Report shows need to protect Pukekohe food hub

Horticulture New Zealand commissioned Deloitte to report on New Zealand’s food story: The Pukekohe hub, detailing the significant contribution Pukekohe’s horticulture industry makes to the health and wealth of New Zealand, and in particular its largest city, Auckland. The report was released at a function at Parliament on Tuesday 14 August 2016 and outlines the possible economic hit that could […]

Otaua School vege garden success

Otaua School recently established two new vegetable gardens, with the help and support of local herb growers, Jeanette Rea and Pam Maurice, from Scarborough Fare. A celebration of their success and a special assembly was held on Friday 13 April, before enjoying a delicious morning tea with produce from the gardens. ‘Nature Warriors,’ a student leadership group that run and […]

Website helping the horticulture industry

By Jess Paton jess@thepost.nz The launch of the ‘Work the Seasons’ website was done in style on Friday 16 March. The website, an initiative of the Ministry of Social Development, was launched by the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Employment Willie Jackson at an event hosted by vegetable growers A S Wilcox & Sons in Pukekohe. […]

Pukekohe growers our history and our future

By Josie Vidal, Horticulture New Zealand Josie.Vidal@hortnz.co.nz Horticulture New Zealand was busy in Pukekohe at the end of October, visiting growers and attending meetings. That included catching up with fine culinary herb grower Jeanette Rae and hearing some of the Reynolds’ family history. Onion and potato growers, the Reynolds family has had a connection with the land in Pukekohe since […]

Erin ready for Young Horticulturist finals

After taking out Horticulture New Zealand’s Young Grower of the Year, Erin Atkinson is one of five contestants about to compete for the Young Horticulturist title next week, and credits her success to her humble beginnings on Franklin soil. Erin is the technical adviser for ApataGrow, a kiwifruit and avocado pack house and coolstore in the Bay of Plenty. However, […]

Housing development and more traffic

While the announcement of additional houses for Franklin came with some gladness for hopeful home buyers, it also comes with a reality check that perhaps wasn’t checked. Last March, the New Zealand Transport Agency said 43,000 additional vehicles were on Auckland roads, and close to 800 cars are registered in Auckland each week, very possibly adding to the gridlock. With the […]

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