Rural News

Forestry Shake-up as company penalised $35,000

One of central North Island’s largest forestry silviculture companies has been penalised $35,000 at the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for paying four former migrant employees less than the minimum wage for every hour they worked. Silviculture...... Read More

Immigration proposals welcomed by farmers

DairyNZ has welcomed the government’s consultation on temporary work visas and the proposed introduction of Regional Skills Shortage Lists, saying labour shortages are a very real and serious problem for the dairy sector. “Dairy farmers,...... Read More

Positive outlook for Mycoplasma bovis eradication

After a tough 2018 for many dairy farmers who have been tackling Mycoplasma bovis or working hard to prevent it getting on farm, today’s announcement comes as a positive indication that eradication is possible. The Technical Advisory Group’s...... Read More

Kiwifruit Industry’s big push for seasonal labour

In an attempt to combat the forecast labour shortage for the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry in 2019, a campaign is being launched for pickers and packers. In 2018, the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry experienced a severe labour shortage at harvest...... Read More

Farmers to get greater milk price certainty

Fonterra has today announced that it will introduce a new financial tool to help farmers gain more certainty of what they will be paid for their milk for the season. The new Fixed Milk Price can help them with budgeting, planning, and managing on-farm...... Read More

Farm safety story book launched in wake of tragedy

A woman who lost her partner in a farm incident has launched a book to keep children safe on the farm. Harriet Bremner’s partner James died in a farm machinery incident in Hakataramea Valley in January 2017. Now, her new book, Be Safe, Be Seen,...... Read More

Greenpeace takes a swing over river pollution

Greenpeace has launched a new campaign to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and save New Zealand’s rivers. They have launched the campaign in billboard style, with the wording taking aim at company’s Ravensdown and Ballance. Greenpeace...... Read More

Kiwifruit gives wholesale trade a golden glow

Fruit exports drove wholesale trade up for the second quarter in a row, Stats NZ said today. The seasonally adjusted total sales value for wholesale trade rose 2.5 percent in the September 2018 quarter, following a 2.6 percent rise in the June 2018...... Read More

Orchardist warns to start payday filing now

A Hawke’s Bay orchardist is advising fellow small businesses to be ahead of the game on payday filing. This is the mandatory requirement from April next year for employers to file their payroll information to Inland Revenue every time they pay...... Read More

Judge “astounded” by Hamilton sewage case

The body corporate of a Hamilton gated community, The Sanctuary, has been convicted and fined $53,550 for discharging sewage wastewater from its wastewater system into a city stream. In passing sentence, Hamilton District Court Judge Melanie Harland...... Read More