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First kiwifruit ship sails today

Posted on 24th Mar 2017 13:11 | By Anonymous Author

The first shipload of kiwifruit for the 2017 season - 840,000 trays of premium Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit - sails on board the Asian Adonis for Shanghai today. The New Zealand industry is set for another strong season, with continued growth in SunGold...

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Prime Minister pays the Bay a visit

Posted on 23rd Mar 2017 18:00 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Prime Minister Bill English was in Rotorua and Te Puke today, in his first visit to the region since taking the governmental reins from John Key. He was accompanied by Rotorua MP Todd McClay, and together they visited Red Stag Mill, south of the city. Todd...

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Growers vote to support kiwifruit levy

Posted on 23rd Mar 2017 12:51 | By Anonymous Author

Kiwifruit growers have voted strongly in support of their representative organisation, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc, continuing to work on their behalf. Eight-five per cent of growers took part in the NZKGI Levy Referendum to continue the levy...

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Rural bachelors wanted

Posted on 21st Mar 2017 16:59 | By Anonymous Author

Single blokes from rural New Zealand are in demand as the search for 2017 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year begins. The rural bachelor competition is now in its seventh year and entries close at the end of March. Eight finalists will be selected for...

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Big turnout for farm day

Posted on 20th Mar 2017 10:39 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Hundreds of curious townies turned up to the McLeod farm on Welcome Bay Road for the annual Bay of Plenty Free Farm Day. Federated Farmers dairy chair and farm day coordinator Steve Bailey is pleased with the interest shown by the local community. “We...

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Limited supply meets solid demand

Posted on 19th Mar 2017 14:25 | By Anonymous Author

A very strong market with limited supply in the kiwifruit sector has led to high prices for both green and gold orchards in the Bay of Plenty, reports REINZ. Similarly, solid demand from local purchasers and Auckland buyers for a reduced number of lifestyle...

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Broadband speeds increasing annually

Posted on 19th Mar 2017 10:45 | By Anonymous Author

Akamai’s latest ‘State of the Internet’ report shows average connection speeds in New Zealand have increased by 38 per cent since 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the average connection speed had increased to 12.9 Megabits per second...

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Licences now on sale

Posted on 19th Mar 2017 08:25 | By Anonymous Author

The opportunity to bag a duck, pheasant or quail for the family table is drawing nearer, with game bird hunting licences for the 2017 season on sale now. Keen hunters have been eagerly anticipating the new licences, which allow them to hunt waterfowl...

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Funding boost for TeenAg initiative

Posted on 18th Mar 2017 12:59 | By Anonymous Author

A new initiative aiming to get more young people interested in agricultural careers from an early age is set to receive $146,000 in funding. Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says this funding will allow 500 young people across the country to participate in...

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Farm day aimed at the whole family!

Posted on 17th Mar 2017 11:23 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

Andrew and Robyn’s McLeod’s Papamoa dairy farm is in a peculiar position. It is situated within Tauranga City’s boundary, watching housing rise and creep quickly towards it. But on the hand increasingly more of the people living in...

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Regional rates rise reduced

Posted on 16th Mar 2017 06:47 | By Anonymous Author

The regional council’s rates rise for the 2017/18 year has been reduced from a projected 8.5 per cent increase, to 6.6 per cent in the Annual Plan approved by regional councillors last week. Overall, the regional council’s planned operating...

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Harvesting 12,000 hectares of kiwifruit

Posted on 15th Mar 2017 16:55 | By Anonymous Author

There is increasing activity in New Zealand’s kiwifruit orchards this month as the picking and packing of kiwifruit gets underway. Over 2500 growers will be harvesting some 12,000 hectares of kiwifruit, which will be marketed to over 50 countries. Small...

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Article ‘misleading’ says AgResearch

Posted on 15th Mar 2017 10:01 | By Anonymous Author

AgResearch’s work is much broader than described in the article “Protectionism versus truth-telling” which appeared in the March issue of Coast & Country News, and on the Coast & Country News website, says AgResearch Science Group Leader...

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Fighting threats to kiwifruit

Posted on 14th Mar 2017 11:33 | By Anonymous Author

Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc has signed an agreement with the Ministry for Primary Industries to help reduce the damaging impacts of the four most common biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors. The operational agreement under the Government...

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Bay dairy farmers believe in education

Posted on 14th Mar 2017 08:57 | By Anonymous Author

The major winners in the 2017 Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards, Cameron and Margaret Bierre, see their academic qualifications and previous careers as a strength. The couple were announced winners of the region’s Share Farmer of the Year competition...

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Have you seen this plant?

Posted on 13th Mar 2017 16:53 | By Rosalie Liddle Crawford Author

Have you seen this plant? Bay of Plenty Regional Council is on the hunt for it. “Of all the invasive weeds people have brought into their gardens over the years, wild kahili ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) is one of the worst,” reports Land...

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Ohinemuri River in flood

Posted on 11th Mar 2017 13:15 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

Footage has appeared online of the Ohinemuri River which runs through the Karangahake Gorge in flood following the latest heavy rains. Coromandel MP Scott Simpson posted the video to Facebook this afternoon, accompanied with what could be perceived...

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KiwiGreen pioneer honoured with medal

Posted on 11th Mar 2017 11:39 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Scientist Dr David Steven, whose pioneering work brought about a dramatic reduction in the use of agrichemicals in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, and ultimatetly horticulture world wide, has been awarded the Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal. David was...

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UPDATED 2PM: Regions bashed by rain

Posted on 11th Mar 2017 07:41 | By Anonymous Author

In seven words the Thames-Coromandel District Council summed up the weather which bashed the peninsula overnight. “Well what a night we have had.” According to MetService, so far the total rainfall in the Coromandel is 23.6mm, with the heaviest...

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Celebrating 20 years of Zespri

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 09:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Zespri celebrates its 20th birthday today with its Momentum conference at Mount Maunganui, attended by 500 delegates from New Zealand and around the world. The launch of the Zespri kiwifruit brand in 1997 began a new era for New Zealand’s kiwifruit...

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Labour shortage for kiwifruit harvest

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 06:50 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

With the 2017 kiwifruit harvest poised to begin, the industry is once again facing a labour shortage, especially for night shift and weekend work. “Harvest is the busiest time of year for the industry and we need many workers to assist in getting...

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Clydesdale history up for auction

Posted on 9th Mar 2017 08:08 | By Anonymous elaine@thesun.co.nz

The Clydesdales are staying, but some of their gear goes up for auction on April 8 when Pirongia Clydesdales holds a reduction sale of horse drawn wagons, harness and related items. Pirongia Clydesdales owners, Nick and Jill van der Sande, say the sale...

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Latest innovation in rat control

Posted on 8th Mar 2017 15:56 | By Anonymous Author

A new lure system is making pest control even easier for many New Zealand business owners. New Zealand conservation company Goodnature has made another innovative move in the bid towards pest eradication by creating the revolutionary Automatic Lure Pump...

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App for Hamilton Gardens

Posted on 8th Mar 2017 15:49 | By Anonymous Author

The million people who visit Hamilton Gardens each year now have an app available to help them get around the city’s number one tourist destination. The University of Waikato has worked with Hamilton Gardens staff to develop the Android app...

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Stamp sales help wetland protection

Posted on 8th Mar 2017 15:41 | By Anonymous Author

New Zealanders are urged to help protect wetlands that are not only crucial to the survival of game birds and other wildlife – but help humans survive natural disasters. And Fish & Game says one way of helping protect wetlands is by buying the 2017...

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Free app for logging catch

Posted on 8th Mar 2017 08:22 | By Anonymous Author

Kiwi anglers can log their catch and help create insight into fish stocks with New Zealand’s only free recreational fishing app. Fish4All, available on iPhone and Android, was developed by two Kiwi recreational fishing enthusiasts Tony Craig and...

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Mass-scale automation farming’s future?

Posted on 8th Mar 2017 08:09 | By Tanja Folnovic agronomy expert and agricultu

Of all the issues our planet is currently facing, the global food shortage seems to be the most urgent. Having in mind the global population is going to reach nine billion by 2050, sufficient food – our single most vital need as living creatures...

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‘Good thump’ got register working

Posted on 7th Mar 2017 16:46 | By Anonymous Author

There was a time when ornate cash registers were a feature of most stores and the photo that featured as the History Item in last month’s Coast & Country News brought back memories of those days for Lesley Doran of Hamilton. “In my first...

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Joint effort to restore wetlands

Posted on 7th Mar 2017 16:37 | By Anonymous Author

Hawke’s Bay’s farmers, hunters and local authorities are working together to undo some of the centuries of damage to the region’s wetlands and create more wildlife habitat. During the last nearly 200 years of development, Hawke’s...

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Chance to ride on racing circuit

Posted on 7th Mar 2017 08:36 | By Anonymous Author

MotoTT and Playday host regular motorcycle track days at the Taupo and Manfeild motorsport parks with the next events at Taupo on March 10-11. The trackdays are designed to be a fun, non-competitive environment where people can enjoy riding their...

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Ancient Peruvian seabeds enhance NZ soil

Posted on 7th Mar 2017 08:15 | By Anonymous Author

Ancient seabed deposits in Peru are providing fertiliser that will enhance New Zealand soils, says Kiwi Fertiliser Company managing director Ron Mclean. Ron’s company has recently taken delivery of a shipment of Sechura Reactive Phosphate Rock –...

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Caption the photo to win mortgage advice

Posted on 6th Mar 2017 16:43 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

A photo of a bull in a fix amused Coast & Country News readers, prompting many to send in captions for the January Country Funnies competition. Raewyn Dunning of Cambridge suggested two captions: “Had a ‘Blonde’ moment” and “Mooo!...

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Lift in Orchard Gate Returns predicted

Posted on 6th Mar 2017 08:37 | By Anonymous Author

The team at Just Avocados Ltd has completed a record season, marked by a number of significant milestones. The specialist avocado company exported just more than 700,000 trays, enjoying an increased 15 per cent share of industry crop in what has been...

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Grower efforts on orchard to be rewarded

Posted on 6th Mar 2017 08:28 | By Anonymous Author

The curtain has come down on another avocado export season with AVOCO and its growers playing a leading role in the supply of avocados to Australia and beyond. AVOCO, New Zealand’s largest avocado export group, handled about 2.9 million export trays...

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Lanterns add magic to tree top experienc

Posted on 3rd Mar 2017 15:39 | By Fritha Tagg

“Come for a tree-top walk.” The invitation sounds simple but slightly intriguing and certainly does not do justice to the night-time Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua. The 30-minute, 553m long ecological walk has a series of 23 suspension bridges,...

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The Zespri brand turns 20

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 16:50 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

It was a completely new word, with no meaning in any language, but the fortunes of an entire industry rested on its success. The sceptics thought it couldn’t be done, but those who believed it could proved them wrong. Twenty years on, Zespri is...

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Waikato plan ‘heading for failure'

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 16:41 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Unless the Waikato Regional Council changes its provisions, Plan Change 1 is heading for failure, and fresh water quality won’t improve, says Rick Burke, who is chairman of Farmers for Positive Change Wai Ora Waipa-Waikato – also known as...

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Win in award just ‘awesome’

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 08:24 | By Anonymous Author

Winning the 2016 Central Plateau Dairy Manager of the Year Awards has been “an awesome experience” for Leighton and Nicola Swan.“We have met so many people through entering at the regional level and then taking part in the nationals,”...

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Award winners achieve farming goal

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 08:02 | By Anonymous Author

Bobby and Jade Millner have landed their ‘dream’ farming job, and they credit winning the 2016 Waikato Share Farmers of the Year title with helping them secure it.“We can’t speak highly enough of what the awards have meant for...

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Winners 'drill down' into business

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 08:02 | By Anonymous Author

Entering the 2016 Dairy Industry Awards prompted Glen and Donna Sparrow of Whakatane to take an in-depth look at all aspects of their farming business.“You have a very short time in which to tell the judges about all aspects of your operation and...

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