West Eyreton School 150 Years Celebration

    I am looking forward to writing an updated West Eyreton school and social history coinciding with the school’s 150th celebrations in 2022. With this, I would love to look at existing family memoirs, notes and pictures showing ties to the school (longstanding or otherwise) It’s going to be a busy exercise so the more information I can gather over these next 3-6/months, the better the read will be.

Canterbury water Q&A

Freshwater management policies rolled out by central and local government may be critical to your livelihood. Here’s a Q&A from Environment Canterbury on Canterbury policy. https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/your-environment/water/essential-freshwater-package/essential-freshwater-package-and-canterbury-rules-faqs/

Making NZ meat safe – industry change in the ’60s and ’70s

MEAT POLITICS John (Jack) Fulton’s great-grandfather, John Macfarlane, was a CFM founder, his father had been a director and sister Mary had a large shareholding in a family trust. The company had plants at Belfast, 8km north of Ashburton at Fairton and Pareora, about 15 km south of Timaru. The head office was in Christchurch and the company also had a trading office in London. Typically, Jack found himself equally

Beef insight 2020 – Statistics NZ report

The number of beef cattle increased for the fourth year in a row in 2020, while the national dairy herd and sheep flock have both continued to fall in recent years, Stats NZ said today. Provisional figures from the 2020 agricultural production survey showed beef cattle numbers increased 2 percent, to 4 million in June 2020, returning to levels last seen a decade ago. “Beef prices have generally remained strong

Three years and thanks

Three years ago I started my own media consultancy, Tim Fulton Media www.timfultonmedia.co.nz after seeing a need for knowledgeable, professional but down-to earth media services. The business has evolved a lot over that time: I have been fortunate, for example, to work with Bateman Books on two upcoming publications and have enjoyed helping well-known rural businesses including Case IH and CRV Ambreed. Meawhile I continue to work with CBS building

Trump 2024

There has been little NZ media commentary about Donald Trump’s strategy in calling the 2020 election a fraud. It’s great to see some of that longer-term thinking in this NZ Herald article. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/us-election-donald-trump-considering-run-in-2024/3TG572APK4QJ4JAAP2REJWTZEY/

A rejection of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy

This central government intervention, by Labour and previously by National, is making a nonsense of collaborative; locally-based decision making under the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. The result -a terrible waste of 10 years of blood, sweat and tears https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/canterbury-top-stories/122839840/did-the-government-just-cancel-canterbury-dairying-meeting-the-tough-new-freshwater-standards