Exploring behind the farm gate

Townies will get the chance to look beyond the farm gate this month. Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers is organising a Farm Day on March 24 at the McLeod’s property – that’s 1189 Welcome Bay Road for farming newbies. For rural folk,...... Read More

Record participation in Aotearoa Bike Challenge

This year’s Aotearoa Bike Challenge has encouraged thousands more New Zealanders to cycle, with more than 22,000 people from over 1,900 organisations taking part, including over 4,700 new riders. Workplaces across the country were encouraged...... Read More

Have your say - climate change, rescue & transport

Climate change, passenger transport and rescue services funding are on Regional Council’s radar. Bay of Plenty residents will be asked to provide their feedback on four key questions later this month when the Bay of Plenty Regional Council goes...... Read More

What’s on - St Pat’s Day, sprints and vigil

Kia ora and morena Sunners, and welcome to your Sunday. It's a day for reflection either alone or with others, reaching out to those around us and catching up with loved ones, family and friends. As it's also Saint Patrick’s Day, we encourage...... Read More

2019 BOP Dairy Industry Award winners announced

The major winners in the 2019 Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards, Matt Barr and Genna Maxwell believe one of the strengths of their business lies in being fourth-generation custodians of a family legacy, with opportunities for diversification. The...... Read More

Seeka purchases Aongatete Coolstores for $25m

Seeka Limited has announced that is has agreed to purchase kiwifruit orcharding, packing and coolstore business and assets of Aongatete Coolstores Limited in the Bay of Plenty for $25m. Seeka Chief Executive, Michael Franks says the acquisition is...... Read More

’Quality issues’ affect avocado growers

Avocado growers profits have taken a hit due to quality issues among last year's smaller crop. New Zealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says wet weather, early maturity and growers not always following the best practice, were contributors...... Read More

Kiwifruit harvest begins in Western Bay of Plenty

The first large volumes of Gold kiwifruit for 2019 have begun to be harvested in the Western Bay of Plenty this week, with picking commencing in the Te Puke and Whakamarama regions. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated chief executive officer...... Read More

Dry spell giving farmers grief in BOP

Farmers across the country are being warned to make calls on feed planning, milking frequency and drying off due to the dry weather. DairyNZ Farm Performance general manager Vanessa Winning says all regions are battling against the dry conditions. “A...... Read More

Rare Guzzi motorcycle stolen

Mark Townsend was on the second-to-last day of his motorcycle trip down the South Island when his rare 1000s Moto Guzzi was stolen. “I got off the Cook Strait Ferry at 10.30pm at night on February 15, and had booked a room at the CQ Hotel in...... Read More

Flying start for Pest-free Te Puna

Te Puna’s pest free programme got off to a flying start on Saturday March 2, with more than 100 people attending and all 78 traps given out – with a wait list for more. Held at Waitui Reserve, the day aimed to encourage the Te Puna community...... Read More

Autumn arriving with cooler air drifting across

An area of low pressure is currently crossing the North Island with the centre around Auckland bringing in a few extra showers and isolated heavier downpours to our largest city. This small area of wet weather is slowly crossing Auckland this morning...... Read More

Homes urgently required for Kaimanawa wild horses

The countdown is on. More than 70 Kaimanawa wild horses will be mustered during April and May out of the Kaimanawa Ranges as part the area’s ecological management strategy. So far only five applications have been received to home 12 horses....... Read More

An encounter in Matapihi

Why would an 80-year-old go out and spend $5000 on an Arab horse called Arlo with any intention other than to ride it? The question was asked by someone who’s never been on a horse and out of deference to Colin Bendall’s four score years....... Read More

What’s on? Sign bombing, pianos and surf!

Kia ora and morena Sunners, and welcome to your Saturday, where there's lots of great activities to participate in or be entertained by. It’s a ‘two-cruiseship’ day with both the Noordam and Europa 2 in port today. The Noordam...... Read More