9:06 pm Friday 25 July: Golden Pliers and Golden Bay Coffins
21:05Intro and Guest
Mitchel Hoare will represent New Zealand with fellow shepherd Alex Reekers at the World Young Shepherds Challenge in Auvergne, France, in September.
A very cold snap hit the North Island at the start of the week while in the south dairy grazers are returning home in time for calving.
The Golden Bay community coffin is used about 12 times a year. It was designed in 2002 by Takaka resident Henry James, with the support of community worker Sheryl Nalder and made by local craftspeople. The coffin is housed in a barn at Autumn Farm, a gay farm-stay run by horticulturist, Peter Finlayson.
Last month eight of the country's top fencers sweated their way through a gruelling six-hour event to see who could erect the strongest, straightest and tidiest fence. Finalists this year ranged in age from their early 20s to 59 and the competition was fierce.
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