Posts tagged "Cyclone Gita"

Wet weather pushes vege prices up

[16 April/Otago Daily Times] Food prices in New Zealand rose 1 percent in March from February. Wet weather caused vegetable prices to rise 11 percent. After adjusting for typical changes, vegetable prices increased 9.5 percent due to rises in tomato, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli prices according to Statistics New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand Consumer...

Tegel posts yet another shocker of a profit downgrade

[8 March/National Business Review] Tegel Group Holdings’ have downgraded their expected full-year results and unexpected costs have been incurred. It announced its annual results, even before one-off costs of between $8-$10 million, will be lower than last year after previously expecting to improve on last year’s results. Net profit is expected to be around $25-$27...

Help coming for storm-hit farmers in Taranaki and Tasman

[2 March/NZ Farmer] The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities, Damien O’Connor, announced that the damage caused by former cyclone Gita in Taranaki and parts of the Tasman district met the criteria to be classified as a medium-scale adverse event which would trigger funding for recovery efforts. He noted that intense winds caused significant damage...

Vegetable prices grow as crops rot

[5 March/Radio NZ] Across the country, vegetables such as cauliflower had increased to up to $10 a head which is more than double the average price. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said heavy rain, cyclone Gita and high humidity are causing crops to go to seed or rot. He added that limited supply...

Gita: Motueka orchards hit hard

[22 February/Radio NZ] Flooding from cyclone Gita in the Motueka area has affected orchards, prompting fears fruit will not make it to market. The Nelson region produces a quarter of the country’s apples and has just started harvesting this year’s crop. Apple and Pears New Zealand Chief Executive Alan Pollard said the flooding came at...

Winemakers’ time to sparkle after ex-Cyclone Gita

[22 February/NZ Farmer] According to winemakers, former cyclone Gita should have little effect on the start of the grape harvest as long as the sun stays around. Although heavy rain fell in Marlborough creating widespread surface flooding, winemakers say it is unlikely to affect their grape harvesting schedules. Pernod Ricard Operations Manager, Tony Robb, said...

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...

Cyclone delays arrival of Tongan fruit-pickers

[15 February/Radio NZ] Many Tongan workers are being held up by Cyclone Gita, which has caused concern for the apple industry as worker shortages are getting worse just as the fruit is ripe for the picking. Every year around 1500 Tongan’s come to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme to help with the...