Rural News

Forced to work with supervisor who threatened life

A postal worker was expected to continue working with her supervisor after the supervisor threatened to kill her, despite New Zealand Post investigating the worker’s complaint and acknowledging that the threat actually happened. Jessica Peebles,...... Read More

Disease outbreak a ‘wake-up call’

The recent mycoplasma bovis outbreak in South Canterbury/North Otago, while traumatic for everyone involved, may yet have a silver lining for some farmers, a dairy industry leader says. Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury Dairy spokesman Nathan Currie,...... Read More

Telling farming’s positive stories at Morrinsville

New Zealand is too small to have a rural/urban divide, Waikato Federated Farmers President Andrew McGiven told the farming rally in Morrinsville at noon today. "We’d like to say to our urban cousins, be fully informed because we’d...... Read More

Counting down to the big ‘quack off’

The country’s keen duck callers are getting set to compete in the New Zealand Duck Calling Championships to be held in Taupo. The event is being held as part of the Sika Show, on September 30. Organiser Adam Rayner says the competition is a...... Read More

Green kiwifruit at risk from climate change

The most commonly grown variety of kiwifruit in the western Bay of Plenty will not be commercially viable by the end of the century because of climate change. A study in the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science shows that Hayward,...... Read More

Rural Women NZ welcome faster rollout

Rural Women NZ have welcomed an announcement that the government will spend an extra $270 million on improving rural broadband and bridging cellphone blackspots. Once completed, it is hoped ultra fast broadband (UFB) will be available to 87 per...... Read More

Counting down to the big ‘quack off’

The country’s keen duck callers are getting set to compete in the New Zealand Duck Calling Championships to be held in Taupo. The event is being held as part of the Sika Show, on September 30. Organiser Adam Rayner says the competition...... Read More

Stolen beehives found in Northland

Beehives stolen from the Bay of Plenty valued at around $35,000 have been recovered in Northland. A search warrant was carried out in the far North earlier this week, 80 live hives believed to have be stolen from the Western Bay of Plenty area were...... Read More

$20m fund for the future of farming

A National Government will partner with farmers and growers to develop new farming technology and practices that lift productivity and further reduce farming’s environmental footprint, Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says. “National...... Read More

Kiwifruit growers can’t sue over Psa damage

A group of kiwifruit growers claiming that negligence by the Ministry for Primary Industries allowed the Psa virus into New Zealand in 2009 isn't legally able to make a damages claim and is wrong about where the virus began, a government lawyer has...... Read More