Taupo’s residential building consents rise 45%

Press Release – Enterprise Great Lake Taupo

The release by Enterprise Great Lake Taupo of the March 2016 quarterly economic report shows that the local economy continues to grow steadily, with many indicators back at similar or higher levels to the pre-Global Financial Crisis period. Read more »

Pathways of transition to agroecological food systems

Article – Adam Parsons

A new report by leading sustainability experts has reaffirmed the case for a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems fundamental to which is a call for redistributing power back into the hands of those who feed … Read more »

Forest portal opens … but industry concerns remain

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners’ Association

If you have a question about the environmental and social performance of plantation forestry in New Zealand, it is very likely you will find an informed answer on a new website developed by Scion. Read more »

Strong growth across most primary sectors

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the outlook for New Zealand primary industries is positive with strong growth forecast across most sectors and dairy prices expected to gradually increase over the next 2 years. Read more »

Primary Industries Champions unveiled

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A new programme celebrating and promoting careers in the primary sector has been launched tonight by Prime Minister John Key, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and senior Ministers at National Fieldays. Read more »

NZ commodity prices lift in May as horticulture shines

Article – BusinessDesk

June 3 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices lifted in May, led by horticulture. Read more »

Forestry contractors focused on new safety laws

Press Release – Forest Industry Contractors Association

Leading forestry contractors are moving fast to ensure they understand and implement systems for meeting new health and safety laws brought in last month. Under the guidance of their industry association the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) … Read more »

$69.8m towards eliminating bovine TB

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Budget 2016 confirms $69.8 million of new operating funding over the next four years to help eradicate bovine tuberculosis, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says. Read more »

Government welcomes Māori forestry collective announcement

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) welcomed the announcement of Te Taitokerau Maori Forestry Collective Incorporated’s Action Plan to 2020 launched today at the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa (HKKAR) Regional Hui in Kerikeri. Read more »

NZ primary sector needs story to sell globally

Article – BusinessDesk

May 17 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand needs to develop a new primary sector story to help sell its products to the world, says Mike Petersen, New Zealands special agricultural trade envoy. Read more »

Hillcountry farmers urged to claim pole position

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

With winter fast approaching, Taranaki hillcountry farmers need to remember the importance of soil stabilisation measures like poplar poles, and take action accordingly. Read more »

Kaka released into Abel Tasman

Press Release – The Project Janszoon Trust

Four female kaka released today into the Abel Tasman National Park will boost the breeding population of the large forest dwelling parrots. Read more »

RDRR Opposes Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management

Press Release – Rotorua District Residents and Ratepayers

RDRR is opposed to the Proposed Plan Change 10 (Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Water and Land Plan, on six grounds. Read more »

Farming salaries holding firm despite tough conditions

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Dry stock farmers salaries have seen strong growth in the last year, according to Federated Farmers and Rabobanks 2015/2016 employee remuneration report. Read more »

Forest strategy proposal welcomed

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners Association

Forest owners say a Pure Advantage report that proposes a near-doubling of the area of planted forest in New Zealand is very welcome. Read more »

Release of ‘Our Forest Future’ report

Press Release – Tindall Foundation

Today, Pure Advantage calls for 1.3 million hectares of new forest in New Zealand. As set forth in the discussion paper, Our Forest Future , this goal is ambitious but realistic. Read more »

Farmers’ urged to make their voices heard at local elections

Press Release – Federated Farmers

With local authority elections less than six months away, Federated Farmers is urging farmers to get engaged and involved. Read more »

New forestry leader

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners’ Association

New forestry leader Peter Clark, the chief executive officer of PF Olsen Ltd, has been elected president of the Forest Owners Association (FOA). Read more »

English on the Money – Rural Contractors

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors NZ (RCNZ) president Steve Levet says comments made by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English in relation to the suitability and work ethic of some young New Zealanders is, unfortunately, correct. Read more »

Bioenergy Association welcomes energy awards recognition

Press Release – Bioenergy Association

The Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (BANZ) today welcomed the announcement by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority of the associations executive officer, Brian Cox, as a finalist for an Energy Leadership Award. Read more »

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