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Avocado company expands services

Posted on 20th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

Julia Third part of the team at Pole to Pole Exports Ltd. It was big year for the team at Pole to Pole in 2016 – and plans are already well underway as they head into 2017. From small beginnings 11 years ago marketing avocados domestically, the...

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A drier longer term outlook

Posted on 18th Jan 2017 17:55 | By Anonymous Author

NIWA’s climate outlook for the next couple of months shows the Bay of Plenty may continue to dry out, with warm temperatures and average or below average rainfall. Drought indicators, soil moisture and river flows are most likely to be below normal...

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Big bets at speed shearing

Posted on 18th Jan 2017 11:59 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

The annual Te Puna Speed Shear Competition at Top Shot Bar saw some members of the audience excited enough to put their money where their mouth is. One gentleman attending last Saturday’s event offered $500 to anyone who could shear a lamb in under...

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Young Farmers alumni launched

Posted on 18th Jan 2017 10:13 | By Anonymous elaine@thesun.co.nz

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Young Farmers region is launching an alumni for past members at a celebratory dinner in February and also resurrecting a trophy that honours a former president who lost his life in a selfless act of compassion. Co-organiser and...

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Growers leasing and management options

Posted on 18th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

Brien James, Toni Morrison and Tony Bradley of Aongatete Avocados Ltd enjoy helping growers achieve good commercial outcomes from their orchards. The harvest of this season’s avocados is nearing completion, and now is a good time for orchardists...

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Homes lost in fire near Whitianga

Posted on 17th Jan 2017 18:41 | By Anonymous Author

UPDATED 9.09PM: At least four homes have been destroyed and others evacuated as firefighters battle a large scale fire south of Whitianga. Residents in the area say they have been told to leave their homes, which are in the path of the blaze. The crews,...

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Tirau crash victim named

Posted on 16th Jan 2017 17:02 | By Anonymous Author

Police have named the woman killed after a crash on State Highway 1, on Sunday. Esther Grace Lynn Chavel Bhana, 33, died following a two-car crash on the highway near Tirau yesterday afternoon. Police say Esther’s vehicle was heading south on SH1...

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Taking to the skies for a better view

Posted on 16th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

James Paterson of Aerobotics with a bird’s eye visual map of an orchard taken by a 1.5m-wide automated drone. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and it’s believed the use of robots, drones and automated systems are the future when it...

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Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Posted on 16th Jan 2017 06:44 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs’ has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical...

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What's on: The A&P Show

Posted on 15th Jan 2017 08:09 | By Anonymous Author

A nice overcast takes the heat off for the outdoor events today, like the A&P Show on its second day at the Tauranga racecourse, and the Lions Markets at the Historic Village in 17th Avenue. Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show president David Harricks says the...

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NIR helps increase grower returns

Posted on 15th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

Aongatete’s Near Infra-Red technology assists growers with lower dry matter in a challenging growing season and packs Class 1 fruit that would not have otherwise passed. Christmas is now behind us and only a couple of months before the kiwifruit...

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Secluded bay well worth the walk

Posted on 15th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

There’s no road access and at high tide the only way to get to Otarawairere Bay is by boat – which makes this secluded and beautiful Whakatane beach even more appealing. The beach can be reached by walking tracks, which start either from...

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A&P show 'not just for farming folk'

Posted on 14th Jan 2017 14:58 | By Anonymous Author

Kent Eynon had a little lamb, its fleece has never been shorn. But on Sunday it will be shorn, after avoiding the shears since it was born. A top-class shearer is expected to give the now two-year-old hirsute sheep the long overdue haircut at the Tauranga...

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Floating wetlands help improve water

Posted on 14th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

Latest technology adopted by Fonterra and the Department of Conservation’s partnership ‘Living Water’ is proving a success in cleaning up waterways. Developed by Massey University, the floating treatment wetlands consist of native wetland...

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Young helping hands at haymaking time

Posted on 13th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Fritha Tagg elaine@thesun.co.nz

Katie Brenna and Donna McKinley from Tihoi Western Bay Young Farmers, with ‘Blackie’ the cow, are among those keen to lend a hand at haymaking. Photo: Lois Natta. The Tihoi Western Bays Young Farmers are again offering their expert services...

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DairyNZ appeals advertising ruling

Posted on 12th Jan 2017 16:45 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

DairyNZ is appealing the Advertising Standards Authority’s decision to reject its objections to the controversial Greenpeace television advertisement which blames dairying for polluting waterways. “We’re appealing the decision as we...

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Rural fire ban looms

Posted on 12th Jan 2017 09:47 | By Anonymous Author

Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority is suspending all open air fire permits in the Western Bay of Plenty, brought about by nearly two weeks of hot, dry weather. Current conditions have made it too dangerous to light open air fires and the suspension will...

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Geothermal key to flower-growing success

Posted on 12th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Fritha Tagg elaine@thesun.co.nz

Connie and Harald Esendam with the packaged gerbera. A sea of colourful flowers fills the large glasshouse at PlentyFlora. The gerbera growing enterprise at Horohoro is thriving thanks to a good combination of knowledge, thermal heat and the wonder of...

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Large scrub fire near Ohaaki

Posted on 11th Jan 2017 18:15 | By Anonymous Author

Fire crews from Taupo and Rotorua are among five appliances called to deal with a large scrub fire near the Ohaaki power station north of Taupo this evening. NZ fire Service’s northern communications centre shift manager Dallas Ramsay says there...

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Organic methods changed farm and farmer

Posted on 11th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Fritha Tagg elaine@thesun.co.nz

Ged Goode C&C Jan 2017 FT: Tokoroa organic dairy farmer Ged Goode. Twenty-two years’ dairy farming on the same land means Ged Goode knows his land and knows it well. He started like so many New Zealand dairy farmers, as a sharemilker, working his...

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Get a permit before you light that fire

Posted on 10th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

Take care with fires this summer – escaped fires have cost individuals responsible for lighting them more than $250,000 in firefighting costs. Cooking outdoors and enjoying an evening round a camp fire are synonymous with the Kiwi summer and for...

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Shears are out in Te Puna

Posted on 9th Jan 2017 11:39 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Some of the best shearers in the district – and even the country – will be heading down to Top Shot Bar in Te Puna on January 14 for the 17th annual Te Puna Speed Shear competition. Around 100 lambs will have their coats shorn off at lightning...

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Rustic show with so much on offer

Posted on 9th Jan 2017 06:38 | By Anonymous Author

Sheep racing, gumboot throwing, tug of war, classic cars, racing lawn mowers, horses, cows, food and home industry displays are among the attractions at the 2017 Te Puke A&P Show on Saturday, February 11. “This is a rustic show where the ‘town...

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For the love of boysenberries

Posted on 7th Jan 2017 15:53 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

Craig McNaughton is carrying on a 30-year family tradition of growing boysenberries at Papamoa. And it’s a tradition that let’s many families – from the Bay and all over New Zealand – continue their own festive family pastimes....

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Fun day out of ‘Farming Like Grandad’

Posted on 6th Jan 2017 11:08 | By Anonymous Author

Farming the way it was will be recreated during the ‘Farming Like Grandad’ fun day out near Kawerau on Sunday, January 29. Staged by the Waterwheel Historic Trust, the event will feature Clydesdale horses ploughing and mowing pastures, vintage...

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The ‘train’ of change is coming

Posted on 6th Jan 2017 08:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

BOP Ballance Farm Environment judges Margaret Wright, Oliver Knowles, and Sharryn Clark. It is vital for the future of their enterprises that farmers and orchardists understand and take steps to control the nutrient cycles on their properties, says Bay...

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Ready to bash at derby this weekend

Posted on 5th Jan 2017 09:30 | By Anonymous Author

SunMedia’s Kathy Sellars ready to bash things up at this weekends Demo Derby at Baypark Speedway. Kathy Sellars has the pride of the SunMedia team to uphold when she bashes and crashes her way around Baypark Speedway’s terracotta track on...

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Farm ownership the long-term aim

Posted on 1st Jan 2017 08:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Rachael Foy, 24, is assistant manager on a 500-cow herd farm near Te Kauwhata. Rachael Foy is the epitome of the new generation of farmers – she’s well educated, hardworking, disciplined, tech savvy and a natural leader. The 24-year-old Lincoln...

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Help keep children safe on the farm

Posted on 31st Dec 2016 10:00 | By Anonymous Author

Farmers are being encouraged to keep children safe on farms over the school holidays with a heightened risk of accidents on farms. Accidents involving children on the farm peak over December and January, account for more than 22 per cent of injuries...

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Scholarship hones leadership skills

Posted on 30th Dec 2016 08:07 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

 Midge Munro with the trophy she won while taking part in the 2016 Produce Marketing Association Emerging Leaders Programme. Leadership, says Midge Munro, is not about the individual. “It is about taking other people with you – about...

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Whiritoa at risk of being cut off

Posted on 29th Dec 2016 15:50 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Whiritoa could be one of the most at-risk towns of being cut off in an earthquake, according to a local Civil Defence controller. Hauraki District Council’s Steve Fabish made the assessment after visiting the small rural community of Waiau in the...

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14 million tests and counting

Posted on 28th Dec 2016 10:20 | By Anonymous Author

In the time it takes you to read this, Fonterra will have carried out another 60 tests on its milk and products. The co-operative carries out more than 14 million tests on its raw milk through to final product every year – that’s one test...

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Drench resistance – new strategy needed

Posted on 28th Dec 2016 08:02 | By Anonymous Author

These worm-resistant ewe hoggetts are the result of 30 years’ intensive breeding. Many farmers involved in the livestock industry are becoming increasingly concerned with what is known as “drench resistance”. This is where parasites,...

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Historic imagery website now live

Posted on 27th Dec 2016 15:56 | By Anonymous Author

Has the street where you live changed over the years? Perhaps it’s gone from just having a few houses to having many – or maybe it didn’t even exist 50 years ago. Now there’s an interesting and easy way to find out. A new website...

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Hauraki booming despite predictions

Posted on 27th Dec 2016 13:49 | By Anonymous Author

If the experts predicted a dismal future for regional New Zealand, no one told Hauraki. In a climate of expected population and economic decline, the district is booming, say Council. In 2015, Gross Domestic Product growth was 8 per cent compared with...

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NZ company purchases Brisbane wholesaler

Posted on 27th Dec 2016 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

Jarrod Redwood (left) and Andrew Darling with the new Just Avocados sign outside its up-graded Woodlands Road post-harvest facility. There are a number of developments underway at Just Avocados – all designed to enhance the benefits the fully integrated...

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Great news for growers

Posted on 24th Dec 2016 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

About three-quarters of avocados harvested and exported through AVOCO are premium, large-sized fruit. Optimum growing conditions in the Bay of Plenty combined with excellent orchard management practices have created an ideal supply-demand scenario for...

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Four-footed friends changing lives

Posted on 22nd Dec 2016 08:05 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Cambridge RDA, it horses and volunteers, enhances the lives of riders from five years to adults, who have physical and intellectual difficulties. The 10 horses at Cambridge Riding for the Disabled do more than carry their riders – they are also...

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Biocontrol agents no longer so efficient

Posted on 22nd Dec 2016 08:00 | By Anonymous Author

A wasp injects an egg into the Argentine stem weevil – up until now an effective biocontrol method. As concern grows worldwide about bacteria developing resistance against antibiotics, AgResearch scientists are looking into how common pests in New...

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Bird life, not rabbits now abound

Posted on 21st Dec 2016 10:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

The view from the saddle of Moutohora Island out to White Island is impressive. The last time I stepped ashore at Moutohora Island, its flanks were almost bare of vegetation, other than a few hardy pohutukawa and small stands of bush. And its most abundant...

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