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Theft and burglary is a big problem in rural communities due to isolation and relaxed security. A burglary not only means you’ve lost your belongings, but can also leave feelings of invaded privacy and unease. For some simple steps to help avoid your block becoming a target click here

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Hot Wire

Hot Wire

Telling it like it is.

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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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  • Farming Diary for March

    March farming diaryAfter another dry summer, and serious drought down the east coast of the South Island, substantial autumn rain cannot come soon enough. The main worry in March is how much will we get, and what will grow afterwards. Hopefully it will be a nice autumn flush of ryegrass and clover but it could be a mass of weeds as well.

  • Entertaining the Royals

    cucumberwCharles and Camilla are past their best: dry, withered and droopy. It's time to give them the chop. It's with mixed emotions that I farewell our indoor cucumbers (which we always name) at the end of each summer. Their gorgeous slender green fruits, growing 20-30cm long on vines trailing right around the window frames have fed and amused us, decorated the living room, and given rise to many an admiring comment from visitors.

  • Strawberry Surprise

    strawberryYum! I've been eating strawberries – and for the first time in 30 years they're from my own garden. Not that I grew them myself! I've tried every year since I started gardening and always, my 20-30 plants have failed to produce more than a cup a small berries. This year's secret? I got my husband to take charge of the strawberries!