Jan Steltenpool helps ensure only the best tulip bulbs make the grade. Horizon Flowers New Zealand Ltd is one of several companies with Dutch connections growing tulips in the ''ideal tulip growing climate and soil'' of Southland. Other European-based exporters include Triflor New Zealand Ltd and Haakman New Zealand bulbs in Edendale, Van Eeden Tulips Ltd in West Plains and Southern Flora New Zealand Ltd in Gore. The five companies lease or own a combined 350ha, growing and exporting an estimated 175million tulip bulbs every season. Five Southland companies lease or own a combined 350ha, growing and exporting an estimated 175million tulip bulbs every season.
The Otago Regional Council is not likely meet the standards of a Government investigation, as the Environment Ministry has different ''goalposts'' for critical water work. The review, launched by Environment Minister David Parker, will begin this month. It will assess whether the council is prepared to meet deadlines for plan changes and deemed permit expiries in the Arrow, Cardrona and Manuherikia catchments. At a recent council meeting, chief executive Sarah Gardner said the minister had different ''goalposts'' for what needed to be completed by deemed permit expiry. The council was working towards plan change notification by the 2021 deadline.
A Greymouth retailer has warned other businesses to be alert after someone tried to pass over a counterfeit $50 note yesterday. Stirling Sports owner Tony Russell said yesterday morning a young woman attempted to pass off the odd looking note while purchasing a pair of basketball boots. He passed on details to the police and offered a security camera image of the woman, but police declined that. He described her as quite young, with longish hair and wearing a black puffer jacket with black trousers. The Reserve Bank has a guide to spotting counterfeit notes on its website.
AJ Hackett Bungy crew member Darius Lindsay (19) gets some air during a trial run of the company's new Birdman swing, which will make its public debut this Saturday, during the 2019 Queenstown Winter Festival Day on the Bay. Photo: AJ HackettA thrill-seeking pioneer has put its own spin, which will be seen for the first time this weekend, on a Queenstown Winter Festival favourite event. The four-day 45th annual festival, begins tomorrow and will feature a new-look Birdman, as part of Saturday's Day on the Bay. Festival director Rae Baker said AJ Hackett Bungy had spent some months working on The Swing. Now in her second year in the role, Ms Baker believed that even after 45 years, the festival ''absolutely'' had a future.
Alex Hillary, grandson of Sir Edmund Hillary, walks the runway during the Edmund Hillary show during last year's New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland. Photo: Getty ImagesLifestyle clothing company Edmund Hillary Brands - which has a retail presence in Queenstown - hopes to raise up to $2.9million in a capital-raising initiative. The company was seeking investment through equity fundraising platform Crowdcube to support international expansion and launch a women's range. The minimum investment had deliberately been kept at $23 to be more accessible to interested New Zealanders, Mr Hall-Taylor said. Investor rewards ranged from discounts on online purchases, through to clothing for medium-sized investors and a special collection preview evening with the Hillary family for top investors.
A young man who had sneaked into the bedroom of a 7-year-old girl to sexually violate her has been jailed for nearly two years. Counsel Anne Stevens QC said both her client's parents had walked away from him and he had essentially been orphaned. Before Olsen left the room he told the child not to mention what had happened. Her ordeal had been a huge setback, Judge Turner said. After the man gave evidence at trial, he simply left court, Judge Turner noted.
Film crews move camera equipment to a spot along Clyde's Sunderland St yesterday. Photo: Adam BurnsAn international feature film production helmed by a ''master storyteller'' converged on Clyde yesterday. A crew of about 110 people are working on the Chinese film which has been shooting for the past seven weeks. Production moved to Central Otago yesterday as crews began setting up around Clyde in mid-afternoon. Oliver's restaurant and the Clyde Bridge would be used by film crews during the 10-day shoot.
Photo: SuppliedJess Cairns is fizzing about where New Zealand beef is going. Ms Cairns started with Coalbrook as a shepherd a little over a year ago, on the strength of a bachelor of agricultural science with first class honours. The IBA trip was sponsored by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, as part of its Future Leader programme. In beef terms, the IBA is a super power, representing almost half of the globe's beef cattle production and almost two thirds of global beef exporting nations. Ms Cairns grew up on a 2000ha sheep and beef farm in the Catlins and her preference is to stay and farm in Southland.
New Zealand has always been a defence spending scrooge, and the likes of Australia have often complained this country does not do its share. It is naive to believe New Zealand does not need reasonable defence forces and equipment. If New Zealand defence capability is emasculated it becomes like householders who leave their properties unlocked and do not take out insurance. The Defence Force's 2018 strategic defence policy statement makes it clear the world is changing. Adequate defence spending is necessary both for the various roles our defence forces undertake, and also as insurance in an evermore threatening world.
Queenstown police say just because New Zealand drivers have passed their theory test does not automatically make them safe drivers and they should not be pointing fingers at foreign motorists. Sergeant Chris Brooks made the comment after a University of Otago report revealed only 3% of overseas drivers visiting Queenstown passed the New Zealand theory test. Sgt Brooks said the results were disappointing, but local drivers needed to look in the mirror and take responsibility, because they, too, made bad choices behind the wheel. ''They could be visiting Queenstown from Auckland, or they could be visiting Queenstown from Germany.'' Rental Vehicle Association president James Dalglish was a ''little surprised by the study results'' and wanted more context on how many New Zealand drivers would pass the test under the same pressures.
Alan HarveyAlan Harvey's new job is proving great preparation for his tilt at the Young Farmer of the Year title. ''It's awesome to have their backing,'' Mr Harvey said. Mr Harvey has been spending a lot of his ''spare'' time recently completing the Young Farmer of the Year innovation project, which was due today. Mr Harvey said his home club, Five Forks, would certainly use it for ''a damned good cause''. To vote, go online to fmg.co.nz/peopleschoiceTo keep up-to-date with Mr Harvey's progression towards Hawke's Bay, go to facebook.com/alanharvey.yfoty2019
That was the view yesterday of one of the 59 shareholders of the Treble Cone skifield being courted by the Cardrona Alpine Resort. The two companies have signed a heads of agreement and Cardrona will carry out due diligence before putting an offer to Treble Cone shareholders at a special meeting. If approved, Treble Cone would be owned and managed by the Cardrona Resort - which along with Real Journeys is part of the newly-formed holding company Wayfare Group. The shareholder, who did not want to be named, said Treble Cone would complement Cardrona which would also get the largely undeveloped Soho Basin as part of the deal. It had a strong balance sheet and financial resources - ''all the things I think Treble Cone is lacking''.
A controversial aerial drop of 1080 poison on land above Luggate was completed yesterday and Operational Solutions for Primary Industries (Ospri) said it should be its last. An Ospri spokesman said in future all possum control across 126,704ha of the Pisa Range would be by ground crews, unless there was a serious Tb outbreak. It is expected Tb will be eradicated from livestock and possums before 2026, he said. Some Luggate residents and anti-1080 campaigners have been concerned at the health risk of 1080 entering waterways that flow into the township. She considered if ground crews could keep possums under control in future, then yesterday's poisoning operation could also have been done from the ground, to avoid poisoned bait being broadcast by helicopter.
Here it is - Ben Smith is an absolutely outstanding rugby player. Game after game he is totally dependable, always an eight or nine out of 10. Who was the best player in every game the whole year while carnage was occurring all around him? How many guys in New Zealand can be the best player in two positions - fullback and right wing? A real pleasure to watch a good southern bloke be world class week in, week out.
Descendants of Robert Young, of Creekside farm, attending a New Zealand Century Farm awards dinner in Lawrence recently are (from left) Sam Young, Stacey Young, Nicola McGrouther, Melissa Clease, Robert Young, Gladys Davidson, Joan Bisset and NZ First list MP Mark Patterson, who presented the award. Photo: SuppliedA Gore farm that has been owned by the same family for 142 years has recently been given a New Zealand Century Farm award. The 610ha Creekside farm is owned by Robert and Stacey Young. Mr Young said his great-grandfather Robert bought the farm in 1876. To be recognised by the award, eligible families apply by submitting their farm history, together with copies of related photographs and supporting documents.