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Avoid tractor fires during the spring and summer months. Find out what simple steps you can take to prevent it happening to you here

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When the shoestring's a bit short

When the shoestring's a bit short

A weekly piece full of tips and old fashioned wisdom (with an up-to-date twist) to help with the constant battle of financial survivial.

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Down to the ground

Down to the ground

Diana Noonan, award-winning author and passionate gardener shares her ideas and inspires us to make the most of our gardens.

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  • Tractor Fire Prevention

    As the spring and summer months begin to roll around again, our feathered friends are settling into freshly made nests to raise their young. However, as New Zealand’s leading rural insurer, we’ve noticed something not so friendly about this, and something that can cause quite a headache for clients who own a tractor.

  • 1080 Poisoning

    possumWhether we like it or not, 1080 poison is widely used to kill introduced mammalian species that may threaten native wildlife and harbour TB. Occasionally large pest-killing operations take place in areas not readily accessible on foot. Licensed operators drop 1080-laced bait from planes and helicopters over huge areas of forest. The target animals are usually possums, rats and stoats.


  • Wonderful weeds

    dandelionI grow dandelions, and not just in the lawn! I sow the seed in long rows in my vegetable garden because dandelions are the main ingredient in one of my favourite dishes – agria horta. That's Greek for 'wild greens', and Greece was where I first encountered this delicacy. A frequent visitor to the Mediterranean, I'd noticed, on several occasions, shepherds with small knives and baskets, combing the mountain slopes while their sheep and goats nibbled nearby.