Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Door-to-door farm visits welcomed

Posted on 25th Apr 2017 07:17 | By Anonymous Author

Teams from the local Rural Support Trust and Red Cross have been documenting destroyed pastures, damaged homes and inundated orchards, as they carry out assessment visits to flood-affected farms and orchards in the Bay of Plenty. Igor Gerritson from...

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Anzac Day: ‘We will remember them’

Posted on 25th Apr 2017 06:42 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning - we will remember them. Today people all across the country are gathering in the dawn to honour,...

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Ngati Awa Volunteer Army - thank you!

Posted on 22nd Apr 2017 16:00 | By Rosalie Liddle Crawford rosalie@thesun.co.nz

The Ngati Awa Volunteer Army – NAVA – completed its final organised day of the Edgecumbe clean-up with thank you speeches and lunch hosted at the Ruaihona Marae on Friday.  Te Runanga o Ngati Awa created the Ngati Awa Volunteer Army...

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Support for flood-affected farmers

Posted on 22nd Apr 2017 13:00 | By Anonymous Author

There were plenty of gumboots on display at the Patetonga Hall in the Hauraki Plains on Friday morning. A number of flood-affected farmers met up with support agencies plus Hauraki District councillors and staff to discuss a way forward following the...

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Bell Rd drainage system re-think

Posted on 21st Apr 2017 12:00 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

Papamoa dairy farmers are calling for a re-think on the drainage design for the area after two weeks of flooding that has forced them to dry off their herds early and lose about a month’s worth of production. Two cyclones in two weeks left the...

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$30M to build orchards on Maori land

Posted on 20th Apr 2017 10:00 | By Anonymous Author

Te Tumu Paeroa, in partnership with Quayside Holdings, today announces a $30 million investment programme to build 10 kiwifruit orchards on Maori land in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne over the next 18 months.  This will be the single largest kiwifruit...

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Historic payday for aged care workers

Posted on 18th Apr 2017 16:58 | By Anonymous Author

Some of the health sector’s lowest paid workers will share in a $2 billion pay equity settlement over five years. More than 55,000 workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services across New Zealand are set...

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Best duck season in seven years

Posted on 16th Apr 2017 08:35 | By Anonymous Author

Duck shooters in the Eastern Fish and Game region are being promised the best shooting in seven years, based on current duck numbers. Senior Fish and Game officer Matthew McDougall says trapping and population modelling tells them there are lots of ducks...

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Don’t hose mud & silt into drains

Posted on 15th Apr 2017 12:30 | By Anonymous Author

Whakatane District residents and businesses, including those in Edgecumbe, are strongly urged not to hose or wash mud and silt into drains and the stormwater system. Civil Defence Controller Paula Chapman says it is understandable residents will want...

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Top farmers prepare for finals

Posted on 15th Apr 2017 11:50 | By Anonymous Author

The 33 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards won’t be taking a break over Easter – they will be too busy preparing for the final round of judging which gets underway on April 22. The finalists represent 11 regions and will...

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New water supply for Colville locals

Posted on 15th Apr 2017 11:09 | By Anonymous Author

They might be a small Coromandel community, but Colville has achieved a huge goal with the unveiling of its new water supply. The Colville Water Supply Society, working with the Coromandel-Colville Community Board, have successfully provided a new,...

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Trees block the Woods' drive

Posted on 14th Apr 2017 12:04 | By Anonymous Author

After the storm passed over last night David and Sian Wood found their drive to look around at storm damage was a very short one. “We went to go out last night, came round the corner and hello, there’s a tree over the drive,” says David...

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Power out in the East

Posted on 14th Apr 2017 08:48 | By Anonymous Author

Civil Defence in Whakatane is today focusing on re-opening roads and restoring water and waste water systems. Major highways remain closed and power is out this morning in Whakatane, Ohope, Coastlands, Otakiri, Taneatua, Ruatoki, Waimana, Matata, Thornton,...

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Mazda backlash over TV programme

Posted on 14th Apr 2017 07:02 | By Elaine Fisher Author

Concerns of dairy farmers about the way their industry was portrayed in TVNZ’s Sunday programme “The Price of Milk” have been made known to its producers and the TVNZ executive by the show’s sponsor Mazda NZ. Some farmers were...

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YES applications closing today

Posted on 13th Apr 2017 09:52 | By Anonymous Author

Today is the last day for young people living on the east coast of the Coromandel to get their applications in for this year’s Youth in Emergency Services Programme. YES is a hands-on introduction of what it’s like to be involved with the...

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All hands to the pump as cyclone looms

Posted on 13th Apr 2017 08:32 | By Anonymous Author

As rural Bay of Plenty braces itself for more heavy rainfall today, the Ministry for Primary Industries is working alongside Civil Defence Emergency Management, the local Rural Support Trust, Federated Farmers, industry bodies, and volunteers to help...

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Our Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year?

Posted on 12th Apr 2017 16:55 | By Anonymous Author

A Tauranga woman described as ‘successful yet so down to earth’ is in the running to take out the 2017 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year Award. A qualified veterinarian, Dr Claire Nicholson is the Chief Executive of Sirona Animal Health, a...

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AgriSea wins bee research grant

Posted on 11th Apr 2017 16:00 | By Anonymous Author

Paeroa-based bio-stimulant company AgriSea NZ Seaweed Ltd has been awarded a $74,000 project grant from Callaghan Innovation for research and development of its bioactive products and the nutritional needs of honey bees. General manager Tane Bradley...

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Free nitrogen use seminar in Reporoa

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

Farmers needing help to understand their farm nitrogen reports are being invited to a free seminar taking place in Reporoa on Wednesday. Hosted by Ballance Agri-nurtients, the Dairy Women’s Network and Fonterra, The Understanding Farm Nitrogen...

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State of emergency declared in BOP

Posted on 11th Apr 2017 14:57 | By Anonymous Author

Due to the heavy rain forecast this week, the Matahina dam water level has been dropped to its lowest level ever recorded as a precaution. With another deluge expected in the coming days, Bay of Plenty Regional Council duty flood manager Peter Blackwood...

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Native seaweed provides tonic for bees

Posted on 8th Apr 2017 12:31 | By Anonymous Author

Cold, wet, windy weather across the country has cost beekeepers millions of dollars as the unseasonable conditions affect the honey harvest. With close to a million hives now in New Zealand, the poor summer has hit the apiculture industry hard when it...

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Golden snapper, gemfish and bluenose

Posted on 7th Apr 2017 16:18 | By Jesse Gread Te Kuia Skipper

Having no day charter on a recent Friday meant we could get away on the overnight trip to Mayor Island at 3pm instead of the usual 6pm.​ We loaded up the Te Kuia with supplies and the keen crew of fishermen jumped aboard, charged with anticipation....

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David’s circular route to farm solutions

Posted on 7th Apr 2017 08:02 | By Anonymous Author

David Law with United Kingdom farmer James Rogerson and one of his very large Friesian cows, which produces 12,000 litres of milk. One of the seminars David addressed in February was held on the Rogerson farm. David Law didn’t plan to be an effluent...

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Douglas-fir essential oil a winner

Posted on 6th Apr 2017 15:00 | By Anonymous Author

ForestPlus has won the Scion-sponsored Novel Application of wood fibre category in the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards for their ‘essential oils from pines’ product, an essential oil distilled from New Zealand Douglas-fir. The ForestPlus...

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If you weren’t there you don’t know

Posted on 6th Apr 2017 11:35 | By Anonymous Author

This coronation jug from the Te Aroha Museum is a rare item – and many readers will know exactly why – send in your memories of this time in history and be in to win a visit to the museum. The “good old days” of manual labour...

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Whole family input increases profit

Posted on 6th Apr 2017 08:50 | By Sue Edmonds

The Donald family of Tararua – Molly, Chrissina, Bruce, Georgie and Hannah – enjoy not only farming together but the great outdoors as well. In the hilly country around Tararua, drystock farmers have long been in the majority. But where many...

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New smart irrigation projects get $590k

Posted on 5th Apr 2017 15:27 | By Anonymous Author

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed two new investments in smart irrigation projects in the latest Sustainable Farming Fund round. The first project, led by Irrigation New Zealand, will receive $294,000 to identify the benefits of irrigation...

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Renovation can bring many benefits

Posted on 5th Apr 2017 11:11 | By Anonymous Author

Pasture growth can decline over time due to a number of factors – and the most successful approach to this is often complete pasture renewal. Benefits of pasture renovation include increased total pasture yield – of 18t DM/ha/yr to 8t DM/ha/yr;...

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Vitamin C healthy pic-up for plants

Posted on 5th Apr 2017 08:30 | By Anonymous Author

Because most major commodity crops have low levels of vitamin C, the researchers want to take a leaf out of certain superfruits’ DNA – which have high levels – to help fortify staple crops. There are many methods to turn on genes that...

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Illuminating Wisdom book prize

Posted on 31st Mar 2017 12:06 | By Anonymous Author

Making a hay-pool while the sun shines was the subject of the Country Funnies image for February – and the idea appealed to our readers, who suggested some appropriate captions. “We are all out on bale for the summer,” came from Doreen...

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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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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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