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New regulations for 1080

Posted on 26th Feb 2017 15:35 | By Anonymous Author

New regulations have been approved under the Resource Management Act to provide a national approach to the use of poisons like 1080 and brodifacoum. Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says pests such as stoats, rats and possums kill 25 million native...

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Learning to survive

Posted on 26th Feb 2017 11:30 | By Cayla-Fay Saunders cayla@thesun.co.nz

Dean Bartlett is teaching his boys valuable life skills. He takes his four boys – Matthew (7), Jack (9), Charley (12), and Lachlan (13) – to participate in the Te Puna Hunting and Fishing Club’s Take a Kid Hunting and Fishing competition...

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Welcome home to Pongakawa School

Posted on 26th Feb 2017 08:45 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

When more than 350 people arrived at Pongakawa School this weekend, in a way they were returning to their second home. On Saturday they were greeted by current students singing Kiwi musician Dave Dobbyn’s national hit ‘Welcome Home’,...

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Sustainable farmers win supreme title

Posted on 25th Feb 2017 08:25 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Waiotahe dairy farmers Jared and Sue Watson are the supreme winners of the 2017 Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Enthusiasm and passion for all aspects of their business, farming sustainably and doing the right thing by the environment...

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Central Plateau dairy finalists announce

Posted on 24th Feb 2017 13:29 | By Anonymous Author

The finalists in the 2017 Central Plateau New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards have announced, following the completion of the preliminary judging. General Manager Chris Keeping says judges had been extremely impressed with the quality of entrants this...

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Bug Man’s home safe from fires

Posted on 22nd Feb 2017 06:47 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Ruud Kleinpaste – aka “The Bug Man” is happy to be back in his Kennedys Bush home, now cordons have been lifted following the fires in the Christchurch Port Hills. “We came back on Sunday and most of our neighbours were allowed...

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Strong sales in rural Bay of Plenty

Posted on 19th Feb 2017 15:00 | By Anonymous Author

Sales of rural properties are consistently strong in the Bay of Plenty, with REINZ reporting solid sales of horticultural properties and strong prices for lifestyle blocks. Nationally, the median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the three months...

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Bonus rebate for EastPack growers

Posted on 17th Feb 2017 12:53 | By Anonymous Author

EastPack Limited growers are to receive a 35 per cent bonus rebate of 7 cents per tray, increasing the total rebate to 27 cents per tray. This means growers will share in more than $9.8 million worth of rebates for the 2016 season. Investor shareholders...

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Field days focus on preserving soils

Posted on 17th Feb 2017 11:38 | By Anonymous

New Zealand’s comparatively shallow top soils are a precious resource that needs careful management is among the drivers behind the second New Zealand Soil Management Field Days to be held near Pukekohe on March 8-9. “Pukekohe top soils,...

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Mel’s new goal

Posted on 17th Feb 2017 11:25 | By Sue Edmonds Author

Mel Bradley of Onga Onga is determined to make a profit every year on the family’s farm, using GrowFARM systems. They say women can do anything, and Mel Bradley of Onga Onga in the Hawke’s Bay is doing an awful lot of it at once. With two...

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Careful management benefits environment

Posted on 17th Feb 2017 10:49 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Mataiwhetu Farms is an impressive example of how carefully considered stock types and rotation, combined with a thorough understanding of topography, soil and weather conditions, can not only protect the environment but also enhance farm production. Allen...

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Morrinsville marks 100th A&P Show

Posted on 16th Feb 2017 17:00 | By Anonymous Author

The Morrinsville A&P Show committee’s entry in the town’s annual float parade promoted its 100th show this March.The 100th Morrinsville Agricultural and Pastoral Show on Saturday, March 4, will be a fitting celebration of a century of all...

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Fires threaten Bug-man’s home

Posted on 16th Feb 2017 11:50 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Ruud Kleinpaste – aka “The Bug Man” - is flying back to Christchurch from Tauranga this morning, unsure exactly what he will find, after learning his wife had been evacuated from their Kennedy Bush home. “As far as I know, our...

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Erin is BOP’s top young grower

Posted on 16th Feb 2017 10:02 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Te Puke’s Erin Atkinson has won the title of 2017 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year, becoming the first woman to take the top award. The 29-year-old Technical Advisor for Apata Group based in Te Puke, headed off strong competition from...

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Agriculture conference comes to Hamilton

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

The biggest precision agriculture event ever held in New Zealand takes place in Hamilton from October 16-18. The seventh Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture, to be known as 7ACPA, is hosted by the Precision Agriculture Association...

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Technical advisor joins avocado company

Posted on 15th Feb 2017 17:03 | By Anonymous Author

Erica Faber - orchard productivity manager with Just Avocados. As a child, Erica Faber spent her pocket money on plants, and later – against her family’s wishes –studied horticulture, instead of commerce, at university. “I don’t...

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Book recounts colourful flying career

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

Bruce Aitken of Taupo, former topdressing and stunt pilot, has published a book about this colourful career. Ninety-year-old Bruce Aitken has published a book on his exciting and colourful career of 18,000 flying hours, 30 years running an aerial top-dressing...

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Bay housing market ‘mixed’

Posted on 14th Feb 2017 17:59 | By Anonymous Author

Median house prices across the Bay of Plenty were a bit of a mixed bag during January, according to new Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures. In Tauranga the median house price was $540,000 last month, down 10.5 per cent ($60,000) when compared...

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Banishing rats and welcoming birds

Posted on 14th Feb 2017 17:07 | By Anonymous Author

Jan and Brian Barton have created a haven for native birds by restoring an embankment on their Katikati orchard. Rats so hungry they ate not only all the bait, but also chewed the alkathene pipe which contained it, were among the challenges Jan and Brian...

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Trekking the Tuapiro sandbanks

Posted on 14th Feb 2017 08:02 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Bruce Polley of Katikati is always keen to find work for Royal (left) and Hamish on the avocado orchard. Being gently “mobbed” by a team of very large, inquisitive Clydesdales sparked a new and absorbing hobby for Bruce Polley of Katikati. “I’d...

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Get snapping to WIN!

Posted on 13th Feb 2017 09:19 | By Anonymous Author

Send your country photos to be in to win a Zooties give pack. Send in your photos of children, adults and, or, animals enjoying rural life to be in to win a pack of Zoaties, the new “guilt-free” healthy snacks from Kiwi company Alive Foods,...

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Hat choice is all equestrian influenced

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

Katelyn Harper, in stylist hat with her horse Panda. For 18-year-old Katelyn Harper, her ‘two-hat’ responsibility is no dilemma. In fact, she manages to make it look easy. Her hats are both worn in the show ring, as horses are a big part of...

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Te Puna Quarry Park: 20 years on

Posted on 12th Feb 2017 15:35 | By Ryan Wood & Rosalie Liddle Crawford

It’s one of the Western Bay’s iconic destinations, and today it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary. This afternoon a private gathering took place at Te Puna Quarry Park to mark 20 years since volunteers first began renovating the site. The...

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Farmers Beware! Rural thefts on the rise

Posted on 11th Feb 2017 15:42 | By Anonymous Author

Police are warning farmers and tool shed owners in rural areas to ensure their valuables are hidden and sheds locked up. Cow sheds and shearing sheds have recently been targeted around Awakino /Mahoenui and surrounding areas inland, and tools and farm...

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Young growers go head to head

Posted on 11th Feb 2017 13:39 | By Anonymous Author

Six top young horticulturalists are being put through their paces physically and mentally as they compete for the title of 2017 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year at the Te Puke A&P Show today. The day-long event sees contestants taking part...

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New tool to stop Overseer ‘gaming'

Posted on 11th Feb 2017 08:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

OVERSEER is developing a new tool that will significantly improve the review of farm information and reduce the ability to ‘game’ the software, says OVERSEER Ltd chief executive Caroline Read. “We will work with councils and farmers...

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Improving water quality approach mooted

Posted on 10th Feb 2017 11:49 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Farmers working together in sub-catchments would be the most effective approach to improve water quality to “swimmability and Mahinga Kai” standards in all Waikato and Waipa waterways, meeting the aim of the Waikato Regional Council’s...

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Dry February ahead for Bay

Posted on 5th Feb 2017 14:30 | By Anonymous Author

A relatively dry and warm February is expected for the north and east of the North Island, including the Bay of Plenty. Rainfall is expected to be below average from the Coromandel down to Hawke’s Bay. The north and east of the North Island experienced...

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Sausage sizzle for rowing club

Posted on 3rd Feb 2017 17:15 | By Anonymous Author

A spate of break-ins at the BOP Coast rowing club on the Wairoa River has resulted in the club being the recipient of the Tauranga BNZ fun day sausage sizzle on Friday. Jenny Bremner who works at the bank and is also a mum at BOP Coast Rowing says she...

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Fuelling the Tarawera Ultramarathon

Posted on 3rd Feb 2017 14:07 | By Anonymous Author

It’s gained a reputation as New Zealand’s most prestigious ultramarathon but the secret is finally out – the Tarawera Ultra is the ultimate party food banquet and it has some impressive figures to back it up. On 11 February, 1400 athletes...

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$500K upgrade for Bay highway

Posted on 2nd Feb 2017 17:02 | By Anonymous Author

More than $500,000 is about to be spent on making it more difficult for people to die on the section of State Highway 34, between Kawerau and Te Teko. The $540,000 project will involve installing rumble strips on parts of the 100 km/h area, extending...

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Ill health cited for Spaans resignation

Posted on 1st Feb 2017 15:50 | By Anonymous Author

Fonterra Board director Michael Spaans has stepped down from his post effective immediately due to ill health. Fonterra Chairman John Wilson says Michael’s tireless contribution to the New Zealand dairy industry has been significant both inside...

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Six vie for young grower title

Posted on 1st Feb 2017 15:01 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Six young horticulturalists, including one from Northland, will be pitting their skills against each other in February as they vie for the title of 2017 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the year. The contestants first go head to head at the Te Puke...

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Hotel childhood fostered sustainability

Posted on 22nd Jan 2017 08:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Roger Archibald is commercial manager for BioGro. Growing up on a “100 acre farm with the hotel in the middle” which served guests homegrown, home-cooked meals and where recycling was second nature, clearly influenced Roger Archibald’s...

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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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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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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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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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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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