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Young Grower won by Bay woman

Posted on 18th Aug 2017 11:15 | By Anonymous Author

A Bay of Plenty woman has been named as the first woman to win the title of Young Grower of the Year at an awards event in Christchurch, last night. Erin Atkinson, 30, technical advisor for Apata Group in Te Puke, who has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture...

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Cows shot on Bay farm

Posted on 18th Aug 2017 06:44 | By Sam Gardner sam@thesun.co.nz

Bay of Plenty farmers are shocked after a being victim to a series of animal attacks in rural Whakatane areas. Christine Tipper says her father, an owner of Awakeri farm, discovered two cows that had been shot, dead on their property within 3-4 meters...

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‘Isolated pockets’ of poor water remain

Posted on 16th Aug 2017 17:30 | By Anonymous Author

Pukehina and Maketu residents who are unsure about their water quality are being advised to do a precautionary flush of their home systems. Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been receiving and investigating reports of disparity in water quality...

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The benefits of New Zealand avocados

Posted on 16th Aug 2017 08:28 | By Anonymous Author

Researchers have discovered New Zealand-grown avocados have unique nutritional qualities, with double the amount of vitamin B6 and 20 percent more folate than those grown in other countries.  Demand for avocados is already surging in New Zealand,...

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High pH levels in Western Bay water

Posted on 15th Aug 2017 12:50 | By Anonymous Author

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is aware of potential water issues affecting a small number of properties near Wilson Road South in Paengaroa and Arawa Road in Pongokawa overnight. Higher than normal pH levels in water coming from council mains...

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Country Calendar meets Master Chef

Posted on 13th Aug 2017 14:00 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

It’s been described as “Country Calendar meets Master Chef”, which is a way of saying Gerhard and Henrietta Egger’s book ‘Source New Zealand’ not only tells the stories behind New Zealand produced foods, but also how...

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Kawerau police shooter sentenced

Posted on 11th Aug 2017 14:07 | By Anonymous Author

Kawerau police shooter Rhys Warren received a preventive detention sentence in the High court at Tauranga today. Rhys Richard Ngahiwi Warren shot four police officers; constable Regan Mauheni, Constable Damian White, Constable Andrew Flinn and Sergeant...

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Murupara robbery arrest

Posted on 11th Aug 2017 08:28 | By Anonymous Author

Police say a 14-year-old male is among a pistol waving trio that robbed the Murupara store on Wednesday afternoon. The young person will be appearing in the Rotorua Youth Court this morning charged with the aggravated robbery of the Murupara General...

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Water tax would ‘kill’ the Bay

Posted on 10th Aug 2017 10:30 | By Ryan Wood & Sharnae Hope

The Labour Party’s proposed fresh water tax will hit the Bay of Plenty hard, say local MPs Simon Bridges and Todd Muller. Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern announced the policy earlier this week, which includes a royalty on all users of fresh...

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Young Te Puke grower up for title

Posted on 7th Aug 2017 12:25 | By Anonymous Author

The Bay of Plenty’s young fruit grower champion is set to battle it out in Christchurch next week for the national title of Young Grower of the Year 2017. Erin Atkinson, 30, Technical Advisor for Apata Group Ltd in Te Puke, triumphed over five...

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Early prep key for dairy awards

Posted on 7th Aug 2017 11:16 | By Anonymous Author

The time to start planning for the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Awards is now, say Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos of Rotorua, who were runners-up of the 2017 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year Award. Entries for next year’s awards open in October,...

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Fund fast tracks flood clean up

Posted on 5th Aug 2017 15:53 | By Anonymous Author

Flood-hit farmers in the Bay of Plenty region will now have an opportunity to apply for a grant to help with clean up and recovery. The $100,000 Primary Industries Flood Recovery Fund will be part of a package of additional support totalling $295,000...

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Solving kiwifruit exploitation problems

Posted on 5th Aug 2017 13:06 | By Anonymous Author

Employment breaches and labour exploitation can be a widespread problem in the kiwifruit industry, with 94 breaches of minimum employment standards found in the Bay of Plenty last year. However, one local business believes they have the solution to the...

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Maketu’s 500hp roosters

Posted on 4th Aug 2017 15:49 | By Anonymous Author

The dawn chorus is causing broken sleep and ill-feeling in the small coastal town of Maketu. But it’s not the birds, it’s the rumble of heavy diesel engines well before dawn that’s the issue. “We’re talking big rigs, logging...

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Council approves $4.5m Katikati library

Posted on 4th Aug 2017 14:56 | By Anonymous Author

Katikati’s $4.5 million double-storied library and service centre building and single-storey community hub has been approved by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. District councillors voted to award the construction contract to Watts and...

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Police block Welcome Bay Road.

Posted on 3rd Aug 2017 17:17 | By Anonymous Author

Police blocked Welcome Bay Road this afternoon while searching a house near the rural boundary. A caller to SunLive says she was turned back at the roadblock and had to drive to The Domain Road interchange to return home. A police spokesperson says it...

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Farm environment awards entry open

Posted on 3rd Aug 2017 07:30 | By Anonymous Author

Organisers of the prestigious Ballance Farm Environment Awards are encouraging farmers and growers to consider entering the 2018 awards. Entry is now open for the awards organised by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust to promote land stewardship...

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Erin hoping for competitive edge

Posted on 2nd Aug 2017 06:45 | By Elaine Fisher elaine@thesun.co.nz

Erin Atkinson is hoping her experiences of both vegetable and fruit growing may give her an edge, when she takes part in the 2017 NZ Young Fruit Grower and Young Grower of the Year events this month. Erin, who won the 2017 Bay of Plenty Young Grower...

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Mr G turns to painting cows

Posted on 30th Jul 2017 09:55 | By Anonymous Author

Bay of Plenty artist Graham ‘Mr G’ Hoete is usually known for transforming old barns and water tanks into beautiful pieces of art. But recently he’s taken to painting livestock – fibreglass imitations, that is. At last month’s...

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Farmer hits his own cattle

Posted on 28th Jul 2017 12:02 | By Anonymous Author

A Rotorua farm manager has been convicted and fined $3,500 after admitting he used a four-wheel drive to hit dairy cows.  Te Kauwhata farm manager Kerry James Murphy, 29, drove his 4x4 vehicle down a farm race to return a herd of dairy cows that...

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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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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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Trapping help re-awaken silent forest

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 12:14 | By Anonymous Author

When eco-tourism company Rotorua Canopy Tours began ‘ziplining’ tourists through 1.2km of forest canopy, adrenalin was only one aspect of their vision. Company founder James Fitzgerald wanted customers to gain a deeper appreciation of New...

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Quantum tractor modified to meet needs

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 10:12 | By Anonymous Author

The new Case IH Quantum 95N tractor has been especially modified by the team at Giltrap AgriZone in Rotorua to meet the specific needs of kiwifruit orchardists. “We’ve listened to what orchardists wanted and have fitted the tractors with...

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Pens meet new calf handling rules

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 08:08 | By Anonymous Author

Corohawk’s latest pens and ramps meet the new requirements for calf holding and loading facilities, which come into effect from August 1 this year. Chris Hawking of Corohawk has attended a number of field days with DairyNZ and Ministry for Primary...

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CLAAS unveils its biggest cat yet

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 17:25 | By Anonymous Author

THE CLAAS Harvest Centre network will showcase the latest incarnation of the world’s most efficient and popular forage harvester, the Claas Jaguar 900, at the National Fieldays. The new 900 series boasts numerous technological advancements, including...

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A busy month for tractor sales team

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 15:21 | By Anonymous Author

June is a busy month for the Capital Tractors team, who will be at two high-profile events: Mystery Creek Fieldays and the Kiwifruit Cup Rural Race Day at the Tauranga Racecourse. Capital Tractors is an event partner for the Kiwifruit Cup Rural Race Day...

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Wrangling an even bigger Fieldays site

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 13:07 | By Anonymous Author

With many changes afoot inside the National Agricultural Fieldays gates in 2017, event stalwart The Wrangler is following suit with a vast site extension at an exciting new location. An exciting period of growth has led to the Wrangler team extending...

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Noise, smoke and grunt

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 11:03 | By Anonymous Author

The noise, smoke and grunt of the loudest contest at Fieldays will again take place in the Tractor Pull Area beside the Waikato River. One of the most powerful motorsports on offer, the Tractor Pull is always a crowd favourite at Fieldays. There are...

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Fieldays – big in almost every way

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 09:23 | By Elaine Fisher

We know Fieldays is big and that the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. People love it – tens of thousands of them in fact. In 2016, during four days, 130,684 people poured through the...

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Launching pad for bright ideas

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 07:21 | By Anonymous Author

Feilding farmer Bruce Coombes, who entered one of his inventions in the Fieldays Prototype Award Category in 2015, says the experience provided the help needed to take his product further. “It was a brilliant experience which we were able...

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Whakatane author launches new book

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 20:55 | By Anonymous Author

Award-winning Whakatane author Nikki Slade has released her latest picture book ‘Ruru’s Hangi’, a delightful sequel to the award-winning ‘The little Kiwi’s Matariki’. In her latest book little Kiwi has a great...

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Frost fans help improve quality

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 18:36 | By Anonymous Author

Damaging frosts typically occur after a cold, cloudy day followed by a still night with clear skies. The earth quickly radiates any stored heat after sunset and an ‘inversion’ layer occurs with the air being coldest near the ground with a...

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Need to address Māori depression

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 16:32 | By Anonymous Author

Failing to diagnose depression in Māori, especially, is nothing new, but illustrates the need for urgent action, says the NZ Association of Counsellors. An Auckland University study, published in the ‘NZ Medical Journal’, measured 15,800...

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New organic programme in Tauranga

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 14:29 | By Anonymous Author

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has an exciting new organic primary production programme starting this July. Sustainability and organic produce is becoming increasingly relevant and this programme gives students practical experience towards achieving...

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New model paying off for growers

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 10:06 | By Anonymous Author

Just Avocados’ new model has paid off, with impressive returns being shared with growers after the finalisation of their export pool in early-May. “I thank all of our growers, trustees, staff and service providers for their continued support...

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Bridging the grower - science divide

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 08:59 | By Anonymous Author

Colin Partridge describes himself as “a Kiwi who just talks funny”. The accent is from South Africa – a country that gave him a childhood, an education, and a grounding in the avocado industry upon which he has built a career. After...

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Biosecurity topic for Tauranga symposium

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 07:26 | By Anonymous Author

The introduction of unwanted pests and diseases has the potential to adversely impact on the lives of New Zealanders, which is why biosecurity is the topic of a symposium, open to the public, in Tauranga on Monday, August 7. “Opening the eyes and...

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Caption image to win a moving story

Posted on 7th Jun 2017 16:52 | By Anonymous Author

  Many dairy farming families will move to new jobs, homes, school and communities this month, an experience which can be exciting but also stressful, especially for children. Author and primary teacher Sally Fawcett subtly addresses some of the...

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‘Dairy industry should be proud of them’

Posted on 7th Jun 2017 14:48 | By Elaine Fisher

Hayden and Linda McCartie exemplify dairy leaders, striving to provide staff with an enjoyable work environment and team culture, say the judges who awarded the couple the 2017 Bay of Plenty Dairy Managers of the Year title. The couple, who are managers...

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