Central Hawkes Bay business woman has the glow of success.

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Central Hawkes Bay entrepreneur Angela Payne is riding a wave of success following a glowing endorsement from the queen of posh Victoria Beckham who uses a face cream made from one of her products.

As a former vet nurse Angela saw a number of animal by-products going to waste and decided to put them to use.

After going through a divorce and with three children to support she rented space in a meat works then started dissecting glands from carcasses which she later sold.

In 1999 she started Agri-lab Co-Products and when the global demand for placentas became apparent that is where her success story began.

Angela now contracts farmers to collect and send them to her factory in the small Central Hawke's Bay town of Waipukurau to be frozen or freeze-dried before being shipped to cosmetic and health food manufacturers in Japan, United States, Canada, Malaysia, Germany and other countries.

Her meteoric growth from turning over $5000 in her first full year to now bringing in $2 million has been astonishing.


Hawkes Bays Bridge Pa Triangle Wines Scoop the Pool


Results from the recent A&P Society Hawkes Bay Wine Show have been an outstanding vindication of the efforts of the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District to get the sub-region "on the map" for consumers. Over a third of all trophies awarded went to wines from the Bridge Pa Triangle, with 50% of the red wine trophies going to wines from the sub-region. This reflects the strength of the district in red varieties, but the Chardonnay trophy was a nice acknowledgement of the other possibilities that the gravel soils and warm climate allow.

Chairman of the sub-regional marketing group, Paul Ham, was "blown away by the exceptional results achieved by a range of Bridge Pa Triangle wines at the show. To also take the Champion Wine and Reserve Champion Wine of the Show just highlights the potential of the area for fine wine production".

The trophies awarded to wines from the sub-region are listed below:
Chardonnay trophy and Champion Wine of the Show – Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2013
Syrah trophy and Reserve Champion Wine of the Show – Pernod Ricard Couper's Shed Syrah 2013
Merlot trophy – Ash Ridge Merlot 2013
Commercial Red Wine trophy – Sileni The Triangle Merlot 2013

The profile afforded by these results will help with the promotion of the Bridge Pa Triangle both as a wine producing area and also as a visitor destination within Hawkes Bay leading up to the summer holiday season. A wine festival planned for next year will also allow the wineries to showcase the fine wines coming out of this sub-region.

Hawkes Bay woolhandler wins the senior final at the Wairarapa Spring Shears.


Pongaroa farmer David Buick returned from his Australian crossbred shearing title victory to retain the Wairarapa Spring Shears open title on Saturday.

As he did last year, the 36-year-old beat former World and Golden Shears champion Cam Ferguson, stamping himself as a real contender for the Golden Shears and New Zealand Championships titles later in the season.

With a small field of just eight entering the open event, the two were hot favourites to quinella the event.

In a 15-sheep final they beat fellow contenders Noel Gardiner, of Wanganui, and Peter Clendon, of Masterton, by more than a sheep

Ferguson took time honours, finishing in 15min 3sec, which surprised locals who reckoned it would take at least a minute longer for the quickest shearer to clear his pen of the tough and feisty Wairarapa perendales.

Finishing 10 seconds later, Buick more than made up the time-points deficit with the quality the experts reckoned would carry the day.

He said afterwards the sheep were tougher than his Australian experience of just seven days earlier when he won the Romney Shears final at Warrnambool, Vic.

A Golden Shears open finalist in Masterton for the first time last year, 14 years after winning the intermediate title at the World's premier annual shearing event, he plans to give 2014-2015 his best shot by competing in as many shows as possible, including the Canterbury Show in Christchurch on November 14.

Running a small shearing operation and also having recently leased more land around Pongaroa, a big goal would be to become the first home-region shearer to win the Golden Shears Open.

The Senior final on Saturday was a big moment for Northern Hawke's Bay shearer Willie Lambert, whose sole previous win was at the Wairoa show last January.

He had tough opposition in South Island-based Masterton shearer Ethan Pankhurst, but won the race by 55 seconds and kept a sufficient hold on quality to claim victory by more than three points.

It emulated the feat of 15-year-old brother Hemi Lambert, who won the Junior final, following victory eight days earlier in the Hawke's Bay Show's Great Raihania Shears, where their sister, Teresa, won her first woolhandling title.

The intermediate shearing final on Saturday was won by Gisborne shearer Ramone Smith, who had also won at Warrnambool.

But South Island-based Gisborne woolhandler Joel Henare was not so fortunate, failing to qualify for Saturday's Open woolhandling final, ending a run of five wins in a row which started with the Ireland All Nations title in May.

The honours went with New Zealand 2010 World Champion team members Keryn Herbert, of Te Awamutu, and Sheree Alabaster, of Taihape, winner and runner-up respectively. Logan Kamura, of Marton, was third, in what was his fourth finals appearance in his last five shows, dating back to his maiden Open win in the Taranaki Shears last March.

Rahna Williams, of Hastings won the senior woolhandling final and Danielle Fox, of Gisborne, scored a maiden win in the Junior final.

The next North Island show on the Shearing Sports New Zealand calendar is at Feilding next Saturday.

Hawkes Bays "Ruataniwha - it's Now or Never" event will highlight real world examples.


Federated Farmers and Irrigation NZ have released more details about the free "Ruataniwha – it's Now or Never" event, taking place from 7pm next Tuesday (4 November), at the Waipawa/Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre.

"It is definitely not going to be a theoretical discussion about economic models, but real world examples of farmers and schemes with costs similar to what the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme proposes," says Will Foley, Federated Farmers Hawke's Bay.

"Instead of talking about an economic model, we're bringing up farmers involved in the comparable cost North Otago Irrigation Company scheme and Mid-Canterbury's BCI scheme.

"We'd like to thank FMG Rural Insurance and Westpac for their help in bringing up people like Peter Mitchell, an arable cropping farmer involved in the North Otago Irrigation Company scheme.

"His story provides a great example of what's possible when you've got reliable water.

"Rab McDowell is, meanwhile, a traditional sheep and beef farmer who now chairs Mid-Canterbury's BCI water scheme. He has used irrigated water to successfully diversify his farming operation into finishing, dairy support and even cropping.

"Both these two farmers provide great examples for how many Hawke's Bay farmers may approach Ruataniwha, assuming of course, farmers give it the investment tick.

"It's about adding irrigation to how you currently farm, instead of chucking it all in and moving to a completely new farm system. Especially with the bullish outlook for beef and lamb.

"Even with charges and pricing comparable to Ruataniwha, BCI saw a 30 percent increase in irrigated area last year and expects another 20 percent next year. Given the nutrient limits we'll be facing, Rab added that his scheme looks after that for its shareholders.

"As these are comparable cost schemes to Ruataniwha, I am more than heartened to see farmers and communities not just getting by, but doing very well. That's what we want here.

"Peter and Rab convince me we are right to say sheep and beef will benefit hugely from reliable water. Not only has it increased incomes but it helps to eliminate low periods too.

"Other speakers will include Hugh Ritchie about how he'll make Ruataniwha water work for his cropping farm and Arthur Rowlands on why Ruataniwha water will work for his diversified traditional sheep, beef and cropping farm.

"To me the economic experts who matter are the farms and farmers who take irrigation water at costs comparable to what we're looking at. There are also plenty of studies showing how good irrigation is,the most recent study was after all released in June on the North Otago Irrigation Company," Mr Foley concluded.

"Ruataniwha – it's Now or Never" is a free event for farmers considering the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. It takes place next Tuesday (4 November), at the Waipawa/Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre from 7pm. The Waipawa/Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre is located in Kenilworth Street, Waipawa.

Hawkes Bay seasonal workers may be in for a cash boost incentive.


News that Social Development Minister Anne Tolley plans to give cash boosts to beneficiaries who get work picking fruit over summer has been welcomely received by Hawkes Bay kiwifuit growers.

The minister said she was aware that places like Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty found it difficult to get people during kiwifruit season and they would be looking at ways to expand the employment scheme.

Mrs Tolley said there's definitely demand, with 633 people taking up the current scheme.


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