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ADULT WEIGHT: 4.7kg WEIGHT AT 12 WEEKS: 2.4kg LIT­TER SIZE: large, 6-10 kits

These look quite sim­i­lar to the NZ White, but are a bit shorter in the body, with coloured nose, ears, tail and feet. Again, the white coat means there’s not a great value to it. They tend to be more laid-back than the NZ White, and the does

are not as ag­gres­sive.

http://www.is­tock­photo.com/photo/rex-bunny-rab­bit19227146?st=d7de3e4 Stan­dard Rex Adult weight: 3.6kg Weight at 12 weeks: 1.8kg Lit­ter size: medium, 5-8 kits This is one of the more spe­cialised breeds be­cause of their short, thick coats which feel very much vel­vet. They come in even more colours than the Satin and have a very nice meat cover, although on the smaller side.

The does tend to be very laid-back but can also be a bit moody, while bucks tend to be very placid.

1What have they been fed?

They should be raised on a good qual­ity rab­bit pel­let with a pro­tein level of 16%-18%. If they have been raised on lesser qual­ity pel­let or grass-only they will not grow to their full po­ten­tial. As a re­sult they will not be able to pro­duce the best pos­si­ble young.

2How have they been housed?

If they have been brought up on the ground they have more chance of pick­ing up par­a­sites, and are more likely to carry dis­eases har­boured in the grass.

3How many were in the lit­ter?

If their mother had only 4 kits or less, that trait can be passed on to the young, both male and fe­male.

Why you never let rab­bits near fresh hay

The hay you put into your hutch must be over three months old as RCD can re­main live on fresh hay for that long. Don’t be tempted to feed fresh hay as RCD can kill rab­bits within 24 hours.

Need more help?

If you have any ques­tions about breed­ing your rab­bits, you can join up with a lo­cal

club and its mem­bers can help you. Rab­bit Coun­cil of New Zealand (RCNZ)

http://rab­bit­coun­cil.co.nz/info/clubs

It’s called In­gle­side, named af­ter an an­ces­tral home in Eng­land, and co­in­ci­den­tally – some might say un­can­nily – it is also the ti­tle of the 18th hole at the nearby Mart­in­bor­ough Golf Course.

It is the lifestyle ad­ven­ture and new home for 30-year Devon­port res­i­dents Rick and Carolyn Thompson. Their de­ci­sion to ‘go coun­try’ wasn’t so much a bucket list-type of life event, rather an epiphany.

“We love Devon­port but it got to the point that, be­cause of traf­fic, it be­came a ma­jor lo­gis­ti­cal ex­er­cise when you wanted to do any­thing or go any­where,” says Carolyn. “The pro­ject sort of evolved but we fig­ured we were still at an age when a new jour­ney was both pos­si­ble and ex­cit­ing.”

The only blip in re­al­is­ing their Green Acres-es­que lifestyle makeover was one daugh­ter’s re­ac­tion. She sug­gested they seek psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling be­fore selling up.

Some­where along the plan­ning line the Thomp­sons spent a night at Taupo’s world­fa­mous Huka Lodge. It de­scribes it­self as a place that in­vites you to “en­ter a world where el­e­gant and gen­er­ous hos­pi­tal­ity meets so­phis­ti­ca­tion and style, cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing haven.”

That propo­si­tion, along with the high ceil­ings and open spa­ces, con­vinced the cou­ple this was the type of place they wanted to cre­ate.

The Thomp­sons had friends in North­land who had built with Cus­tomkit, so they knew ex­actly who to con­tact to cre­ate their stun­ning wooden home.

“Our main rea­son for go­ing with Cus­tomkit – along with the over­all great prod­uct and ser­vice – was the unique abil­ity, through LVL por­tals, to cre­ate open spa­ces with plenty of height. The por­tals are an in­te­gral de­sign fea­ture of the house and we just love them.”

By any stan­dard the home was a big un­der­tak­ing. The 483m² struc­ture has a cen­tralised, open plan liv­ing area with high cathe­dral ceil­ings and fea­ture wooden beams. This room, and a toi­let fea­tur­ing wine bot­tle wall­pa­per, are Carolyn’s favourites.

The liv­ing area in­cludes their ‘dream’ kitchen with a spa­cious scullery and sub­stan­tial din­ing and lounge ar­eas.

“We re­ally like the con­nec­tion with the French doors to the out­side liv­ing area,” says Rick. “We had a great sum­mer, and even on a cold win­ter’s day the sun pours in. I also have to say I par­tic­u­larly like my ‘sports’ lounge where I can watch my sport and re­lax. Rather like the ul­ti­mate man cave.”

A 22-me­tre-long en­try pav­il­ion links the var­i­ous wings of the house. Its pol­ished con­crete floors and skil­lion tongue-and­groove-style ceil­ing pro­vides an ex­ten­sive blank can­vas for the Thompson’s art­works.

The master bed­room wing fea­tures a

spa­cious sleep­ing area, en­suite and study. Another wing has been de­signed for fam­ily and guests, with three dou­ble bed­rooms, and in­ter­nal ac­cess to the garage for all-weather pro­tec­tion.

“Peo­ple told me that build­ing a house is very stress­ful, but I loved ev­ery minute of it and would do it again with Cus­tomkit,” says Carolyn. “They were in­volved with the whole pro­ject – it wasn’t just a case of ‘here’s your plans and off you go.’ They took in­ter­est and pride through­out.”

As for any fam­ily mis­giv­ings, the chil­dren spent Christ­mas stay­ing in their par­ent’s new haunt and the whole fam­ily is now on board, en­joy­ing In­gle­side down un­der.

OP­PO­SITE PAGE: In­gle­side takes shape on the Mart­in­bor­ough land­scape. CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE: A 22m-long hall­way some­times dou­bles as a cricket pitch; wide open spa­ces and ceil­ings; the Great Hall is a favourite space; op­por­tu­ni­ties for el­e­gant and gen­er­ous

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