Top Agribusiness Talents Shine – Zanda McDonald Award Shortlist Unveiled

Australasia’s agricultural badge of honour, The Zanda McDonald Award, has revealed their shortlist of ten young professionals from Australia and New Zealand for the 2024 Award. The coveted award recognises future leaders working in agriculture and provides an impressive prize package centred around tailored mentoring and education. Next year marks the awards’ 10th anniversary of […]

Nursery looks to recover from cyclone with new business model

A Hawke’s Bay nursery which flooded during Cyclone Gabrielle is growing poplars for the first time – to help with future erosion control. Plant Hawke’s Bay which specialises in native plants had three metres of water smash through its Waiohiki nursery in February. Following the cyclone, hundreds of volunteers including RSE workers from nearby orchards […]

CHB farmer among finalists for Beef + Lamb Awards

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has the announced finalists in the 2023 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards, and Central Hawke’s Bay farmer Mike Petersen has been named one of the finalists for the Alliance Significant Contribution Award. B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor said the judging team had a difficult task given the calibre […]

CHB farmer named as Arable Awards finalist

CHB farmer Hugh Ritchie grows just about everything – barley, oats, wheat, process carrots, beans, peas sweetcorn, squash, with livestock as well. With a total of 2050 hectares in production. He does it very well … good enough to be named Arable Farmer of the Year for 2023 by his peers. Hugh is a determined […]

Wool front and center for farming couple

In 2019 an enterprising rural couple, Hayden and Anastasia Tristram, traded their careers to have “a crack” at sheep and beef farming in Wanstead, Central Hawke’s Bay. The couple were both medics in the NZ Army and have been together for nearly 10 years. They welcomed their first child Ariella in August 2022. After leaving […]

Steak lovers rejoice! First Light Steak Club opens NZ waitlist

Following the success of its United States-based Steak Club, multiple award-winning New Zealand grass-fed meat producer, First Light, is opening a New Zealand arm, and taking registrations of interest now. The Steak Club curates monthly deliveries of only the very highest marble score Wagyu beef, along with exclusive content, cooking techniques and recipes available via […]

Taratahi hosts Agricultural career weeks

The long wait has ended for training to recommence at the Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre south of Masterton.  Career weeks are being offered for people to experience life on the land at Taratahi, and decide whether they want to learn more about working in the agricultural sector.  The career weeks are free, including meals and […]

Horse of the Year in Hastings turning into shopping splurge spot

The Land Rover Horse of the Year Show in Hastings is set to crack a few records in 2020. To be held on March 10-15, it will be the 22nd since it returned to Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay Tomoana, becoming the home of an extravaganza which with more than 1800 horses is now the biggest equestrian […]

Off like a Rockit: A Hawke’s Bay apple’s success story

New Zealand’s tiny Rockit apples are proving a real hit with both consumers and growers. No one expected the apple to be so popular, according to the chief executive of the Hawke’s Bay-based company that grows and sells Rockits, Austin Mortimer. “It’s blown away everybody’s expectations, which is terrific.” Rockit is the only miniature apple […]

Combining Study with Work

Fumiaki Omae, widely known as Fumi, always had a passion for the great outdoors and dreamed of travelling and exploring the world. He grew up in a city close to Osaka in Japan and worked there as a retail manager. One day he had enough of it all and decided to hit the road with […]

Waipukurau woman launches placenta business to meet global demand

People around the world are going that extra mile for silky, smooth skin, paying top dollar for placenta products in a $2 billion global market. One beauty secret even the gurus won’t know is that New Zealand’s had the local market cornered for two decades. The Project spoke to Agri-Labs Co-Products’ owner and Waipukurau’s very […]