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Rural Broadband Options in New Zealand - updated Sep 2016

With the RBI (Rural Broadband Initiative) going full-steam ahead, getting broadband in rural areas is getting easier...or so we are led to believe.

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Why pay for firewood? | RD4 the first time

Stacked, thrown, by the cubic metre, anyway you take it, it should be free. If you live on a block that is...

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Water tanks, the endless saga | RD4 The First Time

The tank. Craned in place, well done to Auckland Cranes. However, there is a big ‘pull your bloody head in’ for the plumber I had been chatting too.

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Bayer CropScience launches global web video competition for farmers

Bayer CropScience has launched YouFarm International, the first global web video competition for farmers.

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The New Water Tank Part 2 | RD4 The First Time

Last week, I had a water tank delivered. This week I got it craned in. Read on to find out if it is collecting water yet...

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The problem with my new water tank... | RD4 The First Time

My water tank arrived two weeks ago. It's still not hooked up. Water... who needs that anyway?

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1000 words about my sore thumb | RD4 The First Time

There were over 30,000 injuries on farms or agricultural locations reported in 2013. I’m more concerned with the billion other not so severe injuries, i.e. chicken wire scratches.

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The Weather & Water Tanks | RD4 The First Time

Living in the country leads you to become rather dependant on the weather. This will come as no great shock to most readers out there. Big time farmers are dependant on the weather for a number of reasons.

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Farming Fashion Part 2 | RD4 The First Time

When I analysed the sole of my Bandals I was pleasantly surprised. I counted multiple potential podiatrial penetrative points. Yes, the PPPP level was extreme.

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Farming Fashion | RD4 The First Time

As with most great inventions, necessity was the mother of this one. A nice puncture wound in my heel & a good deal of blood later, behold the summer gumboot.

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