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NZ Immigration under review

18-May-2021 06:41:25 Share this:


News of a review of New Zealand’s immigration policy has some in the primary sector a little nervous.


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Topics: Rural, New Zealand, Rural market, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, Lifestyle and rural property, Immigration

Waiting for the cows to come home

17-May-2021 12:21:24 Share this:


There’s many a weary farmer out there wishing their cows could get themselves from the paddock to the milking shed.


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Topics: Rural, New Zealand, Rural market, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, Lifestyle and rural property

2020 ends on a positive note

12-Feb-2021 12:30:00 Share this:



REINZ data released in January 2021 show that 1,462 farms were sold in the year to December 2020, 15.6% more than were sold in the year to December 2019, with 26.2% more Dairy farms, 9.6% less Grazing farms, 32.0% more Finishing farms and 23.8% less Arable farms sold over the same period.


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Topics: New Zealand, REINZ, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, climate, Lifestyle and rural property, farm

Livestock numbers under the microscope

12-Feb-2021 12:00:00 Share this:



The recently released Climate Change Commission Report highlighted that under current government policies, New Zealand will not achieve the Government’s target of being Zero Carbon by 2050.


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Topics: New Zealand, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, climate, Lifestyle and rural property, livestock

New Zealand wine industry goes from strength to strength

31-Aug-2020 10:17:17 Share this:

The burgeoning wine industry in New Zealand attracts a lot of interest, with many people acquiring property either for serious production purposes or a combination of production and lifestyle.


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Topics: Rural, Lifestyle, New Zealand, Rural market, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, Lifestyle and rural property

To auction or not auction, that is the question

31-Aug-2020 10:16:56 Share this:

Why go to auction? As one Hawke’s Bay vendor recently discovered, going to auction was exactly what was required to get the result they were looking for, and quickly.


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Topics: Rural, Lifestyle, New Zealand, Auction, Rural market, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, Lifestyle and rural property, hawkes bay

Go beyond the farm gate to move up the value chain

06-Dec-2019 06:00:00 Share this:

Farmers receive a relatively small percentage of the consumer dollar paid for their products and are always on the lookout for ways to increase their margins.

An obvious way to achieve this is by increasing the size of the operation. Economies of scale are present in most types of farming, but higher total production does not always lead to greater margins. And for smaller producers who are producing a premium product, this may not be an option or even desirable.


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Topics: Advice, Lifestyle and rural property

Rural lending tightening despite record low interest rates

29-Aug-2019 07:00:00 Share this:

Interest rates are at an all-time low but access to funding for rural property is becoming more difficult. The Reserve Bank’s proposal to increase capital requirements will reduce the banks’ ability to lend, at least until their reserves are built up, and could increase the cost of capital as the banks move to protect their margins.


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Topics: Rural, Rural market, Lifestyle and rural property