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Selwyn Times: June 06, 2017

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2 Tuesday [Edition datE] June 6 2017 30 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES New Tuatara ATV scores high on strength and safety Innovation, simplicity and ingenuity are at the fore with the side by side Tuatara 1100 ultra-terrain vehicle. Unlike many ATVs that are based on fourwheel motorcycle technology, the Tuatara 1100 is more like a Jeep in design and appearance and able to be road registered. “Quad bike accidents occur all too regularly, with many operators killed or injured every year. We wanted to design a safer vehicle that would cope with New Zealand conditions, from dusty dry to extreme cold and wet weather; over any terrain whether rough, pumice or sandy ground,” says Geoff Hill who along with his partner Qingmei Pang, set up Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd, now trading as Tuatara Machinery Ltd. ‘Project Tuatara’ began three years ago. After initially launching a two seat model powered by a 600cc motorcycle engine, Geoff and Qingmei decided to upgrade to a three seat version powered by a much more powerful 1100cc four cylinder Chery engine. The result is an extremely quiet, reliable and very fuel efficient engine. Since its launch, modifications have been made to improve the Tuatara with flexibility of this kind only possible as it is Geoff and Qingmei’s own brand. “We’ve listened to our customers and made modifications based on their suggestions, making the Tuatara as ‘bulletproof ’ as possible,” advises Geoff who adds that customer response has been extremely positive, with people being very impressed with what they see. “Hunters love these vehicles because they can carry three people and all of their gear, and these machines will pretty much go wherever they point them,” adds Geoff. “The Tuatara offers selectable two-wheel and four-wheel drive, and individually selectable front and rear differential locking. This allows the Tuatara to be comfortably driven over rough, demanding country, even in shallow snow.” The Tuatara 1100 is certainly unique. Made from steel and built on a ladder chassis, there is virtually no plastic componentry so the vehicle is robust and able to carry more than its quad bike counterparts. Safety has also been paramount in the design. The Tuatara is fitted with a roll-over Diesel Blower Heaters • An industrial diesel powered blower heater, which is ideal for warming a large area. • Clean burning technology and diesel economy allow it to operate for up to 14 hours on a single tank. • Designed especially to keep operation noise to an absolute minimum. • Plug the heater into a standard three pin plug power point and turn the thermostat to the desired heat setting and the burner starts automatically and will continue operation until it reaches the preset heat setting, automatically turning itself off and on as required to maintain the temperature. • A truly powerful, versatile and economical heater 30 kW - $795.00 GST incl 50 kW - $895.00 GST incl BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz protection system (ROPS) with rigidity that protects the driver and passengers, is enhanced with the placement of full, four-point seatbelts for all passengers. As farm vehicles must perform in day-to-day conditions which are extremely demanding on machinery, durability was also an aim in designing the Tuatara 1100. This is where Qingmei’s engineering background came into play with the result, a vehicle that is capable of doing the job and lasting the distance. Another significant advantage of the Tuatara is the lower servicing costs that come about through simplicity of design, ease of access to all components and markedly cheaper spare parts pricing. Servicing can even be done at the local garage, if that is the customer’s preference. Geoff and Qingmei are totally committed to ‘Project Tuatara’, and are currently establishing a dealership network throughout New Zealand. The Tuatara 1100 can be viewed at: www.lifestyletractors.co.nz or by telephoning Geoff Hill on 347 4956 or 0274 770 070. Selwyn Auto Canterbury Ltd • Pipes, valves, fittings sales • Filtration supply and installation • Pump service, repairs and maintenance • Bore flush and development • Bore pump sales, servicing and maintenance • Quotations for water system designs and water testing • We also sell, service and repair most pump brands including sewage pumps Sales and service | After hours service call Jason 021 649 944 or Mike 021 560 044 0800 GRUNDFOS / 0800 478 633 www.pumps-filters.co.nz ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres › Motorbike WOF’s & Repairs › Courtesy Cars Available Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com

[Edition datE] SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 6 2017 31 SELWYN RURAL LIFE 3 Farmer advisory panel to provide feedback on genetic development New Zealand Animal Evaluation (NZAEL), a subsidiary of DairyNZ, has established a new farmer advisory panel to provide practical, farmer based feedback on animal evaluation research, development, and communication. NZAEL manager Dr Jeremy Bryant says it is vitally important for farmers to be involved in genetic evaluation development. “The perspective and experience of farmers is invaluable when it comes to enhancing the animal evaluation system,” Dr Bryant says. The aim of the panel is to create a forum for discussion between farmers, researchers and the NZAEL team, and to assist NZAEL in identifying practical issues that could be implemented as part of the strategy. “The six farmers on the panel have farming businesses that are representative of a range of New Zealand farming systems. They are advocates of genetic improvement, NZAEL manager Dr Jeremy Bryant. and will meet about five times a year to give their practical views on research and development being proposed or undertaken by NZAEL and DairyNZ researchers,” Dr Bryant says. There are currently two key areas that the panel is providing feedback on. The first is a project focused on reducing the ‘reproof bias’ in AE enrolled sires (read more at dairynz.co.nz/ reproof) and the second is a mid-term review of the economic models that are used to generate breeding worth. The review will commence in spring 2017, and the panel, along with other stakeholders, will be involved in providing views on the key focus areas. DairyNZ strategy and investment leader productivity Bruce Thorrold: “DairyNZ invests a significant amount of farmers’ levy money in NZAEL each year, and it’s critical we look to maximise value to farmers – getting more direct farmer input is one important way to do that.” In addition to working closely with the panel, NZAEL values feedback from all New Zealand dairy farmers and will continue to consult the industry on big changes and developments via breeding company meetings, user group meetings, consulting officer networks, social media and email newsletters which are produced three times a year. User group meetings will be held from time to time to communicate major developments. A healthy bull. Photo credit CRV Ambree GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! Not just a tyre shop! On-FaRM SERViCES No CaLLout Fee (SElwyn diSTRiCT) aGRiCUlTURal TyRES Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. Enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & TV while you wait. • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 847 Jones Rd, Rolleston • www.tasmantyres.co.nz