Video series 'by farmers, for farmers'

Farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment will feature in a new video series providing advice to other farmers about good nutrient management practice in a bid to reduce nutrients entering the lake. The video series is one of seven projects to receive grants... Read More

AVOCO buoys Coastguard with partnership

AVOCO is taking its longstanding community commitments on to the water by becoming a proud new partner of the Waihi Beach Volunteer Coastguard – just in time for summer. AVOCO has teamed up with the Western Bay of Plenty Coastguard unit, agreeing... Read More

‘Thin end of wedge’ for drystock farmers

  While dairy farmers may be worrying about their future fertiliser application levels in the light of the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora recommendations, drystock farmers are in no doubt that they got the thin end of the wedge. At a meeting last month in... Read More

Consultation opens on new fire levy

Public consultation opens today on a new rate of levy on fire insurance contracts, to help fund the future of New Zealand's fire services. The New Zealand Fire Service Commission is currently funded from a levy on fire and motor vehicle insurance... Read More

Trees to off-set cow emissions

A call to plant more trees to offset New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture has won backing from the forestry sector. Chair of the joint Forest Owners Association and Farm Forestry Associations' Environment Committee Peter... Read More

Dairy industry accused of cruelty

Dairy farming is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, say SAFE and Farmwatch. New footage obtained by Farmwatch investigators shows a year on from the 2015 exposé of the New Zealand dairy industry, calves continue to be mistreated. In... Read More

Fishing and forestry drive diesel demand

Diesel use in the primary sector has increased in the last five years, and now accounts for over half of the sector's energy use, according to Statistics New Zealand. The fishing and forestry industries were the main drivers of the increase. In... Read More

Warning bells from young riders

The big moto cross event at Taupo over Labour Weekend featured a number of sensational performances from young men who showed they are all ready to step up the grades. Regarded as the Kiwi season-opening motocross event, all the race teams usually turn... Read More

Fonterra announces new appointments

Fonterra has announced newly appointed independent director Scott St John will join the Fonterra Board on November 1. New Zealand's largest business has also confirmed the three members of its newly created Independent Selection Panel which was... Read More

Fire service advice for summer

Despite the recent wild weather, summer is definitely coming, and with it barbecues and the hot, dry weather that increases the chances of fire. The Fire Service has some simple tips and advice for people to reduce the fire risk this summer. Fire risk... Read More

Opinion Poll

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