https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/110728/eight_col_large_P1030419.jpg?1602130846 Zespri is considering co-operation with Chinese kiwifruit growers who are illegally growing New Zealand’s gold G3 kiwifruit. Zespri says it has been advised to trial working with the small growers in China. Photo: RNZ / Jane Patterson Since late 2019, unlawful plantings of the variety in China have almost doubled to 4000 hectares. Growers in New Zealand pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per hectare to grow it and Zespri will continue looking at legal channels to protect its plant variety rights. But Zespri chief grower and alliances officer Dave Courtney said it had been advised to trial working with the small growers in China, in the hope this would prevent more plantings. The trial will take fruit from 50 hectares, which is equivalent to about 200,000 trays. “As things look today, there will be substantial plantings of locally grown G3 in the market so what we are thinking ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/243115/eight_col_000_8Q44M8.jpg?1600562471 There is just one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation and quarantine facilities today. (File image). Photo: AFP There was no media conference for the update today. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said the new case reported today arrived from Singapore on 31 October and is now at the Auckland quarantine facility. It said the total number of active cases had fallen to 44, with 24 previously reported cases now considered to have recovered. The total number of confirmed cases is now 1618. There were 6856 tests processed in New Zealand’s laboratories yesterday. Yesterday, there were two new cases in managed isolation and quarantine facilities. Christchurch cases linked to managed isolation In its statement, the Ministry also gave an update on its investigation into the two positive test cases who worked in the managed isolation facility at the Sudima at Christchurch Airport. It said its systems ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/135116/eight_col_eight_col_Auckland-house-auction-RNZ-Claire-EF.jpg?1512617161 Property investors are being slammed for claims first home buyers are making the housing crisis worse. File photo. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly It comes as house prices break records around the country and mortgage lending is at an all-time high. Limited supply, historic low interest rates and huge post-lockdown demand has the housing market boiling over. Adding to the heat, the Property Investors Federation is pointing the finger at first home buyers, saying they are “making the housing crisis worse”. They contend new entrants to the property market are displacing renters who on average have more dwellers per household. The Federation’s comments to RNZ prompted a huge backlash and it has been excoriated online. Wellington first home buyer Mia Grant took a dim view. “I think that it is totally entitled, like they see that it’s their role to be purchasing these properties and then making money off ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/247847/eight_col_Liquor.jpg?1604647456 A worker at an Auckland quarantine facility has tested positive for Covid-19 and was in a restaurant and liquor store in central Auckland while infectious, the Ministry of Health has confirmed this evening. Liquor store at 456 Queen Street in Auckland, where a managed isolation worker who has tested positive for Covid-19 visited. Photo: Google Maps In a statement, the Ministry said the person works at the facility and is not a returnee, so are considered a community case. The case was reported to the Ministry this afternoon. It said the person had been tested regularly. They were most recently swabbed on 3 November and returned a negative test the next day. But the staff member then developed symptoms on 5 November and was tested again that day. That test has returned a positive result. Contacts of the worker are being traced, isolated and tested. The person visited Auckland’s ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/247778/eight_col_BeFunky-collage2%283%29.jpg?1604615544 The government is being urged to ease restrictions on temporary visas to ensure there are enough workers available to address an acute labour shortage in popular holiday destinations. Queenstown businesses have been working with the council to try and address a labour shortage in the town. Photo: RNZ / Nona Pelletier The government recently eased restrictions to allow people on working holiday visas to extend their stay and work in horticultural and viticulture industries, but that did not include hospitality and construction work. Independent economist Benje Patterson said more action was needed. “We normally in Queenstown rely on migrant workers, and without that pipeline of migrant workers coming through, there’s just simply not enough people to do the jobs. “It’s not only about easing restrictions so that people can stay longer, but it’s also about making it more permissible for them to work in industries that [their visa] was ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/raymond.jpg Source:Island It was on October 20 that I received the sad news from Romesh that his dad Mr. Raymond Paranavitharne had passed away in Melbourne that morning after a brief illness.I was to say the least, very saddened at hearing this news. It took me sometime to comprehend what he told me. That I will not see Raymond Paranavitharne again. This sad news brought back to me, a flood of pleasant memories of the man I knew and admired. Gentlemen of the calibre of Mr. Paranavitharne are fast diminishing in the present day world.I first came to know Mr. Paranavitharne in 1985 when we went on army training to Minneriya at the height of the LTTE war as a part of what became known as the Sri Lanka Rifle Corp.(SLRC) SLRC comprised of planters and senior regional administrators of the Janatha Estates Development Board (JEDB) and Sri Lanka State Plantations ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/234417/eight_col_airnz3.jpg?1593047078 Travellers from New Zealand will be able to fly directly into Melbourne and explore Victoria without undergoing quarantine from Monday, as the state moves to join the travel bubble already in place between other states. Travellers from New Zealand will be flee to move around Victoria from next week. Photo: AFP After an extensive winter lockdown because of Covid cases Victoria is now opening up to the travel bubble with other parts of Australia. The trans-Tasman travel is one-way only, as New Zealand is yet to allow quarantine-free travel with Australia. Victoria has recorded its seventh consecutive day without any new coronavirus cases being reported and a number of restrictions are expected to ease on Sunday, including the removal of the “ring of steel” separating regional Victoria and Melbourne. At a press briefing today, Premier Daniel Andrews said he had written to Australlia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicating the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/92892/eight_col_126166929_l.jpg?1575434868 Retirement village operator Metlifecare will repay $6.8 million it received from the government’s wage subsidy scheme. EQT spokesperson Ken Wong says it is in the “spirit of the scheme” to return the subsidy. (File image). Photo: 123RF Chair Paul McClintock said repaying the money was the right thing to do “The whole Metlifecare team has done an extraordinary job in managing the Covid-19 crisis and should be commended for their efforts. Metlifecare maintained its high standards of care for residents whilst also supporting the safety and health of its staff throughout this challenging period. “While Covid-19 has created significant and lasting economic uncertainty globally and in New Zealand, and Metlifecare did qualify for the scheme, EQT and the board has now determined that repaying the wage subsidy is the right thing to do.” Asia Pacific Village Group, backed by the Swedish private equity firm EQT, recently took over Metlifecare ...

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