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  • Ian McKean Pinetum
    December 2021
    The Ian McKean Pinetum is well worth a visit if you are traveling through the inland Manawatu region and are prepared to take a road less traveled.  Heading South from Taihape on…
  • Mac Black, April 2023
    April 2023
    The weather might not have been ideal, but the enthusiasm was palpable as more than 50 people gathered at Richard Thompson and Laurel Stowell’s Papaiti forest, Whanganui. Particularly impressive was…

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  • Goulters Gully field day (Access: unrestricted)
    Julian Bateson, February 2018
    The 2017 conference hosted by Middle Districts had a range of good field days. The following pages have articles two more of these − the trip to Goulters Gully and…
  • Waipiko - A winning property (Access: unrestricted)
    August 2017
    The second visit of the day was to Waipiko Farm, a property on which John and Diny Dermer were awarded the Husqvarna North Island Farm Forester of the Year in…
  • Longridge – half in forestry (Access: unrestricted)
    Julian Bateson, August 2017
    The first stop of the Feilding conference field days was Longridge, farmed by Dean and Cushla Williamson. Dean admitted that in general, the land looked after itself, probably because over…
  • Forestry a permitted activity? (Access: unrestricted)
    Barry Gilliland, August 2014
    Forestry is a ‘permitted activity’ in the Manawatu - Whanganui region now that the rule has been approved by the Environment Court. But how can forestry be a permitted activity? Those…
  • Husqvarna Farm Foresters of the Year North Island 2014 - John and Diny Dermer (Access: unrestricted)
    Angus Gordon, August 2014
    John and Diny Dermer’s farm Waipiko is located at Cheltenham, 15 kilometres north of Feilding. The farm is a mixed cropping, sheep and beef fattening farm and has been owned…
  • Horizons’ proposed One Plan Where are we? (Access: unrestricted)
    Barry Gilliland, August 2013
    It is a long and difficult birth is my stock answer to the perennial question – At what stage is the proposed One Plan? The fact is that the situation…
  • Pining in the sand hills, Episode two (Access: unrestricted)
    Gwen and Chris Bossley, May 2013
    In the November 2008 Tree Grower we described our progress to that date. For four years, from 1982 until 1985, we planted 13.4 hectares of sand hills which were covered…
  • It’s all about density (Access: unrestricted)
    Angus Gordon, November 2008
    Hautapu Pine Products tree farm is situated on the north bank of the Orua river east of Apiti and adjacent to the Ruahine range. The majority of the property is…
  • Alleviating the boredom with eucalypts (Access: unrestricted)
    Denis Hocking, November 2008
    The coastal sand country of the south-western North Island is probably one of the easiest places in New Zealand to grow radiata pine. There are few disease or physiological problems,…
  • The Gordon Trust property 60 years on (Access: unrestricted)
    Angus Gordon, November 2008
    The Gordon Trust property owned by John and Julie Gordon, and previously by John’s father Ron, is situated 11 km due west of Taihape in one of the upper branches…
  • The history and trends of land use in the Middle Districts (Access: unrestricted)
    Angus Gordon and Denis Hocking, November 2008
    The Middle Districts branch, along with the associated Tararua branch, is as diverse as most you will find in New Zealand. Middle Districts is bounded by the four W's −…
  • Trees and farming near the roof of the world (Access: unrestricted)
    Angus Gordon, November 2008
    Ian Cummings farms an 800 hectare sheep and beef property at Hihitahi, 9 km south of Waiouru, in what can only be described as a climatically challenging environment. His farm…
  • Pining in the sandhills (Access: unrestricted)
    Gwen and Chris Bossley, November 2008
    In the early 1980s we decided that, as urban dwellers, we needed somewhere to escape to, within easy driving distance of home. We knew very little about lifestyle farming, but…

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