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Lifestyle blocks a threat to fertile land in New Zealand - report

In urban centres, natural land cover is usually reduced to less than 2 percent, and most centres have been developed on the most fertile land.

06:24
The boss of Dairy NZ says the dairy industry wants to find the sweet spot between the environmental outcomes, social impact and maintaining profitable farms in a global sense.

With 70% herd growth over 23 years, NZ dairy industry has wreaked havoc - Greenpeace

The latest state of the environment report says 94% of the river lengths in urban areas are not swimmable, nor are 82% of rural river lengths.

03:38
Middlemarch’s Singles’ Ball was originally set up because there weren’t enough eligible females.

Visit the South Island town with too many women

Middlemarch’s Singles’ Ball was originally set up because there weren’t enough eligible females.

Ratepayers get bill for animal waste despite small dairy industry

Local authorities and the Transport Agency are responsible for covering the cost - not industry.

04:32
Whena Owen investigates the impact on rural communities of the Government’s plans to plant a billion trees.

Shane Jones rejects notion Billion Trees Programme is stripping farming community of land

Concerns have been raised converting sheep and beef farms to pine forests may have environmental and social impacts.

01:28
However, worries about the UK's stalling Brexit plans are adding a sour note.

Kiwi winemakers calling this year's harvest the best they've seen

However, worries about the UK's stalling Brexit plans are adding a sour note.

'It was getting pretty dry' - Otago farmers call for drought declaration

Last month was the second hottest March since records began and Balclutha had less than 30% of its usual rainfall for the month.

Avocado price tags have doubled since February, as breakfast staples soar in cost

Avocado prices usually don't peak until June, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Runaway kunekune pigs find new home with good Samaritan Taranaki teen

The council pound put the kunekune up in a specially created Pig Palace in January while it tried to locate their owners.

Aussie PM says activists who 'harass' farmers could face year in jail, under proposed new law

Vegan protesters on Monday launched a cross-border campaign targeting a busy Melbourne street.

02:33
Private landowners were not included for an exemption in the proposed new legislation.

Farmers 'will feel duped' by 'illogical' gun ban bill unless changes are made, group warns

Farmers need an exemption to the military style semi-automatic weapons ban so they can control pests, a Federated Farmers official said.

A dairy cow on a farm (file picture).

More than 90,000 cows have been culled to eradicate M. bovis from New Zealand - MPI

The government agency says they hope to eliminate the disease totally by the end of the year.

A cool water stream is coming out from the water tap in the summer field.

Government announces $18.5m cash infusion to Northland to create 'more reliable water supply'

The investment could boost horticulture earnings by up to $150m per year and create up to 1150 jobs.

01:09
NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc’s Nikki Johnson says it is related to the unemployment rate being so low.

Labour shortage declared in Bay of Plenty, with kiwifruit industry short 3800 workers

Declaring a labour shortage enables visitor visa holders to work in the regions.

New Zealand dairy cows.

Hundreds of New Zealand and Australian cows reportedly die after export to Sri Lanka

The deaths have reportedly led to significant mental anguish for Sri Lankan farmers, with some suicidal.

01:55
Agrecovery’s mobile truck gives farmers an alternative to burning or burying their rubbish.

Rural recycling programme shredding tonnes of unwanted farm plastic receives funding boost

Agrecovery shreds and re-purposes unwanted and hard to dispose of chemicals and containers from rural areas.

00:50
The automated robot can pick one apple per second off specially grown trees.

Robotic apple picker takes over Hawke's Bay fruit harvest in world first

The automated robot can pick an apple every second off specially grown trees.

Ben took photos of some of the cattle that he saw on the ferry.

Ministry for Primary Industries investigates 'emaciated' cattle on ferry

Photos have emerged of cows appearing emaciated, in full sun, with their ribs protruding.

Milk (file picture).

A2 Milk raises glass to new China executive

Li Xiao will begin his role as a2's chief executive of Greater China next month.

A 7,62X39mm round sits next a a 30 round magazine and an AK-47 with a bump stock installed.

Federated Farmers says semi-automatic gun ban 'will not be popular', but is needed

"The surrender or destruction of firearms that don't meet the new controls will be disappointing to many farmers, and others. But a clampdown is the responsible path to take."

01:57
The fire remains fresh in the mind of many locals.

Farmer buys own fire engine to fight any future Port Hills blaze

Together locals are learning how to run the truck and man the hose.

Miles Hurrell of Fonterra

Miles Hurrell gets permanent Fonterra role - with a $1.95m base salary

Mr Hurrell was made interim CEO after Theo Spierings stepped down last year.

It's not quite as simple as it seems.

NZ's leading food service company vows to sell only cage-free eggs by 2024

Animal rights group SAFE says the move is a "massive victory for hens".

01:33
James Shaw was asked on TVNZ1’s Q+A if he would be open to using it, if it were to help with lowering carbon emissions.

Government to be 'led by the science' on genetic modification - Climate Minister

James Shaw was asked if he would support GM if it were to reduce methane emissions in livestock.

01:30
The Opposition says it’s crunched the numbers and farmers would be in for a hammering if such a tax is implemented.

A capital gains tax would be a 'raid on regional New Zealand', National Party tells farmers

In Otago today, farmers met with National's agriculture spokesperson Nathan Guy who warned a suite of new taxes could be on the way.

North Canterbury woman makes history with Young Farmer of the Year contest

Georgie Lindsay, 23, is one of only four woman nationally to ever qualify for the Grand Final.

A tractor on a farm.

Gore company fined $239k after failing to fix tractor that later ran over farm worker

The victim was left with fractured vertebra, fractures to her arm and injuries to both legs.

Second Queensland fruit fly found on Auckland's North Shore

An area of Northcote has been placed under a Controlled Area Notice.

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