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Living the dream
After spending the best of his working life in a city, John Morton decided
to transform his Central Otago holiday retreat into his permanent base.
Now "semi-retired", John and his wife own and
operate a small cherry orchard in Cromwell.
Initially selling their cherries through regional
farmers' markets, the couple was keen to target
a larger audience.
80-year-old John thought the internet
was the best way forward, and to improve
his business computing skills he enrolled
in the National Certificate in Computing
(Level 2) at Otago Polytechnic's Central Otago
campus in Cromwell.
"Otago Polytechnic is well known and well
regarded in the area and this qualification was
exactly what I was looking for; it resulted in basic
competence using the Microsoft Office suite of
programs and was aimed at individuals who use
a computer in their life and work."
With a flexible study schedule, John was easily able
to fit his learning around his other commitments.
"There was a real emphasis on friendly support
from the tutor. I gained highly-useable skills in
word processing, spread sheet analysis and
presentation, and developed real confidence in
tackling any personal computer application."
And he put these skills to great use by building
a business webpage and selling his produce on
TradeMe. Now catering to a nationwide market,
sales have increased and the business is a
"Our son and two grandsons now live next door
and are all part of this activity. Central Otago
is a wonderful place to live and having a small
orchard keeps us more physically active than any
office job in the city!"
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Bone health checks
for Asia, Middle East
Fonterra will carry out a record
7 million Anlene Bone Health
Checks across Asia and the
Middle East over 12 months.
The Anlene Bone Health Check
is programme run by Fonterra
across the region, providing
people with free bone scans to
help them understand more
about their bone health.
Fonterra managing director
ASEAN/MENA Mark Wilson
said this commitment built on
Fonterra's ongoing efforts to
help raise awareness about the
importance of bone health -- a
key component of the co-
operative's advanced nutrition
strategy in the region.
According to data analysed from
the Anlene Bone Health Check,
by the age of 35, one in three
people in Asia are classified as
at medium to high risk of
There is no cure but Anlene, the
only high calcium milk clinic-
ally proven to improve bone
health, can play a role in helping
prevent its onset.
Plan for an invasion
By DIANE BISHOP
Land developers could be at risk
of invasion from grass grub or
porina, research has shown.
AgResearch scientist Sue Zyden-
bos told delegates at the NZ
Grassland Association annual
conference that modified pasture
was a ''paradise for these small
Border-dyke irrigation, conver-
sion from forestry to farm land
and developing tussock country
had all led to porina or grass grub
invasions at high rates, she said.
Ms Zydenbos said land developers
should ''prepare for the worst''
but could reduce their risk of
serious pest invasion by focusing
on good pasture establishment.
That meant selecting the right
pasture cultivars, controlling
weeds, ensuring good fertility and
careful grazing management.
She believed the removal of some
insecticides from the market
would encourage farmers to use
natural pathogens or biopesti-
cides as a control.
When asked about ways to
measure grass grub populations,
she said that a spade was still the
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