Police urge rural communities to remain vigilant

Residents in rural communities are being reminded to remain vigilant as seasonal and working conditions change. The call comes as the hours of daylight increase and farmers become tied up with calving, lambing and milking. “This is an opportune...... Read More

Calling upon for New Zealand’s best duck caller

The country’s aspiring duck and goose callers are preparing to out-cackle and ‘ruffle each other’s feathers’ in the New Zealand Duck and Goose Calling Championships today. For the third year running, the event is being held...... Read More

Llama and sheep mauled to death in Pyes Pa

“There was lots of blood.” This is how Pyes Pa resident Bobbie Anderson described the scene of an animal mauling on the weekend. Two llamas and four sheep were mauled to death in the early hours of Sunday morning. She says the animals...... Read More

New secondary school for WBOP sought

Jo Linthwaite’s children might not be ready for secondary school just yet, but the Whakamarama woman is not wasting any time in making sure there will be one on her doorstep when the time comes. The mum of four has set up a petition calling for...... Read More

Shelter belt fire put out

Update 1pm - A shelter belt fire near Te Puna is now under control. Fire and Emergency New Zealand Northern Communications Shift manager Scott Osmond says the fire has happened on Newnham Road. “This fire is about 75m long, the undergrowth of...... Read More

Cattle deaths following 1080 drop

The farmers whose cows might have been killed by 1080 says it's possible the animals escaped into the area where the poison was dropped. The Department of Conservation is investigating how eight cattle died following a pest control operation...... Read More

Fighting back against the avocado crime wave

Avocado growers are sleeping in their orchards, patrolling the streets at night and using CCTV to protect their 'green gold' from organised crime groups and a fruit blackmarket. Earlier this year, Robin Hanvey - an extremely tall man in his...... Read More

Vodafone upgrades rural internet connections

Vodafone provides improved internet connectivity to over 300,000ha of farmland, allowing New Zealand’s largest pastoral farming company to run its business more efficiently. The Rural Connect Project sees Vodafone successfully bringing fast...... Read More

One month until new animal welfare regulations

New regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system will come into effect on October 1 2018. Ministry for Primary Industries Director for Animal Health and Welfare, Dr Chris Rodwell, says the 45 new regulations cover a range of species and activities...... Read More

Cross-appeal filed in the Kiwifruit Claim case

The Kiwifruit Claim group has filed a cross-appeal over the High Court decision which found the Ministry for Primary Industries negligent in letting vine-killing disease Psa-V into New Zealand in 2009, which devastated the kiwifruit industry. This...... Read More

Opinion Poll

What is the issue with SH2?

Unsafe drivers
The road needs improving
Trucks not giving way
Not enough opportunities to pass safely