Farmer hits his own cattle

A Rotorua farm manager has been convicted and fined $3,500 after admitting he used a four-wheel drive to hit dairy cows.  Te Kauwhata farm manager Kerry James Murphy, 29, drove his 4x4 vehicle down a farm race to return a herd of dairy cows that... Read More

Te Puke tree climber representing NZ

Local man Andy Neverman is among five New Zealanders vying for a world title in tree climbing this week. More than 60 of the world's best male and female professional tree climbers representing 18 countries will compete for the title of world champion... Read More

Avocado thefts on the rise

High prices for avocados means opportunistic thieves out to make an easy buck are raiding Western Bay of Plenty orchards. Police have reported more incidents of avocado thefts in Katikati, Te Puna, and Whakamarama in recent weeks. In an update for Katikati... Read More

For the love of goats

A Bay of Plenty rescue centre has gone kid crazy with 29 goats finding permanent homes in three days. Mana Rescue owner Fiona Montgomerie advertised on Facebook that 46 baby goats needed homes over the weekend, and by Monday 29 kids were given away to... Read More

Kiwifruit employment breaches unveiled

A Labour Inspectorate operation targeting the kiwifruit industry in Bay of Plenty has found the majority of labour hire contractors are breaching their obligations as employers. Inspectors carried out audits on 62 labour contracting companies and interviewed... Read More

Cup awarded to exceptional grower

Peter Ombler, the orchardist who helped steer the kiwifruit industry through some of its most challenging times, has been awarded horticulture's premier award - the Bledisloe Cup. Described as an outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, Peter... Read More

Restoring Tahawai Stream

A burbling stream, the bush-clad slopes of the Kaimai Ranges above and the sparkling waters of the inner harbour in the distance. What better way to spend a Saturday? The trade-off will be donning a pair of gloves and some sturdy shoes to help plant... Read More

Farming family on Country Calender

Te Puke-based avocado industry stalwart Ron Bailey and his family will feature in an episode of popular rural TV show Country Calendar this Sunday. The half-hour programme will explore how Ron and his family have diversified their rural business interests... Read More

Changes to kiwifruit regulations

New changes to update kiwifruit regulations and help future-proof the industry will come into force on August 1. Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says the changes were announced last year and will help ensure the industry is best structured... Read More

Person freed from Te Puke Highway crash

UPDATED: A person initially trapped in a two car crash near Te Puke has now been freed. Emergency services were called to the crash on Te Puke Highway just before 9am. Fire and Emergency NZ northern communications centre shift manager Paul Radden says... Read More



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Winter sunrise over the container port cranes. Photo: Lynley Whitaker.

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