Former Zespri CEO joins DMS Board as Director

Tauranga-based DMS, the leading kiwifruit and avocado orchard management and post-harvest operator, has announced the appointment of former Zespri International CEO Lain Jager as Board Director. Lain was previously CEO for Zespri International, a $2.3B...... Read More

Zespri increases value to growers

Zespri has delivered an increase in value to growers, despite a season in which the volume of New Zealand kiwifruit sold fell by 11 per cent. The total fruit and service payment to growers increased by six per cent to $1.47 billion. Zespri’s global...... Read More

Getting it right for the sake of lives

For many of us that little red and white marker you see on rural roads represents nothing more than a number at the end of a driveway. But for others, it’s the difference between saving a life. ​In order to ensure that emergency services can...... Read More

More than 100 forestry workers needed

Forestry companies in the Bay of Plenty region could benefit from new apprenticeship programmes designed to upskill their workers ahead of predicted industry growth. Industry training organisation Competenz has launched two forest harvesting apprenticeships...... Read More

Dairy prices hit highest level in months

Dairy prices have risen to their highest level in eight months in the latest global auction overnight. The average price was up 1.9 per cent to $US3637 ($NZ5301) a tonne, compared with a 1 per cent fall in the previous auction two weeks ago. The price...... Read More

Poisoned into environmentalism

Thirty-seven years ago, a then young farm worker Rick Powdrell found himself bed ridden for weeks with glandular fever-like symptoms. “I could barely stand up and needed a month off work. I’d been doing a lot of spraying of lucerne crops...... Read More

Farmer to be climate change ambassador

Local farmer Fraser McGougan has been chosen by the dairy sector to be Climate Change Ambassador, the only farmer selected in the Bay of Plenty region. He is one of fifteen dairy farmers who will be championing the climate change cause as part of the...... Read More

NZ medicinal cannabis product hits $2m

Investors rushing to buy into what could be the country’s first medicinal cannabis producer caused the crowd-funding site Pledge Me to crash for two nights in a row. Hikurangi Enterprises, based in Ruatoria, north of Gisborne, has already raised...... Read More

Bay labour shortage prompts govt rethink

In light of a labour shortage in the kiwifruit industry, the Social Development Minister says the amount that beneficiaries can work without their dole being cut will be lifted. The Ministry of Social Development declared there was a seasonal labour...... Read More

Labour shortage declared in BOP

The Ministry of Social Development has declared a seasonal labour shortage across the Bay of Plenty. An additional 1200 people are needed in the region to pick and pack an extra 20 million trays of kiwifruit this season. The declaration will be in place...... Read More

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