• While dairy prices may be at an all-time high, spare a thought for Kaipara dairy farmers who are struggling with drought conditions worse than this time last year.  Some Kaipara dairy farmers are conceding that the season is already over.  They are drying off cows and are now faced with the high cost of palm kernel feed.
  • A Southland sheep and beef farmer is receiving international attention for the innovative “Two Hands” double bale grab he engineered and patented in an effort to shift bales more efficiently around his farm.  Paul Anderson now has manufacturing facilities in both the North and South Island producing the bale grabs, which can carry up to 4 bales at a time.  Paul is in the process of gaining an international patent, and is receiving enquiries from Australia and the United States.  http://2hands.co.nz/
  • On 22nd February, the 112th Helensville A&P Show was officially opened by the Rt Hon John Key.  The show featured a First World War theme to commemorate the centenary of the start of the conflict which ran from 1914 to 1918.  The show also set new standards of being a zero-waste event – funded in part by Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund – as well as aiming to be smoke-free.
  • Last year the North West Business Association was formed to represent the area running from Riverhead to Kaukapakapa.  The Association is proposing the introduction of a North West Business Improvement District (BID), to be determined by ballot in March, in a drive to boost economic development in the region.  Several information evenings have been held to allow business people to find out more about the project which will allow for the provision of funds and strategic planning in the district.  All business owners and commercial building owners in the targeted areas are eligible to vote in the ballot.  For more information go to http://www.northwestbusiness.co.nz/bid-campaign.