Michael Boulgaris announced as celebrity auctioneer for the Hawke's Bay Wine Auction for Cranford Hospice


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Organisers of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious charity wine auction are thrilled to have secured the talents of both Michael Boulgaris as their 2015 auctioneer, and artist Martin Poppelwell as the creator of "Portland, 2015", the signature auction artwork.

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Hawke's Bay kids get planting for 'Conservation Week'.


Hawke’s Bay’s annual ‘Conservation Week’ schools planting programme began at Tūtira yesterday.

Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd sponsored the event which is in its twenty-third year and is run in conjunction with Department of Conservation and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

Each year, five schools take part and this year Greenmeadows, Frimley, Bledisloe, Twyford and Mayfair school students were bused to Tūtira to experience conservation work first hand.

Students planted native trees and shrubs near the shore of Lake Tūtira before heading back to school, the afternoon session included a stop at White Pine Bush where DOC staff guided students through native New Zealand forest where kahikatea is the prominent species.

These planting days are held ahead of the national Conservation Week as this is the best time to plant native trees to ensure they will grow.

Over the twenty-three years of the joint programme, there have been around 115 Hawke’s Bay school groups involved and many hundreds of students.

Hawke’s Bay farmers must act to protect their profitability


Leaching limits a challenge for farm profitability

Hawke’s Bay farmers must act to protect their profitability in the face of strict new nutrient leaching rules, says Jay Sorensen, Logan Stone’s newest director.

New water management rules – under the Tukituki River Catchment Plan Change 6 – will impose stringent nitrate leaching limits on land owners.

Maintaining and improving profitability while meeting these regulations will be a challenge for many farmers, Mr Sorensen says, who specialises in sustainable nutrient management.

Farmers have until May 2018 to complete environment management plans, that include averages derived from nutrient budgets prepared after 1 June 2013. Decisions farmers make today could therefore pose problems for compliance in the future, he says.

“Farmers need to start thinking this through and putting plans in place.  Do they know what their current leaching levels are? Could any changes to on-farm systems or land use change this? How can they mitigate nutrient loss? They may need to alter their systems or invest in on-farm improvements. This can all affect the value of their land and business.

“Nutrient management is becoming increasingly critical for farmers – for their pockets as well as the planet.  Smart nutrient management will help farmers get the most out of their land while limiting their environmental impact.”

He sees huge advantages for farmers who can gain an understanding of property, values, farming systems and environmental issues.

“They’re able to see how various changes will affect the whole of their operation and make the best decisions for their business long-term.”

A Hawke’s Bay local, Mr Sorensen (28) joined Logan Stone in 2008 and has fast become one of the region’s leading primary sector valuers.  He was named the NZ Young Property Professional of the Year at the Property Institute of New Zealand conference this month.

He joins Frank Spencer and Boyd Gross as directors of Logan Stone, a national property specialist firm established almost 30 years ago.

Hawke’s Bay grower, John Bostock is sponsoring the New Zealand Edible Garden Show


Bostock to sponsor the NZ Edible garden show

New Zealand’s largest edible gardening show has been given a huge boost with the announcement of a new naming sponsor.

Local Hawke’s Bay grower, John Bostock is getting in behind the Bostock New Zealand Edible garden show and aims to grow the event.

"The Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show fits well with our company values and philosophy. We grow healthy, superior tasting produce and have a proud history of sustainable production.

"We are all about, clean and pure, working together as a community to protect our land for future generations and this is what this show promotes.

"We need to support events in Hawke’s Bay which bring the community together and educate the wider public about growing healthy fruit and vegetables.," said Mr Bostock.

Bigger crowds are expected this year with over 8000 people expected through the gates at Waikoko Gardens at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds on September 12 and 13.

Hawke’s Bay A&P Society Business Development Manager, Hillary Riches says she welcomes the new partnership with Bostock New Zealand because without the support of key sponsors the event couldn’t take place.

"Bostock New Zealand’s support allows the wider brand of Hawke’s Bay to shine. It’s an obvious partnership because Bostock New Zealand has a proud history of sustainable growing practices in Hawke’s Bay."

Bostock New Zealand grows, packs and markets high quality squash, onions, grain and organic apples and employs up to 500 staff in the peak of the season.

Mr Bostock is very supportive of gardening and is trying to encourage more people in the community to grow their own produce.

Bostock New Zealand is working to achieve this through supporting the Flaxmere community gardens, which were requested by the community after a series of violent events, as a way to come together and get to know each other.

"The garden has been successful and provided an improved spirit within the community. It shows how gardening can bring families together and improve our social issues. Families participate on a variety of levels, including learning how to grow and care for plants, the sharing of ideas along with the fruits of their labour, and how to give back to their community," said Mr Bostock.

On top of this community initiative Bostock New Zealand has also recently built the Bostock Organic Kitchen, where its staff can eat subsidised healthy organic food.

"We are a country that has major issues with poor diet, obesity and sugar, but we can help that by giving people lessons and opportunities to learn new, exciting and interesting ways to eat healthily," says Mr Bostock.

The Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show is a free event which will appeal to everyone from seasoned gardeners to complete novices, enthusiastic cooks, lifestylers, families, youth and anyone who wants to embrace a healthier way of living.

It encapsulates four key elements including food, gardening, animals and landscaping. There will be a range of great entertainment as well as educational opportunities with workshops, presentations, competitions and the opportunity to mix and mingle with experts within these fields.

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