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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

Big Ears Llama Ranch

9/15/2017
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Keith Payne runs one of only two guanaco studs outside of South America. His Big Ears Llama Ranch in North Canterbury is home to about 50 of the sturdy camelids that have been used in South America as pack animals for centuries. Keith is also an avid trekker and has built up a wealth of information about how to safely train and trek with llamas.

Duration: 00:18:54


A Canine 'Konnichiwa'

9/15/2017
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In the past 20 years, millions of people have been entertained by Ross MacDonald and his teams of New Zealand shepherds and working dogs at three farm show venues in Japan.

Duration: 00:13:02


Paua Plastic

9/15/2017
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Paua shells. flax and waste from grapes and kiwifruit are being used as ingredients in bio-plastics.

Duration: 00:10:52


Operations on Wheels

9/8/2017
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The Mobile Health surgical bus travels the length of the country taking medical services to rural communities. Country Life joins nurses, patients and the surgeon on-board the bus as it pulls in to Taihape,

Duration: 00:21:45


Dairy NZ Fronts Up

9/8/2017
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The head of Dairy NZ, Dr Tim Mackle, talks about farming more environmentally and how will we achieve swimmable rivers and lakes. He says Dairy NZ is happy to talk to any environmental groups about cleaning up waterways, but blanket calls for fewer cows or no irrigation isn't necessarily the way to go. He admits some catchments are "over-allocated" when it comes to cow numbers, and that needs sorting out, but guidelines need to be catchment by catchment based.

Duration: 00:16:44


Country Pubs - Lake Ianthe Tavern

9/8/2017
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A series of short radio programmes produced in 1986 by Brendan Gray looking at some of New Zealand's more colourful historic hotels. Lake Ianthe Tavern in South Westland once had a mobile licence so it could move as the road was pushed further south. Publican Carol Mulholland talks about some of the hotel's traditions and holding a drinking session in the bush once a year.

Duration: 00:02:45


The Future is Looking Sweet

9/1/2017
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Nine years ago James Malcolm got the honey bug from a beekeeper who tended to the hives on his parents cropping farm near Ashburton. Now the hardworking 29-year-old owns a business called Natural New Zealand Honey that has nearly 4,000 hives on properties between Ross and Fox Glacier on the West Coast and from the Waimakariri River to Kaikoura.

Duration: 00:16:04


Carrot Specialists

9/1/2017
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Sue Deadman has been growing vegetables for 30 years but has specialised in carrots for more than 20. She says you can taste the difference between a sweet Ohakune carrot and carrots grown elsewhere in New Zealand.

Duration: 00:12:12


Challenges to Primary Producers

9/1/2017
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Head of global agribusiness for KPMG Ian Proudfoot says an agraian revolution is happening world wide and current farming models will have to change. He says dairy companies need to think of themselves as protein or nutrient companies, not dairy companies. Traditional cow's milk cheese or yoghurt will be in chillers with 10 other protein products.

Duration: 00:14:20


Regional Wrap

9/1/2017
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Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardists are struggling to complete winter work because of the rain, but daffodils are looking cheerful on roadsides. There's been flurry of activity on arable farms in Canterbury as growers prepare ground for planting spring crops, although everything has ground to a halt again with rain at the end of the week.

Duration: 00:05:56


Full Episode for Friday September 1, 2017

9/1/2017
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The Future is Looking Sweet, Carrot Specialists, Challenges to Primary Producers and the Regional Wrap.

Duration: 00:50:34


Gutsy Gusta Peach: Part Two

8/25/2017
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Gusta Peach is 87 years old. She came to New Zealand in 1951 to be a land girl. Her dream started as a 3 year old after seeing a cow girl in a Dutch picture book. Her life took her from Indonesia to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Britain, and finally New Zealand and working on the land. Her life as a shepherd is what I thought we would be talking about, but her story roams from a human skull on her mantle piece to lost love with a married man and buried cars in Indonesia during WW2.

Duration: 00:15:59


Gutsy Gusta Peach: Part One

8/25/2017
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Gusta Peach is 87 years old. She came to New Zealand in 1951 to be a land girl. Her dream started as a 3 year old after seeing a cow girl in a Dutch picture book. Her life took her from Indonesia to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Britain, and finally New Zealand and working on the land. Her life as a shepherd is what I thought we would be talking about, but her story roams from a human skull on her mantle piece to lost love with a married man and buried cars in Indonesia during WW2.

Duration: 00:13:01


The Icing on the Cake

8/18/2017
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Baking and preserving enthusiasts Edna Crawford and Ruth Wheeler have been judging and competing on the North Canterbury A&P show circuit for over 50 years. They believe that the often stringent rules of entry surrounding ingredients, form and taste must be respected by the next generation of competitors to insure the cooking sections at rural shows don't lose their integrity and character.

Duration: 00:21:28


Free As a Bird

8/18/2017
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Each week Kelly Phelps rescues between 100 and 200 battery hens. She prepares the chooks for 'life on the outside' before they head off to lifestyle blocks, urban sections and to dairy farms around the country.

Duration: 00:12:38


Taking on the Giant

8/18/2017
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The giant willow aphid is infesting willows, apple and pear trees, some native trees and shelterbelts on some kiwifruit orchards. Entomologist Stephanie Sopow is heading to the United States to search for and bring back a tiny wasp known to kill the aphid. The parasitic wasp will undergo two years of testing to see if it is suitable for release in New Zealand.

Duration: 00:09:15


Regional Wrap

8/18/2017
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It's sounding like a broken record, but apart from Hawkes Bay and East Coast, it's still exceedingly wet everywhere in the North Island. The South Island's also very wet apart from South Otago and Southland.

Duration: 00:05:50


A Talk Fest Part Two

8/11/2017
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Country Life this week is hosting a round table discussion looking at some of the key challenges facing farming in New Zealand. There are two who earn their living as dairy farmers, and two who are rattling the cages and saying current farming models need changing. At the end of the day everyone really was "on the same page".

Duration: 00:17:23


Regional Wrap

8/11/2017
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The North Island's still totally over flowing with water and in the South Island, Marlborough farms are well into lambing while those in Southland are just starting.

Duration: 00:04:56


Book Winner

8/10/2017
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Country Life received lots of emails for the draw to win the book "Should Meat be on The Menu" by Australian author David Mason-Jones. The winner is Peter Neilson.

Duration: 00:00:45

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