US warms to kiwifruit, UK market hard to crack

A non-traditional market warming up to New Zealand’s Zespri-branded kiwifruit is the United States – with chief executive Dan Mathieson predicting volumes heading there this season to jump by at least two million trays. Dan says Zespri’s...... Read More

Pegging back climate change

Whenuakite Country Kids early childhood centre is saving the environment one plastic peg at a time. A focus on sustainability inspired the centre to sell stainless steel clothes pegs as a fundraiser – and they sold a whopping 6500 pegs in just...... Read More

Red kiwifruit still a few years away

Zespri’s chief executive Dan Mathieson says the kiwifruit marketer would love introduce a red kiwifruit to its overseas markets soon but predicts its commercial introduction is still at least a few years away. “We’d love a red –...... Read More

Passing on a golden passion for passionfruit

When Rob and Rosaleen Peden bought 1.15 hectares on Katikati’s Busby Rd 16 years ago, it was in foliage plants for the flower market. “Back then Tauranga’s flower market had closed and everything had to go to Auckland. There was no...... Read More

Govt wants women & Maori to enter forestry work

A new forestry scholarship has been launched by Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Associate Forestry Minister Meka Whaitiri. The new scholarship, launched last month at Fieldays, aims to grow the capability of the forestry sector and increase the number...... Read More

Ceremony to start Kaituna re-diversion works

A celebration of the start of construction works for the Kaituna River Re-diversion and Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketu Estuary Enhancement Project was held in mid-June. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Kaituna catchments project manager Pim de Monchy...... Read More

Summit aims to kick-start industrial hemp economy

New Zealand’s first iHemp Summit is being held this month with the aim of kick-starting a home-grown industrial hemp economy. Building on global interest in hemp business opportunities and fuelled by changing legislation, the summit will explore...... Read More

A lifelong passion for animals

Farm manager Carole Appleton has successfully combined her genuine passion for animal welfare with her knowledge of animal husbandry and farming, to run a 108 hectare grazing block in Te Poi. Carole was raised on a dairy farm in Eureka, and her father...... Read More

Haylee and the HeroRATs of East Africa

Animal behaviour and welfare researcher Haylee Ellis has recently returned to New Zealand after spending two-and-a-half years at the non-governmental organisation of APOPO – which stands for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling...... Read More

Terry leaves Young Farmers for Fed Farmers

The man who helped transform NZ Young Farmers has been appointed to lead the country’s most influential rural lobby group. Terry Copeland, 50, has been named the next chief executive of Federated Farmers. He replaces Graham Smith. Terry has...... Read More

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