February 15, 2021
Alan Pollard, Chief Executive, New Zealand Apples & Pears I had the privilege of attending the recent HBFA awards night. Congratulations to all involved in putting the event together and for . . .
February 14, 2021
Thinking about what lies ahead in 2021 for HBFA and the Hawke’s Bay fruit growing community, one thing that I am certain of is that there will be change. John . . .
John Wilton This year, the Royal Gala group, the first of our main varieties will commence harvest around the second week in the month. As far as we can estimate . . .
Jens Liesebach, KGI Lower North Island Representative Several regions have been impacted by hail this season, causing significant damage to crops. The Motueka region severely affected in December with kiwifruit, . . .
Dr Kathleen Kozyniak Principal Scientist Air Hawke’s Bay Regional Council The past two months haven’t quite gone to the La Niña plan. January rainfall was below normal, roughly 57% of . . .
Richard Mills, Summerfruit NZ Market Support Last month I commented on the warm and dry conditions, in which case nothing has changed on that front apart from being hot and dry. We . . .
As we head into harvest, labour is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Hawke’s Bay is receiving 85% of the 2,000 RSE’s coming into New Zealand, but this number also . . .
December 15, 2020
Alan Pollard, Chief Executive, New Zealand Apples & Pears Not surprisingly, a large focus for NZAPI remains on seasonal labour. Since my last note, matters have moved at pace. The government . . .
Reflecting on 2020, harvest and lock-down now seems a long time ago with so much taking place in the months since. A national election, on-going border closures and a shrinking . . .