Hyundai Country Calendar

7:30pm Saturday, October 13 on TV One

Revisit some of your favourite Hyundai Country Calendar characters and places when this Kiwi classic returns to TV ONE.

Hyundai Country Calendar Specials feature three stories linked by a common theme, drawn from the last two years’ programmes. Upcoming themes include dairying, horticulture, fishing and South Island high country living.

In tonight’s programme, revisit three great characters of this Kiwi classic’s archives: a female city-slicker turned farmer, an East Coast poet and comic entertainer, and a young woman who is shaking up the forestry world.

It’s the best of the best in these hour-long specials that take another look at the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

7:00pm Saturday, September 15 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

In the 2012 season finale, cowboy Neil Hersey travels back to Northland’s Aupouri forest, 25 years after his first journey, to catch and break in the best of Aupouri’s wild horses.

Neil and other cowboys follow the wild horses to learn about their behaviour and condition. It’s a game of cat and mouse as the veteran horseman tries to keep his distance to avoid scaring and scattering the herd.

Finally, Neil and the group manage to run the over 300-strong herd into open country, but the wild horses, led by their stallions, consistently get the better of the cowboys.

Missed Hyundai Country Calendar? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

7:00pm Saturday, September 8 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, after 30 years of endlessly boosting production on his Manawatu dairy farm, Jeff Williams became uneasy. The cows were gaining too much weight and their health was at risk.

Jeff now uses bio-agriculture methods, although he prefers to call his approach ‘holistic farming’, where the emphasis is on sustainability and putting his stock first.

7:00pm Saturday, September 1 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, Kaye Crawford grew up in the city but has wanted to live on the land ever since she visited a farm on a school trip.

Kaye has adapted well to life on the farm and enjoys nothing more than getting out on the land to take in the beautiful scenery, with four or five dogs at her feet.

7:00pm Saturday, August 25 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, Richard and Jacqui Parsons are passionate about horses.

The Parsons take part in the annual Goldfields Calvacade, a week-long trek across Central Otago that retraces the steps and trails of 19th-century gold miners.

7:00pm Saturday, August 18 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, when Hermann and Agnes Seifried told people about their dream to make wine in Nelson, everyone told them they were crazy.

But 40 years on, the second generation of their family are now also winemakers and their product is exported to more than 18 countries.

7:00pm Saturday, August 11 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, tired of a busy life in the city, Rae Roadley met her future husband Rex through a dating website.

After overcoming the initial challenges of a remote life, Rae eventually moved onto the Kaipara farm. She has since documented her unusual love story in a best-selling book.

7:00pm Saturday, August 4 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, Steve Wyn-Harris has been the sole worker on his Waipukurau farm for over 30 years. But Steve believes that’s no excuse for having an unkept farm.

The judges of the East Coast Ballance Award for Farm Environment agree. They described Steve’s farm as picture perfect when he won the inaugural award last year.

7:00pm Saturday, July 28 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, teenager Stormy Merritt had big reservations when her father offered her a job on a logging site, living in the bush with a group of guys.

But now, she is a highly skilled bush worker and the very first woman to win New Zealand’s top forestry apprenticeship award.

7:00pm Saturday, July 21 on TV One

Hyundai Country Calendar showcases the extraordinary lives of rural New Zealanders.

Tonight, when his phone’s ringing flat-out and he’s needed in the yards to draught stock, Bruce Wills sometimes wonders why he put his hand up to be President of Federated Farmers.

But Bruce wouldn’t trade his double life for anything. When he is not carrying out his Federated Famer duties, he can be found three or four days of the week on his family-run Napier farm.