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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

Chanelle O'Sullivan is a lot more than just a farmer's wife

10/19/2018
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The South Canterbury mother-of-two is developing an educational virtual reality programme with her husband Dave, a support hub for rural start-ups in Timaru and on the side is a marketing specialist and social media maven running the super-successful Facebook pages Farming Mums NZ and Just a Farmer's Wife.

Duration:00:18:55

International comment with Special Trade Envoy

10/19/2018
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Mike Peterson says rules around the use of the weed killer glyphosate are likely to change and US President's China trade block could have an impact on our beef and dairy exports.

Duration:00:05:25

Brexit: The Impact of a No-Deal

10/19/2018
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Jeff Grant is New Zealand's representative in London keeping an eye on Brexit negotiations and what they may mean for our red meat exports to the UK and EU.

Duration:00:11:21

Regional Wrap

10/19/2018
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In Waikato cows are milking well, maize is going in, silage is being cut, asparagus is shooting away. Farmers in South Otago are preparing paddocks for winter crops.

Duration:00:07:01

Heilala Vanilla turns 10

10/19/2018
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Tauranga's Heilala Vanilla has just over 60 hectares of vanilla growing in Tonga. A far cry from a decade ago when the company founders had a few plants growing in their bathroom.

Duration:00:05:11

Full Episode for Friday October 19 2018

10/19/2018
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The Country Life team finds out about the impact Brexit is having on British lamb and chicken producers; New Zealand's Special Trade Envoy Mike Peterson fills us in on what's happening with the use of glyphosate around the world... And a Temuka woman is developing a virtual reality based programme to promote primary industry careers. She also runs a very popular facebook page for farming mums.

Duration:00:50:14

The flourishing Far North food forest

10/12/2018
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When you visit Klaus Lotz on his small plot of community-owned land in the Far North settlement of Matapouri you'll first be offered a cup of coffee. That might seem like commonplace Kiwi hospitality, but what he's offering is a coffee heated with biogas made from cow dung recently collected in a wheelbarrow. If you take milk, it will have come from the goat living beside the greenhouse. The goats are fed on branches from Klaus's flourishing – and profitable – food forest in which he uses...

Duration:00:22:00

Dare to work with Deer

10/12/2018
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The deer industry is looking to attract skilled, enthusiastic newcomers. Many deer farming pioneers are now wanting to retire.

Duration:00:10:34

Regional Wrap

10/12/2018
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Welcome rain has fallen in the North and South Island. Substantial snow has fallen in Central Otago but elsewhere in the south lambs are growing well in good conditions.

Duration:00:04:45

Country Life for 12 October 2018

10/12/2018
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Regenerative agriculture in Northland. What do we taste and why do we like it? The deer industry is looking to attract skilled, enthusiastic newcomers.

Duration:00:50:15

Take a sip: tasting beer with Dr Roger Harker from Plant and Food Research

10/12/2018
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There are some jobs that you just wouldn't mind having – Dr Roger Harker's is one. Part of his job is finding out what people like to eat and drink... and why. As head of the Consumer & Product Insights team at Plant and Food Research, Roger's work focuses on flavours – and more recently, emotions – associated with new products.

Duration:00:10:39

The European-born couple living self-sufficiently in the Taranaki Hills

10/5/2018
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When Hans Michel was in town and plugged his rural adress into the GPS just for interest, it didn't give him directions, it just told him to drive a long way. And it is. Hans and his family live almost self-sufficiently near Tarata in the Taranaki Hills. They farm Wiltshire sheep on their picturesque, incredibly tidy property; milk goats to make dairy products, generate electricity, hunt for meat and grow an abundance of fruit and vegetables.

Duration:00:21:14

Regional Wrap

10/5/2018
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Waikato welcomed a drink this week and the West Coast is flush with grass.

Duration:00:07:16

Drought in Fiji

10/5/2018
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A prolonged dry spell in rural Fiji has small landowners struggling to survive. A severe water shortage means it's only available for household use, not farming. Livestock are being sold and vegetable crops are failing.

Duration:00:04:10

Full Episode Country Life for 5 October 2018

10/5/2018
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Country life meets a European couple who have create their piece of paradise deep in the Taranaki hills. And Kerepehi, population 429. The local school principal calls it 'The City of the Hauraki Plains.' .

Duration:00:50:46

Undie FiveHundy: Kerepehi, city of the Hauraki Plains

10/5/2018
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There may only be one shop and 429 residents, but if you want takeaways at 7:30 in the morning you can get them in Kerepehi. Country Life talks to some locals about what makes their little town special.

Duration:00:16:50

Up the creek and off the grid: putting the power back into West Coast farming

9/28/2018
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Graham Berry has a dairy farm just south of Franz Josef. The born-and-bred West Coaster borrows water from a creek on DOC land to drive a 55-kiloWatt, hydro-electric scheme.

Duration:00:20:46

Japanese brides like white orchids, so Pieter Rensen grows them

9/28/2018
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Every year, Pieter Rensen grows more than 300,000 stems of white miniature cymbidiums in his greenhouses near Pukekohe. Three-quarters of them are exported to Japan for weddings and funerals.

Duration:00:13:22

Fruitful results for Vietnam's dragonfruit industry

9/28/2018
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Plant and Food Research scientists are collaborating with partners in Vietnam to boost that country's dragonfruit industry. They've found a way to train the plants that could double production.

Duration:00:07:28

Regional Wrap

9/28/2018
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Marlborough farmers and grape growers have been revelling in the sunshine. In the North Island it's been bitterly cold in places and wet - again.

Duration:00:07:12