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Country Life takes you down country roads to meet ordinary people achieving their dreams. We live in a beautiful country...



 



How country clubs earn their bread and putter

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:46:00 +1300

A few of New Zealand's 400 golf courses have 1,000-plus members, but others just a couple of dozen. Country Life visits four country courses in the North Island to see how they are managing to keep the clubhouse doors open.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171013-2146-country_clubs-128.mp3




A Cafe in the Corner

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:27:00 +1300

Pirinoa Station has been in the same family for 140 years. Now the old blacksmith's shop, in a tiny corner of the farm, has been transformed into a cafe.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171013-2127-a_cafe_in_the_corner-128.mp3




A wealth of opportunities for NZ wool in the States

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:15:00 +1300

Stephen Fookes is a US-based New Zealander manufacturing three, high-value NZ wool-based products for American customers: wool pillows, wool chilly bins, wool insulation panels


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171013-2115-wealth_in_wool-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:10:00 +1300

Waikato has had a break from relentless rain this week but Canterbury has had plenty; 100 mils fell across the region halting cultivating, drilling and the spreading of fertiliser.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20171013-2110-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday October 6, 2017

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:03:00 +1300

Exciting prospects for our cross bred wool thanks to high value products in the USA, and country golf - just how do those clubs keep going...


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171013-2103-full_episode_for_friday_october_6_2017-128.mp3




Down to earth: the benefits of biological farming

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:46:00 +1300

The cornerstone of soil consultant Rob Flynn's philosophy is that agriculture is a biological system, not a chemical system. One of his clients is North Canterbury farmer Russell Rudd, who has been using biological nutrients to enhance crop yields and animal performance on his 600-hectare beef, sheep and deer farm for the past nine years.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171006-2146-down_to_earth-128.mp3




To-wood the future

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:27:00 +1300

Precision-bred trees will be central to our economy as wood-based products replace plastic and glass fibre in laptop cases, car interiors and even aeroplanes, a molecular geneticist says.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171006-2127-designer_trees-128.mp3




However you slice it

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:15:00 +1300

Chris Thorn turned his passion for hunting and curing wild meats into a business that produces venison salami from locally shot deer. He and his wife Sally's Gathered Game salami sells in in specialty food stores around New Zealand.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171006-2115-slicing_salami-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:10:00 +1300

Docking has continued in King Country this week between the showers and despite muddy tracks and puddles in gateways. Wairarapa is looking lush, The planting of fodder beet and barley crops is underway in Canterbury.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20171006-2110-regional_wrap-128.mp3




NZ Young Farmers Windfall

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:07:00 +1300

The New Zealand Young Farmers organisation has been gifted a 74 hectare dairy farm (by the late Donald Pearson) on the outskirts of Auckland. The aim is to use the property as a demonstration farm for city kids. Plans are still being finalised but Young Farmers national chairman Jason Te Brake says they hope to showcase horticulture, sheep and beef, and dairy operations, as well as some of the primary industry roles needed beyond the farm gate.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171006-2107-nz_young_farmers_windfall-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday October 6, 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:01:00 +1300

Chris Thorn has combined his love of hunting and curing wild meats into a business that produces venison salami from locally shot deer; unpicking the DNA of pine trees with Scion and biological farming in Canterbury.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20171006-2101-full_episode_for_friday_october_6_2017-128.mp3




Old dogs, new homes

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:40:00 +1300

In the past five years, Retired Working Dogs Adoption has rehomed hundreds of huntaways, eye dogs and beardies that are too old to work, have been injured or are just not up to the job.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170929-2140-old_dogs_new_homes-128.mp3




Pleased to meat you

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:25:00 +1300

Farming couple Duncan Smith and Annabel Tapley-Smith took over the butcher's shop in the central Hawkes Bay town of Waipawa this July. They're selling beef and lamb from their farm just down the road and business is taking off.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170929-2125-waipawa_butchery-128.mp3




One Thousand Programmes... and Counting

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:14:00 +1300

Country Life first went to air in January 1997 - it was the year the rabbit calici virus was smuggled into the country and milk trains were trialled.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170929-2114-one_thousand_programmes_and_counting-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:07:00 +1300

In Horowhenua and it's hard to get any summer crops into the ground. Asparagus harvesting is underway but yields are down on last year. A good weather week in Canterbury has seen a flurry of activity on farms as things again dry out from a previously wet week.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170929-2107-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday September 29, 2017

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:03:00 +1300

On Country Life old working dogs are given a new life, the programme's just clocked up its 1000th show ...we reminisce about some of the stories covered in that first year, Waipawa Butchery in Central Hawkes Bay.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170929-2103-full_episode_for_friday_september_29_2017-128.mp3




Miraka's on the moove

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:40:00 +1200

The small Māori-owned dairy company Miraka exports milk powder to 26 countries from a factory near Lake Taupo. Recently, they've expanded into value-added UHT milk and have just launched a fruit smoothie.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170922-2140-miraka_on_the_move-128.mp3




Country Pubs - Blackball Hilton

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:38:00 +1200

A series of short radio programmes produced in 1986 by Brendan Gray looking at some of New Zealand's more colourful historic hotels. From Nga Taonga Sound and Vision Archives.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170922-2138-country_pubs_-_blackball_hilton-128.mp3




Tiny trees aplenty

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:25:00 +1200

Rangiora Nursery grows more four million tiny trees a year for high-quality forest and shelter tree cuttings. Owner Derrick Parry employs up to 60 seasonal workers at the busiest times.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170922-2125-trees-a-plenty-128.mp3




Tackling red needle cast

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Red needle cast is a relatively new disease hitting pine plantations in New Zealand and retarding tree growth. Plant pathologist Dr. Nari Williams has been looking at ways to manage it.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170922-2115-tackling_red_needle_rust-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:12:00 +1200

Hill country Wairarapa farmers are expecting grass growth to rocket away after recent rain. Calving is drawing to a close in Southland and lambing has settled down after a run of wet weather.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170922-2112-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Beetlemania

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Dr Shaun Forgie is a dung beetle expert specialising in dung beetle reproduction, ecology and evolution. His company, Dung Beetle Innovations, supplies farmers with dung beetle packages to assist with the removal of pastoral dung from agricultural livestock.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170922-2106-beetlemania-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday September 22, 2017

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:01:00 +1200

Miraka on the Move, Trees-a-Plenty, Country Pubs, Beetlemania and the Regional Wrap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170922-2101-full_episode_for_friday_september_22_2017-128.mp3




For the llove of llamas

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:40:00 +1200

There are only two guanaco studs outside of South America - one is run by Keith Payne in North Canterbury. Big Ears Llama Ranch is home to around 50 of the sturdy camelids.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170915-2140-long_live_llama-128.mp3




The Kiwi sheep dogs working in Japan

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:25:00 +1200

For 20 years, Ross MacDonald and his teams of NZ shepherds and working dogs have entertained millions of people at farm shows in Japan.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170915-2125-a_canine_konnichiwa-128.mp3




Bio-plastic fantastic

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Fruit and vegetable growers and other primary producers are looking with new eyes at the waste they produce. Now paua shells, flax, waste from grapes and kiwifruit can be used as ingredients in bio-plastics.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170915-2115-paua_plastic-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Canterbury is drying out, allowing crops to be planted and paddocks that were in Kale and Beet cultivated. The North Island had a very warm end to the week.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170915-2106-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday September 15, 2017

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:03:00 +1200

Big Ears Llama Ranch, A Canine 'Konnichiwa', Paua Plastic and the Regional Wrap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170915-2103-full_episode_for_friday_september_15_2017-128.mp3




Under the Knife and On the Go - New Zealand's Surgical Bus

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:40:00 +1200

Country Life joins nurses, patients and the surgeon onboard New Zealand's mobile surgical bus. For 15 years, the 'operating theatre on wheels' has been rolling into rural towns to deliver health care.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170908-2140-operations_on_wheels-128.mp3




Dairy NZ fronts up

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:25:00 +1200

Dairy NZ head Dr Tim Mackle says he's happy to talk to environmental groups about cleaning up waterways, but blanket calls for fewer cows or an end to irrigation aren't the way to go. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170908-2125-dairy_nz_fronts_up-128.mp3




Country Pubs - Lake Ianthe Tavern

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:15:00 +1200

A series of short radio programmes produced in 1986 by Brendan Gray looking at some of New Zealand's more colourful historic hotels. Lake Ianthe Tavern in South Westland once had a mobile licence so it could move as the road was pushed further south. Publican Carol Mulholland talks about some of the hotel's traditions and holding a drinking session in the bush once a year.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170908-2115-country_pubs_-_lake_ianthe_tavern-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:06:00 +1200

The North Island is still swimming in water with regular heavy downpours, but ground temperatures are picking up. Temperatures are moving up in the South Island too, but the West Coast had a horror week of weather.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170908-2106-regional_wrap-128.mp3










As busy as a bee

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:40:00 +1200

James Malcolm first got the honey bug from a beekeeper who worked on his parents cropping farm near Ashburton. Now the hard working 29-year-old owns thousands of hives.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170901-2140-the_future_is_looking_sweet-128.mp3




Carrot Gold

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:25:00 +1200

Sue Deadman has been growing vegetables for 30 years, specialising in carrots for more than 20. You can taste the difference between a sweet Ohakune carrot and those grown elsewhere in NZ, she says.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170901-2125-carrot_specialists-128.mp3




KPMG's Ian Proudfoot on challenges to primary producers

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Ian Proudfoot says an agraian revolution is happening world wide and current farming models will have to change.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170901-2115-challenges_to_primary_producers-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardists are struggling to complete winter work because of the rain, but daffodils are looking cheerful on roadsides. There's been flurry of activity on arable farms in Canterbury as growers prepare ground for planting spring crops, although everything has ground to a halt again with rain at the end of the week.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170901-2106-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday September 1, 2017

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:01:00 +1200

The Future is Looking Sweet, Carrot Specialists, Challenges to Primary Producers and the Regional Wrap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170901-2101-full_episode_for_friday_september_1_2017-128.mp3