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New Zealand award-winning comedian and TV personality, Te Radar, has been confirmed as MC for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner at Mills Reef Winery on Wednesday, June 22. NZKGI Chairman, Doug Brown, says the organising committee is delighted...

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Ōpōtiki District Council is to grant a five year rates relief for Māori land owners looking to lead a kiwifruit development project at Ōmaio. The kaupapa (project) will see up to 150 hectares of Māori-owned land converted from maize to kiwifruit...

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Warren & Mahoney, architects of the Supreme Court Building in Wellington, have been appointed by Zespri to design its new headquarters on Maunganui Road. “While building activity hasn't started on the Zespri site yet, there's been plenty...

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For the first time in its 83 year history, a South Island dairy farm has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award dairy. The winner is the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation whose farm Tahu a Tao has a long and proud...

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A new efficient method of artificially pollinating kiwifruit, invented by a Whakatane company, will be released at this year's Fieldays. Wilco Klein Ovink of The Wrangler, a Whakatane firm with a proven record in innovative equipment, has the patented...

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A new kiwifruit sprayer developed specifically for New Zealand orchards will be on display at Fieldays, thanks to a partnership between Te Puke spray business Splash Direct and Australian equipment company Croplands. The development of the Cropliner sprayer...

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If Auckland housing spreads onto Pukekohe's elite growing soils, Kiwi households will have to rely on expensive imported vegetables. That's the warning from HortNZ natural resources manager Chris Keenan, who is worried the true cost of uncontrolled...

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MPs from a little known government committee were blown away by the scale of the kiwifruit industry and level of technology being used, says their host Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller. Todd, a former Apata Group CEO before turning to politics, took members...

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The Ministry for Primary Industries has detected velvetleaf contamination in a further fodder beet seed line. Response incident controller David Yard says the seed testing laboratory has found a low level of velvetleaf seed contamination in the Feldherr...

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Edgecumbe's Thomas Chatfield is the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year, taking the title at the industry's prestigious awards night in Wellington on Saturday. The 30-year-old former physiotherapist is managing a 500-cow Whakatane farm...

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