Rural round-up

March 13, 2017

Red meat needs change – Sally Rae:

Red Meat Profit Partnership chairman Malcolm Bailey has a simple message for farmers – ”nothing changes unless you’re prepared to change something on your farm”.

”You have to be involved and make changes,” Mr Bailey said, referring to the future of the red meat sector during a recent visit to Dunedin.

RMPP is a seven-year Primary Growth Partnership programme working to help the red meat sector increase productivity and profitability. . . .

Rural spirit shines bright as Olympians star:

The third annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games began on The Square, Palmerston North today with Olympians Dame Valerie Adams and Mahé Drysdale making guest appearances in an unfamiliar sport.

The double gold medallists swapped shot puts and rowing oars for Red Bands as they competed as wild card entries in the New Zealand Gumboot Throwing Championship in association with Skellerup.

Mahé finished an uncharacteristic last in the men’s competition that was won by James Kellow of Whanganui with a throw of 42.24m. James just edged reigning champion, Olympic decathlete Brent Newdick into second place but couldn’t take Brent’s national record of 44.97m set in 2015. . . .

Tree climbers, coal shovellers and shearers take centre stage on final day of Hilux New Zealand Rural Games 2017:

The final day of the third annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North saw national champions decided in ‘sports that built the nation’ including speed shearing, coal shovelling and tree climbing plus an attempt on the egg throwing and catching world record.

News of yesterday’s action, including Dame Valerie Adams winning the NZ Gumboot Throwing Championship, brought even greater numbers to The Square in the city centre to watch top rural sportspeople and have a go themselves. . .

Changes made after 2015 bovine Tb outbreak:

Testing and surveillance changes have been made around Mt Cargill, near Dunedin, after a bovine Tb outbreak in 2015.

TBfree has increased the testing requirements for cattle and deer and designated the area a movement control area to avoid the spread of Tb through movement of stock.

As of March 1, all cattle and deer in the wider Mt Cargill area need a Tb test within 60 days before being moved to another property. . . 

Elusive wallabies prompt pest control campaign

A privately owned Otago pest-control company and the regional council are working to tackle the growing problem of wallabies in the region.

Two of the pests had been shot near Ranfurly in the last few months, one on the golf course.

Maniototo Pest Management said the problem was getting worse and the animal could be devastating to farmers’ crops and pastures.

Company manager Ossie Brown said wallabies were mobile creatures and could travel long distances. . . 

Rockit Global Limited Positioned for Significant International Growth

Havelock North Fruit Company (HNFC), home of delicious, miniature Rockit™ apple snacks, today announced exciting and significant company changes. Effective immediately, the Hawke’s Bay based company will begin trading as Rockit Global Limited. Two experienced growth equity investors have taken a significant stake in the new company and Austin Mortimer has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer. . . 

Seeking new members – Yvonne O’Hara:

Increasing membership in Young Farmers’ Clubs in Otago and Southland is one of the key goals for the new Otago-Southland regional chairman James Heslip.

The Moa Flat farm manager was voted into his new role at the region’s annual meeting on February 19.

He replaced Chris Pemberton, of Teviot.

”I want to make it so Otago-Southland is the best region in the country,” Mr Heslip said. . . 

 


Bronze, 2 silver, gold

August 19, 2016

Lisa Carrington became the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at the same Olympics when she won a bronze medal in the K1 500 this morning.

That follows her gold in the 200 two days ago and in doing so she joins Valerie Adams and Barbara Kendall in an elite group of women who’ve won three Olympic medals.

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Team Jolly, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie sailed to silver in the 470 class, a remarkable feat after coming back from two disqualifications.

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Molly Meech and Alex Maloney also sailed to silver in the 49er FX class.

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Peter Burling and Blair Tuke didn’t even have to turn up today to win gold in the sailing 49er. They were already so far ahead of the next contenders but they not only turned up they won the race.

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New Zealand is now 14th in medals per country.


Silver for Aadams

August 13, 2016

Valerie Adams has won a silver medal in the shot put.

TVNZ’s commentary:

1.01pm: Carter from US first up with a throw of 19.12m.

1.06am: Adams’ first throw is 19.79m. Went a little high for her liking.

1:12pm: Everyone has thrown now, and Adams remains in front. They have three throws each before eight more go onto the next phase. 

1.13pm: WOW! Carter from the US has thrown 19.82m. She leads Adams by 3cm.

1.15pm: DOUBLE WOW! Adams goes HUGE. 20.42m to retake the lead! What does that say to the rest of the field?

1.21pm: End of the second round. Adams leads by 60cm over Carter of the US.

1.22pm: Carter’s third effort can’t beat her second.

1.24pm: Third throw for Adams, short of 20m. 19.80. She remains in front.

1.31pm: Three throws down, three to go. Adams in front. Four athletes are cut for the rest of the competition.

1.39pm: Going in reverse order now. Carter improves her best to 19.87m.

1.40pm: Adams went quick, and wasn’t happy. She walks out of the circle so is red flagged.

1.45pm: Penultimate throw for Adams. Short of 20m again. Carter is her only serious rival, but can’t get over 20m.

1.52pm: NO! Carter goes huge. Adams pushed into second!

1.57pm: That, ladies and gentlemen, is the beauty of sport. Adams looked to have wrapped up the gold with her second throw of 20.42m, but Michelle Carter of the US pulled out an astonishing effort of 20.63m. Adams couldn’t beat it with her last effort.

2.04pm: It’s going to take a while for this to sink it. But let’s appreciate Carter’s performance for a second. Her last throw, her last chance of winning, and she delivers something special.

That leaves New Zealand in 19th place with a medal tally of one gold and six silver.

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First with four

August 13, 2013

Valerie Adams has won her fourth world shotput title, becoming the first woman to win four individual world athletics titles in the same event.

Adams, 28, charged to the lead with 20.41m at her first attempt in the shot put final at the world championships in Moscow on Monday night and was never headed.

Her best throw of the night was 20.88m in the third round. . .

Adams’ commanding victory on Monday made her the first female track and field athlete to win four individual world titles – and to make it even more impressive, she achieved the feat at four successive championships. . .

What strength, fitness, skill, determination and perseverance it must take to accomplish this.

Kiwi legend

February 1, 2013

This mockumentary premiered at Tropfest NZ, the New Zealand contingent of the largest short film festival and wont he won the Viewer’s Choice Award.

It was produced by Tess Novak and features a star studded cast of Kiwi legends – Melanie Lynskey, Valerie Adams, Colin Meads, Dai Henwood, Steve Wrigley, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, Beauden Barrett and Kane Barrett.


Favourite sporting moment of 2012

January 17, 2013

What’s your favourite sporting moment of 2012?

If you click here you can vote and be in to a draw to win tickets and flights to the Halberg Awards.

The choices are: NZ Breakers – Win second straight NBL Championship; Bay of Plenty Magic – Become first Kiwi team to win Netball Championship; Nathan Cohen & Joseph Sullivan – Storm from behind to win Olympic Gold;Mahe Drysdale – Battles five ‘scared men’ to win Olympic Gold; Lisa Carrington – Blitzes the field to win Olympic Gold;Valerie Adams – Gets her Olympic Gold in the end and Levi Sherwood – Wins the Red Bull X-Fighters Motorcross Series.

Everyone can vote once a day until February 14th.

 


Another moment

September 19, 2012

Valerie Adams was robbed of her moment on the Olympic podium by a drug cheat.

Nothing can bring that moment back.

But tonight she got another moment to cherish when Governor General Lt General Sir Jerry Mateparae presented her with her medal.


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