- Created on Friday, 30 January 2015 10:13
Hastings District Council have today approved an extension to the road closure of Heretaunga Street East allowing the Hastings City Growers Market to extend its opening hours to midday every Saturday morning.
The new operational hours will be a slightly later start time of 8am and finishing at 12 noon.
The extension will mean an increase in the number of vendors able to sell their produce.
To date many potential local growers found the opening hours of 7am until 10.30am too limited - the new longer, and more community-friendly opening hours was essential for it to be a viable and profitable option for them.
The Growers market launched in November and was modelled on the successful Whangarei Growers Market that has seen a huge increase in CBD foot traffic and retail spend in the town.
The Hastings Growers Market is already seeing 'regulars' each week, who really enjoy the community vibe - shopping for local, fresh produce direct from the grower and then having a sit down with other locals with some fresh coffee or breakfast in the café style seating, whilst being entertained by talented buskers.
Following the hearing, Susan McDade said "The extension to the road closure is a really positive move for Hastings CBD and we are delighted that we can now increase the number and diversity of vendors, as well as the market now being so much more accessible to the local community".
The new opening hours until midday will operate from this Saturday 31st January.
A great opportunity for the local community looking for healthy, fresh, local produce whilst being able to chat to the growers and producers about how and where it was grown.
- Created on Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:03
Eleven rural schools have been selected as the lucky winners of $2000 gardening grants. The popular grants are a joint Rural Women New Zealand / Farmlands venture, aimed at helping schools develop vegetable gardens and orchards.
"This is the fourth year we've given out the gardening grants with funds from the Farmlands Ladies Nights," says Rural Women New Zealand national president, Wendy McGowan.
"It's a great way to help schools teach children how easy it is to grow food and what makes a healthy diet. In past years the gardening grants have been used by schools to build tunnel houses, composting systems, buy seeds, plants, fruit trees and gardening equipment."
This year 52 North Island schools and 38 South Island schools applied for the grants.
"The entries were colourful and enthusiastic, and in some cases included videos created by the children showing what they hoped to achieve in their gardens."
The lucky winners are:
Otamarakau School, Bay of Plenty
Paparoa Primary School, Northland
Te Horo School, Kapiti
Wharepapa South School, Waikato
Norfolk School, Taranaki
Patoka School, Hawke's Bay
Lauriston School, Mid Canterbury
Seddon School, Marlborough
Clutha Valley Primary School, Otago
Lake Brunner School, West Coast
Waianiwa School, Southland
The cheques will be presented to the schools at the beginning of the new term.
The schools will also receive fertiliser from Agrisea NZ Ltd and a copy of 'A Good Harvest - recipes from the gardens of Rural Women New Zealand' so the children can put all their produce to good use.
Farmlands' chief executive, Brent Esler, says the company is proud to continue its support of Rural Women New Zealand and the rural school garden grants.
"As a rural co-operative it just makes sense for us to support schools that make up the hubs of the rural communities we service."
- Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:12
Yesterday Hawke's Bay winegrowers took advantage of the opportunity to showcase some of the region's finest syrahs to 20 leading international trade and media representatives.
Hawke's Bay Winegrowers hosted the event at the Masonic in Napier and guests were treated to a "great white long lunch" featuring chardonnay and local seafoods followed by a formal tasting of 'bold blends' before a grand tasting dubbed "Icons of Hawke's Bay".
Many of the visitors commented that it had exceeded their expectations and opened their palates to the fact that Hawke's Bay is a very real source when it comes to syrah.
Hawkes Bay Winegrowers say the feedback from the event had been amazing and they had managed to secure some good future contacts.
The visitors will now travel down south to attend the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration.
- Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 09:33
Data released yesterday by the Real Estate Institute of NZ ("REINZ") shows there were 68 fewer farm sales (-12.3%) for the three months ended December 2014 than for the three months ended December 2013. Overall, there were 486 farm sales in the three months to end of December 2014, compared to 374 farm sales for the three months ended November 2014 (+30.0%) and 554 farm sales for the three months to the end of December 2013. 1,849 farms were sold in the year to December 2014, 5.9% more than were sold in the year to December 2013.
The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to December 2014 was $28,781 compared to $24,163 recorded for three months ended December 2013 (+19.1%). The median price per hectare fell 3.5% compared to November.
The REINZ All Farm Price Index fell 0.9% in the three months to December compared to the three months to November, moving from 3,278.1 to 3,249.8. Compared to December 2013 the REINZ All Farm Price Index fell by 0.2%. The REINZ All Farm Price Index adjusts for differences in farm size, location and farming type, unlike the median price per hectare, which does not adjust for these factors.
Five regions recorded increases in sales volume for the three months ended December 2014 compared to the three months ended December 2013. Nelson recorded the largest increase in sales (+15 sales), followed by Auckland (+8 sales). Compared to the three months ended November 2014, 11 regions recorded an increase in sales.
"Sales activity during the 3 month period ending December 2014 reflects the resilience of the rural market with volumes and prices indicating a strong degree of confidence amongst the ranks of vendors, purchasers and financiers in the medium to longer term future of the pastoral industry", says REINZ Rural Spokesman Brian Peacocke.
"Taking into account the reduction in the dairy payout for the current season, of particular note has been the strength of the dairy market in the Waikato region."
• Strong first farm buyer activity in Northland;
• A very strong run of dairy farm sales in the Waikato where confidence in the industry has resulted in record prices paid for specific quality properties in very good locations;
• An active market for dairy and dairy support units in the Rotorua / Taupo district;
• Reasonable activity and solid prices for sheep and beef properties in Hawkes Bay – predominantly local purchasers;
• A fully firm market in the Manawatu / Wanganui region with good sales volumes for finishing and grazing units, albeit mainly smaller properties involved;
• Reports of a surprisingly strong market in Canterbury, particularly in the grazing category of properties;
• Sluggish conditions in Otago with low levels of listings; and
• A good steady market across the board with values holding well in Southland.
Grazing properties accounted for the largest number of sales with 45.1% share of all sales over the three months to December 2014, Horticulture properties accounted for 11.1%, Finishing properties accounted for 13.4% and Dairy properties accounted for 19.5% of all sales. These four property types accounted for 89.1% of all sales during the three months ended December 2014.
For the three months ended December 2014 the median sales price per hectare for dairy farms was $41,227 (95 properties), compared to $36,825 for the three months ended November 2014 (55 properties), and $38,267 (121 properties) for the three months ended December 2013. The median dairy farm size for the three months ended December 2014 was 113 hectares.
Included in sales for the month of November were 49 dairy farms at a median sale value of $43,884 per hectare. The median farm size was 114 hectares with a range of 17 hectares in Taranaki to 455 hectares in Waikato. The median production per hectare across all dairy farms sold in December 2014 was 987 kgs of milk solids.
The REINZ Dairy Farm Price Index fell by 3.2% in the three months to December compared to the three months to November, from 2,229.4 to 2,157.6. Compared to December 2013, the REINZ Dairy Farm Price Index rose by 11.0%. The REINZ Dairy Farm Price Index adjusts for differences in farm size and location compared to the median price per hectare, which does not adjust for these factors.
For the three months ended December 2014 the median sale price per hectare for finishing farms was $24,043 (65 properties), compared to $26,545 for the three months ended November 2014 (57 properties), and $21,289 (111 properties) for the three months ended December 2013. The median finishing farm size for the three months ended December 2014 was 51 hectares.
For the three months ended December 2014 the median sales price per hectare for grazing farms was $16,167 (219 properties) compared to $14,811 for the three months ended November 2014 (155 properties), and $16,308 (237 properties) for the three months ended December 2013. The median grazing farm size for the three months ended December 2014 was 64 hectares.
For the three months ended December 2014 the median sales price per hectare for horticulture farms was $202,308 (54 properties) compared to $186,615 (61 properties) for the three months ended November 2014, and $141,134 (36 properties) for the three months ended December 2013. The median horticulture farm size for the three months ended December 2014 was six hectares.
The lifestyle property market saw a 4.9% lift (+82 sales) in sales volume in the three months to December 2014 compared to December 2013. 1,769 sales were recorded in the three months to December 2014 compared to 1,687 sales in the three months to December 2013. 137 more sales were recorded compared to the three months to November 2014 (+8.4%). For the 12 months to December 2014 there were 6,419 unconditional sales of lifestyle properties, a decrease of 2.6% (-172 sales) over the 12 months to December 2013.
Eight regions recorded an increase in sales compared to December 2013 while five recorded decreases in sales. Compared to November 2014, eight regions recorded an increase in sales with three regions recording decreases.
The national median price for lifestyle blocks rose by $5,000 (+1.0%) from $520,000 for the three months to December 2013 to $525,000 for the three months to December 2014. The median price for lifestyle blocks in Auckland rose by $140,500 (+17.2%) from $817,500 for the three months to December 2013 to $958,000 for the three months to December 2014, a new record median price for the region. Over the same time period, the median price fell by 3.82% in Waikato to $490,500, and by 2.52% in Canterbury to $580,000. Compared to November 2014, the national median sales price rose by $10,000.
The median number of days to sell for lifestyle properties improved by 12 days, from 72 days for the three months to the end of November to 60 days for the three months to the end of December. Compared to the three months ended December 2013 the median number of days to sell eased by one day from 59 days to 60 days. Taranaki recorded the shortest number of days to sell in December 2014 at 36 days, followed by Gisborne at 41 days and Southland at 44 days. West Coast recorded the longest number of days to sell at 259 days, followed by Northland at 99 days, with Nelson at 97 days.
Commenting on the lifestyle property market Brian Peacocke said, "Continuing low inflation, reductions both in fuel prices and interest rates are beneficial factors influencing the lifestyle market."
• Very strong activity within all categories and record sales for December in the lifestyle areas on the southern fringe of Auckland City;
• A buoyant market in the Waikato with purchasers from the north having a distinct influence;
• Good healthy activity in the Bay of Plenty where northern purchasers are also making their presence felt;
• A slower to steady market in the lower North Island;
• healthy sales activity in the Nelson / Marlborough region;
• Good levels of confidence being displayed in Canterbury with sales activity reflecting that confidence;
• Steady to medium activity in the Otago / Southland regions
- Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 09:00
The World sheep shearing record attempt by Te Kuiti shearer Stacey Te Huia was abandoned yesterday with the target of 721 having slipped out of reach by lunchtime.
But it's far from the end of the road for the 36-year-old Te Kuiti gun, who heads back to his Australian base to start preparing for a merino record next month near Dubbo.
After five and a half hours of the nine-hour day, Te Huia was 13 down on the pace set by Hawke's Bay shearer Rodney Sutton when he set the record eight years ago.
Te Huia shore 155 in the opening two hours, and 140 and 132 in the next two runs of 1hr 45mins each to reach 427, which compared with Sutton's 158, 140 and 142 for a total of 440 at the same stage.
Discussions entering the lunch break at Te Hape Station, east of Benneydale, led to the decision to pull-out, and which was announced by co-judge Paul Harris..
Te Huia, whol holds two other World shearing records and was making his second attempt at the solo nine-hour tally, has been training for eight months.
Neil Fagan, one of the support crew, said: "It takes a special man to break this record - it takes a special man to try it."
Still looking fit and fresh, but mildly emotional, the disappointed Te Huia told about100 helpers and spectators: "Thanks to everyone who's helped over the year. We had a go, but it didn't work out. We'll just move on with the next one."
- Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:00
A proposal by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to take an extra $2.9 million a year from the wine industry has been met with disbelief.
New Zealand Winegrowers say the proposal was unjustifiable as the country's wineries already paid more than $200 million to the Government each year.
They say their payments have already increased by more than 60% over the past decade and the Government should be looking at growing the industry rather than imposing more costs.
The proposal is part of a wider review of the fees the ministry charges to primary industries as part of biosecurity and food safety systems.
Hawke's Bay Winegrowers say their sector is one of the few which gets punished by the Government with an annual indexed tax on its products.
They said it seemed both counterproductive and counterintuitive to introduce new taxes on an industry which is growing strongly at a time when other key exports are struggling.
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