Dairy prices surge for fifth consecutive auction

In the last four months the price of butter jumped by 44 per cent, exemplifying the overall surge in dairy prices, ...

Dairy auction prices jumped overnight posting an overall lift of 4.8 per cent.

Relief for growers as RSE workers arrive video

The RSE workers arrive just in time for the apple harvest, which begins in February.

There will be a total of 13 flights from the Pacific Islands bringing 2000 much needed horticultural workers to the country over the coming weeks.

Protestors continue their fight against live animal exports from Port Taranaki

Kate Elmes and Councillor Anneka Carlson take their message up Gill Street.

Port boss says it remains committed to providing a facility for customers who have a lawful right to exchange trade.

Banks are phasing out cheques too soon for rural communities video

Rural Women New Zealand says cheques are still an important financial tool for many rural communities and the fast-paced ...

Rural Women New Zealand is pushing for banks to keep accepting cheques until all rural regions have access to reliable broadband services.

Butterfly released to control honeysuckle video

The Taranaki Regional Council has released 200 honshu white admiral butterflies to help control Japanese honeysuckle.

A Japanese butterfly species has been released in Taranaki but don’t be fooled by its good looks - it has a very important job to do.

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Farmers call for gravel extraction from Southland rivers video

Flagstaff Station owner Arthur Innes wants Environment Southland to remove gravel build-up on the Mataura River, to stop ...

Gravel buildup is eroding banks and toppling trees in some of Southland's rivers.

World record holder's competitive edge

Southland's Megan Whitehead relaxes with her dogs on Friday after setting a new world record on Thursday for the solo ...

Megan Whitehead had two aces up her sleeve when she attemped a shearing world record: A competitive edge and the "Fagan pattern". She used both to good effect.

Bruised growers in Motueka may need extra Government help video

Clarkson said the damage done to many apple crops meant they would not even be suitable for juicing.

Industry leader says there is a discussion needed with the Government around wage assistance and training and development.

Last minute entries boost Northern Southland Community shears

Brook Todd shearing in the open woolhandling semi-finals at the Northern Southland Community Shears, near Lumsden.

Last minute entries boost numbers for the historic Northern Southland Community Shears near Lumsden.

$14m investment in PharmaZen video

Products sold under Pharmazen’s Aiora range include supplements to promote eye, bone, joint and gut health.

Capital provided by a major agri technology fund will help build two new factories producing nutraceuticals made from fruit, mussels and meat by-products.

Blueberries ripe for the picking

The Leask family pick fruit at Blueberry Country's Otautau farm, from left, Jo Leask, her grandsons Xavier and Kymani, ...

Blueberry Country Southland boss Simon Bardon couldn’t have wished for more with plenty of people turning up and a full roster of staff for the opening of the season this week.

Facing up, rather than burying, problem of rural plastics

AgRecovery aims to collect over 500 tonnes of High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE plastic), used for making rural chemical ...

AgRecovery aims to increase its rural waste collection sites to 100 by mid-2021.

Truck exhaust believed to have caused fire

Part of a vegetation block at Opio that was damaged by fire on Wednesday.

Fire investigator Murray Milne-Maresca believes the hot exhaust system of a truck fertilizing at the time cause a vegetation fire at Opio, in western Southland, on Wednesday.

Congestion on cellular networks makes wireless broadband 'unworkable'

Though Andy Kerr’s got good cellular reception at his rural Masterton property just out of town, the wireless broadband ...

Frustration is mounting in rural communities as wireless broadband service levels drop as data consumption demands increase.

Shearer sets new world record

Megan Whitehead, 24, will try to shear at least 648 strong-wool lambs in nine hours near Gore on January 14.

With a shearing shed full of supporters Gore shearer Megan Whitehead set a new world record.

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