Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | June 20, 2014

CHB has spoken – Don’t Damn the Dam

CHB people gathered in Waipukurau in their droves this morning to support the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. The dam.

I was going to say hundreds of people lined the streets, but I really have no way of quantifying how many people were there. Watch the news tonight – they might tell you. Suffice to say, in Kate terms, there were lots and lots.

Farmers, bankers, fertiliser reps, spreader drivers and two former regional councillors Ewan McGregor and Kevin Rose, who are probably secretly glad the decision is not up to them anymore.

There were tractors, utes, motorbikes, stock trucks and a few huntaways.

The rally was called Don’t Damn the Dam – organised by two local electricians who looked blown away by the level of support they had encouraged. Gavin Streeter and Shane Heaton are directors of Isaac’s Pumping and Electrical and took it upon themselves to show the grassroots backing for the project.

“The project has been bashed to pieces in the media with the coverage focusing on the Environmental Protection Authority and how councillors are voting. We want to take a different approach – this is a rally by the people for the people – the entire Hawke’s Bay community needs to get behind this and show their support in the face of the negative attention the process is receiving,” Mr Streeter said.

After clogging up the state highway system for a wee while, the vehicle possession (bigger than the annual Christmas parade but no Santa!!) parked up and the “green space” on “post office corner” was filled with claps and cheers for Mr Streeter and Mr Heaton, HB Federated Farmers president Will Foley and local fifth-generation farmer (and CHBDC district councillor) Andrew Watts. We also heard from someone from Timaru who had seen the growth in South Canterbury from the Opuha dam and resulting irrigation systems.

Have to go to school assembly soon for a gymnastics display… so here are some photos…. Actually, had to go to assembly… so now I have to start loading so I can do soccer pick up!!

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Nice placement of the office there Craig :) The speaker is HB Federated Farmers president Will Foley.

 

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Hawke’s Bay Federated Farmers president Will Foley

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CHB businessman and district councillor Andrew Watts

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Federated Farmers national vice president Dr William Rolleston from South Canterbury (home to the Opuha Dam)

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and last but not least, the two men who put their hands up and said “Don’t damn the dam”.

 

The two men who took it upon themselves to gather vocal support for the cause. Well done sirs... very well done.

The two men who took it upon themselves to gather vocal support for the cause. Well done sirs… very well done.

 

 

 

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | June 12, 2014

Best. Purchase. Ever.

What is the best purchase you’ve ever made?

Crikey, too wide for a Thursday morning? Ok. Best item of clothing you have ever bought. It could be that dress that lasted you through weddings and 21sts and you’re now wearing to 50ths… or those jeans you wished you’d bought three pairs of once you had them worn in and comfy.

Mine would be a red polar fleece sweatshirt from Ezibuy. It was bought on sale when I was heavily pregnant with child #1 (now about to turn 14).  See below :)

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me on the farm

It is wearing thin in the front (where I carry the eggs usually) and around the pocket (carrier of torch and pocket knife). It is an extra large (I ate for two) and now drapes quite easily over whatever I happen to be wearing at the time so I can run out to do farm chores or unexpected jobs at awkward times. It is especially great for carrying firewood which leaves all manner of crap on your clothes.

It has been used to catch wild kittens, carry eggs and wipe up messes (occasionally due to carrying the eggs and then the firewood at the same time…). It has even been used to tie gates together (took me a few weeks to figure out where it had gone next time I went to wear it, but the fresh air didn’t seem to do it any harm!)

My second favourite item at the moment, although it has only been worn this winter, is my new wee merino beanie (also pictured above). Daughter says it looks like I have lost all my hair underneath it. But boy is it warm. Thomas uses his on the bike to stop the sweat dripping into his eyes (sheez that stings!) I would wear mine to the gym but I keep thinking of Sarah’s comment lol.

I have shifted the break for the cattle, given the pigs some squash (and the pet sheep, which like it too!) put the chooks away (we were too late home last night, poor buggers), gone down to inspect whether this week’s easterly has done any damage to the stream banks (minor) and filled the wood basket. Hope Son appreciates that when he gets home as it is his chore!

Emptied 87mm out of the rain gauge. You know you’ve had a bit of rain when the wood wheelbarrow looks like this!

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Stay dry!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | June 3, 2014

Future Silver Fern!

I’m not bias – she’s a friend’s daughter (and her big sister is an awesome player too!)

Here’s a copy of a wee article written for the local paper to try to boost some funding for Kelsy. 

 

After an outstanding 2013 netball season and a great start to 2014, Kelsy Hall from Takapau has been named in the Hawke’s Bay Year Eight representative netball team.

Kelsy is a year eight student at Takapau School, where she is a House Captain, and is a member of this year’s CHB Sports Academy.

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Kelsy Hall, 12

Having played all her previous netball for Takapau School, last year was Kelsy’s first year being eligible for a representative side. She played in the 2013 Hawke’s Bay & Central Hawkes Bay Year Seven representative netball teams – for CHB Kelsy was named the team’s Player of the Tournament in four of their five tournaments. She also won the team’s trophy for best shooter and the Most Outstanding Player Trophy.

She was then selected into the Hawke’s Bay Netball Talent Identification Programme (TIPs) and participated in an extensive eight-week training regime.

Locally, it was also a great season. She was named Netballer of the Year (Most Outstanding Player) for her 2013 Takapau Intermediate A netball team and was awarded the 2013 CHB Netball Centre’s Best All Rounder Trophy (chosen from all CHB primary school/intermediate players).

Her coach through most of her early netball years has been her mother Sharee Hall, who also coaches the Takapau Netball Club’s senior teams.  Club president Michelle Lynch says the club members have been thrilled to watch the progression of the young players.

“The club sponsored Kelsy’s CHB rep fees last year and she has now joined the fold as our youngest playing member this season. She’s playing in our Senior 1 team, Takapau Aquila, while 14 year old big sister Liana just missed selection into the Hawke’s Bay Under-15 side and is playing with the premier team, Takapau Phoenix, alongside a current HB Under-15 rep player Briana Stephenson. They play with such skill and love of the game it’s hard to remember sometimes how young they are. They will all certainly be names to recognise in the future.”

Kelsy has also been a participant in interschool athletics, cross country and swimming and completed three Go-Kidz triathlons this year.  She was also junior girls champion at the Takapau Tennis Club in 2011, 2013 and 2014 (runner up 2012).

While it is huge recognition to be selected for Hawke’s Bay, the privilege also comes with huge costs.  Trainings are in Havelock North, the HB Yr8 subs are $345 each player and the team is scheduled to attend three tournaments. Kelsy also pays club and school netball subs and fees for the TIPs programme.

Kelsy generally trains seven days a week and is committed to giving every sport her best effort. She aspires not only to be a top level netball player but also to become an ambassador for sports helping to promote health and wellbeing.

Her family is looking for any Central Hawke’s Bay businesses prepared to give some financial backing to help Kelsy reach her goals and represent the district with pride.  Her main expenses are subs and travel, as well as making sure her shoes don’t wear out!

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | May 21, 2014

Extension for final Tukituki Catchment Proposal decision

This from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council this morning.

Copied almost verbatim due to other deadlines :)  I will try to put more updates around what is happening with the plan change and with the dam, but I work part time for RoadSafe HB, a business unit of the HBRC, and won’t have a public opinion at this time.

Government approves extension for final Tukituki Catchment Proposal decision

The Minister for the Environment Amy Adams and Minister of Conservation Nick Smith have approved a one month extension to the time frame the Board of Inquiry has to produce its final decision and report on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal.

Earlier this month the Board of Inquiry released its one thousand page draft decision granting resource consent for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme and at the same time finalising Tukituki Plan Change 6, which sets minimum flows and water quality measures for the catchment.

Noting the complexity and importance of its decision to the Hawke’s Bay community, the Board had previously asked for and was granted a month time extension in February to issue its draft decision, which the Council and HBRIC Ltd supported.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and its investment company HBRIC Ltd wrote to the Ministers last week requesting an additional extension to allow the Board more time to consider comments on the draft decision.

In its comments, Council draws the Board’s attention to aspects of the draft decision, which if confirmed, will have significant adverse implications in terms of administration of the Resource Management Act and its effect on the farming communities in the Tukituki Catchment.

Council Interim Chief Executive Liz Lambert says it welcomes the Ministers’ decision and believes it will give the board additional time to consider the technical complexities of its decision.

The final decision is now due Saturday 28 June 2014, however Council understand the board will release its decision as soon as practicable within the new time frame.

 

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | May 21, 2014

Urine flashlight

Urine flashlight. Not my most creative headline but it has your attention…

This is not a blog post… it is a finger up to all the spammers with creams and buttons and toys for me. And Urine Flashlight, whoever you are, I don’t believe your cousin recommended my website and  don’t believe the post about the gunman on the loose near Norsewood a few years ago (incidentally my second highest-ever post behind Paul Henry’s gaffes on TV) spurred you  to comment because of the “unique approximately” to your “problem”.

 

 

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | May 12, 2014

Put down your phones!

This is so true. How many times see teenagers (especially, but not just them) sitting in a group all looking at their phones.

A cousin once had a bunch of his son’s friends around at their house… walked into the living room and no one was talking to each other. They were all on their phones. When he noticed one text something to someone on the other side of the room, he left to get a basket and proceeded to give an ultimatum. Give him their phones or leave. One left (but waited outside). The others gave up their phones and proceeded to have a great night talking and playing card games etc. They all raved about what a great night it had been when the dad finally gave the phones back.

We should do it more often. Turn them off.

I thoroughly enjoyed an uninterrupted game of golf with hubby and x2 kids for Mother’s Day yesterday on Takapau’s new quick golf course (nine holes all par three or four). It was lovely.

For the record, Thomas beat me by two shots. Bugger!

Take a moment to watch the video. It’s worth it.

 

 

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | May 12, 2014

Farmer of the Year 2014 photos

Please find some photos below (and a link for more) from the field day at the property of Hugh and Sharon Ritchie, who won the 2014 Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year.

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Tukituki MP Craig Foss

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Former Nuffield Scholar Hugh Ritchie with a current UK scholar Gail from Wales.. Hugh smiling because the field day is over!

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I’m putting this one in because my friend James in the striped shirt loves having his photo taken….

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Tall stories from Hawke’s Bay A&P Society president Rob Pattullo, ;eft, and Angus (SFF) and Esther Mabin

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listening…

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Special agricultural trade envoy (and former HB Farmer of the Year winner) Mike Petersen talking with Beef + Lamb NZ’s Mark Harris

 

 

Here are the photos from my Flickr account. Enjoy!

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | May 9, 2014

Turned on the weather

By the time I arrived home from the Farmer of the Year field day yesterday it was raining, freezing and dark. Just an hour earlier I was standing in the sun in the yard at Drumpeel, partaking of some yummy Silver Fern Farms product, catching up with some of Hawke’s Bay’s rural clan.

About 264 people attended the 2014 Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year field day (according to the man counting at the gate!) at the CHB property of Hugh and Sharon Ritchie and their four beautiful children (sorry David, let’s try one handsome son and three beautiful daughters).

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Posing for another photographer so I stole a pic too….

It’s the second time Drumpeel has won the title, last time with Hugh’s parents. But now the farm is a “big bigger” with a few more hectares, a few more crops, a few more irrigators and a whole lot more machinery! Plus the addition of Horonui with its sheep and bull operation (very simple system with much-reduced stock in summer).

Here are some photos…. more people shots tomorrow :)

The Ritchie family on the left with Silver Fern Farms director Angus Mabin speaking and field day facilitator Roy Fraser on the right

The Ritchie family on the left with Silver Fern Farms director Angus Mabin speaking and field day facilitator Roy Fraser on the right

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Thanks to the prompting from the ad on her back … I met Welsh lass Gail Lewis – 2014 UK Nuffield Farming Scholar

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And I almost had the same shot of this Eskview Young Farmer (another walking billboard) but he turned at the last minute and I couldn’t exactly holler for him to turn a wee bit!!!

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Giant carrots supplied to McCains for dicing (mixed veges)

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Sarah Ritchie having an early lunch (and afternoon tea and dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast…)

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It’s always a great time for a catchup – Tukituki MP Craig Foss (left), special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen and East Coast Rural Support Trust trustee Mike Barham

 

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One of the sponsor presentations…. Jamie Thompson from Ravensdown gives a good spiel

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Boys and their toys – a must-view in the lunchbreak (one of several)

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Great view north/north-west (ish) from Horonui

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and looking back the other way on the same point on Horonui

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another stop closer to Drumpeel

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Hugh Ritchie

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In the Drumpeel yard

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Shameless plug for B+LNZ on Horonui

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One of the stops lower down on Horonui

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and again, looking the other way!

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obligatory ute shot!

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So many gumboots and boots… then I saw these :)

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The end. Thanks to the sponsors and especially the organisers, the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society!

 

 

 

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | April 11, 2014

Hawke’s Bay Farmers of the Year – Hugh and Sharon Ritchie

Well done to Hugh and Sharon Ritchie – Hawke’s Bay Farmers of the Year.

I’ve just been writing about Hugh lately as I am doing the Nuffield NZ newsletter and he has just retired after 12 years as a trustee (we also went through Young Farmers together, although I hasten to add he is older than me!!!  Hugh, Shane Tilson and I won a national debating final in 1995!)

So last night (back to the important news) they were awarded the prestigious Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year title in front of 350 people at a dinner at Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay (well done on great night Hillary).

Hugh's acceptance speech (taken from my mobile so don't judge my photography skills on this entry!)

Hugh’s acceptance speech (taken from my mobile so don’t judge my photography skills on this entry!)

It’s the second time for the Drumpeel Road farm near Otane (north of Waipawa…. south of Hastings).  – Hugh’s father David won it in 1990 (I only came here in 1993 so the first one I remember is Steve Wyn-Harris in 1994 and now I live in the same district).

The official quote from the organisers: “This is a large-scale business both in livestock and cropping using the very latest technology to make efficiency gains in production and optimise profitability with the better land competing with dairy returns. All this is achieved with a strong focus on sustainable farming and a passion for the environment and his soils”.

Hugh and Sharon will be hosting a field day on May 8.

Third year Lincoln University student Patrick Crawshaw was given the Lawson Robinson Hawke’s Bay A&P Society Scholarship to recognise outstanding academic and leadership qualities in a student currently enrolled in a land based study programme. He gave an excellent speech and by all accounts, like last year’s winner Rowan Sandford, he will be a name recognised in farming circles for many years to come.

Mike Barham was awarded the Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to agriculture in Hawke’s Bay.  He had five extremely busy years with the East Coast Rural Support Trust and it was this position that has earned him this award – through several tough and tight drought years including coordinating feed into the North Island, and the April weather bomb that hit the coast from Porangahau to Ocean Beach in 2011.

The Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Foresters of the Year, Hugh and Di McBain, also from near Otane, will host a field day at their property on the 24 May 2014.

 

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | March 12, 2014

Local Dairy Industry Awards

And a great night was had by all… well done to the organisers of the Hawke’s Bay Wairarapa Dairy Industry Awards held in Masterton last night. Here are some photos… (and the winners!)

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Who’s the sexy one in the Ravensdown tie? (hehe)

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Great entrance!

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and a great welcoming party….

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and the winners are…

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Congratulations to the following entrants who were crowned winners for 2014 of the Hawkes Bay/ Wairarapa region: from left: Alice Gysbertsen – Dairy Trainee of the Year, Zoe and Tony Kuriger – Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year and Nick Bertram – Farm Manager of the Year. Congratulations!

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