Some Otago farmers could be left with "unbankable" irrigation schemes as the Government recommends an overhaul of the Otago Regional Council's planning processes.
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Hunters are concerned venison meat from deer killed in an area due to be bombarded with 1080 pellets today will be poisoned and dangerous to consume.
The wild weather of the middle of the week has raised the level of most rivers but disastrously, and with a relatively settled few days forecast most should be fishable this weekend.
Organisers are expecting increased entries - and visitors to match - at the West Otago A&P Show on Saturday.
Wool exporter Wools of New Zealand marked its first full year as a commercialised company this week, hosting its end of year shareholder meeting in a traditional wool stronghold - Southland's Mt Peel.
A total of 1336 farms changed hands for the year to October 2019, down more than 9% on 2018 figures, according to latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ).
As farmers anxiously await the outcome of the Government's Essential Freshwater plan, Ashburton farmer David Clark has outlined the significant losses it could have on his arable farm operation.
About $7.2 million was turned over in five hours of selling at a live wool auction held at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch this week.
The rain has fallen on and off over the last week and as many catchments are saturated, it only takes a little rain to raise river levels.
Outspoken NZ First Minister Shane Jones has called farmer protesters on Parliament's lawn "rednecks" and responded to their booing with a waiata.
A Central Otago health professional hopes her upcoming research will help address some of the inequities faced in the rural health sector. Pam Jones talks to Sarah Walker about a national...
About 63% of North Island commercial poultry farms and 79% of South Island farms have been tested for a poultry virus found at Mainland Poultry in Otago - and no other sites have tested positive.
When Patearoa Romney breeder Janine Smith exhibits eight rams at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch this week, she is hoping for a repeat performance.
''Give us a fair go'' is the message farmers will be asking for when they descend upon Wellington's Civic Square tomorrow afternoon.
The pressures of the modern world are taking their toll on the mental state of the country’s young people. Alice Scott talks to a young rural lad who has been through it and come out the other side.
Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker welcomed last week's announcement of more 4G services in Southland and Otago.
I have been out on the water three times in the last week. On two of those occasions it was pleasantly warm and on the other cold and wet. This tells us that if we go fishing, we need to be...