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Keeping the working dogs naturally cosy, New Zealand

Keeping the working dogs naturally cosy, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, April 2021.BY ANNABELLE LATZ It was mid June 2020, sleet was falling, and Billy Dowle looked out the window from his cottage in Scargill, North Canterbury to see his mainstay Huntaway, Earl, sleeping in his dugout next to his kennel, rather than...

One Step At A Time, New Zealand

One Step At A Time, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, April 2021. Andrew and Penny Zuppicich took on a run down sheep and beef farm called Kilmarnock in Hurunui, North Canterbury last year. Annabelle Latz spoke with the couple to find out how they bought Kilmarnock and their plans to bring the farm...

Vet Farmer and Athlete, New Zealand

Vet Farmer and Athlete, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, April 2021. Taihape vet, farmer and family man Anthony Oswald finds adventure racing takes his mind off the everyday as well as being good fun. Annabelle Latz tracked him down to find out more. Multi day adventure racing means entirely removing...

Social Media Highlights Rural Life, New Zealand.

Social Media Highlights Rural Life, New Zealand.

Country Wide Magazine, January 2021. By Annabelle Latz   Social media is loved and loathed, often simultaneously. While Instagram is chock-a-block full of everything from stunning landscapes, gym selfies and downward dog yoga poses, fabulous animal photos and warm...

Hooked on Dog Trialing. New Zealand

Hooked on Dog Trialing. New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, January 2021. A North Canterbury dog trialist is the latest in three generations in the sport. Annabelle Latz reports.   Nicky Thompson uses her grandad Lou’s dog trialing stick, it’s a curly tea tree stick which once had a vine growing up it....

A whole new wilderness

A whole new wilderness

Country Wide Magazine, December 2020. By Annabelle Latz It was smoko time for Shaun Monk up at Island Hills Station. He was taking a five minute break from his chain sawing work, lying on his back on the hiking trail he was in the middle of cutting. “I looked up into...

Is it too little, too late for tahr? New Zealand

Is it too little, too late for tahr? New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, November 2020. By Annabelle Latz   Positive discussions have taken place between the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Game Animal Council (GAC) regarding the current aerial tahr control programme, resulting in changes to control...

Screaming out for strong marketing, New Zealand

Screaming out for strong marketing, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, November 2020. Marketing, targets and research is what the New Zealand strong wool industry needs for it to become the fibre of choice, rather than synthetics.  Rick Orr of Red Oak Stud says this has been the industry’s downfall. “The biggest...

Strong wool, tide may be turning. New Zealand

Strong wool, tide may be turning. New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, November 2020. North Canterbury farmer Chris Earle is among those seeking a better future for strong wool. Annabelle Latz reports.   Thumbing through the old wool prices on the family farm in North Canterbury, Chris Earl sees that in the...

Call for pause on tahr culling plans, New Zealand

Call for pause on tahr culling plans, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, September 2020. A Department of Conservation programme to cull Himalayan Tahr from the mountains of the Southern Alps has stirred up the hunting community. Annabelle Latz reports. The tahr hunting community fear the Department of Conservation...

A hiss,  not a roar. New Zealand

A hiss, not a roar. New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, August 2020.The Covid-19 lockdown has kept international hunters at home and meant a very lean season for their NZ guides, as Annabelle Latz reports. The stags were roaring, yet not a hunter was to be seen. Owing to Covid-19 lockdown rules there...

Running on a moonscape. Botswana

Running on a moonscape. Botswana

Trail Run Magazine, (AUS/NZ.), July 2020.Written by Annabelle Latz. Photos by Xavier Briel. Nothing could prepare me for it, and nothing will ever compare to it. Running on a white vastness, a cloud-whispered light-blue sky above, amongst an absence of landmarks and...

The Grape Outdoors

The Grape Outdoors

Country Wide Magazine, March 2020. On the back of a wonderful winemaking harvest in Zimbabwe at the beginning of 2019, Annabelle Latz was drawn to Thonninggii Wine Cellars, in central north Namibia near Etosha National Park. Owned by the Boshoff family, Thonninggii,...

Salt Pans Ultra Marathon. Botswana.

Salt Pans Ultra Marathon. Botswana.

October 2, 2019. Think of a beach. Make it the size of Switzerland, add in some rocks, tip the mercury to mid thirties, add some wind, or have zero wind, then run 100km across it. Freshpak Salt Pans Ultra Marathon, Botswana’s inaugural ultra marathon stage race across...