Rural

Online calf club saving farmers beef?

Mycoplasma Bovis has had a big impact on the dairy farming industry and is currently threatening our calf clubs. Calf Club NZ, an independent calf club run by farmers for farmers, have organised an online calf club for kids so that they don’t miss out. Joshua Herbes and Michelle Burgess, creators of Calf Club NZ, said “calf clubs help link […]

Need more kids?

Matt Bolton has been running the Oete goat farm in Patumahoe for five years. As calf clubs approach, he and the team are letting the community know that this is the place to be if you need more kids. The farm has around 2500 does, each one averages two kids, meaning there’s plenty of little ones for calf club days. […]

Yana’s Yarn— 10 July 2018

I was chatting with some friends last week about the power of words. We could all recall moments where people had spoken into our lives with passion and encouragement. Likewise we could also recall moments where negative words had been spoken to us or about us. Realising that we could remember both the good and the bad we decided where […]

Where does all our lettuce go?

The next time you tuck into some McDonald’s, spare a thought for the 815,000 kilograms of lettuce used, that is grown by our local farmers in Pukekohe as well as in Ashhurst in the Manawatu. All that lettuce is comparable to the weight of 402,500 pairs of gumboots. If that’s not enough McDonald’s sourced over 91 million buns, rolls, bagels […]

Tree planting kicks off tree projects

Many hands make light work and that was true on Saturday 23 June as volunteers from the area gathered to help plant trees on the Muir farm. Steph Martin of the Goodness Grocer was the recipient of a $300 donation, thanks to a local with a passion for the environment. The money was donated to anyone with a tree project, […]

Local farmers informed about Mycoplasma Bovis

A meeting about the Mycoplasma Bovis disease was held at the Pukekohe Indian Hall on Monday 11 June. Speakers including David Yard (MPI Response Coordinator), Nita Harding (vet for DairyNZ) and Dr Eve Pleydell (Biosecurity NZ vet) informed farmers about the reality of the disease. Mycoplasma Bovis is a bacterium that causes illness in cattle. It doesn’t affect humans or […]

Celebrating 100 years

Pukekohe vegetable growers have plenty to celebrate this year with the centenary of the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association (PVGA). To mark this occasion, the PVGA will be holding a Centenary Gala Dinner in September 2018. The association has operated in various forms as a grower organisation since the early 1900s with 1918 the official beginning of the PVGA. They represent […]

Franklin grower on Hort NZ board

Horticulture New Zealand announced the new directors on their board recently. Franklin’s Bernadine Guilleux from Balle Bros Pukekohe is one of the elected two. Growing is part of Bernadine’s identity. She comes from a line of growers, from her great grandfather who set up his farm on Pukekohe Hill after returning from WW1, to her father and his brothers for […]

Pukekawa local wins big

Trent Hewes, a 19 year old from Pukekawa, won the Intermediate title at the Golden Shears of Great Britain on Thursday 31 May. Trent has been shearing for two and a half years now, but he’d only been shearing in England for a month leading up to the Royal Bath and West Show competition in Somerset, England. “It means a […]

Meet Brad, our bachelor bat

A couple of Patumahoe residents got a surprise when a native neighbourhood bat settled in a corner of their veranda. Their new guest – around the size of a thumb and weighing around 10g – is intriguing biodiversity specialists. Long-tailed bats, found only in New Zealand, usually roost in trees and are a sociable species, living in colonies with 10 […]


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