RMA changes won’t knock a dollar off the cost of a new home

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Governments proposed changes to the RMA wont increase the number of affordable homes or knock a dollar off the cost of building a new house, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. Read more »

RMA reform agenda outlined

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Overhauling the Resource Management Act (RMA) is critical to addressing housing supply and affordability, and maintaining the momentum of economic and job growth as well as better managing New Zealands environment, Dr Nick Smith said today in his 20th … Read more »

Restricted fire season begins

Press Release – Palmerston North City Council

A restricted fire season will apply from midnight Thursday 22 January 2015 within the Rural Fire Areas controlled by the Palmerston North City Council and all Department of Conservation land that borders this authority. Read more »

Primary industry sector on verge of technological revolution

Press Release – MobileTech

While farmers and other rural industries have always been innovators and pioneers, many city dwellers still think of them as tough, hardworking people who do without modern technologies such as smart phones, tablets and big screen TVs. Read more »

Growing Global Health Awareness Could Mean Big Business

Press Release – The Nielsen Company

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The battle against the bulge is a global phenomenon that could translate into real opportunity for manufacturers, according to a new study by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights … Read more »

Fuel price falls should mean lower farm costs

Press Release – Federated Farmers

The continuing fall in fuel prices should be reflected in lower farm input costs Federated Farmers believes. Read more »

Manuka Health finalist in International Business Awards

Press Release – Manuka Health

Manuka Health is delighted to be recognised as a finalist in the 2015 New Zealand International Business Awards (NZIBA) in the $10 – $50 million General Award Category. This signals the extraordinary growth experienced by Manuka Health over the past … Read more »

T&G annual pre-tax profit to rise as much as 20%

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 21 (BusinessDesk) – Turners & Growers, the fruit marketer majority owned by Germany’s BayWa, expects its pre-tax annual profit to rise as much as 20 percent. Read more »

Dry conditions a concern in South Island

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has met with local farmers near Ashburton today and says that dry conditions are a concern. Read more »

Blooming awful – algae hits councils!

Press Release – Food Matters Aotearoa

“Trawling through DHBs around the country to invite them to our conference, it was amazing to find how many are coping with outbreaks of cyanobacteria (1,2) and resulting paralytic shellfish poisoning in their regions,(3) ” said Susie … Read more »

Economists to discuss challenges of feeding a growing planet

Press Release – Dairy NZ

A world perspective on the short and long run impacts of food price changes on poverty will be up for discussion at a major international economics conference in Rotorua next month. Read more »

ANZ assistance package for farmers affected by Big Dry

Press Release – ANZ Bank

ANZ today announced an assistance package for farmers affected by extreme dry conditions across much of New Zealands east coast. Read more »

Action needed now to minimise drought losses

Press Release – Lincoln University

Farmers need to act now if they are to cope with the effects of a predicted drought in Canterbury, Lincoln University experts say. Read more »

NIWA’s Hotspot Watch 20/1/15

Press Release – NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed hotspots. Read more »

RMA Changes Need Broader Support than Act Party

Press Release – United Future NZ Party

20 January 2015 RMA Changes Need Broader Support than Act Party UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the Government would be very unwise to progress its proposed changes to the Resource Management Act relying solely on the vote of the ACT Party. National … Read more »

Global Perspective Will Help NZ Agribusiness Grow

Press Release – AbacusBio

An agribusiness symposium with a global focus will help New Zealand businesses continue to develop their production, marketing and logistics skills to grow sales and exports. Read more »

Full benefits only realised with farmer use

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Product innovation and technology breakthroughs coming out of the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Clearview Innovations Primary Growth Partnership programme are going to deliver some real results for farming, and for New Zealand. However, the full benefits will only … Read more »

Best dairy pastures picked

Press Release – Dairy NZ

Winners of a competition to identify the Waikato and Bay of Plentys best new and renewed dairy pastures will host field days at their properties in late January. Read more »

Contractors available to help out

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Farmers facing financial stress and mounting pressure on-farm and exacerbated by the increasingly dry weather, should reach out for help as should agricultural contractors, advises Rural Contractors New Zealand. Read more »

NZ winegrowers baulk as MPI looks to claw back testing costs

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 19 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand winegrowers say changes to the way the Ministry for Primary Industries wants to recover the cost of its wine regulatory programmes will cost the industry $2.9 million a year and are “manifestly unjustifiable”. Read more »

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