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Rural People and Issues : The good oil

lifestyleblock.co.nz Investigative Free Range writer Annette Taylor will boldly search out answers to many of the perplexing questions that beset rural dwellers.  Unflinchingly she will seek out agricultural scientists, vets, lawyers, noise control officers and even politicians to answer those befuddling questions that you haven’t the time or inclination to chase.  No question too small, or too big.  Email Annette at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CLOAKING <!-- document.write( '</' ); document.write( 'span>' ); //--> and she will find the answers on your behalf.


Michael lives on a one-acre block and has a neighbour who processes firewood for charity. Trouble is, he does it about 200 metres away from Michael's house.

Neil has a neighbour with unstable pine trees on his property, bordering a shared driveway. 

Jacques and Barb have a problem with their three organic heifers...

The post always gets through.  Or does it?   And there's much more at stake than a birthday card to Aunt Joan going astray.

Janet is looking for an alternative to having to join her local council’s proposed new sewage scheme.

It didn’t get off to a good start.  Shoot ‘em, he said.

Kate has 30-odd (very odd, she says) goats...

Remember that idea of the paperless office? 

Swaggie, bless her socks, asked a cracker question.  She was wondering about carbon tax credits.

Waikato conservationist and permaculturalist Maxine Fraser says people get very hung up about compost. 

Sceptical of Rotorua lives on a small lifestyle block just out of the city. 

The question is – what is a paper road and what rights do landowners have regarding them?

Q:  Jack wants to know if it’s possible to get wastewater digesters which would deal with the sewage for an ordinary household.

Question:  My neighbour’s stock keep breaking on to my land.  What can I do? Answer:  Quite a lot, really.

Swaggie certainly did.  Her question:  what can you do if you or your property gets unintentionally sprayed? 

Nothing ever is dead easy, is it? 

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