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2008-09-18 18:00:29

At this time a few years ago, the late Roland Clark (Nor-wester) and neighbours planned to host farm foresters from across the South Island. Then, the Canterbury Plains presented a model of innovative shelter- belt and tree-plot planting. They provided warmth for stock and beautification of the landscape. Now, the industrialisation of farming has reduced the Plains' appearance to a veritable wasteland - a treeless landscape strewn with construction debris and punctuated with earthworks...

2008-08-25 15:00:36

WATER BATTLE SITES Central Plains Water scheme: involves taking water from the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers and storing it in a reservoir in the dammed Waianiwaniwa Valley. The water will be used to irrigate 60,000ha bounded by the rivers, SH1 and the Malvern foothills. Red Zones: Environment Canterbury has labelled many blocks of land as red zones areas that have no more groundwater allocation to spare for irrigation. But farmers keep fighting for more water through legal challenges....


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'