• The big 4-0

    I was ten years old when my old man celebrated his 40th birthday, and I can remember thinking at the time that 40 seemed pretty old and crusty. I must admit the old man certainly had a lot of selective …

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  • The Bus Ride

    Yesterday was the last day of the school term for young Fred and Trev. It was also the last day for their bus Driver Ted to drive past the Gladfield Farm-gate. Yeah I know it’s a bit confusing with the …

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  • Brain Fart of the Month

    Brain Fart of the Month

    First of all, a shout out to all Dads. Cheers to us, special people!

    Spring is here! Ye-ha, it’s getting warmer and the days are getting longer, more time for drinking great beer with Gladfield …

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  • I love my Staff

    I Love My Staff. At Gladfield we have a great team of over twenty including part-time full time and contracted staff.

    We have come a long way in 15 years when it was only Gabi and I bagging up last …

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  • Raising the Bar

    Gladfield Malt Roadshow

    After my first day at school, I couldn’t help thinking this is great when I am older enough to leave, I’ll know everything, and I will be able to conquer the world.

    Well, it wasn’t long before …

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  • Staff Motivation Tool

    Staff Motivation Tool

    A large pink frilly bra turned up in our office the other day disguised in a brown paper bag!

    At last, an answer to all my troubles. I had been looking for a solution for a very …

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  • School Lunches

    School Lunches

    Ever since my first day at school way back in 1978 I’ve had a problem with school lunches!

    Back in the day it was Marmite sandwiches, (Vegemite if you’re in Australia) occasionally Mum would splash out and we …

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  • Sustainability is the latest feel-good word

    Sustainability is the latest feel-good word that most people nowadays associate with the environment. It’s kind of a new trendy word that replaces the 1970’s word which was “Peace”.

    Let’s face it “Sustainability” is just another way of saying “let’s …

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  • Improving your Handicap

    Improving your Handicap

    Just like playing golf or any sport for that matter, it’s so much more enjoyable when you are good at what you do. But it is even more fun if you win now and then.

    Of course, …

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  • Smokin it!

    Smokin it!

    At Gladfield we have a smoke free police some of the time, but most of the time we are Smokin it!

    It’s that time of year when people begin to hibernate and the best way to hibernate is …

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  • Life is not just about getting a reward but also recognition.

    Life is not just about getting a reward but also recognition.

    Life is not just about getting a reward but also recognition.

    Everyone likes to be rewarded these days with higher pay, and it’s the big thing in the workplace …

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  • The Bugler

    The Bugler

    Did you hear the one about the bugler who got stage fright and bombed the last post? That was me 30 years ago when I first started playing the Bugle for the R.S.A. There is nothing worse than …

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  • HAPI

    HAPI

    Last week Gladfield had the good fortune to be able to attend the HAPI symposium and festival held at Te Papa in Wellington. There was a large crowd of craft brewers and industry leaders and Gabi and I enjoyed …

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  • The Party

    The Party

    The other day my nephew who works at Gladfield Malt got into a bit of trouble when having a party while his parents were away on holiday which brought back some memories of when I was young.

    One …

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  • Hope

    Hope

    I woke up on Saturday morning and the first thought to go through my head was anger, then I felt disappear as reality sunk in knowing there is nothing that anger, rage or justice will do to change what …

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  • We are all humans…

    We are all humans…

    Did you like that one, did you? Well, you’ll like this one……There was a young……..

    I’ve had a real laugh reading some of the yarns sent back about the in-laws! However, a number of people have …

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  • Anaconda’s

    Anaconda’s

    Did you hear the one about the Anaconda that was eating the mother-in-law’s chooks?

    We have all got an entertaining story or two about our mother or father in law so I thought it would be a good opportunity …

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  • Dormancy

    Dormancy

    Every year right about now we are furiously testing the multitudes of barley samples that show up at our Gladfield malting facility. Param, our laboratory manager has her work cut out keeping the data in front of Caleb (our …

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  • Fancy new wrapping? .….. it’s the thought that counts.

    Fancy new wrapping, it’s the thought that counts.

    We have jazzed up our glorious Gladfield malt with some fancy new wrapping. Essentially it is still the same consistent, reliable malt that you have been used to. All we have done …

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  • Teamwork

    Teamwork

    The old man always told me “It doesn’t matter how bloody clever you are if you don’t marry the right bird then you won’t get very far!”

    It’s a pretty true statement and you don’t have to look very …

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