Wine industry in case against Canada

The wine industry is confident its views will be represented in a lawsuit against restrictions on the sale of imported wines in Canada.

Rule no-one wanted is dumped

An appeal against Environment Canterbury’s Plan Change 5 nutrient modelling rules has been resolved with a major win achieved for irrigators, IrrigationNZ says.

A hearing panel on the change proposed a new requirement that would have effectively required all older spray irrigation systems in Canterbury to be replaced with new ones by 2020.

Storing water more than irrigation

Looking harder at the benefits of water storage might help win the hearts and minds of New Zealanders more effectively than simply pushing the benefits of irrigation, Irrigation New Zealand chairwoman Nicky Hyslop says.

Cash drought blights water plans

Having the Crown Irrigation Investment Fund plug pulled has left some big holes for projects around the country in the past 12 months.

Govt doubles funding for tree-planting

The government is doubling to nearly $500 million the funding for forestry planting from its Provincial Growth Fund, meaning one-sixth of the $3 billion, three-year fund will be spent on trees.

Otago Uni rejigs rural health

A new administration structure for the rural sections of the Otago University’s medical school should result in more staff working in the regions and research into rural health issues.

Farmer's Voice: Fight Night, Waikato

Farmer's Voice went and checked out the 2018 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Young Farmers Fight Night for Charity at Lake Karapiro. With the event growing and boxers travelling up from the South Island, it is definitely one to keep an eye out for.