Thursday, April 25, 2024

Land Champions

We celebrate domestic and imported land champions, from the Italian clan that owns a slice of North Otago wool production to the teacher rebooting ag education in the hort heartland if western Bay of Plenty.

Exiting DairyNZ director excited for the future of dairy

Exiting DairyNZ director excited for the future of dairy

Annette ScottDec 18, 2023
Colin Glass has stepped down from DairyNZ with plans to plunge deeper into dairying itself.

Restaurant features the best of local produce

Alan EmersonDec 18, 2023
A converted church in the middle of nowhere is proving a draw in its new life as a restaurant featuring the best of local produce.

Rural community repays the favour to good neighbour

Alan EmersonDec 18, 2023
Michael Taylor has volunteered his time for the good of his community for decades. When the cyclones hit, his community got a chance to repay the favour.

A quarter-century of care for the environment

Hugh StringlemanDec 18, 2023
Rural professional Helen Moodie has spent 25 years in Northland conservation and consulting roles, helping farmers and other landowners with her knowledge and enthusiasm.


Water storage and ice cream frame Murray King’s life

Water storage and ice cream frame Murray King’s life

Hugh StringlemanDec 18, 2023
Nelson-based Murray King has combined dairying with irrigation, a 20-year pattern he began in his time at Lincoln University
BOP teacher reboots hort in growers’ heartland

BOP teacher reboots hort in growers’ heartland

Richard RennieDec 18, 2023
Award-winning educator Hilary Johnson has watered, fed and nurtured the teaching of horticulture at Katikati College, and is now seeing it bear fruit.
A piece of Italy in North Otago

A piece of Italy in North Otago

Neal WallaceDec 18, 2023
Reda, the Italian fabric manufacturers and owners of Otamatapaio Station, celebrated 30 years on the property in true Italian style last month – by throwing a party.
Looking back on a velvet revolution

Looking back on a velvet revolution

Neal WallaceDec 18, 2023
As a deer-farming family prepares to hold its 37th and final stag sale, David Stevens recalls a career that was sparked by a fascination with genetics.
Hanging ten while you’re hanging tough

Hanging ten while you’re hanging tough

Craig PageDec 18, 2023
The healing power of the ocean on the body and mind were the inspiration for Surfing for Farmers, an initiative that has NZ farmers taking regular saltwater therapy.
No surrender in decades-long war on weeds

No surrender in decades-long war on weeds

Richard RennieDec 18, 2023
After decades on the frontlines, AgResearch’s Dr Trevor James is still waging a battle against the upstarts of the plant world.
E-bike touring a new challenge for Wairarapa woman

E-bike touring a new challenge for Wairarapa woman

Alan EmersonDec 18, 2023
Bundle of energy Lucinda Maunsell is channelling it into a 65km bike trail in the Tinui Valley and beyond – and that’s just the start.
Champions here for one another

Champions here for one another

Bryan GibsonDec 18, 2023
The wonderful thing about our small towns and rural communities is the way people are there for each other, writes Bryan Gibson.
Communication key to sustainable communities

Communication key to sustainable communities

Annette ScottDec 18, 2023
Principles of sustainablity ‘are equally relevant to other parts of our lives’ says Ashburton Water Zone Committee member Anglea Cushnie.
Keeping things lawful and orderly in the Wairarapa

Keeping things lawful and orderly in the Wairarapa

Alan EmersonDec 18, 2023
Alan Emerson has high praise for the Rural Policing Team in his corner of Wairarapa.
A lifetime of helping farmers get the basics right

A lifetime of helping farmers get the basics right

Annette ScottDec 18, 2023
Retired farm systems scientist Tom Fraser is a straight talker who takes pride in getting the basics across to farmers.
Community wraps around new hop-growing operation

Community wraps around new hop-growing operation

Gerhard UysDec 18, 2023
A conversation over a pint sparked the idea for a hops farm in northern Southland. Soon the whole community was involved.