About half of the Bay’s economy is related to growing and agribusiness — all dependent in turn on how smart we are about using our land and soil sustainably to achieve highest productivity.

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A Raw Deal for Raw Milk?

01 April 2020

Seven agents quickly alighted, three of the burliest secured the immediate perimeter while four inspectors, on presenting a search warrant authourised by the Upper Hutt District Court, began rifling through the home office and bedrooms.  In their pursuit of ‘evidence…

Keith Newman01 April 2020

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StockX – the TradeMe for livestock

01 December 2019

Jason Roebuck is the managing director of StockX, an online livestock trading platform based in Havelock North. He says that StockX is “better for the environment. It’s better for the animals. It’s better for the buyer. It’s better for the…

Matthew Miller01 December 2019

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HB Future Farming Trust established

12 August 2019

Last week saw the official establishment of the Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust. Here is the mission given to the Trust by its farmer-led establishment group … Problem “Society today is challenging the environmental cost and impact of producing food.…

Tom Belford12 August 2019

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Taste Pure Nature … Building a NZ Meat Brand

01 August 2019

New Zealand’s meat producers now have the opportunity to graduate from commodity to premium products. But this requires overcoming historic marketing challenges. Meat marketing has always been complex and challenging.  The various cuts that emerge from an animal have different…

John Loughlin01 August 2019

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Future Farming in Hawke’s Bay

01 June 2019

An impressive trio of Hawke’s Bay finalists was presented recently at the annual Ballance Farm Environment Awards. These are farmers who outproduce their industry and local benchmarks, while lowering their environmental footprints.  For example, for the top winners, Nick and…

Tom Belford01 June 2019

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Solving the Seasonal Worker Challenge

01 April 2019

John Bostock Founder & CEO, Bostock NZ Bostock New Zealand’s crop doubles over the next five years and the company is very short of labour now to pick the crop. Unless the Government takes a longer term view and gives…

Various01 April 2019

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Not Your Grandpa’s Farming

01 October 2018

Meanwhile, the $7 billion meat sector weighs its strategic responses to potential annihilation; the word ‘disruption’ is in the air. For while the recent face-off between the Impossible Burger and ‘delicious NZ red meat’ is one audacious signal from the…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 October 2018

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‘Passport to Success’ … Key for NZ Farmers

01 June 2018

Editor’s note: Recently, Ballance Agri-Nutrients and other sponsors put their support behind the Ballance Farm Environment Awards to showcase selected farmers in our region who are leaders in marrying sound environmental practices to commercially successful farming operations, demonstrating that what’s…

Sarah von Dadelszen01 June 2018

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Apple Futures

11 October 2017

A decade ago the apple industry was on its knees. Growers were not receiving sustainable returns for many varieties and orchards were being uprooted and burned across the Heretaunga Plains. The Taiwan market, critical for the Fuji variety, was closed because…

Peter Beaven11 October 2017

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Saving Lake Tūtira

01 October 2017

As freshwater scientist Andy Hicks says: “Tūtira could be a huge asset for the region, it could be our Lake Taupo, but at the moment it’s a huge embarrassment.” Lake Tūtira was once famous for its eels, freshwater mussels and…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 October 2017

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31 July 2017

                  Clockwise from top left : the Gotham Greens Brooklyn operation, Gotham Greens Chicago greenhouse, co-founder Viraj Puri [Editor: This article was fi rst published online at, and is condensed and…

Rosie Bosworth31 July 2017

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Setting ourselves apart

09 February 2017

Our Bostock New Zealand customers all around the world are demanding premium produce. There is no doubt that our pure New Zealand brand gives us a competitive economic advantage. Our business, which employs over 800 people at the peak of…

John Bostock09 February 2017

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‘Natural’ … the new ‘Premium’

09 February 2017

Fact. A growing global population requires a growing amount of food. Fact. A large amount of that food will need to be produced as cheaply as possible and as effi ciently as possible in as much bulk as possible. Fact.…

Kim Thorp09 February 2017

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Lifting The Bar For Hawke's Bay Farming

09 February 2017

Numerous studies – such as Call to Arms, refl ecting a panel including Sir Graeme Avery – have indicated the full potential of New Zealand’s agricultural sector, and by implication, the possibilities for Hawke’s Bay. What might we aspire to? Call…

Tom Belford09 February 2017

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04 February 2017

In the humble apple Hawke’s Bay has the raw ingredient for increased exports, new careers and more jobs, artisan and innovative products, and potentially the cure for cancer. Currently we witness the apple growing, then it disappears overseas, job done.…

Jess Soutar Barron04 February 2017

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04 February 2017

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright says we’ll need to dramatically change what we grow and how we grow it if we’re to meet our commitment to the Paris Accord on Climate Change, which 75 other countries have ratified.…

Keith Newman04 February 2017

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Going for the Green Gold

04 October 2016

We all know an O’Rouke, O’Sullivan or a Fitzpatrick. In fact 600,000 Kiwis have our beginnings in the Emerald Isles. We share potatoes, St Paddy’s Day, beer, work ethics, digging the soil, milking cows, humour and music. We both export…

Sarah Cates04 October 2016

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Agritech, the New Queen of Green

16 August 2016

It’s no secret that tech is the new black. Young and nimble start-ups in the technology and digital space are now a dime a dozen worldwide, not to mention the hot favourites amongst investors and governments worldwide. Let’s face it,…

Rosie Bosworth16 August 2016

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05 June 2016

It is spectacularly beautiful, climbing up 500 metres around the seaward edge of the Wharerata Ranges, before rejoining SH2 on its northern descent. Low clouds snagged on the hill tops and misty rain drifted in the wind. The grassy track…

David Trubridge05 June 2016

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Opportunities Lost

05 June 2016

Well I’m afraid it’s not so intriguing. We simply do not think the project stacks up financially or environmentally, and believe there are much better ways to invest $80 million to achieve our region’s economic development objectives. I suppose it’s…

Rex Graham05 June 2016