Local Country Life

Kuriger’s climate warning

National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger has warned of dire consequences if the food and fibre industry cannot get a fair and workable solution in the climate space. She has tagged the government-primary sector partnership He…

When governance is tested

Recently, as many of you know, the Waikato Regional Council took the very difficult decision to replace our chair. Not one councillor would have found this an easy decision to take and indeed there were…

Council chair stands firm

Regional council leader Russ Rimmington is still at the helm despite a demand from eight of his councillors to stand down. The next couple of weeks will determine the future of the veteran politician, a…

Orchard feeling blue  

It was a wild and windy day in  Cambridge last Sunday, as the remnants of tropical Cyclone Dovi hit the North Island. In total, the MetService issued 17 severe weather warnings, while many parts of…

The future of local government

The government has change on its mind and is rolling out a major shake-up of public services, writes Waikato Regjonal councillor Andrew Macpherson. Local government, resource management, three waters, health, education, and other sectors, all…

A hive of activity 

Maria and Celso Baldo are a prime example of migrants making good in New Zealand. They’re the founders of Waipā’s Marcel and Sons Honey. Selling multiflora honey is their thing, but they also rear and sell queen bee cell or mated queen bees and offer…

Farming is in their blood

Ben Carpenter jokes he did everything he could to stay away from farming. So how come he, wife Renee and their three children live on their own Te Kawa Road dairy farm on the Waipā-Ōtorohanga…