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A new bill to increase the data protection period for agricultural chemicals in New Zealand is good news for growers of minor crops including avocados, says Nikki Johnson of Market Access Solutionz. Goat farmers are among those who would benefit from...

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The message from this week's Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth forum at Taneatua was a strong one: The Bay's economic growth opportunities are huge and the region has the natural resources, the people and the will to realise that potential. “The...

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Up to 50 bee hives have been stolen in a weekend heist at Kiwi Bee Waikato. The hives were taken from the Waipapa Road site, south-east of Te Awamutu. Kiwi Bee Waikato hives were there on Friday and gone on Monday, leaving branch manager Harald Aalderink...

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Young people from across Tauranga are being encouraged to apply for a “life-changing” youth search and rescue course. The three-year course, aimed specifically at Western Bay of Plenty students, is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and...

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A court order has been made against a Waikato pig farmer which will limit his future involvement in the industry. In July farmer Kenneth McIntyre and his employer, Kaimai Pork Limited, were convicted and fined a total of $128,750 – a record fine...

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Following the successful launch of their graduate programme last year, kiwifruit exporter Zespri is once again looking for graduates to join its growing business. Zespri global sourcing partner Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins says the graduate recruitment scheme...

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It's going to be a long night for the organisers of Whakamarama School's Possum Hunt and Family Fun Day, as they look forward to a few more hours of plucking fur off 240 possums. Bill Adams 10, shows off his catch .Photos: Cameron Avery. Event...

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Tauranga city council says it's looking for ideas over what to do with the 28ha Smith's Farm, a property alongside the toll road that is now surplus to requirements. The council originally bought the land for future sports fields, but no longer...

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Te Puke has stopped vibrating. “It's great!” says Mark Boyle, managing director of Te Puke Economic Development Group and the un-anointed high priest of Te Puke. “We have got our town back.” He reckons the new Tauranga Eastern...

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A national survey of beekeepers will provide a “starting point” to explore the potential causes behind colony losses in New Zealand. Around the world there are reports of high colony losses, and while New Zealand's hive numbers have...

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