Foreign Threats
Jan09

Foreign Threats

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...

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Jumping The Green Belt
Jan09

Jumping The Green Belt

By Bridget Gourlay Townies: Suits who wouldn’t know one end of a cow from another, but are happy to complain about water issues while getting rich off the taxes from dairy exports. Farmers: Country bumpkins who would call a place like Timaru ‘The Big Smoke’ and constantly whinge about conditions while getting all kinds of subsidies from the Government. There’s all kinds of stereotypes to make about rural and urban New Zealanders, but...

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Foreign Property

By Melinda Collins Foreign investment deals in agriculture are nothing new. In colonial times European countries established plantation economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America to export food. Today Persian Gulf states are working out land deals in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe while India has set up agricultural projects in Brazil and South Korea recently tried to purchase almost half the island of Madagascar. “If food was ever...

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Pressing Concerns
Jan09

Pressing Concerns

By Bridget Gourlay Not so long ago, a typical Kiwi family on a typical weekend drive had two lunch options; pies and a cuppa at a roadside diner, or something deep fried with a brew at a pub. How times have changed. In the last decade or so, the rise of the café culture has seen New Zealanders turn to fine fare and vino at vineyards dotted around the countryside — and nobody’s looking back. While there have been a few vineyards about...

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Travel Without Borders

By Bridget Gourlay Last year, on my way through Europe, I got up early in the morning in Budapest and hopped on a train. In the following nine hours, I travelled out of Hungary, through Austria and exited in Munich. Nobody asked to see my passport. Occasionally I had to present my papers and ticket to the inspector, but they only really cared if I was accidentally sitting in first class (Hungarian isn’t my forte — and Eastern European...

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Cultivating Innovation
Jan09

Cultivating Innovation

By Corazon Miller Right in the heart of the Waikato’s green pastures, sits the ultimate launch pad for New Zealand’s cutting edge agricultural innovation – The Mystery Creek Events Centre. For four days each June the centre becomes an exhibition, competition and social networking site all rolled into one exciting package. New Zealand’s National Agricultural Fieldays has, in its near half-a-century long history, become the “largest...

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