Rural People & Issues
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about non-farming issues when living in the country. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Pro Rata – Jane and Jim Young’s Native Nursery
Make-it-Work – how you can turn your lifestyle block into a business. Jane Young lives with her husband, Jim, on a 4 hectare lifestyle block in South Otago.
Weaving with Native Plants
I live in a very watery part of the world with an ocean and river estuary at my doorstep
Allen Gray – rug designer and maker
If you’re planning a trip into Central Otago, give serious thought to arriving in the small town of Roxburgh on a Thursday.
‘Get Pickled’ - Sharon McNabb talks to Diana Noonan about her home-based preserving business
Cats and Quilts
Katrina Hampton’s latest patchwork quilt, a warm mix of golds, reds and greens, adorns her living room sofa.
Boarding Kennels – full-time and full-on!
Make-it-Work – how you can turn your lifestyle block into a business. Boarding kennels may not be the first thing that comes to mind as you consider a lifestyle block occupation.
The bee's knees!
Honey bees are really cool. No really, they're amazing. The more you know about them the better they get.
Biosecurity advice for lifestyle farmers from MPI
There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of introducing animal diseases onto your property.
Is homekill really better than meat from the works?
I refer to Dr Marjorie Orr's article posted on your site recently; a number of statements are made that in my view are not correct.
Whether we like it or not, 1080 poison is widely used to kill introduced mammalian species that may threaten native wildlife and harbour TB.
Why is home-kill meat so much better than meat from the works?
Those of you who have eaten home-killed meat will have noticed that it is more tender and tastier than meat from animals killed in the freezing works.
Your local SPCA and the RNZSPCA: separate organisations - one cause
Some people get confused about the SPCA - there's the RNZSPCA and your local SPCA - what's the difference?
Teaching young people about farming
One of the nicest things about having a lifestyle farm is that we can keep a few pets and friendly farm animals,
Stock losses in winter storms - what's to be done?
In recent months we've had snow, floods, earthquakes and high winds.
Animal welfare issues - some theory behind the practice
As a country based on animal exports, it's important that our animal welfare standards lead the world.
The Good Oil: Excessive noise
Michael lives on a one-acre block and has a neighbour who processes firewood for charity.
The Good Oil: Ticks - a ticklish problem
Jacques and Barb have a problem with their three organic heifers...
The Good Oil: Check those cheques
The post always gets through. Or does it? And there's much more at stake than a birthday card to Aunt Joan going astray.
The Good Oil: Going it alone with sewerage
Janet is looking for an alternative to having to join her local council’s proposed new sewage scheme.
The Good Oil: Compost- throw out the books and do it the easy way
Waikato conservationist and permaculturalist Maxine Fraser says people get very hung up about compost.
The Good Oil: The Hard Word
Sceptical of Rotorua lives on a small lifestyle block just out of the city.