Tree first to mark Matariki
Hundreds of people turned out for the launch of Matariki as the switch was turned on the tree of lights.
An estimated 450 people from Taumarunui and surrounds celebrated Matariki on Monday Night.
The tall tree which stands proudly on Hakiaha St next to the Moa, is a new initiative for the Taumarunui community from King Country Energy.
Adorned with colourful lights it marked part of Taumarunui’s Winter Festival, Te Huapae o Matariki.
Community relations manager Helen Peacock said the purpose of
A free workshop highlighting the benefits of hill country stock water reticulation will be held in Taumarunui this month.
Presented by Agfirst, with the support of Accelerate25, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries, the seminar will be held on July 19 at the Central Park Hotel from 9am-12pm.
Head of the Accelerate25 Primary Reference Group, Shelley Dew-hopkins said the workshops will be helpful in encouraging farmers to install stock water reticulation systems.
‘‘These seminars are a great opportunity to learn and better understand the benefits of installing these systems.
‘‘Farmers can talk to the experts face-to-face, consider different system options and make informed decisions on how to potentially improve their bottom line.’’
The workshops are a result of a recent study that looked at the economic evaluation of stock water reticulation on hill country.
The study involved 11 case studies of farmers across New Zealand who had installed systems in the last decade that had been running for 18 months.
Analysis revealed farmers on average experienced an internal rate of return of 53 per cent which is a significant return on investment.
Other benefits included better animal welfare and reducing the impact of drought.
Agfirst consultant, Phil Journeaux said the workshops were a great opportunity to share information and look at innovative solutions including the potential to increase productivity, profitability and sustainability.
The workshops are one of a number of activities being carried out to benefit the primary sector in conjunction with the Accelerate25 programme. Professional development opportunities for young farmers are currently being set-up in the Ruapehu district under the Next Generation Farmers Extension project.
To find out more about these seminars visit www.accelerate25.co.nz or register with Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org
‘‘It will shine every evening, three hundred and sixty five nights per year in a variety of colours for different causes.’’
Taumarunui is the third town to have its very own Tree of Light.