Committee is broken – advocate

  By ROBYN BRISTOW The Hurunui District Council has been challenged to withdraw from the Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee. Rural Advocacy Network (RAN) chairman Jamie McFadden questioned the...

Sad end too life of farming

By ROBYN BRISTOW Dealing with Mycoplasma boviswas not the way Cheviot couple Richard and Jane Maxwell wanted to end their farming careers. "It is our lifetimes'...

MPI moves to allay fears around Mycoplasma bovis

By David Hill Government officials have sought to allay the fears of North Canterbury farmers around Mycoplasma bovis. Nearly 200 farmers turned out at the Amberley...

Historic church repairs finally under way

‘‘Several hundred tonnes of church’’ was hauled on to red zone land this week. Kaiapoi’s St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church building was moved on to neighbouring...

Much still muddies issues around fresh water

Not feasible ... Having rules forcing farmers to install fences to exclude stock from all hill country waterways is impractical, cost prohibitive and environmentally...

Adventures of a country vet

Hogan's hero . . . Retiring vet Noel McGirr with one of his mates, Hogan, at the family property near Amberley. PHOTO: AMANDA BOWES   By...

Ben digs deep for local wildlife

By David Hill A Hurunui farmer has been doing his bit to protect native fish on his property. Ben Ensor, who has farmed Willowgrove for 15...

Dry conditions are beginning to bite

Dry . . . North Canterbury farmers are looking to the heavens for rain to boost growth and kick winter feed crops along. Photo:...

Curious tale of Cheviot dwarf

By SHELLEY TOPP When Angela Clifford insisted on giving me four rare heritage tomato plants last spring, I asked her not to. Angela is chief executive...

St James horses go under hammer

Off to new lives .. Four of the horses offered for sale are run into the yards. PHOTO: GAVIN MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY   By ROBYN BRISTOW...
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