Understanding Loneliness in Farming – A Global Issue

A UK study shows that farmers feeling under siege is a worldwide experience. Many farmers interviewed in a study by University of Exeter and The Farming Community Network felt disconnected from wider public. Some had been sworn at or subjected to other forms of criticism or abuse during the course of their working day. Loneliness was found to be linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The

A candidate profile

  A candidate profile with policy.nz – for Waimakariri district council and Oxford/Ohoka community board Go to Fulton for Council on Facebook for this and other campaign information. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0GU4N1CMwPWzBMJW2riT4japYsVJCAXZEuo1Th2yDdGRHxBY8fUXCza4hayrrb3V5l&id=100083948686319

Waimakariri water meeting

You’ve invited to join locals talking big water issues in Waimakariri, 6.30pm Monday August 29th at Mandeville. Come hear Don Hunt from Waterforce in Ohoka share his huge knowledge of how local water flows in a wet winter like this one. He’ll also talk about the likely impact of housing growth on our drainage systems – urban and rural. Don has lived in Ohoka with family for 38 years and

Waimakariri water and land use meeting, Mandeville August 29th

I’m opening up the debate on land & water use in Waimakariri, Monday August 29th at Mandeville. Come hear water expert Don Hunt from Waterforce in Ohoka share his huge knowledge of how local water flows in a wet winter like this one. He’ll also talk about the likely impact of housing growth on our drainage systems – urban and rural. So, topical all round. Meeting: Mandeville Sports Centre Monday

Eyre Country – Your Country

The Eyre Country – sourced from Hawkins’ history of the Waimakariri District. The book’s a great yarn all-round on the old district.   The country away to the west of Kaiapoi was scarcely glanced at by Torlesse and Boys during their survey of the northern agricultural districts in 1849-50, for, on their earlier preliminary traverse, they had found it poor and inhospit able, and they were more concerned with land

Waimakariri elections – Voting needs-to-knows

Here are some need-to-knows for local government elections 2022: Responsibility of the Council and Community Boards: The Council is responsible for the overall governance of the District Council. It sets Council policy and monitors its implementation. The Community Boards seek and represent their community’s views and advocate for the interests of their community. The Boards also make decisions related to community issues where authority has been delegated to the Boards

Proposed Variation to Housing Intensification – Waimakariri District

The government says you need to provide more intensive urban development. This is the council’s response. What do you think? [The copy of the email used below is used with permission. It was sent on Friday August 12th to a resource planning professional who had earlier submitted on the plan.] From: Waimakariri District Council District Plan <eplan@wmk.govt.nz> Subject: Notice of Variation 1: Housing Intensification to the Proposed Waimakariri District Dear Sir/Madam

Standing for Land & Water

Tim Fulton Oxford/Ohoka Ward Candidate Waimakariri District Council I was born and raised on a sheep and crop farm at Swannanoa and have lived and worked in the Oxford/Ohoka area most of my life. An agricultural journalist for more than 20 years, I have lived with my family on a two-acre block at West Eyreton since 2005. I’m a Life Member of Ohoka Rugby Club, served as president of North

Ohoka Water Wisdom – The True Story of the Late Harold Stone

The true story of the late Harold Stone, an Ohoka legend and original Ohoka Rugby club Pukeko.Harold had strong views on the wisdom of building on swamp in the Ohoka area: Harold Stone grew up in swamp country, on a farm near Ohoka that would normally flood every two or three years. Eighty acres was a big farm “and you survived on what you could do”. “We were on very