Rural

Garden and art festival tickets selling fast

The Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival is in an early-bird frenzy with tickets selling fast. Until July 15, festival-goers can snap up their Multi-Day Festival... Read More

Rangitāiki River stopbank construction completed

Construction on a 1.25km section of Rangitāiki River stopbank next to Thornton Beach Road is now complete. This upgrade is part of Toi Moana Bay of Plenty... Read More

Groundwater contamination risk attracts large fine

A Waikato farming company has been convicted and fined $94,500 in the Hamilton District Court for unlawful discharges of dairy effluent into the environment... Read More

Concerns over median barriers for tractor drivers

Rural Contractors say median barriers are making roads unsafe and causing stress for those driving tractors with lines of cars behind them. The issue was... Read More

Search: Family thank police, iwi after body found

UPDATED: The family of a woman who went missing over the weekend have thanked police, search and rescue teams and local iwi for their search efforts. Pauline... Read More

Fines issued for septic tank discharges into river

Bay of Plenty landlords who piped human waste from an 'overflowing” home septic tank to a drain flowing into the Kaituna River for years have been fined. Couple... Read More

Positive step in M. bovis programme

DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand welcome the Government's confirmed commitment to implementing a National Pest Management Plan for Mycoplasma bovis. DairyNZ... Read More

Fieldays 2024: Spending dip expected this year

The gates are open and the crowds are streaming in for the 56th annual Fieldays - but there's concern this year could be quieter with farmers a little cash-strapped. About... Read More

Biofuel shipping trial docks at Tauranga

FCC, one of the international shipping partners of Zespri, has successfully completed a trial using biofuel in a charter vessel operating between Hong Kong and... Read More

School possum and pest hunt returns

After a five-year hiatus, the Te Ranga School Possum and Pest Hunt made a sensational comeback at the weekend. Principal Aimee Kennedy says the 2024 event... Read More

Te Puke kiwifruit worker hit by forklift loses leg

A Bay of Plenty kiwifruit worker's life 'changed in one second” after a forklift accident at work led to his leg being amputated below the knee. Two... Read More

'Hopeless' avocado season puts pressure on growers

Avocado growers are hopeful for a better season after two unprofitable years. Bad weather in 2023 meant a lot of the fruit was not good enough to export -... Read More