Water Restrictions Start

Press Release – Stratford District Council

The continuous hot sunny days have finally taken their toll on the Stratford water supply. Read more »

Alpine water storage needed now to counter dry spell

Opinion – Irrigation NZ

If youre lucky enough to still be on holiday, no one will blame you for basking in the hot, dry weather being experienced in many parts of New Zealand. For the South Island’s east coast its been the first decent Kiwi summer for decades with temperatures … Read more »

Field trip highlights wetlands effort

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

A Taranaki couples award-winning efforts to preserve and enhance native biodiversity on their hillcountry bush block will be highlighted at a public field day on Sunday (1 February) to mark World Wetlands Day. Read more »

Local landowners help target old man’s beard

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council is thanking Rangitikei landowners for assisting with an annual old mans beard control programme by reporting sightings on their land or within the district. Read more »

NIWA’s Hotspot Watch 23/1/15

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 »

Wise words on water

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Local farmers and orchardists can learn more about how to use water more efficiently at a session in Pongakawa early next month. Read more »

UPDATE: MPI, Zespri eye reports into Chinese importer

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) – The Ministry for Primary Industries and Zespri International, the worlds largest kiwifruit marketer, are monitoring reports that staff at a Chinese company that imports a number of New Zealand’s primary sector products have … Read more »

Zespri investigates reported arrests of Chinese import agent

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri International, the worlds largest kiwifruit marketer, said its investigating reports that staff at one of its new import agents in China have been arrested by Chinese customs, although there’s nothing to indicate any investigation … Read more »

Call to Watch Out for Fire Risk

Press Release – Palmerston North City Council

The council has warned rural and city residents to be on the alert for fire risks. Yesterday fire fighters were called to a one-hectare scrub fire in the Turitea area, south of Palmerston North city, and this morning crews were called to a hay barn … Read more »

Solid Performance in December Rural Property Market

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 68 fewer farm sales (-12.3%) for the three months ended December 2014 than for the three months ended December 2013. Overall, there were 486 farm sales in the three … Read more »

ORC issues water shortage direction to safeguard the Taieri

Press Release – Otago Regional Council

MEDIA RELEASE 22 January 2015 ORC issues water shortage direction to safeguard the Taieri The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is issuing a Water Shortage Direction that will see a regime for the rationing and rostering of water take effect on three farms … Read more »

Caritas cautions against undermining RMA

Press Release – Caritas Aotearoa

The proposed Resource Management Act changes must keep promotion of sustainable environmental management as the main purpose of the Resource Management Act, and not use affordable housing as camouflage for significant changes, says Caritas. Read more »

Government assistance for drought not a hand out

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers believes that if the government made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, it would give more emotional support to farmers than financial. 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 »

Orchard company to pay $134,500 over worker death

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

AB Wood Holdings Limited has been fined $49,500 and ordered to pay $85,000 in reparation after an employee died when the tractor he was using to mow grass rolled down an embankment, pinning him underneath it and fatally injuring him. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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