Pea weevil found in March, documents show

Documents show that four months passed before detection of pea weevil in Wairarapa was translated into a growing ban. PHOTO/FILE By Emily Norman [email protected] One month has passed since news of the pea weevil crisis in Wairarapa broke to the public. But... read more
Former Otorohanga mayor Dale Williams told the Economic Development Conference at Carterton there is no lack of jobs if communities audit themselves properly.

Lack of jobs a ‘rural myth’

By Geoff Vause [email protected] A stocktake of any community will show there are more jobs than people to fill them, and the Wairarapa is no different, according to former Otorohanga mayor Dale Williams. Mr Williams had amazing success reducing unemployment when... read more
Signs alerting those entering Wairarapa to the pea weevil threat. Photo/supplied

‘Patient’ farmers await weevil plan

By Seamus Boyer [email protected] Slow but steady progress is being made on a plan to help Wairarapa farmers dealing with the pea weevil threat. Last month the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) announced a two-year, region-wide ban on pea crops after populations of... read more
Ruta Fou, the first female farm manager in Samoa, and Elvis Tuaia learning farm fencing techniques at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN

Students driving Samoan farming at Taratahi

By Emily Norman [email protected] Before attending Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Ruta Fou, the first female farm manager in Samoa, didn’t know how to drive. Now, after just three weeks at the training centre, she can drive tractors and quad bikes,... read more
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