Information event for farm enviro awards

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards offers farmers and growers the chance to have their businesses evaluated by a team of highly respected and experienced farmers, growers and agribusiness professionals, as well network with likeminded people. “If... Read More

Penalties ‘may not be tough enough'

Penalties imposed against the grower who allegedly provided bud wood from two new Zespri kiwifruit varieties to Chinese orchards may not be tough enough, says Doug Brown, chairman of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. Zespri has terminated the grower's... Read More

Naughty calves up pasture bed time

A Paeroa Police officer is reminding drivers about safety on rural roads in an amusing update on social media. Paeroa Constable Jacinda Karaitiana has given an insight into what a common night shift looks like to her, in a post on the Waikato Police... Read More

Public’s help needed in Zespri case

Information from the public is being sought to help bring a criminal prosecution over the alleged provision of bud wood from Zespri's new varieties to growers in China. Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer confirms that Zespri has already... Read More

Free offer for scheme sign-ups

Farmers ready to move to the next stage of Plan Change 10 are being encouraged to sign up for a free resource consent before the offer expires at the end of the month. The offer which has been available to landowners of properties over 40 hectares in... Read More

Farmers rally in Morrinsville

New Zealand is too small to have a rural/urban divide, Waikato Federated Farmers President Andrew McGiven told the farming rally in Morrinsville at noon yesterday. "We'd like to say to our urban cousins, be fully informed because we'd all... Read More

Principal shuts down rumour mill

The principal of Pukehina School is reminding the public, once again, they will not be closing down. Pukehina School principal Roger Reid says recent rumours surrounding the school's closure is having a detrimental impact on their school's... Read More

Psa damage, growers can't sue - lawyer

A group of kiwifruit growers claiming that negligence by the Ministry for Primary Industries allowed the Psa virus into New Zealand in 2009 isn't legally able to make a damages claim and is wrong about where the virus began, a government lawyer... Read More

Injury in Oropi crash

The driver of a car that hit a bank near the top of Oropi Road this afternoon is believed to have suffered minor injuries, say police. The car struck the bank near the intersection with Lloyds Lane at about 3.40pm. The cause is unknown. Western Bay of... Read More

Small horses have big charm

A miniature horse club's policy is horse size doesn't matter, and they aim to prove it at their latest open day. The Volcanic Miniature Horse club open day on Sunday, August 27 is showcasing the positive aspects of hiring a little horse friend... Read More



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