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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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  • Early Riser

    ladybirdwThe last thing I want to be accused of is being a party pooper so although I garden organically in my own vegetable garden, I hope I never sound over-the-top when it comes to 'do's and don'ts' for others. That said, I do have just one tiny organic plug to make this time round.

  • Stress-free Gardening

    tomatowHow was your holiday season? Mine was enjoyable because for the first time ever I carefully orchestrated it to be as stress-free as possible. Consequently, apart from having to shed a kilo or two as we all do at this time of year, I'm feeling great. Not so some of my friends who went all-out – too much drink, too much spending, too many visitors, and not enough good food and relaxation.

  • CAE – caprine arthritis-encephalitis in dairy goats

    goateyewCAE is a disease of goats caused by a virus. It is present in many herds throughout New Zealand. It tends to develop into clinical disease when goats are under stress, for example in dairy goats kept in relatively intensive conditions. There is no cure for CAE.