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Dairy product prices edge higher, butter continues its climb

Dairy product prices rose at the Global Dairy Trade auction, gaining for the first time in three auctions, with butter outpacing the other commodities amid strong consumer appetite for natural, full-fat products. The GDT price index rose 0.2 per cent from the previous auction two weeks ago to US$3,387. Some 26,688 tonnes of product was sold, down from 28,574 tonnes at the previous auction. Whole milk powder advanced 0.3 per cent to US$3,114 a tonne, and butter rose 3.4 per cent to ... more

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Skills shortage reaching crisis levels in the service industry

There’s a skill shortage looming in the service industry that’s going to affect all New Zealanders, across all regions, and visitors to our country. “Without scaremongering, there’s a very real crisis around the corner. It puts our successful service sectors at risk, and unless things change soon, New Zealand will be worse for it,” says Dean Minchington, Chief Executive Officer for ServiceIQ, Industry Training Organisation for the tourism, hospitality, ... more

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Fonterra: Independent Selection Panel members confirmed for Farmer Director elections

Fonterra has confirmed the three members of its Independent Selection Panel for the 2017 Fonterra Farmer Director elections. The Panel members are: Dame Alison Paterson, DNZM (Independent Panel Chair); John Spencer, CNZM (Board Appointee); and Tony Carter (Shareholders’ Council Appointee). The Independent Selection Panel provides the Co-operative’s Board and Shareholders’ Council with independent opinion and assessment of Farmer Director candidates who go through ... more

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The FoodBowl - making a difference for NZ

New Zealand Food Innovation Auckland, known as The FoodBowl, is more essential than ever in fostering innovative ideas into commercial success as the country’s food and beverage sector advances toward value-added, premium, prepared food. New Zealand’s Food Innovation Network is a national network of science and technology resources, funded largely by Callaghan Innovation, and is supporting the growth of the food and beverage sector and promoting innovative food science. The ... more

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Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 rated as ‘outstanding’ by prestigious wine magazine, Decanter

Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016, produced by Māori food and drinks company Kono, has been rated as ‘outstanding’ and given 96 points out of 100, in the August edition of specialist wine magazine Decanter. Decanter’s panel of experts blind-tasted, and then rated, over 80 New Zealand sauvignon blancs. Only two other wines were rated as ‘outstanding’, which puts Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 in the top five ... more

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Auckland woman says strategy key to world trip prize win

One Auckland woman beat 200 competitors to win a World trip for two as part of a 4km treasure hunt competition in the central city last week. More than 200 determined treasure hunters armed with passports and clues completed the hunt around central Auckland, the brisk winter weather no deterrent for those seeking the grand prize, return flights for two anywhere in the world. Te Atatu South’s Avantika Gupta and her husband Sherwin Tian says they employed a particular strategy ... more

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Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017 announced

Congratulations to Annabel Bulk from Felton Road who has become the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017. She will be the first female contestant through to the National Final since 2011 and only the fourth ever female to compete in the finals. Bulk has placed 2nd or 3rd the last couple of years so was thrilled all her hard work has paid off and she finally took out the title. Congratulations also goes to Ben Holt from Carrick Estate who came second and Derek ... more

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Feriza’s set to bring Ottoman opulence to the Auckland waterfront

Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is welcoming exciting new restaurant Feriza’s to the neighbourhood this July. The venue will bring a splash of Ottoman opulence to the waterfront, with an emphasis on shared dining, and modern twists on dishes the Ottoman region is famous for. The restaurant is a gift from restauranteur, Alex Isik, to his elder sister Feriza. Feriza helped her brother achieve his goal of travelling to New Zealand from Turkey, enabling him to forge a life for ... more

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Fonterra announces new General Manager, Māori Strategy - Tiaki Hunia

Fonterra today announced the appointment of Tiaki Hunia to the role of General Manager, Māori Strategy/Pouhere Māori. As Pouhere Māori, Tiaki will play a vital role in continuing to progress our strategic Māori commitments and strengthen Fonterra’s bicultural capability. He will work across the business, to lead, build and implement our vision of a strong partnership with Māori, growing prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities together. ... more

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Innovation vital to success of horticulture

Innovation will be key to the on-going success of the horticulture industry, says Dr Bruce Campbell, recipient of the 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award. Dr Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, was recognised with the Award at this week’s Horticulture New Zealand conference, where he issued a challenge for the industry to continue building science and innovation into their strategies to meet the demands of the future. “Science ... more

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