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No urban-rural divide
JOHN HARTNELL, the driving
force behind Federated Farmers'
Farmy Army, received the New
Zealand Order of Merit today.
Following the 2011 Christchurch
earthquake, Mr Hartnell organised
farmers from around the region, now
coined the Farmy Army', to clear
liquefaction, deliver food and provide
general assistance to vulnerable
It is a real honour to be
recognised in this way by the
Governor-General. I am truly
humbled,'' Mr Hartnell said.
I quickly realised that this, the
Farmy Army, was much bigger than
just a group of farmers helping out.
We had up to 850 farmers working
on any given day.
They were sent out in groups of
20 or so to where they were most
needed and the Canterbury
Agricultural Park quickly became a
mecca for the operation.
To my mind it proves there is no
such thing as a rural-urban divide.
We are all New Zealanders and we
do care for our fellow Kiwis in times
As for the countless farmers,
support crew and the Canterbury
Agricultural Park team, who
selflessly helped out Christchurch in
its hour of need, your legacy will live
on as our city proudly rises again.
I am eternally grateful to all
those who pitched in,'' Mr Hartnell
Lincoln makes most of farms
for better student experience
Agri-businessman: Chairman of the new Lincoln University farms committee, Ross Hyland from Waikato.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY has
formed a new farms committee to
oversee the development of the
3900ha of farmland owned and
operated by the university.
Assistant vice-chancellor Stefanie
Rixecker says the new committee's
role will be to deliver improved
outcomes from the university's
portfolio of farms and farming
partnerships, as well as expanding
the portfolio in the future.
The farms committee has been
established to help Lincoln
University make the most of its
farms for better student experience,
for more and better scientific
research on productivity and the
environment and, perhaps most
importantly of all, for an enhanced
interface between the University and
New Zealand's farmers,'' Rixecker
The university will also be
looking to expand the portfolio in
partnership with other entities in a
strategic manner, over time.
To this end we have been
fortunate to appoint a number of
extremely talented farmers from
throughout New Zealand to the
The eight farmers appointed are
involved in sheep, beef and intensive
They are also in merino fine wool,
deer, precision agriculture, intensive
vegetable growing and arable,
dairying and forestry.
Senior university academics --
professors Bruce McKenzie, Ken
Hughey, Grant Edwards and Keith
Woodford -- will join the committee.
It will be chaired by well-known
New Zealand agri-businessman,
Ross Hyland, from Waikato.
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