Rural News

Changes to how high country land is managed

Iconic high country land will be better managed under changes that Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced consultation on today. Tenure review is a voluntary process where Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high...... Read More

Refund RUC charges on Nelson fires hay convoy

Road User Charges incurred by trucking companies and smaller operators transporting hay to farmers in Nelson should be refunded, says National’s South Island Regional Development spokesperson Andrew Falloon. “Over the past week many of...... Read More

M bovis: MPI still face a long hard road

Experts at the Ministry for Primary Industries are more confident they can eradicate Mycoplasma bovis now than they were in the middle of last year. And they are gratified at the comparatively small number of new infections they are finding. But they...... Read More

High country leasehold land sales to be scrapped

The government is scrapping the policy of selling leasehold high country Crown land to farmers, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. Tenure review involves the carving up of high country land previously leased by farmers who are then able to...... Read More

King talks mental health to kiwifruit industry

Two-hundred people from the Bay of Plenty’s kiwifruit industry yesterday heard Mike King share his mental health challenges as well ways to deal with improving their own wellbeing and that of their friends and colleagues. The talk – ahead...... Read More

M bovis-affected farms concerned about lack of water

With many regions around the country drying-up, some farmers who can't move their stock due to Mycoplasma bovis restrictions are concerned about water availability. Under the current M bovis eradication programme, farms considered at high risk...... Read More

Truckloads of hay donated to help Nelson farmers

Truckloads of hay are being donated by Canterbury farmers to help those affected by the Tasman fire. Federated farmers co-ordinator, Harry Matthews, said some people had lost huge amounts of pasture in the blaze and would be worried about feed for...... Read More

NZ’s bid to host Avocado World Congress

The avocado industry has thrown its hat into the ring to bring the Avocado World Congress to New Zealand for the first time in 2023. The congress, which is held every four years, brings together 2000 people in the industry including growers, researchers...... Read More