19 October 2021
New Zealand is moving to living with Covid. For some, that is an uncomfortable and preoccupying thought, from many perspectives.
12 October 2021
Winter pruning at Clyde Orchards. Featured in The Orchardist, October 2021.
5 October 2021
This was the week when we hoped Auckland would drop to Alert Level 2 and perhaps the rest of the country, to Alert Level 1. However, this was not to be with borders still in place around Auckland.
28 September 2021
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has confirmed that quarantine free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme workers from some Pacific countries will start on 4 October 2021.
21 September 2021
With the news that Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 tonight at 11.
14 September 2021
The past few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for the industry. Lockdown has created obvious challenges, both short term and more long term.
7 September 2021
Kia ora koutou
Among the media coverage about the lockdown and our industry, there has also been some coverage about the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.
31 August 2021
For me, the past seven days have been spent working across the horticulture sector and with Government, to ensure that vegetable and fruit growing can continue with as little disruption as possible.
24 August 2021
New Zealanders, the Pacific and the rest of the world need fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables, even more when their health is at risk. That is what we are constantly reminding the Government of.
17 August 2021
The world is still being ravaged by Covid and the new Delta variant is very virulent. Like all good business people, growers need to have contingency plans and at least one, well-thought-out Plan B.