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Sidhu’s farm commission

Andrew Flay is not sure why his farm was selected for a visit from Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu, but he made certain she had a real ‘down on the farm’ experience. Sidhu, who was…

Getting our plans sorted

The Environment Court proceedings for Plan Change One (PC1) have concluded, and we are now awaiting a decision which is due in the middle of this year. The new Government has signalled they intend to…

Looking at the impact of 1080

In December 2023 the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released its aerial 1080 poison annual report. The report states that of the 55 aerial operations undertaken in 2022, 24 incidents were self-reported by contractors and 25…

Learning out in the cold

At the beginning of November Linda Mulvihill flew to Ushuaia, Argentina, boarded a ship and began a 19-day voyage to Antarctica. “It takes two days to travel from Ushuaia across the Drake Passage, which is…

A burning issue

Work has been underway by Waikato Regional Council (WRC) for much of the past year preparing for our 2024–34 Long Term Plan budget. We are looking to go out to the public with our formal…

The ploughman’s legacy

GRAHAM FREEGARD: 10th October 1931 – 3rd DECEMBER 2023 Graham Freegard – a man known as much for his ploughing skills and love of tractors as for his brightly painted tin hat – died earlier…

Youngsters get tips from the top

Pirongia School called in a couple of trailblazers for last week’s second running of the school’s Young Farmer Competition. Principal Kelly Bicknell invited 2023 Young Farmer of the Year winner Emma Poole and her husband…

Into the blue…

Twelve months ago, Waipā’s Monavale Blueberries was dealt the cruellest of blows. The 2022-23 crop from a 44ha orchard boasting than 30 varieties of blueberries in flower was literally frozen to death by a five…

A burning issue

Over 900 submissions were received by Waipā District Council on the Waste-to-Energy incinerator consent application in Te Awamutu. That’s a record number. A large majority were in opposition. So why the concern? The proposal, yet…

Our future – my views

Andrew Myers has succeeded retiring Waipā ward member Mike Montgomerie on the Fonterra Cooperative Council and shares his thoughts today. For those of you that don’t know me, I live in Roto-o-Rangi between Cambridge and…

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