Recharge Hurunui @ Foxdown

September 8, 2017

Published on Monday, August 21, 2017

Following a very long drought and then earthquakes, the Hurunui Drought Committee is boosting community morale with a Recharge Hurunui Event.

Hurunui Drought Committee member, Scargill farmer Andy Fox, insists that the Hurunui is the best place to live in the world.

“I wouldn't dream of living anywhere else,” says Andy, “but Mother Nature has thrown us a few curveballs over the last few years.

“Our community has endured a drought that seemed like it would never end and then of course the earthquakes were a further blow to locals whose spirits were already flagging. But now there’s a growing sense of positivity in the farming community and beyond.”

Andy says that from a farming point of view, the winter has been very kind. The mild weather and better rainfall have allowed for good growth, stock are doing well, and prices are up.

“Hopefully this improvement is starting to filter through to our local business community, who have been hit with the domino effect as farmers struggled with the effects of the drought.” 

To shrug off the tough times and to celebrate the arrival of what will hopefully be a great Spring, the Hurunui Drought Committee is throwing open the doors of the Foxdown shed for a gathering hosted by Gary McCormack on September 8. 

“We’ve had a few fantastic events here over the last couple of years,” says Andy. “With the support and encouragement of the Hurunui Drought Committee this time we are extending the invitation for a bite to eat, a drink and a laugh beyond farmers to the wider community who have all faced various challenges over the last few years.”

Tickets for the event on September 8 at 7.30pm are selling fast at only $10 each. Free buses are being put on from Cheviot, Amberley, Hawarden, Culverden and Waiau. The ticket price includes supper, drinks and entertainment including a chat from Gary McCormick.

“He’s the perfect bloke for this kind of thing,” says Andy.  “Gary’s irreverent humour about life and bureaucracy really resonates!”

The event is sponsored by the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, Beef & Lamb and MPI.  Tickets are on sale at NC Vets, Farmlands, 4 Square Hawarden, and Waiau hardware. 

More information is on the Hurunui Community Drought Support Facebook page.

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Author: Terri Anderson

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Preparing for Gita

Monday, February 19, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Forecasting weather is a tricky one. Luckily we have Chris Brandelino from NIWA updating New Zealand on what to expect as of this morning:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/101550169/preparing-for-cyclone-gita 

So now's the time to prepare:

 

Before a flood or storm

* Find out from your local council, neighbours, etc, if your property is at risk from flooding and plan accordingly

* Check your insurance cover details

* Fill vehicles’ tanks

* Have a smartphone you can charge in the car

* Store bailage/hay in areas not prone to flooding

* Ensure trees posing a hazard are trimmed (over houses, sheds, boundary fences)

* Store anything that is likely to be blown around, or tie down bigger items like trampolines

* Have a plan and trigger points to make decisions without waiting for official advice.

* Move animals, equipment and feed to higher ground.

* If you have a generator, make sure it’s accessible and ready to go.

*Clear drains and gutters

*Clear debris from waterways

* Have a household emergency kit including food, water, clothing, first aid, torch, cash, and a battery-powered radio

 

During a flood or storm

* The safety of you, your family, and your workers comes first.

* Listen to your local radio stations for official updates.

* Ensure stock have safety, shelter and water, and can't wander. Are electric fences working?

* Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges. Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities to help prevent damage.

* Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless it is absolutely essential.

* Treat all lines as live. Check power and phones and report outages.

* Check dogs, poultry and pets.

* Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?

* Check buildings at risk, secure feed stacks.

* Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention.

 

Useful sites and numbers:

* Civil Defence website https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

* Your local Rural Support Trust to update your information or ask for help 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254)  www.rural-support.org.nz

* Your local council website and facebook page

*Animal welfare https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/animal-welfare/animals-in-emergencies/  

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Storm surges and king tides

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?

  • The impact will depend on how long the crop or pasture is covered by seawater. If it’s only for a short time – up to 48 hours – and gets good rainfall, grasses should bounce back. 
  • Rain is needed to wash the salt away. It’s likely the saltwater was diluted by the rains during the storm which measured up to 70mm.
  • The last similar event in the areas was 15 July 1995. This was during winter, there was plenty of rain to wash out, and pasture recovered well over a three month period.

 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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HON DAMIEN O’CONNOR

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

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