• Grunt time! A traction engine gets down to it in the tractor pull at the Crank Up

The Edendale Crank Up

April 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

I’d been to the Edendale Crank Up before – two years ago when I was invited as a passenger on the Ferrari Owner’s Club annual run when the Italian marque was the ‘featured car’. Ferrari, a glittering (slightly misplaced?) jewel in an ocean of beloved old tractors, stationary engines, sheep shearing displays and other old [...]

  • Toromiro Station on the Kanakanaia Road

Toromiro Gisborne – Shear Hard Work

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kevin Williams wasn’t very happy with his wife Donna when she entered the Westpac Business Excellence 
Awards. “He doesn’t like the limelight,” says Donna, his partner in the K Williams Shearing partnership, which ended up winning the Māori Business Excellence Award, much to Kevin’s horror. “Kevin would rather put on his gumboots and go to [...]

The Big Picture

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

When we go away on holiday, we stress out about our cat George and who is going to feed him. It seems like such a huge responsibility owning an animal, a small furry life entirely dependent on a couple of humans. But an experience I had recently put our concerns about George into perspective. At [...]