Posts tagged "Hawkes Bay"

$68 million boost announced for Hawke’s Bay, water the big winner

[11 June/The Country] $30.6 million has been allocated to four water security schemes across the Hawke’s Bay from the Provincial Growth Fund, with the projects to be managed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. The largest chunk is $14.7 million to develop a Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in Central Hawke’s Bay. MAR replenishes aquifer levels by...

Doc urges Hawke’s bay residents to check for myrtle rust in gardens

[24 April/NZ Herald] The Department of Conservation is urging Hawke’s Bay residents to be on the lookout for myrtle rust. Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which has the potential to decimate myrtle species found in New Zealand. The disease generally attacks soft new growth such as shoots, buds and flowers. The pest has the...

Hawke’s Bay vintage one for the history books

[16 April/The Country] Wine growers have reaped the benefits of a long hot summer with optimal ripening conditions leading to a vintage to remember for Hawke’s Bay’s three signature varieties, chardonnay, syrah and cabernet sauvignon/merlot blends. Yields have been down, but quality has been up with smaller fruit having good skins which protect the fruit...

Seventy new jobs for Central Hawke’s Bay as OIO approves farm conversion to huge apple orchard

[12 April/The Country] The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has approved Craigmore Sustainables to invest in developing an apple orchard in Hawke’s Bay. 130 hectares will be converted from pastoral farming and annual cropping into an apple orchard. The orchard is expected to be in production by mid-2020 with 73 full time employees. The investment is...

Govt declares Hawke’s Bay seasonal worker shortage

[15 February /Radio NZ] The government has announced a seasonal labour shortage in Hawke’s Bay, one of the country’s primary apple growing regions. This declaration allows people on visitor visas to apply for a variation of conditions which will allow them to work on orchards and vineyards in the region and will apply for a...

Hawke’s Bay chardonnay wins champion white wine in New World Wine Awards

[8 October/The Country] Chardonnay was coming back into the spotlight, and won at the New World Wine Awards. Chairman of Judges, Jim Harre, said while a record number of rose wines entered the awards, it was the chardonnay that pleased the judges. He noted it was a nice win from a judging point of view....

Land and tree stakes in short supply as Hawke’s Bay plants one million apple trees

[26 June/The Country] Hawke’s Bay growers are innovating to help deal with the demand for land and a shortage of tree stakes. About a million trees were expected to be planted across Hawkes Bay every year for the next five years. T&G Pipfruit General Manager, Bruce Beaton, said the trees were planted on the new...

Ruataniwha plains ‘drying up’

[11 June/Radio NZ] Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Head, James Palmer, was concerned about a major increase in the amount of water farmers may be able to take for irrigation from a Ruataniwha aquifer. A board of inquiry ruled that an additional 15 million cubic metres of water could be taken from underneath the basin. Eight...

Three hundred apple pickers found but labour shortage extended

[26 March/The Country] Half of Hawke’s Bay’s apples were waiting to be picked, and the government has extended the regional labour shortage to give it more time. Even with three hundred extra apple pickers who have come forward to help out, MSD East Coast Regional Council Commissioner, Annie Aranui, said they still needed more. She...

Wool stained yellow by hot summer weather

[26 March/Rural Life] Due to an unusually hot and humid summer, wool in the North Island has been stained yellow which has made it harder to sell, with prices suffering as a consequence. Hawke’s Bay Wool Broker, Philippa Wright, said some North Island farmers weren’t affected but overall there was a difference. Ms Wright said...

Bee wax alternative food wrap a hit in Hawke’s Bay

 [17 March/The Country] LilyBee Wrap co-founders Stacia Jensen and Miko Hayashi started the company about 18 months ago to make reusable fabric wraps dipped in beeswax in efforts to stop using plastic food-wrap. They came up with the idea from researching traditional wrappings before plastic wrapping was common. Mr Hayashi said they started out selling...

Fruit-picking labour shortage declared in Hawke’s Bay

[13 March/NZ Herald] The Ministry of Social Development has declared a seasonal labour shortage across Hawke’s Bay in the midst of the bumper apple and pear season. East Coast Regional Commissioner, Annie Aranui, said the declaration was for the March 12 to April 6 period. She added that they would continue to support jobseekers still...

Cyclone Bola remembered, as 300mm of rain deluges parts of Hawke’s Bay

[9 March/The Country] Heavy rainfall of up to 329mm in just over 24 hours was recorded in the Hawke’s Bay Region, thirty years since Cyclone Bola. The rainfall was almost three times the March average over the thirty year period. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Principal Scientist Climate and Air, Dr Kathleen Kosyniak, said the rainfall...

Vidal Estate winery, restaurant, land in Hastings on the market

[15 February/Stuff] One of New Zealand’s first wineries, Vidal Estate, in the Hawkes Bay has been put up for sale by pioneering winemaker Sir George Fistonich. The Estate was established in 1905 by Anthony Joseph Vidal, who set out to establish a wine empire. The reason for the sale is so the company can move...

Mycoplasma bovis: Cow disease now on 20 farms

[30 January/Radio NZ Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that two further farms have tested positive for cattle disease, Mycoplasma Bovis.  The new farms are located in South Canterbury, where the initial outbreak of the disease was detected, and Southland.  There are now 20 infected properties across South and Mid Canterbury, Southland and...

Craggy Range Winery named top winery 2017

[18 January/The Country] Craggy Range Winery is now able to add another accolade to its list of achievements having been awarded Bob Campbell’s annual Golden Grapes Award for contribution to the New Zealand wine industry and to the people of New Zealand.  Craggy Range CEO, Michael Wilding, said the winery has a clear ambition to...

Contaminated spray may cost apple exporters $3m

[12 December/ NZ Herald] The New Zealand apple industry was still not sure of the cost of a fungicide contamination which has threatened to destroy 35 hectares of apples in Hawke’s Bay. The contamination could potentially lower the value of the export harvest by several million dollars. The fungicide caused russet on apple skins, knocked...

Hawke’s Bay winegrowing future uncertain in face of water order

[5 December/ NZ Herald] Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association Legal Counsel, James Gardner Hopkins said winegrowers could live with some form of water conservation order on the upper Ngaruroro River, and it aligned with the association’s industry sustainability values so it could conditionally support it. However, Mr Hopkins added that this support was based on multiple...

Hawke’s Bay continues to hone winemaking pedigree

[21 October/New Zealand Herald] In the wake of four superb vintages and globally acclaimed wines the Hawke’s Bay is being recognised internationally as producing many different cultivars of world-class pedigree. That ability showed through at this year’s Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys 2017 Wine Awards with 2015 wines across the varietal board scoring strongly. The industry...

Tourist tent accommodation sparks interest at Fieldays

[16 June/ Stuff] Hawkes Bay company Safari Tents NZ offer a range of tents, made from wooden pole frames and fabric, sparking interest from farmers looking to utilise their land as an alternative income. Safari Tents NZ Owner James Lamb said depending on location, views, accessibility, local attractions and furnishings, farmers can earn $200-$500 per...