Explore Marlborough. Photo by Jessica Jones.

Bookings for premium wine tours “vanished” when New Zealand’s borders closed, say operators struggling under Covid-19.

Photo: Villa Maria.

Wine companies, large and small, are grappling with the potential shortage of a reliable labour force for vintage 2021, with borders closed to international workers.

 
Photo: Misha’s Vineyard.

Losing boutique wineries to Covid-19 would be a blow for New Zealand’s wine industry, say the authors of a new report into challenges for small operators.

 
BNZ’s 2020/21 season average lamb price forecast of $6.60/kg sits close to the past five-year average.

While lamb prices are starting the new season at around 16% below last year’s levels, they are not outright weak, according to the BNZ.

The meat industry is warning that processing and exporting jobs are in jeopardy unless specialist migrants are allowed to remain in the country.

Nearly half of our country’s meat exports are at risk unless there is urgent action by government to allow migrant workers to stay in New Zealand.

Helicopters with monsoon buckets attack the big Lake Ohau fire. Photo: Ned Dawson/FENZ.

Federated Farmers is hoping for changes to the Department of Conservation's (DoC) high country grazing rules in the aftermath of two recent big wildfires in the Mackenzie Basin.

Minister of Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta and Ngai Tukairangi Trust chair Ratahi Cross at the official opening of the facility.

A new state of the art accommodation facility for RSE or temporary overseas workers at a large Māori kiwifruit orchard in the Bay of Plenty has been opened by the Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta.

Fruit and vegetable growers are warning their produce will be left unpicked and rotting in the fields unless the Government approves urgent visas for overseas workers.

The forecast milk payout for this season has gone up by 40c and Fonterra farmers can thank Chinese consumers.

Southland Federated Farmers vice president Bernadette Hunt says she finds it “interesting” that Environment Minister David Parker continues to downplay the feedback on the Government’s freshwater regulations.

Allied Farmers is forking out $2.5 million for a new scheme under which rural land will be bought and then leased to successful farm operators.

The first batch of overseas drivers for local agricultural contracting work is expected in the country next week, says Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) chief executive Roger Parton.

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