Farms may be cooling, not warming climate

New Zealand sheep and beef farmers may be contributing to atmospheric cooling, rather than global warming, says Rick Burke of Pukekauri Farms, Katikati. “It... Read More

How to garden through drought conditions

A hot, dry summer is on the cards for many parts of the country and with that comes the challenges of growing plants under drought conditions and water... Read More

Check drinking water safety at your holiday spot

Let’s be careful this summer as we go to our summer baches, cribs, holiday homes or campsites. Your water tank could have become contaminated... Read More

Pedal power proves popular

Cycle trails and cycle and walking tourism are more popular than ever, with nearly two million trips on the country’s Great Rides in one year,... Read More

Fire warning for BOP

Vegetation fires are the most common callout in the Bay of Plenty. Fire and Emergency New Zealand says they have attended 473 callouts this year. With... Read More

$58,000 in fines for BOP farm effluent discharges

A farm manager’s and farm owner’s failures to properly manage dairy effluent discharges at a Bay of Plenty farm have led to prosecution and... Read More

BOP on drought watch, water conservation urged

Growers and residents in the Bay of Plenty are being urged to consider reducing their water use, in case more dry weather brings on a drought. During... Read More

Summer Wildfire Prevention Campaign Launched

  Understanding fire risk conditions will now be clearer and simpler, thanks to a new online tool launched today by the Minister in charge of Fire... Read More

New study aims to increase longevity of bee hives

New research backed by the Ministry for Primary Industries could help bumblebee hives to live longer and be more efficient. The new project is researching... Read More

Support for farmers beefed up ahead of La Niña

Further funding for feed support services and new animal welfare coordinators will help farmers who continue to feel the effects of an extended drought,... Read More

New Year border exception for seasonal workers

From January next year, up to 2000 experienced seasonal workers from the Pacific will be able to travel to New Zealand to address labour shortages in... Read More

Zespri weighs up partnership with Chinese growers

  Zespri is considering co-operation with Chinese kiwifruit growers who are illegally growing New Zealand's gold G3 kiwifruit.   Since... Read More

BOP farmer fined for not registering 424 cattle

A Rotorua dairy farmer has been fined $3364 for not registering 424 cattle under the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme. The court sentenced... Read More

Kiwis urged to work on orchards this summer

More than 14,500 people will be required on kiwifruit orchards across the Bay of Plenty over the coming summer months to prepare vines for the 2021 season. This... Read More

Thousands needed to work kiwifruit industry

A new initiative is being launched to attract people into the kiwifruit industry. The NZKGI-led, Ministry for Primary Industries funded initiative has... Read More