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Meet the reporting team behind ‘Rural Life’
Rural Reporter, Central Rural Life
Sally Brooker began her rural experiences near Hastings, where she grew up on a 3.6ha asparagus patch then moved to a 6ha mixed fruit orchard.
Having studied at Massey University, she married into a family farming steep hill country in the Rangitikei district and became the rural reporter for the Manawatu Evening Standard.
After 15 years living on sheep and beef farms, Sally shifted to Oamaru 20 years ago.
She reported on rural matters on and off for the next 14 years, then in 2012 joined Allied Press as a fulltime rural reporter.
Reporter, North Canterbury News and Central Rural Life
David Hill was born and bred on the edge of Oamaru, surrounded by sheep and breeding bantams, although he was always very much a townie.
After attending Canterbury University in the mid-1990s, he got his first stint of rural reporting during a two-year spell at The Ensign, being thrown into the deep end at the Gore ram fairs and Southern Field Days.
After more than a decade out of the loop, he rejoined Allied Press with the Courier Country (now Central Rural Life) in January 2011 as a city boy living in quakedamaged east Christchurch.
While he still lives in the city, he now writes for North Canterbury News and Central Rural Life, mainly reporting on urban events, but occasionally escaping to the country.
Sally Rae has worked as a journalist for the Otago Daily Times for the past 23 years, the last seven as agribusiness reporter.
Sally comes from a sheep farm in North Otago and remains actively involved in farming, with a passion for all things rural.
Sally won the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism award for 2017, an award which encouraged journalists to report on the achievements of women living and working in rural communities.
She has also written two ruralthemed books — Gold Dust and Saddle Bags, and The Snow Farmer.