Rural

Concerns raised over Freedom camping

Last week, the Post Newspaper received concerns from readers about freedom camping in the Onewhero Domain. In particular, that if the domain had been confirmed as a place for freedom campers to use, what toilet facilities were available? As the public toilet block had not been completed. The Post Newspaper contacted Waikato District Council, who confirmed that the Onewhero Domain […]

Students plant for Matariki

Students from Waiuku College took part in the annual Matariki planting day on Wednesday 21 June, at the Manukau Heads Lighthouse. Armed with shovels and donning gumboots, the Primary Industries students battled 80km/h winds and planted more than 200 plants. As well as digging new homes for the plants, the main garden was weeded, and a number of pest plants […]

Gardening Pest- Harlequin Ladybird

Reports of sightings of the invasive harlequin ladybird in the North Waikato are not yet a cause for concern, according to Ministry of Primary Industries for the area. MPI Recovery and Pest Management senior adviser Brad Chandler said reports had been sent in from Pokeno right down to Huntly. It feeds on aphids, usually from willow, oak, maple and poplar trees. This has made […]

Nikau Coopworth leader for parasite resistance

A leading sheep breeding operation in Waikaretu, has just taken out the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Maternal Trait Leader for Parasite Resistance Award. Coopworth, was recognised at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill on Wednesday 5 July. Now in their sixth year, the Awards celebrate the top performers in the field of science, innovation, […]

Positive steps towards tackling stock theft

Federated Farmers is delighted to see the Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill being drawn from the ballot to go before Parliament. Livestock theft has become more prevalent in New Zealand and is at a level that is creating serious risk to farmers and their businesses. Rick Powdrell, Federated Farmers’ Rural Security Spokesperson says it is not only a financial burden […]

MPI investigating possum hunt fundraiser

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating further into a fundraising possum hunt after concerns were raised over the way baby joeys were disposed of. The possum hunt was held from Thursday 22 June until Saturday 25 June, which saw hundreds of adult possums killed for Drury School’s annual fundraiser. The event was organised by Friends […]

Local farm owner nominated in industry awards

Owner of Nikau Coopworth, a leading sheep breeding operation, Kate Broadbent has been nominated for the Sheep Industry Awards for Parasite Resistance. Nikau Coopworth in Waikaretu has been selecting and breeding sheep for Facial Eczema and parasite tolerance for over 40 years. Originally from Canada, Kate fell in love with New Zealand on her OE in 1987. She spent her […]

Dairy awards a life changing experience

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz The Post Newspaper was given the opportunity to attend the elite New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday evening at the Sky City Convention Centre, where the overall winners were announced after grueling rounds of competitions took place throughout the year.  Of the 400 entries that were received, they were narrowed down to 33 finalists […]

New ground broken on rural fibre

Federated Farmers has successfully negotiated a significant benefit for rural property owners who allow telecommunications fibre to cross their land. The Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Act, which was passed by the Parliament on Tuesday 11 April, facilitates the installation of fibre optic cable along overhead electricity lines. It includes a unique provision that provides a quid pro […]

Local growers aim for national title

The national Young Vegetable Grower of the year is approaching next week, taking place at the Pukekohe Indian Association Hall. Three Pukekohe growers are part of this years competition, which will see them take part in in several business and practical modules. Scott Wilcox is a 23 year old fourth generation grower from Pukekohe. He works as an Assistant in […]