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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Concerns of dairy farmers about the way their industry was portrayed in TVNZ’s Sunday programme “The Price of Milk” have been made known to its producers and the TVNZ executive by the show’s sponsor Mazda NZ. Some farmers were...

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As rural Bay of Plenty braces itself for more heavy rainfall today, the Ministry for Primary Industries is working alongside Civil Defence Emergency Management, the local Rural Support Trust, Federated Farmers, industry bodies, and volunteers to help...

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Paeroa-based bio-stimulant company AgriSea NZ Seaweed Ltd has been awarded a $74,000 project grant from Callaghan Innovation for research and development of its bioactive products and the nutritional needs of honey bees. General manager Tane Bradley...

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Farmers needing help to understand their farm nitrogen reports are being invited to a free seminar taking place in Reporoa on Wednesday. Hosted by Ballance Agri-nurtients, the Dairy Women’s Network and Fonterra, The Understanding Farm Nitrogen...

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Due to the heavy rain forecast this week, the Matahina dam water level has been dropped to its lowest level ever recorded as a precaution. With another deluge expected in the coming days, Bay of Plenty Regional Council duty flood manager Peter Blackwood...

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The Crown is breaching its Treaty of Waitangi obligations by failing to prioritise the reduction of the high rate of Maori reoffending, the Waitangi Tribunal announced today. The undisputed disparity between Maori and non-Maori reoffending rates is longstanding...

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The government has classified the flooding in the Bay of Plenty caused by ex-Cyclone Debbie as a ‘medium-scale adverse event’. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the classification makes extra recovery assistance measures...

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New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc is urging anyone feeling the stress of Cyclone Debbie’s heavy rain and flooding to call the Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust. “Over the coming days, grower health and safety will remain top of mind. This...

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An independent review of the circumstances leading to flooding of Edgecumbe has been announced by Bay of Plenty Regional Council chairman Doug Leeder. He says the council’s first focus has been the safety of people, protection of property, and...

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After this week’s deluge over many parts of New Zealand, severe weather is on many people’s minds more than usual. With stories already circulating about more heavy rain and a tropical cyclone, MetService is keen to reassure New Zealanders...

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Beauty after the storm. Photo: Tracy Hardy. Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. photos@thesun.co.nz