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A weekly programme of issues and stories of particular concern to the rural community, and also of interest to a general audience.

A weekly programme of issues and stories of particular concern to the rural community, and also of interest to a general audience.
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Location:

Wellington, New Zealand

Description:

A weekly programme of issues and stories of particular concern to the rural community, and also of interest to a general audience.

Language:

English

Contact:

PO Box 489, Hamilton 07 8580729


Episodes

Horse Power

5/25/2018
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Raquel Walker's equestrian performance coach Jeanette Garrett created a programme that enabled the disabled rider from Motueka to compete in last year's Special Olympics. She competed in the CI grade and won a silver and two bronze medals.

Duration:00:20:45

Regional Wrap

5/25/2018
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The country's transformed in the past week from cruisy autumn to wet and cold. Kiwifruit harvesting still has a long way to go.

Duration:00:05:04

Human v Horse

5/18/2018
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The Human v Horse event is a marathon over steep hill country with a twist - it's a race between two legs and four.

Duration:00:20:46

Ewe Milk Me

5/18/2018
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Julie Brownlee's Neudorf Valley sheep milking operation supplies milk to Thorvald, a company that produces sheep's milk cheese and yogurt in a factory right next to Julie's milking shed.

Duration:00:11:58

Going Year Round

5/18/2018
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Horowhenua asparagus grower Geoff Lewis is setting up tunnel houses to grow strawberries. The aim is to provide year round work for people who used to just work seasonally for him.

Duration:00:03:53

Marvellous Murupara

5/11/2018
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Young backpackers visit the struggling town of Murupara on a Stray bus tour of NZ. The money they're bringing in is making a tangible difference. The host's motto: Change a town through tourism.

Duration:00:19:30

Real Country

5/11/2018
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Laura Douglas has set up a tourism venture in Kingston that gives visitors to Queenstown the chance to experience a taste of the country-side.

Duration:00:12:09

Kiwifruit Cash

5/11/2018
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Kiwifruit grower David Jensen is managing to get labour to harvest his fruit but acknowledges a shortage of staff generally. Gold growers are making good money this year, but he says that doesn't mean they will next year, or they don't get hit with hail, so simply increasing pay rates to entice more workers to pick fruit, isn't the only solution.

Duration:00:06:32

A Farmer and a Filmmaker

5/4/2018
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Converting to organics has been a rewarding challenge for filmmaker and farmer Gaylene Barnes and her brother Andrew. They grow vegetables commercially on the family farm at Highbank in Canterbury. Growing food is part of a long term rehabilitation plan for Andrew after suffering a traumatic brain injury three years ago. Gaylene's latest documentary "Seven Rivers Walking" premiered at last year's Christchurch International Film Festival.

Duration:00:22:12

The Apple Gang and Apple Grower

5/4/2018
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We talk to an apple harvesting gang about their job, and an apple orchardist who says proposed wage increases will cost him an extra 75 thousand dollars a year which he probably can't recoup.

Duration:00:06:55

Regional Wrap

5/4/2018
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Many North Island areas received good volumes of welcome rain last weekend, some dairy herds are being dried off and the South Island feijoas, apples and kiwifruit are filling Tasman's cool stores.

Duration:00:05:27

Full Episode for Friday May 4, 2018

5/4/2018
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A Farmer and a Filmmaker, Investing in Hops, An Apple Gang and Grower, Ag-Tech Hackathon and the Regional Wrap.

Duration:00:50:49

Perfect Storm Hits Horticulture

4/27/2018
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A massive shortage of seasonal labour that affected this year's apple harvest is now flowing on to kiwifruit. As that crop hits its peak harvesting time, they're short of over a thousand workers for both picking and packing. The shortage is due to far fewer backpackers opting to do horticultural work, lower unemployment levels, there are fewer Indian students around because regional business schools have shut down, and there's 20% more kiwifruit to pick. The apple crop was 10% larger.

Duration:00:23:35

Metal Roads and Home-made Meals

4/27/2018
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Niki Guy-Junker lives nine kilometres from her letterbox in Central Otago. She grows most of the produce she needs to make ready-to-eat meals for elderly people in Roxburgh, Clyde and Alexandra.

Duration:00:11:52

Feedback

4/27/2018
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A listener recalls rabbits running riot in the Lindis Pass area.

Duration:00:01:16

Regional Wrap

4/27/2018
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Many North Island areas are looking forward to forecast rain this weekend. Northern Southland's having a magnificent autumn.

Duration:00:05:51

Full Episode for Friday April 27, 2018

4/27/2018
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The rigours of shearing, Niki Guy Junker and her meal service and the labour shortage in our apple and Kiwfruit industries.

Duration:00:51:02

The Return of the Rabbits

4/20/2018
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Rabbit numbers have exploded in Otago in the past year and Shaun Moloney is contracted to help farmers and grape growers get rid of them.

Duration:00:15:01

Future Farmers

4/20/2018
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Hundreds of children around the country are competing in the AgriKids regional finals. The aim of the competition, organized by New Zealand Young Farmers, is to promote the fun side of farming and help children develop skills. Twenty four teams took part in the Tasman final. Challenges included judging sheep, fixing fences, riparian planting and putting together a shearing hand-piece. The tops teams will head to Invercargill in July for the grand finale.

Duration:00:12:13

Apple Angst

4/20/2018
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Simon Easton is an enthusiastic apple grower in the Tasman region. He has 60 hectares of apples, so is in the middle of the range when it comes to orchard size. He has about another month of picking left and says this year he's struggled to find enough workers. He says every year for the past five, it's got harder and harder, with fewer kiwis appearing each summer, but this one takes the cake.

Duration:00:06:57

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