News Roundup - 29 April

29 Apr 2021

Australian farmers luring Kiwi workers as trans-Tasman bubble opens
An Australian recruiter hopes the trans-Tasman travel bubble will help fill huge shortages of labour on Australian farms.
In November the Australian Government began offering $2000 for New Zealanders to relocate to help with the shortage of horticulture and agriculture workers.

Houses v vegetables: Productive farmland 'lost to lifestyle blocks'
A new Government report, Our Land 2021, has highlighted the loss of productive land to urban sprawl. It decreased by 2 per cent between 2017 and 2019, and by 54 per cent since 2002, or around 1.9 million hectares.

Our land 2021
Land is central to all human life. Land ecosystems maintain liveable temperatures on Earth, clean water to drink, the air we breathe, and a place to live. Soil supports the plants we use for food and the materials we need to build shelter and clothe ourselves.

Drought prompts $900k funding boost for farmers
Agriculture Minister has announced $900,000 of funding support for farmers grappling with extremely dry conditions.

Regional rates hikes of up to 150 per cent alarm Canterbury's rural communities
Canterbury’s rural community feel they are unfairly shouldering the burden of a proposed rates hike across the region, with some claiming what they pay the regional council could more than double.

Parasitic wasps that leave mummified corpses Northland's unlikely new environmental heroes'
A wasp that lays eggs in its victims, consuming the host from the inside, sounds like something from a horror movie

Fish & Game NZ says it will implement recommendations after review
Fish & Game will modernise and implement the 35 recommendations of a scathing independent review prompted by scandal and criticism of governance, according to its chairperson.

A professional farmer's advice for growing stunning roses
I wondered if the Gilroys felt sentimental knowing their plant babies were to become seasonally loved additions to gardens of all shapes and sizes. I certainly did.

Christchurch hoping to lure 180 new employers to city in next three years
Economic agency ChristchurchNZ hopes to attract 180 new employers to Christchurch in the next three years

New Plymouth water meter unpopularity not surprising - councillor

New Plymouth councillor Dinnie Moeahu, who has expressed reservations about the introduction of water meters in the city, says he is not surprised they are the least popular proposal in its draft long-term plan.

Citrus canker eradicated
Citrus canker, a significant bacterial disease of citrus plants that was detected in the Territory in April 2018, has now been eradicated thanks to the support of the local community and industry.

Mid Canterbury scheme helping rural migrants get driver’s licence secures funding

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is funding an initiative to help migrants living in rural Mid Canterbury get a driver's licence, leading to greater independence.




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