Rural

Pukekohe grower places second in national horticulture competition

Scott Wilcox from Pukekohe has been awarded runner-up at the Young Grower of the Year annual awards dinner in Christchurch tonight. Scott, 23, a fourth generation grower at Pukekohe family company AS Wilcox, was also awarded the Best Practical title tonight after winning the hands-on challenges. He was named Young Vegetable Grower 2017 back in May. After two days of activities in the national competition, […]

Fury celebrates 40 year milestone

Last week, horse owners across the nation celebrated their equine friend’s birthdays, as 1 August marks the official date of the ‘horses’ birthday’ in the southern hemisphere. While it is a known fact that ponies tend to outlive horses by many years, Fury the Standardbred has reached a grand milestone that owner, Angie Warren is incredibly proud of. Fury has […]

Pukekohe grower vying for national young grower title

Pukekohe’s young vegetable grower champion is set to battle it out in Christchurch next week for the national title of Young Grower of the Year 2017. Scott Wilcox triumphed over six other young vegetable growers back in May when he was named New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower of the Year 2017. Scott, 23, is a fourth generation grower at the […]

Humbling experience for Ag student

Patumahoe’s Sarah Butters was one of two New Zealanders to head on a recent agriculture trip to Vietnam after receiving a scholarship as part of the Syngenta Connections Programme. The former Pukekohe High School student, who is studying Agriculture at Lincoln University in Christchurch was doing a research paper when her tutor informed her of the scholarship. Sarah joined 25 other […]

Locals feature in national Kiwi cuisine book

A newly published book featuring the behind the scenes of the food world is out on shelves this week. While the book, Source New Zealand, shares stories from all over the country it also features several locals including Hori Watson, a keen whitebait fisherman from Port Waikato, eel fisherman Mike Holmes and the NZ Eel Processing Company in Te Kauwhata […]

Horticulture NZ concerned new housing taking over prime growing land

Horticulture NZ fears that New Zealand’s best market gardening land may be buried under houses as subdivisions expand around Auckland, resulting in reduced vegetable supplies at higher prices. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said that the soil of Pukekohe contains volcanic clays and ash deposits with high fertitlity and free drainage. He says the land is mostly frost-free, allowing winter cropping […]

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, […]