Honouring a lifetime of military preservation

Rotorua community stalwart Phyllis Sturmfels, who wrote fetchingly about the world war service of her father and husband, recently died just several weeks after the publication launch of those war experiences. Ninety-two-year-old Phyllis – known...... Read More

Hatching a plan to rescue chickens at school

Going to school usually doesn’t involve rescuing, raising and showing rehab chickens – but it does at Kaharoa School near Rotorua. The school has even introduced rescued battery hens to their traditional ag day – an idea hatched by...... Read More

A passion for Welsh ponies

Ninety-year-old Marian Lusby has only just hung up her boots as the In Hand Welsh Section Convenor for the Cambridge A & P Show. For more than two decades, Marian organised the pure and part bred classes for Welsh ponies. Latterly that included arranging...... Read More

National 4x4 trials to roar in the Waikato

A sport of finesse and precision – and a true test of man and machine – is happening in Hamilton on February 9 when the fourth round of the 2018/2019 National 4x4 trial series roars into town. “Thousands of spectators are expected...... Read More

Plenty to see and do at Tauranga show

Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show kicks off the local show series on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at the Tauranga Racecourse on Cameron Rd, Greerton. With all the fun of ‘country meets city’, the public are encourage to come along and enjoy getting...... Read More

Strongmen, wood-chopping, vintage vehicles & more

  Katikati A&P Show is about community bringing the town and country together one day each year for a wonderful event, says show president Louellen Davies. “The Kati Kati A&P Show was first held on March 13, 1913, on a Thursday to enable...... Read More

Inventing a footwear biosecurity system for farms

Hamilton husband-and-wife team Rusty Knutson and Jacqui Humm have invented a compact, portable system to clean and disinfect footwear before entering farms, orchards and nurseries. The idea came from Rusty’s 15 years of international travel “where...... Read More

New leaders elected to Hort NZ

Long-time kiwifruit grower and industry leader Barry O’Neil becomes Horticulture New Zealand’s president and chair this month, replacing Julian Raine who has stood down to pursue business interests. Horticulture NZ’s board elected...... Read More

Making hay while the sun shines

Haymaking was always an essential part of farming. A weather-dependent and often-thwarted task, carried out by those with a passion for machinery and a love of the land. Nowadays other products such as silage and haylage have overtaken hay in popularity,...... Read More

The importance of cycling

At a recently held farmer information day on the coming changes to soil fertility programmes, soil tests from a highly productive intensively farmed pastoral property were presented. The tests were taken prior to the introduction of a biologically-based...... Read More




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