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My Daily Digest: April 12, 2021

Collaboration reaps great rewards At the recent New Zealander of the Year awards, Shannon Te Huia was named local hero. He’s spent six years working to improve the water quality in the Pūniu River, near Te Awamutu. The project has obviously been a great success and Te Huia puts it down to being a community-led initiative.

He went to school with many of the farmers in the catchment, so working together for this common goal was made easier with these relationships already built.

It’s an iwi-led project, but it’s apparent that the entire community and the decision-makers that govern it have bought into it too.

Many of the success stories we see involving environmental progress come about through small communities working together.

Hopefully it’s a model that can spread – catchment by catchment.


Bryan Gibson


Saving the awa

Six years ago, Shannon Te Huia created Pūniu River Care (PRC) aimed at restoring the water quality of the river after years of degradation.


NZ Shears makes welcome return

King Country wool handler Rahera Kerr tasted some early success at the NZ Shears in Te Kuiti last week, winning the junior wool handling title.



Milling wheat shake-up has industry on edge

Significant adjustments to the trading dynamics in the milling wheat industry have farmers and the sector nervous as they await the detail of the change.


Synlait’s chief executive resigns

Leon Clement will step down as chief executive of Synlait Milk at the end of April, the company said in a statement.


PULSE: Lamb carcases on the move

A strengthening Chinese economy and ongoing pork supply issues from African swine fever outbreaks have changed Chinese buying patterns over the past months. One notable change is a strong interest in frozen lamb carcases, purchased for further processing.


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