Rural News

Kiwifruit Industry’s big push for seasonal labour

In an attempt to combat the forecast labour shortage for the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry in 2019, a campaign is being launched for pickers and packers. In 2018, the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry experienced a severe labour shortage at harvest...... Read More

Farmers to get greater milk price certainty

Fonterra has today announced that it will introduce a new financial tool to help farmers gain more certainty of what they will be paid for their milk for the season. The new Fixed Milk Price can help them with budgeting, planning, and managing on-farm...... Read More

Farm safety story book launched in wake of tragedy

A woman who lost her partner in a farm incident has launched a book to keep children safe on the farm. Harriet Bremner’s partner James died in a farm machinery incident in Hakataramea Valley in January 2017. Now, her new book, Be Safe, Be Seen,...... Read More

Greenpeace takes a swing over river pollution

Greenpeace has launched a new campaign to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and save New Zealand’s rivers. They have launched the campaign in billboard style, with the wording taking aim at company’s Ravensdown and Ballance. Greenpeace...... Read More

Kiwifruit gives wholesale trade a golden glow

Fruit exports drove wholesale trade up for the second quarter in a row, Stats NZ said today. The seasonally adjusted total sales value for wholesale trade rose 2.5 percent in the September 2018 quarter, following a 2.6 percent rise in the June 2018...... Read More

Orchardist warns to start payday filing now

A Hawke’s Bay orchardist is advising fellow small businesses to be ahead of the game on payday filing. This is the mandatory requirement from April next year for employers to file their payroll information to Inland Revenue every time they pay...... Read More

Judge “astounded” by Hamilton sewage case

The body corporate of a Hamilton gated community, The Sanctuary, has been convicted and fined $53,550 for discharging sewage wastewater from its wastewater system into a city stream. In passing sentence, Hamilton District Court Judge Melanie Harland...... Read More

Charges laid over cows beaten with pipe

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has filed charges against an individual after receiving footage in June this year of a Northland sharemilker hitting cows with a pipe and other implements. MPI's manager of compliance investigations, Gary...... Read More

Farm consents or more water ’not done deal’

Central Hawke's Bay residents running out of water are being reassured applications from eight big farms to draw more water from a dwindling acquifer is not yet a done deal. The reassurance was given by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council at a...... Read More