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Two obese pet pigs blinded by their own fat rolls for two years have had their sight restored following possibly the first surgery of its kind in New Zealand at Tauranga's Holistic Vets. Devoted pig owner Preetha David brought her two pigs, Piggy...

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Honey combs, hives and bees are all on display at the Tauranga Farmers Market today as part of National Bee Awareness month. Tauranga Farmers Market manager Trixie Allen says stallholders have a connection with bees in their production have displays to...

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Immigration New Zealand is investigating a potential case of exploitation involving Fijian workers in the Bay of Plenty. A group of Fijians lured to the Bay to work on kiwifruit orchards claim they have been underpaid and forced to sleep on floors during...

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News kiwifruit marketer Zespri is seeking to lease a section of vacant land in Miro Street has prompted the Te Puke Economic Development Group for Zespri to offer an alternative. The group's managing director Mark Boyle says Te Puke is the ideal...

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Bay of Plenty dairy farmer Trevor Hamilton entered the Ballance Farm Environment Awards because he had a point to prove. Trevor and wife Harriet run a large-scale family business spanning 10 farms - five in Canterbury, four in Bay and one in Hawke's...

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Fonterra holding its milk price to $6 per kilogram of milk solids for the 2014/15 season is a relief for farmers, says Federated Farmers. “The milk price hold is good news given there's been widespread speculation about it sliding below the...

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Katikati company Bridge It NZ's unique farm bridge project is among the winners of the 2014 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards. The specialist company, formed six years ago, won category one for projects with a value of less than $0.5m for...

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Plans for November's New Zealand Garden and Art Festival are in full bloom as developments begin on the event's first-ever expo hub at The Lakes. Festival director John Beech and trustees met at the Lakes Boulevard site today to discuss construction...

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The new gold kiwifruit variety G9 is ‘fatally flawed' and Zespri is doing the right thing in encouraging growers to stop growing it, says Tauranga grower Mike Smith. The high yielding sweet fruit has a problem with ‘shrivelling'...

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After 31 years at the helm of kiwifruit packhouse company EastPack,  Tony Hawken is stepping down from his position as CEO at the end of this year. The leader of the largest post-harvest operator in the industry – with bases in Edgecumbe, Opotiki,...

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A Royal Spoonbill on the Wairau Lagoon. Photo by Will Parsons.
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