New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers begin referendum vote

Press Release – New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers

– Support referendum for a compulsory levy on kiwifruit exports except Australia is now underway – Levy funds growers advocacy organisation, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. Read more »

“Omnibus” plan change to be made operative

Press Release – Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury announced today that Plan Change 4 to the Land & Water Regional Plan, the Omnibus plan change, would be made operative on 11 March 2017. Read more »

Horticulture welcomes clean water plans

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes todays Clean Water launch by the Government, says chief executive Mike Chapman. Read more »

NZ to produce largest ever Apple & Pear crop in 2017

Press Release – Pipfruit New Zealand

New Zealands buoyant apple and pear industry is set to produce the countrys largest ever crop, on the back of a successful plan for billion-dollar export growth. Read more »

Prices and Sales Volumes Steady Through Summer

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 11 fewer farm sales (-2.1%) for the three months ended January 2017 than for the three months ended January 2016. Overall, there were 521 farm sales in the three … Read more »

Erin Atkinson crowned BOP Young Grower of the Year

Press Release – Young Fruit Grower Of The Year

Erin Atkinson, 29, Technical Advisor for Apata Group Limited in Te Puke has been crowned Bay of Plentys Young Fruit Grower for 2017 at last nights special gala dinner in Tauranga. Read more »


Press Release – Ngati Kahungunu

Heretaunga Haukunui is a classical saying describing the thick fog that hovered over Heretaunga when the first arrivals landed here centuries ago. The fog was the symbol of warm land, life enriching waters and a veritable breeding ground of fish, … Read more »

Fertmark and Spreadmark provide peace of mind

Press Release – Fertiliser Quality Council

Too many farmers and growers are still not asking their fertiliser suppliers if the product they are buying has been independently audited and approved by the Fertmark scheme according to Anders Crofoot, FQC Chairman and Vice-President of Federated … Read more »

Zespri to license more SunGold kiwifruit in Italy

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 9 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri International, New Zealand’s kiwifruit marketer, it will licence more production of its SunGold variety in Italy to meet rising demand and ensure 12-month supply. Read more »

Northland drought prompts call for planning

Press Release – Northland Rural Support Trust

Northland farmers and horticulturists are being urged to continue to manage the impact of the regions drought conditions despite welcome overnight rain in some areas. Read more »

Zespri to increase Italian production to meet rising demand

Press Release – Zespri

Zespri will allocate an additional 1,800 hectares of European SunGold licence over the next three years, doubling production of the proprietary kiwifruit variety in Europe. The first 1,200 hectares will be in Italy with the remaining 600 hectares … Read more »

NZ’s biggest commercial nursery placed on the market

Press Release – Bayleys Realty Group

The land, buildings and business making up New Zealands biggest commercial wholesale plant and shrub nursery have been placed on the market for sale. Read more »

Kaikoura earthquake grants deadline extended

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Applications for funding from the primary industries Earthquake Relief Fund have been extended for an extra month, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today. Read more »

Making hay while the sun shines

Press Release – ASB Quarterly Economic Forecasts

ASB economists remain optimistic about growth prospects for New Zealand this year, predicting calendar year growth of 3.5% in the latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecasts. Read more »

Fall in quarterly exports despite rise in dairy

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

A nearly 10 percent rise in dairy product exports in the December 2016 quarter partly offset falls for other products, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Board appoints Peter Springford as independent director

Press Release – Zespri

The Zespri Board has appointed Peter Springford as an independent director, replacing long-serving director David Pilkington. Read more »

Campaign Launched to Protect GM Free Growing Regions

Press Release – Pure Hawke’s Bay

GM Free growing regions are calling on the Maori Party to stop the Government from removing local powers that protect their GM Free growing status. Read more »

Comvita warns annual earnings to slump on weak honey harvest

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Comvita shares sank 14 percent after the manuka honey products maker warned annual earnings will tumble by about two-thirds as the nation’s unseasonably wet and windy weather saps the honey harvest and slow sales via China’s informal … Read more »

Dairy farmer’s award recognises superb environmental effort

Press Release – Fish and Game New Zealand

Dairy farmer Phil Mussons can do attitude has won him the annual Working with Nature environment award from North Canterbury Fish & Game. Read more »

Hawkes Bay kiwifruit farm sells for $40.2mn

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 18 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealands kiwifruit industry continues to surge ahead and a recent orchard sale underscores confidence in the sector. Read more »

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