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New kiwi nesting season off to a flying start

The start of the 2020/2021 kiwi nesting season has been good for one of the most prolific kiwi conservation initiatives in the country. The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s Maungataniwha Kiwi Programme in inland Hawke’s Bay collected eight eggs in the first two weeks of September, five of which were viable. A third egg-lift is scheduled […]

Roland’s Wood trust on the hunt for new Board members

Chairperson and project manager needed to build on Roland’s vision The charitable trust responsible for the governance and upkeep of Roland’s Wood, a popular Kerikeri walking and recreation area, is looking for volunteers to fill two positions on its Board. The Friends of Roland’s Wood Charitable Trust manages eight hectares of land on Inlet Road […]

Kerikeri Retirement Village to ease Level Two lock-down

DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF OFFICIAL ADVICE CHANGES OR IS UPDATED Kerikeri Retirement Village will ease restrictions on visitor access to its Care Facility from 6am on Tuesday 25 August, chief executive Hilary Sumpter said today. Each of its 66 Care Facility residents will be allowed two nominated visitors. Either of these visitors (but not […]

COVID brings no let-up in demand for retirement accommodation

Aged-care in Northland “on the verge of being overwhelmed” Older New Zealanders looking for long-term accommodation and middle-aged children eager to find facilities for their parents are driving high demand for retirement accommodation in the wider Bay of Islands area. But one of only a few aged-care providers in the District is sounding the alarm […]

Paihia waterfront set for multi-million dollar facelift

Far North Holdings is set to implement parts of a long-shelved plan to develop the waterfront at Paihia in the Bay of Islands. It has received $8m from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to build breakwaters that will protect waterfront infrastructure, including the town’s wharf and main road, and utility services such as sewage and […]

COVID-19: Northport operational update #8

The New Zealand government announced today that all current COVID-19-related rules and restrictions on businesses and services will be lifted when the country moves to Public Health Alert Level One at midnight tonight. Northport will observe rigorously, and expects all companies operating at the Northport facility to follow, the ‘golden rules’ of Level One: all […]

Lock-down to be lifted at Kerikeri Retirement Village at Level One

Kerikeri Retirement Village will emerge from lock-down completely when New Zealand moves to Public Health Alert Level One. All restrictions on visitor access to the Village’s Care Facility and public areas will be removed. The Village will observe “rigorously” the ‘golden rules’ of Level One outlined this week by the Prime Minister. All staff will […]

Gwen brings Village ‘100 Club’ record to seven

When Gwen Webb turned 100 last Friday (15 May) she smashed the record for the number of centenarians living in the Care Facility at Kerikeri Retirement Village. There are now six, with a grand total of 607 years between them. A seventh centenarian, 103-year old Nell Graveson, still lives independently in her cottage at the […]

COVID-19: Village to allow restricted access at Level 2

Details subject to change if official advice regarding COVID-19 aged care changes or is updated. Kerikeri Retirement Village will ease COVID-19 aged care restrictions on visitor access to its Care Facility when New Zealand moves to Public Health Alert Level Two, chief executive Hilary Sumpter said today.  Each of the 66 Care Facility residents will […]

COVID-19: Northport operational update #7

The Port Facility Health and Safety Committee (comprising Northport Ltd staff and representatives of the port services companies operating at Northport) met last week to discuss site-wide conditions for Public Health Alert Level Two. It was decided that the basic principles of physical distancing and enhanced hygiene and sanitisation that have been adopted at Northport […]

COVID-19: Northport operational update #6

Northport has been operating along strict Public Health Alert Level Three operational guidelines since 11.59pm on Monday this week. Contactless procedures have been implemented and full contact-tracing is in place. Companies that stopped operations at Northport at Alert Level Four have resumed their activity here. People working for these companies have joined those who were […]

COVID-19: Northport operational update #5

Northport has issued further Covid-19 Protocols.  These cover return to work for those companies who ceased operations at Alert Level 4 and protocols for all operations at the Facility at Alert Level 3. Northport Facility Covid 19 Protocols Rev 0 – April 2020

COVID-19: Northport operational update #4

Northport Ltd welcomes and supports the decision announced by the government to return to Public Health Alert Level Three at midnight on Monday next week. We are expecting an increase in imports and exports through Northport at Level Three. However, it is unclear at this stage what products these will be, or the volumes involved. […]

Northland tōtara study proves local demand

JSC Timbers of Riverhead has placed the first commercial order for farm tōtara timber harvested and milled as part of a two-year totara study to test the practicality and commercial viability of a new industry based on regenerating farm-tōtara from private land in Northland. The company placed an order with the Tōtara Industry Pilot (TIP) […]

COVID-19: Northport operational update #3

Northport continues to work with authorities, shipping companies, stevedoring and other port service providers to identify and prioritise freight deemed as essential. These include kiwifruit exports, cement for essential infrastructure construction projects, animal feed, fertilisers for agriculture and horticulture, and liquid CO2 used in the food and drink industry and to support Northland’s dairy plants […]

COVID-19: Northport operational update #2

As we enter Public Health Alert Level 4 this evening we’d like to take this opportunity to outline how Northport plans to operate over the next four weeks, and potentially beyond. Of course, the situation remains fluid and largely uncertain, so we will provide updates if and when any developments result in changes to what […]

COVID-19: Kerikeri Retirement Village initiates lock-down

It is with a heavy heart that we must advise that Kerikeri Retirement Village implemented its full Isolation Plan (lockdown) from 3pm today (Monday 23 March 2020). Here are the basic details: KERIKERI RETIREMENT VILLAGE – ISOLATION (LOCKDOWN) PLAN There will be no visitors to the Care Facility, and external activities will be curtailed, as […]

COVID-19: Northport operational update #1

New Zealand has today escalated its Public Health Alert Level from Level 2 to Level 3, with a pending escalation on Wednesday this week to Level 4. Ports are classed as essential services under the NZ Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. Northport will undertake whatever trade requirements the NZ Government imposes or allows. Additionally […]

COVID-19: Marsden Maritime Holdings trading update

Marsden Maritime Holdings (NZX:MMH) recently reported its earnings for the interim six-month reporting period ending 31 December 2019. Results for the first six months of the financial year were an improvement of 20% over the same period last year. However, given the current market conditions being disrupted by the COVID-19 virus and uncertainty regarding its […]

Opua land sale to help fund economic development near Kaikohe

Far North Holdings has sold most of its land holding on Kellet Street in Opua to a residential developer. The land is consented for low-density, high-quality residential development. No further details of the buyer are available at this stage. The company is restricted by contract from publicising this information. The company will not reveal the […]

Marsden Maritime Holdings – interim profit announcement

Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has recorded a Net Surplus of $5.3 million for the interim six-month reporting period ending 31 December 2019, an improvement of 20.0% ($0.9m) over the same period last year. Earnings from the joint venture interest in Northport Ltd for the first six months increased by 9.7% ($0.4m) to $4.8 million. […]

Northport statement: transport structure investment

Northport Ltd welcomes announcements by the government that significant investment is to be made in road and rail links in Northland. Efficient transport links are vital for the entire region to realise its full economic potential and we will support any development that seeks to achieve this. We are delighted that a national discussion is […]

Northport upgrades container-handling capability

Northport Ltd has purchased its second harbour mobile crane to support a growing need for container-handling trade and to provide increased resilience for dedicated container vessels using the port.  The company has also acquired a $250,000 crane simulator from CM Labs and two new Kalmar terminal tractors to move containers to and from shipside. The […]

Snappy discovery leads to award for fossil-hunter

Leading Hawke’s Bay conservationist Pete Shaw has been recognised by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand for his work on fossils in the Maungataniwha Native Forest. He has been awarded the Harold Wellman Prize for the discovery of important fossil material in New Zealand, including the largest mosasaur tooth on record here. Pete Shaw is a […]

Ballance unveils Whangarei distribution hub

Leading farm nutrient supplier Ballance Agri-Nutrients has acquired a site in Whangarei to establish its new bagging and distribution centre. The premises at 223 Kioreroa Road are used currently as a round-the-clock transport hub for a logistics company but will be converted over the next two years into a fully-enclosed, fully-ventilated facility to service Northland’s […]

Kiwi eggs rolling in despite late start

The 2019/2020 kiwi egg-lifting season is approaching its mid-way mark and a leading Hawkes Bay kiwi conservation initiative is reporting good numbers of eggs despite a slow start. The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, which runs the Maungataniwha Kiwi Programme, says the season is shaping up to be an unusually long one, with kiwi eggs likely […]

SailGP set to return to NZ for training ahead of Season 2

SailGP will return to New Zealand’s Northland region for testing and training ahead of its second season of racing next year. Six F50 catamarans were raced in the successful inaugural season this year and organisers will test the event’s seventh boat in Whangarei Harbour between now and the end of January, using Northport in Marsden Point […]

29 retirement villages in Kerikeri – but just for a day

Kerikeri will be more blessed than usual on the retirement village front next week when representatives of 29 organisations from across New Zealand descend on the town for an Independent Villages Forum hosted by the Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand. The event on Wednesday 13 November will be hosted by the Kerikeri Retirement Village. […]

Update: Paihia and Opua marine infrastructure projects

Far North Holdings has provided the following updates on its wharf projects in Paihia and Opua: Paihia Wharf Work on the $4.698m Paihia Wharf upgrade project, contracted to United Civil, is now expected to be complete in late January. We expect the four new pontoons on the new South-East extension to be operational by Christmas, […]

First plan published of proposed Ngawha business park

Far North Holdings has had “significant interest” in its plan for a business park near Kaikohe. The company has published for the first time a plan of the proposed Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park indicating progress in discussions with organisations involved in glasshouse horticulture, renewable carbon products, native timber drying, housing trades training and construction, […]

Report “progressive” and “solutions-based”: land owner

MARSDEN POINT, Northland – Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has welcomed the findings in the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy working group’s second interim report published today (3 October), calling them “solutions-based” and “progressive”. Chairman Murray Jagger said much would hinge around the expected practical recommendations from the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy […]

Northport statement: PGF rail investment

Northport Ltd welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, about government’s intention to invest $94.8 million through the Provincial Growth Fund for upgrading the rail line between Swanson and Whangarei. Northport Ltd is of the view that efficient transport links are vital for the entire region to realise its full […]

Minister ‘finishes the job’ on Russell Wharf

Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones today laid the last few licks of paint on railings at Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands, symbolically completing a $1.281m renovation and upgrade of the iconic gateway to the town once known as the Hell-hole of the Pacific. The Provincial Growth Fund contributed $1.114m to this […]

Auckland car question: players urged to look north

MARSDEN POINT, Northland – Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has urged the North Island vehicle industry, Ports of Auckland and Auckland Council to consider using some of the hundreds of hectares of land at Marsden Point in Northland for vehicle imports, to future-proof the upper North Island industry. It wants decision-makers to explore fully the […]

Marsden Maritime Holdings’ growth continues

Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has lifted the Net Surplus for the financial year ended 30 June 2019 by 3.1% ($0.3m) to $9.7 million. The improved result was largely due to a $0.6 million uplift in the valuation of the Company’s investment property. Earnings from the joint venture interest in Northport Ltd was down slightly […]

New website for Northland Tōtara Industry Pilot project

  Project partners running a two-year study into the viability of a Northland totara timber industry have unveiled a website (www.totaraindustry.co.nz) to explain the project and its social, economic and environmental objectives. Tōtara timber from Northland farms is being harvested selectively under a ‘continuous cover forestry’ model and milled as part of a two-year project […]

New crop of kiwi returning to Hawke’s Bay forests

Seven out of every 10 viable kiwi eggs lifted from a Hawke’s Bay forest during the 2018/2019 breeding season have resulted in juvenile birds that are being returned to the forest this year. The eggs were recovered as part of the nation-wide Operation Nest Egg (ONE) initiative, where they’re retrieved from nests, then incubated and […]

Kiwi search brings more birds into the fold

One of the most prolific and successful kiwi conservation programmes in the country has a raft of new birds to add to its work after a successful ‘prospecting’ exercise in May. Ten volunteers identified eight new breeding pairs, two breeding pairs that were already known about and five new male birds that can now be […]

Doors open at new Bay of Islands Airport terminal building

Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones today opened the new $4.75 million Bay of Islands Airport terminal, 356 days after he drove a digger bucket through the old one to mark the start of demolition work. The new airport terminal was the first of six “shovel ready” Far North projects, championed by Council-owned trading […]

Rat numbers set to explode in forests this Spring

Native birds to bear the brunt of multi-species mega-mast Conservationists in the central North Island warn that native bird populations are due to “take an epic hammering” this Spring when predator populations balloon. Staff of the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust have seen a significant increase in rat numbers on their two properties in inland Hawke’s […]

Port Road landmark disappearing from view

Leading farm nutrient supplier Ballance Agri-Nutrients is about four weeks ahead of schedule with the deconstruction of its landmark Port Road plant in Whangarei. Dismantling started in January and is set to be complete by late July. A second stage of demolition will take place once the company has secured its new site in Whangarei. […]

Tech update boosts Kerikeri Retirement Village care

Kerikeri Retirement Village has introduced a single technology system, eCase, to streamline every aspect of its operation, from registering and managing requests for its retirement accommodation through to streamlining patient record-keeping in its care wing. The eCase management system is helping the Village to reduce costs, eliminate the need for paper-based records, and de-duplicate a […]

Refining NZ safety at work results in hot meals for kids

Safety-conscious workers at Refining NZ this week enabled an $18,000 donation to Whangarei charity Food for Life, which delivers 250 hot lunches each week to three low-decile schools in a bid to boost children’s energy levels and academic performance. The donation will enable the charity to extend its programme both within Whangarei and further north […]

Bay of Islands Marina clinches top Asia-Pacific accolade

The Bay of Islands has the best international marina in the Asia-Pacific region according to the Marina Industries Association (MIA), the organisation representing the marina and related service industries in this part of the world. Bay of Islands Marina in Opua won the marina award last night at the association’s 2019/2020 Club Marine Awards on […]

“You’re wonderful”: Village carers learn to sign

Ten staff at Kerikeri Retirement Village learned the basics of this country’s least used official language, New Zealand Sign Language, during the official sign language week marked nationwide in early May. The courses were conducted as part of the Village’s staff wellness and education programmes. One of the benefits is that it will allow carers […]

Marsden Maritime Holdings – Chairman resignation

Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (MMH) today announced the pending retirement from the Board of its Chairman, Sir John Goulter, with effect from the end of the financial year, 30 June 2019. Sir John has been a Director of the Company since 2011 and was elected Chairman in December 2012. Commenting on his time serving on […]

Far North Holdings acquires Opua Industrial Estate

Far North Holdings has acquired the Opua Industrial Estate on State Highway 11, just south of the town. Ownership transferred at the end of February. The move gives the company additional flexibility to accommodate local businesses at every stage of their growth and development. Opua Industrial estate is a logical fit for the company because […]

PGF to fund early work on specialist business park near Kaikohe

The Provincial Growth Fund will pay for preliminary work around the establishment of a Ngawha innovation and enterprise park on State Highway 12 east of Kaikohe. The $890,000 funding will help develop a business case study, site assessment, preparation of applications for a private plan change and resource consents, and initiating discussions with potential occupants, tenants […]

Landowners join 33,000 ha in new North Island kiwi plan

The Department of Conservation has approved a $411,000 plan by a leading Hawke’s Bay conservation trust to release up to 200 kiwi in the 11,400ha Pohokura Forest between 2019 and 2024. The move is an important third step in an ambitious kiwi conservation plan to control predators and establish self-sustaining populations of North Island Brown […]

Marsden Maritime Holdings – Interim Profit Announcement

Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) announces that it has recorded a Net Surplus of $4.444 million (2017 – $5.297 million) for the interim six-month reporting period to 31 December 2018, a reduction on last year, primarily as a result of lower bulk cargo through Northport. Overall cargo throughput at Northport Ltd was down 11.0% to […]

Retirement villages urge Council re-think on District Plan

Representatives from the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) and four Mid North retirement living and aged-care providers have expressed concern to the Far North District Council (FNDC) that the Far North District Plan currently under consideration does not adequately take into account the needs and impact of the growing number of elderly here. The five organisations […]

Northport statement: geotech tests, Marsden Point spur line

Northport Ltd is delighted that the geotechnical tests for the Marsden Point spur line have taken place and we look forward to the results. Efficient transport links are vital for the entire region to realise its full economic potential and we will support wholeheartedly any development that seeks to achieve this. We continue to work […]

Native timber project breathes new life into Northland history

Family politics, a 120-year-old love story and modern-day research to see if native wood can be harvested sustainably for commercial use have converged in an historic church in Northland’s Matauri Bay. The iconic Samuel Marsden Māori Anglican Church building is dedicated to the memory of Reverend Samuel Marsden, whose early missionary success can in part […]

Maintenance dredging at Northport

Maintenance dredging will take place at Northport next week for the first time in 17 years. Work to remove sediment build-up in the ship turning basin near Snake Bank, along Northport’s linear berth and at Refining NZ’s Jetty 1 berth pocket will start on 7 January and continue for most of the month. Northport stressed […]

Update: Russell and Opua marine infrastructure projects

Russell Wharf infrastructure Far North Holdings has appointed Bellingham Marine to undertake the infrastructure upgrades planned for Russell Wharf. Work on the $1.25 million project, paid for with a grant from the Provincial Growth Fund, is expected to start in March next year to fit in with the contractor’s work programme and avoid interfering with […]

Forest indicators warn of a challenging 2019

Drought, fires and difficult days for stock may be at hand if traditional Māori botanical indicators are to be believed. Ti kauka, or cabbage trees, in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay are among several species to be flowering unusually prolifically or early this year, an event understood to forecast a long, hot, […]

SailGP sea trials set for Northland in October

SailGP sea trials will take place from mid-October in Northland. The competitive sailing series’ new-class wingsailed F50 catamarans will be tested here and the region will become the central technical and development hub for the production and delivery of some of the most advanced boats in the world. Designed and constructed by New Zealand’s Core Builders […]

New building will boost Hospice revenue in Northland

A donated goods processing centre and retail outlet being built by Hospice Mid-Northland on its Kerikeri Road site is largely complete and set to open within the next few months. The innovative insulated panel building is one of only three in the District and will help the organisation potentially to earn an extra $100,000 a […]

Trust injects $250k into North Island kiwi conservation

A leading conservation trust has committed $250,000 to reintroducing kiwi to the 11,400ha Pohokura Forest in the central North Island. The Department of Conservation has approved a $411,000 plan by the Trust to release up to 200 kiwi in the a tranche of private land between 2019 and 2024. Reintroduction will be accompanied by extensive predator control work. The […]

New crop of kiwi set to return to Hawke’s Bay forests

Three out of every four viable kiwi eggs lifted from a Hawke’s Bay forest during the 2017/2018 season of Operation Nest Egg have resulted in juvenile birds that will be returned either to the forest or to a captive breeding programme this summer (2018/2019). Of 59 eggs that were taken for incubation from the Forest […]

Decisions reached on Russell Wharf

Most submissions to a public consultation process on a building to replace the existing, non-compliant kiosk on Russell Wharf have favoured redevelopment, with design-option A emerging as the preferred choice. Far North Holdings received 139 submissions as part of its voluntary consultation process involving the Russell community. Of these, 85 (61 percent) indicated that they […]

Minister starts airport terminal construction project

Minister of Regional Economic Development Shane Jones drove a digger bucket through the old Bay of Islands Airport building today to mark the start of construction of a larger and more fit-for-purpose terminal. His demolition effort was watched by members of the construction team, Kipa Munro of Ngāti Rēhia, deputy mayor Tania McInnes, and representatives of […]

Plans submitted for new housing units in Opua

Far North Holdings has filed a resource consent application with the Far North District Council for the ability to develop and sub-divide 17 sites located along Franklin, Baffin and Kellet streets in Opua. An application to Northland Regional Council for earthworks consent has also been filed. The company says no decisions have yet been taken […]

Ministry of Education commissions new Kaitaia office

Far North Holdings (FNHL) has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education to build a new area office in Kaitaia, on the site of the car-park the company owns at the corner of Redan Road and Commerce Street. The Ministry plans to move into the new building in December this year. Aspects of the building’s […]

New Northport shipping link a great opportunity for Northland business

The first containers to be used on a new direct shipping service between Whangarei, Brisbane and Singapore were delivered to Northport today aboard a vessel named, appropriately, Northern Diplomat. The seasonal fortnightly shipping link is being offered to Northland businesses by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a global leader in sea cargo transportation and logistics, and will improve […]

Conservation trust snares specialist support

Well-known Hawke’s Bay conservation specialist Tamsin Ward-Smith has joined Hawke’s Bay-based Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust to assist with expanding the Trust’s kiwi conservation work. Her brief includes overseeing the development of chicks that hatch from eggs collected at the Trust’s property in the Maungataniwha Native Forest, working with the predator-proof sanctuaries where they are raised […]

Statement – FNDC public consultation: Russell Wharf

Far North District Council is consulting with ratepayers across the district about whether to transfer ownership of Russell Wharf from Council to Far North Holdings Ltd (the Council-owned ‘delivery vehicle’ for Council’s commercial activities). The proposed transfer forms part of the Long-Term Plan (2018-2028) on which Council is currently consulting with ratepayers. The question about […]

Far North economic development projects win funding boost from Provincial Growth Fund

Two Far North economic development projects championed by the District Council’s commercial trading and asset management arm, Far North Holdings, are to receive almost $7 million of government funding, primarily from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) launched by the Minister of Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, in Gisborne today. They are: a new interpretive gallery […]

Airport expansion work to begin in April

Bay of Islands Airport owner and operator Far North Holdings says it hopes to start work at the end of April on expansion of the terminal building there. Work to modernise the facility is expected to be complete by May 2019. Passenger numbers have grown by a third since Air New Zealand started flying larger […]

Bumper season for kiwi egg collection

A bumper harvest of kiwi eggs has marked the first half of this year’s kiwi conservation work in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay. Conservationists working for the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust have lifted 32 eggs so far, compared to 46 for the entire season last year, and are reporting viability rates of […]

Unchipped kiwi excite Hawke’s Bay conservators

Kiwi conservation data suggests kiwi are not great travellers Specially-trained kiwi conservation dogs used to sniff out kiwi in the Maungataniwha Native Forest, just south of Te Urewera, are finding a large proportion of unidentified adults, indicating that that intensive and ongoing predator control efforts there are proving effective. 38 adult birds have been found […]

Dawn blessing for next phase of marina expansion

A dawn unveiling ceremony at Bay of Islands Marina in Opua today conferred the blessing of tangata whenua on 149 new marina berths and work which will start soon on the next phase of the marina’s expansion project. Four pou were unveiled, along with a commemorative anchor stone and a touchstone representing local hapū Ngāti […]

“Encouraging” results from Maungataniwha kiwi call count

A kiwi population survey conducted in the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s sanctuary in the Maungataniwha Native Forest has yielded an adjusted male call rate of 2.53 an hour. This is high by Hawke’s Bay standards and compares favourably with rates of 0.5 an hour just across the Waiau River in unmanaged parts of Te Urewera […]

Temporary parking at Opua launch ramp

Far North Holdings is warning that a temporary parking area will replace parking next to the Opua launch ramp between August and mid October 2017, while the main area is resurfaced and marked out. The gravelled surface of the car park will be replaced with a full tar seal as part of the Bay of […]

Job done – Kevin marks turning point for kiwi conservancy

New forest resident secures kiwi conservation for next three decades A very ordinary brown kiwi with an unremarkable name signalled a truly outstanding feat of endangered species conservation last week. Kevin the kiwi became the 200th young adult bird to be released into the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s Maungataniwha Native Forest property in inland Hawke’s Bay, […]

Far North Holdings invests in Hokianga tourism growth

Far North Holdings has entered into a commercial agreement with the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga to redevelop and expand its accommodation. The Far North District Council’s commercial arm is to build 10 high-end units on adjacent land which it will own and lease back to the hotel. Construction is taking place in two phases. […]

Airport expansion delayed

Construction of the proposed new terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport near Kerikeri has been pushed back a year to April 2018 to future-proof the airport against the potential introduction of new security requirements for domestic airports in New Zealand. In light of the possible new requirements, airport owner Far North Holdings has had […]

Consultation to deliver deeper story on refinery proposal

Refining NZ has started the next round of public consultation about its proposal to bring bigger cargoes of crude to Marsden Point. The most visible part of the consultation – The Deeper Story pop-up container – outlining the rationale, and scope of the proposal will be located in and around Whangarei from March 25 with […]

Northport welcomes planned State Highway 1 upgrades

Northport Ltd welcomes and supports the announcement last week by Minister of Transport Simon Bridges about State Highway 1 upgrades. More than twenty kilometres south of Whangarei are to be widened in the largest roading project yet undertaken in Northland. The State Highway 1 upgrades announcement sends a positive message regarding central government’s support for […]

DOC grant boosts Hawke’s Bay predator control work

The Department of Conservation has boosted predator control efforts in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay with an $18,000 grant to the Forest Lifeforce Restoration (FLR) Trust. The Trust runs an extensive predator control operation, described by DOC as “ambitious”, in two sanctuary areas comprising 1,000 hectares of native forest. The sanctuaries have […]

Paint sales frame bigger picture

Opua-based Bay of Islands Marine Painters has been recognised by a leading supplier of anti-foul paint for “unheard of” growth in the use of its product, an indicator of significant growth in the region’s marine services sector. Propspeed, which supplies an anti-foul paint for boat propellers and running gear, says Bay of Islands Marine Painters […]

Dinosaur treasure trove lures doco crew to Maungataniwha

Filming has taken place in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay for a television documentary called Modern Dinosaurs that looks set to take New Zealand into the homes and hearts of people all around the world. Modern Dinosaurs is a six-part series to be broadcast on The Discovery Channel in 2018 and later […]

Funding doubles for Hawke’s Bay kiwi conservation project

A Hawke’s Bay kiwi conservation project has received a massive shot in the arm through a doubling in funding for one of the region’s most prolific and successful conservation initiatives. The Maungataniwha Kiwi Project, run by the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, has been given $20,000 by Kiwis for kiwi to help boost operations still further. The […]

Northland-built boats head off to Aussie, Costa Rica

Two new custom-built deep-water fishing vessels leave Opua this month for delivery to owners in Melbourne and Costa Rica. The NorthCape 34 and NorthCape 40 boats were built by Bluefix Boatworks and mark a significant up-tick in business for the Northland boatyard. Bluefix, owned by Northlanders Brad and Charlotte Rowe, re-located to Opua last year […]

Plans in hand for Bay of Islands airport expansion

Planning is under way to expand the terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport near Kerikeri and to modernise facilities there. Owner and operator Far North Holdings hopes to start construction in the second quarter of next year if building consent is obtained and the tendering process is successful. Building work is expected to take […]