Albie Waters and the Ohoka Rugby Married Singles Shield

For the record: A 2013 account of Married Singles Shield by Div 2/3 Vet, Keith ‘Aussie’ Eleftheriou. Appearing in the late, lamented, ‘Ohoka Tribune’. (Edited for this readership) The media scrum gets out of hand… In a media conference of the highest order, Tim Fulton, Esq. DIC, woke everyone up and made a formal announcement of the Married’s Squad to take on the Singles in the grudge match of the

Straight off the Tussock: Wahine – a survivor’s story

Just after 6am on Wednesday April 10, 1968, passengers on the Union Steamship Company’s inter-island vessel, Wahine, were woken in Wellington Harbour when the ship hit Barrett’s Reef. Jack was a director of the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company – and one of many Wahine passengers heading to the capital that day on business trips. I had a meeting with the Meat Board and heard the weather forecast early on the

Lost at sea

Many of the people posting on this story, like on RNZ’s pages, have jumped to the defence of the animals . Not a mention, though, of the 43 human souls lost at sea. How is it that we become blind to this?

Personal rights in the ‘time of Covid’

A Covid requirement for you to consider. What is the legality and purpose of a contractor at a public facility, Auckland airport here, asking for someone walking into the building to present both ticket (as proof of travel) and an identity card (to match the ticket). What bearing does either have on Covid prevention and tracing – and why, if it is applied this way in Auckland on Tuesday Sep

Opportunities for New Zealand Goat Milk Products: what are they and how can we win?

A report released recently by The Nutrition Bureau’s Jan Hales, who engaged me to help with the preparation of the material for the project team. We are pleased to advise that the report “Opportunities for New Zealand Goat Milk Products: what are they and how can we win?” is now available to New Zealand businesses through our website This report follows a 14-month Provincial Growth funded project that looked

Straight off the Tussock – Horse Play

In March 2003, Peter Fulton joined some select cricketing company when he scored 301 not out against for Canterbury against Auckland. He surpassed the previous highest maiden century in New Zealand cricket – and along the boundary ropes a proud grandfather was willing him on all the way. Jack was brought up on cricket, rugby and betting, so it’s not surprising his family have taken on all three with a

Straight off the Tussock – shearing and other stories

In the wet summer of 1946-47, Jack had to combine forces with three of his neighbours to get shearing finished before the end of the season. Once the four properties banded together, a rep from the shearers union came around to ensure the cluster of workers were members, or soon would be. After all, the farmers had about 20,000 sheep to shear, had started on Labour Weekend and didn’t eventually

DairyNZ economic survey

Economic Survey provides insight into dairy farm performance – DairyNZ DairyNZ’s latest Economic Survey 2018-19 shows dairy farmers had a reasonable year for operating profit and milk production, but farmers face a number of challenges – making cost control a key driver to help buffer dairy businesses against variable milk prices. The annual Economic Survey analyses a representative sample of owner-operator and herd-owning sharemilking farms (50:50 sharemilkers) across New Zealand.