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September 24th
Government officials have estimated that the cost to New Zealand of banning new offshore oil and gas exploration permits will be $7.9 billion between 2027 and 2050.The advice is contained in a just released regulatory impact statement...
September 24th
Law firm Russell McVeagh is investigating a complaint about a partner making inappropriate comments while attending a client event.The partner allegedly made the comments at the event while under the influence of alcohol and has...
September 24th
Firefighters are battling a large house fire on Somerville Rd in east Auckland.Four fire crews from Howick, Papatoetoe, Mt Wellington and Otara are at the scene where the large two-storey 20mx18m home is ablaze. DO YOU KNOW...
September 24th
A man has died after a ride-on lawnmower rolled over on top of him near Akaroa.Police have confirmed that the man, aged in his sixties, died when the lawnmower rolled on his property on Jubilee Rd, in Wainui near Akaroa, about 6.20pm...
September 24th
The man who died while hitchhiking along Popes Rd in South Auckland more than a week ago has been named as 49-year-old John McKee.Emergency services were called to Popes Rd in Takanini on Saturday September 15 at about 7.20pm after...
September 21st
Australian farmers are throwing their support behind a proposed agricultural visa, which the Government could soon introduce to ease the worker shortage on farms. Industry puts the shortfall at about 100,000 sector-wide. National Farmers Federation Aust…
September 21st
Hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) makers had better mind their backs: the hydrogen fuel cell could still be in contention. From an efficiency point these are at least twice as efficient as petrol or diesel powertrains, so only need half the fuel. But it se…
September 7th
Waimate contractor – and rich-lister – Gary Rooney will back a South Canterbury irrigation scheme that was left gasping by changes in Government policy. The Hunter Downs Water scheme, aimed at irrigating 12,000ha of the Waimate District with a consented …
August 24th
Turning farmers into consumers is the objective of McDonald’s New Zealand farmer tours.  The company runs tours to show farmers how much effort goes into turning a big, beautiful bull into a tasty Big Mac. Reporter Peter Burke joined a re…
July 19th
Expertise from the dairy manufacturing industry could be adapted to develop a new plant-based protein industry in New Zealand, says Plant and Food Research. Many of the requirements for isolating and manufacturing plant proteins are similar to those for …
September 24th
Darryl Oliver has been dairy farming in the Galatea Valley below the lush bush of the Urewera Ranges for the last 16 years."We've got pure water just pouring out of these hills and we want it to continue down to the sea in it's...
September 24th
Getting a sheep dairy industry up and running in Canterbury has been a "chicken and egg," situation but things are starting to come together says Guy Trafford."Processors have been saying there's no volume out there to warrant putting...
September 24th
Five candidates will contest three seats on the board of embattled dairy company Fonterra this year.Previously announced candidates Zespri chairman Peter McBride, Maori Television chairman and agribusiness participant Jamie Tuuta...
September 24th
Diversification is a hot topic in the agricultural sector, Westpac senior economist Anne Boniface says. The Otago Daily Times' business editor Dene Mackenzie dissects the latest Westpac Agri Update. Conditions for the undisputed...
September 23rd
Dairy farmers in southern Chile say Fonterra's continuing underpayment for their milk has left them little choice but to build their own processing cooperative.The South American country's second-biggest dairying operator, the part...
September 14th
Several years back, milk processors provided new information on Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN). While some farmers understand the test, the implications of the test and how to manipulate it, there are still many who don’t. To understand this, it is important to…
September 13th
With new animal welfare regulations coming into effect on October 1, even if you already think you are doing the right thing it’s best to check. That's the message from Ministry for Primary Industries director for animal health and welfare, Dr Chris Rodwe…
September 4th
A trial is underway to measure the growth rates of Angus/Jersey beef calves from birth to finished product. Initiated by Greenlea Premier Meats, the project will track about 150 Jersey x Angus calves now being born on Zach and Laura Mounsey’s Arcadia Dair…
September 3rd
Gain insight into which cows should be cycling once mating starts with pre-mating heat detection. The time when a cow is on heat is defined as the period during which a cow will stand to be ridden by her herd mates or a bull.  It occurs every 18-24 d…
September 1st
National's agriculture spokesman, Nathan Guy, says while some of the NAIT changes were needed, their passing under urgency has prevented proper scrutiny of them. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has had months to introduce this Bill into Parliament, b…
September 24th
A west Auckland grower is assuring the public that New Zealand strawberries are safe and unaffected by the needle debacle across the ditch.In the first such reported case here, needles were found in a punnet of Australian-imported...
September 24th
Darryl Oliver has been dairy farming in the Galatea Valley below the lush bush of the Urewera Ranges for the last 16 years."We've got pure water just pouring out of these hills and we want it to continue down to the sea in it's...
September 23rd
Dairy farmers in southern Chile say Fonterra's continuing underpayment for their milk has left them little choice but to build their own processing cooperative.The South American country's second-biggest dairying operator, the part...
September 19th
A Māori-owned and operated berry company based in Tauranga believes it could be as successful as Zespri - and experts say the berry export industry has the potential to rival kiwifruit. Miro plans to become an export success...
September 18th
Kiwi farmers are being urged to check safety measures around farmhouses and effluent ponds after the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy on Saturday.Four-year-old Reuben Nolan was found dead in an effluent pond on a farm in Harihari,...
September 13th
Agribusiness leader Lynda Coppersmith has been appointed the first woman chief executive of NZ Young Farmers, from October 1. Coppersmith (48) is currently a senior account manager with the accounting software company MYOB in Christchurch. “The more woman…
September 12th
A Dutch farm can now process and sell its own milk to consumers, thanks to a Lely Orbiter. Global dairy automation company Lely last week launched the Lely Orbiter, which draws milk from Lely milking robots, cools it and bottles it for consumption. The Or…
August 31st
Dairy farming is a hands-on industry, but Frankie Stevens discovered that understanding the theory and business practices that underpin a farm is the key to success, comments Primary ITO. Stevens worked all her life on New Zealand dairy farms as a herd ma…
August 31st
A new service from Ravensdown will meet the stated need of farmers and other rural people for catchment-scale improvement of water quality.  Instead of looking at each farm’s impact and mitigations, integrated catchment management is a holistic way t…
August 16th
The 2007 national Farm Manager of the Year award winner Emily Woolsey (32) and her husband Daniel, of Southland, had a good grasp of dairy farming, says Primary ITO. But wanting to upskill she enrolled in a Primary ITO diploma course in agribusiness manag…
September 24th
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there's one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump.Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections...
September 24th
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares have fallen in Asia after China reportedly rebuffed a plan for talks with the U.S. on resolving their dispute over trade and technology. The slow start to the week followed a mixed close Friday on Wall Street,...
September 24th
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.But...
September 24th
A $200 million to $300m development in Auckland's cultural heart that includes converting the Civic Administration Building into apartments is languishing after two years.Auckland Council's development arm has been unable to clinch...
September 24th
NEW YORK (AP) — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended...
September 24th
The obvious joke in World Rugby vice-president Agustin Pichot's reported idea about introducing a 'League of Nations' format involving the top 12 teams in the world is that Australia, who have dropped from fifth to seventh recently,...
September 24th
Could this be considered the greatest commentary moment of all time?Commentating Ngati Porou East Coast's (NPEC) clash against Poverty Bay in the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship on Saturday, Pango Productions producer and NPEC union...
September 24th
Former England player Stuart Barnes believes New Zealand coach John Mitchell will bring little to his new job with England.Well travelled former All Blacks coach Mitchell has been appointed Eddie Jones' new defensive coach, but...
September 24th
This year's end of year tour could be the last the All Blacks play in its current form.French newspaper Midi Olympique reports from 2020, World Rugby wants to introduce a 'League of Nations' format involving the top 12 teams in...
September 24th
Halfback TJ Perenara is ready to talk it over with his All Blacks teammates.The All Blacks squad is going through their video review of the shock loss to the Springboks in Buenos Aires today as they prepare for Sunday's clash with...