Posts tagged "Massey University"

Finalists for 2018 New Zealand Food Awards revealed

[6 September/FMCG Business] The Finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Food Awards were revealed, and included a range of new products including Pamu deer milk powder, Ora King TYEE salmon from New Zealand King Salmon, and cultured vegan butter from Savour Ltd among others. It was the 32nd year of the awards. They showcase what...

Rural areas can keep banks – if govt willing to pay for them

[3 September/Stuff] Regional Development Minister, Shane Jones, was told that if he wanted banks to continue to offer branches is rural areas, the Government may need to contribute. He criticised banks for closing branches in provincial towns, and suggested they should be obliged to service rural areas. New Zealand banks made cumulative profit of $5.19...

Jeremy Hill appointed Adjunct Professor at Massey University

[31 August/Riddet Institute] The Riddet Institute appointed Jeremy Hill as an Adjunct Professor at Massey University to recognise his achievements in the dairy science and technology areas, and his leadership qualities. Riddet Institute Director, Harjinder Singh, said Mr Hill would mentor the food science leaders of tomorrow. He added Mr Hill brought a wealth of...

Gene editing is GM, European court rules

[27 July/Stuff] According to scientists, strict new regulations by Europe’s highest court on gene-edited crops could stifle Kiwi innovation. It ruled gene edited crops should be subject to the same regulations as genetically modified organisms. Older GMO technology typically added new DNA to a plant or animal, whereas gene editing involved precise modification of DNA...

Sheep milking serious business

[23 March/Rural News] According to Massey University Associate Professor, Craig Prichard, the sheep milk industry has made huge strides over the last four years. The annual Sheep Milking Conference last week attracted 150 people, up from only 16 four years ago according to Mr Prichard. He said the industry has moved from an interesting idea...

Scientists call on EPA to ban herbicide

[23 March/Radio NZ] A group of mainly Wellington scientists are calling for a partial ban on the herbicide Glyphosate, and for the Environmental Protection Authority to cancel a report clearing it of serious health risks. They said the methodology was not sufficient to overturn previous findings that Glyphosate was carcinogenic. Scientist from the Centre for...

New Massey boss rings in changes

 [22 February/Rural News] Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas, said that we need to stop thinking about agriculture in the traditional sense. Ms Thomas advised that she would like to think of graduates of many other faculties at Massey University, other than vetinary and agriculture, moving into jobs relating to the wider primary sector. She had...

Virus vs disease: New bid to help our honeybees

[15 January/ NZ Herald] Massey University will be leading a government funded project this year that will look into natural bio-protective agents that will assist in keeping the American Foulbrood pathogen at bay.  The American Foulbrood disease is the largest single disease affecting honeybees in New Zealand, it spreads by spores that break down the...

Synlait enters fresh milk market with Foodstuffs South Island

[20 December/The Country] Synlait Milk says it will enter into the fresh milk market in early 2019 through becoming the exclusive supplier of private label fresh milk and cream to Foodstuffs South Island. The company will invest $125 million in a liquid dairy packaging plant and the products will be sold across the network of...

Right time for Patersons’ to enter Ballance Farm awards

[9 October/ New Zealand Herald] The Paterson Family were finalists in the Otago region and won the WaterForce integrated management award and the Massey University innovation award. Entries are open for the 2018 awards. Otago entries close on October 31. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Wanaka on April 13. The...

Rivers need to be protected for all, says ecologist

[8 October/ New Zealand Herald] Massey University Freshwater Ecologist Dr Mike Joy noted Water Conservation Orders (WCO) are a good idea, especially for the Hawkes Bay. 15 New Zealand rivers currently have WCOs placed on them, and applications are in progress for an additional three including for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers. Dr Joy said...

Shadbolt takes rural honours at Women of Influence Awards

 [8 September/ Stuff] Massey University Farm, and Agribusiness Professor, Nicola Shadbolt has received the 2017 Women of Influence rural award. The award recognises those who make a difference to other New Zealanders. Ms Shadbolt, a prominent figure in rural research and education, has also held a range of rural governance roles and was the first...

Genetic centre to boost agriculture

[24 July/ Radio NZ] The new Massey University AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is based at AgResearch’s Ruakura Research Centre in Hamilton and hopes to overcome a lack of research in quantitative genetics in New Zealand. The centre is funded by the Norman FB Barry Foundation. Chief Scientist for the Centre Dorian Garrick,...

Milk needs promotion

 [11 July/ Rural News Group] Nutritional Physiology Professor at Massey University Marlena Kruger has completed a study of the effects of milk on children in the Fonterra milk-for-schools programme, and those who do not. The milk drinkers had significantly better bone health than those who did not, causing Ms Kruger to say that milk and...

Reduce dairy cow numbers to stop water harm- ecologist

[28 April/ Radio New Zealand] Massey University ecologist, Mike Joy, said that comments from Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, that dairy farm intensification can’t go on is decades too late.  Mr Guy said that there was a limit to how many dairy cows New Zealand could handle the future would rely on increasing the...

Massey back to its roots

[6 December/ Rural News] Massey University Chancellor, Chris Kelly said the university would place more emphasis on its agricultural and veterinary courses rather than its fine arts and business courses as it wanted to regain its name as an agricultural university. Mr Kelly added that from next year, the university’s veterinary and other agricultural courses...

Future of Food forum next month

 [31 October/ Rural News] The Future of Food Forum between the Netherlands and New Zealand organised by the Embassy of the Netherlands will take place in Auckland next week. The forum would take advantage of the similarities between the Netherlands and New Zealand and aimed to explore new opportunities where the two countries could collaborate...

Minister congratulates Food Awards winners

[14 October/ Rural News] Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb has won the Massey University Supreme Award. Food Safety Minister, Jo Goodhew said she would like to congratulate Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb as it was an excellent example of an innovative and successful New Zealand company which was now exporting to the world....

Call for more Māori studying agribusiness

 [16 September/ Rural News] Maori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell said more students should undertake the new Maori Agribusiness major as part of a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey University. Mr Flavell explained that the students who graduated from this major may be able to help connect current Maori agribusiness leaders to the wider industry....

Gastro bug outbreak a warning

[29 August/ Farmers Weekly] Massey University Freshwater Ecologist, Russell Death said the groundwater contamination experienced in Havelock North was likely caused by the ruminant of some animal. Both the Government and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have promised to make an inquiry into the incident. Mr Death said any inquiry should go beyond the incident...

Primary sector leader ‘humbled’ by award

[6 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Chris Kelly, best known for his previous role as CE of Landcorp,  said he was humbled by the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit bestowed on him in the Queen’s Birthday honours. Mr Kelly said he was proud to be part of a wonderful industry which was...

NZ will have to allow GM food to keep up with other countries

 [11 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Massey University Professor, Peter Kemp said New Zealand should research genetic modification, but it was up to bigger countries and companies to convince the world that it was okay to eat genetically modified food. Mr Kemp added that many of the people who were against genetic modification were unaware...

Farming robot beats drones on price, adaptability

[18 March/ Radio NZ Rural] Researchers at Massey University have invented a prototype robot designed to perform several different tasks on farms, orchards and vineyards. Project Leader, Ian Yule said the idea was to rent the robots out for about $2,000 a month for everything from frost protection to assessing pasture quality. Mr Yule said...

Taranaki food industry’s golden opportunity

[25 January/ Business Day] Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Steve Maharey said it is now the time to learn how to add value to agricultural products to make them commercially viable. Mr Maharey, who spoke at the Food Futures Taranaki event, urged the Taranaki food industries to be more innovative. Mr Maharey added that it is the...