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Saturday, March 07, 2015

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Following complaints from residents about overcrowded footpaths being ‘littered with tables and chairs’ in downtown Mount Maunganui, how would you solve the problem?

Remove parking bays and make the pavements wider
Pedestrianise the whole area
Leave it alone. Its a lot of fuss over nothing
Make cafe owners and restaurateurs pay extra for use of the footpaths
Ban outdoor tables and chairs completely
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Seeka CEO Michael Franks insists there is nothing to suggest the overnight fire at their Oakside Post-Harvest site is suspicious. “We will let the fire service do their investigations but at this stage there are no signs of foul play,” explained...

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The blaze that tore through a packhouse in Rangiuru is under investigation as firefighters work to put the fire out. Reports of the Oakside Coolstore and Packhouse blaze first came in about 12am and firefighters are still at the scene. Around 15 fire...

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Measures to prevent Queensland fruit fly becoming established in New Zealand are underway on both sides of the Tasman, says Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, who visited Tauranga yesterday. Nathan is working with Australian officials on import...

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Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd is back on a growth trajectory, both in size and profitability, says CEO Michael Franks. The company has announced a net, after-tax profit of $3.17 million - up 38 per cent on the previous year's $2.3 million - in...

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Recent rain is welcome but much more is needed to return soil moisture levels to normal, says Rick Powdrell, president of Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers. “Our region is much better off than a lot of areas but the rainfall has been varied and we...

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One of the largest farms in the Rotorua district, a 1240 ha sheep and beef property, has won the supreme title in the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Highlands Station and its owners John and Catherine Ford took out the title at last night's...

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“While we had 100 per cent x-ray screening, we had 100 per cent no fruit fly.” That is the message from Horticulture New Zealand's communications manager Leigh Catley as the discovery of fruit fly in Auckland continues to worry growers...

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A report to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council suggests the region's farmers have improved when it comes to complying with dairy effluent rules. A 2014 survey of compliance on dairy farms in the Bay of Plenty demonstrated improved compliance levels,...

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The kiwifruit industry is seeking assurances that the Ministry for Primary Industries is doing everything it can to lower the chances of pests and disease entering New Zealand. Allan Dawson, managing director of Katikati post-harvest company Aongatete,...

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The Bay of Plenty's kiwifruit industry is nervously awaiting developments in Auckland in the hope that the Queensland Fruit Fly population discovered in Grey Lynn is isolated and eradicated. Alister Hawkey, executive director of Te Puke postharvest...

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