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


Taewa for Tea

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:38:00 +1200

Māori potatoes (taewa) grown at Koukourārata Marae have been selling like hot cakes at farmers' markets around Christchurch – and all profits are going back to the marae.

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Good Growers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:19:00 +1200

Marian and Graham Hirst started growing applies 28 years ago. They've had a good 2016, winning a number of business awards, but it hasn't always been easy on their Hawkes Bay orchard.

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Pens for Calves

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:14:00 +1200

Dairy farmers around the country are having to build new pens to hold calves about to be trucked off their properties. The new regulations for the design of the pens aim to limit opportunities for the animals to be mishandled.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

In Canterbury it's been dry enough for stock to make good use of feed and even put on condition. Most of the North Island had a good dollop of rain late in the week.

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Country Life full episode for Friday 23 June 2017

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:00:00 +1200

Full Episode for Friday June 23, 2017: Taewa for Tea, Good Growers, Pens for Calves and the Regional Wrap.

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Popular Poplars

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:45:00 +1200

Former forester Tim Forde believes the humble poplar is one of the most under-rated trees in New Zealand. The trees on his farm are being milled and used for decking, polo mallets, toys, furniture, fence battens and panelling.

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A Hunting We Will Go

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:30:00 +1200

Simon Guild runs the High Peak Game Estate on the family farm in the Canterbury High Country. Trophy hunters from around the world visit the scenic property to shoot red stag, fallow bucks, wild goat, feral sheep and wild boar.

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Canaries of the Waterways

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:20:00 +1200

Caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies are considered 'canaries of the waterways' as they thrive when water quality is good and the first to disappear when it isn't.

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Dr Tom: Health Checks @ Fieldays

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Rural people often have poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts so with that in mind, for the first time at fieldays there was a dedicated health hub.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:10:00 +1200

The price of kumara has shot up because a bad growing season, coupled with appalling weather during the main harvest time in autumn, has seen a 35% drop in volume compared with normal years. Heavy frosts hit Marlborough this week but the days were gloriously fine for pruning grape vines.

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Perfectly Pink

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

In the past few years there's been a new feature on the rural landscape. Pink Bales of silage have appeared - and when they're lined up and interspersed with white bales they look like giant marshmallows in paddocks. Farmers have made a conscious decision to go pink as part of a fundraising effort for a breast cancer charity Sweet Louise.

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Full Episode for Friday June 16, 2017

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:01:00 +1200

Popular Poplars, A Hunting We Will Go, Canaries of the Waterways, Dr Tom: Health Checks @ Fieldays, Perfectly Pink and the Regional Wrap.

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Double Dutch

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:35:00 +1200

Karin Bos and Tineke van de Heide – registered nurses originally from the Netherlands – are living the dream on a farmlet in Banks Peninsula.

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Big River FM turns 20

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:23:00 +1200

Big River FM hit the airwaves in the Northland town of Dargaville on Valentine's Day 1997. Today, thanks to the determination of passionate volunteers, the radio station is stronger than ever.

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A View from Above

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Drones are increasingly being used in forestry, farming and orcharding. They're zeroing in on diseased trees in forestry plantations, are making sure kiwifruit growers haven't planted more gold kiwifruit than their license allows and are identifying dangerous slopes on farms.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:10:00 +1200

Mild, calm weather has been good for vegetable crops in the Pukekohe district and in Otago, electric pruners are chopping through the work in apricot orchards.

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Deer Diary

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

The chair of Deer Industry New Zealand, Andy MacFarlane, says deer farmers have a spring in their step because of strong venison prices, expanding markets and good, stable returns for velvet.

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Full Episode for Friday June 8, 2017

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:01:00 +1200

Double Dutch, Coming of Age - Big River turns 20, A View from Above, Deer Diary and the Regional Wrap.

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Making Motutapu a Legacy

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:28:00 +1200

Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf is pest-free DOC-owned land and home to brown kiwi, saddlebacks and takahe – but the main activity comes from a commercial beef farm.

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Potty About Crayfish

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:15:00 +1200

As a child, Dennis Burkhart pulled up crayfish pots by hand with his brother Trevor. In 1975, the pair bought a small processing factory and now their company is of NZ's leading exporters of live crayfish to China.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:10:00 +1200

On Central North island hill country farms second shearing continues and farmers are cracking on with maintenance. In Canterbury large numbers of dairy cows have moved from dairy farms to support blocks and runoffs.

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Riding High

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Kurow stock agent Madison Taylor is the Heartland Bank Young Auctioneer of the Year and has competed as a bareback rider in an annual Trans-Tasman rodeo challenge.

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Country Life for 2 June 2017

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:05:00 +1200

Kurow stock agent Madison Taylor, crayfisherman Dennis Burkhart and farming on Motutapu Island.

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Let's Get Trapping

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:29:00 +1200

In order to control rats, stoats, possums and feral cats on Banks Peninsula, ecologist Alison Evans has started a library in Little River that loans traps and cages to locals free of charge. She also runs a pest control programme in the Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve, a rare remnant of Podocarp forest that is home to nesting morepork.

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Berries and Cream

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:26:00 +1200

Jan McIntyre is a former dairy farmer turned blueberry grower who lives between Morrinsville and Matamata in Waikato. She teamed up with jersey farmers from down the road and now uses their cream to make artisan ice-cream.

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Sustainable Solutions

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:14:00 +1200

The Sustainable Farming Fund is about to notch up its 1000th project. Since the fund's inception 17 years ago, $135 million has been allocated to projects initiated by farmers, foresters and horticulturalists across the country.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:08:00 +1200

It's been foggy, frosty and wet in the North Island and belatedly the green kiwifruit harvest is starting to hum. Meanwhile in Central Otago, temperatures have been below zero and stock are being fed plenty of supplements.

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A Fright for Feijoas?

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Frans de Jong grows thousands of feijoa trees near Matamata in Waikato. He's keeping a close eye out for evidence of guava moth or myrtle rust in his orchard.

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Shanghai Pengxin Go It Alone

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:29:00 +1200

This week the state owned farming company Landcorp came to the end of its four year sharemilking agreement to run 16 central and southern North Island farms for the Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin. The high profile farms were formerly owned by the Crafar family and went into receivership seven years ago. Turning the rundown farms around was much more difficult than either party predicted. It's been a testing time but both parties are proud of the progress that's been made.

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Shear Warmth

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:26:00 +1200

Lyn Neeson and her daughter-in-law Monique Neeson were looking at the wool cheque from the family's remote King Country farm and thought there must be a way to earn more from wool. They now make old-fashioned lambs' wool blankets.

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Eco System Engineers

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:14:00 +1200

AgResearch scientist Nicole Schon works wonders with worms. Her research shows a healthy worm population can promote pasture growth as well as help water move through soils. As part of her work she set up The Great Kiwi Earthworm Survey in 2015 to find out where earthworms are located. Farmers were asked to participate in the survey to help build a national picture of earthworms.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:06:00 +1200

The dairy season is coming to an abrupt halt in the North Island and in the South, winter's made an appearance.

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Full Episode for Friday May 19, 2017

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:03:00 +1200

Country Life finds out about the first ever major Chinese/NZ government pastoral farming joint venture and where it's at now as Landcorp hands the management of the former Crafar farms back to Shanghai Pengxin, AgResearch scientist Nicole Schon works wonders with worms and Lyn Neeson and her daughter-in-law Monique Neeson are making old-fashioned lambs' wool blankets.

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Go with the flow

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:29:00 +1200

Last November's 7.8-magnitude earthquake has altered the course and flow of the Clarence River in southern Marlborough, creating new challenges for farmers and new possibilities for a local rafting operation.

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Lifestyle lessons

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:23:00 +1200

The Lifestyle Block website has been running for 17 years. It's kept up with the times running webinars and talk back forums. It has thousands of "hits" every day, and not just from New Zealanders.

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Bow ties and backpacks

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Julian Goulding has swapped city life and a corporate wardrobe for bare feet, a t-shirt and life in the King Country. He's moved to Taumarunui where he has started a custom-made bow tie business, works with students at the local high school, and shuttles cyclists and walkers to the Timber Trail. He says he's never been happier.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:09:00 +1200

Rain arrived onto already wet pastures in the North Island and in the South, it's becoming too cold for the grass to grow in Central Otago.

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Dairy Doldrums in Australia

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:05:00 +1200

Brett Worthington is the head of the rural news department for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He explains why some Australian dairy farmers are taking legal action against the company they supply.

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Full Episode for Friday May 5, 2017

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:03:00 +1200

The changing landscape of the Clarence River, dairy woes in Australia, the Regional Wrap, 17 years of advice to life-style block owners and bikes and bowties in Taumarunui.

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