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A tractor went up in flames on a rural Pongakawa property today due to what is believed to be an electrical short. Maketu Fire Brigade was called to the fire on Maniatutu Rd about 9am and arrived to find flames leaping from the engine. A tractor caught...

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The possibility fruit flies found in Whangarei could have been deliberately placed in traps is unlikely, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries. Two Queensland fruit flies have been discovered in Whangarei this year – the first in January...

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The productivity and profitability of Maori kiwifruit orchards in the Bay of Plenty should lift significantly thanks for to $2.1 million of government funding.   “The Tuhono Whenua project aims to lift the productivity and profitability...

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Katikati Heritage Museum is holding a public meeting today to explain to Western Bay ratepayers its financial position – either it receives council funding or it closes. Katikati Heritage Museum manager Paula Gaelic and volunteers want Western Bay...

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Should Queensland fruit fly become established in Te Puke kiwifruit orchards, it could cost the industry $430 million each year, a 2007 study found. Ruth Underwood of Fruition Horticulture Tauranga carried out the study on behalf of the industry but seven...

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Zespri's resigning chief financial officer Mervyn Dallas is a stalwart for grower interests and well respected in the industry, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc CEO Mike Chapman. Mervyn's resignation from Zespri's top financial...

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The first Europe-bound shipment of Hayward green kiwifruit for the 2014 season is on its way, having departed the Port of Tauranga early this morning aboard the Atlantic Acanthus reefer ship. The shipment follows closely on those destined for Japan, with...

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Bay of Plenty kiwifruit growers will be relieved no further fruit flies have been found in the Whangarei area, which could point to the absence of a breeding population. If it is discovered the insect has established in the region it could have serious...

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A new innovation centre will be built at Scion's Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park after BOP Regional Council signed an agreement with the Crown research institute. The centre's purpose is to foster innovation in forestry and wood processing industries...

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The first clearance of Zone A traps completed on Saturday evening detected no fruit fly after recent Queensland fruit fly finds in Whangarei. Traps in Zone A are cleared daily and traps in Zone B are cleared and examined every three days. Queensland fruit...

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