Private jet on business

An unusual visitor arrived at Tauranga airport Thursday afternoon, a Bombardier Global Express on private charter. The Melbourne based aircraft has been in the South Island and arrived in Tauranga from Wellington, on what is believed to be a business... Read More

Harvesting 12,000 hectares of kiwifruit

There is increasing activity in New Zealand's kiwifruit orchards this month as the picking and packing of kiwifruit gets underway. Over 2500 growers will be harvesting some 12,000 hectares of kiwifruit, which will be marketed to over 50 countries. Small... Read More

Mount Specsavers win store of the year

Specsavers Mt Maunganui is Specsavers Store of the Year, taking the top spot from over 52 Specsavers stores across the country. The Mount Maunganui Specsavers also took the Overall Excellence award at the annual ‘Specsavers Awards for Excellence'... Read More

Investing in our arts and culture

The newspaper headline yelled ‘$40 million invested in kiwifruit'. “Well, imagine if that headline read ‘$40 million invested in arts and culture' instead,” says Dawn Hutchesson, a creative sector specialist. “What... Read More

Fighting threats to kiwifruit

Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc has signed an agreement with the Ministry for Primary Industries to help reduce the damaging impacts of the four most common biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors. The operational agreement under the Government... Read More

Largest food price rise in six years

Higher prices for fruit, vegetables and dairy products resulted in a 2.2 per cent increase in food prices to the end of February 2017. Food prices rose 0.2 per cent in the month, compared with a 2.8 per cent increase in January. With seasonal adjustment,... Read More

Coromandel shops can open Easter Sunday

The Thames-Coromandel Council have approved a new Easter Trading Policy which allows shops to trade on Easter Sunday. In total, 40 submissions were received during the consultation period which ran from December 16 of last year up until January 27. Significant... Read More

KiwiGreen pioneer honoured with medal

Scientist Dr David Steven, whose pioneering work brought about a dramatic reduction in the use of agrichemicals in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, and ultimatetly horticulture world wide, has been awarded the Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal. David was... Read More

Media merger final decision delayed

The final decision on the proposed merger between NZME and Fairfax has been delayed. The Commerce Commission was due to release its final decision on Wednesday, but says it will now release the decision on April 11. “The extension is required in... Read More

Celebrating 20 years of Zespri

Zespri celebrates its 20th birthday today with its Momentum conference at Mount Maunganui, attended by 500 delegates from New Zealand and around the world. The launch of the Zespri kiwifruit brand in 1997 began a new era for New Zealand's kiwifruit... Read More



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