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Dianna Malcolm

Dianna Malcolm was born on her parent’s dairy farm in Ohoka. She earned her journalism stripes working in the sports department at The Press for 10 years, before turning her attention to agricultural journalism.


Freedom and a future in North Canterbury Freedom and a future in North Canterbury

It’s been three years since Corne Van Der Westhuizen has slept with a gun under his pillow every night. That’s because Corne, 48, and his wife, Antoinette, 43, are today living safely as New Zealand citizens at Pegasus, in North Canterbury. They left their embattled – and beloved – homeland of South Africa, also leaving behind extended family, because they wanted their daughters, Kara, 9, and Mia, 6, to have freedom. And a future. Two things they couldn’t ...

‘Go time’ for Farmers’ Market… ‘Go time’ for Farmers’ Market…

Nicky Brooker spent an anxious and restless night before the Amberley Farmers’ Market opened to the public for the first time post-Covid-19 last Saturday. The event’s Market Manager said she and her committee had put a lot of thought into their preparations, knowing they were among the first wave to welcome the public back to their stalls. Ohoka follows this Friday as, increasingly everyone starts to stretch their legs post-pandemic. “Some wondered if we should have ...

Competition and catch-ups on ice… Competition and catch-ups on ice…

North Canterbury’s agricultural sector is still adjusting to the news that one of their most significant annual get togethers won’t go ahead this year. The New Zealand Agricultural Show – run by the Canterbury A&P Association – was one of the last iconic events to surrender to Covid-19 last week. It’s the first time since World War II officials have had to stand down. Scheduled to run from November 11-13, the Show welcomes 100,000 annual visitors. It ...

Home schooling six children changes perspectives Home schooling six children changes perspectives

Home schooling six children aged between six and 16 during the Level 4 lockdown, while juggling a business is a sobering concept for most of us. And, perhaps it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest – if we’re honest – that it’s a horrifying thought for everyone else. North Canterbury couple Peter and Claire Hansen own Peter Hansen Drainage. They also milk a small herd of registered Jerseys near Rangiora. In between all ...

Flour and frozen vegetables most sought after Flour and frozen vegetables most sought after

Sale spikes for frozen vegetables and flour surprised Kaiapoi’s New World supermarket owners Shane and Lisa Scott the most during the Level 4 lockdown. Scott said while Covid-19 had been a tough reality, the upside had been the heart-warming stories and solidarity at the coal face of their community’s journey.   He said while he hadn’t drilled down to formally assess the numbers, it was easy to confirm that frozen vegetables and flour were comfortably the ...

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