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Farming group fears dwindling of rural lifelines

Neal WallaceMay 13, 2024
Issues with roads, postal services and now copper-based landlines all add to connectivity problems.

Country Women’s Collective directory launched

Farmers WeeklyMay 7, 2024
Rural Women NZ gather details of country businesses online.

How to keep the cash flowing in rural NZ

Neal WallaceMay 6, 2024
Reserve Bank to launch a series of trials to test ways of getting banknotes to and from country towns.

‘Don’t sideline valuable rural resource’

Farmers WeeklyMar 27, 2024
Farming leader urges civil defence planning for natural disasters to make use of local knowledge and expertise.


Covid has stark lessons for rural healthcare

Covid has stark lessons for rural healthcare

Farmers WeeklyMar 4, 2024
Academics argue for new way of approaching health initiatives in isolated areas.
From a spark to a wildfire in a flash

From a spark to a wildfire in a flash

Craig PageFeb 16, 2024
A Methven crop farmer was about to finish harvesting at midnight when a truck caught alight.
Covid study shows up urban-rural gaps

Covid study shows up urban-rural gaps

Farmers WeeklyFeb 14, 2024
Study analyses vaccination uptake during peak vaccination rollout in 2021.
Gabrielle’s bruises still fading

Gabrielle’s bruises still fading

Richard RennieFeb 9, 2024
Richard Rennie looks back over the past year of devastation, recovery and community strength.
Brisk uptake of new telehealth service

Brisk uptake of new telehealth service

Neal WallaceJan 26, 2024
Holiday makers visiting rural NZ a fair proportion of users of after-hours health referral and advice facility.
Thefts ‘kick in the guts’ for cyclone volunteers

Thefts ‘kick in the guts’ for cyclone volunteers

Federated FarmersJan 25, 2024
Farmers on the East Coast are facing a hard enough time without criminals slowing down the recovery process and adding to their costs.
Survey underlines case for more rural police

Survey underlines case for more rural police

 The Federated Farmers surveys indicate statistics around outcomes are worsening, which may help explain why farmers aren’t reporting crime.   
Reserve Bank to trial rural cash solutions

Reserve Bank to trial rural cash solutions

Neal WallaceDec 5, 2023
Innovative solutions sought for lack of banking in remote areas.
New rural after-hours telehealth service launched

New rural after-hours telehealth service launched

Farmers WeeklyNov 20, 2023
Dedicated number provides access to diagnosis, advice and referral.
Boost for healthcare in North Canterbury

Boost for healthcare in North Canterbury

Annette ScottNov 15, 2023
Health and wellness facility planned for a vacant site next to Amberley shopping centre.
Tsunami of flood claims starts to abate

Tsunami of flood claims starts to abate

Farmers WeeklyNov 14, 2023
FMG has resolved 80% of Cyclone Gabrielle and Auckland flooding insurance claims.
Handy Landys recognised for helping out

Handy Landys recognised for helping out

Farmers WeeklyNov 14, 2023
Students ready to come to the aid of rural communities at a moment’s notice.
Rural heart-attack patients get worse care than urban: study

Rural heart-attack patients get worse care than urban: study

Farmers WeeklyNov 13, 2023
Patients at rural hospitals experienced delays in receiving an angiography, national study of 26,000 cases found.
There’s life in some ‘zombie towns’ yet

There’s life in some ‘zombie towns’ yet

Richard RennieNov 2, 2023
The prospect of rural NZ being filled with ‘zombie towns’ is not as likely as it once seemed, but challenges still remain for many.
From the Road: A personal view of the South Island

From the Road: A personal view of the South Island

ShepherdessOct 31, 2023
Shepherdess picks some favourite photos out of Robin Morrison's expressive depictions of the splendour and people of the South Island.
Stud devastated by theft of cattle

Stud devastated by theft of cattle

Gerald PiddockOct 30, 2023
‘Years of breeding to make up’ after more than 50 head rustled by thieves from South Auckland stud.
Birth unit closures threaten to strand rural Waikato women

Birth unit closures threaten to strand rural Waikato women

Richard RennieOct 6, 2023
Operators claim the unit had seen only 40 parents use the facility so far this year – and that only six women went into labour.
35,000+ tune in live to Rural Issues Debate

35,000+ tune in live to Rural Issues Debate

Federated FarmersSep 22, 2023
A live studio audience of 300 farmers, along with 35,000+ online viewers, got to see spokespeople from the major political parties go toe-to-toe discussing the big issues impacting rural NZ.
Overseas GPs offered $20,000 ‘relocation funds’ to work in rural NZ

Overseas GPs offered $20,000 ‘relocation funds’ to work in rural NZ

Neal WallaceSep 8, 2023
Rural Health Network wins funding from Health NZ to support recruitment for primary care practices.
Still going strong two decades after first print run

Still going strong two decades after first print run

Farmers Weekly first saw the light of day on September 3, 2003.
Marking 20 years of Farmers Weekly ‘doing it for farmers’

Marking 20 years of Farmers Weekly ‘doing it for farmers’

Bryan GibsonSep 7, 2023
Farmers Weekly was launched as a rural publication in September of 2003 by Dean Williamson and Tony Leggett.
Prepare for wildfire as risky season nears

Prepare for wildfire as risky season nears

Neal WallaceSep 1, 2023
Fire and Emergency shares hot tips for how to prevent and survive fires.
Rising debt threatens sector’s wellbeing

Rising debt threatens sector’s wellbeing

Neal WallaceAug 28, 2023
Interest-only debt showing sharpest rise as producers tighten belts.
Pay deal could worsen rural nursing shortage

Pay deal could worsen rural nursing shortage

Neal WallaceAug 18, 2023
New equity agreements exclude those working in community and primary facilities.
Plea from the provinces as election nears

Plea from the provinces as election nears

Guest writerAug 15, 2023
Environment Canterbury wants politicians to remember the world beyond the Beehive.
Ag holding its own in Otago, study shows

Ag holding its own in Otago, study shows

Neal WallaceAug 15, 2023
Sixty-six percent of region’s land devoted to primary production.
South Otago rural health entities join forces

South Otago rural health entities join forces

Farmers WeeklyAug 14, 2023
Five services sign up to ‘collaborative network’.
Cyclone-hit farms pin hopes on spring

Cyclone-hit farms pin hopes on spring

Richard RennieAug 11, 2023
The six months of wet weather that followed Gabrielle’s devastation have meant a long hard slog for the east coast.
Healing from a high country tsunami

Healing from a high country tsunami

Bryan GibsonAug 11, 2023
There are years of work still ahead and good neighbours to help them get through it say the farmers of Pātoka’s cyclone-hit lands. We chat to some of the farmers in our latest In Focus podcast episode.
Taking a hard look at what sustainable farming looks like post-Gabrielle

Taking a hard look at what sustainable farming looks like post-Gabrielle

Neal WallaceAug 11, 2023
The toll taken by Cyclone Gabrielle is opening eyes to the way the land is worked.
Holding line on quality as cyclone waters rose

Holding line on quality as cyclone waters rose

Bryan GibsonAug 11, 2023
Tom Lane had to contend with flooding at home and hugely disrupted production at his day job as general manager commercial at Rockit Apples.
Cyclone lights fire under Land for Life 

Cyclone lights fire under Land for Life 

Richard RennieAug 11, 2023
Farm restoration scheme finds new urgency on flood-hit farms.
Bringing seed know-how to cyclone silt battleground

Bringing seed know-how to cyclone silt battleground

Neal WallaceAug 11, 2023
Tolaga Bay livestock once again cropping flood-hit paddocks – with a bit of help.
Cyclone-hit farmer ‘looking forward to spring’

Cyclone-hit farmer ‘looking forward to spring’

Bryan GibsonAug 11, 2023
Good mates from around the country stepped in to help restore Tim Nelson’s farm and get it through the wet winter after Gabrielle hit.
Govt spends $50m on fire station upgrades

Govt spends $50m on fire station upgrades

Farmers WeeklyJul 31, 2023
Boost for regional firefighting as 26 stations improved over past three years.
Wider role for vet techs as shortage hits

Wider role for vet techs as shortage hits

Neal WallaceJul 28, 2023
Veterinary Council takes three-pronged approach to addressing need.
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