News Roundup - 31 March

31 Mar 2021

Gardeners' guilty secret: Plant nursery trials sustainable plastic pot alternative
A Nelson nursery owner says a fabric plant container she has been trialling offers a sustainable alternative to plastic pots and produces healthier plants at less cost. After 26 years of growing plants in plastic pots Mary Duncan of Vibrant Earth said she decided it was time to find a way to ditch plastic in favour of a more environmentally friendly alternative.

Focus on planting exotic forests key to climate goals - forest owners
Planting non-native trees is a better way for the government to tackle climate change than focusing on just native forest regeneration, the New Zealand Forest Owners Association says.

More than 2600 people come off benefits to do seasonal work
More than 2600 people came off their benefits to do seasonal work, with just a fraction of them taking up incentives offered by a government work scheme. Figures released by the Ministry of Social Development show that 2631 people came off a benefit to go into seasonal work between November 15 last year and February 28.

Landscape Of The Year 2021 Supreme Winner Crowned
The annual awards, hosted by Registered Master Landscapers New Zealand, showcase the very best in professional landscaping practices. The awards recognise achievement in landscape construction and design and maintenance across both residential and commercial projects, and represent the highest professional accolade in the industry.

Five things agriculture businesses need to know

Agriculture, forestry and fishing contribute about 6 per cent to New Zealand’s gross domestic product. Here are five pieces of advice for businesses in the primary sector.

Native plant guide for Canterbury goes online

It’s been a 26 year labour of love but finally Di Lucas’ native plant guide is an online tool for Cantabrians to use.

Government may pay twice for carbon credits
A large chunk of the Government’s efforts to make the public sector carbon-neutral may not count towards meeting New Zealand’s international carbon-cutting goals.

South Wairarapa Mayor continues crusade for local banking
South Wairarapa's mayor's crusade for regional banking continues, but the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) says current laws give no leeway for "social responsibility".




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