Steve Hart act­ing El­e­ment ed­i­tor

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In a packed is­sue of El­e­ment we look at the op­tions be­ing of­fered to the coun­try’s farm­ers – to help them not only save money on power costs, but to work smarter and re­duce their im­pact on our land and wa­ter.

It’s a dif­fi­cult bal­anc­ing act, par­tic­u­larly for dairy farm­ers who have great op­por­tu­ni­ties to sell milk pow­der abroad, while at the same time need­ing to care­fully man­age the re­sources of pre­cious land and wa­ter.

We look at how ri­par­ian plant­ing is be­ing pro­moted to help pre­vent un­wanted an­i­mal mess seep­ing into our rivers, and how some re­gional coun­cils are ac­tively pro­mot­ing the op­tions to beef and dairy farm­ers.

There’s plenty that can be done, and with a bit of thought, plan­ning and in­vest­ment, the coun­try may just about be able to hang on to its 100 per­cent pure im­age.

Another key ex­port is our wine, and it ap­pears that New Zealand winer­ies are ahead of the game when it comes to sus­tain­abil­ity. In fact, they are world lead­ers with a num­ber of our vine­yards hav­ing won in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades for sus­tain­abil­ity.

Else­where, we look at so­lar power and how it re­ally is be­com­ing a gen­uine op­tion with the prices of pan­els com­ing down and their ef­fi­ciency to gen­er­ate power ris­ing ex­po­nen­tially.

Also in this edi­tion we take the Mit­subishi Out­lander elec­tric hy­brid for a test drive, and re­port on the wide­spread colony col­lapse disorder af­fect­ing hon­ey­bees.

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