Posts tagged "Northland"

Chicken prices shrink as industry grows

[3 August/Stuff] Chicken prices are decreasing with the expansion of the poultry industry. According to Statistics New Zealand, prices fell 8.5 percent in the last 12 months. A Woolworths NZ Spokeswoman said there were a number of factors that influenced food prices. She added simple demand and supply was one factor driving the trend in...

Underground bores consented before controversial Tegel chicken farm approval

[2 July/NZ Herald] Tegel has been permitted to install eight groundwater bores on or near the site of a proposed broiler chicken farm in Northland that is awaiting resource consent. The bores are intended to supply water to the farm. The resource consent was processed separately. The Northland Regional Council said the adverse effects of...

‘Suck it and see’ avo water consents worry conservationists

[7 June/Radio NZ] Northland was looking to become the avocado capital of New Zealand after the granting of water rights for growers north of Kaitaia. Seventeen growers were given resource consents to draw 2 million cubic metres of water a year from the Aupouri aquifier. Nearly 1,000 hectares of trees were being planted in avocados...

Demand for seedlings stun manuka farming group

[3 June/Stuff] A free manuka seedling offer was so popular it was almost 200 percent oversubscribed. Manuka Farming New Zealand offered 1.8 million seedlings to landowners. Applications had been made for 5.2 million. MFNZ General Manager, Stephen Lee, said interest was overwhelming and they had the task of assessing potential plantations from Northland to Te...

Farm sales continue downward trend

[20 March/Radio NZ] Farm sales were on a downward trend with 12 percent fewer properties sold in the three months to February compared to last year. The average price per hectare has risen by half a percent. The Real Estate Institute’s spokesperson, Brian Peacocke, said farm sales were easing mainly due to the time of...

Shane Jones gives Ngāti Whare $6m to grow millions of native trees

[15 March/Stuff] Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, announced that an iwi’s plant nursery will get $5.8 million of Government’s Billion dollar regional investment fund. The money will be used to expand the nursery by 2021. Ngāti Whare Chairman, Bronco Carson, said the nursery would hire 81 more employees and encouraged locals to take up...

Kumara worries: Growers battle wet weather

[15 March/Radio NZ] Northland kumara growers were worried about possible crop losses due to the extremely wet summer. The weather caused prices to increase to around $9 per kilogram, and Kaipara Kumara Manager, Anthony Blundell, said that so far only 15 percent of the crop had been harvested and some growers believed this was the...

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...

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...