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Thursday 17 June 2021

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SFF Futures investments top $111m across 138 projects
17 Jun 2021  

SFF Futures investments top $111m across 138 projects

Food firms like Pic’s Peanut Butter have helped chip in $139m taking total investment to quarter of a billion dollars.


SFF Futures backs $22m project
17 Jun 2021  

SFF Futures backs $22m project

The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $8.98m to a $22.23m project to investigate plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality.


Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court
17 Jun 2021   /

Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court

Forest & Bird has won a High Court legal decision confirming tarakihi catch limit decisions must put sustainability before the commercial interests of the fishing industry.


Apple industry winter employee funding
15 Jun 2021  

Apple industry winter employee funding

NZ Apples and Pears Inc is encouraging apple industry employers to draw on new government funding to keep their workers employed during the winter season.


$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight
15 Jun 2021   /

$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight

The High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge has provided a $50,000 development grant to Hastings-based research and project management collaborator Foot Steps to investigate the Damson plum.


Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually
10 Jun 2021  

Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually

The industry needs to convert the equivalent energy used by one or two very large dairy factories every year to meet the 2050 net zero emissions goal.


Mixed reception from industry for climate change report
10 Jun 2021  

Mixed reception from industry for climate change report

The Climate Change Commission’s final report has been met with mixed reaction from food industry groups.


Deer milk trial secures $244k from HVN
9 Jun 2021   /

Deer milk trial secures $244k from HVN

A clinical trial that could underpin the development of deer milk as a new industry in New Zealand has secured $244,000 of funding from the HVN Challenge.


APEC trade ministers pledge action on agri tariffs
8 Jun 2021  

APEC trade ministers pledge action on agri tariffs

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ministers responsible for trade have acknowledged the need for action to address trade tariffs in the agricultural sector at the 12th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference.


Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt
4 Jun 2021  

Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt

Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.


New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt
3 Jun 2021  

New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt

New whitebaiting rules will help preserve stocks of the delicacy, says acting conservation minister Ayesha Verrall.


O’Connor leads virtual trade mission to Japan
2 Jun 2021  

O’Connor leads virtual trade mission to Japan

Trade minister Damien O’Connor will lead a ‘virtual’ trade mission to Japan this week to promote New Zealand’s relationship with one of its largest trading partners.


Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes
1 Jun 2021   /

Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have concluded their meeting at the resort – was there anything in it for food and beverage?


As NZ backs Aus in China trade dispute, a warning for F&B from another sector
1 Jun 2021   /

As NZ backs Aus in China trade dispute, a warning for F&B from another sector

Can the country’s food exporters learn lessons from another sector heavily exposed to a single source of income?


OIO approves $3.5m New Plymouth sale
1 Jun 2021  

OIO approves $3.5m New Plymouth sale

The Overseas Investment Office has given the green-light to the sale of a New Plymouth goat farm to a partnership owned by descendants of American Peter H Kuyper.


EDNZ 2021: What the govt gets right – and wrong – for food producers
31 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: What the govt gets right – and wrong – for food producers

NZ’s strict controls are a double-edged sword for global food companies looking to invest, says Gelita.


Marae food safety tool kit pilot launched
27 May 2021  

Marae food safety tool kit pilot launched

Te Kete Haumaru Kai – the Food Safety Kit – pilot has been launched at Moerewa’s Te Rito Marae, by minister for food safety Dr Ayesha Verrall.


Consumers more aware of rights, wary of salespeople – survey
26 May 2021  

Consumers more aware of rights, wary of salespeople – survey

Consumers are becoming more aware of their rights and more sceptical of information provided by salespeople, according to a government survey.


New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs
26 May 2021  

New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs

A new public-private partnership has been launched to improve access to digital technology and training for small businesses, to take advantage of new opportunities through e-commerce.


Sick leave doubles to 10 days
25 May 2021   /

Sick leave doubles to 10 days

The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.


Budget 2021: Industry welcomes funding, with caveats
24 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Industry welcomes funding, with caveats

The Ticker talks to industry leaders for their take on the government’s Budget 2021.


Budget 2021: Food Innovation Network secures $18m
21 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Food Innovation Network secures $18m

Finance minister Grant Robertson says a new transformation plan is being developed for the food and beverage sector.


Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist
20 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist

Industry players want today’s Budget to support them through the transition to a post-Covid environment.


Shiok Meats eyes Kiwi and Aussie BBQ’s for its cell-grown shrimp
19 May 2021  

Shiok Meats eyes Kiwi and Aussie BBQ’s for its cell-grown shrimp

The Singapore-based cultured food startup has reached out to NZ food regulators ahead of its planned product launch.


No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt
18 May 2021  

No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt

The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.


Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs
18 May 2021  

Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.


E Tipu 2021: Green goes mainstream for investors
17 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: Green goes mainstream for investors

With even institutional investors wanting green metrics, there has been a convergence of mainstream and impact investment in the agrifoodtech community.


PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants
14 May 2021   /

PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Australia in early July.


Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills
14 May 2021  

Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills

The government has established six new Workforce Development Councils, including one for people, food and fibre. to support the vocational education system.


Merchant card fees to be cut
13 May 2021   /

Merchant card fees to be cut

The Government is set to introduce new legislation to restrict merchant fees, in a move which could save businesses up to $74m each year.


Māori business identifier goes live
13 May 2021  

Māori business identifier goes live

An initiative which allows Māori businesses to identify themselves Māori business on the New Zealand Business Number register has gone live.


E Tipu 2021: “Our food system is broken” – Polman
12 May 2021  

E Tipu 2021: “Our food system is broken” – Polman

The former Unilever CEO declares the world’s food system “broken from all dimensions” – but also suggests ways of fixing it.


Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI
11 May 2021   /

Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI

MPI is seeking more applicants from the food sector for SFF Futures funding.


Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue
11 May 2021   /

Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue

But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.


Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go
11 May 2021  

Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go

Described as the biggest food and fibre event of the year, the Boma NZ Agri Summit kicks-off in Christchurch this morning.


Q&A: Dean Tilyard on Finistere’s new $40m  Aotearoa Fund
10 May 2021  

Q&A: Dean Tilyard on Finistere’s new $40m Aotearoa Fund

The Ticker sits down with Finistere’s investment manager to find out what NZ opportunities he will be looking for.


…but exporters still face “challenging” times, despite food strength
10 May 2021  

…but exporters still face “challenging” times, despite food strength

Kiwi exporters are operating in a turbulent environment but food exporters are proving a bright spot, says trade minister Damien O’Connor.


Dairy lobbies for tariff free UK FTA
10 May 2021   /

Dairy lobbies for tariff free UK FTA

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand is calling for a trade deal with the UK which comprehensively removes agricultural tariffs.


OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop
10 May 2021   /

OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand is urging its member to attend upcoming Ministry for Primary Industries organic regulation and standards workshops.


NZ, the emerging protein sector and the future – report
7 May 2021   /

NZ, the emerging protein sector and the future – report

Aotearoa risks being left behind by its international peers in the increasingly competitive emerging protein sector.


Perspectives: Agrifood, innovation and Manawatu’s global goal
6 May 2021  

Perspectives: Agrifood, innovation and Manawatu’s global goal

CEDA boss Linda Stewart on how AgriFood Week supports Manawatu’s ambition to be one of the world’s top three agrihubs by 2025.


NZ International Business Awards 2021 entries open
6 May 2021   /

NZ International Business Awards 2021 entries open

Nomination’s have opened for the annual award with new categories for 2021.


Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland
4 May 2021  

Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland

The gathering shellfish is no longer permitted at east Auckland’s Cockle Bay/Tuwakamana beach.


NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021
3 May 2021  

NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021

Delegates from around the country are converging on the Manawatu for the 2021 New Zealand Agrifood Week.


Southland scoped for salmon farming
30 Apr 2021  

Southland scoped for salmon farming

The Cawthron Institute to work with Fisheries NZ and DOC on assessment.


New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead
30 Apr 2021  

New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead

OIO approves T&G Global purchase of an 11-hectare Hawke’s Bay site to grow more Envy apples.


Goat farm investment gets OIO green-light
30 Apr 2021  

Goat farm investment gets OIO green-light

A Taiwan-listed multinational pharmaceutical company is to invest $3.5m to convert a Waikato dairy farm to goat milk production.


EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries
29 Apr 2021  

EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for information on the use of the herbicide glyphosate in New Zealand in a move that could have ramifications for New Zealand $490m honey MORE »


Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030
29 Apr 2021  

Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030

Researchers and campaigners call on government to use plan to halve food waste by 2030.


Foodstuffs rejects exploitation and duopoly claims in grocery probe…
27 Apr 2021   /

Foodstuffs rejects exploitation and duopoly claims in grocery probe…

The supermarket giant says it is “surprised” at the allegations because it values its suppliers.


…as the FGC hits back at ‘incomplete, incorrect, and unsubstantiated’ claims
27 Apr 2021   /

…as the FGC hits back at ‘incomplete, incorrect, and unsubstantiated’ claims

The government’s probe into the $21bn grocery sector heats up as rivals open fire in cross-submissions.


Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no
23 Apr 2021   /

Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no

The dumping of frozen fries from Europe is not a threat to local industry, says a draft government report.


The top problems faced by F&B exporters – report
21 Apr 2021  

The top problems faced by F&B exporters – report

Gaining brand awareness and establishing relationships are the top barriers Kiwi food and beverage exporters face.


Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project
21 Apr 2021  

Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project

The fishing companies have thrown their support behind a new project using drones to help efforts to bring the species back from the edge of extinction.


Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme
21 Apr 2021  

Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme

“The Government has invested 18 months of work into figuring out how a container return scheme would work, but unfortunately vested industry groups are pushing hard to exclude glass from the scheme.”


Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list
19 Apr 2021  

Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list

Cafe workers, fast food cooks and kitchen hands are now on the Government’s oversupply list for all regions except Queenstown Lakes and Mackenzie Districts.


California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund
16 Apr 2021  

California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund

The vehicle has attracted a $14m commitment from New Zealand Growth Capital Partners.


Iwi beverage business wins $54k R&D funding boost
16 Apr 2021   /

Iwi beverage business wins $54k R&D funding boost

The funding will see the functional drink company deep dive into indigenous ingredients.


Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ
16 Apr 2021  

Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ

The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.


Organics plan to scale-up $723m NZ sector
15 Apr 2021   /

Organics plan to scale-up $723m NZ sector

A strategy is in the pipeline to help accelerate an already-booming industry.


Westland presses go on $3.2m Hokitika project
15 Apr 2021  

Westland presses go on $3.2m Hokitika project

The project will reduce the factory’s carbon emissions by 7%.


Fed Farmers ‘surprised’ at live export ban
15 Apr 2021  

Fed Farmers ‘surprised’ at live export ban

The Government will phase out the export of livestock by sea.


Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits
14 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits

Seafood NZ argues that law changes to reduce recreational bag limits must be made.


Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals
13 Apr 2021   /

Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals

A new plant-based ice cream is one of five business start-ups moving through to the final stage of Venture Taranaki’s business accelerator, the PowerUp Ideas Competition.


MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes
13 Apr 2021  

MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.


NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ
13 Apr 2021  

NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ

NZ’s ministerial engagement in the trans-Tasman GE Food Standards approval process has been silenced, says GE Free NZ.


Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ
9 Apr 2021  

Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ

The results of survey will feed into ComCom’s probe of the country’s $21bn grocery sector.


Coal boiler ban and co-investment as govt pushes decarbonisation
9 Apr 2021  

Coal boiler ban and co-investment as govt pushes decarbonisation

The government has moved to ban new low to medium temperature coal burners from next year.


Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill
9 Apr 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill

Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.


Govt funds food & fibre mentoring, career development and innovation
8 Apr 2021  

Govt funds food & fibre mentoring, career development and innovation

The government is continuing to plough money and resources into the food and fibre workforce.


HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future
6 Apr 2021  

HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future

The industry association says horticulture can play a key role in the country’s climate change strategy.


Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role
6 Apr 2021   /

Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role

The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt
6 Apr 2021  

Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt

Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.


Leaft launches $20m plant protein programme with SFF Futures backing
31 Mar 2021   /

Leaft launches $20m plant protein programme with SFF Futures backing

The plant protein startup secures $8m from MPI for a five-year R&D programme.


Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite
31 Mar 2021  

Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite

The no take zone does not affect the availability of Bluff oysters.


B+LNZ worries over methane emissions targets
30 Mar 2021  

B+LNZ worries over methane emissions targets

The industry group says there are “limits to what the sector can continue to achieve”.


RA opposes proposed LPG, gas ban
30 Mar 2021  

RA opposes proposed LPG, gas ban

Restaurant Association of New Zealand is opposing a proposed ban on new gas or LPG connections by 2025.


HortNZ “thrilled” to back biosecurity bill
29 Mar 2021   /

HortNZ “thrilled” to back biosecurity bill

If passed, the legislation would require that all aircrafts entering NZ provide biosecurity information to people onboard by both a video and in writing.


Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome
25 Mar 2021  

Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome

The seafood industry promises constructive engagement on some of the report’s “challenging” recommendations.


Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird
25 Mar 2021  

Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird

Forest and Bird has accused the inshore tarakihi fishing industry of failing to adhere to voluntary measures it promised in a 2019 tarakihi catch limit deal.


HortNZ:  Food security just as important as housing
24 Mar 2021  

HortNZ: Food security just as important as housing

The association fears new housing policy will see productive growing land lost to urban creep.


Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting
24 Mar 2021  

Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting

Ngāti Hei Trust has asked the government to close parts of the eastern Coromandel coast for two years.


Govt unveils support package for hort sector
23 Mar 2021  

Govt unveils support package for hort sector

The Government has introduced a wellbeing support package for hard-hit fruit growers.


SAFE calls out Govt on chickens
23 Mar 2021   /

SAFE calls out Govt on chickens

The Government is “failing to stop the suffering of hundreds of millions of chickens”, says animal rights group SAFE.


New food alliance launched to increase food security

New food alliance launched to increase food security

Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance has been established to increase food security and reduce food waste.


Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats
18 Mar 2021   /

Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats

The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.


Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations
18 Mar 2021  

Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations

The Government has deferred the introduction of Intensive Winter Grazing practice regulations for a year.


Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products
17 Mar 2021  

Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products

Our Seas Our Future is calling on prime minister Jacinda Ardern to ban single-use paper and plastic products.


Commercial whitebait venture secures $2m govt investment
16 Mar 2021  

Commercial whitebait venture secures $2m govt investment

Whitebait farming could soon become a reality with a $7m project garnering government support.


First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B
16 Mar 2021   /

First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B

Organic food businesses will have to take part in a five-step process in order to gain organic certification under new proposals.


Which Covid-induced shopping habits does Foodstuffs think are here to stay?
12 Mar 2021  

Which Covid-induced shopping habits does Foodstuffs think are here to stay?

The supermarket giant is already seeing a reversal in some lockdown shopping trends – with others becoming more entrenched.


ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers
12 Mar 2021   /

ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers

“Hundreds of millions of dollars of losses for apple, wine and other growers was a near certainty.”


Brewers Association wants excise tax cut by 50%
12 Mar 2021   /

Brewers Association wants excise tax cut by 50%

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the Government to half the rate of excise tax paid on kegs.


Greens push to stop “dirty” bottom trawling
8 Mar 2021   /

Greens push to stop “dirty” bottom trawling

The Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently stop “dirty, degrading fishing practices” in areas most vulnerable to destruction.


Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ
1 Mar 2021  

Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ

The Organic Products Bill is going through its final stages in parliament.


Significant evidence of exploitation of food producers – NZFGC
1 Mar 2021   /

Significant evidence of exploitation of food producers – NZFGC

In its submission to ComCom, the NZFGC says there is also considerable use of buyer power to exclude competition.


Govt opens Covid business support package
23 Feb 2021   /

Govt opens Covid business support package

The Government has activated the Resurgence Support Payment, in its latest round of Covid-19 support packages.


Honey export revenue reaches $425m – MPI
22 Feb 2021   /

Honey export revenue reaches $425m – MPI

Ongoing strong demand and expansion into new markets could see another successful year for NZ honey exports.


INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT
22 Feb 2021   /

INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT

Immigration New Zealand is doing more harm than good when it comes to the horticulture sector and the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, according to the ACT Party. “A completely inflexible MORE »


Govt extends visitor visas
22 Feb 2021   /

Govt extends visitor visas

The Government has eased visa restrictions for visitors already in New Zealand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc overseas.


Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa
17 Feb 2021  

Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa

The sector had brought a claim for $450m plus interest.


HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land
17 Feb 2021  

HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.


Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation
18 Dec 2020  

Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation

The industry body aired its frustrations at a committee meeting on Thursday.


Nash to decide future of NZ Food Innovation Network
16 Dec 2020  

Nash to decide future of NZ Food Innovation Network

The shape and funding of the national network, which has helped brands like Otis Oat Milk, is under review.


Grocery sector probe timeline questioned by MBIE
16 Dec 2020  

Grocery sector probe timeline questioned by MBIE

The ministry warns that ComCom’s market study of supermarkets is likely to take longer than a year.


SFF Futures backs $25m grower and farm initiative
16 Dec 2020  

SFF Futures backs $25m grower and farm initiative

The Future Ready Farms programme is being led by Ballance Agri-Nutrients.


New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers
15 Dec 2020  

New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers

New research backed by MPI could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.


Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review
11 Dec 2020  

Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review

Stuart Nash says smaller businesses are predominantly bearing the brunt of merchant service fees.


Will food exporters benefit from RCEP? Here’s MFAT’s take
9 Dec 2020  

Will food exporters benefit from RCEP? Here’s MFAT’s take

It was India’s participation that made the deal attractive to start with, which is no more.


Exporters get one-stop-shop for biosecurity threats
4 Dec 2020  

Exporters get one-stop-shop for biosecurity threats

Online tool identifies pests, threats for exporters selling Kiwi produce to the world


Govt diversity drive to benefit Māori F&B firms
4 Dec 2020  

Govt diversity drive to benefit Māori F&B firms

The government sets supplier diversity target for its $42bn goods and services budget.


Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets
4 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets

It follows new food safety guidance issued by the government.


Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance
3 Dec 2020  

Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance

The new research covers food groups ranging from seafood to berries.


Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive
1 Dec 2020   /

Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive

Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.


Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”
30 Nov 2020   /

Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”

Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.


New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers
27 Nov 2020   /

New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers

Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.


Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas
25 Nov 2020  

Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas

In a blow to the horticulture sector, the PM says this year’s seasonal labour shortage will not be solved before Christmas.


Pest potential: New facility to research green seaweed
23 Nov 2020  

Pest potential: New facility to research green seaweed

A $13m funding boost has seen a new aquaculture facility open in Tauranga which will explore the various benefits of green seaweed, a prominent pest in the local harbour.  As MORE »


ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers
19 Nov 2020  

ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers

The Australian government says it will give Kiwi workers $2000 to take up a short-term contract there.


Pork producer calls for labelling change despite Covid delay
18 Nov 2020  

Pork producer calls for labelling change despite Covid delay

Harrington’s Smallgoods is urging the Government to make country-of-origin labelling a priority.


Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices
18 Nov 2020  

Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices

The Commerce Commission will conduct the investigation to see if Kiwis are paying more than they should be.


Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP
17 Nov 2020  

Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP

Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand’s primary industries will “directly benefit” from the new trade deal.


Northland berry business first to repay PGF loan
13 Nov 2020  

Northland berry business first to repay PGF loan

It’s the first of around 100 PGF loans and equity investments worth over $600m to be paid back.


HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt
12 Nov 2020  

HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt

Horticulture New Zealand says it is keen to work constructively with the new Government, including minister Damien O’Conner who has been given the new trade and export growth portfolio.


Petition urges support for plant-based agri
10 Nov 2020  

Petition urges support for plant-based agri

With the likes of Sir David Attenborough advocating for it, plant-based eating is becoming less of a trend, and more of a to-do.


New Govt ministers unveiled
3 Nov 2020  

New Govt ministers unveiled

David Parker has been appointed minister of the newly named Ministry for Oceans and Fisheries, formerly known as the Ministry of Fisheries.


Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace
3 Nov 2020   /

Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace

It was announced yesterday by Jacinda Ardern that the title would be changed.


Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan
2 Nov 2020   /

Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan

Tairāwhiti’s Wi Pere Trust is receiving a PDU loan from the latest round of Provincial Growth Funding.


Iwi-owned processor secures $1.2m for expansion
6 Oct 2020  

Iwi-owned processor secures $1.2m for expansion

An iwi-owned Taranaki food processing company has secured a $1.2m Provincial Growth Fund loan to expand its operations to Whanganui.


Fonterra posts $1.3bn turnaround, reports $659m profit
18 Sep 2020  

Fonterra posts $1.3bn turnaround, reports $659m profit

Fonterra has posted an after tax profit of $659m for the year to July 2020, a $1.3bn turnaround from the $605m loss it made the previous year.


Data highlights impact of Auckland lockdown
16 Sep 2020  

Data highlights impact of Auckland lockdown

Economic activity across Auckland and the country has bounced back to levels experienced under Covid-19 alert level 1, says finance minister Grant Robertson.


Nelson Food Factory opens
15 Jun 2020   /

Nelson Food Factory opens

A new hub for budding food businesses in the Nelson region has launched. The Food Factory aimed to provide entrepreneurs with a collaborative environment to develop their products, under-secretary for MORE »