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Innovation powers agricultural business Innovation powers agricultural business

When Andrew and his brother Peter purchased a Swannanoa-based agricultural spraying business 14 years ago, it was a one-man band.  The siblings took on the challenge rather suddenly after the previous owner passed away, and Gilchrist Brothers started to take shape. Thanks to advances in technology and increased demand, the pair have grown their business to include five spray rigs, three tractors, eight full time staff and 170 hectares of leased land.  Gilchrist Brothers provides spraying, cultivation, ...
Oxford dairy farmer Cameron Henderson says technology helps farmers run successful businesses.

Technology provides social and environmental benefits Technology provides social and environmental benefits

Advances in technology have improved farming practices while also helping farmers maintain social connections, says Oxford dairy farmer Cameron Henderson. Cameron milks 720 cows on a 240-hectare farm, and leases a further 200 hectares, to support his and neighbouring dairy farms. Growing up in the farming industry, Cameron has witnessed huge changes in technology, including tools for monitoring soil moisture levels, which give farmers the ability to accurately manage their irrigation.  “It adds a lot of value ...

The Royals visit Tuahiwi The Royals visit Tuahiwi

The visit by Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to Tuahiwi last month, was enjoyed by a large crowd of invited guests at a powhiri welcoming them onto Maahunui, the marae of Ngai Tuahuriri. Escorted onto the marae by two kaumatua, the Royal couple were met by Arapata Reuben the chair of the Ngai Tuahuriri runanga. Ngai Tuahuriri are the hapu or sub tribe recognised as the ‘home’ marae for Ngai Tahu. Head or ...
Sam Broughton, Dan Gordon & Prince Charles

Dan Gordon’s first month in review Dan Gordon’s first month in review

Dan Gordon’s first month as Mayor of Waimakariri has been busy but enjoyable. “The new Council really works well together and the three new councillors are settling in well,” he says. Interviewing each Councillor to arrange membership of committees was his first task and attending a number of functions and speaking at some, has made for an eventful time. Two days were spent at the Zone 5/6 Local Government Conference in Oamaru, where South Island Mayors met ...

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