Taranaki Regional Council's offer of half a million dollars for flood-stricken farmers is unique for its size.
Bidders have made offers for what Shanghai Pengxin says is the "legitimate" sale of its dairy farms in south Waikato.
Blenheim could become an educational hub for winemaking under ambitious plans for an NZ School of Wine.
Tractor sales for the first half of 2015 have tumbled by 17 per cent from last year's record breaking results.
Even if it started raining now, it will be at least two to three years before North Canterbury farmers recover from the drought that grips the area.