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Happy New Year, Summer Rains!!!

While the weather was mixed over the festive period I trust you were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. While it is a relaxing time for most the real-estate wheels continue to turn and this year has been no exception. I spent some time showing a Singapore based Expat Brit and [...]


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Spring Growth

The rain seems to continue to fall at the right times and some of my clients are telling me it’s one of the best springs for some time. All good, as store prices for lambs at the yards continue to exceed vendors expectations meaning our breeding and finishing farmers are in for another good year. [...]


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An introduction to Pastoral Farming in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

A brief background and history of pastoral farming in Hawke’s Bay together notes on the present deregulated pastoral economy and current productivity trends.


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Pastoral Farming in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

  Historical Background Within the Hawkes Bay region, orcharding, viticulture together with various other forms of cash and process food cropping have become increasingly important over the past 30 years, never the less, the pastoral industry; in particular beef and sheep farming continues to be the basis of the Hawke’s Bay rural economy, as it has done from the time [...]


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Introducing British farmers and investors to New Zealand farms and farming

British farmers and migrants moving to New Zealand find an agricultural, economic and social environment that was founded primarily on British settlement over the past 150 years. Never the less, although New Zealand farmers now compete with British farmers with similar produce, the New Zealand farming industry differs from Britain in essential detail in almost every importaint aspect. This article attempts to outline the essential history to the rural settlent of New Zealand, how it differs in the 21st century and the essential geographic, economic and political reasons behind these differences.


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Investment in New Zealand rural real estate

A site of general interest to investors, migrants or visitors to Hawkes Bay is: http://www.investhawkesbay.com/investment_and_business/index.htm A very useful site with comprehensive links to the wine industry in Hawkes is: http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/nzwinelinks/hawkesbay.htm


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Farm Productivity in Hawke’s Bay

On farm productivity improvements have resulted not only from the introduction of new sheep and cattle breeds but also by the continuing improvement of existing traditional breeds, in particular, a move away from show bred stud herds and flocks into production recorded and selected breeding systems.


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The Influence of Sir John McKenzie KCMG (1838 – 1901)

In The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966; Bernard John Foster (Principal Research Officer, Department of Internal Affairs Wellington) concluded: “It is to him in large measure that we owe the fact that New Zealand is not a land of great landowners and peasant tenant farmers.” This story (from which this information is summarised) is recommended reading:


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The Pastoral Economy in Hawkes Bay

In the early 1980’s the New Zealand economy, including the farming industry, was substantially deregulated by the government of the day, a policy that caused considerable short term hardship to many farmers as well as other business sectors together with their workers throughout the country.


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Commodity Prices in Hawkes Bay

The high value of the New Zealand dollar continues to be a significant constraint on farm profitability however recent falls in exchange rates are significant and are likely accelerate in the near future, together with internal interest rates with which they are strongly related. Most significantly Allen Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, recently emphasised the need for interest rate cuts based on evidence of a softening New Zealand economy.


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