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Cheese making
Local story
 

Cath Collins cheese maker:

  • Cheese maker 

  • West Coast

Times of operation:

  • All year around

  • By appointment only

     

Categories:
  • Learn the art of cheese making
  • Cheese sampling
  • Cheese purchases

To find out more:​
  • This is a local story about which no more information is available at this at this stage. 
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About:
Cath Collins always had an interest in cooking and particularly dairy foods made from the 45 cows milked on her small lifestyle block. But making cheeses was something special and something of a craft. Visitors are welcomed into her country kitchen to smell the aromas and taste the cheeses freshly made from her wood fired oven.
 
Queen bee breeding
NZ Country Life story
 
Categories:
  • The practice of bee keeping
  • Queen bee study
  • Sample honey products
  • Cup of tea and biscuit
     
For more information: you can visit RNZ's achieve at www.rnz.co.nz.
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Inspired by their grandmother's offer to teach them the skill of breeding Queen bees two sisters took over the family's honey making business to breed a special species of Queen bee, more resilient against such diseases as Varroa mite. The sisters enthusiasm for bees was based on their admiration for this tiny insect with the ability of each one to collect up to a tea-spoon of honey in a lifetime. The sisters also saw what they were doing as helping to save the environment with bees being under threat and important to the world food economy.
Wetland's preservation
A NZ Country Life story

 
Categories:
  • The agri-science of wetlands
  • Land use option evaluation
  • Farm business study
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To find out more:​
  • For more information about this story you visit TVNZ's TV on Demand archive at www.tvnz.co.nz
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A Southland couple grazed sheep for a living but their real interest had always been in reviving and protecting wetlands and in mitigating the effects of fertiliser run-off into a neighbouring lagoon. To do this they adopted a regenerative grazing practice by restricting sheep to the top one-third of the grass and retaining 100 ha of a 300 ha property in its natural state, a large wetland alive with waterfowl and fish life. A major economic benefit has been the improved shelter for sheep from the wetland's natural vegetation, particularly flax.