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Paeroa water for gorge communities

Posted on 20th May 2017 08:56 | By Anonymous Author

Boiling drinking water is now a thing of the past for people living in Karangahake and Mackaytown. This week the last few properties in the area were connected to the much superior Paeroa water supply and precautionary boil water notices have been lifted...

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Zespri sales up 30 per cent

Posted on 18th May 2017 08:43 | By Anonymous Author

Zespri grew sales by 30 per cent in its longstanding number one market of Japan over the past two seasons. The kiwifruit company has plans to keep growing sales of premium Zespri Kiwifruit by 25 per cent over the next five years, creating new opportunities...

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A horse with no name in Whakamarama

Posted on 17th May 2017 14:55 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is still trying to track down the owner of a large brown stallion discovered roaming alone in Whakamarama. The horse was first spotted by a member of the public on Munro Road before it bolted across State Highway...

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Avocado industry reaches highest value

Posted on 17th May 2017 14:49 | By Anonymous Author

The New Zealand avocado industry has just reported its highest value ever with avocados sales reaching $198 million. This is an increase of $64 million on last season and $62 million higher than the previous record of $136 million in 2013-14. Volume...

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Finalists named for export awards

Posted on 17th May 2017 11:46 | By Anonymous Author

The finalists for the annual Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards have been announced. The awards are dedicated to showcasing exporters from our region and their people who are creating their own beats. Into its 27th year, the awards recognise ‘the innovative,...

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Vital soil carbon disappearing

Posted on 17th May 2017 10:21 | By Sue Edmonds

The Waikato Regional Council received at least a 1000 submissions on its healthy rivers plan change, a tribute to the umpteen meetings held, and farmers being harangued by interested parties. I just hope they all help the council to think objectively...

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Scion marks 70 years of forest research

Posted on 17th May 2017 08:05 | By Anonymous Author

The Crown research institute Scion, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, had its beginnings in April 1947 when the then State Forest Service established a Forest Experiment Station beside the existing nursery at Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua. The...

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Serious crash at Matahina

Posted on 16th May 2017 18:16 | By Anonymous Author

Diversions are in place after a ute and a motorbike collided on Galatea Road near the Matahina Dam in the Eastern Bay of Plenty this afternoon. Police say the incident is coded as critical. They were called to assist ambulance at 3.45pm this afternoon...

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Rare breed finally recognised

Posted on 16th May 2017 15:18 | By Fritha Tagg

Beth McVerry’s determination and love of her Cambridge-based Riggit Galloway herd is finally showing results. What started out with one Riggit has now led to more than 40 with two distinct bloodlines. Beth has been working for 10 years to get the...

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The opportunity terminal genetics offer

Posted on 16th May 2017 13:11 | By Tracey Neal of Potawa Simmentals

Simmental breeders around the country are waiting eagerly for the next stage of the Beef & Lamb NZ Genetics Beef Progeny Test. Begun in 2014, The B+LNZ Genetics Beef Progeny Test is comparing bulls of different breeds under New Zealand commercial farming...

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Three is better than one

Posted on 16th May 2017 11:19 | By Anonymous Author

In search of a more efficient and environmentally sustainable method of treating effluent, pond construction company Pondco has teamed up with innovative engineering solutions company Little Creek to design a three-tiered pond system. Hamish Forbes of...

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Pet food solution to pest problems

Posted on 16th May 2017 09:53 | By Anonymous Author

Turning pests into tasty nutritious food for pets is proving a winning formula for Sue and Mark Armstrong and Zac Howarth of Out of the Wild Pet Food. “The environment wins because we are reducing the number of pest animals. Pets win because they...

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Experienced manager joins the team

Posted on 16th May 2017 09:07 | By Anonymous Author

Just Avocados and Avoworks have appointed John Emett to the position of orchard management and grower services. John has been involved in the horticulture industry for most of his working life and is well-known to the Bay of Plenty avocado industry through...

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Technology saves time, money and milk

Posted on 16th May 2017 08:15 | By Fritha Tagg

The farming gene runs strong in the Morrinsville Singh family. Mahindar Singh and his wife Jispal Kaur are the third generation to farm on their Piako Rd, Morrinsville, property. The fourth generation – their sons Agiapal and Sahejdeep – now...

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1000 less sheep but same number of lambs

Posted on 15th May 2017 11:46 | By Sue Edmonds

Mandeville lies in the Riversdale area, between Gore and Lumsden – and the Miller family has farmed around Southland for many years, working up to this 2400ha farm. Nick Miller, who runs it these days, spent some years working for others and ventured...

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Sheep slaughtered in Bellevue

Posted on 15th May 2017 09:44 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Roaming dogs are being blamed for the slaughter of sheep on the same Bellevue property that was hit last year. Meg Graeme, whose parents own the flock on Princess Road, hopes people will be able to help before more sheep are killed. “This time...

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How the Gorringe Bros became Gorringes

Posted on 15th May 2017 08:02 | By Anonymous Author

Although it was established in Katikati in 1965, the agricultural contracting company Gorringes can trace its origins back to Surrey in England. That’s where Jess and Rene Gorringe operated a mixed cropping farm before immigrating to New Zealand...

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A $178M boost for tourism infrastructure

Posted on 13th May 2017 16:03 | By Anonymous Author

This year’s budget will include a $178 million tourism infrastructure package that will fund projects like new carparks, toilets and freedom camping facilities. The package will consist of a new $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund, along with $76m...

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Dramatic increase in Blue Duck numbers

Posted on 12th May 2017 16:45 | By Anonymous Author

As New Zealand’s Blue Duck (Whio) population continues its desperate fall, one community conservation group is bucking that trend in stunning fashion through the use of Goodnature self-resetting stoat traps. When the Blue Duck Project Charitable...

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Bio-reactors could help reduce N runoff

Posted on 12th May 2017 11:53 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Woodchip bio-reactors could be among the solutions for New Zealand farmers striving to reduce nitrogen runoff to waterways, say John and Catherine Ford, who have seen such a system in action. “The most interesting research we saw in the United States...

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Surgical bus part of health focus

Posted on 12th May 2017 09:41 | By Anonymous Author

Rural health is in the spotlight, with a new area launching at New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays this year. The Fieldays Health Hub will be an interactive and non-threatening space designed to educate and inform Fieldays visitors about health issues...

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Staff ‘like family unit’ for Anthony

Posted on 11th May 2017 11:57 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

For Anthony Kiff, who is 2017’s Central Plateau Dairy Manager of the Year, competent, happy staff are vital to a successful farming venture. “I could have the best farm, the best stock, but without the right people with a positive attitude...

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From dairying to building and back

Posted on 11th May 2017 10:51 | By Fritha Tagg

A return to his dairy farming roots has paid off for Phillip van Heuven, who has won the 2017 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards Sharefarmer of the Year title. Phillip and partner Erin Brown, a teacher, have been sharemilking for Brett Coubrough and Joke...

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Entering awards bring confidence boost

Posted on 11th May 2017 09:33 | By Anonymous Author

Taking part in the dairy awards has increased his self-confidence and mindset to do better, says Taylor Macdonald, who is 2017’s Central Plateau Dairy Trainee of the Year. “The first time I entered I didn’t know what to expect or how...

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New structure proposed for IRD

Posted on 10th May 2017 16:57 | By Anonymous Author

Inland Revenue’s transformation has entered a new phase with the opening of staff consultation on the implementation of a new structure for the department. The new structure sees much of Inland Revenue reorganised into three new groups –...

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Buck and his bark to the rescue

Posted on 10th May 2017 13:14 | By Anonymous Author

The waters were rising quickly around the 250 cows marooned on the only piece of dry land on a Patetonga Farm, but the animals were stubbornly refusing to move. To the rescue came Buck and his owner Stu Husband, farmer and Waikato Regional Councillor...

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Effluent dumping case decision reserved

Posted on 9th May 2017 17:59 | By Anonymous Author

A district court judge has reserved his decision on a case involving an Eastern Bay of Plenty dairy farm that flushed 1600 times the safe drinking level of effluent into the sea in 2016. Representatives for Kahu Ma Farms appeared in the Tauranga District...

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Is dairying the culprit? Part One

Posted on 9th May 2017 11:07 | By Graham Shephard

It is a concern that while farmers’ debt levels are skyrocketing, so too is their environmental footprint. Fish and Game coined the term ‘dirty dairying’. And while the dairy industry has and is emitting significant nutrients into our...

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Samoan women drive sustainable farming

Posted on 9th May 2017 09:06 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Farmers in Samoa are combing tradition, hi-tech and organic practices to strengthen and sustain village economies and in doing so have become role models for other island nations. “In Samoa, the most influential and successful farming group is led...

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Taste of Croatia in this month’s prize

Posted on 9th May 2017 08:34 | By Anonymous Author

Captioning a photo of a tractor in a sticky spot has won Coast & Country News readers Jessica Lee of Opotiki, and Paul White of Whakatane, copies of the book ‘Hammer that Mortgage!’ by David Tillman. Jessica’s caption was simply “Oh...

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Smoky fires draw complaints

Posted on 8th May 2017 14:04 | By Anonymous Author

Orchardists around Aongatete are copping it from the regional council because of ‘smoky’ burn offs last week. “On Monday afternoon alone, we observed six fires emitting thick smoke in the Aongatete area,” says Bay of Plenty Regional...

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Winners prove value of immigration

Posted on 8th May 2017 12:42 | By Anonymous Author

Rotorua farmers Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos, runners up in the 2017 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year Award, demonstrate the value of new immigrants to the dairy industry, says Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman Andrew Hoggard. “While immigration...

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More should be spent on data gathering

Posted on 8th May 2017 12:07 | By Anonymous Author

Ian Kinvig counts himself very, very lucky. The flood waters that so severely damaged Edgecumbe just down the road and flooded neighbouring farms in April, didn’t flow through his West Bank Drive kiwifruit orchard. “I went out to check the...

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Orchard under water for seven days

Posted on 8th May 2017 11:45 | By Anonymous Author

John and Carol Harold have taken to the walls of their home with saws and Stanley knives to cut away sodden lining and carted off truckloads of damaged goods after flood waters raced through the house in April. “We’ve had floods here before...

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Review will provide answers

Posted on 8th May 2017 11:11 | By Anonymous Author

The Edgecumbe flood was a very big event – well over the capacity of the flood schemes, says Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s general manager, integrated catchments, Chris Ingle. “Ex-cyclone Debbie rainfall levels were very high and...

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Local hunters pleased with season opener

Posted on 7th May 2017 14:30 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, it was a great opening day for many local duck shooters on Saturday – even if some of them didn’t quite make their limit. Among them was Tauranga hunter Adam Rayner, who took his kids down to the...

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Duck season starts with a bang

Posted on 7th May 2017 08:15 | By Anonymous Author

Thousands of game bird hunters turned out for the start of a new hunting season which Fish & Game predicts will be one of the best in years.   While many holidaymakers cursed the miserable summer, it ended up encouraging healthy duck breeding,...

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Man and machine against the world

Posted on 6th May 2017 09:27 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Riding a motorbike around a track is one thing – but when there’s a range of natural obstacles in the way, it becomes much more difficult. That’s the idea of the North Island Moto Trials Championship, which involves riders from across...

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Comvita concerned by myrtle rust

Posted on 6th May 2017 09:01 | By Anonymous Author

While it’s too sooon to speculate about the potential impat of myrtle rust on the honey industry, Comvita CEO Scott Coulter confirms the Paengaroa-based manuka specialist is gathering information about the situatiuon. Myrtle rust is an airborne...

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Whitebait recovery campaign justified

Posted on 5th May 2017 11:33 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

A regional council decision to spend $24 million a year to protect and improve Bay of Plenty’s rivers, lakes, streams and aquifers is being endorsed by a Ministry for Environment report on the state of the country’s fresh water. The MOE’s...

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