Danger looming on the horizon
Feb10

Danger looming on the horizon

By Melinda Collins   The nature of a competitive global market dictates that expecting a better result from doing what you’ve always done is a sure fire path to failure. Yet, according to a report by accounting business KPMG, our agriculture industry is in peril of doing exactly that. The KPMG Agribusiness Agenda report says New Zealand agriculture has as little as five years before large-scale intensive farming in South America,...

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Arguing ETS
Jan09

Arguing ETS

By Bridget Gourlay Global warming is a scientific theory that has only became widely accepted in the last decade. Whether or not it’s man-made is still being debated by some, but the United Nations, the heads of state of most countries and all major New Zealand political parties other than ACT, believe it is and want to stop its potentially detrimental effects. The thorny issue of how to tackle it is what’s coming under...

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The Flow On Effect

The Central Plains water scheme is on the way By Bridget Gourlay A multi-million dollar project irrigating the central Canterbury plains from the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers is well on the way to being put in place, 130 years after it was originally proposed. The irrigation scheme was first floated in 1883 but it wasn’t until 2000 that a feasibility study was funded by the Selwyn District Council and the Christchurch City Council....

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Branka Simunovich
Jan09

Branka Simunovich

A Pressing Concern By Melinda Collins Entrepreneur is a term applied to the person willing to take upon him or herself a new venture and accept full responsibility for the outcome. Entrepreneurship is difficult and many new ventures are strangled to a standstill before they really ever get off the ground. Then again, if the path to success was an easy stroll, we’d all be on the bandwagon. But that’s not the case, is it....

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Beehave or Beehive
Jan09

Beehave or Beehive

By Bridget Gourlay Chemically ridden streams, dirty rivers and poisoned fish are threatening New Zealand’s clean and green image and the finger is being pointed squarely at the dairy industry. The Green Party and other environmental groups are urging the government to start regulating dairy farmers after a report released in March revealed that 15 percent do not comply with the voluntary targets to minimise dairy farming’s effect on...

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Food Hubs
Jan09

Food Hubs

By Melinda Collins Is a pinch of talent, a dash of government funding and a dollop of Kiwi ingenuity the recipe to improve New Zealand’s innovation performance? Seems it is. New Zealand has been failing abysmally in the innovation stakes during the past decade. But for our food and beverage companies, it has not been for lack of trying, Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) sector manager agri-business Blair Cottam says. “CDC has...

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