Rural News

Boarding allowance rise key issue for rural vote

For rural folk there’s a glaring omission in all the political parties’ education policies announced so far - an increase in the school boarding allowance. Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says the ‘Access Barrier’ boarding...... Read More

Feds’ appealing ECan catchment proposal

Federated Farmers has decided to appeal Environment Canterbury’s Plan Change 5. The Plan Change is ECan’s solution to addressing water quality issues associated with farming activities in Canterbury- but excludes catchments already addressed. The...... Read More

LIC full year results announcement

Farmer-owned co-operative, Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited (NZX: LIC), announces its financial results for the year ending May 31, 2017. As forecast in the half year result in February, LIC has returned to a modest level of profitability...... Read More

Soaring butter prices puts heat on buyers

Bakeries are feeling the churn, as global butter prices hit a record high. Butter prices have surpassed NZ$8100 per metric tonne on the Global Dairy Trade market for the first time in the auction's history - a rise of nearly 3.5 percent from last...... Read More

Firefighters recognised for distinguished service

A total of 889 years of service has been recognised at the recent Rural Fire Force’s Service and Awards evening held at the Civic Theatre in Waipukurau. The Awards night is an opportunity to reward the efforts of the individuals who volunteer...... Read More

Quake-damaged ramp re-opens

Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy has officially re-opened the Coastguard ramp at Kaikoura harbour today, eight months after it was badly damaged in the November 2016 earthquake. “It’s great for the local community to have the ramp now...... Read More

Kiwifruit audit reveals underpaid workers

At least half of the kiwifruit contractors who have been audited or investigated in the Bay of Plenty have failed to provide employment contracts or pay the minimum wage, an MBIE investigation has found. A Labour Inspectorate operation audited 62 labour...... Read More

Farmers well prepared for snow

While the wintry blast is closing roads and causing delays across the country - farmers say they are well prepared for the first storm of winter. Some farmers in the South Island woke up to a blanket of snow this morning and snow is also falling in parts...... Read More

Regulations amended to underpin kiwifruit’s future

Zespri have welcomed the announcement by the New Zealand Government yesterday that it has approved the amendment of the Kiwifruit Export Regulations. Zespri Chairman Peter McBride says the updated regulations will enable Zespri to recommend changes...... Read More

Zespri plans targeted share buyback

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri plans a targeted share buyback and issue programme next year after the government approved changes to the kiwifruit export regulations. The changes, announced today, will come into effect on August 1st and will allow Zespri...... Read More