Lightning lights up night sky

Lightning lit up the night sky across the Bay of Plenty on Friday evening. The thunderstorm struck about 9.30pm with thunder still rolling around the sky after midnight. In Bethlehem and Brookfield the thunder and lightning was followed by rain, with...... Read More

Kiwifruit Industry’s big push for seasonal labour

In an attempt to combat the forecast labour shortage for the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry in 2019, a campaign is being launched for pickers and packers. In 2018, the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry experienced a severe labour shortage at harvest...... Read More

Greenpeace takes a swing over river pollution

Greenpeace has launched a new campaign to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and save New Zealand’s rivers. They have launched the campaign in billboard style, with the wording taking aim at company’s Ravensdown and Ballance. Greenpeace...... Read More

Police called to Paengaroa workplace incident

Update 12.50pm - Emergency services are at the scene of a workplace incident near Paengaroa. A police media spokesperson says the incident has happened on State Highway 33. "Worksafe has been advised. "No further details are available at...... Read More

Hunt for BOPs best young fruit growers begins

The hunt has begun to find the best young fruit growers in the Bay of Plenty. Applications are now being accepted to compete in the 2019 BOP Young Fruit Grower competition. People aged under 30 who have been employed full-time in the fruit industry...... Read More

Seeka’s new capital raising strategy

Seeka Limited has announced a new capital raising strategy to be implemented over the course of the next three years, including a Rights Issue, an issuance of shares under a new Grower Share Scheme and an issuance of shares under Seeka’s existing...... Read More

Bay home to biosecurity champions

Bay of Plenty’s biosecurity efforts are being hailed a success, with many individuals and organisations walking away winners at a nationwide awards ceremony. Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners at the...... Read More

’The cutest sheep in the world’ turns heads

A new breed of sheep debuting at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch is proving very popular with the crowds. The Swiss Valais Blacknose, which are considered to be the "the cutest sheep in the world," have a black head and...... Read More

Sprout offers accelerator to argitech start-ups

Farm to fork agritech start-ups nationally and internationally are being encouraged to come forward for the next cohort of the Sprout Accelerator. The Sprout Accelerator benefits agritech businesses that have a prototype and existing revenue, but need...... Read More

Orchard death leads to multi-pronged prosecution

The death of kiwifruit sampler Yvonne Rogers in a quad bike accident sent shockwaves through the industry - four companies including Zespri charged with negligence. But only one was convicted, leaving Rogers' daughter feeling frustrated and angry....... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week