Eating Fruit and Vegetables vital for health and longevity


New research out shows approximately 1 in 3 kiwis do not eat enough fruit and vegetables in their diet.

The health benefits associated with the consumption of fruit and vegetables are endless and are proven to protect against the big killers in New Zealand society – heart attack, stroke and certain types of cancer.

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Napier Port’s Influence Grows | Press Release: Port Of Napier Ltd


“Napier Port is Now the North Island’s Second Largest Export Port by Volume (Tonnage) And New Zealand’s Fourth Largest Container Terminal,” Says Napier Port’s Chief Executive, Garth Cowie.“That will come as a surprise to many people, including locals. We’re probably an unrecognized jewel. Our growth has been based on a superior service model provided by all the port staff, not only the Port Company but also stevedores, marshalling companies, MPI and Customs, all working together, and we intend to become even stronger and more widely recognised.”

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Expert argues for high-end food hub | Hawke’s Bay Today


Hawke’s Bay’s distance from its export customers as well as its high cost of labour and land should not be treated as a barrier to becoming a world leader in food production.

Massey University’s Professor of Post Harvest Technology Julian Heyes said there were ways around those obstacles and one of them was the co-location of horticultural processing businesses, supporting a plan for a new food processing and distribution hub in Hastings.

Mr Heyes was one of six experts Elwood Road Holdings called to support its plan-change hearing at the Hastings District Council, which will resume tomorrow.

The company wanted the status of its 16ha site at Tomoana changed from plains to industrial, to allow it to build the food hub next to Heinz-Wattie’s.

Mr Heyes, who fronted the hearings committee last week, said the Bay’s food producers couldn’t compete on price but could move ahead by focusing on the quality of food, post-harvest activity and capitalising on the area’s clean, green environmental image.

“We are not going to get ahead by increasing our yield or by increasing the area [for growing crops]. What we can achieve is developing IP [intellectual property] rich products, high-value products that consumers want to buy.


Irrigation plan: Pump in $230m a year | Hawke’s Bay Today


An irrigation scheme unlocking high-value agriculture on the Ruataniwha Plains could increase regional income by $230 million a year and translate into 2250 extra jobs, not to mention the flow-on environmental and social benefits.

The construction costs of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Project, its distribution network and on-farm investments, were expected to total about $600 million, generating an additional 4500 “job years” of work spread over a number of years and an additional $210 million of household income.

Farming production as a result of the reservoir would almost entirely be for export, increasing shipping through the Port of Napier.

This would increase its revenue and profits back to its owners, the ratepayers of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

An additional 8000 containers of export cargo per year and possibly 1000 containers of inward cargo was expected.

The project would increase Hawke’s Bay’s regional GDP by 4 per cent and employment by 3.6 per cent across all sectors that benefit from the growth of farming and processing.