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Rug up: Bowron Sheepskins

The cold weather has arrived, it’s time to bundle up and stay warm in style.


Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you cannot beat a decorative sheepskin. Instantly recognisable, a natural sheepskin has long been a staple in Kiwi homes.

Operating out of Woolston since 1879, Bowron takes pride in delivering an extensive range of sheepskin rugs, throws, washable infant car seat and stroller liners, homewares and accessories.

From simple dyed and natural coloured sheepskin rugs and throws to fine, crafted design rugs, Bowron has stylish and versatile interior accents to suit any space.

The original sheepskin, or more exotic items like the stylish Icelandic Arctic Fleece or decorative Nomad Tibetan Lambskin cushions, there is something for every home.

Collapse into one of its enormous Colossus Beanbags and appreciate true luxury, nothing compares to the feeling of natural fibre!

Not limited to interior design, Bowron is proud to supply Kiwi families with a variety of infant rugs and pram liners for ultimate hygiene protection. Durable, cosy, and washable,

it is no surprise that Bowron has provided generations of families with the softness and comfort of a Bowron baby
care rug.

Drop in and see the team at the factory shop, 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday at 2/12 Long St Woolston. Or shop online


It’s show time!

Livestock, equestrian, a Jack Russell race, wearable arts show, veggie growing competition, rides, live music, kid’s entertainment and delicious food are all on the agenda for this year’s Wanaka A&P Show.



This month the town will come alive for one of the South Island’s largest and most popular agricultural and pastoral shows set on the shores of Lake Wanaka.

With 40,000 attendees and 1000 exhibitors and competitors expected to descend on the Wanaka A&P Showgrounds on March 12 and 13, the weekend is gearing up to bring the fun and thrill of rural living to town.

Kid’s events include live storytelling by Taranaki drag queens Erika and Coco, and the Wonky Donkey Man, and a daredevil bike show.

There is live music from local and national acts, live cooking demonstrations, and a wearable art show – not to mention rides, games and food and drinks vendors.

The livestock schedule is jam-packed, too. With two days of dog trials, equestrian events, and livestock judging – as well as educational sessions to showcase what it takes to breed and grow New Zealand’s primary industries.

Buy tickets online at the website below, with $1 from every adult ticket going straight back into the local community via the Cheers Wanaka initiative.



The business of farming: Lincoln University Agribusiness

The oldest university in New Zealand, Lincoln, has a long connection to the country’s primary industries and is at the forefront of agricultural research and business. But not only does the institute teach the country’s future generations of farmers – it also partners with people, government and entities to offer advice, research and solutions.



Lincoln Faculty of AgriBusiness and Commerce will be attending the Wanaka A&P Show this month, connecting not only with prospective students – but with farmers and agriculture businesses.

“We work with farmers and agriculture businesses to connect them to researchers, scientists and advisors on any and all aspects of agribusiness,” says Rob Reynish, the faculty’s business development manager.

He says the school is well placed with a range of experts and research opportunities to help not only solve farming-related problems, but to increase performance of successful operations, too.

“We can help with financial advice to providing scientific insight into new farming techniques like precision agriculture.”

The faculty’s advice is so highly sought-after, its Farm Budget and Farm Technical manuals – which started life at student study aids – are now used around the world and considered essential publications for farmers, growers, consultants and students.

Look out for the Lincoln AgriBusiness stall at the Wanaka A&P Show, or contact Rob directly on 027 536 5898, (03) 423 0233, via or at the website below.


The happy dairy

Sue Trafford of Charing Cross Cheesery says it felt like it could be a “cool adventure” when she and her husband Guy were invited to become part of the new Riverside Market in Christchurch. “To make the transition from food producers to food retailers was a real leap of faith, but it’s been amazing and so much better than we expected.”



Sue says that apart from providing the best in gourmet foods, Riverside Market has a good educative aspect.

“With our artisan cheeses, for example, customers can chat with us about what they like and take advantage of our in-depth knowledge to find something that’s completely new to them and they’d never find anywhere else.”

Purveyors of their own homegrown sheep’s milk, yoghurt and cheeses – of which their feta, halloumi, and the smoothly moreish labneh are proving irresistible to cheese lovers, Charing Cross Cheesery also showcases other South Island cheese and dairy brands.

“Being ethical, sustainable, keeping it local and building strong supplier relationships is important to us,” Sue says.

“It’s what being a true, traditional cheese monger is all about.”

A recent addition to their dairy fare is – wait for it – sheep’s milk gelato!

Coming in scrumptious flavours such as Amarena Cherry, Citrus, Coffee and Rich Chocolate, customers are more than curious to try it.

“We’re the only people in New Zealand making sheep’s milk gelato. Once you taste it, there’s no going back!”

Find Charing Cross Cheesery at Riverside Market on the corner of Lichfield Street and Oxford Terrace.