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Country Life

RNZ New Zealand

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

High Fliers

2/16/2018
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Country Life heads to the top of Mount Murchison for the 2018 Hang Gliding Nationals. Over a week, 60 competitors race to various locations from the scenic Tasman peak. The gliders can reach 9000 feet and travel for up to 120 kilometres in a day. Pilot safety is top priority and organisers say injuries are most likely to happen during take-off and landing. Competitors who don't make it to the race destinations need to find a paddock to land in.

Duration:00:20:03

Crocs and Cattle don't Mix

2/16/2018
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The Mary River in the Northern Territory is one of the most croc-populated waterways in the world. It's also the boundary for Annaburroo Station, and that causes big problems for Adrian Phillips who estimates he loses more than a 100 head of cattle each year in crocodile attacks. From ABC reporter Lisa Herbert.

Duration:00:09:11

Regional Wrap

2/16/2018
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Hawkes Bay apple growers are flat out harvesting Royal Gala, which account for about 40 percent of regions apple crop. Plums are being picked and apple and pear harvesting is due to start soon in Central Otago.

Duration:00:04:46

Heilala Vanilla

2/16/2018
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Our guest today is the co-founder of the New Zealand vanilla company Heilala Vanilla, John Ross. He's in Tonga at present where they have around 40 vanilla farmers producing for them on the island of 'Eua which was right on the path of Cyclone Gita this week. They have other farms on Vava'u which escaped damage. John's on Vava'u and he hasn't been to Eua yet, but says he can guess what it looks like because he's seen cyclone

Duration:00:04:36

The Scent of Lavender

2/9/2018
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Jason and Trisha Delamore purchased Lavender Hill, a three hectare property 30 minutes north west of Auckland city, two years ago. It is a commercial enterprise with lavender plants, a lavender still, 400 olive trees, 200 lemon trees, alpacas and a B and B. They also host hundreds of overseas tourists during the lavender growing season. They've developed a Limoncello and lavender-infused gin. This is a couple who don't appear to sleep.

Duration:00:14:13

Neville Martin's Musings

2/9/2018
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Last year we had a musing penned by Neville Martin. He was the Dairy Board's spokesman for many years, and he was talking about growing kohlrabi in the days well well before it was fashionable. After going to the effort of growing it, his father deemed it unfit for eating. Today he's grazing over various farming terms that he picked up as a young child during many farm visits.

Duration:00:04:33

Happily Hydroponic

2/9/2018
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Phil Tregidga's family pioneered hydroponic growing in New Zealand. Almost four decades later he's still using the hydroponic system to grow all manner of herbs and vegetables with his wife Jenny and new boss, their daughter Liz.

Duration:00:12:40

New Zealand India Apple Partnership

2/9/2018
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New Zealand apple experts are working with growers in Himachal Pradesh to improve production of the region's apple trees.

Duration:00:05:32

Regional Wrap

2/9/2018
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The Gisborne region is flush with feed. Some Marlbourough grape growers have been battling powdery mildew and botrytis thanks to unusually moist conditions.

Duration:00:07:01

Forging Ahead

2/2/2018
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The blacksmith's shop in Teddington is one of the few operating blacksmith forges in New Zealand. It opened for business in 1889 but as horses gave way to vehicles, the demand for a blacksmith waned and it eventually closed. The building lay derelict until 2015 when it was restored by members of the local community. Retired blacksmith Les Schenkel agreed to take on the running of the smithy and he has transformed it into a busy, working blacksmith's shop.

Duration:00:19:26

Dinky Donkeys

2/2/2018
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American Miniature Mediterranean donkeys were introduced to New Zealand 17 years ago Marion and Peter van Dijk have 20 of them. The little, very expensive donkeys can all be traced back to the island of Sardinia and range in size from 76cm to 90cm tall.

Duration:00:12:07

Public garden helps refugees settle

2/2/2018
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It has only taken half a hectare of land to make regional Victoria, Australia feel like Africa.

Duration:00:08:57

Regional Wrap

2/2/2018
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East Coast cropping farmers are flat out. Sweetcorn is coming to an end, the first shipment of squash has left for Japan and brassica crops are maturing quickly. A storm on the West Coast has damaged crops, brought down trees and left a farmer in Hokitika without power in his milking shed.

Duration:00:05:29

Guest

2/2/2018
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Farm consultant Gary Massicks says the feed cupboard is bare for many downland Manawatu farmers.

Duration:00:03:19

Curious Croppers

1/26/2018
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Heirloom tomatoes can be gnarly, luscious, beautiful and extremely difficult to grow. Angela and Anthony Tringham like to grow 'show off' tomatoes. They persevere with about 40 varieties in their greenhouses near Clevedon, south-east of Auckland.

Duration:00:17:49

Growing Greens

1/26/2018
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Spring Collective is a co-operatively run organic market garden. A year ago Penny Sewell, Dominique Schacherer and Logan Kerr pooled their resources, secured an eight hectare block in Leeston and started growing vegetables. Now they employ three full-time staff and are looking for more fertile land to lease. Their business supplies fresh produce to the local community through farmers markets, veggie boxes, restaurants, and organic wholesalers.

Duration:00:12:02

Harvesting Blackcurrants

1/26/2018
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The blackcurrant crop has been harvested and volume is down on last year says Geoff Heslop, a Canterbury blackcurrant grower, cropping farmer and chairman of Blackcurrants New Zealand.

Duration:00:08:28

Regional Wrap

1/26/2018
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Most of the North Island is looking surprisingly green, Marlborough is too but farms at the bottom of the South Island are experiencing drought-like conditions

Duration:00:06:59

King Tides Devastate Farms

1/26/2018
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More than 90 percent of the pasture on Andrew Davis' Miranda farm has been killed by sea water sitting on his paddocks for days. His farm was inundated by king tides and a storm in earlier this month.

Duration:00:04:07

Full Episode for Friday December 26, 2017

1/26/2018
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Curious Croppers, Growing Greens, Harvesting Blackcurrants and the Regional Wrap.

Duration:00:51:01

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