Rural News

New Zealand avocados a step closer to China

New Zealand is a significant step closer towards supplying fresh avocados to Chinese consumers and opening up access to a brand new market for the country's growers, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Avocado announced today. A...... Read More

Emergency call out to Ohingaiti farm track

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter had an emergency call out on November 12 at 12.30 pm, when a farmer had fallen from his quad bike while crossing a farm track in Ohingaiti. The 75-year-old male suffered suspected broken ribs and tears to...... Read More

Failed piggery directors convicted

Two former directors of a failed piggery operation, which posed a significant risk to the environment, have been convicted and fined thousands of dollars each in the Hamilton District Court. Waikato Regional Council, which brought the prosecution,...... Read More

$7.4 million funding for erosion control

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today welcomed $7.4 million in erosion control funding for Gisborne district landowners. The money comes from the latest funding round of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Erosion Control Funding Programme and...... Read More

Fonterra launches plan to improve waterways

Fonterra has launched an ambitious plan to help improve the quality of New Zealand’s waterways. Based around six strategic commitments, the plan will underpin Fonterra’s efforts to promote healthy streams and rivers, including a strong...... Read More

The dark side of the dairy industry

A new survey has exposed how little awareness the general public has of dairy industry practices, with only half the NZ population aware that a cow needs to have a calf each year to produce milk. To attempt to counteract this, SAFE has erected a giant,...... Read More

Striving for a predator free Hawke’s Bay

Driving towards a predator free Hawke’s Bay is a huge positive step in allowing native species to thrive where we live, work and play. In a bid to achieve this goal Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne will bring together some of the best brains...... Read More

UN showcases Kiwi farmers in Greenpeace film

The United Nations has turned a few Kiwi farmers into international role models in an effort to combat water pollution and climate change via a new way of farming.   Not long after Greenpeace launched a short film called...... Read More

Zespri avoids criminal charges

Zespri has avoided having criminal charges laid against the company following an investigation into allegations of criminality arising from the practice of dual invoicing. The Serious Fraud Office has closed the investigation having determined the...... Read More

Climate goal ’unachievable’ without change

The government's goal of a zero carbon economy by 2050 is unachievable if farming stays the way it is today, agribusiness leader Mandy Bell says. She said that was because there was no clear plan or direction from the farming sector, not enough information...... Read More