Rural Women

Taranaki winter tough for agriculture student from Costa Rica

A nappy-wearing lamb called Watemelon was raised by Costa Rican student Carina Chavez during her stay with top Taranaki ...

Costa Rican university student Carina Chaves was unprepared for winter when she started work in July on a Taranaki dairy farm. 

Berry grower top rural woman

Marian Hirst from Bay Blueberries with rows of flowering bushes.

Bees mean berries and right now the Hawke's Bay orchard is full of black and yellow winged helpers.

Chamber executive leaves to focus on blooming business

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce CEO Dot Kettle has resigned.

Chamber chief executive Dot Kettle says goodbye to pay attention to family business.

Making money from four leaf clovers

Maybe there is a market for authentic lucky leaves?

OPINION: Is there a river of opportunities for alternative income from the farm?

Tractor book captures hearts video

Sophie Siers with her muse, Allis the Allis Chalmers tractor built in the 1940s.

Hidden in the Hawke's Bay hills is a famous red coated girl, Allis Chalmers the tractor.

Oh honey: Where's the perfect swarm? video

Gina Hartley wanted to start a third hive when a swarm flew off before she could get them.

Taranaki woman struck gold when perfect swarm of bees stopped in her garden, but she wasn't buzzing for long.

Dealing to mastitis

Dairy Women's Network Southern Hub leader Katrina Thomas says good animal health is crucial in dairying.

Mastitis costs the New Zealand dairy industry millions of dollars each year in lost production and treatment.

Taking on a new challenge

After winning the 2015 Manawatu Dairy Manager of the Year title, Renae Flett is setting her sights on winning Share ...

A showjumping career came to an abrupt halt for a Manawatu farmer who has found passion in dairying.

Challenges for beef and sheep farmers

There is plenty for sheep and beef farmers to focus on as they manage their busiest time of the year.

It's a physically and mentally demanding time of year for beef and sheep farmers.

Willis St office floor for sale

Level 8 of Crowe Horwath House on Willis St, is for sale by private treaty, with a possible lease arrangement with the ...

Prime office space in Wellington CBD is up for sale.

Farmer florist

Jeanine Wardman farmer florist

Jeanine Wardman must have one of the best offices in Marlborough.

Helensville loses its grand dame at 106

Annie Narbey, known as Jean passed away on September 4 2016 aged 106.

Helensville lost a valued part of its living history last week after Anne "Jean" Narbey passed away at the age of 106.

Crayfishing in a family's blood

Burkhart Fisheries owns a large slice of crayfishing quota in New Zealand.

The two brothers earned so much money, so quickly, there were whispers they were drug runners.

Social media helps rural women

Having family or a close friend visit regularly is not always a possibility for some women living in rural New Zealand.

Social media is a friend to country women and their families dealing with the downside of isolation.

It's all about the cows

Guidelines for the construction of dairy manufacturing premises like the new milk treatement process area at Fonterra's ...

Owning a dairy farm gives a Taranaki woman a unique perspective into her role as a food safety and regulatory professional in the dairy industry.

Red devon breeder worried about TB effect

New Zealand Red Devon Cattle Breeders' Association president Karen Schumacher, of Inglewood, led a delegation to the ...

A New Zealand red devon breeder says bovine tuberculosis in UK herds is reducing the breed's gene pool.

Southland farm consultant a woman of influence

Financial farm consultant Bex Warburton.

Bex Warburton is a woman of influence.

Spring festival promises day out for Cheviot farmers

Spring daffodils in the Cheviot Domain will be a major attraction for the Cheviot Spring Festival on September 10.

The Cheviot Spring Festival promises a day off the farm for farmers under pressure from the drought, and a chance to celebrate spring with their friends.

Counting your blessings down on the farm

Joyce Wyllie of Kaihoka collects her fresh fish from the mudflats.

OPINION: To be thankful and focus on good things doesn't change circumstance but does alter outlook and impact on others.

Gun database challenged

The law and order select committee is investigating how to keep guns out of criminal hands.

Some gun owners feel putting information online is "actually creating a shopping list for criminals."

Positive outlook for Southland sheep farmer

Southland sheep farmer Jo Horrel says gaining more business knowledge has given her a positive outlook on the sheep industry.

Jo Horrell is feeling positive about the future of this country's sheep industry.

Scanning the numbers to be ready for spring

The team scans the ewes at Kaihoka to see how many lambs are expected in spring.

OPINION: Lambing time is a lasting memory of spring.

Ayrshire pedigree shines through

Ayrshire champion Kylee Perrett has won a national award for her contribution to the breed.

It's all in the breeding for a young Taranaki sharemilker.

First female president for Jersey NZ

Alison Gibb and husband Russell have been farming for 32 years at Taupiri in the Waikato where they run Zenith Jerseys.  ...


Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Pondering the ramifications of Brexit

Lyn Webster says although the world is crying out for protein, no-one seems to want to pay for it.

Globalisation is the process by which businesses develop international influence or start operating on an international scale.

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

The Brexit effect

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is working closely with New Zealand Government ministers and officials to ensure the Brexit vote ...

Kirsten Bryant ponders the effect of the Brexit vote.

Alliance woos its women farmers

Captain of New Zealand's butchery team  the Sharp Blacks Corey Winder shares some of his secrets with Alliance Meat ...

The Alliance meat co-op is holding a second series of women's workshops around the country.

'Dairying is my life'

Rebecca Keoghan says the dairy industry has always gone in cycles and probably always will but farmers will be stronger ...

Dairy Woman of the Year Rebecca Keoghan recognised for ten years of outstanding contribution to the dairy industry.

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