A good man to have in a crisis

Lance Burdett’s messages are refreshingly heartening. Forgetfulness is not necessarily a sign of impending dementia or Alzheimer’s and everyone has thoughts suggesting irrational behaviour. The former police crisis negotiator tells Neal Wallace he wants to tell rural New Zealand these conditions are quite normal and a product of the modern world.

China’s food needs go upmarket

The Chinese market New Zealand entered 10 years ago under the prized free-trade agreement has changed immeasurably and today presents a whole new set of challenges to a new generation of food exporters.

Market must decide land use

Protecting agricultural land on the fringes of urban areas has little economic merit but inflates house prices and restricts supply, the Productivity Commission says.

Shania effect swallows farmland

It is called the Shania effect, named after the Canadian singer-songwriter who in 2004 with her then husband Mutt Lange, paid $21.5 million for Motatapu and Mt Soho Stations in Otago’s lakes district.

Waikato plans for more land loss

After losing 4000ha of productive land from 1996 to 2012 across the region Waikato District Council has recognised continued losses of some of the country’s most productive pastoral land will hit the region hard economically.

Trees pose big risk to farmland

While a canopy of brick and tile subdivisions threatens farmland in flatter areas near the country’s major cities it is a canopy of trees that represents a greater threat to the sheep and beef industry’s capacity over coming years.

Hamilton eyes more Waikato land

As one of the country’s fastest growing cities Hamilton is bursting at its boundaries in pursuit of more land, coming up hard against its fertile Waikato hinterland in the process.

FARMSTRONG: Kiwi adventurers raising money

Three young Kiwis have entered a demanding 3500 kilometre rickshaw race across India to raise money for Farmstrong. 

Crammed inside a seven-horsepower, motorised tuk-tuk with a top speed of 50kmh, going downhill, Nikki Brown, Natalie Lindsay and Gina McKenzie will battle 80 other teams as well 40C heat, dust and the free-for-all of Indian traffic for two weeks. 

Kiwi still hovering

The New Zealand dollar continues to hover around 68 United States cents after rallying on disappointing US jobs data.