24 Jun 2016

Colin Cox - pioneer deer farmer and possumer

From Country Life, 9:22 pm on 24 June 2016

These days it's pretty hard to remember a time before deer farming was legal, but until the 1970s it wasn't. And we've all heard of warm clothing made from possum-fibre wool blend, but until the mid 1990s it was yet to exist.

Colin Cox of Whanganui was a pioneer in both these areas. He's also gone on to develop a possum-fibre back warmer that's helped the likes of Olympic rower Mahe Drysdale.

Colin Cox Pioneer Deer Farmer and Possum Hunter

Photo: RNZ/Susan Murray

Colin has written down his life experiences which Country Life has turned into a book reading series, read by Colin himself.