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Kiwifruit employment breaches unveiled

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 15:07 | By Anonymous Author

A Labour Inspectorate operation targeting the kiwifruit industry in Bay of Plenty has found the majority of labour hire contractors are breaching their obligations as employers. Inspectors carried out audits on 62 labour contracting companies and interviewed...

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Cup awarded to exceptional grower

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 11:28 | By Anonymous Author

Peter Ombler, the orchardist who helped steer the kiwifruit industry through some of its most challenging times, has been awarded horticulture’s premier award - the Bledisloe Cup. Described as an outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, Peter...

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Matilda – a solitary tale

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 10:50 | By Sue Edmonds Author

Rosie cow, that enormously fat creature fed by her mum for 13 years, is no more. Her arthritis eventually made walking so painful that I called my neighbour to put her out of her misery. She was fifteen and a half, and had definitely enjoyed a good life. But...

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Farmers should 'embrace opportunities'

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 10:39 | By Anonymous Author

A new survey by accounting software provider MYOB reveals rural businesses are showing strong signs of economic improvement despite a constrained environment. The MYOB Business Monitor survey shows that the prospect of improvements in international commodity...

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Site selection determines success

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 10:35 | By Erica Faber Just Avocados Limited

When setting out to establish an orchard, the difference between a great-performing orchard and a poor one can come down to the site selection. Growing avocados on a marginal site can be a costly battle. To ensure the best site, a number of points should...

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‘Unwelcome’ birthday present could save

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 10:25 | By Anonymous Author

It may not be the birthday present seniors want to receive, but a bowel cancer screening kit could mean they get to enjoy many more birthdays, says Aileen McGowan, business manager endoscopy improvement and bowel screening at Waikato Hospital. Aileen...

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Pouring down the drain

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 10:23 | By Sue Edmonds Author

There seems to be a tacit agreement among many New Zealand scientists that the nitrate pollution of our waterways has nothing to do with the urea being poured on. Somehow they have convinced themselves, and many farmers, that it’s all to do with...

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Craft fork makes gardening easier

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 10:14 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Broadforks are a handy tool for market gardening and now a Papamoa couple have designed and manufactured a smaller version for home gardeners. Marco and Tess Partridge of ‘Crafty Gatherer’ set up a demonstration ‘plot’ in a raised...

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Quirky images inspire winning captions

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 10:00 | By Anonymous Author

Strange the sights you see in the country – including an oversized corrugated pukeko letter box and a fully-dressed man in an open-air bathtub on wheels. Both were photographed by Coast & Country’s roving reporter and featured as the Country...

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Video documents company’s influence

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 16:23 | By Anonymous Author

A new video on the Avoco website is helping to tell the story of Avoco’s amazing export success. Filmed by acclaimed New Zealand documentary maker Peter Young, the video illustrates the journey avocados take after they’re picked by an Avoco...

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Horse patrols a hit with Fieldays crowds

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 16:09 | By Anonymous Author

For the first time in 10 years police on horseback patrolled Fieldays, the national agricultural show held at Mystery Creek in June. Husband-and-wife duo, Senior Constable Bill Eivers and Constable Karen Eivers, rode mounts Ali and Piper and they proved...

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Tipping point for right to farm

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 16:02 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

New Zealand agriculture is at a tipping point with the industry’s licence to farm coming under intense scrutiny, says Mike Manning, Ravendown’s general manager innovation and strategy. “We have an urban population with genuine concerns...

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Debunking a family myth

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 15:11 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

James and Barbara Just didn’t expect a casual kiwifruit picking job would lead to debunking a long-held family myth or uncover the even more intriguing story of an ancestor’s legacy to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. The retired couple...

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Lighting the way to reduce tractor fires

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 15:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Strobe lights and teenagers, it could be assumed, are associated with school balls, but St Paul’s College students have broken that stereotype by installing LED strobe lights in tractors. Their invention, designed not to start a party but to stop...

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Innovative solution for dirty boots

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 14:16 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

“That essential item you never knew you needed” is how the Eliminar team describes its boot removers. The Young Enterprise business team of year 13 students from Westmount School campuses in Timaru and Dunedin launched the hands-free, galvanised...

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Attacks on integrity frustrating

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 13:59 | By Anonymous Author

Dairy farmers in the Edgecumbe region can be proud that their effluent ponds stood resilient above the April floods, says Steve Bailey from Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers. “A flyover of the Edgecumbe floods showed that dairy farmers can be proud...

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Still room for improvement in waterways

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 13:56 | By Anonymous Author

Bay of Plenty waterways are in reasonable condition compared to other parts of the country, but there is still room for improvement says Brent Mountford, Federated Farmers Bay of Plenty meat and fibre chairman. “Water is high on the agenda. Our...

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Citizen scientists wade into research

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 13:45 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Around New Zealand, landowners, community groups, councils, iwi and businesses are investing large amounts of time and money to restore degraded streams, mostly through fencing and planting of stream banks. But very little is known about whether these...

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Clarity needed in water discussion

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 12:38 | By Vaughan Payne chief executive of Waikato Re

  A couple of myths need correction over the proposed plan change for cleaning up the Waikato and Waipa rivers, namely that the proposal seeks to ‘protect’ intensive farming and that this idea is Waikato Regional Council’s fault. The...

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Tayla and M&M winning combination

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 12:07 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Tayla Hansen’s 11 years’ experience of showing animals contributed to her winning the Royal Easter Show’s supreme Speckle Park bull trophy with a nine-month-old bull in April. So too did her understanding of what constitutes a good example...

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Restoring Tahawai Stream

Posted on 15th Jul 2017 11:49 | By Anonymous Author

A burbling stream, the bush-clad slopes of the Kaimai Ranges above and the sparkling waters of the inner harbour in the distance. What better way to spend a Saturday? The trade-off will be donning a pair of gloves and some sturdy shoes to help plant...

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Farming family on Country Calender

Posted on 13th Jul 2017 11:46 | By Anonymous Author

Te Puke-based avocado industry stalwart Ron Bailey and his family will feature in an episode of popular rural TV show Country Calendar this Sunday. The half-hour programme will explore how Ron and his family have diversified their rural business interests...

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Changes to kiwifruit regulations

Posted on 11th Jul 2017 11:35 | By Anonymous Author

New changes to update kiwifruit regulations and help future-proof the industry will come into force on August 1. Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says the changes were announced last year and will help ensure the industry is best structured...

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Person freed from Te Puke Highway crash

Posted on 4th Jul 2017 08:52 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

UPDATED: A person initially trapped in a two car crash near Te Puke has now been freed. Emergency services were called to the crash on Te Puke Highway just before 9am. Fire and Emergency NZ northern communications centre shift manager Paul Radden says...

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Zespri welcomes free trade negotiations

Posted on 4th Jul 2017 07:29 | By Letitia Atkinson letitia@thesun.co.nz

Zespri welcomes the announcement of the start of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between New Zealand and the four countries of the Pacific Alliance – Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. “While New Zealand kiwifruit does not attract...

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Myrtle rust low risk to honey

Posted on 3rd Jul 2017 06:53 | By Anonymous Author

Myrtle rust is believed to be a low risk to New Zealand’s growing manuka honey industry, says Comvita CEO Scott Coulter. New Zealand Manuka honey is produced from exclusively from leptospermum scoparium, which is the only leptospermum variety found...

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How to not get bitten by a dog

Posted on 2nd Jul 2017 07:00 | By Anonymous Author

Preventing people from being bitten by a dog is the number one priority of Tauranga City Council’s animal services education coordinator Cheniel Powell. Cheniel goes into both workplaces and schools to teach people how to avoid being bitten by...

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New fire service from today

Posted on 1st Jul 2017 12:07 | By Anonymous Author

The New Zealand Fire Service dissolves into history today in the biggest change to New Zealand fire fighting in a generation. July 1 marks the inauguration of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and the amalgamation of 40 rural and urban fire fighting units...

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Bay to see 14,000 kiwifruit jobs by 2030

Posted on 28th Jun 2017 09:06 | By Anonymous Author

A new report shows kiwifruit’s contribution to New Zealand GDP is set to increase from $2.6 billion in 2015/16 to $6.14 billion in 2030, with an additional 29,000 New Zealand jobs, driven by the new cultivar Zespri SunGold.   The report...

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Export award confirms strategy on track

Posted on 27th Jun 2017 13:40 | By Anonymous elaine@thesun.co.nz

Dominion Salt is enjoying “a quiet sense of achievement on a longer-term journey” says its CEO Shane Dufaur upon winning a top NZ export award on Friday night. The 75-year-old company took out the Top Exporter of the Year prize at the Bay...

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Taking the government to court over Psa

Posted on 25th Jun 2017 10:15 | By Anonymous Author

Seven years after the Psa outbreak that affected the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, 212 kiwifruit claimants will finally get their day in the High Court in August. The Kiwifruit Claim seeks to hold the government and the Ministry of Primary Industries...

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Racing in the blood

Posted on 24th Jun 2017 14:23 | By Letitia Atkinson letitia@thesun.co.nz

"It’s just business out there and that’s it." That’s what Trudy Thornton said after winning a race against her daughter and niece at the Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga Racecourse today. All three women competed in one of the first races...

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Team selection event in Taupo

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 12:36 | By Andy McGechan Author

Expect the country’s most talented motocross riders to put aside their traditional rivalries and brand allegiances when they next compete under provincial colours this weekend. They will flock to Taupo for the eighth annual Battle of the Clubs...

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Arrest in missing woman case

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 17:21 | By Anonymous Author

A 45 year old Waikato man was today charged with the murder of Kim Richmond, the Arohena woman whose body was found in her ute in Lake Arapuni last week. Kim Louise Richmond disappeared on July 31, 2016. Repeated searches failed to find any trace of...

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The benefits of monoculture rye grass

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 12:57 | By Anonymous Author

Feeding dairy cows on monoculture rye grass pastures not only adversely affects their health and milk production, but may also be an animal welfare issue, says Dr Christine Jones – an international authority on soil health and profitable farming...

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Connecting with those who understand

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 10:06 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

As much as she loves her work, 21-year-old Mangakino herd manager Donna McKinley admits dairy farming hours can be an impediment to social life – unless you join a Young Farmers Club. “Other dairy farmers don’t laugh if you say you...

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Dairy conversion attracts large fine

Posted on 15th Jun 2017 11:08 | By Anonymous Author

A Waikato dairy farming company has received seven convictions and been fined a total of $52,500 for discharging dairy effluent into the environment and breaching council abatement notices ordering a halt to unlawful discharges. The offending followed...

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Maori Kiwifruit Forum an industry first

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

The Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum has been officially launched in Tauranga, representing a first for the kiwifruit industry. The forum has been created to advocate for the interests of Maori growers in the sector and is a partnership between Maori kiwifruit...

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Manilla to Mangakino – no regrets

Posted on 15th Jun 2017 06:44 | By Elaine Fisher Author

A culture shock probably doesn’t adequately describe what Carlos Delos Santos experienced when he moved from Manilla in the Philippines to Mangakino in New Zealand and took up a job relief milking. “As an 18-year-old I had very little life...

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A significant birthday leads to rethink

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 14:33 | By Sue Edmonds

There’s a lot of talk in farming circles about succession planning, and a lot of farmers who are still shying away from thinking about it – despite the number of birthdays they’ve had. But when Tararua sheep and beef farmer David Poole...

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