Get expert effluent advice – don’t get fined

Dairy farmers are being urged to seek advice about effluent management from accredited experts by Waikato Regional Council following two separate convictions of farmers in Reporoa and Otorohanga last month. At Rotorua District Court in early-August,...... Read More

How they dairy farm in France

Coast and Country News journalist Maddison Brown has been travelling in Europe for the last few months. Here, she tells the story of a young Frenchman’s family dairying operation. Atop a picturesque hillside near Lyon in France lies Clément...... Read More

No fishing at Ford Road for a bit

Road access to Te Tumu Cut – and access to fishing – has been closed for six months as construction works restores 600,000m3 of freshwater flows into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketu Estuary on every tidal cycle. Ford Road access to Te Tumu...... Read More

Fergi the Redhead

Brian Scott’s lifelong obsession with Massey Ferguson tractors is apparent from the huge collection of models and memorabilia in his house. In the early-2000s he acquired a very collectible real 1963 Massey Ferguson 35X multi-power tractor and...... Read More

New rules for imported vehicles and machinery

New treatment and cleaning rules for imported vehicles and machinery – including those that make their way to the rural sector – will make it harder for brown marmorated stink bugs to make landfall in New Zealand, says the Ministry for Primary...... Read More

Avanza to debut in China

A strategic promotional campaign targeting affluent and aspirational young families will be used to drive sales of Avanza avocados in China this season. AVOCO’s marketing and communications manager Steve Trickett says the campaign, supported...... Read More

Ron passes on a lifetime of passion for horses

Mercury Bay man Ron Cooke’s show jumping journey started as a young boy. “My father was a blacksmith and horse dealer, and I spent plenty of time following him around as a lad. “I wouldn’t get out of the way, so he gave me a...... Read More

Samurai wasp can be used to fight stink bug

The samurai wasp can now be released – if needed – into New Zealand to combat any Brown Marmorated Stink Bug invasion, following a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority. Earlier this year the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council...... Read More

Wind farm proposed for Kaimai Ranges

A 24-turbine wind farm – some with blades up to 207m high – has been proposed for the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges, near Paeroa. Kaimai Wind Farm Limited has lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato...... Read More

Inside the packet of an iconic seed business

Ask any home gardener and it’ll be more than likely they’ve laid their gloves on a packet of Kings Seeds, which is celebrating 40 years of supplying a myriad of varieties to greenfingers up and down the country. Owners Gerard and Barbara...... Read More




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