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...

Water proposals a ‘long time coming

By SHELLEY TOPP Government's new water quality and environment proposals are long overdue, despite being criticised by some farmers, a prominent Waikari water activist says. "It...

Government looks to get tough on rustlers

By SHELLEY TOPP Tough new measures to deter livestock thefts have been announced by Justice Minister Andrew Little. Rustlers now face a maximum of seven years...

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'...

Cowboy challenges at Gracebrook

By SHELLEY TOPP Cowboys and their mounts turned out in force at the Gracebrook Equestrian Training Centre in Amberley last Sunday. Organiser of the Cowboy Challenge...

New Chilean needle grass site identified at Waipara

By ROBYN BRISTOW Chilean needle grass (CNG) has been found on a property in Waipara, North Canterbury, taking the total number of infestations in the...

High hopes for Kaiapoi River infiltration trial

By David Hill An infiltration trial in Kaiapoi River's upper reaches has delivered promising early results. A three-year trial being carried out by Environment Canterbury (ECan)...

Waipara food grower the driving force behind Eat New Zealand

Garden bounty . . . Angela Clifford picking globe artichokes in her garden at The Food Farm in Broomfield, near Amberley.PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP By SHELLEY...

Sophie has a nose for truffles

Nose to the grindstone . . . Sophie is busy with her truffle-hunting endeavours. Photos: Amanda Bowes   By AMANDA BOWES Harvesting truffles is no trifling task,...

Riverbed policy condemned

Riverbed controversy .. Hurunui farmer Dave Holland, left, with Rural Advocacy Network chairman Jamie McFadden. Mr Holland's pasture below them, beside the Hurunui River,...
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