Policy stance ‘potentially far reaching'

Forest owners say the new Federated Farmers' policy on climate change is a major step to help farmers understand trees are not an alternative to farming, but rather trees are tools to assist farming's survivability. Federated Farmers has... Read More

Bay economy the strongest in 2016

The Bay of Plenty was the strongest performing regional economy last year with a 7.7 per cent increase to its gross domestic product. New figures released by Statistics New Zealand show 12 of the 15 regions' GDPs increased in 2016, with the Bay... Read More

Mood menus and vaporised foods reality

Robots delivering meals to your door – inhaling vaporised food instead of chewing it – and a restaurant that suggests a menu based on your mood aren't the future of food – they are happening now, says KPMG global head of agribusiness... Read More

Assessing value of trees

An online tool has been launched to help landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment understand the potential economic gains from converting all or parts of their property to pine or Manuka. Toitu Te Waonui, a Maori forestry initiative group comprising... Read More

Top growers' second orchard

Even when Maria Watchorn isn't in her avocado orchard, she's thinking about the health of her trees. Sitting down with her at her Prole Rd home in Omokoroa, her ears prick up and she quietly asks her husband Andrew if an irrigator has been... Read More

Stacking hay the old-fashioned way

Stacking hay, using equipment from last century, will be among the action attractions at the Tauranga Vintage Machinery Club's Crank Up Day at Katikati on April 9. “We think the hay stacker, or parts of it anyway, may be the same as one operated... Read More

First kiwifruit ship sails today

The first shipload of kiwifruit for the 2017 season - 840,000 trays of premium Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit - sails on board the Asian Adonis for Shanghai today. The New Zealand industry is set for another strong season, with continued growth in SunGold... Read More

Prime Minister pays the Bay a visit

Prime Minister Bill English was in Rotorua and Te Puke today, in his first visit to the region since taking the governmental reins from John Key. He was accompanied by Rotorua MP Todd McClay, and together they visited Red Stag Mill, south of the city. Todd... Read More

Growers vote to support kiwifruit levy

Kiwifruit growers have voted strongly in support of their representative organisation, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc, continuing to work on their behalf. Eight-five per cent of growers took part in the NZKGI Levy Referendum to continue the levy... Read More

Rural bachelors wanted

Single blokes from rural New Zealand are in demand as the search for 2017 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year begins. The rural bachelor competition is now in its seventh year and entries close at the end of March. Eight finalists will be selected for... Read More



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