Rain sparks recovery but things remain fragile

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Recent rain in Waikato and South Auckland has set farmers on the road to recovery from the drought but the situation remains fragile for some, a meeting today of farming leaders and central and local Government officials has heard. Read more »

Winter F.A.W.C! 2014 tickets on sale

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Tourism

Winter F.A.W.C! dates have been announced for June 2014 with tickets going on sale to the general public tomorrow , Wednesday 23rd at 12 noon. Read more »

Great turnout for last Regional Final

Press Release – ANZ Young Farmer Contest

Crowds gathered at the Mackenzie Showgrounds in Fairlie Monday 21 April for the final stop of the AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg competition series. Read more »

Call for public enquiry into the future of farming

Press Release – Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand. Read more »

Fruit fly investigation nears end

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Provided no further Queensland fruit flies are found in Whangarei, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) looks set to announce an end to its response in the area on Easter Sunday morning. Read more »

Guerrilla Gardeners Come In From the Cold

Press Release – Save Mt Crawford

Last year, those of us who occupied the former Wellington prison garden for the purposes of establishing a community garden/art-park, & protesting against the disposal of the land by the government, have now come in from the cold. Read more »

Eastpack Announces $1.5 Mn Profit Following Satara Merger

Press Release – Eastpack

EastPack Limited, New Zealands largest grower owned post harvest kiwifruit supplier, has announced a $1.5 million operating profit (after paying rebates) for the financial year ending 31 December 2013 the first annual result since its merger with Satara. Read more »

FOMA welcomes “A great fillip for Maori agri-business”

Press Release – Federation Of Maori Authorities

The Federation of Maori Authorities is welcoming the announcement that agri-business projects it put forward on behalf of its membership and Maori farmers have been awarded grants from the Sustainable Farming Fund this year. Read more »

Turners & Growers to buy Apollo Apples for up to $44.1 mln

Article – BusinessDesk

April 16 (BusinessDesk) – Turners & Growers, the fruit marketer controlled by Germanys BayWa, has agreed to buy Hawkes Bay-based Apollo Apples for as much as $44.1 million as it looks to meet growing global demand. Read more »

Ruataniwha decision puts water demands before nature

Press Release – Forest and Bird

Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says the Board of Inquiry that today granted consent for the Ruataniwha irrigation dam has failed to account for the overall environmental damage the project would cause, if it is built. Read more »

Ruataniwha decision bold and encouraging

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ says todays decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the $275million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is bold and encouraging. Read more »

The mauri of the Tukituki has been acknowledged

Press Release – Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Ngti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is pleased that the mauri of the Tukituki and Papatuanuku has been acknowledged by the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal (Ruataniwha Dam) through their direction to apply greater protection measures to … Read more »

Board of Inquiry Decision

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

The chairman of the Hawkes Bay Regional Councils Investment Company (HBRIC Ltd) says he is pleased with the decision by the Board of Inquiry to grant resource consent for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. Read more »

Draft Report and Decision: Ruataniwha Consents Granted

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

Allowed the Plan Change request with amendments (as detailed in Part 2 of Volume 1 of the Draft Report and Decision). The provisions of the plan change request can be found in Volume 3 of the Draft Report and Decision. Granted the 17 resource … Read more »

Spreading the word on alternative tree species

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that a project which aims to provide information for growers on alternative tree species has been approved for a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) grant. Read more »

$9.9m in funding for new sustainable farming projects

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the latest round of projects receiving funding from the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), covering a range of issues from water quality to climate change. Read more »

Clinical trial will look at role of kiwifruit extract in IBS

Press Release – Vital Food Processors Ltd

New Zealand natural pharmaceutical company Vital Food Processors Ltd today announced the launch of a trans-Tasman clinical trial targeting treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Read more »

Earnscleugh Orchard – Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Press Release – Ballance Farm Environment Awards

An industry leading Central Otago orchard with a long term sustainability focus has won the Supreme title in the 2014 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Wayne McIntosh, manager of Earnscleugh-based McIntosh Orchard Ltd, received the Supreme award at … Read more »

Farmers back major Local Government NZ funding review

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is fully behind a fundamental review by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) into the way local government and local roads are funded. Read more »

Govt to undertake Northland growth study

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today announced a new programme of work commencing in the Northland region to evaluate opportunities to further increase investment, employment and incomes in … Read more »

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