US warms to kiwifruit, UK market hard to crack

A non-traditional market warming up to New Zealand’s Zespri-branded kiwifruit is the United States – with chief executive Dan Mathieson predicting volumes heading there this season to jump by at least two million trays. Dan says Zespri’s...... Read More

Confusion over show of support for horse riding

An event at Tuapiro Point to show support for access to the coastal environment went ahead last weekend, despite confusion over whether the Western Bay of Plenty District Council had asked organisers to cancel it. The council is undertaking a bylaw...... Read More

Bay of Plenty keeping cattle disease at bay

Bay of Plenty farmers, schools, businesses and organisations are some of many who are doing their bit to help minimise the spread of Mycoplasma bovis to the region. The disease has not yet been identified in the Bay of Plenty, and those within the...... Read More

Employers offered family violence model policy

The Human Rights Commission congratulates a group of pioneering employers who have published a model workplace policy on family violence and encourages other firms to take it up. “Employers know that family violence is a human rights issue that...... Read More

Hikoi of Hope for horse riders

Bay of Plenty horse riders are invited to join a ‘Hikoi of Hope’ at Tuapiro Point near Katikati today following a proposed bylaw review banning horses from the popular beach. The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is undertaking the review...... Read More

Kiwifruit growers: ’You went from hero to zero’

Kiwifruit growers say the win against the government over the spread of the vine killing disease PSA is "long overdue". The growers went to the High Court seeking at least $400 million, alleging negligence by the Ministry of Agriculture and...... Read More

Climate change workshop to upskill dairy farmers

Dairy farmers are set to get upskilled about the challenges of climate change in a workshop being held in Rotorua. DairyNZ is hosting the final regional climate change workshop today, where dairy farmers will be able to train up on issues to do with...... Read More

Kiwifruit growers could get huge payout

Kiwifruit growers are expected to get good news this morning from a court verdict over the spread of the vine killing disease PSA. But the government risks getting lumbered with a multi-million dollar liability. Kiwifruit growers went to the High...... Read More

Thieves hone in on avocados and radar guns

  Avocados and speed radar detection guns are at the top of the list for thieves in the wider Western Bay of Plenty.   WBOP area prevention manager acting Inspector Phil Gillbanks says while the theme of the thefts are distinctive, they...... Read More

Kiwifruit industry paints positive picture

“A great host and a great boss,” reads the hand-written note of gratitude from Vlad – a Ukrainian on a New Zealand kiwifruit picking experience. “You created an awesome place for people to work and live together. Thanks for the...... Read More

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