VE, but VF’s front and rear are all new. Above right: rear spoiler is big, but doesn’t significantly Photos Alistair Davidson hamper rear visibility.

Don’t get me wrong, VF Commodore is a sensational car. It has a level of refinement that you’d expect to find in a high-end European offering, and has an equipment level to match. A lot of effort has gone into insulating the cabin from noise and vibration, which enhances that car’s upmarket feel. The interior oozes quality and you’d have to be a multiple amputee not to find the right driving position.

Buyers of modern Aussie muscle cars like V8s and they also like the sound they make.

The styling is right on the money, and there’s no question this test car’s red Hot paint and black alloys look the part.

The ownership experience is about the feeling of all that delicious torque pressing you back in the seat, the

In SS-V Redline spec, which is as high spec as a performance Commodore buyer can go without breaking into

Fully factory trained technicians State-of-the-art workshop facilities and equipment New Holden and Nissan Vehicles Access to over 300 used cars Onsite finance and insurance





PHONE 0800 405 050

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a noise about HSV territory, things get even better.

Balancing Alignments 235/45 R17 205/55 R16 from • Repairs from Commercial $135 $109 and Special Agriculture conditions apply Site Servicing

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With its unique FE3 Ultra Sports Suspension, SS-V Redline handles brilliantly. There’s good feedback through the steering, turn-in is crisp, and the car corners with precision.

Ph: 238 8379 Pukekohe’s Authorised GT Radial Dealer Ph:Only 238 8379

Pukekohe’s Authorised GT Radial Dealer FOR THE Only BEST PRICE FOR THE BEST PRICE

Grip from the Bridgestone rubber is equally impressive; 19” alloys with 245/40 tyres are standard on SS-V and SS-V Redline, but Redline gets wider 275/35 rear tyres.



Yes, the ride is firm but I certainly wouldn’t rate it as uncomfortable. You could gobble up long distances in this thing and feel like you could turn around and do it all over again. The 260kW, 517Nm Gen IV 6.0-litre V8 is a delight. Smoother than a smooth thing, throttle response is instant and all that torque makes overtaking a cinch.

~ Trainer Ski $253 ~ Junior Ski $239 ~ Knee Board $399 ~ Ski Rope $25

A six-speed automatic with manual shift mode is standard; a six-speed manual gearbox is a no-cost option, and you also get an extra 10kW of power.

warning, forward collision alert, rain sensing wipers, alloy faced pedals, a trick colour heads-up display (projects important info onto the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight) and awesome nine-speaker Bose audio.

Power and torque figures are the same for SS, SS-V and SS-V Redline.

All VF Commodores have a reversing camera as standard.

Redline comes fully loaded. It basically shares the same high spec as SS and SS-V, but with some attractive additions. Highlights are the very effective Brembo brakes, and the aforementioned performance suspension.

SS-V Redline is priced at $74,990, $13K above SS and $5500 more than SS-V.

Tick ‘Redline’ on the order sheet and you’ll also get lane departure 


All you need to factor into the pricing equation is the cost of an aftermarket exhaust. It will probably void the car’s warranty and annoy your neighbours, but trust me: this new Commodore is well worth making a noise about.

~ Gulp 3 for $25 ~ Zman $13.50 ~ Jigheads from $5 ~ Braid from $28 ~ Nylon from $8.50 ~ Jitterbug, Ockta, Bite slowjigs from $8.50 ~ Poppers $19.90 ~ Leaf Jigs $14.50 ~ Spear Jigs $15

AVAILABLE FROM: Counties Marine Ltd 9 Crosbie Rd, Pukekohe • Ph 09 238 9180


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Responsible business with lasting relationships in the community


We supply a wide range of commercial & domestic:

Home Loans, Business Loans, Insurances

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Our services include: Freephone 0508 33 22 11 Ph 533 7567, 021 030 8135 53644

Holmes Flooring Ltd, 1 Mellsop Ave, Waiuku. Ph 09 235 0586, Fax 09 235 0589, Mobile 0274 990 298 Email

Luxury Portable Bathrooms

Get your traditional handmade bacon, sausages & ham from our friendly staff at

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Ideal for: • garden weddings • extra guests • family occasions

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Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Saturday 8am-6pm Sunday 9am-5pm CLOSED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Shop 2, 33 Edinburgh St (next to Pizza Hut) Pukekohe Phone 09 239 2964

HOUSE wash

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■ Mat overlocking ■ Floor preparation ■ Concrete grinding ■ Quality installation


Framed Glass Semi-Frameless Glass Frameless Glass Aluminum Fencing Euroslat Privacy Screening

Advanced Concentrate Makes up to 80 litres! For use around the home, including: weatherboards, bricks, roofs, fences, tiles, cement boards, windows, driveways or any surface that needs a freshen-up. Great for car, boat and caravan.

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Your community meeting place Pukekohe Saturdays 8am-12noon Pokeno Sundays 8am til whenever 53589

Cars/trucks/utes/vans/trailers. Premium and budget vehicles. Taillift/2ton/3ton (car license only) trucks available.

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100% Natural Mineral Pools

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Come and relax with us at Miranda Hot Springs in our thermal fresh mineral water. Centrally located, we have three pools to suit all swimmers. We are closed on Christmas Day.

Excellent r esou r ces First as ses sment les son fr ee Frith Latham

The only 24-hour Taxi Service covering the whole of the Counties Manukau district. 53427

Affordable Fresh Fruit and Veges, Fish, Vege Plants, Jam, Green Valley Milk, Tartan Farms (Beef), Tasty Holland (Dutch products), Rawleighs Products, Nellys Cakes, Turkish, Indian and Bacon Products. Variety of foodstalls.

(Just a 5 minute walk to Counties Stadium)

09 238 83 88 52 Manukau Road, Pukekohe

09 295 1000 0800 66 00 44

• Pukekohe’s Premier Club • Friendly family atmosphere • Great quality restaurant


Advice & Assistance Anytime John Ensom

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Miranda Hot Springs – 100% Natural Mineral Pools


595 Front Miranda Rd, R.D.6, Thames Phone: 07 867 3055 | Fax: 07 867 3187 Email: Web:


Need your garage or bedroom back? HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF SELF STORAGE?


Various sized units with monitored individual alarms. 54180

Paintless Dent Removal

10 Subway Road, Pukekohe Ph: 09 238 9026 Mob: 027 5599 388 Email:


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John Bannister has over 35 years experience in the flooring industry in both the domestic and commercial markets. Together with his family, they own and operate both the Pukekohe and Manukau JB’s Flooring Xtra stores.

 Enhanced resale value  Typical time taken to remove dents (30 mins)  All work guaranteed  Mobile service  Free quotes Neville Your Local Technician

$1980 incl GST ex store

Lewis Gray Limited

4/21 Ronwood Ave, Manukau. Phone 09 262 0048


Phone 027 235 8271

149B Manukau Rd, Pukekohe. Phone 09 238 2954

Services we offer: • Free measure and quote • Supply and installation Carpet Vinyl Timber Cork Tiles for both domestic and commercial situations • Floor preparation • Repair service (for those little damages or restretches) • Insurance work

• Total installation is above the floor • The villa toilet can be installed in both warm and cold locations • As little as 1 cent per hour to run • 5 year guarantee • Complies with AS/NZS1546.2.2008

Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm Saturday


 Saves time, money and aggravation  Vehicle remains original

40G William Pickering Drive, PO Box 302060, North Harbour. Ph 09 415 3348 Fax 09 415 3396 “37 yrs in the alternative toilet business”


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Call us for all your farming supply needs

• No more blocked & overflowing gutters

For the best advice and friendly service


• Solutions to suit all budgets


Call Max now 0800 333 101 or 021 161 3059

18 Elliott St, Papakura. Ph 09 298 7767. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 8.30am-2.30pm



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PEST CONTROL • Insects & rodents • Domestic & commercial • Consultancy work

• On-board recording camera for precision cleaning & screening



YOU NAME IT – WE’LL KILL IT! Controlling your pests for 24 years Phone 238 9885 Mobile 0274 789 857 Main Highway, Paerata


No job too small.


Domestic repairs and additions. Industrial repairs and maintenance.

Totally mobile shearing service. Bombays to Kaiwaka.

Call Peter O’Connell 0274 857 857 or 09 238 1115


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Free quotes – Competitive rates Order online or phone Water tank cleaning available


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Entranceway Gates



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too big

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We also build regular farm gates 54181

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• House soft wash • Roof cleaning • Gutter cleaning • Pre-paint cleaning • Fence and walls • Deck cleaning • Path cleaning Window cleaning Carpet cleaning Furniture and upholstery cleaning

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Certified Untreated Water

Wayne Chapman

0274 509 356



WE ALSO OFFER... Pest control

From One Animal Upwards

• Decks • Post Driving • Retaining Walls • Rural & Residential Fencing

Boyd (09) 233 4466 0274 978 685 Brenton (09) 236 3639 0274 921 916 53452

202 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe Ph: 09 239 0136 or 021 399 298

Grant Escott FENCING

Your friendly trustworthy electrician




Fully Qualified Arboricultural Specialists


GUTTERS NEED CLEANING? all properties & roof-types


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




Tuakau Based NZ Registered Household Water Carriers

• For all your concrete tank requirements. • We build 3000 – 8000 gallon water tanks. Water tank repair and recondition specialist Concrete Tanks Tried & True


Mike mobile 021 765 629 53966-v2

0274 804 295

Water Tank Cleaning (While full or empty) Tank Repairs & Maintenance Water Deliveries ~ Swimming Pools Filled


Septic tank cleaning Vacuum loading Grease trap cleaning



Water - Septic - Retention - Specialty Tanks




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235 8206


Registered Plumbers

KEVIN PLATT BOB CAT SERVICES 0274 928 701 ah 09 238 6923


Servicing Franklin for over 45 years

A natural, cost-effective all-year round N.P.K. fertiliser for pasture, maize crops, market gardens & small blocks. We supply, cart & spread. We also supply: • Lime • Metal • Sand

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• Irrigation • Pool & Spa

148 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe 52010

09 238 9588


Rural Living is available FREE from selected advertisers and the following locations: Rural Living is delivered on the first week of each month. Copies will go quickly so be quick to collect yours from any of the following outlets. An electronic version is also available at

Pukekohe Barfoot and Thompson, 68 King St. Pukekohe Library, 12 Massey Ave. Kevens Department Store, 73 King St. Franklin Vets, 86 Harris St. Papakura Franklin Vets, 365 Great South Rd. Pokeno Pokeno Bacon, Great South Rd. Waiuku Franklin Vets, 2 Court St. Mitre 10, 25 Bowen St.

Bombay Autobahn. Tuakau H.R Fiskens, 295 Tuakau Rd. Tuakau Meats, 23 George St. Field Fresh Fruit & Vege, 3/53 George St. Profarm Tuakau, Cnr Madill Rd and George St. Ardmore Animal Stuff, 192 Airfield Rd. Karaka Animal Stuff, 671 Karaka Rd.

Drury Animal Stuff, 222 Great South Rd. Drury Butcher, 232a Great South Rd. Town & Country Vets, 257 Great South Rd. Hunua John Hill Estate, 144 John Hill Rd. Clevedon Clevedon Rural Supplies, 13 Papakura-Clevedon Rd, Clevedon Village Patumahoe The Butchers Shop Cafe, 4 Patumahoe Rd.

Water Flowmeter A Battery Powered Flowmeter Ideal for monitoring taps, troughs and tanks to see how much water is used, for leak detection or for water saving. Displays: Total Flow and Rate Sizes ½” – 1” ONLY $195 (incl free shipping)

Ph (09) 414 0129 


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