Animals - Winter feeding

Boy, am I grateful for supermarkets – food is always available, I just pay for it. But it’s different with farm animals, where it’s necessary to carefully manage food supply to see them safely through winter. Grass growth slows dramatically...... Read More

Country Living - Forever Bonnie

I was ill-prepared for the profound sorrow I felt with the death of my husband’s main heading dog. In her last hours, lying next to her alone on the floor of the vets, waiting for my husband, I saw the fragility of her life and the importance it...... Read More

History - Before the beginning

After four years, Puhoi historian and museum archivist Jenny Schollum has handed over her spot on the Mahurangi Matters’ roster of history contributors to me. In 1976, I was the founding president of the Puhoi Historical Society, later renamed...... Read More

Age – is it just a number?

Humans really are an unusual, diverse and incredible species. I have long been fascinated by this kaleidoscope of individuality – we often see those who act, look and behave as though they are 50 years old, or even younger, when they are in fact...... Read More

Learning from the old school

My grandparents are legends. They’ve been a big part of my life since the day I was born, frequent attendees at all school shows, and constant supporters of whatever I do. This includes my current work as a sustainable living educator and event...... Read More

Women's Centre - Cruel comparisons

Throughout history it has been said that “comparison is the thief of joy”. These words alert us to the dangers of comparing ourselves to others. This notion has gained momentum in recent years, as more people reflect on the impact on our mental...... Read More

Beekeeping - Bees and beauty

Ageing is a natural process that we will all go through eventually, whether we want to or not. Some of us accept this process gracefully. Well, sort of gracefully because let’s be honest here, getting older is not for pussies. Meanwhile, for those...... Read More

Dare to be different

I have been pondering recently how we should really view young people not necessarily as agents to be changed, but as agents of change. Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but of today. They need to be encouraged, supported and inspired...... Read More

Hauturu - Hauturu and science

In 1769 Captain Cook saw Aotea and Te Hauturu o Toi as guardians of the Hauraki Gulf /Tikapa Moana, so named them the Great Barrier and Little Barrier Islands. Hauturu is the highest island in the gulf and is often seen with the peaks of the island wreathed...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters, 16 June 2021 - Off the Record

Oops! Transport Minister Michael Wood, right,  congratulates Rodney Local Board member Colin Smith on the board having funded bus services using a targeted rate. Mr Smith, who is better known for seeking road improvements, appeared to be not entirely...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters, 16 June 2021 - Readers Letters

Vaccination shambles The information supplied by the Ministry of Health advises that persons in Group 3 (65 and over) will be notified how and when to book a vaccination in late May. I have received no notification and then I see a Facebook posting from...... Read More

Viewpoint - Powerful levers

The Rodney Local Board is always looking for ways to make our budget go further through leveraging. This means identifying where our plans align with those of Council and central government and putting some skin in the game. This has proven successful...... Read More

Matthew Hunt memorial

I’m absolutely rapt to inform you that a plaque is being attached to a bench in Remembrance Reserve, Ōrewa, in memory of our recently fallen police officer Matthew Hunt this weekend, on Saturday, June 19. It is such a wonderful gesture to show...... Read More

Fishing - Look out for bluefin

June brings us to the shortest day and the longest night. The good news is the days get longer from the June 22, so keep your heads up and keep on fishing. For those who are interested in the bluefin tuna run, June normally produces sporadic schools...... Read More

Nutrition - Eating for healing

About the time that this column is due to be published, I will be a couple of days from having knee surgery. Thankfully it is only a minor procedure, but even so, any surgery causes trauma to the body. To aid recovery from that trauma, and to get you...... Read More

A new financial year

This is a good time to get ready for the financial year ahead by preparing for the many income tax changes that have been mentioned in this column. Some changes have not seen as much publicity as others, but they will still affect a number of people. I...... Read More

On the Farm - The need for trees

I expect that like me, you have been enjoying the enhanced kaleidoscope of colours on our trees this autumn, brought about by unusually warm days and cooler nights. This has led me to reflect on trees in our countryside. When you really look, you will...... Read More

One Mahurangi - Taking a stand against bullying

It was gratifying to see so many people wearing pink to take a public stand against bullying recently, and it made me think how far we have come since I was an apprentice. The day I started I was introduced to the tradesman who I would be working with....... Read More