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Welcome Cameron Walker

CDW Cameron has recently joined us after completing his Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey University at the end of 2016. Cameron grew up in the Manawatu and has gained practical experience in the sheep and beef industry from several years of part time work on various farming businesses.

Cameron is committed to becoming a valuable member of the team – aiming to become registered within three years.  He is also continuing study at Massey University for a Master of AgriCommerce.

April 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

Variable Order Sharemilker or Farm Manager Position – Taranaki

After 10 very successful years the sharemilkers at Faull Farms, Tikorangi, Taranaki have decided to retire 31 May 2017.

The award winning Faull Farms are looking for a high calibre, leading edge, high achieving farm management focussed variable order sharemilker or farm manager with drive, energy, initiative and vision to take Faull Farms into the next stage of expansion and development.

The owners of Faull Farms are committed to the dairy industry and have developed a high profile state of the art operation over the past 15 years.

Faull Farms have the largest single unit dairy investment operation in Taranaki and will continue to invest in technology, management systems and property to maintain its state of the art positioning and also to continue to develop a sustainable and successful dairy operation.

The successful candidate will need to display the same commitment, enthusiasm and vision as Faull Farms.

The candidate must be a self-starter and possess:

  • Energy, drive and a very positive ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Have experience in large herd management and intensive farming systems including excellent supplementary feed management skills.
  • Have experience with and knowledge of agricultural computer and farm measurement systems.
  • Have strong large herd management skills.
  • Experience in pasture management and growth monitoring.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Strong verbal, written and personal communication skills.
  • Strong cropping and pasture development experience.
  • A strong commitment to sustainable environmental dairy farming practices.
  • The ability to work in and lead a team environment with consultant and owner input.

This is a long term appointment of at least 5-7 years and will include incentives based on Key Performance Indicators.

The farm retains consultants from Intelact and will retain operational consultants so the farm has very positive and strong management leadership.

The Auckland based Directors of Faull Farms (Gavin M Faull and Oliver R Faull) are directly involved in the day to day management and the successful candidate must be able to communicate regularly with the management and administrative support team in Auckland.

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of dairy farming development in New Zealand and take Faull Farms to its next level of development and expansion.

A full fact sheet on the farm detailing size, cow numbers, production statistics etc. is available by contacting the General Manager and Director Mr Oliver Faull based in Auckland on oliverfaull@swiss-belhotel.com or mobile +64 21 08114178 landline 09 5246023

Prospective candidates should file a two page memorandum setting out their personal credentials as to why they believe they are the best person(s) for the position.

A short list of candidates will be interviewed in November 2016.

Applications with full details including references, other supporting documentation and the two page memorandum must be submitted as soon as possible.

November 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year 2015

Trish and Craig Sinclair of Kohurau, Glenross Road, Waiwhare were announced the winners of the Silver Fern Farms 2015 Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year at the Napier Ports Primary Industry Awards dinner held 1 April 2015.  The business includes a 718ha Sheep and Beef unit on Glenross Road with a further property on River Road.  “A stand out for the judges was the Sinclair’s achievements with high sheep and cattle performance in their challenging environment, farming 650 to 720 metres above sea level.”  A field day is to be held on farm, 23 April 2015.

Winners of other categories included Justine Kidd who won the Hastings District Council Leadership Award recognising innovation in the local industry. The Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to agriculture went to New Zealand Federated Farmers immediate past president Bruce Wills, the Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year went to Simon and Josie Beamish from Awapai Station and third-year university student Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke’s Bay A&P Scholarship.

April 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

Waimarama Beachfront Property

A new level has been set for Waimarama beachfront properties with the sale of a 2333m2 beachfront property in March 2013 for $4.2M.  Renovations had occurred to the dwelling since its previous sale in January 2012 for $2.2M.  It will be interesting to see how this sale affects neighbouring beachfront allotments in the Waimarama area.

October 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Plan Change 6

Duncan Holden has invited the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to the Onga Golf Club on Tuesday 23rd July to discuss Plan Change 6 and the effects that this may have.

They are being represented by Ian Milner, Warwick Hesketh, Nathan Heath and also Helen Codlin and Ian Maxwell.

There are issues and I believe this a great opportunity to hear from the Council and also ask questions on how this may affect us all.

The agenda is as follows

1:00pm – Meeting of deer farmers as “deer fencing” off water ways is a big issue.

3.30pm – Meeting for all farmers.

You are most welcome to attend both meetings.

July 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

Earthquake Prone Buildings

Of the 67 Territorial Authorities (TA’s), only 24 have made a start on the seismic evaluation of local buildings.

The Ministry of Building Innovation & Employment are currently looking at policy and management of the process because it is considered that the current outcomes from TA’s are too variable:

–       with different time frames for strengthening work – up to 50 years in one case

–       some are inactive

–       have different approaches with respect to heritage buildings

–       not delivering a satisfactory level of risk management

There will be adjustments to the process coming from the Ministry

Objectives will be to:

–       balance life and safety considerations against economic, heritage and other

–       have policies that are effectively implemented and consistent across New Zealand

Meanwhile TA’s still proceed with the process of IEP (Initial Evaluation Process) where structural engineers assess the local building stock that is older than 1976 and greater than one storey, to establish if these buildings are classified as “earthquake prone” i.e. less than 34% strength of NBS (New Building Standard)

March 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

George Macmillan

GeorgeWhile we have farewelled Richard, we now welcome George Macmillan to our team. 

George is a registered Valuer and full member of the Property Institute of New Zealand. George possesses a strong background in the property industry and has worked on a diverse range of valuation and property assignments in the pastoral, horticulture, viticulture and lifestyle sectors. In addition to Valuation, George has experience in Asset Management of large property portfolios.  We are looking forward to George being part of the Morice team, and providing valuation/property services to our new and existing clients.

January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

Judges see the good from these trees

Mt McNeil at Rissington is a classic example of how a hill country farm should be farmed.

 That was the message from one of the judges of the Hawke’s Bay’s Farm Forester of the Year, Garth Eyles, when he described John and Sue Upton’s property.

 The Upton’s hosted 60 people on a field day last Saturday (1 December 2012) to view the 785ha property.

 The farm has 166ha of radiata pine forestry, almost 10ha of protected wetlands, 37ha of special purpose timber species and ornamentals, and a 5ha QEII National Trust bush covenant on a Kanuka forest.

 The Uptons, who are absentee owners and live in Wellington, contract out their tree management.  “We are totally reliant on other people to do all the hard work and extremely grateful for the input we have had,” Mr Upton said.

 Mark Morice manages the radiata blocks while Kevin Thomsen manages the ornamental and special purpose plantings.  The pastoral land is leased to the Absolom family whose bull and ram breeding business in now part of Focus Genetics.

 Mr Upton credited friends and former Dannevirke farmers Tony and Bibby Plummer for encouraging them to start planting.  First, the radiata blocks were planted, and then in 2000 they began planting ornamentals and special purpose woodlots, and now have 196 different species of trees planted on the farm.

December 6, 2012 at 8:03 am

GRANT BRUNTON

With great pleasure we announce Grant Brunton has joined our rural valuation team.  Grant has recently been studying at Massey University, completing a Bachelor of Agri Commerce, majoring in rural valuation.  Grant comes from a dairy farming and share milking background.  Arriving from Taranaki 2 ½ years ago, Grant and family have made Havelock North home and are enjoying the climate change that the Hawke’s Bay offers.  Grant has a dry stock and dairy support property in Taranaki and has links to a dairy farm situated in Stratford.  We are looking forward to Grant establishing himself at Morice Ltd, and providing valuation/property services to our new and existing clients.

November 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

“Growing trend of occupiers vacating earthquake prone buildings”

APN New Zealand announced on 31 July 2012 that the newspapers office which publishes local paper Hawkes Bay Today is to relocate from its existing premises in Karamu Road North, Hastings. The existing building which is stated as being in excess of the 34 per cent seismic performance score is not regarded as safe enough for the newspapers staff. They will move in March 2013 to 301 Heretaunga Street East, even though their existing lease does not expire until 2015. This building is undergoing refurbishment and will meet 100% of the current building code.
The move follows close on the heels of the NZ Post move from their building on the corner of Hastings and Dickens Street in Napier for similar reasons. NZ Post are now located in a building that is 100% compliant to the current building code, which is at Napier Central in Wellesley Road, adjacent to occupiers No 1 Shoe Warehouse and Bond & Bond. They have taken a two year lease while strengthening works are undertaken on their Hastings Street office.
This trend of occupiers deciding to vacate high seismic risk properties is likely to grow. Tremains have also decided to vacate their Taradale office on Puketapu Road for this reason. This building will be demolished and Tremains will re-occupy part of the new property.”

August 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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