Rural Women

It's a busy life down on the farm

"Chewing the fat" over lunch at the farm walk at Turimawiwi.

OPINION: People often ask `what do you do out there in the country?''

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

Silent killers find new home

A paddock full of scotch thistle at Kaihoka in Golden Bay.

OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.

Two women in young farmer final

Sam Heaven competing in 2010.

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

Punters lose place of worship

Linkwater Country Inn publicans Sandy, left, and Robin Templeman have decided to sell the business after 20 years.

Everybody loves a Sunday session, but these Marlborough locals stick to it religiously.

Speed second for women shearer

Marlborough shearer Sarah Higgins will have it "sorted" when she competes in the All Nations shearing competition at ...

Marlborough shearer Sarah Higgins is ready to fire for the All Nations shearing championships in Invercargill.

From Au pair to dairy worker

Loving the rural life and all it has to offer is what keeps Kate Scott happiest.

English lass finds her niche in rural New Zealand.

Top riders battle it out

Janine Taylor on Little Peptoes Chance

Instant Whizz was the mount of the new national futurity cutting champion Barry Ladd.

Less palm kernel, more fishing

Linkwater dairy farmers, from left, Nigel and Chris Morrison, with daughter Karen, intend to wind down from long hours ...

Marlborough Sounds dairy farmer Nigel Morrison is winding down from a lifetime of working 16 hour days.

War declared on lagoon rats

New rat traps to be used for predator control at Grovetown Lagoon

Predator control project will help protect and attract more rare birds, such as bittern, rail, and crakes who nest on the lagoon.

Agri-business star in the making


Rising star of Maori agri-business Ash-Leigh Campbell is relishing her new role with Ngai Tahu Farming.

Cutting cows on horseback

Janine Taylor on Little Peptos Chance. T

Cutting cows on horseback takes the utmost skill and will be on display soon in Canterbury.

This farming mum's in charge

Caroline Smith juggles farming with caring for daughters Clara and Holly.

Don't ask to be put through to Caroline Smith's husband. He doesn't run the farm.

'Valued and connected' in dairy

Karen Forlong credits a lot of her growth and personal wellbeing to being part of the Dairy Women's Network.

Anne Boswell talks to an Atiamuri dairy farmer who can't sit still, busy with family, friends, land and organisations helping farming women succeed.

Taking stock: Over 800 of them

Sheep waiting in the stock truck, ready to be unloaded at the Feilding saleyards.

Reporter Karoline Tuckey hitches a ride for a day of stock trucking.

The gift of a new year

The fertiliser goes on to keep the grass healthy at Kaihoka.

Farmers have the next 52 weeks to build budgets, make decisions, read meat-works schedules on Fridays and manage other challenges and changes.

Mental guru says farmers need to connect

All Blacks psychologist Gilbert Enoka told farmers at the Dairy Environment Leaders Forum that "life is about the ...

All Blacks psychologist Gilbert Enoka is urging farmers to relate to their urban cousins.

Family has rodeo in the blood.

Patrick and Deanna McCarthy, of Hawea Flat, with Chad, 18. Patrick McCarthy has won many of his national titles with Chad.

There's been a McCarthy compete at every one of the Wanaka Rodeo Club's events since 1963.

Taranaki women graduate from AWDT programme

Taranaki's Rachel Short,  Bev Gibson and Tracey Polson are among 15 women who have just  graduated from the Agri-Women's ...

A Taranaki graduate of an agricultural leadership programme says it's a journey of self-discovery.

Burned by political correctness video

Chancellor Chris Kelly has been sacrificed on the political correctness barbecue.

OPINION: Chris Kelly's female vet comments may have caused "hurt" - but that's not to say he was wrong.

Massey boss slammed over comments

Massey University chancellor Chris Kelly.

University chancellor under fire for saying female vet graduates worth "two-fifths" of a fulltime equivalent vet.

The busy life of a shepherd

Modern day sheep farming on the hills at Kaihoka.

The flocks are much changed, but modern sheep farmers still face the challenges of shepherds of centuries ago.

Leading scientific research in Taranaki

Debbie McCallum has been appointed to the role of regional science co-ordinator for the new Dairy Trust Taranaki.

A respected Taranaki farm consultant will lead dairy research in the region.

Culture change needed before safety on farms improves

A culture change will lead to better safety on farms.

New laws only go so far in effecting positive changes in health and safety on farms.

Talented mum up for Fonterra council

Mother, businesswoman and farmer Michelle Pye is standing for election for the Fonterra shareholder council

Michelle Pye hopes to become a South Canterbury representative on the Fonterra shareholder council.

Many career options for today's students

Today's school students may average five career changes and 17 jobs,

Young people should develop a strong base on which they can build a career, says Kirsten Bryant.

Honouring a valuable friend, mentor and colleague

Dick Wenzel, Joyce Wyllie and Joan Reilley - "vet 1"," vet 3" and "vet 2" in Golden Bay.

OPINION: During his life Dick Wenzel touched so many lives in so many ways and I am grateful that mine was one of them.

Boots were made for hiding

Elsie Astwood, of New Plymouth, celebrates her 100th birthday on November 14 2016.

Centenarian didn't want schoolmates to make fun of her boots.

Proving farming isn't just for boys

Sophie Atkinson loves the farming life, and says it's not even work because she enjoys it so much.

Sophie Atkinson started helping her dad move sheep as soon she took her first steps. Now, at 26, she has her own farm.

New chairwoman for DWN

Cathy Brown is the new chairwoman of the Dairy Women's Network.   Pictured Cathy Brown and outgoing chairwoman Justine ...

Cathy Brown of Pahoia has been appointed as the new chairwoman of the Dairy Women's Network after incumbent chairwoman Justine Kidd stepped down at their AGM held in Hamilton last month.

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