Farmers and producers

Rotorua and Hokitika farmers named as finalists for Maori excellence in farming award

[23 February/NZ Farmer] Rotorua’s Onuku Maori Lands’ Trust and the Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation were named as the finalists of the Ahuwhenua Trophy for the BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award. Onuku Maori Lands’ Trust Boundary Road Farm is a 72 hectare block about 30 kilometres south of Rotorua. The trust consists of four dairy...

Farmer confidence tumbles in January on regulatory, drought fears

 [15 February/The Country] Due to the drought and uncertainty around new government policies, the latest measure of New Zealand farmer confidence has fallen significantly according to Federated Farmers. Of those surveyed, 34 percent were pessimistic about general economic conditions over the next 12 months according to the Federated Farmers’ Farm Confidence January survey. Federated Farmers...

West Coast Farmers bracing as Gita looms

[19 February/Radio NZ] Farmers are preparing for Tropical Cyclone Gita to hit the West Coast of New Zealand. Within the last month farm buildings, paddocks and roads had all been damaged by heavy rain, king tides and strong winds. The West Coast Regional Council were deciding whether to declare a state of emergency for the...

Pay equity an issue for all rural women

[8 February/The Country] Women who were working in the rural sector needed to be included in the discussions of the reconvened Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles, said Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ). The government has kept its promise to work on reducing the gender pay gap, and RWNZ Board Chair, Penny Mudford, hoped...

Labour’s 100 days fails farmers – Guy

[12 February/Rural News] According to the National Primary Industries spokesperson, Nathan Guy, Labour’s first 100 days in government has failed farmers. He said that the government had lacked any real action around the big issues facing the farming sector. He noted that the Minister Damien O’Connor is spending $17 million out of the Primary Growth...

Rabobank advises caution but good year coming for farmers

[2 February/ Radio New Zealand] Farmers could expect another profitable year as long as they make well informed business decisions, according to Rabobank. The driving factor behind their expectations was the stable global markets. However, Rabobank General Manager of country banking, Hayley Gourley, is warning farmers to use the current situation wisely. She emphasised the...

Increase in farm sales bucks trend

[19 January/Otago Daily Times] Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data for November 2017 indicates that only Southland and Taranaki saw a higher level of farm sales in the three months to November 2017 than the preceding year.  Overall sales saw a significant easing on 2016 according to spokesperson, Brian Peacocke, however he noted that...

Tax relief for drought-hit farmers

[18 January/Rural News] With the government having made drought declarations in regions across the lower half of the North Island as well as Grey and Buller Districts in the South Island, Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has noted that government agencies can now provide additional support to farmers and growers in affected areas.  Mr Nash said...

Canada’s PSP Investments buying Canterbury farm for $17.7 million

[16 January /NZ Herald] Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) has been greenlighted to purchase a medium sized dairy farm and support block in Hororata, Canterbury by the Overseas Investment Office.  The approval for the $17.7 million purchase was granted just ahead of the Labour/ NZ First Collation government introducing tougher requirements on...

Dairy Women’s Network CEO steps down

[11 January 2018/ The Country] Dairy Women’s Network has announced that CEO, Zelda de Villiers, will step down from her role in May 2018 to pursue business interests in Northland.  The organisation’s Chair, Cathy Brown, said that Ms de Villiers commercial and financial expertise has led the not for profit into a strong position, thanking...

Federated Farmers President’s message to workers after sudden deaths in rural communities

[15 December/NZ Herald] Federated Farmers and other farming groups are pleading with stressed workers to speak up and ask for support following a series of sudden deaths of young men across the country. Feds President, Katie Milne, said she was becoming increasingly desperate to remind farmers that help was available when they need it. Terry...

Farm sales activity hits a low

[11 December/ Farmers Weekly] Farm sales volumes for the three months to the end of October fell by 26 percent compared to the prior corresponding period. The median sale price was $24,982 per hectare for October, more than 8 percent lower than September and 3.8 percent lower than October 2016. The Real Estate Institute All-farm...

Dry weather already feeding into NZ markets

[5 December/ NZ Herald] The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said a powerful and persistent ridge of high pressure over much of New Zealand during the second half of November caused near-record or record dryness in some locations, and has led to the depletion of soil moisture levels. NIWA explained that plants...

Farmer confidence drops 41 per cent

[5 December/ NZ Herald] The Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey results have shown New Zealand farmer confidence drop in the final quarter of the year and has tumbled 41 percent in the past six months. Rabobank New Zealand General Manager for Country banking, Hayley Moynihan said around 80 percent of farmers who believed the rural economy...

Dry weather spells potential problems for farmers

[30 November/ Stuff] Weatherwatch Head Weather Analyst, Philip Duncan said farmers in some parts of the country could be in trouble if it did not stop raining soon. Mr Duncan explained that Northland, Auckland’s West Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu, Canterbury and Southland were drier than normal and contractors were concerned about the fact that grass had...

Earthquake-damaged rural land use studies begin

[30 November/ NZ Herald] Farmers, growers and foresters in the South Island’s earthquake affected regions have been encouraged to use the $5,000 worth of funded advisory services each to plan how they would farm in the future. The Ministry for Primary Industries has approved at least 20 suppliers of advisory services to help farmers decide...

Government to tighten rules around selling land to overseas buyers

[29 November/ Stuff] Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage, and Associate Finance Minister, David Parker, have announced restrictions on foreign land buyers. The new restrictions meant any sale of more than five hectares of New Zealand land to a foreign buyer would have to undergo scrutiny by the Overseas investment Office before it could be approved....

Farmers want say in government’s tax review

[24 November/ Radio NZ] Former Labour Finance Minister, Michael Cullen would chair from February 2018, with the group is calling for someone with an agri-sector background to join him. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard said the tax working group needed someone that understood the industry to ensure farmer representation, especially if issues such as...

Irrigators on hard hit farms going flat-out after more than a month without rain

[23 November/ Stuff] Central North Island farmers have had their irrigators going flat out for the past few weeks as the region has been without rain for more than a month. Manawatu Dairy Farmer, Robert Ervine said pasture covers were dropping and farmers needed rain for more grass to grow and crops which had just...

Landcorp records a $50 million profit

[21 November/ Rural News Group] Landcorp has reported an after-tax profit of $51.9 million for the year to August 31. In its 2017 annual report, asset values increased to $1.81 billion in 2016-17 and debt fell from $219.6 million to $206.9 million. Recently re-branded as Pāmu Farms of New Zealand, Chief Executive Steve Carden said...

Lift in Waikato dairy farm listings as ageing farmers look to exit

[16 November/Stuff] A cold and wet spring has stunted the rural real estate market despite a significant increase in dairy farm listings in Waikato. A quiet winter selling period, tighter bank lending criteria, potential changes to the Overseas Investment Act and appalling North Island weather made showcasing any farms on the market challenging. PGG Wrightson...

Main TV networks decline to screen Young Farmer final

[16 November/Otago Daily Times] For a second year in a row, New Zealand free to air television networks TVNZ and TV3 have declined to screen the FMG Young Farmer of The Year contest. TVNZ and TV3 have declined due to shifting television priorities to more entertainment-based programmes. Contest Chairman Dean Rabbidge said the contest board...

Farming people the biggest concern

[14 November/Dairy News] According to a survey conducted by Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) the biggest challenges for farmers were people: having the quality staff, on-farm communication, managing staff, time to work on their business and not in their business and management. The results were presented at a recent DWN meeting by Chief Executive Zelda de...

Fine weather has agricultural contractors working hard to get ground ready for crops

[10 November/Stuff] Fine weather has enabled farmers in the southern North Island to get out and flat their land ready for crops. Recent weeks of wet conditions had set farmers back. However, most were now on track. Some contractors rate the wet spring the worst in 50 years. Andrew Pedley from Pedley Contracting, based at...