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Thrive fund applications open Thrive fund applications open

Female-led North Canterbury businesses needing support to solve business issues are invited to apply for assistance from the Thrive fund set up by Real Communications director Gina McKenzie. Ticket sales from a recent Thrive networking event have kickstarted the fund which is designed to support local businesses committed to making positive changes in the local community who need assistance to overcome a business-related challenge. “I am really passionate about supporting our local business community and this ...

Inaugural OxMan triathlon attracts over 400 competitors Inaugural OxMan triathlon attracts over 400 competitors

Over 400 people participated in a new long-course triathlon hosted at Geoff Spark’s irrigation lake in Eyrewell on 16th December. The event, which was sponsored by Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL), turned out to be a huge success for attendees and supporters. Geoff says when event organiser John Newsom first approached him about hosting the triathlon, they imagined that around 250 people would enter the event. “We were blown away by the amount of interest the event ...
Eyrewell farmer Scott Evans (right) chats with environmental consultant Paul Reese during a Farm Environment Plan (FEP) audit. Scott has received A and B audit grades for his farms.

Commitment to change lifts audit grades Commitment to change lifts audit grades

A willingness to proactively improve farming practices has seen 89 per cent of Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL) shareholders achieve an A or B Farm Environment Plan (FEP) audit during the 2018/19 season; an increase of 21 percent from the 2016/17 season. C audit grades have decreased from 28 per cent in the 2016/17 season to 9 per cent in the 2018/19, while just one farm received a D audit grade. Farm Environment Plans help farmers to ...

Sponsorship boosts Cust School’s agricultural event Sponsorship boosts Cust School’s agricultural event

Students at Cust School enjoyed hands on learning at their recent agricultural day thanks to a community sponsorship initiative by Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL). Teacher Eleanor Smith says being able to provide prizes and extras such as a giant pumpkin seed for each student to take home and grow really made the event stand out. “It was fantastic to have WIL sponsor the event because we were able to provide ribbons for each prize winner, along ...
Environment Canterbury’s Poū Matai Kō Makarini Rupene is working with Waimakariri residents to help improve cultural values for land and waterways.

Cultural land awareness creates brighter future Cultural land awareness creates brighter future

Life has turned full circle for Environment Canterbury’s Poū Matai Kō (mahinga kai facilitator) Makarini Rupene as he moves his focus from Kaikōura to the Waimakariri area where he grew up and still lives today.    Makarini’s role centres on raising awareness of how to use the land and environment in a way that cultivates an understanding of mahinga kai and sustainability. He’s excited about being back on home soil after spending the past 18 months ...

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