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APRIL/MAY Show features an A&P show like no other. It’s a celebration of Easter and rural New Zealand rolled into one. See

■ ANZAC EVENTS ANZAC Day services April 25, Times & locations vary The First World War and conflicts since have become etched in the memories of all New Zealanders. Once again, last posts will remind us that, peace can only last as long as we remember the sacrifices and tragedies of war. Contact your local RSA for details of this year’s services – Pukekohe & Districts (09 238 7869), Papakura (09 298 5091), Waiuku (09 235 7518). Alternatively, visit for a complete list of services nationwide. PLEASE NOTE: due to security concerns following March’s terrorist attack, some smaller services and/or parades may not proceed as planned.

RAS Golden Fleece May 10-11, Pukekohe Showgrounds, 58 Station Road, Pukekohe It took Jason quite the voyage to obtain the Golden Fleece but, this year, Franklin locals need not travel too far at all to view it. Woolly stories aplenty will be par for the course as some of New Zealand’s top shearers attempt to cut each other down to size. See Daily Life on the Cornwall Park Farm May 13 – June 2, 10am-4pm,Cornwall Park Farm, Cornwall Park, Green Lane West, Epsom Rural life still lives on in the heart of the Super City. Offering an insight into the daily running of Cornwall Park Farm, this free event connects city and country together. See

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace April 27 (from 7pm) & 28 (from 2pm), Pukekohe High School, 14 Harris St, Pukekohe To commemorate ANZAC Day, Franklin Community Choir (backed by an orchestra) presents a ‘great British’ work, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. For further information, visit Franklincommunitychoir.


■COUNTRY CALENDAR Royal Easter Show April 18-22, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Ln W, Epsom It’s beginning to look a lot like... Easter! A celebration of country living in the heart of New Zealand’s largest city, the Royal Easter




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Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition Now - August 4, Eden Park, Reimers Ave, Kingsland More than 35 years since the infamous ‘Flour Bomb Test’, Nelson Mandela is back at Eden Park (in spirit) once again. Charting the life of a freedom fighter who would go on to help reinvent South Africa as ‘the Rainbow Nation’, this exhibition expects to commemorate and celebrate an



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extraordinary life. For more information, visit Papakura StreetFest May 4, 10am-2pm, Papakura Town Centre Great South Rd, Papakura Papakura will be taking it to the streets with a great day out planned on Great South Road. A free outdoor community festival, this event is set to offer fun for all members of the family. More details available at

■ MUSIC Jordan Luck Band April 27, 6pm-12am, Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club, 78 Nelson St, Pukekohe Ever wondered what (oh) ever happened to Jordan? Well, it turns out that this ‘Exponent’ of Kiwi rock is still hitting the road to share his soulful sounds on stage. Why will his tunes do it to you? Find out in April or you really will find you’re right out of... Luck. Details via

■ MUSICALS & THEATRE Into the Woods Jnr Now - April 20, Off Broadway Theatre, 41 Elliot St, Papakura If you can’t see Into the Woods for the trees, you’re probably heading in the wrong direction! If, instead, you’re headed into Papakura, you could be on the right track to witness the latest play at Off Broadway Theatre. Based on Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s twisted fairytail, this show is set to impress. Details via Hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s April 18, from 11am, Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Dr, Papakura, and April 23,



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Pukekohe Town Hall, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, the world was in spin to the sounds of rock ‘n’ roll and, some would argue, it’s never really slowed down since. During this concert, audiences are invited to relive a golden age of music where hits came thick and fast. For further information visit

A laugh and half – well, actually, a whole barrel full of laughs – await visitors to this festival. Kicking off with the Best Foods Comedy Gala, this year’s event features some of the best acts from around the world, as well as top home-grown talent, including Paul ‘Sinnerman’ Sinha, Rhys Nicholson, Urzila Carlson and 2018 Billy T award-winner, Melanie Bracewell. See for a full schedule.

Passing Strangers May 3-25, Thursdays – Saturdays, times vary, Backstage Theatre, Victoria Ave, Waiuku Malcolm has the perfect prescription for his mate, Clive, a hospital porter who’s masquerades as a doctor. However, when this pair of likely lads attempts to make the acquaintances of a couple of divorcees, a play, which delivers more than just fun and games, unfolds. See


The Pohutukawa Tree May 3-5 & 9-11, times vary, OSPA Theatre, 14 Hall Rd, Onewhero In this classic play (by Bruce Mason), an elderly Maori woman endeavours to hold on to the last of her ancestral land while preparing her children for a brave new world. Presented by the talented fold at OSPA (Onewhero Society of Performing Arts), this engaging narrative is not to be missed. Visit


NZ Tiny House & Alternative Living Conference April 27, Te Puru Sports Hall, 954 Whitford-Maraetai Rd, Beachlands Living large in smaller spaces is quickly becoming the modern equivalent of the old quarter acre section. Focused on all aspects of tiny house living, this event offers plenty, all under one roof. For more information, visit River Road Nursery Autumn Market May 5, 9am-2pm, River Road Nursery, 2579 River Road, Tuakau Celebrate the change of seasons by picking up a bargain or two (including locally-grown produce and arts and crafts) at the River Road Nursery Market. More information via


Danny Bhoy – Age of Fools April 24 & 26, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City Comedy is clearly a calling for this Danny Bhoy. And, on his latest tour, this great Scottish comic is going from glen to glen (well, Australia to New Zealand at least) exercising his ‘pipes’ while inspiring laughs, guffaws and giggles among his audiences. See

School Holidays In the Square April 15-18, 10am-2pm, Pukekohe Town Square, King St, Pukekohe School’s out for a little while! The holidays may only be short but little ones can still become bored. However, thanks to the good folk at the Pukekohe Business Association, there’s plenty of free fun (including a rock climbing wall, a bouncy castle and a scavenger hunt with Easter baskets up for grabs) on offer at Pukekohe Town Square. See

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Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland Since JK Rowling penned her first book about a young wizard’s schooldays, fans have become downright potty about Potter. Although this show is sure to delight those who know their Azkaban from their Engorgio, this humorous parody is also intended to be accessible to mere muggles too. Suited to adults and children (aged six and up), Potted Potter is set to deliver a spellbinding performance. See Dahlesque May 11, from 11am & 2pm, Auckland Town Hall, 303 Queen Street, Auckland City Inspired by the eccentricity of one of the best-loved children’s authors of all time, Roald Dahl, this show abounds with fun, fear and a sprinkling of naughtiness for which his books are known. Backed by the talents of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Elise McCann will perform works from such favourite tales as Matilda – the Musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and more. See

■SPORT, FITNESS, RACING & MOTORING Run for Your Freak’n Life May 11, from 12pm or 1pm, Spookers, 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka In the world of ‘make-believe’ zombies move at an amble at best but the walking dead at Spookers are bound to give us all a run for our money as we run for our ‘lives’! Part obstacle course, part scare fest, this annual event delivers dead-set excitement. Details via Waiuku Steel ‘N’ Wheels Festival May 12, 10am-2pm, Waiuku Town Centre, 40 Queen St, Waiuku A local favourite is set to roar into action once again. Devoted to all things motoring, this festival also offers live music, game and activities for children and much more. See

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From the editor... Larry and the Rebels, Ray Columbus and the Invaders, Ray Woolf, The Dark Ages, (inspired by the British Rhythm and Blues era) and so many others. So, if you happen to spot a little old lady driving a black Holden Cruze who appears to be singing her head off, yes, that’ll be me! Or, you just might hear the music turned up full volume. On that happy note, I’m set to depart for the airport. While I’m away I hope you all enjoy this month’s Rural Living featuring gifted mosaic artist Sandra Holmes and our Over the Gate chat with bee breeder, Dallas Russ. There’s some good news for big block land owners who live just ‘over the border’ in Waikato and Rural Living photographer, Wayne Martin showcases the recent Harvest Vintage Festival. So, you know the routine, grab a cuppa, put up your feet for an hour and enjoy!

which highlights some pest control issues which, perhaps, many of us have not considered. His words are well worth evaluating – see page 21. On a different note, the team has now settled into a new office at 151 King Street. I really appreciate that we can catch up with clients more easily and regularly! Furthermore, I can nip up or down the road to shop – just love King’s Street retail vibe…and off course, the great cafes. However, after enduring the long motorway crawl for several years, dare I say the one thing I miss is my morning hour with The Breeze – Robert Rakeke and Jeanette Thomas made the journey enjoyable. I still tune in but, sadly, for a much shorter time. On the other hand, I have also discovered a new radio channel and it’s… magic. Yes, it truly is. Magic 100.6 FM plays music from the 50s, 60s and 70s and gosh, hearing all those hits from my youth, certainly brings back some memories, in particular of my 60s teenage years. That’s when city dance halls such as The Top 20, Monaco, Beatle Inn and The Galaxy beckoned on a Saturday night. It was all live bands too – remember

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s Rural Living hits the streets Easter is upon us and winter hard on its heels; cooler mornings of late have, perhaps, signalled the end of the warm golden weather. However, as readers enjoy this month’s magazine, I am on Australia’s Gold Coast with wider family to celebrate son-inlaw’s 40th birthday. Gosh, it seems only yesterday I was celebrating the same! While we have had every reason to be joyful in our private life, this past month has been one of great sadness which, I’m sure Kiwis, will never forget – the Christchurch shooting tragedy will affect so many people for a long time to come. While I applaud Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern’s moves to swiftly address NZ’s gun laws (I see no reason for the general public to have semi automatic and assault weapons) I hope that in the Government’s haste to put a ban in place, time was taken to consider the wider ramifications especially in the area of pest control. This month our regular columnist, Ditch Keeling, who was a Department of Conservation officer for many years and who now operates an extensive pest control service, has supplied a column


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A Pukekohe grandmother was among a group of women who met recently to share their remarkable life journeys at Castaways Resort at Karioitahi Beach near Waiuku. She was attending a national retreat for women burn survivors and spoke to ANGELA KEMP.


e, my partner and baby girl were driving home when a drink driver hit us head on. They pulled me out of the vehicle when it caught fire and took me to Middlemore Hospital. I was in Intensive Care for 101 days.” These are the words of courageous Serena Rudd who suffered extensive burns to her body and face as well as losing all her fingers in the terrible crash. But her deepest pain is for the loss of her partner and two-year-old daughter who didn’t survive the fireball. It happened nearly 23 years ago in 1997 on the notorious SH22 at Drury, close to the motorway on-ramp. They had been visiting Serena’s partner’s parents in Waiuku for the day and were heading home to Manurewa for the night. Their three other children, aged seven, six and four, had stayed behind with their grandparents. Serena was due to collect them the next day. “I’m lucky I didn’t have all the kids in the car or I could have lost the lot of them,” she says. After spending a year in hospital Serena and her surviving children moved to 6 — Rural Living — April/May 2019

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Pukekohe to be close to her mother and other family members. “I needed care helpers 24/7 and Mum was one of them,” she says. “It was like being a baby and learning how to do everything over again. It was a struggle but I did it for my kids. They’d lost their father and sister and I couldn’t let them lose me.” Tragically Serena lost her youngest son three years ago from a heart attack when he was just 23. But now she’s a grandmother to 12 and looking forward to her 50th birthday this year. She lives in a two-bedroom unit and often has up to eight grandchildren dropping in for a sleepover. “It’s like a marae, I put mattresses down on the floor for them,” she says with a smile. “They do a lot for me, they’re awesome.” Serena was one of 18 women who took part in what was the third annual retreat organised by the Burn Support Group, which is based in Otahuhu. Organiser Michele Henry says the impact the retreat has on the survivors’ lives is amazing. “The first thing they realise is that they are not alone and through sharing their stories they become stronger. It is such a

necessary environment for them to have. There are lots of laughs and lots of tears; there are always tissues on the table. “By the end of the retreat they have developed strong lifelong relationships and built on their self-esteem and confidence.” The group fundraises throughout the year to pay for the retreat and is grateful to its major sponsor PSL Fire and Safety. During this retreat, the women enjoyed pampering sessions, motivational speakers (including TVNZ’s Toni Street) and an update on the latest in burns care from consultant, Jonathon Heather from the National Burns Centre at Middlemore Hospital. Participants came from across the country as well as four survivors from Australia. They included Karen Jacques from Brisbane who is involved with a similar burns charity at home. She was burnt 51 years ago in 1968 at home in Perth. “I was five and had just come home from kindy and went hunting for a lipstick Mum had promised me for my birthday. I climbed up to a cupboard and found matches and took them to the garage and started striking them towards me.

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I needed care helpers 24/7 and Mum was one of them,” she says. “It was like being a baby and learning how to do everything over again. It was a struggle but I did it for my kids. They’d lost their father and sister and I couldn’t let them lose me.” For more information on the Burns Support Group Charitable Trust, the retreats and camps they offer, go to

AROHA ANDREW “I was wearing nylon and when my dress caught alight the first thing I did was run; the flames went right up my back. I lost most of my hair and an ear. I ran into the kitchen to try and put myself out in the kitchen sink but I didn’t fit. So then I ran to the bathroom, all this time my flesh was burning, and put myself out under the shower. “I was 12 months in hospital wrapped in bandages from head to foot. They took skin grafts from my mother to put on my back. “I joined the Army when I was 18 and did 11 years. My burns never stopped me doing anything and I’ve lived a healthy and happy life. But I never met another burns survivor until I was 40. I know a lot of people who were burnt in the Bali Bombings and I’m involved in the burns unit at Brisbane Hospital. “I’ve only started uncovering my burns in the past 10 years people have come up to me to ask what happened. They often say ‘oh poor thing’ but I tell them I don’t actually think I’m poor, I walk proud now with my burns, my body tells a story and I’m not ashamed. That’s all thanks to these retreats, they are so very important.”

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Aroha was the youngest member of the group on the retreat, aged just 24. She‘s from Timaru which is where she suffered burns to 68 percent of her body in a house fire nearly three years ago. This is her story: “I had been out with friends and went back with one of them to stay the night. He had turned on a heater in the bedroom and something must have fallen onto it, either a piece of clothing or some item off the bed. It ignited while I was asleep. “I woke up to the fire on three walls. It had nearly reached the head of the bed. Basically I woke up in a log fire and instinct said, get up, get out. I did the whole stop, drop and roll. I was only wearing undies so the majority of my body got burned but I covered my face. “I thought I was on fire but I wasn’t, it was the pain from the flames touching me. I ran to the next door neighbours and they chucked me in their shower. All I can remember from then is the ambulance coming and having something jabbed into my leg and then waking up in ICU in Auckland. “I went to Timaru Hospital first and they told my family (my burns) weren’t as bad as they looked but they needed to send me to Christchurch for treatment. By the time I got there the skin from my hands and arms was falling off.

“They sent me to Auckland and I wasn’t expected to make it there but I did. Because of the extent of surface area burned my body just wasn’t coping. But a month went by and I was still here, then another, it was touch and go. “I had my 21st birthday in Middlemore Hospital and stayed there from the accident in August to just before Christmas when I was transferred to Christchurch Hospital. I was there for the next four months before going to Timaru Hospital. I left hospital eleven months after the fire. “I feel so lucky to be alive and can walk around with a big smile on my face. The retreat has been amazing; to be able to meet all these other women who’ve been affected with the same thing as me has been really special. “Being able to talk about what we’ve all been through and remind each other that we are all beautiful has been hugely beneficial to me. “Before my accident I wasn’t really comfortable with myself. I used to straighten my hair, buy expensive clothes and put a face of makeup on before I went out. Now I love my big curly hair because it’s me, I don’t shop anywhere but the op shop and I’m comfortable about how I look. “I feel really privileged that I have been able to learn the things I have from the trauma I have been through.” Rural Living — April/May 2019 — 7

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his time last year I wrote about our lovely stray cat, Jessie in my Country Lad column. She had been with us for about four years after I found her hiding in the long grass in Runciman Road. Jessie died not long after we ran the story but I was satisfied she had enjoyed the last years of her long life – some 16 years – very contentedly. However, my story this month is really about moving house and subsequently introducing pets into a new environment. Over the past 35 years or so we have shifted four times which has been quite stressful for our cats and dogs. Many years ago we lived in Ormiston Road which, by the way, bears no resemblance to the Ormiston of today. Apart from the rubbish trucks going to the Whitford tip we enjoyed the area when it was mostly farmland. During this time we purchased our first dog, an airedale terrier we named Monty. At holiday time Monty was boarded at the Wilsons who lived on the corner of Runciman and Tuhimata Roads. They also bred labradors which were trained for airport security and they gave us a lovely dog which had passed her ‘use by’ date for breeding. We named her Nellie and she became a great mate for Monty. They had many good years together. When we made the move to Runciman we put the dogs into boarding kennels for a week while we settled in to the

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new house and also sorted out the dogs’ sleeping and run area in the barn. Unfortunately, during her stay at the kennels, Nellie became ill and the vet recommended she be euthanised so, Monty came home by himself. We then decided we wanted a cat to keep Monty company. We bought a white Burmese which we named Fitzpatrick, after you know who! After a short time in our new Runciman home Monty died and we were left with just Fitzpatrick, the Burmese. Sadly, we noticed that Fitzy was being attacked by neighbourhood cats so we decided to get another dog to keep the cats away from our property. Having a great affection for airedales we found a local breeder and waited until the puppies were born. We named our chosen puppy Zinzan after you know who! Zinny made himself right at home in Runciman and apart from having a sly snap at the rooster’s tail, it was definitely his comfort place. When he was nine years old, Paula

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Northern bets on ‘the Bay’ James Robertson’s latest venture will see the Auckland City-based business graduate return to his dairy roots. With his bank account boosted, (courtesy of $12,000 worth of prizes, including a Honda farm bike) this year’s Northern Regional Young Farmer of the Year appears a strong bet to take the nationwide title in July. “I can’t believe it!” he says of March’s regional final in Warkworth. “The modules were challenging and it was an awesome event to be involved in.” James’ Bachelor of AgriCommerce from Massey University and experience working on Fonterra’s venture capital team will certainly come in handy when pitting his wits and skills against other regional winners; he expects his hands-on upbringing (at a Waikato dairy farm) will also prove beneficial. “I sit at a desk all day so I’m going to have to get outside as much as I can [before the Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Hawke’s Bay] to brush up on my practical skills.” Unfortunately, Franklin Young Farmers Club’s George Watson (see Rural Living’s Feb-Mar 2019 issue) was unable to reach the Grand Final. However, he did not walk away empty handed, securing this year’s People Award for ‘outstanding leadership’. In addition to James, Northland duo Archer Walton (15) and Jackson Nichols (16) will also head to Hawke’s Bay as they bid to become Junior Young Farmers of the Year; additionally, Seth Jones (12), Zane Brown (12) and Sam Henwood (12) will compete in the AgriKidsNZ event.



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Dallas Russ Managing director, of Lion Apiaries, Dallas Russ has been sweet on bees for more than 10 years. What started as a hobby, quickly evolved into a passion for growing and protecting New Zealand’s bee population. Today he breeds queen bees for other beekeepers and also places hives on private land (largely in the Franklin district) where owners have an interest in assisting the country’s bee population. Recently, Dr Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, University of Sydney and Kris Wyckhuys, University of Queensland published a report revealing that 40% of the world’s insects could be extinct within a few decades. How catastrophic would it be if this was to occur? It’s an interesting report and I have observed that insects have been on the decline over the past 30 years as good land is swallowed by urban development. We certainly need to look at how we take care of our environment. There is no easy answer. In my experience, coming from a farming family, people do care deeply about the environment, growing healthy food, and enjoying nature’s various creatures. We are now seeing a lot of enthusiastic, energetic landowners keen to protect waterways and plant natives, as well as other plants which encourage birds and insects. I think, here in NZ, we are making good progress. Just how important are bees globally and what is the state of colonies across the world? Kiwis have a good understanding of the value of bees to our ecosystem and this has helped us avoid the fall in bee populations seen in the USA and other countries. Over the past five years, California lost hundreds of thousands of bee colonies used in the pollination of almonds and no one understood

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things by using registered testing and labelling. With the new testing for MGO (Methylglyoxal), there have been several ongoing issues for the beekeepers. Some adulterated honey has been detected in recent times, however, it doesn’t seem like the new legislation has had any part in this as it was possible to detect anyway. With a testing suite at our disposal, it means overseas customers of honey produced in NZ can be sure it’s the good stuff. Although we have confidence in our NZ honey, unfortunately, we have very little control over what operators do overseas. Consumer laws in NZ already protect our local market from misleading claims and advertising while the new legislation on Manuka honey only affects honey for export.

why. Recently US scientists discovered that some insecticides, thought safe for bees, were impacting larvae. Subsequently, a new study was undertaken, this revealed how combinations of insecticides and fungicides, deemed individually ‘safe’ for honeybees turned, into lethal cocktails when mixed. This research will open the door to more study of fungicide and pesticide use on bee-dependent crops. How important are bees to the NZ economy? While our honey exports have been a great economic boost to NZ in recent times, bees have historically been vital to our primary industry, in particular pollination of key crops such as clover and kiwifruit. However, most gardeners I talk to are very vocal about how the mere presence of bees seems to encourage plants to put out more flowers and to crop better. Because bees hibernate through winter they have a population ready to work in the early spring whereas other pollinating insects haven’t been able to produce enough numbers to do the job. How many bee varieties are there in NZ and are all varieties suitable for gathering/ producing honey? There are 41 different species of bee in NZ, 13 of which are native. Other bee species in NZ don’t gather a surplus of honey. There are only two species of honeybee suitable for producing honey. The beekeeping industry uses predominantly Italian bees but some beekeepers also use the Carniolan variety. At Lion Apiaries, we produce Italian queens. They’re good to work with because of their calm nature especially when that trait is reinforced through a good breeding programme. However, you can’t just learn this craft overnight even though the rapid growth of the manuka honey industry has seen a lot of inexperienced operators setting up shop. There have been reports of hive overcrowding on some properties around NZ; is such overcrowding a problem in the wider Auckland region? Readers may have seen the recent story on TVNZ news regarding too many hives being placed in Hawkes Bay. This resulted from more people entering the industry because of the high prices being fetched for Manuka honey. Unfortunately, the concentration of hives around Manuka trees also means that often there are not enough bees to pollinate the fields and other fauna. Manuka honey has been credited with many properties to improve one’s health, how accurate are the claims and how pure is our ‘manuka’ honey?

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Pioneers in our NZ beekeeping industry did ground-breaking research into manuka honey and discovered it has additional health benefits beyond that of normal raw honey. Because it has value as a raw, active honey it has become known as a honey with natural healing and body maintenance benefits. As a product of value, the price is higher due to supply and demand. Regarding honey in general, raw honey is very good and has been used throughout history for external and internal medical relief. The natural antibiotic properties of honey make it a useful topical dressing. Some honey companies pasteurise their honey so that it won’t crystallise but heating kills off many of those beneficial properties such as the enzymes, vitamins, nutrients and pollen. Raw honey contains anti-fungal, as well as, anti-viral properties and helps ward off allergies. At our extraction plant the honey stays at a temperature which ensures all beneficial properties are retained. Making manuka honey may seem like a gold mine, but it’s a lot of hard work fraught with risks, including the high possibility of a poor season. The rapid rise of the manuka honey export market has also led to unscrupulous operators, both here and overseas. The NZ Government has introduced legislation around the status of manuka honey; what are the new regulations and how does this affect our industry? To protect our reputation in the global market, NZ created measurements to enable reliable classifications of manuka honey. This is what they call the ‘3 in 1 manuka test’. Most Kiwis know UMF (Unique Manuka Factor), 5UMF, 10UMF, etc. This is another way of representing

Recent research suggests there are some benefits from growing manuka around waterways; what are the benefits? Manuka is a wonderful tree for several reasons. The health benefits of the honey it produces are well known, but manuka also does a great job preventing soil erosion and removing nitrates and other pollutants. We encourage, and work with, landowners who have waterways through their properties to plant Manuka buffers. There has been a surge of interest in kanuka honey – what is this, is it the same as manuka honey? The latest kanuka scientific research has revealed kanuka also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help heal burns, bruises, and other wounds. In fact, it may be more effective than manuka. Studies show that it can also be an effective treatment for skin conditions including eczema, rosacea, and acne. Unlike manuka, kanuka may also be able to stimulate an immune system response, which may make it effective in fighting off illness and infection. It’s a powerful natural substance with few, if any, side effects. The antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties of kanuka come from high levels of hydrogen peroxide which, along with other compounds in kanuka, help kill off bacteria, treat fungal infections, and reduce inflammation. How much honey is produced in NZ? About 20,000 tonnes of honey is produced annually. We produce more than we can consume even when you consider everything that honey goes into, eg muesli bars, cereals, baking etc. Honey is very versatile. Continued overleaf Rural Living — April/May 2019 — 11

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The best thing people can do is to plant plants which help feed the bees. People can go to www.treesforbeesnz. org for ideas

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What are the benefits of pure raw honey over pasteurised honey? Pasteurised honey has been heated for various reasons such as killing bacteria, but the most common is for making honey stay liquid. Honey naturally crystalises and visually some people don’t like this; others may not like the texture. In pasteurising, the health benefits of honey are significantly reduced. I believe strongly that raw honey is what people should be enjoying. Is raw honey safe for children? There are always risks with people being allergic to pollen which can be in honey. Talk to your doctor regarding this. Do hobby beekeepers need to be licensed? It is a requirement under MPI that ALL hives and apiaries have to be registered. One reason is to help eliminate a disease called Amercian Foul Brood (AFB). This is highly contagious and annual reporting has to be done and is a legal requirement. Can hobby beekeepers sell their honey?

Yes, if the hives and honey has been harvested in compliance with MPIs requirements, and also in the right extraction plants, they can sell their honey. What can the average person do to ensure a brighter future for bees? Great question. The best thing people can do is to plant plants which help feed the bees. People can go to www. for ideas. I recommend: Cabbage tree (Cordyline australis), Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides), Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenioides), Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), Nikau palm (Rhopalostylis sapida), NZ flax (Phormium tenax), Bottlebrush (Callistemon salignus), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Orange (Citrus sinensis), LemonTree Lucerne (Chamaecytisus palmensis) to name a few. Nasty chemicals which impact bees should be avoided; there are some good alternatives to the neoniconoids. If you could be Minister of Conservation for a day what would you do and why? I’d probably be better in Primary Industry

than Conservation. But if I was the Conservation Minister I would look into ensuring herbicides etc don’t impact the environment in a negative way and seek better solutions for users and the environment. I would look at ways to encourage diversity in plantings to minimise damage to our environment. If you could ask any three people (living or dead) to dinner who would they be? Wow, that’s a tough one but here goes: Gilbert M. Doolittle (1846-1918), a 19th-century apiarist and author considered to be the father of commercial queen rearing. I have studied his work extensively. Metallica’s James Hetfield sounds good to me, too – play some more metal. Beekeeper, Dave Cushman (1946-2011) For many beekeepers the name Dave Cushman is associated with a beekeeping website – not any old website, but THE beekeeping website which is regarded by many as the most comprehensive and authoritative in the world.


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Cushing’s – looking beyond fluffy horses Dr Melissa Sim DVM When most people think of Cushing’s disease in horses, they picture a long, patchy hair coat. What most people don’t realise is that the long hair coat is a sign of an advanced stage of Cushing’s disease although there are many other signs to watch out for before that point. Signs include coat changes (dullness, loss of shine etc), change in muscle mass (potbellied appearance, loss of topline), recurrent infections (hoof abscesses, tooth infections, snotty noses, etc.), drinking and

urinating a lot, and abnormal sweating. Laminitis and equine metabolic syndrome are also common in horses with Cushing’s, and these horses should be monitored closely, especially during the autumn months. Cushing’s disease, also known as PPID, occurs when there is a benign tumour growth on the part of the brain which produces a hormone called ACTH. This tumour results in the body producing too much ACTH. It can be diagnosed and monitored with a simple blood test. Cushing’s is a common dis-

ease in older (usually 15+ years old) horses and ponies. Horses with Cushing’s disease can be managed well with a medication called Prascend, which regulates the production of ACTH, and they can still live long, happy lives. Contact your vet today if you think your horse may have signs of Cushing’s. Owners are often surprised by which horses test positive because the horse may not be exhibiting the classic long hair coat. It is these horses which most benefit from medication and careful monitoring. Franklin Vets is currently running free blood tests for Cushing’s, travel and exam fees still apply.

CHECKLIST ■ Based on history, facial eczema will continue to be a risk right into May. Continue to monitor facial eczema spore counts and ensure cattle, sheep and alpaca are protected with oral zinc. In most situations, zinc boluses provide the most reliable protection. ■ Internal parasites are at their peak in autumn with the warm, wet weather. Ensure an effective control strategy is in place, and ensure you are using the correct drenches to be effective against the parasites present and which will minimise the risk of drench resistance. ■ Flystrike in sheep remains a risk during warm weather. Prevent with shearing, protective sprays, and good parasite control.

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Harvest festival Locals took a step back in time at the recent Vintage Harvest Festival in Glenbrook where they saw a range of machines from days gone by. Transported back to an era far removed from today, visitors showed plenty of appreciation of tractors, cars, bicycles and other vehicles from yesteryear as did Rural Living photographer WAYNE MARTIN.

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What’s up with D. O’C... Although Auckland’s fruit fly scare has eased over the last month or so, New Zealand’s Minister for Biosecurity, Agriculture (and more) has been buzzing around like the proverbial fly of late with plenty of issues demanding his attention, as recent reports from his office indicate.

Honey levy runs dry The failure of beekeepers to agree to a proposed honey levy has left a sour taste in the mouth of our Minister of Agriculture. “I met with Apiculture New Zealand leadership late last week and I share their disappointment... The decision by commercial beekeepers shows a lack of foresight,” Mr O’Connor said in late March. “A levy would have enabled greater investment in the industry.” Apiculture New Zealand encouraged Kiwi beekeepers to agree to pay a levy on production with funds to be invested into biosecurity, market development and research initiatives. However, the idea was rejected. “The Apiculture industry is very important... Honey exports alone reached $348 million for the year to June 2018; that’s not small change,” Mr O’Connor added. “Commercial beekeepers need to start seeing themselves as an increasingly important contributor to our primary sector. When the primary sectors do well, New Zealand does well.”

Thought for (a) change ‘Meaningful change to key legislation, addressing the implications of changing climate’ has been on the agenda for many a Minister of late, including Minister of

importantly – workable solutions,” he said. “The agriculture sector plays a critical role in helping New Zealand meet its emissions reduction goals, but we need to focus on making the goal posts clear.”

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Agriculture, Damien O’Connor. As the political wheels turn, an interim committee (established April 2018) is now ready to deliver key reports to the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. This allows the Government to consider findings and (sooner or later) transition from talk into action. Mr O’Connor believes gradual transition towards more sustainable agriculture is a crucial part of adapting to changing climate. “Policy decisions around agriculture need to be based on scientific advice and consultation so the sector has well-considered, effective and – most

Despite growing doubts regarding the health of world trade, New Zealand’s primary sector exports are up nearly $3 billion with revenue forecast to grow 6.9% compared to the last financial year, Mr O’Connor confirms. “This export performance is impressive considering there is a more modest outlook for the global economic environment and high degrees of uncertainty generated by trade tensions,” he said. “Demand from China for most primary industry products continues to strengthen and exports to the United States are still higher than historic levels.” Although the outlook from the front line of agriculture may appear gloomy, the news should inspire some confidence in the primary sector, Mr O’Connor expects. “This news could not have come at a better time for the primary sector... [it] will be welcome by many, especially in light of [such] significant challenges as dryness being experienced in many in rural areas, especially the drought-affected top of the South Island, fires in Tasman and the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.”

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Olympic rider on road to Equidays Carl Hester MBE is well versed in dressing for success and, come October, he will be sharing his expertise (in dapper fashion) as one of Equidays 2019’s star clinicians. “I am really excited to be coming to New Zealand to present a dressage masterclass at Equidays. I have heard great things about the event and facilities,” he says. No stranger to world-class competition, Carl has won Olympic gold and silver medals as well as numerous European and World Championship titles. “We are honoured to have such a valued equine educator join us and we’re sure the equine community will make the most of this opportunity,” Equidays event manager Ammie Hardie says. “We look forward to having him here.” Equidays will be held at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Ohaupo from October 18-20. Carl Hester, Equidays 2019. 

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FARMERS’ FAREWELL TO ARMS The Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern was quick to act with regards to changes to gun laws following the tragic shooting in Christchurch and Federated Farmers has been quick to back the ban. “Christchurch, Friday March 15 has changed everything,” Miles Anderson, the organisation’s Rural Security spokesperson, says. “This will not be popular among some of our members but… the wrong guns can’t be allowed to get into the wrong hands.” Members of the public will continue to have access to semiautomatic rimfire rifles (such as the .22 long rifle) and semiautomatic shotguns (with limited magazine capacity) for sport or pest control, he confirms.

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carving up the block Escaping to the country may be just what the doctor ordered for some, but what happens when farmers look to downscale; do they have to say goodbye to the land (and home) they love? With Waikato District Council rules set to be extended to cover its share of the former Franklin District, local farmers may soon be able to subdivide their farms at a reduced cost. “By no longer having to purchase the right to subdivide through a transferable title, rural landowners in the former Franklin District Council area could save around $100,000 or more,” Todd Shuker, from Pukekohe-based The Surveying Company explains. People with rural properties in this area will have the opportunity to subdivide lots from titles of 20 hectares or more which haven’t been subdivided since December 1997. “This gives farmers throughout the Waikato more scope to subdivide. The idea behind the subdivision rule is to allow from their land entirely. people to create a lifestyle block (of a “The title to the farm must have been maximum size of 1.6ha) on their property issued before 1997 – following subdivision, without having to pay for a transferable new titles will be issued – so you only get title.” one stab at this.” Separating a dwelling from a farm often Frankliners who fall under the Super City increases property values, Todd confirms. cannot benefit from such exemptions. The house can remain as part of the farm The Surveying Company “Opportunities for farmers to subdivide or be incorporated into the new, smaller Company: will be more extensive throughout the lifestyle block. entire Waikato District than they are in the “It also gives the option of selling the Auckland Council region,” adds Todd. “In farm but not your house, or vice versa. general, subdivision of rural properties in This can be especially well suited to those the Auckland region is extremely restricted, looking to sell their farms (especially if to large lot sizes of more than 50ha.” retiring) but who don’t want to walk away

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“It’s a little bit like saying an arborist is responsible enough to use a hand saw but cannot be trusted to use a chainsaw because someone ran amok using one to hurt people.”

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f you had told me a month ago that acts of terrorism could impact our ability to undertake pest control, I would have told you that you were being silly, and quietly hoped you were wrong. Sadly, The Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill, which was being considered as Rural Living went to print, may well impact on our ability to undertake pest control. Proposed changes to firearms ownership and those already being made in the wake of the Christchurch tragedy had ramped up and included a ban of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns – excluding .22 rimfire firearms which cannot hold more than 10 rounds and semi-automatic shotguns which cannot hold more than five rounds. Such law changes are likely to hit New Zealand’s professional shooters and their clients extremely hard. We’ve heard the age-old argument about semi-autos not being necessary for pest control – ‘a bolt action rifle in the hand of a pro’ is as fast as a semi’ etcetera – but these quotes came about before the introduction of modern semi-autos and scopes. The rifles we use now are extremely accurate, reliable and, over the past 30

years, have become an integral part of delivering super-efficient pest control using methods the rest of the world has come to respect. We currently shoot an annual average of 30,000 rabbits, 15-20,000 hares, hundreds of goats, pigs, deer and several thousand Canadian geese; this work is undertaken using various semi-autos – why wouldn’t we use the best tools available? To me, it’s a little bit like saying an arborist is responsible enough to use a hand saw but cannot be trusted to use a chainsaw because someone ran amok using one to hurt people – this may be a poor analogy, but you get my point. I admit I struggle to see the link between law-abiding citizens and criminal action. Surely a law change affects only those who follow the law anyway. Those who don’t are likely to ignore any change. In my view (contrary to current talk) New Zealand’s gun laws have worked well. They have been re-worked over the years to ensure only fit and proper people are licensed and that guns are kept secure so they don’t fall into the hands of criminals. However, perhaps the Government should be looking at going beyond licensing to including a proper register of all firearms as we had in the past. Sadly, it appears that the Christchurch shootings happened due to a failure of the

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“There’s something about mosaics, focusing on the cut and colour, which blocks everything else out; regardless of how broken the pieces are I know there can be a pretty outcome, and, if you break a piece in the wrong place, you can always say ‘well, that’s how it’s meant to be’!”

Photo Wayne Martin

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peace by pieces When things fall apart in life, we all need to pick up the pieces but, for one local artist, putting them together again has become a way of life in itself, as JON RAWLINSON discovered.


s any old soldier will tell you, ‘Deeds’ speak louder than words. When asked to display one of her early mosaic works at Waiuku’s Deeds Office Products a few years ago, Sandra Holmes answered the call. Her piece, titled ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’, attracted plenty of attention. “Deeds had it – a First World War helmet, which I covered in poppies and silhouettes of soldiers – as part of their ANZAC display. I was working across the road at the time and people (including some ex-service personnel) came to tell me how amazing it was; that sent shivers up my spine,” Sandra says. “Emotionally, it was a difficult piece to make because every little poppy (each just a tiny shard of glass) felt like it was a lost soldier’s soul.” It wasn’t just Waiuku locals who appreciated the quality of her work. “I practiced in my shed for years before entering my first exhibition. To me, it was mainly just an excuse to meet others who do what I do. I really didn’t know if my stuff [including ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’] was good enough to display let alone win awards, but (in total) I came away with five,” the Waiuku lifestyler says. Since then her work has received further plaudits, most recently for a stained glass piece depicting Karioitahi Beach. “My dad was watching me make it and he said: ‘how much do you want for it?’ It’s the first piece he’s ever asked for. I entered it into last year’s New Zealand Mosaic Art National Exhibition and it won; Dad was stoked!” Considering the quality and diversity of her work, it’s remarkable to think this talented Buckland-born artist is relatively new to mosaics having first ‘hit the tiles’ in 2014. After taking a short course, Sandra (who never took a single art class when at Pukekohe High School) discovered an online community from which to draw advice.

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“The course gave me confidence to play [but] the internet offered a worldwide community which, living rurally, I wouldn’t have had otherwise; it was fabulous,” she says. “My first piece was a mirror frame but I then made a really large project, a 1.4 metre high stag for my husband for our anniversary – in for a penny, in for a pound, that’s me; I don’t tend to do anything by halves.”

CHALLENGED, UNBROKEN Ironically, Sandra began piecing together her early mosaic artworks while (seemingly) her life was falling apart during a battle with cancer. “It was fantastic therapy, which I needed at the time. I wanted to leave something beautiful behind, that’s what my trading name, Beautifully Broken, was aiming at, but, thankfully, it just has a single meaning now. “There’s something about mosaics, focusing on the cut and colour, which blocks everything else out; regardless of how broken the pieces are I know there can be a pretty outcome, and, if you break a piece in the wrong place, you can always say ‘well, that’s how it’s meant to be’!” she laughs. Although she has since received the ‘all clear’, Sandra continues to help others pick themselves up from where she left off. “I have some ongoing pain issues but that’s okay, I’m still alive and I don’t have cancer. Mosaics started out as therapy for me, now it’s really down to pleasure, but it also enables me to help others. “I’d thought about doing something to support cancer charities for a while but wanted to wait until it wasn’t quite so close to home to focus on it.” Mid last year, the Waiuku local was delighted to discover just how willing others were to ‘chip in’ on her efforts to raise funds to help fight cancer.

To view (or purchase) Sandra’s work, see beautifullybrokenmosaicsnz “In typical ‘Sandra style’, I put out a call [online] asking for mosaic pieces on mesh which I could assemble on mannequins – I call them garden torsos. I was inundated! They usually had notes with them saying things such as ‘This is in memory of my best friend’ and the like; it was very heartwarming.“We ended up with 17 pieces in total, two were donated intact but we assembled the rest, it was a massive project. Donna Boden, from Harcourts in Pukekohe, has done an amazing job marketing and selling them.” So far, the initiative has raised more than $15,000 for Breast Cancer New Zealand with another $2000 earmarked for a Pukekohe breast cancer support group. The seven remaining torsos will be put up for sale in the future with proceeds expected to assist support hospice charities. Rural Living — April/May 2019 — 23

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To enter the draw for any of these competitions visit and enter this month's code – RLMAY5842. One entry per person/email address; entries close May 31, 2019. Winner notified by phone or email.

WIN! NATIO SUN-KISSED MAKEUP Inspired by summer’s kiss on soft, smooth skin, Natio’s limited edition make-up collection released in April ensures sun-warmed, radiant beauty right through winter. Soft nude tones, lustrous, skin flattering textures and practical formulations are key to seven makeup essentials in the range. Best of all Rural Living has three of these products up for grabs. They are the Bronze Glow Perfecting Primer (RRP NZD $19.50),a silky smooth, lightly tinted primer applied prior to foundation; the Sun-kissed Glow Palette (RRP NZD $23.50) to subtly sculpt and define the features; and the Makeup Setting Spray (RRP NZD $19.50) – luminous and fresh, this weightless and lightly mattifying mist delicately enwraps skin to help keep foundation, eyeshadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading through the day and night.

WIN! A COPY OF THIRTY THOUSAND BOTTLES OF WINE & A PIG CALLED HELGA Escaping to the country may be the beginning of a ‘happily ever after’ but, as any lifestyler will tell you, country living is not as simple as town-types may think. When Todd and Jeff exchange the rat race for a 100 acre spread in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, their dream to run a B&B and vineyard soon runs into more than just one or two little setbacks, as this book (billed as ‘The Birdcage meets A Country Practice’) reveals. Todd Alexander: Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine & a Pig Called Helga | RRP $37.99 | Simon & Schuster

WIN! AN EGMONT HONEY SAMPLER PACK From South Taranaki to our tables, Egmont Honey’s range of honey (and skincare products) is now available from Countdown supermarkets. Renowned for their health properties, as well as sweet taste, Egmont’s honeys are set to generate quite the buzz. And, to ensure at least one Rural Living reader takes a ride on the sweet side of life, we have a sampler pack (includes one jar each of Manuka Honey UMF 5+, Raw Honey and Lemon ‘n Honey) up for grabs.

WIN! AN ANZAC BOOK PACK From a South Island station to the Solomon Islands, The Hero from Nithdale Station tells of the exploits of Charles Tripp, a remarkable hero awarded the prestigious Silver Star by the Americans during the Second World War. Charles’s fitness, discipline and leadership saw this hard-working farmer become recognised as a hero at home and abroad. To mark ANZAC Day, Rural Living has a copy of this book (as well as two other classic military history books: New Zealand’s First World War Heritage and World War Two at Sea to give away to one lucky reader. Dick Tripp: The Hero from Nithdale Station | RRP $24.99 | Wild Side Publishing 24 — Rural Living — April/May 2019

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Life and work ticks along Reay Neben is the publisher of Rural Living



he months are flying by and really, we’ve not seen a lot of winter yet. Here’s hoping this Indian summer continues. I would like to thank all the kind people who have enquired after my health and sent kind thoughts to me during this time of illness. I am now nearly half way through my chemo treatment and I’m doing really well. To be honest there is no time to be anything else. After shifting house in January we have also changed our offices from Botany to Howick and, proudly, we have an office in the main street of Puke’, too. We have yet to put up new signage but we are located upstairs in the former office of Nick Bosanac Builders at 151 King Street. Moving back to suburbia has taken a bit of getting used to but, with having treatment in the city, the move has been a blessing as it takes me only 20 minutes to drive to Remuera even on a bad traffic day! After all the years we lived mostly in Drury, and then in Patumahoe, our neighbours were fabulous. We didn’t see them often but to know they were there to support us in any way was so reassuring. We do miss them. We lived in our Drury home for more than 22 two years and it is great to now see the new owners have carried out a

Brian Neben taking time out at The Viaduct.

lot of work and are also offering Airbnb accommodation. The property looks super and it’s so good that the house we put heart and soul into is having a new lease of life while retaining its solid bones. We sold our last house after living there a mere two years and although we had done such a lot of work, we didn’t achieve all that we planned. The once beautiful gardens needed a lot of upgrading when we took over which I thoroughly enjoyed. I guess what I really miss is the ongoing creation of a garden. Last weekend Brian and I decided the weather was too lovely to sit at home so we headed into The Viaduct, walked

around the boats and looked at all the interesting people who were walking about just like us. I was really worried when Brian, who is actually nearly blind at present (having cataract surgery next week), thought he might like to ride a lime scooter! I immediately imagined him in the harbour floating next to all the glamorous boats electrocuted by the electric scooter. Needless to say, he didn’t get on one; instead we sat down and had a lovely lunch while watching the world go by. We worked out that we hadn’t been into The Viaduct for several years so, it was a nice treat on a beautiful day.

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leopatra bathed in asp’s milk while goat’s milk is key to many beauty formulas but now unique kotia skin care taps into the regenerative powers of deer milk. Research into deer milk and the development of this new nourishing, skin-enhancing range stems from an unexpected discovery on Clachanburn Station near Ranfurly in Otago. There, a milk hand apparently discovered her weathered, work-worn hands had been transformed in just a few weeks, becoming softer and less aged in appearance; the only difference to her daily routine was milking deer. This inspired Graeme Shaw (founding partner in New Zealand Deer Milk Cosmeticis Ltd) to have the deer milk analysed by a team of scientists from AgResearch. It was discovered the milk contained an abundance of skinenhancing agents being rich in Vitamin A, E and B9, anti oxidants, nutrients and antiinflammatory agents such as vitamin D3. The scientists also found deer milk was

a rich source of calcium, phosphorus and zinc. With the discovery of its multiple nutrients, New Zealand deer milk was seen to have the potential to transform skin care, hence kotia was born “We’re thrilled to be the first to market a range of skincare products containing deer milk with clinically proven results,” says Mr Shaw adding that when combined with scientifically-proven actives, the goodness of pure deer milk left skin feeling nourished, hydrated and rejuvenated. Helping to restore the skin’s barrier and combat environmental aggressors, the presence of vitamin A, E and selenium offers anti-ageing benefits with zinc and vitamin B helping reduce inflammation and assisting collagen production. Dermatologically tested, the kotia range includes Hydrating Day Cream SPF15 (RRP $69), Exfoliating Cleansing Milk (RRP $40), Nourishing Cream Mask (RRP $51), Regenerating Night Cream (RRP $75), Brightening Eye Cream (RRP $63), Rejuvenating Serum (RRP $86), Purifying Toner and Revitalising Hand & Nail Cream.

The Denture and Denture Implant Clinics


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

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

11 West Street, Pukekohe. Phone 09 238 0095 3/208 Great South Road, Papatoetoe Phone 09 277 2233 26 — Rural Living — April/May 2019

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MAY TREAT FOR MOTHERS Natasha Harris from Alberts Hair Salon talks about seasonal hair changes


e have had such an amazing summer so it is somewhat sad to see it come to an end, along with outdoor activities, beach and boat outings, BBQ’S and the hive of activity which a great Kiwi summer has to offer. As we move into autumn with cooler mornings and darker evenings, our patterns change so, remember to hydrate your hair and skin. This is the perfect time to nourish your hair with a much needed hit of moisture. We recommend Hydrate.Me Wash + Hydrate. Me Rinse from Kevin Murphy, and for extra nourishment use the Hydrate.Me Masque infused with rose hip and evening primrose oil. It contains kakadu plum, seaweed and vitamin-charged capsules which explode on contact to deliver the ultimate in hydration and moisture. May is almost here and with it – Mother’s Day!! A day to celebrate all mothers and the incredible job they do. Our gift to all mums out there when you visit Alberts during the month of May receive a complimentary nourishing in-salon treatment valued at $25.

Look ALIVE! What fun – LEO+BE’s ditzy prints intermingled with bold colours, combined with design flair auger well for winter wardrobes. This fashion-forward collection proclaims pink and red are the new black and white – wear the wide leg Rapunzel pant, or the Heroric top with stars, to stand out, or embrace the ballet soft shade of the Starlight Bomber for a cute look to take you out and about. But there’s more, much more. LEO+BE takes these gorgeous shades, interjected with a lashings of grey, through a range of styles for day or party wear. Winter is looking good.

For enquiries and bookings contact: Alberts Hair Salon Shop 2/23 Hall St, Pukekohe Ph: 09 238 7576

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10am -3pm

Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Cobham Drive, Hamilton KAT6542

Waiuku Theatre Group presents

Passing Strangers A Comedy by Eric Chappell Directed by Haley Byrnes

Tickets $18

HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE GUM DISEASE? By Yvonne Vannoort, Sanctuary Dental


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aving gum disease isn’t always obvious. The problem can be there a long time before you realise that something is wrong. The earliest signs of gum disease is often bleeding and smell. Your gums should not bleed and when they do it’s a sign they are inflamed. Don’t avoid and stop brushing your gums when the begin to bleed. Watch out for blood in the basin when you spit while brushing your teeth. A smelly area in your mouth when you floss is also an indication that something isn’t right. Take note when you floss to check that the smell is okay. Ask family and your best friends to tell you if your breath smells – it’s better to know that you need to check your mouth with your dentist or hygienist than not know....right? Often we become so accustomed to our own smell we become desensitised to this. When gum disease has been in the mouth for a while there are other signs such as loose teeth, swelling and painful gums and teeth. The gums often shrink around the teeth as well exposing the roots of the teeth. We can treat these problems and often prevent loss of teeth even when teeth have become loose. There are solutions and we love to help you keep your teeth so that you can chew well and smile well, too. That adds up to a healthier mouth and body and life!

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We provide: • Personalised care • Very competitive pricing – no ongoing or hidden costs • Experienced and accredited staff with many years of industry knowledge. 28 — Rural Living — April/May 2019

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For all your dentistry needs including specialty dentistry – tongue tie release using waterlaser, orthodontics, milling crowns on site, laser dentistry, 3D xrays , safe amalgam removal

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Masters of their craft 

Mastercraft Kitchen’s reputation in the Pukekohe area precedes it when it comes to beautifully designed and crafted kitchens but, importantly, the company’s expertise knows no bounds.


stablished in Manukau Road for the past 12 years and offering a complete design service, Mastercraft Kitchens has recently relocated some 500 metres from its former site to now enjoy a prime roadfront position a few metres from Bunnings. Easy access and parking is welcoming but, most importantly, the spacious, lightfilled showroom is set to present three new kitchens, a laundry and a bar. The first kitchen is already in place and what a showpiece it is. The kitchen features an integrated refrigerator, slim line ceramic top over the under-bench oven unit with induction hobs, engineered stone bench top on the central island, sophisticated Dezignatek cabinetry, innovative shelving and plenty of drawers as well as a fabulous scullery with ample storage. In addition, clever use of woodgrain panelling softens the expanse of white. But there’s so much more to come. Owners Gavin and Margaret Campbell have not only created a sound reputation for quality kitchens, they have ensured control by making their own. The company has a second showroom and its own manufacturing plant at New Lynn. Gavin, who has 40 years cabinetmaking experience, works between the two sites overseeing a skilled team, while Margaret is primarily based at Pukekohe where she relies on long-standing kitchen and interiors designer, Kim Primrose to

come up with winning formulas for clients. “We are proud to be Mastercraft [Kitchens] by name and also a member of the Mastercraft group, a network of leading kitchen designers,” Kim says. “We also design and manufacture laundries, bathrooms, bars and other individual items and are a major supplier to industry leaders such as Navigation Homes, Signature homes, Versatile and A1 Homes. “Naturally, we are members of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA and offer a 10-year guarantee on all custom cabinetry, transferable between owners.” With new suburbs and estates emerging across Franklin and beyond, Kim says when it comes to designing a kitchen,

whether for a new home or a renovation, it’s important homeowners know the options available and to take time to plan layout and functionality as well as good looks. “We welcome all enquiries and with a sample room full of materials, as well as a 3D computer system to clearly depict kitchens, we ensure clients receive a comprehensive and informed service to achieve their dream kitchen.”

121 Manukau Road, Pukekohe Phone 09 239 2226


Visit the Pukekohe showhome – the team would love to meet you to discuss how we can help you into a new Platinum Home KAT5315-v2 | 0508 Platinum (752 846) Visit our Pukekohe Showhome 6 Twomey Drive, Pukekohe

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Hot Spots

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It’s delicious, affordable and in the heart of town – yes, Kathie’s Kitchen at the Franklin Club makes it easy to skip cooking dinner and dine out on a hearty, home-style meal. Regulars know how good Kathie’s menu is and her 3-course Sunday night roast is a local favourite. So good she now offers a roast buffet every fourth Friday of the month. The restaurant open to all Wed-Sun for dinner and Wed-Sat for lunch. Special functions or out catering available too. Club rules apply for the bar but ask Kathie.

Wellingtons Restaurant is located within the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre and overlooks Auckland’s picturesque Panmure Lagoon. Come and dance the night away in Auckland at our Saturday Dine & Dance, with resident band, Tall Order, bring the girls in for High Tea, or join us on Sunday evenings and bring the kids for a night of fun and surprises with award-winning magician, Alan Watson!


Cnr East St & Station Rd, Pukekohe Phone 09 238 9465

Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre 58 Waipuna Rd, Mt Wellington. Phone 09 526 3000 CP2873

10% OFF for pickup

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At The Damn Good Burger Co. in Papakura we live by our motto, “Life is messy, so are our burgers”. All of our meats are free range and ground fresh on the day. We use the highest quality products including Mercer cheese, our sauces (including the “Makers Mark” bourbon sauce) are made in house and all this deliciousness is sandwiched between a tasty Paneton Brioche bun. Order online or dine in, but make it DGB tonight! 145 Great South Road, Papakura Open Wednesday-Sunday 5-9pm Phone 09 299 1180 thedamngoodburgerco

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

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16 Jesmond Rd (just off Karaka Rd), Drury Phone 09 294 6687

Red Shed




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Rice, Courgette & Carrot Fritters These rice, courgette and carrot fritters are the perfect snack or light meal option. They’re a delicious and fun way to incorporate vegetables into your diet and a great way to say no to waste as you can use up any rice leftovers from the night before to create a yummy batch!

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Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 35 minutes Yields: 10 fritters

INGREDIENTS ◆ 1 cup SunRice Medium Grain White Rice ◆ 3 medium courgettes ◆ 1 carrot, grated ◆ 2 eggs ◆ 2 shallots, diced ◆ 1/2 cup all-purpose flour ◆ 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped ◆ 1/4 cup of fresh coriander, chopped ◆ 2 cloves of garlic, crushed ◆ 1/2 tsp of salt ◆ 1/4 tsp of pepper ◆ 1 tbsp olive oil ◆ Juice of 1 lemon Topping (optional) ◆ Sour cream, yoghurt and pesto

METHOD Place SunRice Medium Grain White Rice and 2 cups of water into a medium-sized saucepan, bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stand covered for 5 minutes. Grate the courgette and carrot and place into a clean tea towel and squeeze out excess water – the reason being so the fritters stick together easily when cooking. Place the parsley, coriander, garlic, shallots into a bowl with the courgette and combine. Add the rice, flour, oil, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients together. Heat a frying pan on a medium heat and add oil. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and shape into fritters. Place them onto the frying pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side or until they turn golden and crispy. Once the fritters have cooled down, serve with a dollop of yoghurt, sour cream or pesto and a squeeze of lemon juice. Rural Living — April/May 2019 — 31

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picture gallery A well-executed gallery wall can be a stunning focal point in almost any room but getting the balance right is not always easy. This guide to creating your own collection of photos and prints may help. ◆ Choose a theme. Sticking to a theme will give your gallery wall cohesion. Select a colour scheme or a specific type of image to display. ◆ Select the right wall. Choose a wall with enough space to accommodate what you want to display without crowding the images. ◆ Pick your frames. Opt for identical frames to make an impact, or go for a more eclectic look with frames of different sizes and shapes — just be sure they go together by choosing frames that are the same colour or perhaps two colourways.

◆ Try it out. Before you start hammering nails into the wall, lay out your frames on the floor to make sure you like the arrangement of your chosen images. Altneratively, draw up a plan just ensure it is to scale. ◆ Hang the pictures. To ensure nails/ picture hooks are placed in the right places, make paper cut-outs of each frame, mark where the nails should go, then tape the cut-outs to the wall. When it’s perfect, hammer nails right through each piece of paper directly into the wall, then peel away paper from around the nail. In addition to being a striking focal point in your room of choice, a gallery wall will prove a great place to display your favourite pictures and, if room allows, to add to in the future.

Both a couch and a bed, a daybed is an incredibly versatile piece of furniture which can be used in almost any room without looking like a formal bed. Wondering where to put yours? Here are some ideas to consider. ◆ Home office: By placing a daybed in your home office you can make this room do double-duty as a guest room. When you don’t have visitors, use your daybed as a quiet retreat where you can read a book or take an afternoon power nap. ◆ Under a window: If you don’t have a window seat in your home, a daybed placed under a window makes a wonderful substitute without requiring any heavy-duty renovations. What a great place from which to watch the world go by. ◆ Teenager’s room: A daybed in your teen’s room allows him or her to have a private lounge area for friends who come over while a trundle bed stored underneath will provide for friends who end up sleeping over. ◆ Balcony or deck: Daybeds aren’t reserved for indoor use only. Choose one made from weather-resistant materials and place it on your patio, deck or in the garden. Daybeds come in many different styles, so you’re almost certain to find one that works well in your home, regardless of where you put it.


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We all like to think we won’t fall victim to scam phone calls (or emails) but, the simple fact that these reprobates continue to try to rip good people off proves that vigilance is the price of security. Thanks to these basic tips (kindly provided by ANZ), we can all be just a little better forewarned and forearmed, ensuring such dogs won’t have their day. ◆ Scammers will often insist they have an urgent problem and need your help, such as catching computer hackers or removing a virus from your computer. It’s common for them to tell you a story about how you could suffer badly if you don’t take immediate action. The only ‘immediate action’ you need to take, however, is to hang up. ◆ If you feel the caller is trying to pressure you into giving them remote access to your computer, or handing over password details, hang up immediately. If they say they’re from a particular institution (Windows is commonly used) offer to call them back on the organisation’s published phone number. If they’re a scammer, they’ll decline. ◆ Don’t download any software, even if instructed to do so by the caller – they can be very persuasive, so your best bet is to put the phone down. ◆ If you receive a call, email or text message you’re not sure about ‘Stop and think – is this for real?’ That’s the message in this advertising campaign we’re helping promote.

THE MAKING OF A MANAGER At 25, Julie Zhuo was asked to lead a team. The prospect seemed daunting; especially as no specific training was provided. However, after rising to become a Facebook VP, Julie has accumulated vast experience in adapting to and undertaking management roles, experience she is now shares with the next generation of business leaders. Julie Zhuo: The Making of a Manager | RRP $40 | Virgin Books

HOW TO GET TO THE TOP OF GOOGLE SEARCH Even those who like to shop on the high street may prefer to check out the internet first. So, whatever the nature of a modern business, it pays to avoid being drowned out by competitors on the world’s most popular search engine. In this book, Richard Conway outlines keywords, website content and structure, mobile search and optimisation and tracking tools to reveal... How to Get to the Top of Google Search. Richard Conway: How to Get to the Top of Google Search | RRP $35 | Random House NZ

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Tuakau– GATEWAY TO MIGHTY WAIKATO By Shane Groom, Barfoot & Thompson, Tuakau


he Waikato District Council has identified Tuakau, and the nearby town of Pokeno, as focal points for development. In 2016 the Council was working on Plan Change 16 which was designed to rezone some areas of Tuakau. However, Plan Change 16 was abandoned and withdrawn by the Council because it wanted to amalgamate the old Franklin District Plan and the old Waikato District Plan into one overall plan for the entire district. This plan is called, Proposed Waikato District Plan 2018 (PWDP 2018) (1) Under the proposed plan, a significant amount of currently zoned rural and rural residential land will be rezoned to Village Zone or to full Residential. Considered well overdue, this new proposed plan will pave the way for future population growth. The Council’s recently adopted Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP) identifies

the strong growth it anticipates for Tuakau through to 2061.(2) The LTP states: ‘The highest growth is currently being experienced and is predicted to continue in the urban areas of Tuakau, Pokeno…’ (abridged) The district is experiencing significant pressure for development. Factors driving these growth pressures include: ◆ Qualities and characteristics of the Waikato landscape including bush and coastal environments, ◆ Employment opportunities, ◆ Proximity to the Auckland and Hamilton urban areas ◆ Convenience of rail and strategic road corridors for industries. Submissions to the PWDP 2018 have closed and are currently being reviewed with the first draft due to be released mid2019 – exciting times ahead for us all. Beautifying Tuakau continued in March with the addition of totem poles at the northern entrance and, with three new murals on buildings, the town is looking

sharp, a testament to the town’s folk. A love for outdoor sports sees the Tuakau Sports complex bringing together rugby, league, soccer, cricket, athletics, a youth centre and Waka Ama clubs, all working to enhance an already great community. A fast-growing popular location, situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Tuakau is only 10 minutes to the motorway, north, south or east. It is in close proximity to the Waikato River and a picturesque drive to Port Waikato for sunsets, fishing and surf. Tuakau Village Centre has so much to offer with its quaint main street of shopping cafes, florist, restaurants, bakeries, dairies, antique and second-hand shops. The town also boasts hairdressers and beauty clinics, physio, dentist, doctor, chemists, Post shop and Kiwibank, ANZ Bank, and a library. It is becoming the place to live for those seeking both lifestyle and an affordable home.


MARKET REMAINS STEADY By Darren Szaszy, Barfoot & Thompson, Pukekohe


he Auckland market regained some momentum last month with Barfoot & Thompson sales nearly doubling those of February. March is typically the busiest month of the year for residential sales and, although there is a slight market correction at present, if we compare to the previous year’s sales, rates remain virtually unchanged.  The first two months of this year were the lowest recorded at the start of the year for the past decade. However, sales for March were at 963 which was a vast improvement on those for January and an increase on the 474

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sales recorded in February. New listings in March were at 157, the highest they have been for the past four months but not as high as they have been in March over the past five years. At month’s end, we had 4865 properties on our books, and this represented a level of choice not seen since 2011. An influx of new listings has resulted in a market which supports ‘buyers’ choice’ so, vendors must set realistic expectations as buyers note the changing market conditions and adjust their price expectations accordingly in order to achieve a sale.   Prices remain fairly steady and are showing no inclination to decline or increase. At present lower than usual sales have not transferred to falling prices. The average sales price at $931,673 and the median price at $836,000 also increased from February but considering monthly variations they are very much in line with where they

have been at for the past year. monitored residential auctions throughout the month of March and the overall sales rate was 37%, almost unchanged from the 38% recorded in March last year. Interest rates look like they will be lower for longer with the possibility of falling even further. When the official cash rate is lowered, banks lower their interest rates to encourage lending. This increases spending and investment and can be beneficial for first home buyers and investors keen to add to their property portfolios. Higher interest rates have the reverse effect as people are encouraged to be conservative with their spending which drives prices down and eases inflation. This is where experienced real estate professionals can really add value as they understand the dynamics of such a climate and can assist both vendors and buyers in the negotiation process.

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Light up your life De-cluttering, minimising what you own and generally living a simpler life with less possessions is trending in 2019. Japanese ‘tidying celebrity’ Marie Kondo has kicked off a fascinating movement in ‘organising’ which has taken the world by storm and has now become a New Zealand phenomenon.

De-cluttering doesn’t need to be painful; in fact, it can be fun, so here are 7 creative ways to clutter your home:

Start Small. Give away one item each day. If you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed early into your de-cluttering journey, then before you know it, you will have re-homed a week’s worth and then a month’s worth of items – and not miss them. Fill one bin bag. One of the most

talked about de-cluttering techniques is to grab a simple large bin bag and see how quickly you can fill it. While much of what is collected may well be rubbish, there is also a chance it contains items of value that can be donated to charity.

think back to Front. Hang all the clothes in your wardrobe with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you have worn and which you haven’t, thus making it easier to pass on clothing . make a liSt. Create a list of areas in your home to de-clutter; starting with the easiest – anecdotally this might be the collection of pens which are kept near a phone in your home or near the fridge where you write notes. 36 — Rural Living — April/May 2019

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Do you really need all those pens? Do they even all work? It’s worth seeing how this goes and taking your decluttering from here.

take the 10-10-10 challenge. A simple task of locating 10 items to throw away, 10 items to donate, and 10 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organise 30 things in your house. Once you have done it, maybe you could encourage any other members of your family who live with you to join in.

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experiment with clothing.

Choose some key items of clothing and challenge yourself to only wear those pieces of clothing for a whole month. Challenging yourself in this way will enable you to change your perspective on how easy it is to live with less clothing. Once you’ve nailed this, it can flow on to other parts of your life and home.

USe yoUr imagination. It’s

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Even if you don’t like the idea of throwing away your worldly belongings, you might like the benefits which come along with owning fewer possessions. These include owning less to clean, less to organise, reducing stress, or even the possibility of having more money and energy to put into your hobbies and passions.

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he uninspiring looks of the bulbous, knobbly kohlrabi can see it ignored by veggie shoppers. Green, or sometimes purple with leafy stalks shooting from its top and sides, it has been described as a vegetable ‘sputnik’. It’s name derives from the German ‘kohl’ meaning cabbage and ‘rube’ (rabi) meaning turnip so it is often called the German turnip, a moniker which is unlikely to excite…initially! Yet when it comes to taste, Kohlrabi is mild, sweet and crispy with a hint of radish. What’s more, when cooked properly it has many health benefits. Packed with vitamin B1, C and K, it is rich in dietary fibre, calcium and a wide range of nutrients. To its credit, the bulbous stem and the leaves are all edible, so it’s a wonderful, waste-free vegetable. A member of the brassica family, it isn’t a root vegetable, but rather a stem which swells to its turnip-shape above the ground. This bulb is delicious raw, grated or shaved into slaws and salads. Try roasting or caramelising in the oven, steam it or use it in creamy soup or pureed. Kohlrabi is also a favourite in Indian cuisine, pairing well with Indian spices. Those keen to nurture their own kohlrabi patch should sow Yates Kohl Rabi seeds in autumn, directly where they are to grow, preferably in a sunny garden bed. Cover with a 6mm layer of Yates Black Magic® Seed Raising Mix. Keep moist and seedlings should emerge in 6-10 days. Feed kohlrabi plants each week with Yates Thrive® Vegie & Herb Plant Food, a complete and balanced plant fertiliser which will encourage healthy foliage and plump bulbs. Plants will mature around 8-10 weeks after sowing. Bulbs are best harvested when they’re 3-5 cm in diameter, so they’re tender and tasty. Watch out for snails and slugs, which can rapidly devour young seedlings. A light sprinkle of Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets around the plants will help attract and kill damaging snails and slugs.

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With the cold weather closing in it’s time to prepare the outdoors for the wet, cold months of winter. Get drainage sorted, plant winter greens and clean up fallen leaves off the lawn. Plus, don’t forget to take some time out to enjoy the autumn colours.

In the Veggie Patch • Rhubarb is an old-fashioned favourite – you plant crowns now. Rhubarb ‘Victoria’ is the most common and easy to grow variety

• Sow Chinese Snow Peas now, ensuring you have a wall or a frame for them to reach their mature height of 1.8metres

• Plant seedlings of winter kale, silver beet and bok choi for a supply of winter greens

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• Apply a copper clean-up spray over fruit trees that succumbed to diseases over summer

The rest of the Garden • Get all the spring bulbs planted out now, both in the garden and in pots. Pots of bulbs can be left in shadier areas until you can see their green shoots

• Enjoying autumn colour – the trees and shrubs that produce stunning shades are worth having in the garden – even if it’s only one or two. Take a photo of a tree with excellent foliage colour and identify it, to find out whether you have room to plant one at your place

• Remove the foliage of the common winter roses – hellebore x hybridus - laying bare the base of the plant offers light to encourage the beautiful winter-flowering blooms to grow

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