Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | December 21, 2022

It’s not raining!

There used to be a saying in Hawke’s Bay. If you want to break a drought, schedule an international cricket match at McLean Park in Napier. Bingo. Rain.

Yesterday, my district council put roading team backup and comms in place in light of a Met Service heavy rain warning for up to 20-30mm of rain an hour over five to six hours. Our region is absolutely sodden (it’s literally been raining since May) and every time it rains, it exacerbates the issues with slumps, slips, fallen trees and potholes.

It rained a bit over night, but the estimated 70 to 100mm didn’t eventuate and this morning, there’s this bright yellow thing in the sky…

For clarification, this is not a shot at the Met Service forecasting. It is forecasting; prediction of what MAY happen! But I, for one, am pleased this time, the forecast was wrong.

This shot is taken out my office window. I’ve gone for a low angle so you can’t see the lawn (forest of grass) because it hasn’t been mowed for weeks (because of the rain remember!)

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | December 20, 2022

Re-living my best self

I was asked to MC the local Christmas Carnival the other day.

I. Loved. It.

I have a radio background and am very comfortable with a microphone and going up to talk to people I don’t know. I think they got more than they bargained for – instead of just introducing the different entertainment acts and reading the notices about what was on where and when, I wandered around the stage talking to the crowd as well. My favourite questions were, ‘what is your go-to food on Christmas Day?’ and ‘what’s your favourite Christmas tradition?’.

The responses were lovely. From Grandma’s stuffing or roast lamb or pavlova through to ‘just’ spending time with extended family. Not one single person mentioned presents.

I’ve already told them I’ll be back to MC next year (they don’t have a choice!)

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | December 19, 2022

Monday mornings

Dear Monday. I want to break up. I’m seeing Tuesday and dreaming of Friday. It’s not me; it’s you.

It feels like this is going to be a week where I’m going to be asking if it’s Friday, by 10am this morning.

I have some stories to write (make that quite a few) for NZ Hereford magazine, of which I am editor, and some planning to do for Stuff’s Farming First features in Waikato and Taranaki for mid-January. That’s not too horrific.

Tomorrow is one of those days that you wonder what you were thinking when you planned hair, osteo, ears, eyes and coffee all on the same day (saving mileage…) Add a work farewell and a tangi to that, drinks with my antenatal girls (even though the babies are now 22) and maybe some housework (settle down Kate, that’s getting serious).

“Even the best weeks start with a Monday.” And this one ends with Christmas x

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | December 4, 2022

Getting back to basics

I haven’t been writing on for a while (if a decade counts as a while between friends…)

Since I started the blog, Facebook has taken a large chunk of my time and attention. Lately, I’ve also been posting on LinkedIn. But it’s not writing in the informal (lazy?) style that I like. It’s just a moment in time; fleeting, then gone. I want to take more than a moment of your time. I want to be an important storyteller in your day.

I’m back… actually, well, bear with me while I refresh myself with the inner workings of WordPress.

I’ll be back (move over Arnie).

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | September 29, 2016

Spring in Eketahuna

A trip back from Wellington a few weeks ago was a great chance to do a story in Wairarapa… so a call to some old Young Farmers colleagues was in order.

Ian and Janet Woodhouse farm near Eketahuna and I did a wee piece on one of their QEII blocks for the Dominion Post a few years ago so knew they would be up for a good farm profile in NZ Farmer.

Ian was an older young farmer when I was a younger young farmer (he was being serious with the Young Farmer of the Year while we were still going away on long weekends with no responsibility!) His older brother Rob and wife Lynne were the regional executive team for the East Coast before I took over from them in the late 1990s.

So anyway…. fortunately I heeded storm warnings and traveled to a friend’s house in Carterton after dropping my sister at the airport (Hi Maree!) I woke up to find the Rimutakas were closed due to snow so good decision!

Snow flurries crossed my path all the way to Woodhouses and continued while I sat drinking coffee and eating muffins in their warm kitchen (oh, and doing an interview...)

Fortunately, the sun shone (kind of) for our photos (trying to organise pet ewes…d’oh… did I not hear the one about not working with children or animals…)



The weather wasn’t so kind when we popped down to the other farm to get some photos of the crops and flats. We did get some photos…. but we got hypothermia on the way back to the ute. Here are some more photos from their farm (including getting caught in a very very very very (where’s that thesaurus) icy squall. At least Janet and I were in the ute… guess where poor Ian was?


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Please read more on the Woodhouse farming operation by clicking right…  here.






Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | September 19, 2016

Another week ahead


Hi – this is me, trying to rejuvenate my personal writing on because after all, I pay for domain.  The legs aren’t mine, they belong to Tania Kerr, who I wrote about in NZ Farmer this week. No, she’s not kicking the lambs – she’s trying to walk without kicking the lambs! Tania can spend time feeding orphan lambs this month while hundreds of other council wannabes are out campaigning because she’s been re-elected unopposed for the second time.


The logo and business details for communiKate have recently been updated. This is my serious journalistic side so I tend to concentrate on LinkedIn and Facebook for Business for promoting my work. But this blog has been sadly neglected in recent months.

Instead of saving my NZ Farmer and other client stories across to here (I will do some but you can see them regularly on @communiKateTaylor  on Facebook) this is for the musings of rivettingkatetaylor. All the views will be my own and no correspondence shall be entered into. If you don’t like my views, don’t tell me, just go somewhere else. Opinions are just that. They’re not right or wrong, they’re opinions.  The foundation behind them might be flawed… but they’re still not wrong.

And by the way, I’m never wrong. HAHA.

So. Happy Monday.




Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | August 14, 2016

Changing seasons at Patoka Station

The seasons are changing at Patoka Station and less reliable rainfall is affecting the way it’s farmed.

Crosse Ben and Suzie with steers

It looks green but the grass is much shorter than normal for late winter. That picture is about to change, though owners Ben and Suzie Crosse are unaware of it as they discuss their upcoming lambing, starting from August 31. A storm is approaching the central North Island and will dump 190mm of freezing-cold rain on the 1200ha farm.

Read more…

Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | July 7, 2016

Five generations at the top of NZ Herefords

This week’s drive took me south about an hour and a half to the farming district between Akitio and Weber, south east of Dannevirke. This is the view south from a high point on the farm (gorgeous day for it, although the wind was a tad fresh!)

There are many people who have taken jobs or positions previously held by one of their parents or grandparents, but this history is way cooler… Philip Barnett has followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, great grandfather AND great, great grandfather!

Click here to read more about the new President of NZ Herefords.

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Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | June 16, 2016

New face for Gisborne/Wairoa Feds

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Charlie Reynolds is the new president of Gisborne-Wairoa Federated Farmers (pictured with heading dog pup Sprite).

“Roads are my big concern but also farmers have lots of other things to worry about at the same time… things like health and safety and water plans. Many of those types of issues are looked at by our head office staff and elected people but we need to keep up with it all to make sure Gisborne and Wairoa don’t get left behind. We’re trying to avoid that “one size fits all” plan that just isn’t applicable on Gisborne hill country out the back of Tolaga or Motu.”

Read more about his farm and what drives him to take on politics…



Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | June 16, 2016

Communication winner

Tim Mackle
The 2016 Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year is DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.
This is the 30th year the Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year title has been awarded. It is administered by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators and recognises excellence in communicating agricultural issues, events or information.
From the press release:
 In his time as DairyNZ CEO, Tim’s excellence as a communicator has enabled him to provide an extraordinary level of leadership for the dairy sector. This has been particularly evident over the past 12 months when the industry has faced a difficult period in the media with low milk prices, issues with animal welfare and environmental standards. He has spoken out, challenged opinions and most importantly, used his position to educate and change views of the sector. His has been a prevailing voice for his industry and he has regularly featured on television news and in daily regional and national publications.
His reach has extended beyond rural publications to mainstream media, the general public and decision makers. Hailing from farming roots, Tim is able to build rapport with farmers and relate to their communities. His communications are regular and he is a visible face for the industry, giving him mana and prestige as a communicator.
His career has taken him through various roles and he continues to look to the next generation, working with DairyNZ to increase the number of graduates entering the dairy industry.
Tim is generously gifting his $2500 prize money to the Rural Support Trust…. a charitable organisation to work with people and families in the rural community when times are tough on the farm.

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