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2008-07-08 15:00:28

By KATTERNS, Tanya THE effects of the summer drought continue to hurt struggling sheep and beef farmers as well-off dairy farmers drive up the price of crucial winter feed. Farming leaders in areas worst hit by the drought say the price of a conventional bale of hay has almost tripled, with those still holding meagre stocks demanding up to $14 a bale. The price of grass baleage has skyrocketed from an average $70 to $160. Agribusiness consultant David Baker said dairy farmers, who...

2008-07-02 15:00:51

By KATTERNS, Tanya WAIRARAPA residents have voted overwhelmingly in favour of exploring plans for a community- owned and operated hospice. More than 600 people, upset by health chiefs moving to axe Te Omanga Hospice in favour of taking over the palliative care role itself from September, packed the town hall in Masterton on Monday night to debate options. They backed a plan by hospice fundraisers to do a study to determine whether a standalone privately funded in-patient hospice could...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'