Tōtara: the plant of the year?

Forest owners are urging people to vote for tōtara as plant of the year in a poll being conducted by the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network.

 
 
Outgoing Farmlands chair Lachie Johnstone.

When Lachie Johnstone first started on the board of Farmlands 19 years ago the rural services cooperative ran 32 stores with a turnover of $280 million.

The front page of the Work the Seasons website.

Employers say a Government-backed free website, Work the Seasons, is becoming a useful part of their seasonal recruitment toolbox.

Environment Minister David Parker.

New Zealand's natural environment is now much more degraded than when the Resource Management Act was developed in 1991.

The culmination of some poorly thought-out government policies is to blame for low morale in the agri sector, says National’s agriculture spokesman Todd Muller.

The protest group ‘50 Shades of Green’ is organising a march on Parliament this week to try and stop good farmland being covered in pine trees.

Twelve hectares of cherry trees planted in September at Mt Pisa Station, Central Otago complete the first stage of a $15.5 million cherry project by the horticultural investment firm Hortinvest.

Horticulture's export revenue growth is likely to be about 10% in the current financial year – not the 3.8% forecast by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

HortNZ says the Government is moving in the right direction with its increase in recognised seasonal employers (RSE) workers.

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