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The Western Bay of Plenty Rural Fire Authority disappears this week, absorbed into the Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority. Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority brings together eight rural fire authorities operating in the North Island in a move aiming to improve...

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New Zealand Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston has been elected vice president of the World Farmers Organisation at its General Assembly in Milan. The WFO aims to bring together all the national producers and farm cooperative organisations...

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Selling weed killers in soft drink bottles on TradeMe could lead to fatal consequences, the agrichemical industry body Agcarm fears. Agcarm chief executive Mark Ross says the industry association has been pushing for a ban on selling these products on...

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Waiariki Institute of Technology has been ordered to pay $40,000 to a tutor after he was seriously injured during a forest operations course. The Bay of Plenty tertiary education provider was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court this week under the...

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Ari Wilson's Samba deer is one of the many highlights to come out of the Polaris 2015 Big Four Hunting and Fishing Competition. The Whakatane hunter was spotlighting in Taneatua when he came upon the five-year-old, 157.7kg animal – which is...

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Decades of service to the export sector by Tauranga's Ray Ellis was formerly recognised last night when he was awarded the ‘New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Service to Export' award at the Bay of Plenty ExportNZ awards' dinner. The...

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Hunters will be pulling out their hunting boots and camo gear for the Polaris 2015 Big Four Hunting and Fishing Competition today. Teams of four have been hunting the top four this week - a wild stag, wild boar, cock ring-neck pheasant and a trout –...

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Experience Comvita's tourism stocks are soaring after joining an illustrious group of sustainable attractions nationwide, backed by a visit from the Prime Minister. The Bay of Plenty attraction recently received the Qualmark Enviro Gold Award, recognising...

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Rotorua dry stock farmers John and Catherine Ford are the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards national winners. This is the first time a North Island farming business has won this award. Catherine and John Ford, the National Ballance Farm Environment...

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Katikati's Craig Ward is the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower for 2015. Craig won the title after a day-long competition which ended with a gala dinner in Tauranga last night. Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower for 2015 Craig Ward with Bay of Plenty...

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