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Episode 23: Go Girls


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On the next episode, screening 5 September 2015 at 7pm on TV ONE:

 

Go Girls

 

Tanya Chisholm discovered pig-hunting soon after her marriage ended. She was raising four girls – her daughter and three step-daughters – and trying to run a farm on rough country in the Paraparas between Whanganui and Raetihi.

 

She was stressed, exhausted and in need of a break. A weekend chasing porkers, appreciating the beauty of the bush, and falling asleep physically tired but not stressed was all it took to get her hooked.

 

It was through pig-hunting that Tarn met Jewel Davey, a neighbour. They found they had much in common – Jewel had also recently separated.

 

Their connection became both a friendship and working relationship – and it was invaluable for Tarn when an accident stopped her from doing manual work for almost a year. Without being asked, Jewel stepped in to help run the farm.

 

Jewel is a possum trapper, contract shearer and musterer, and stalks deer and pigs for pleasure. Tarn describes her as a female Barry Crump – laconic with a dry sense of humour.

 

Another of Tarn’s hobbies is also a money-spinner. She breeds Clydesdales and trains them for harness work.  Her sheep and beef farm, Taukoro, has a large mortgage to service, so every income stream helps.

 

The two women have set up a new venture called ‘Girls Go Country’.  They’ve turned a cottage on the farm into accommodation for guests and offer them a rural experience.

 

The name might suggest men aren’t welcome – but Tarn says that’s not the case.  ‘Men are welcome and we have lots of young people of both sexes coming to sample farm life,’ she says.

 

But Tarn and Jewel find groups of women get stuck into activities with much more gusto without the presence of men.

 

Guests can get involved in whatever farm activity is happening when they are there – mustering, shearing, feeding calves – and horse treks are also popular.

 

For more about Tarn and Jewel’s activities visit: www.girlsgocountry.co.nz

or www.facebook.com/girlsgocountrynz

 

 

Credits:   

 

Narrator

Frank Torley

 

Camera

Richard Williams

 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator

Richard Williams

 

Field Sound

Tony Spear

 

Editor

Mike Townsend

 

Colour Grader

Alex Wright

 

Sound Mixer

Ian Leslie

 

Post Production Manager

Bailey Palmer

 

Production Manager

Robyn Best

 

Research

Vivienne Jeffs

 

Network Executive

Jude Callen

 

Associate Producer

Dan Henry

 

Director

Howard Taylor

 

Producer

Julian O’Brien

 


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