Rural round-up

Two options for Wairarapa water storage:

Two options for water storage schemes in the Wairarapa have been selected for a feasibility study after six other options were ruled out.

A four-year investigation by the Wairarapa Water Use Project will now consider building reservoirs near Masterton at Black Creek and Tividale.

The two reservoirs would irrigate about 30,000 hectares from Masterton to Lake Wairarapa.

An independent study calculates the scheme could add $157 million to the Wellington regional economy each year and create 1,200 new jobs. . .

 Plea for open minds on Wairarapa water project:

A Wairarapa farming leader is asking people to keep an open mind on plans for large scale irrigation in the region as a feasibility study begins on two potential dam sites.

Following four years of investigation so far, the Wairarapa Water Use Project will focus on building reservoirs near Masterton, at Black Creek and Tividale.

They could irrigate almost 30,000 hectares, stretching from north of Masterton and southwest of Greytown to the north of Lake Wairarapa. . .

Young couple learn from old hands – Barbara Gillham:

AFTER several years’ farm leasing, sheep and beef farmers Tom Cranswick and his fiancé Ellie Meadows see the equity partnership they have recently entered as an exciting step in their farming career.

In April the couple became equity partners with brothers Peter and Andrew Gawith and their wives on an 830ha-effective farm near Gladstone, Wairarapa.

The farm has been in the Gawith family for three generations, and Peter has been farming it since taking it over from his parents. Andrew is an economist who lives and works in Wellington. . .

Fieldays fencer aims for 60th birthday win – Te Ahua Maitland:

After 40 years of competing, Nick Liefting is preparing to lace up his boots one last time for this year’s Fieldays at Mystery Creek Golden Pliers fencing competition.

The Pukekohe contractor is set to retire following his 60th birthday. His presence this year will make him the first 60-year-old to compete at the Golden Pliers competition, an achievement which crowns appearances that started when he was just 19. . .

Biowaste key ingredient for growing profits:

New research from Lincoln University suggests biowaste can be used on former pine plantations to generate big economic returns.
Four years of research in a greenhouse environment found the waste, which might include sewage and dairy shed effluent, can be used to rapidly establish native vegetation on former pine forest soils.

Early estimates suggest the natives could produce a financial return of over $200 million annually. . .

Be more than just average statistics: 

Averages are a great mathematical tool and brilliant for hiding poorer performing results because they get dragged up by higher results.
Unfortunately the reverse also happens: the top performing results get dragged down into the general population. This is fine when we are only interested in trends in the status quo, but the dairy industry today needs change.

The dairy industry faces a number of challenges – environmental, welfare and profitability to name a few. . .



One Response to Rural round-up

  1. Gravedodger says:

    We farmed land down stream from Tividale for twenty years and watched every winter as gazillions of gallons of water devastated our river flats year on year.
    The risk was so extreme and sudden every paddock on the flats had at least one option to go through one gate to higher ground and that was an option exercised at 1600hrs everyday that it had been raining since dawn.
    We were still caught out one night when a faultline upstream from Tividale ruptured and plunged a large landslip into a gorge that then damned and later released in the early morning hours, the resulting surge flooded previously safe higher flats and drowned second crop suckling calves that having been separated from their foster mums by rising waters, attempted to reunite and drowned.

    The Taueru River was not unlike the Opua/ Opihi and had many summer flow problems for fish almost every year with several quite wide areas of low sloping fall contours.
    At our access bridge that river could rise over 30 feet in floods.

    In my considered opinion there would be more than one site suitable on that river and its contributories for Opua type storage options that could benefit the many acres of summer dry plains on the Ruamahunga River valley that many people travel for half its length before heading over the Rimutukas while the River heads on down to Lake Onoke and the sea.
    Just as the Opua dam does, it could then generate electricity as the water is released in low rainfall periods, Opua delivers nearly 8mw a year to the National Grid and now has a designation as a wildlife refuge for the black billed gull.

    If the Opua Dam covers around 600 acres then there would be several similar areas on the Taueru


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