Hold-ups for exports to China

Some exporters are reporting hold-ups at the Chinese border with the customer of one of those affected suggesting it could be payback for the Government blocking Chinese tech giant Huawei’s involvement in building a new mobile phone network.

Urban run-off floods nearby farms

Farming on the city limits presents a paradox for Papamoa farmer Andrew Dovaston, one that on his bad days farming sometimes has him thinking about the benefits of cashing up to keen developers.

More time for on-job training

Vocational training students are likely to spend more time training on the job and less time in the classroom under sweeping changes announced by the Government.

AgResearch, Lincoln hook-up rejected

A joint AgResearch and Lincoln University laboratory to be built on the university campus has been scuppered after the Government rejected the business case.

MPI holds on to submissions

The Ministry of Primary Industries will not release submissions to its review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act before the Government decides what its response will be.

That is not expected before the middle of the year.

Tenure review set to end

The end to the tenure review process of South Island pastoral leases looks imminent, the measure included in a suite of reforms to be announced by Lands Minister Eugenie Sage on Sunday.

Big revamp for skills trainers

A complete shake-up of the vocational training sector will see redefined roles and the 16 industry training providers brought under the control of one centralised entity.

Meat and finance boost ALF

Allied Farmers has confirmed its strong start to the financial year, saying earnings for the six months to December 31 will be significantly ahead of the same time a year earlier.