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.

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April 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

Proposed Ruataniwha Dam Update

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) has extended its financial closure date from 31 March to 30 June 2015.  The target for HBRIC is around 40,000,000m³ of water in order to obtain institutional investment in the scheme.  An HBRIC report advised current levels of farmer uptake is approximately 9,620,000m³ of water with further contracts written but yet to be signed.  More urgently HBRIC requires $3.3 million in funding to keep the project going, of which $2 million is required urgently for geotechnical work to be undertaken at the dam site.  The project has faced delays through an ongoing legal challenge to its consents and a related environmental plan change for the Tukituki catchment.  There is an expectation that once resource consent issues are finalised, famer uptake will increase significantly.

March 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Gruinard Station – Sold at Auction

Gruinard Station marketed by Doug Smith of PGG Wrightson Ltd sold at auction on Thursday 30 October 2014.  Gruinard comprises 601 hectares located on Mackenzie Road, approximately 22km southeast of Havelock North and adjoining the Tukituki River.  Gruinard is a very well presented farm in the central valley of predominantly improved pastures including chicory and plantain.  This is complimented with a balance of medium to steep contoured hill country with a further 30 hectares able to be irrigated by K-line.  The property comprises some 21 hectares of mixed age forestry plantations.  Building improvements include a well maintained, modernised four bedroom colonial homestead set in attractive grounds with fenced tennis court and swimming pool, a three bedroom cottage, six-stand woolshed, workshop, good quality sheep and cattle yards and three hay barns.

Bidding was strong between a neighbour and near neighbour with eventually the near neighbour purchasing the property under the hammer for $6.4M.  This is considered a very good sale.

November 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Napier Hill – Old Hospital Site

Todd Property Group have lodged their resource consent application with Napier City Council for the next stage of the redevelopment of the former hospital site on Napier Hill. The application is to build 11 stand- alone homes, 21 townhouses and two apartment buildings. Each apartment building would contain 18 apartments and one café. They would replace the existing two hospital towers. The application is likely to go to a formal hearing.

October 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Supermarket Expansions Planned

Foodstuffs have lodged a resource consent application for a replacement Pak’nSave at their existing site in Tamatea Napier. If resource consent is granted building is due to start in mid 2015. The current store will remain open and be demolished once the new store is trading.

In Hastings the Countdown Supermarket at Queen Street West sold in February 2014 for $7.1m. The adjacent site owned by the Hastings RSA is under contract, reportedly for around $3.3m, and is planned to be redeveloped to provide an expanded Countdown Store across both sites. The RSA club is planning to amalgamate with the Heretaunga Club.

In Havelock North, Countdown is still actively looking for a supermarket site, with a site identified on Havelock Road but this is already raising objections from neighbouring owners.

October 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management Seminar – Understanding Future Opportunities and Challenges for Farmers – Hastings 13 August 2014

A quality seminar was held in August for members, presented by NZIPIM.  Seminar presenters included;  Barry Johnson (Ministry for the Environment), Helen Codlin (HBRC), Rob Brazendale (DairyNZ), Erica Van Reenen (Beef and Lamb), Hugh Ritchie (HB Farmer of the Year), Greg Hart (Sustainable Farming), Duncan McLeod (HBRIC, Water Storage Scheme), Tony Rhodes(Rural Professional), Bruce Wills (Federated Farmers, Past President)

Topics covered related to the regulatory environment within the Hawke’s Bay Region, possible land use opportunities and challenges in the future.

One of the most pressing developments in recent times is the current Hawke’s Bay Regional Resource Management Plan – Tukituki Plan Change 6 which gives weight to the 2014 National Policy Statement for Fresh Water Management and provides a framework for the HBRC to implement the Tukituki Water Strategy. The Board of Enquiry decision (currently appealed to the High Court) incorporates LUC (Land Use Capability) based leaching rates and DIN (Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen) limits for the management of Nitrogen, restricting the N loss on farm and on a catchment basis.  Farms in the Tukituki catchment shall be required to provide a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) for properties over 4ha under intensive land use, showing expected nutrient loss and details of mitigation systems for Phosphate and Nitrogen. This FEMP to be reviewed 3 yearly incorporating LUC based on a 4 year rolling average.  Stock exclusion dates restrict stock access to water ways, implemented from 2017.

Reports were provided on the proposed water storage scheme within Central Hawke’s Bay with an over view of developments and challenges for this project.

Sector presentations were focused on productivity, profitability and farming within regulatory restrictions, with emphasis on optimising farming systems to mitigate environmental effects utilising a whole systems approach.

Rural Professionals were encouraged to be engaged throughout the rural sectors to support and enable sound decision making processes.

September 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Napier Rating Revaluation 2014

The revised rating assessments for Napier City are nearing completion. The date of revaluation is 1 September 2014 and the new valuations are due to be sent out to owners in mid-November and will be used for rating from 1 July 2015. The Council have employed QV to undertake the mass-appraisal approach to establish the new values. Once the assessments are received by owners, if you disagree with the figure, you have a right to object and can contact QV directly for a form. Any queries then give Morice a call and we can assist where necessary.

September 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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