Tipu Whenua across NZ

It might be time to think in different ways

Herald - 10 June 2017....According to one veterinarian, farmer and ecologist, agriculture needs a paradigm shift towards optimising wellbeing.

Dr Alison Dewes, who spoke at the recent water symposium in Havelock North, said as health professionals there was a responsibility to safeguard people, animals and ecosystems for present and future generations. Read more>>

Landcorp manager sings praise of environmnental reference group

Stuff.co.nz - 30 May 2017... Working with controversial environmentalists have been a 'great experience', Landcorp manager Phil McKenzie says. Now moving on after 36 years with Landscorp, McKenzie said the relationship with its forthright critics was a model that worked for New Zealand's largest farmer. Read more>>

Pipi beds in Waiotahe under pressure

Native Affairs - 16 May 2017... Ancient pipi beds near Ōpōtiki have sustained locals for around a thousand years. But they've been poisoned by E.Coli five to twenty times the acceptable levels for eating.  Watch the video>>

Farmers 'dead keen' to do the right thing....

Radio New Zealand - 10 May 2017... A group of farmers near Whakatāne are working with the regional council to try and improve water quality by changing the way they farm. 

Agribusiness consultant Ailson Dewes has gathered about 15 dairy farmers on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to understand more about how their farming systems can impact water quality. Read more>>

Have we gone too far down one track?

Pure Advantage - 4 April 2017 ..It could well be the time for New Zealand to rethink our 150-year trajectory of milk growth.  Read more>> 

New public health risk from cows as new leptospirosis strain discovered

NZ Doctor.co.nz - 28 March 2017... A strain of leptospirosis not covered by the existing animal vaccine is re-emerging in high levels with the potential for human infection a huge public health concern. Read more>>


Farming smart: moving from volume to value

Radio New Zealand - 15 March 2017
It has long been the mantra that New Zealand farming needs to move from volume to value.
And now with ecological limits being reached, and exceeded, as the result of intensive land use – in particular dairy farming – and often on unsuitable soils, are the economic and environmental arguments sufficiently compelling to change how we farm? Read more>>

Sustainable Solutions

VetScript - February 2017
The growing environmental regulatory pressure faced by farmers will create opportunities for veterinarians to offer advice that goes well beyond animal-related issues. Eloise Gibson reports on a new vet-led consultancy that is helping farmers to lift their sustainability game. Read more>>

Nitrogen Fund in Rotorua assists farmers in the catchment

NZ Herald - 14 December 2016

Rotorua farmer Alison Bentley has been awarded $50,000 to trial two new hazelnut varieties not currently grown commercially in New Zealand, which have a potentially much shorter lead time to production. 
"Ms Grayling said other work being funded included growing manuka for essential oils and honey production; developing a land development resource guide bringing together land-use information from a wide range of organisations and individuals; Tipu Whenua, a land-use advisory company that will coach several farm owners to reduce nitrogen loss by 20-40 per cent while improving business resilience and profit; and a video project featuring Rotorua farmers providing advice about good nutrient management practice." Read more>>

One Health in Action

VetScript - October 2016

RECENT EVENTS IN Havelock North are a wake-up call for New Zealand. The water contamination incident is merely the tip of the iceberg, highlighting the important role we veterinarians have at the intersection of animals, humans and the environment and also the many challenges we face as One Health professionals. We are all connected, and we all have a key role to play in the solution. Read more>>

Same Message, Different Sides

Farmers Weekly - October 2016.. Moving from the world of small animal care to environmental care puts B+LNZ's new North Island environmental policy manager Corina Jordan firmly in the spotlight as the sector responds to regional environment plans.  Read more>>

A One Health water challenge in NZ...

The Listener - October 2016... Havelock North has had one of the largest outbreaks of water-borne disease in the developed world, which is raising red flags around the country. Read more>>

Healthy Rivers Plan not so healthy?

Farmers Weekly - 13 October 2016

Freshwater scientists, ecologists and iwi are disputing claims the Waikato River is in robust health with little benefit to come from the Healthy Rivers plan.
Read more>>

Point of View

May 2016
Mark Leishman discusses with Alison about how Tipu Whenua can help farmers adapt to change. Watch the video>>

Effluent Issues Divide Experts

NZ Farmers Weekly - 11th April 2016
Critics of Canterbury groundwater mamangement are at an impasse with Federated Farmers and Irrigation New Zealand over the impact intensive livestock farming has in the region on human health. Read more>>

One Health Challenges to People....

NZ Farmers Weekly - 4 April 2016...Rural communities face public health risks from intensive dairying on the Canterbury plains, medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey says. Read more>>

Farmers need business certainty to plan ahead

NZFarmer.co.nz - 11 March 2016...Often contrasting messages are being delivered to dairy farmers on growth, climate change and nutrients by the Government, says leading agri-ecologist Alison Dewes. Pat Deavoll talks to Dewes and economist Peter Fraser, on the pitfalls of the dairy industry. Read more>>

Landcorp looks at alternatives to dairy conversions

NZFarmer.co.nz - 7 March 2016...Environmental and financial pressures have forced Landcorp and Wairakei Estates owners to abandon contentious forest to dairy conversions. Read more>>

Milk Tanks

Listener - March 2016...How has an industry that enriched the economy with "white gold" been dealt such a body blow by global milk prices? Read more>>

Changes to dairy systems for valued returns

Sollus NZ - 29 February 2016
By 2025 New Zealand could have a dairy industry that is emitting 25% less green house gases, 40% fewer pathogens and nitrogen, and earning 60-100% more profit. It will be an industry that can pride itself on being the "farmers' market for the global village." Read more>>

Changes to dairy systems for valued returns

Scoop Business - February 2016...By 2025 New Zealand could have a dairy industry that is emitting 25% less green house gases, 40% fewer pathogens and nitrogen, and earning 60-100% more profit. It will be an industry that can pride itself on being the "farmers' market for the global village." Read more>>

Landcorp forges accord with diverse group of thinkers

Landcorp has formed a national group of five critics to address issues that were concerning the public. What a brave move by New Zealands biggest farmer - this is called "mature and intelligent discussion"

I endorse Landcorp for doing this - it is the only way we will bridge the gap in NZ and move forward.

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Support for Landcorp

October 2015...Expert group supports Landcorp in putting environment first. Read more>>

Learning to farm within limits

VetScript - August 2015
Farming systems consultant Alison Dewes believes veterinarians have an important role to play in helping farmers work within their environmental constraints. She is a fourth-generation farmer and second-generation veterinarian, helping design farm systems to keep clients ahead of changes that are starting to limit the way they operate. Read more>>

Alison Dewes - Named Finalist - Women of Influence - 2015

The finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2015 have been announced. Read more about the 2015 Women of Influcence Finalists>>

Rivers of Gold - The Listener

The Listener - May 2014
Recipe for prosperity: take flat land, skilled farmers, fertiliser and cows. Add cheap water. Fold in new tech­nology, lashings of debt and permissive environmental rules. Voila! In a decade or two you have a thriving district with next-to-no unemployment, a rising population and a rate of economic growth almost twice the national average. Read more>>

How do we farm within our ecological health limits? (Rotorua 2014)

Rotorua - Te Arawa Lakes - Farming Within Limits - Science Presentation 2014. View presentation>>

Tipu Whenua Chats

A range of interviews over early 2016 sometimes stating confronting facts on agriculture, irrigation and debt. But if we fail to address the facts, how can we solve the problem.

Einstein: "If I had an hour to solve a problem - I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions".

Midday Rural News

10 May 2017

Something NZ could do smarter....

26 April 2017

Midday Rural News


24 April 2017

Water fools? Sacred pipi beds polluted?

13 April 2017


Waterways report misses key concerns - consultant


15 March 2017


Farming smart: moving from volume to value


8 March 2017


Why is palm kernel use declining on farms?


7 February 2017


Has diary reached its capacity?


1 September 2016


Don't blame birds for bad water, minister told


24 August 2016


E coli test 'not thorough enough' for health


23 August 2016


Monitoring tool gives false sense of security - ecologist


28 March 2016


Growing capital gains on the farm


17 March 2016


How environmentally friendly are irrigation dams?


17 March 2016


Rural News


25 February 2016


Dairy industry's $38b debt problem


25 February 2016


How long will the banks stick with dairy farmers?


23 February 2016


Is it time to face farming facts?


12 October 2015


Landcorp forms environmental advisory group


12 July 2015


Insight for future financial stability


29 May 2015


Struggling farms could go offshore - analyst


29 May 2015


Warnings over dairy foreclosures


14 May 2015


Scientists Speaking Out


13 May 2015


Alison Dewes discussing her experience


13 May 2015


RB warning on high dairy debt


13 May 2015


Consultant says debt levels among farmers are a worry


12 May 2015


Dairy warning comes too late - consultant


16 April 2015


Has NZ lost its dairy production edge?


31 March 2015


Can science fix the diary debate?


2015


Can we say what we really think in NZ?


28 August 2014


Risks to water quality limits - report


28 August 2014


Two major rivers set to breach new water quality bottom lines


23 April 2014


Imported feed a risk committee hears


17 April 2014


Concern over damn nitrogen restrictions


7 January 2014


Outspoken: Dairy Farming


6 December 2013

Land and water plan doesn't go far enough - critics

13 February 2013


Blind push for production brings risk - consultant


12 October 2012


Tomorrow's Farms Today

Tipu Whenua Videos

Challenging Interface NZ Agriculture & Water

Sky - Country TV - Interview by Mark Leishman

Rural Delivery 2015 Rex Butterworth

The importance of farm analysis financially and environmentally
 

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