• FLEETWOOD MAC - LANDSLIDE

    Now Playing

    LANDSLIDE - FLEETWOOD MAC

  • U2 - I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

    Previously Played

    I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR - U2

  • THE GUESS WHO - THESE EYES

    Previously Played

    THESE EYES - THE GUESS WHO

  • Nicolette Larson - LOTTA LOVE

    Previously Played

    LOTTA LOVE - Nicolette Larson

  • CAROLE KING - JAZZMAN

    Previously Played

    JAZZMAN - CAROLE KING

  • LIONEL RICHIE - TRULY

    Previously Played

    TRULY - LIONEL RICHIE

  • NEVILLE BROTHERS - BIRD ON A WIRE

    Previously Played

    BIRD ON A WIRE - NEVILLE BROTHERS

  • ABBA - Knowing Me Knowing You

    Previously Played

    Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA

  • DIANA ROSS - UPSIDE DOWN

    Previously Played

    UPSIDE DOWN - DIANA ROSS

  • SEALS & CROFTS - DIAMOND GIRL

    Previously Played

    DIAMOND GIRL - SEALS & CROFTS

  • CHRIS REA - LET'S DANCE

    Previously Played

    LET'S DANCE - CHRIS REA

  • FRANKIE VALLI - CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU

    Previously Played

    CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU - FRANKIE VALLI

  • O'JAYS - Use Ta Be My Girl

    Previously Played

    Use Ta Be My Girl - O'JAYS

  • BROTHERHOOD OF MAN - UNITED WE STAND

    Previously Played

    UNITED WE STAND - BROTHERHOOD OF MAN

  • AIR SUPPLY - EVERY WOMAN IN THE WORLD

    Previously Played

    EVERY WOMAN IN THE WORLD - AIR SUPPLY

  • BOZ SCAGGS - LOWDOWN

    Previously Played

    LOWDOWN - BOZ SCAGGS

  • BEE GEES - STAYIN' ALIVE

    Previously Played

    STAYIN' ALIVE - BEE GEES

  • CARLY SIMON - MOCKING BIRD

    Previously Played

    MOCKING BIRD - CARLY SIMON

  • STEVE MILLER BAND - TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN

    Previously Played

    TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN - STEVE MILLER BAND

  • BARRY WHITE - LOVE'S THEME

    Previously Played

    LOVE'S THEME - BARRY WHITE

  • CANDI STATON - YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE

    Previously Played

    YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE - CANDI STATON

The Prince's mooving message

Section
News,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 4:24PM
Photo / Getty
Photo / Getty

They became the global "face" of the Kaikoura quake: footage of three cows stranded on a small grass island amidst the chaos after the massive magnitude-7.8 tremor were beamed on live news bulletins around the world.

Clarence Valley farmer Derrick Millton was busy trying to save the herefords when phonecalls from BBC, CNN, ABC and other major news networks came in wanting to know whether the two adult cattle and calf would survive.

Prince William, who stayed at the farm during the 2005 British and Irish Lions rugby tour, messaged the Milltons to say, "Your friends in England are thinking of you".

"The world just seemed to want to know and I realised just how important they were to the whole earthquake story," Millton recalls a year on from that fateful day.

The cows were part of a mob of 18 that were rescued on the third day of the quake.

Today, they were peacefully grazing on a lush top paddock on Millton's farm overlooking the Pacific Ocean where the seabed jumped 2m in the vicious shaking.

The cows have come to mean a lot for Millton.

They've even sparked a best-selling book, borne out of a poem penned by Millton's wife Jane at 4am the day after the quake, Moo and Moo and the Little Calf Too.

"These are our friends - the guts of our farm really," he said.

"People always want to know about the cows and whether they were ever saved. It's always about the cows, not the people or the earthquake itself. But it's a positive story.

"And in a place where there is so much uncertainty, that's not a bad thing."