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  1. TrevorH, 30. May 2020, 15:46

    Congratulations Ian on your move and your new but familiar way of life. Yes it is most regrettable that a split has been created between town and country for political purposes, as you suggest. Especially when we have never relied on our farmers more to earn this country’s living. I was stunned yesterday when the Prime Minister announced $175 million in extra funding for the Arts, which I don’t begrudge, and at the same time the sum of only $500,000 total to meet the emergency feed needs of 3000 drought-stricken Hawkes Bay farmers, just up the road from you. That’s a risible $1500 each! Go figure, as they say.

  2. Jamie, 31. May 2020, 7:36

    Welcome to the Wairarapa Ian. A couple of tips. Get a spare water source / tank which isn’t dependent on electricity. Make sure you have a generator or alternate solar power source. Reconnect with the noise of a rural environment, and please don’t become one of those neighbours who complains about our farming noise at annoying times like helicopters for frost, and you’ll fit in fine.

  3. Ian Apperley, 31. May 2020, 10:05

    Trevor, interesting isn’t it? We just bought two horses off a farm in Tauranga. They were selling twenty of their stock horses because they couldn’t feed them and were running low on cash. The owners were heartbroken because of the years they had them as part of their family.

    Jamie, great tips! Thank you. We have some plans including an extra tank for the dry spells. We are fortunate enough to have a bore, which is used for troughs mostly and the land banks onto a lagoon so the paddocks are still very lush to the point where a couple are in need of topping. We’re both ex rural so used to the noise. Motorbikes, gunshots, choppers, cropdusters, are the new normal. It was world war 2 last week with fertiliser flights bombing the block next to us most mornings.