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Bushcraft & Survival

Be sure to keep yourself safe in the outdoors this long weekend.

Keep yourself safe in the outdoors. Follow the New Zealand Outdoor Safety Code.

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Review: Pete the Bushman

The Rural reviews Pete the Bushman: Hunting tales and back-country lessons from a wild West Coaster, by Peter Salter.

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Interview: LandSAR Search & Rescue Dogs

If you ever end up lost and in need of rescue, chances are one of LandSAR’s search and rescue dogs will aid in finding you. The Rural chats with LandSAR to find out about a day in the life of a search and rescue dog.

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Using the sun and your analogue watch to find north

If you are wearing a watch, and want to find north (so you can then work out which direction your should be head in) you can do it using this method.

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Choosing a campsite

When out in the bush, picking the right campsite is important. Find out what makes a good campsite, and what makes an unsuitable one.

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Wild about New Zealand: A Guide to our National Parks

A review of Wild about New Zealand: A Guide to our National Parks, a chronicle of how we enjoy our fourteen National Parks.

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Brewing traditional billy tea

How to brew a traditional cup of billy tea in the bush.

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Coastal Survival: Eating Seaweed

Seaweed is edible, nutritious, free, and best of all, easy to find if you are stuck in coastal areas without food.

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How to make a water filter in the bush

How to set up a water filtering system in the bush using a water bottle, and natural materials.

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How to make a rope in the bush

Learn how to make a rope out of materials you can find in New Zealand's bush.

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