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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 ...

Taking the girl out of the country… Taking the girl out of the country…

You can take the girl out of the country, but not the country out of the girl. Former Silver Fern captain Julie Seymour was raised on Ashgrove St, in Rangiora. Sitting down to a cup of tea on a promising Canterbury spring morning, Seymour is reflective and philosophical about her 16-year national netball career, which earned her a Member of the New Zealand Order Of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2003. This workaholic mid-courter played ...

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