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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


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

Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year 2012

Winning Farm Field Day – Thursday 3 May 2012  9:30am start

Mangatarata Station, 415 Mangatarata Road, Waipukurau.  Travel east out of Waipukurau on Mount Herbert Road for 2km, turn right onto Mangatarata Road.  Rapid no.415 – will be sign posted.

April 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm


Morice Ltd are sponsers of the Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year 2012

November 14, 2011 at 10:34 am


Richard Moore returned yesterday from a four month jaunt around Europe & the UK.  He is in fine form & ready to get back to work.  Great to have you home Widgy.

November 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Insurance Valuations

After the recent events in Christchurch and increasing insurance premiums, we have been asked to provide a number of insurance valuations for commercial/industrial buildings and dwellings or homesteads with character at the higher end of replacement value. This involves the prepartion of insurance certificates by registered valuers that includes reinstatement, depreciated replacement value and demolition estimates. The benefit of underatking this exercise is to get clear identification of the insurance values of a building, and protection of the insured in order to effectively reinstate the building. Also in times of increased premiums, it ensures that buildings are not over-insured. Should you be concerned about the insurance cover of your prime buildings please contact us by clicking on the tab at the top of this page.

July 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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