Far North iwi buys market garden

Far North iwi Te Rarawa has spent a substantial but undisclosed sum buying the Bell’s Produce horticulture business near Kaitaia.

Distant experts fight bug threat

Two scientists on opposite sides of the world are at the forefront of the battle to keep some of the most insidious, damaging pests at bay from valuable food crops. This summer in northern Italy they are working closely in an effort to try to stymie the spread of the voracious brown marmorated stink bug there and keep it out of New Zealand entirely. Richard Rennie spoke to Professors Claudio Ioriatti of Foundazione Edmund Mach and Max Suckling of New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research and University of Auckland about their battle with bugs across the hemispheres.

Go north for horticultural scope

Major avocado, kiwifruit and berry fruit developments in the north signal strong confidence in horticulture and point the way for Northland iwi investments from Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Loan work will help all growers

Hydrophonic growing of berry fruit is to be expanded and a centre for skills education and employment developed at Maungatapere, near Whangarei, with a $2.37 million loan from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Zespri wants more overseas fruit

Zespri's worldwide sales of kiwifruit grown outside New Zealand jumped nearly 20% in volume last year but is still well short of potential demand.

Investor targets kiwifruit and apples

Investment group Craigmore Sustainables is adding a $38 million kiwifruit development project in Northland to its $52m apple orchard project in central Hawke’s Bay.

Hort fund stutters but starts

The Kakariki Fund has missed a $100m investment target but can still get cracking in apples, kiwifruit, hops and manuka.