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Don't touch that dial! Don't touch that dial!

A fresh new look, an expanded audience, greater availability, and new and strengthened partnerships. The future is looking good... For the last two+ years we have been working on multiple platforms to deliver the Waimak App and it's associated website. The replacement platform for our new Web App, North Canterbury Online, will deliver all the current features plus some great new ones on a single platform. It will also deliver the same user experience whether ...

Necessity is the mother of invention Necessity is the mother of invention

Doggie Daycare has been the silver lining in the challenge left by Covid-19 for North Canterbury kennel Snuggle Inn. When the lockdown first hit, partners in life and business Michael Stossel [Snuggle Inn Kennels] and Noeline King [Snuggle Inn Cattery] faced the overnight decimation of their business.  Business broadside during Covid The couple run two of the bigger boarding facilities in the South Island for their customers’ four-legged friends. Their bookings took a 75% to 80% broadside ...
Abbey van der Plas with Buster at Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue

A bad start shouldn’t be a death sentence… A bad start shouldn’t be a death sentence…

Large chunks of Buster’s short life remain a mystery. What is known is that this American Staffordshire (AmStaff)-Labrador cross spent much of his now two years being neglected and abused.  Born in the North Island, he was first rescued from a life on a chain by a private dog rescue. He was carrying an injury, which would require months of rehabilitation and treatment. Saving his life and finding a loving home for him quickly came down to ...

From farm animals to floats - Kaiapoi’s Christmas spirit returns to Williams Street once again! From farm animals to floats - Kaiapoi’s Christmas spirit returns to Williams Street once again!

On Saturday 5 December at 1:30pm, thousands will gather to watch 60+ Christmas floats parade down Williams Street. Going back 130 years ago, these floats looked, sounded and smelt a little different, but not in the way you would expect. According to Event Manager Tracy Inwood, the Kaiapoi Santa Parade started with the former mayor of Kaiapoi parading his sheep and cattle down Williams Street all dressed up in Santa hats and tinsel for Christmas! This year’s ...

Canterbury A&P On-Farm Competition Canterbury A&P On-Farm Competition

North Canterbury exhibitors flexed their collective muscle in the Canterbury A&P On-Farm dairy competition last week. More than 90 entries were tabled for the contest, which replaced the cancelled dairy judging at the Canterbury Show in the wake of Covid-19. Instead, the exhibitors prepared their cows at home on-farm, as they would have done at the show. And, the judge – Corey Ferguson, from Otorohanga – moved between farms pointing and placing the animals between November ...

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